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Archives: January 2014

The Evening Ticker: Sollecito Talks, CNN Hires, Fox Schedules

  • ABC got the exclusive with Amanda Knox, now NBC has the exclusive with her ex-boyfriend and re-co-convicted killer Raffaele Sollecito. The interview airs tonight on “Nightly News.”

  • CNN Digital has hired six people to staff up the fast-growing video development group in the New York newsroom. FishbowlNY has the details.

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, January 30

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 284 | MSNBC: 156 | CNN: 117 | HLN: 83
  • Primetime: FNC: 406 | MSNBC: 288 | CNN: 228 | HLN: 141

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

201

Five:

386

Baier:

375

Greta:

339

O’Reilly:

453

Megyn:

442

Hannity:

321

O’Reilly:

267

Megyn:

166

MSNBC
Wagner:

141

EdShow:

167

Sharpton:

190

Matthews:

274

Hayes:

290

Maddow:

357

O’Donnell:

217

Hayes:

118

Maddow.:

148

CNN
Tapper:

97

Blitzer:

109

Blitz/Cross:

78/102

Burnett:

106

Cooper:

146

Sixties:

305

Sixties:

233

Cooper:

107

Sixties:

84

HLN
News:

42

WWYD:

62

WWYD:

90

Jane:

95

Grace:

133

DrDrew:

154

WWYD:

137

Showbiz:

59

Grace:

77

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Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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Where Do NFL Stars Who Don’t Make it to the Super Bowl Watch the Big Game?

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Joining the more than 6,200 members of the media in New York this week for Super Bowl XLVIII, is the occasional NFL star not playing in the big game. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith is in New York this week for another reason: launching his “Design for Brad Smith” competition. This morning MediabistroTV sat down with Smith to talk about the competition and to find out where he’ll be watching the game. We also got his take on the talk of the pre-game: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

The International Ticker: Charged, Expelled, (Un)Covered

  • Egyptian authorities says TV journalists should not fear reporting in the country following criminal charges filed against 20 Al Jazeera journalists. Among those facing charges of broadcasting false reports is Mohamed Fahmy, who previously worked for CNN.

  • China has forced New York Times reporter Austin Ramzy to leave the country.  Ramzy joins reporters from Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post and Reuters who have also been barred from reporting in China.

  • Among some of the international media covering the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey this week: a Czech TV reporter who dressed like Mozart and a Mexican TV reporter who wasn’t dressed in much of anything. Czech it out

Weather Channel President: ‘I Intend to Win’

weather channel winter storm leonAs the feud between The Weather Channel and DIRECTV enters its third week, TWC president David Clark says his network’s coverage of the winter storm in the Deep South gives him confidence that they will ultimately win the battle.

In a note sent Thursday night, Clark thanked staffers for their work covering the severe weather in Atlanta and elsewhere, noting that many Weather Channel employees reporting on the storm were also affected by the storm.

I know people are tired. We are asking a lot of ourselves right now in general, even before we get to storm coverage. I don’t need to tell you what a critical time this is for this team and our network, and how many Americans are counting on us to pull through. The way we win and protect our future is by putting out great TV every day. And like all of you, I intend to win. It is easy to be confident when you work with this team.

In other Weather Channel news, Sam Champion‘s new show, which will debut in March, gets a name: “AMHQ,” short for “America’s Morning Headquarters.” Champion announced the news on Twitter this morning.

Clark’s full note is after the jump. Read more

TV Jobs: BBC Worldwide, RT News Channel, NBCUniversal

This week, BBC Worldwide is hiring a senior publicist, while RT News Channel needs a news producer. NBCUniversal is seeking a manager of sourcing initiatives, and Viacom is on the hunt for a supervising producer for TeenNick. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Find more great TV jobs on the TVNewser job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVNewser pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow Nominates Roger Ailes For ‘CNBC First 25′

Well this is interesting.

As part of celebrating its 25th anniversary, CNBC annoucned it will be compiling the “CNBC First 25,” what it calls “a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and created the most disruption in business over the past quarter century.”

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow thinks Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes fits the bill. Last night on his show, Kudlow nominated Ailes, who ran CNBC in the early 1990s, but is now a fierce competitor.

“Mr. Ailes has broken the dominance of the mainstream media which always tilts left,” said Kudlow. “He is also unapologetic whenever he ruffles anybody’s feathers.” WATCH:

Here’s the criteria to be one of the “CNBC First 25.”

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The Big Gets: Knox, Rodman, Pres. Obama

KnoxSome exclusive gets across TV news this morning, including an emotional Amanda Knox who vowed to fight her second guilty murder verdict in an interview with Robin Roberts; Dennis Rodman invited Chris Cuomo on a trip to North Korea with him; and President Obama wouldn’t give a Super Bowl (or 2016 election pick) to Jake Tapper in Obama’s first interview since the State of the Union address.

“I will never go willingly back to the place…” a teary eyed Knox said this morning on “Good Morning America,” struggling to finish her sentence. “I’m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. I need a lot of help. I can’t do this on my own, and I can’t help people understand this on my own,” Knox added. She told Roberts she isn’t prepared for potential extradition to Italy and will take her case as far as the Supreme Court.

Over on CNN, Rodman spoke with Cuomo from rehab. It was during an interview earlier this month with Cuomo that prompted an inebriated Rodman to get help. He also invited the CNN anchor to North Korea.

“I will take you over there and introduce you to him (Kim Jong-Un),” Rodman proposed. “I would love for you to come back here and tell the world…is he a nice guy.”

“I’ll take it, I take the invitation,” Cuomo said accompanied by a hand shake, pointing out he’d be surprised if North Korea allowed him to come.

And yesterday, Jake Tapper traveled to Wisconsin to interview President Obama, where the president detailed his his 2014 agenda and talked Super Bowl.

“I can’t wait. And the American people can’t wait,” Obama said, referring to his SOTU declaration that he will bypass Congress through executive orders when Congress doesn’t act.

The three interviews after the jump. Read more

Georgia Gov. Talks with CNN, After Saying He Won’t Go on CNN

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Following a news conference yesterday which included an apology about the lack of preparation for Tuesday’s snow and ice storm, CNN’s Martin Savidge asked Gov. Nathan Deal if he would grant the network an interview. “No” was the short answer.

“If they don’t get their predictions correct about the facts still saying we had children in school overnight — they have to show some credibility on their part,” said Deal of the network which has called Atlanta home for more nearly 35 years. “I just want them to get their facts and apologize for telling the world we had children in school for two nights when we did not,” he said.

Politico has the video.

Following the news conference, Atlanta-based anchor Brooke Baldwin was even less confident of getting a one-on-one. “CNN has been trying to get Gov. Deal to do an interview,” said Baldwin. “His office is just a couple of blocks away from me here at the world headquarters of CNN. Thus far, no dice.”

A few hours later, the Governor did sit for an interview with Washington-based anchor Wolf Blitzer, a soundbite of which ran in Blitzer’s 6pm “Situation Room.”

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