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Archives: March 2013

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, March 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 107 | HLN: 171
  • Primetime: FNC: 342 | MSNBC: 255 | CNN: 163 | HLN: 222

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Globetrotting Martha Raddatz to Report from Afghanistan, South Korea

ABC’s Chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz is packing her bags once again, this time for an extended reporting trip that will take her to two international hot spots where she will interview two U.S. generals in charge. Raddatz will first head to Afghanistan to report on conditions there and interview Gen. Joseph Dunford. It’ll be his first broadcast interview since taking command of coalition forces last month.

Raddatz will then make her way to the Korean peninsula where she will speak with Gen. James Thurman, the commander of U.S. troops in South Korea.

“Few people realize that we have 28,000 forces in South Korea,” Raddatz tells TVNewser. “It is an extraordinarily volatile time in that region as the new North Korean leader makes threat after threat. It is a region that should be getting far more attention.”

“This is such a critical time in both of these places,” says Raddatz, who has made two dozen trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for ABC News over the last 11 years. “What the Americans do in Afghanistan in the next two years to wind this war down will determine the success or failure of more than a decade of fighting here.”

Cable Network Ranker: Week of March 18

A slew of entertainment and a relative dearth of news resulted in lower-than normal ratings for the cable news channels last week, while entertainment networks flourished.

Fox News led the way among the cable news channels, placing 6th in primetime and 3rd in total day among ad-supported cable channels (7th and 4th among all cable channels). MSNBC placed 26th and 32nd among ad-suppored channels (27th and 33rd among all channels), while HLN once again rode the Jodi Arias trial to 28th in primetime and 24th in total day. CNN placed 34th in both primetime and total day.

Current TV placed last among all channels in primetime, and 93rd in total day, both below Nielsen’s minimum accuracy threshold.

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A Pair of Milestones for FNC’s Rick Leventhal

As a New York-based correspondent, Rick Leventhal covers a broad spectrum of stories for Fox News. Today, he is reporting from the Javits Center on the annual New York Auto Show, unveiling the 2014 Jeep Cherokee live during “Happening Now.” The Auto Show is a layover for Leventhal, between two more serious stories: the 10-year anniversary of the Iraq War and the six-month anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

Leventhal, who joined Fox News in 1997, covered both stories — the war for nine weeks as an embedded reporter with the U.S. Marine Corps’ 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, and the hurricane during a “very scary night” in Point Pleasant, New Jersey.

Reflecting on the Iraq War, Leventhal calls his time embedded in Iraq and Kuwait “the pinnacle” of his career as a reporter.

“I look back on it and can’t believe that I was there. It was such a challenging and exhausting experience, physically taxing and demanding,” he tells TVNewser. “[It was] by far the greatest assignment I’ve ever had.”

Leventhal, who has made five trips to Iraq and four to Afghanistan, said he wouldn’t hesitate to go back to another war zone.

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The Ticker (NBC Edition): NBCU Vets, CNBC/Yahoo, ‘Today’ Poised for Demo Win

  • The NBCUniversal News Group is providing coverage — both on air and in person — at today’s Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring our Heroes” job fair in New York City. The event is a continuation of NBCU’s commitment to veterans’ issues, specifically job creation.

  • CNBC and Yahoo! Finance are partnering on a new online series called “Big Data Download.” CNBC’s Courtney Reagan hosts the twice-daily webcast which will tap into the big data revolution.

  • After all the bad news of late, the “Today” show is set to get some good news. “Today” is poised to win last week in the younger demo by 66,000 viewers, but still trailing “GMA” in total viewers. It would be “Today’s” biggest lead in the demo since December. Final numbers are out tomorrow.

Tucker Carlson Hired As ‘Fox & Friends Weekend’ Co-Host

Fox News Channel has named Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson the co-host of the weekend edition of “Fox & Friends,” the network says. He will make his “Fox & Friends” debut Saturday April 6

“We’ve been impressed with Tucker’s lively and thought-provoking appearances on our air and are pleased that he is joining the FOX & Friends Weekend team where his vibrant personality will be a great addition to the show,” says FNC executive  VP of programming Bill Shine in a statement.

In his new role Carlson will serve alongside current co-hosts Alisyn Camerota and Clayton Morris, and will also remain a Fox News contributor, appearing on various programs for the channel. He has been a regular fill-in host on the program since the departure of Dave Briggs.

