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Archives: May 2013

The Morning Ticker: Greta, Amanpour, BBC

  • Christiane Amanpour and husband, former State Dept. official and Bloomberg editor Jamie Rubin, are moving to the U.K. Amanpour will continue to do double duty as ABC’s global affairs anchor and as CNN International anchor from London.

  • The BBC has received more than 150 new allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by dozens of current and former employees since revelations longtime BBC host Jimmy Savile, now deceased, was accused of abusing as many as 300 people over a 40-year-period.

Details Of Off The Record Journalists/DOJ Leak Meeting Leak

So, that off the record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder that a slew of news organizations boycotted? The details have, fittingly, leaked. The meetings were held in response to DOJ actions taken against journalists as part of an effort to find leakers.

Fox News, CBS News, CNN, the AP and the New York Times, among others, declined to attend as long as it was off the record. The Washington Post, Politico, The New Yorker, the NY Daily News and the Wall Street Journal attended yesterday’s meeting. ABC News, Bloomberg News, Tribune and others will meet with the Holder today.

Politico’s Dylan Byers has details:

Over the one-hour meeting, Holder stressed that the Justice Department had conducted its investigations out of a regard for national security, and said reporters had been subpoenaed out of a genuine threat to national security, according to those present. But Holder also indicated that the decision to label Fox News reporter James Rosen as an “aider and abettor” in a criminal investigation wasn’t necessary.

 

Cable Network Ranker: May 2013

May is one of the biggest TV months of the year, and it also happened to be a big news month too. That said, May Sweeps definitely had an effect on the cable network ranker.

Fox News remained the top cable news channel, placing 3rd in primetime among ad-supported cable networks in primetime, and fourth among all cable channels. CNN was 26th among all cable channels in primetime while MSNBC placed 33rd.

The full ranker is below.
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The Evening Ticker: Felling, Hemmer, Muir

  • David Muir sat down for an interview with WSYR, from his hometown of Syracuse. “It has been, and was, a dream to sit here,” he said of the “ABC World News” anchor desk.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, May 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 299 | MSNBC: 89 | CNN: 111 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 363 | MSNBC: 183 | CNN: 131 | HLN: 161

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

215

TheFive:

301

Baier:

349

Shep:

337

O’Reilly:

497

Hannity:

347

Greta:

245

O’Reilly:

382

Hannity:

251

MSNBC
Bashir:

51

Matthews:

128

Sharpton:

139

Matthews:

94

Hayes:

135

Maddow:

230

O’Donnell:

183

Hayes:

77

Maddow:

75

CNN
Tapper:

114

Blitzer:

73

Blitzer:

80

Burnett:

88

Cooper:

162

Morgan:

117

Cooper:

115

Burnett:

86

Morgan:

69

HLN
Now:

86

Express:

53

Express:

55

Jane:

117

Grace:

195

DrDrew:

175

AfterDark:

114

ShowBiz:

102

Dr.Drew:

92

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Robin Roberts: Daytime Host?

B&C’s syndication ace Paige Albiniak and local TV maven Michael Malone report that ABC “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts has been floated as a possible syndicated daytime talk show host. Roberts could head to daytime as an expansion of “GMA,” though it certainly sounds as though no move is imminent:

Robin Roberts has been key to elevating Good Morning America ahead of Today, and keeping it there. But does the a.m. anchor have the star power to make her own daytime show fly? That’s what execs in the station and syndication community have been buzzing about in recent days since word spread quietly that Disney/ABC might consider a Roberts-led syndicated talk show as one of the next possible GMA spinoff projects, according to multiple sources.

ABC News has made no secret of its desire to elevate its GMA franchise further. But in a statement to B&C, Roberts said a new show for her is not on the table: “No one is developing any show for me nor are discussions being had to that effect. I am 100% focused on my health and anchoring GMA, now and in the future.”

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, May 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 268 | MSNBC:80 | CNN: 108 | HLN: 114
  • Primetime: FNC: 393 | MSNBC: 143 | CNN: 103 | HLN: 133

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

222

TheFive:

347

Baier:

358

Shep:

306

O’Reilly:

459

Hannity:

430

Greta:

289

O’Reilly:

295

Hannity:

243

MSNBC
Bashir:

46

Matthews:

66

Sharpton:

53

Matthews:

63

Hayes:

82

Maddow:

182

O’Donnell:

165

Hayes:

85

Maddow:

61

CNN
Tapper:

103

Blitzer:

109

Blitzer:

94

Burnett:

67

Cooper:

121

Morgan:

68

Cooper:

119

Burnett:

99

Morgan:

84

HLN
America:

47

Express:

60

Express:

87

Jane:

123

Grace:

108

DrDrew:

168

AfterDark:

123

Showbiz:

120

DrDrew:

145

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CNN Shutters Baghdad Bureau, the Last U.S. TV News Bureau in Iraq

CNN quietly closed its Baghdad bureau in the last few weeks, TVNewser has learned.

“While CNN is departing its current brick-and-mortar location in Baghdad, the network continues to maintain an editorial presence in Iraq through a dedicated team of CNN stringers and correspondent assignments as news warrants,” a CNN spokesperson confirms in a statement.

CNN was the last U.S. TV news organization to have a real bureau in Baghdad, as other channels shuttered their locations there over the last few years. The closure comes just a month after the U.S. remembered the 10 year anniversary of the war in Iraq, which has seen 4,487 American troops deaths, and thousands more Iraqis.

For CNN, it is also the end of an era.

The cable news channel has had a bureau in Iraq since 1990, before the first Gulf War. CNN’s bureau there has been closed for short periods of time, usually after the Iraqi government kicked out its journalists. The most notable example came in late 2002 (see photo above), just a few months before the U.S. invaded the country.

While Baghdad was the source of much news over the last 10 years, it has become less of a focus for all channels as the U.S. military presence there dwindles. NBC News, ABC News, CBS News and Fox News no longer have bureaus there, though they do maintain small support staffs (i.e. stringers) to assist crews that may travel to the country, and NBC and ABC each have one producer stationed there.

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Cablers Chase More Oklahoma Bad Weather

Fox News and CNN are going wall-to-wall with the threat of severe weather in the same area of Oklahoma that saw a deadly tornado 10 days ago. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is in Oklahoma City, chasing the storm. CNN has an ominous on-screen warning from Myers, “Take Cover Now.” In anticipation of several hours of severe weather, The Weather Channel has canceled its taped primetime shows to cover the storms.

The ‘Fox Mole’ Shares a Day In The Life Of An ‘O’Reilly Factor’ Producer

The “Fox Mole,” Joe Muto has an excerpt in Salon from his new book chronicling life at the cable news channel. Muto, who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misdemeanor attempted theft and computer tampering charges over his Gawker posts, reveals some new factoids about life at “The O’Reilly Factor.” Three takeaways:

  • Bill O’Reilly effectively “writes” the entire show during the car ride from his home to the studio, transcribed by staffers in the office.
  • O’Reilly takes the viewer email segment very seriously, although on one occasion a prank name “Jack MeHoff” led to a humorous end result.
  • O’Reilly really looked forward to when the ratings would come in after 4 PM, “like a kid on Christmas Eve.”

You can read Muto’s whole excerpt here, and an interview he gave to the NY Daily News here.

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