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Archives: May 2013

Weather Channel’s Tornado Hunt Truck Destroyed by Tornado

A severe line of weather stretching from Oklahoma City to St. Louis has kept the cable news channels in extended coverage tonight and destroyed at least one Tornado Hunt truck operated by the Weather Channel.

Meteorologist Mike Bettes and his crew of two were in the truck that was thrown about 200 yards by a twister. Storm chaser Sean Schofer stopped to help and on Twitter writes, “They are OK.” The Weather Channel says Bettes and the two others were wearing seat belts and were able to walk away from the wreck.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith began continuous coverage during his 7pm show and continued until 11pmET, preempting Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren‘s shows. Kelly Wright and Heather Childers picked up at 11pm and will stay on until 2amET. On CNN, meteorologist Chad Myers has been chasing the storms for several days in Oklahoma and contributed to primetime shows anchored by Jake Tapper at 7pm, Anderson Cooper at 8 and 10pm and Piers Morgan at 9. MSNBC simulcast KFOR in Oklahoma City and KSDK in St. Louis for much of the night with NBC meteorolgist Dylan Dyer in studio with Chris Hayes at 8, Rachel Maddow at 9 and Milissa Rehberger at 10.

The network evening newscasts all updated their shows for the West Coast. ABC included an update on “20/20″ at 10pmET and coverage from meteorologist Ginger Zee who is also a storm chaser.

 

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ABC News: Holder Meeting ‘Was Productive’

ABC News, which participated in the off the record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder today, said that the meeting was “productive,” and hopes that it leads to clearer guidelines as to when and how the DOJ can target journalists in investigations.

“The meeting was productive. There was a frank discussion of the challenges facing both the government and the news media in protecting the public’s right to the free flow of information,” said ABC News DC bureau chief Robin Sproul in a statement. “A good result would be modified Department of Justice guidelines that set a higher bar for when and under what conditions the government can subpoena journalists.”

More from ABC News, here.

Severe Weather Makes Weather Channel a Primetime Draw

As severe weather moved through Oklahoma and Arkansas Thursday afternoon, the Weather Channel was the most-watched cable news network in younger viewers during the 4pm hour. The channel drew 207,000 viewers, ahead of FNC, CNN, MSNBC and HLN in the hour. Fox News still led in Total Viewers. The channel was second among the cable news nets in primetime (8-11pmET) in the demo, averaging 183,000 viewers.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, May 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 255 | MSNBC: 102 | CNN: 101 | HLN: 109
  • Primetime: FNC: 327 | MSNBC: 163 | CNN: 138 | HLN: 144

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

199

TheFive:

305

Baier:

264

Shep:

201

O’Reilly:

384

Hannity:

330

Greta:

266

O’Reilly:

333

Hannity:

233

MSNBC
Bashir:

66

Matthews:

86

Sharpton:

100

Matthews:

91

Hayes:

105

Maddow:

200

O’Donnell:

178

Hayes:

159

Maddow:

176

CNN
Tapper:

177

Blitzer:

96

Blitzer:

98

Burnett:

97

Cooper:

138

Morgan:

131

Cooper:

147

Burnett:

112

Morgan:

71

HLN
Now:

48

Express:

65

Express:

80

Jane:

134

Grace:

180

DrDrew:

123

AfterDark:

129

ShowBiz:

130

Dr.Drew:

129

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The P.M. Ticker: TVGuide, Stockwell, Mintz

  • CBS has acquired the 50% of TV Guide Digital it didn’t already own. TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile will become part of CBS Interactive. CBS and Lionsgate’s 50/50 deal for the TVGN cable network continues. TV Guide the magazine is owned by OpenGate Capital.

  • Rich Stockwell, most recently EP of “The Ed Show,” has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer reporting to MSNBC VP Yvette Miley. Stockwell has been with MSNBC since 1996.

  • Yoni Mintz, who oversees the digital media center for “Good Morning America,” has expanded his duties and will now with all of ABC News Special Events for live events and breaking news across the network.