Carlson is a cable news veteran, having served as a host on both CNN and MSNBC.

Carlson told MediabistroTV in 2011 that “live TV is like crack”:
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The Short List of CNN Morning Anchors

Sources tell us Jeff Zucker is closing in on his choice for co-anchor on the revamped CNN morning show. One of the top names is Kate Bolduan (left), CNN’s congressional correspondent. In recent weeks, Bolduan has been anchoring alongside Wolf Blitzer on “The Situation Room.”

Bolduan joined CNN in 2007 as a correspondent for CNN Newsource. Prior to Newsource, she was a reporter for WTVD-TV in Raleigh. She began her television career as a production assistant for NBC News and MSNBC in Washington D.C.

Another name we’re hearing is Christi Paul who has been an HLN anchor for the last 10 years.

One of Zucker’s first moves as CNN Worldwide president was to do away with the 14-month-old “Starting Point” anchored by Soledad O’Brien. Chris Cuomo departed ABC News in January to anchor the new CNN morning show. Veteran producer Jim Murphy will named EP.

Brian Williams Doesn’t Blink When asked about ‘Today,’ ‘Tonight’ Changes

NBC Newsman Brian Williams went on “Late Show with David Letterman” last night and, right out of the gate, Letterman asked him the news about the news at NBC, both the “Today” show and the “Tonight Show.” Williams didn’t blink, even when Dave asked him after a long recap of the news: “If I’m on to something, blink twice.” Williams didn’t. (Clip after the jump)

Letterman moved on congratulating Williams on his 20 years at NBC News, calling him, “the heart and soul of America’s most-watched regular nightly news program.”

Later, Letterman asked about Williams being on a list of those who could take over hosting “Jeopardy!” when and if Alex Trebek retires. “While it is true that my legal representative got a call from Herb Schmendrick at Sony Studios to say ‘would he ever be interested we would love to have him.’ I answered in the form of a question ‘Who is Herb Schmendrick?’”

Williams said it’s become a family joke: “Oh, that will be when dad’s the host of ‘Jeopardy.’”

And when asked if he’d ever consider doing late night comedy, Williams said he’s “more wired for what I’m doing,” but added, “I’m not sure I’d never leave the venue of news. It chews people up and spits people out. It’s a young man’s game and any other cliches you want to pile on there.

When I go I’m just going to go. I’ll be at the Jersey Shore on a P.O. Box. But I’m not going to stay on it forever.”

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CBS, ABC, PBS Lead List of Peabody Award Winners

With two awards each, CBS News, ABC News and PBS led the way in George Foster Peabody Awards this year.

Both of CBS’ awards were for “60 Minutes” reports — “Deception at Duke,” an examination of the failure of an experimental cancer treatment at Duke University, and “Joy in the Congo,” a report about a Congolese orchestra that “sounded a note of hope for a war-ravaged nation.”

ABC News won for coverage of Hurricane Sandy and for “Robin’s Journey,” reports on Robin Roberts‘ MDS that “inspired hundreds of potential  bone marrow donors to register.”

PBS also won two awards, for an eight-part examination of poverty through the ages and for a report on a nomadic family in Tibet.

CNN, Univision and Al Jazeera also won Peabodys. CNN won for its coverage of the civil war in Syria and Al Jazeera won for a documentary about a Palestinian teenager evicted from East Jerusalem. Univision won for “Rapido y Furioso,” a piece about the human impact of the ATF’s gun-tracking program.

See the full list of winners, who will be honored in New York City in May at an event emceed by CBS’ Scott Pelley, after the jump. Read more

Telemundo Scores Interview With President Obama

NBC’s Spanish-language network Telemundo has scored an exclusive interview with President Obama focusing on immigration reform.

Telemundo’s chief Washington correspondent Lori Montenegro will interview the President at the White House today. It will air on “Noticiero Telemundo” at 6:30 PM. The President last spoke to Telemundo in February, when he spoke to Jose Diaz-Balart, also about immigration reform.

As with the last interview, look for excerpts to appear on MSNBC and NBC News, in addition to Telemundo.

Important update: Univision has announced that President Obama will also be speaking with them, and the interview will air at 6:30 as well.