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Archives: May 2013

Don Oliver Has Died

Longtime NBC News correspondent Don Oliver has died. Oliver, who spent 25 years at NBC News, got his first job in TV at KXLJ in his native Montanta. He got a scholarship from NBC News to attend Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism before joining NBC’s Cleveland bureau in 1966. He retired from NBC in 1991, but returned for a four-month stint in the early days of MSNBC. Brian Williams reported the news last night:

MSNBC Assumes Control Of TheGrio

MSNBC is taking over control of TheGrio, NBC’s news site targeting African Americans. MSNBC senior VP and executive editor Yvette Miley will add executive editor of TheGrio to her title.

TheGrio co-founders David Wilson and Dan Woosley–who helped launch it in 2009 with NBC–are departing the site, though they will stay on in an advisory role. Joy-Ann Reid will stay on as managing editor. While the site will fall under MSNBC, NBC News digital will provide operational and technological support.

“Under MSNBC, theGrio will be able to further build on its existing position of strength as a community for smart and engaging dialogue, opinions and perspectives, and continue to be an incubator for great stories and ideas for the entire NBCUniversal News Group,” write MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller in a note to staff today.

That full memo, after the jump.
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Bill Dallman Joins Fox Sports 1 as VP of News

Fox Sports 1 is staffing up ahead of its August launch. Longtime Fox executive Bill Dallman will join the network in July as VP/news director.

Dallman begins at Fox Sports 1 in July and will oversee “Fox Sports Live,” the network’s nightly three-hour news and highlights show.

“Fox Sports Live” has already made a number of on-air hires. Jay Onrait and Dan O’Toole will be the program’s primary anchors. Molly McGrath and Julie Stewart-Binks will be breaking news correspondents, and former professional tennis player Andy Roddick will be a co-host.

More from Fox Sports 1 after the jump. Read more

‘Crowd Rules’ Removed From CNBC Schedule

The CNBC reality/game show “Crowd Rules” has been put on haitus due to low ratings. The weekly show, hosted by entrepreneur Kendra Scott and NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan, was averaging 47,000 viewers over its two airings. This week’s episode, which was to have aired Tuesday night, was shelved, as have future shows. “Crowd Rules” is part of CNBC’s move to reality shows in primetime.

Soft Starts For CBS’ ‘Brooklyn DA’ and ABC’s ‘The Lookout’

A pair of primetime series produced by CBS News and ABC News debuted this week, to somewhat soft ratings.

Tuesday evening CBS News debuted “Brooklyn DA,” a docu-series chronicling life in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. The show debuted to an ok 4.99 million total viewers, though the 18-49 demo numbers (1 rating/3 share) left something to be desired. “Brooklyn DA” debuted second behind the series finale of ABC’s “Body of Proof.” For comparison, last year’s ABC News docu-series “NY Med” debuted to 5.4 million viewers.

Wednesday night ABC premiered its primetime “Nightline” program “The Lookout.” Final numbers will be in later, but Nielsen Fast Nationals show that it drew just over four million viewers, with an 1.1 18-49 demo rating and a 3 share. It also placed second, behind a rerun of “CSI.”

The good news for both shows is that with the big dramas and comedies done for the season, they have time to gain traction with viewers over the coming slow weeks. Whether they do so remains to be seen.

NBC’s “Dateline” drew nearly 7.1 million viewers, including a 1.6 18-49 rating, at 8 PM last night.

Jeff Zucker On Competitors, New Viewers And The ‘Human Drama’ Of The Cruise Coverage

CNN president Jeff Zucker appeared on a panel with IAC’s Barry Diller at the AllThingsD conference yesterday evening. While Diller’s broadcast network-challenging company Aereo dominated the conversation, Zucker still weighed in on his plans to expand CNN’s programming, the future of digital news and the channel’s coverage of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship story.

With regard to the cable news competition:

“While they are covering events in Washington from a political point of view, that leaves the news for us to cover,” Zucker said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t cover politics, but politics is just one part of the news. We are covering politics and much more, and I think that is the opening for us.”

He again noted that CNN wants to add programming that would typically be found on channels like Discovery, Nat Geo and A&E. He also praised “Parts Unknown” for epitomizing that ethos.

“Four and a half million new viewers who have not watched CNN have now watched CNN because they watched Anthony Bourdain’s show,” Zucker said. “In order to be successful going forward, we need to do that, we need to bring new viewers to CNN.”

Zucker said that he was “very pleased” where CNN was digitally, and noted that while TV is the most important platform now, it may not be in 10 or 20 years. Still, regardless of the platform, maintaining CNN’s brand is vital.

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Networks And News Orgs Turning Down Off The Record Holder Meetings

Remember those meetings Attorney General Eric Holder was planning with news organizations over the next few weeks? It seems that they were off the record, and a number of outlets are not happy about this fact.

CNN, the AP, the NY Times and others are declining to meet with holder as long as the meetings are kept off the record. It isn’t yet clear whether ABC News or NBC News will attend the meetings.

Update: HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reports that ABC News, Politico and The Washington Post will attend the meetings. Fox News will not attend if it is off the record:

From CBS News: “CBS News does not plan to participate in the off-the-record meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder. We would be willing to consider an on-the-record discussion.”

CNN.com’s Carol Cratty has more:
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The Morning Ticker: Verjee, C-SPAN, Esquire

  • CNN’s Zain Verjee has been appointed UNICEF Children’s Advocate and will be engaged with issues around child survival around the world. Verjee has also completed a children’s book series about magical adventures in journalism.
  • C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” continued its long history (going back to 1980) of reporting on — and from — DC newsrooms this morning. But for the first time the show has gone remote from a non-newspaper newsroom, at Yahoo! News’s Washington Bureau.
  • Esquire Network will now launch on Sept. 23. The NBCU network takes over the channel now occupied by G4 as part of a brand licensing deal with Hearst which publishes Esquire. The network will debut with a two-hour special commemorating the magazine’s 80th anniversary.

The Scoreboard: Monday, May 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 169 | MSNBC: 163 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 77
  • Primetime: FNC: 225 | MSNBC: 154 | CNN: 164 | HLN: 103

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

138

TheFive:

185

Baier:

187

Shep:

168

O’Reilly:

284

Hannity:

249

Report:

141

O’Reilly:

176

Hannity:

122

MSNBC
Caught:

216

Caught:

239

Caught100:

308

Caught100:


Caught:

232

Caught:

120

Caught:

111

Caught:

217

Caught:

235

CNN
Tapper:

50

Blitzer:

101

Blitzer:

127

Burnett:

163

Cooper:

159

HBODoc:

167

HBODoc:

Cooper:

97

HBODoc:

87

HLN
America:

43

Express:

54

Express:

74

Grace:

90

Grace:

130

DrDrew:

86

Grace:

91

Express:

76

DrDrew:

79

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The PM Ticker: McCain, Boston, WWYD?

  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper has secured he first interview with John McCain since he sneaked into Syria to meet with rebel leaders there. The interview will air this evening on “AC360.”

  • NBC’s Brian Williams will have the first group interview with six people who had limbs amputated following the Boston bombing. The interview will air Friday on NBC’s “Rock Center.”

  • ABC’s “What Would You Do?” returns to TV Friday evening at 9 PM. The ABC News program blends uncomfortable situations with hidden cameras, showing how ordinary people will react. Fellow ABC News program “The Lookout” debuts tonight at 10 PM.

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