Megyn Kelly Takes on Dobbs, Erickson: ‘Who Died and Made You Scientist-in-Chief?’

Megyn Kelly took on Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson for their stances on a new study that finds an increasing number of women are the breadwinners for their families.

The pair appeared on Fox News after participating in a panel discussion on the topic on FBN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” earlier this week. The all-male panel drew criticism, including from Fox News’ own Greta Van Susteren, who wondered if the men had “lost their minds.”

Kelly — who is a mother of two with a third on the way — started the interview by asking, “What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

“I don’t describe myself as a feminist, but I will tell you I was offended by your piece nonetheless,” Kelly said to Erickson, who followed up the FBN panel with a blog post on the topic. “I didn’t like what you wrote one bit and I do think you are judging people … I have a whole list of studies saying your science is wrong and your facts are wrong.” Watch after the jump. Read more

Jeff Zucker to CNN Staff: ‘We are still unequivocally dedicated to quality journalism’

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker sent an email to CNN staffers this afternoon, honoring the channel’s 33rd anniversary tomorrow, June 1.

In 1980, Ted Turner launched a revolutionary idea in news, and CNN was born. A lot has changed since then – from the way we gather the news to the countless ways our audience consumes it.

At the same time, a lot has not changed. We are still unequivocally dedicated to quality journalism and our storytelling abilities remain unparalleled around the globe.

Zucker also included a new promo video for CNN (watch it below), which he said “showcases some of who we are and what we do.” His full memo to staff is after the jump.

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Sunday Show Ratings: May 26

CBS’ “Face the Nation” was on top this week, leading the way in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demographic. “Meet the Press” was pre-empted for NBC’s coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix, and “This Week” aired with low coverage because ABC’s broadcast of the Indianapolis 500.

Compared to the same week last year, “Face the Nation,” “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday” were up in both ratings measurements. ABC grew the most in Total Viewers (+38%) and Fox grew the most in A25-54 viewers (+47%). Univision’s “Al Punto” was up in Total Viewers but down in the demo.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,449,000 Total Viewers and 507,000 viewers in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 66% of the country.

The numbers for May 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.36M 911K
ABC
“This Week” 2.11M 641K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.15M 373K
Univision “Al Punto” 681K 284K
NBC “Meet the Press” n/a n/a

Morning Show Ratings: Week of May 20 and May Sweeps

“Good Morning America” wins its first May sweep in 18 years and shows growth compared to the same week last year. At the same time, “CBS This Morning” had its best May since 1994 and was the biggest gainer of the month. The broadcast is up +19% in Total Viewers and up +7% in younger viewers. Some of those viewers, no doubt, at the expense of NBC’s “Today” which shed -6% of its viewership and lost -7% of its younger viewers compared to last May.

“GMA” is also up for the month (+11% / +4%) and remains the #1 morning program leading “Today” by its largest margin in viewers in more than 21 years and its largest demo gap in 20 years.

“CBS This Morning” also showed the most growth for the week, up a whopping +38% in Total Viewers and up +28% in younger viewers. “GMA” was also up (+13% / +6%), while “Today” was down (-5% / -10%). One bright spot for “Today:” it took last Tuesday — the day after the Moore, OK tornado — in the younger demo. That same day “CBS This Morning” drew 4.1 million Total Viewers, its biggest audience since Feb., 2004.

The averages for the week of May 20, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.704M / NBC: 4.783M / CBS: 3.004M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.102M / NBC: 1.992M / CBS: 1.058M

 

The averages for May 2013 Sweep:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.729M / NBC: 4.856M / CBS: 3.174M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.128M / NBC: 2.083M / CBS: 1.118M

 

TV Jobs: CNBC, Bloomberg, NYLON TV

This week, CNBC is hiring a clip desk producer, as well as an associate producer for The Suze Orman Show. Meanwhile, Bloomberg needs a freelance on-air reporter/writer, and NYLON TV is on the hunt for an associate producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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