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Archives: August 2013

The PM Ticker: FCC, MLK Speech, Murnaghan

  • The FCC is reportedly stepping in to help resolve the dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS, which has been ongoing since the beginning of the month. TVSpy has details.

  • The Washington Post takes a look at the licensing issues around broadcasting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream” speech, the entirety of which both CNN and MSNBC are airing today as part of their coverage of the 50th anniversary of the address.

  • On her first day home from the hospital, 11-year-old Sarah Murnaghan, whose family successfully sued to get her an adult lung transplant, gave her first interview to Fox News’ Peter Johnson Jr, who visited her at home in Pennsylvania. Watch it after the jump.

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Robin Roberts Returning to ‘GMA’ Full Time

Robin Roberts will return to anchoring “Good Morning America” five days a week beginning next week, she tells People. “I’m looking forward to it. I want to get back to my full life,” Roberts said, adding she feels “90 percent of myself again.”

Roberts’ full-time return to the “GMA” anchor desk comes nearly a year after undergoing a bone marrow transplant as she battled MDS. She has been anchoring the show a few days a week since February. Roberts recently returned from a vacation in Hawaii, which she said was “a time of renewal and reflection.”

“In the hospital I had a picture of the beach in Maui and that was my motivation, so to have all my friends who loved me through this past year there was all I needed,” she told People.

TV Jobs: Fox News, Bloomberg, Fusion

This week, Fox News is hiring a booker for its D.C. bureau, as well as a producer for On the Record With Greta Van Susteren. Meanwhile, Bloomberg needs a freelance TV news writer/producer, and Fusion is seeking a director of research. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Cable Network Ranker: August 2013

Fox News remained the top cable news channel for the month, placing sixth in primetime among ad-supported cable networks and seventh in total day. MSNBC was 33rd in primetime and 32nd in total day, while CNN was 35th in primetime and 34th in total day.

USA Network, History Channel, TNT, TBS and A&E were the top five cable networks in primetime for the month. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

ABC News Reopens Beirut Bureau

With all eyes on Syria, ABC News has announced plans to reopen a bureau in Beirut, Lebanon. The network’s first bureau there was opened in 1968 by Peter Jennings and closed in the 1990s.

“Beirut was a city Peter Jennings made his own. So it’s fitting – and timely – that ABC News is returning to a place that is one of the best listening posts in the Middle East,” managing editor of international news Jon Williams said in a statement.

ABC News correspondent Alexander Marquardt will be based in the Beirut bureau. In his first assignment since taking on the role of chief foreign correspondent, Terry Moran will report from Beirut on the escalating conflict in Syria for all ABC News platforms beginning today.

Morgan Freeman, as HLN Anchor, Explains Twerking

For a while, he was the voice of the “CBS Evening News,” now Morgan Freeman is trying his hand in front of the camera, as a news anchor. The actor was on HLN’s “Morning Express” this morning and Robin Meade got him to play anchor. The story he read, was an explainer on Twerking. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this all might be a sign of the apocalypse.

The Most Watched Cable News Programs in August Were…

Fox News had the top 13 programs in August in total viewers, and the top 11 programs in the key adults 25-54 demo. “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one program in cable news in both total and demo viewers, averaging 2.36 million total and 369,000 demo viewers. “The Five” and “Special Report with Bret Baier” rounded out the top three in total viewers, while in the demo “Hannity” was second and “The Five” was third.

“The Rachel Maddow Show” led MSNBC in total viewers, placing 14th overall and averaging 620,000 viewers. The program also led the network in the demo, placing 12th overall and averaging 171,000 viewers.

CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ was the top CNN program in total viewers and the demo, placing 18th in both ratings measurements. The show averaged 514,000 total viewers and 140,000 A25-54 viewers for the month of August.

Nancy Grace” led HLN in total viewers and the demo, placing 32nd and 25th, respectively. Grace’s program averaged 319,000 total viewers and 108,000 A25-54 viewers for the month.

“Squawk on the Street” led CNBC in total viewers with “American Greed” leading the network  in the demo. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” led FBN in total viewers and “Varney & Company” topped in the demo.

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The Morning Ticker: Fusion, PBS, ABC

  • David Ford joins the upcoming ABC News-Univision channel Fusion as Vice President for Corporate Communications. He will be based at the channel’s new headquarters in Miami. Ford currently oversees media relations for “World News with Diane Sawyer.”
  • Following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, Pres. Obama sits down with “PBS Newhour’s” Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff at the White House. The interview airs tonight on Newshour.
  • ABC News has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed a 2011 “20/20″ report was libelous. The Colorado man had sued ABC News as well as former “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, who is now with CNN.

Away From Daily News Grind, Soleded O’Brien Continues to Chart New News Path

Soledad O’Brien continues to blaze a trail for what she sees as a new news model — where journalists produce stories for any number of outlets, reporting on things they are passionate about, while immersing themselves in the communities they cover.

Today, along with actor Hill Harper, O’Brien will host the “Let Freedom Ring” 50th anniversary commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech. O’Brien, who left CNN earlier this year, will end up appearing on all the networks at some point during today’s ceremony.

Tomorrow, O’Brien premieres her sixth installment of “Black in America” at Bishop T.D. Jakes‘ Megafest in Dallas. On Friday, O’Brien will return to CNN to promote “Black in America” on “New Day” — a show which replaced her morning program “Starting Point” a few months ago. She’ll then hit to road again for the People en Espanol festival in San Antonio.

All the while, two of her four children will be in tow. O’Brien phoned in from the top of Toronto’s CN Tower Tuesday — hours before a flight would take her to Washington — part of a 9th birthday trip for twins Charlie and Jackson, which included a Yankees-Blue Jays game (with Derek Jeter keepsakes), and visits with the Toronto Police marine and mounted units.

“What I have really enjoyed is I get to concentrate on the things I am passionate about,” says O’Brien who spent 10 years  at CNN and, before that, 7 years at NBC. “The challenge now is to say ‘no.’ You could book yourself constantly.”

Upon leaving CNN, O’Brien created Starfish Media Group. CNN is now one of her clients. She’s also putting together three stories following a recent trip to Haiti for another client, Al Jazeera America, (O’Brien will also be live on AJAM this morning from Washington) and she’s got two stories in the can for HBO’s “Real Sports.”

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‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

CBS

Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

CNN

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