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Archives: March 2013

Barbara Walters To Retire In 2014

ABC News anchor and “The View” co-host Barbara Walters will retire in May, 2014, someone familiar with the matter tells TVNewser.

ABC is expected to air a number of specials, tributes and events over the course of the next year, leading up to Walters’ formal departure. A spokesperson for ABC News declined to comment on the matter.

Walters began her TV career for NBC’s “Today” show in 1961. She would go on to break barriers in what was traditionally a man’s world. Walters was the first female co-anchor of “Today,” and was the first woman to become the co-anchor of a network evening newscast.

She joined ABC News in 1976, where she has reported for every program imaginable and became the country’s highest-paid journalist. She also co-created “The View,” which has become one of the most successful daytime talk shows of the last decade.

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Greta Van Susteren Feels Bad About Her Stalker’s Death

Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren took to Gretawire this morning to write about her experience with a stalker while she was practicing law in the 1980s. The “On the Record” anchor described her stalker, Randy, as a “really, really weird” person whose “strange behavior scared everyone.”

Van Susteren recently tried to find a picture of Randy for FNC colleague Shannon Bream and got some surprising news from her Google search:

My stalker died …. and on Christmas Day.  Strangely, I felt bad.  He had followed me for so many years that I felt I knew him quite well.  Over the years and years of him stalking me, I spoke to his family about trying to get him to stop…his Mother was very sweet to me and understood why I was distressed by the situation….the US Attorney’s Office in DC arrested him one time and held him overnight (I always thought they did it because they thought it would look bad if I – a defense lawyer –  were found murdered and floating in the Potomac River when they were aware of the problem and had done zero)…I tried everything to get rid of him …I was nice to him to get rid of him…mean to him to get rid of him…ignored him etc.  Nothing worked.  He was fixated.   It was really weird — every place I would go, he would be there…with me.  He could find me.

Randy the Stalker eventually dropped Van Susteren for “a younger and prettier woman,” she writes.

Frankly, after years of him stalking me and not doing anything, I had no fear of Randy.  I was used to him.  He was really weird….and a pest…but after years of him stalking me, and just being a pest, I had no fear.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of March 18

The “Today” show can’t catch a break. The NBC morning show, which has seen an endless stream of stories about the show’s troubling year, was expecting to win last week in the younger demo — in fact Nielsen fast nationals put the younger viewer win at its biggest since December.

But with the Nielsen final ratings out this morning, it turns out ABC’s “Good Morning America” has won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “GMA” was up +5% in total viewers compared to the same week last year, while “Today” was down -5%. Both shows were down in the demo, ABC by -2% and NBC by -12%. “Today’s” gap with “GMA,” by 18,000 demo viewers, was the closest since January.

But perhaps the biggest news about the morning news is “CBS This Morning.” Despite being a distant third, the show is up +17% in viewers and up +9% in the demo year-over-year.

The averages for the week of March 18, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.078M / NBC: 4.723M / CBS: 2.776M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.918M / NBC: 1.900M / CBS: 1.059M

Romney Adviser: News Networks Should Butt Out of Primary Debates

Political consultant Stuart Stevens, who served as Mitt Romney‘s chief strategist in 2012, says that primary debates have gotten out of hand. Specifically, he argues in The Daily Beast that TV networks have turned them into spectacles like NASCAR or the WWE, and are using them to boost profits, instead of doing them in the public interest.

There are many reasons to run for president. But being used to help generate profits and ratings for the news divisions of large multi-national corporations and to promote the careers of on air talent are pretty low on the list. At a certain point, this becomes terribly close to a news organization starting a fire to cover the fire.

How should it work? That’s easy. It should work like everything else in news and politics. The proper role of a news organization is to cover an event, not manufacture it and then cover it. We don’t have NBC-sponsored campaign rallies or CBS-sponsored bus tours, at least not yet. The current model for debates is not a news model, it’s a NASCAR model. Your corporate money buys the right to brand and promote a car and/or an event.

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The Morning Ticker: Al Jazeera, Profits, Martin

  • The London Evening Standard reports that staffers in Al Jazeera’s London office are being forced to relocate to Doha, Qatar, or lose their jobs. “They had thought that they would be moving from Knightsbridge to The Shard — not the desert.”

  • SNL Kagan has posted its annual look at media company revenues and profits. Winners include Disney, which remains number one, Time Warner and Thomson Reuters. News Corp., Discovery Communications and McGraw Hill were down.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists has named Roland Martin its “journalist of the year.” Martin will be ending his run at CNN in a few weeks, but also hosts “Washington Watch” on TV One and contributes to a number of other media outlets.

