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Archives: September 2013

The Morning Ticker: Norton, Clift, Martin

  • Erle Norton joins ABC as EP of ABC News Digital. Norton joins us from Thomson Reuters, where he was editorial director of Reuters Digital Video. Previously, Norton worked for NYPost.com and The Wall Street Journal.

  • “The problem I have with discussions in traditional cable news is they are trite, tired and weak conversations,” so says former CNN contributor, Roland Martin, now a host and managing editor for TV One.

Filmmaker Cancels CNN Hillary Clinton Doc

hillaryCharles Ferguson has but the kibosh on a planned Hillary Clinton documentary for CNN. Commissioned by CNN in July, the project started getting push-back right away. It all started from Hillary’s camp, then from other parts of the left, and then the right. But that wasn’t going to deter Ferguson, and CNN was still on board:

I flew to New York and had a two hour meeting with CNN’s President Jeff Zucker and his senior staff. They were great. They asked me how I was holding up — I said fine. They pledged their support, expressed dismay that things were so nasty, and told me to go forth and make my film. I did so.

So why did he quit the project?

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‘Reliable Sources’ Tackles The ‘Crossfire’ Disclosure Issue

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest-host Brian Stelter (filling for the third time) dedicated the final segment of the program to the “Crossfire” disclosure controversy.

If you aren’t caught up: late last week CNN revealed that it changed its ethics and disclosure policy for the hosts of “Crossfire,” allowing them to fundraise for and donate money to political candidates. The justification was that someone like Newt Gingrich is on the “right,” therefore he is assumed to be supporting Republicans.

CNN declined to answer questions TVNewser asked as to why the policy was reversed so quickly, or what would happen if one of the hosts donated money to someone challenging an incumbent from the same party, support of whom would not be self-evident.

“CNN can do better than this, it can start by debating this very issue of disclosure, on ‘Crossfire,’” Stelter said.

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Gigi Stone Joining CBS As ‘MoneyWatch’ Correspondent

Gigi_Stone_Personal_HeadshotFormer Bloomberg TV anchor Gigi Stone is joining CBS in a freelance role as correspondent for “MoneyWatch,” a personal finance segment produced for CBS stations. She will also occasionally contribute to other CBS News programming.

The job requires some early mornings, as some of the first hits can be on local news shows that air before “CBS This Morning.”

“It will be some early mornings for sure, so I will be up bright and early, rising and shining,” Stone tells TVNewser. “I’m used to the news business, and adapting to schedules that may not be nine to five.”

Stone says that it is particularly “exciting for me to be a part of this premium CBS brand,” noting some of the CBS News programming. As for what she hopes to accomplish in her new role:

“I am excited for the opportunity to do live reports from the Stock Exchange for all the CBS affiliates around the country as well as for the network; it seems like a good opportunity to really speak to people about the economy,” Stone says.

Stone’s predecessor Ashley Morrison, left the role early this month. Stone filled in on WPIX New York early this year, at the time she was still with Bloomberg TV.

Stone is also the host and co-producer of “Hiring America,” a nationally syndicated television show created to help military veterans find jobs. She hosted the MediabistroTV CUBES episode of Bloomberg TV, which you can watch below.
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Bill O’Reilly Has Written His Epitaph: ‘He Finally Stopped Talking’

Bill O’Reilly writes best-selling books, his own show — right down to the teases — and, on tonight’s “60 Minutes,” we also learned he’s already written his epitaph. He tells Norah O’Donnell: “On my tombstone, Holy Rood Cemetery out there in Long Island, ‘He finally stopped talking.’”

For her profile, O’Donnell rode to work with O’Reilly as he planned that day’s show. Her crew also spent time behind the scenes at Fox News. “You’re spending a tremendous amount of time, interviewing me. And you do it because you like me. You want to be here,” O’Reilly says in this “60 Minutes Overtime” video.