‘Today’ Superfan Returns, While Another Faints

It was a good day and a bad day to be in the crowd outside of NBC’s “Today” studio this morning.

The good news: “Today” “superfan” Linny Boyette returned to the program after a long absence. Boyette had a health scare, and was welcomed back by Matt Lauer, Al Roker and Savannah Guthrie.

The bad news: right after Linny’s sppearance, someone else in the “Today” crowd had their own health problem, and the result was an ambulance parked right behind Lauer and Guthrie:

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Kate Bolduan Named CNN Morning Show Co-Anchor, Net Hires Michaela Pereira from KTLA

First on TVNewser: CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker just announced to the staff that he is bringing on CNN Congressional correspondent Kate Bolduan (upper left) as Chris Cuomo‘s co-anchor for CNN’s new morning show.

As TVNewser sources indicated yesterday, Bolduan was the top pick following Zucker’s first choice of Erin Burnett with whom negotiations didn’t get very far. Burnett continues to anchor her 7pm show “OutFront.” CNN has also hired longtime KTLA morning anchor Michaela Pereira (upper right) as news anchor. Interestingly, Pereira’s show on KTLA, the CW affiliate in Los Angeles, was created by Burnett’s producer Wil Surratt.

“There will be much more news about this exciting new show in the weeks to come, but today’s announcement gives us a very strong start,” writes Zucker in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “Please join me in congratulating Chris and Kate, and welcoming Michaela to CNN.”

The as-yet unnamed show will debut later this Spring.

More: It was also announced that Matt Frucci, who joined CNN in October after 12 years at ABC News, will EP the new morning show. He’ll report to Jim Murphy, who will be senior EP. More in the release after the jump…

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Chris Hayes in Primetime: Shorter Segments, Slower Speech, Still No Ties

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes would like to see more hosts of color on the cable networks – including his own.

“It’s a problem,” says Hayes, a lifelong Caucasian. “People’s opinions, interpretations of news, journalistic instincts, editorial concerns are the product of the people they are, the experiences they have, the way they move through the world.

“It’s why organizations, companies, the Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court benefit from diversity. … Diversity produces people with a specificity in their world view, and it benefits the product.”

Hayes’ product, ‘All In with Chris Hayes,’ debuts Monday in the 8 p.m. slot formerly occupied by Ed Schultz. Rachel Maddow (Hayes’ mentor) follows at 9, with Lawrence O’Donnell at 10.

It is a Murderers’ Row of liberal brainiacs. It is also, like the prime-time lineups at CNN and Fox News, blindingly white – a state of affairs to which Hayes says he has given “obsessive thought.”

Diversity is his top priority, he says. ‘All In’ will feature a wide variety of guests, especially conservatives. Hayes followed the same practice on his MSNBC weekend show, ‘Up with Chris Hayes,’ which debuted in 2011.

“I can’t control my gender, race or sexual orientation,” says Hayes. (He and his wife, law professor Kate A. Shaw, have an 18-month-old daughter.) “I can control who we have on and what voices we introduce to viewers.”

Those voices will be streamlined on ‘All In,’ Hayes says. Discussions will run up to 17 minutes, less than half as long as the marathons on his two-hour ‘Up.’

“I want to create a show that a lot of people watch, and produce really good TV,” says Hayes, who never met a complex sentence he didn’t like. “I want it to be high-quality journalism – compelling, dynamic and addictive.”

Hayes’ admiration of Maddow borders on hero worship. She gave Hayes his first shot as a guest anchor.

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CBS Officially Renews ’60 Minutes, ’48 Hours’

Not that its future was in any serious question, but CBS has given the long-running newsmagzine “60 Minutes” an official pick-up for the next TV season. “48 Hours” will be returning as well.

“60 Minutes” is easily the most-watched program in all of TV news, regularly cracking Nielsen’s list of the top 10 TV programs of the week. “48 Hours” is more modest in the ratings, but holds its own on Saturday nights with crime-centric programming. It is also getting a primetime weekday spin-off this Summer in the form of docu-series “Brooklyn DA.”

The Eye network announced the renewals in a massive press release, which also included pickups of 16 other shows.

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TV Jobs: CNBC, TV One, Scripps Networks

This week, CNBC is hiring a production assistant, while TV One needs a vice president of programming scheduling. Scripps Networks is seeking a director of advertising and strategy, and MTV World is on the hunt for a writer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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