“Well, I’m doing it because I’m interested,” said O’Donnell, “there’s clearly something behind why millions of people are watching your show, and why millions of people have bought your books.”

O’Reilly responds: “I think you’re doing it because you can’t believe it’s happening. That you are here because you can’t believe a thug like me is this successful.”

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Geraldo On WME Lawsuit: ‘I will die before I give them a single penny’

geraldo-rivera-story-topFox News anchor and correspondent Geraldo Rivera is firing back publicly after a lawsuit that was filed against him by his former talent agency William Morris Endeavour was made public. WME sued Rivera for allegedly not paying his commission.

On his radio show, Rivera stood his ground, as noted by Mediaite.

“Where’s the contract?” Rivera demanded to know, calling the agency a bunch of “B.S.’ers.” He said he’s “furious” with the company, and added, “I will die before I give them a single penny.”

THR, Esq. obtained the lawsuit, and has details:

“Although [Rivera] paid commissions to WME on the Fox News Agreement for a time, the last payment WME received from Defendants was in January 2010,” the complaint stated. “After the Fox News agreement concluded, WME wrote a letter to Defendants demanding payment of the commission balance due. On December 11, 2012, Defendants’ attorney responded stating, among other things, Rivera denies any responsibility for commissions due to WME.”

‘Sunday Morning’ Has Best Season Since 1987

OsgoodStalwart CBS “Sunday Morning” just completed its most-watched season since the advent of people meters in 1987.

The Charles Osgood-hosted program finishes the 2012-2013 as the No. 1 Sunday morning news program, experiencing its best household delivery since 1993-1994 and its best A25-54 delivery since 2009-2010. “Sunday Morning,” which debuted on CBS in 1979, grew its audience +8% in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers vs. the year earlier period.

“Sunday Morning” also gave a boost to lead-out program CBS’s “Face the Nation” which came in first among the Sunday public affairs shows for the first time since 1987.

Here’s The ‘Today’ Scene From ‘The Michael J. Fox Show’

NBC premiered its new comedy series “The Michael J. Fox Show” this week, and as we reported back in May, the team from “Today” makes a guest appearance as, well, themselves.

Early on in the episode, Fox’s “Mike Henry,” a local news anchor, runs into Matt Lauer, who he has a “rivalry” with. Later on, he appears on the morning program, with special appearances by Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Peter Alexander.

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‘Good Morning America’ Wins Saturdays for the First Time Ever

gmaweekendThe Saturday edition of “Good Morning America” is enjoying some of the same success as the weekday programs. For the 2012-2013 season, and for the first time ever, “GMA” was the most-watched Saturday morning program. And they did it with the strongest numbers ever since debuting in its current format 9 years ago.

“GMA Saturday” was the only morning newscast to grow over the previous season: +10% in total viewers and +2% in the demo. NBC’s “Saturday Today” was flat in viewers and down -4% in the demo while “CBS This Morning” Saturday  was down -1% and down -7%.

On Sunday’s “GMA” remains in third place behind venerable “CBS Sunday Morning,” which had its best season ever (more on that tomorrow) and NBC’s “Today.” Still, “GMA” grew its Sunday audience: +12% in viewers and +2% in the demo.

2012-2013 Saturday Averages:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 3.647M / NBC: 3.512M / CBS: 1.742M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.223M / NBC: 1.212M / CBS: 595K

2012-2013 Sunday Averages:

  • Total Viewers: CBS: 5.452M / NBC: 3.280M / ABC: 3.225M
  • A25-54 viewers: CBS: 1.688M / NBC: 1.089M / ABC: 1.015M

‘South Park’ Offers a Sneak Peek At Alec Baldwin’s New MSNBC Show

On Comedy Central’s “South Park” this week, the subject of the writers’ ire was the NSA and… Alec Baldwin. Along the way, they decided to imagine what Baldwin’s upcoming show on MSNBC will look like. Watch below (via EW) and see for yourself.

No, it isn’t safe for work.

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