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Archives: January 2014

Phil Griffin: MSNBC Gets ‘More Analytical As The Day Goes On’

phil-griffin-msnbcFeaturedIn an interview with The Daily Beast, conducted before the latest controversy at MSNBC, network president Phil Griffin spoke about the recent daytime shakeup, explaining how the types of voices viewers will hear makes MSNBC “more analytical as the day goes on.”

“There is a rhyme or reason to this—it’s making the thread clearer from morning to night,” Griffin says, explaining that the latest line-up is organized in three-hour blocks. The first begins with Morning Joe, the bipartisan agenda-setter that airs from 6 to 9 a.m., continuing with a newsy block that runs from 9 to noon (with Hall newly installed at 11 a.m.), running through Mitchell at noon and followed by Farrow and Reid as “a more topical” bridge to an increasingly opinionated afternoon featuring The Cycle, a panel show, and Now With Alex Wagner. “Then you have the big voices of Ed Schultz, Rev [Al Sharpton], and Chris [Matthews],” Griffin continues, “and then the big deeper thinkers of Chris Hayes, Rachel [Maddow], and Lawrence [O’Donnell].”

Griffin draws a line between MSNBC’s “sensibility” and ideology. Read more

Priebus: MSNBC Apology ‘Was a First Step’

Appearing on “Hannity” last night, RNC chairman Rience Priebus said Phil Griffin‘s apology for MSNBC’s offensive tweet was “a first step” toward repairing relations.

Noting that the tweet comes after the network has been under fire for several controversial incidents, Priebus told Sean Hannity: “I can take it. That’s what you get when you’re chairman of the party. But some of these things that are done about families, and people’s appearance, and gender, race — blanket statements about people on the right side of our party — I’m just not going to stand up and take it.”

“It’s sort of like being on probation, I guess,” he said of MSNBC. “But the fact of the matter is, we’re here, we’re watching them. And it’s our responsibility, and mine in particular, to stand up for our party. That’s what I did today and I’ll do it again.” Watch:

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, January 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 293 | MSNBC: 199 | CNN: 152 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 417 | MSNBC: 321 | CNN: 169 | HLN: 100

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11/11:30p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

214

TheFive:

431

Baier:

324

Greta:

370

O’Reilly:

527

Megyn:

425

Hannity:

293

O’Reilly:

287

Megyn:

249

MSNBC
Wagner:

129

EdShow:

193

Sharpton:

229

Matthews:

311

Hayes:

300

Maddow:

352

O’Donnell:

303

Hayes:

176

Maddow:

167

CNN
Tapper:

184

Blitzer:

114

Blitz/Cross:

111/130

Burnett:

154

Cooper:

154

Morgan:

185

Cooper:

167

Frozen/Bieber:

133/117

Morgan:

85

HLN
News:

74

WWYD:

50

WWYD:

60

Jane:

69

Grace:

145

Grace:

82

Grace:

73

Files:

85

Files:

62

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MSNBC Fires Author of ‘Unacceptable’ Tweet, Phil Griffin Apologizes to RNC Chair

MSNBCLogo304x200Responding to RNC Chair Reince Priebus‘ demand for an apology over an offensive tweet suggesting conservatives are against interracial marriage, MSNBC has fired the author of the tweet, and network President Phil Griffin has apologized to Preibus.

Here’s the statement from Griffin:

The tweet last night was outrageous and unacceptable. We immediately acknowledged that it was offensive and wrong, apologized, and deleted it. We have dismissed the person responsible for the tweet.
I personally apologize to Mr. Priebus and to everyone offended. At msnbc we believe in passionate, strong debate about the issues and we invite voices from all sides to participate. That will never change.

Griffin’s apology comes after Priebus banned all RNC officials from appearing on MSNBC.

MSNBC’s swift action in response to this online comment comes after a string of controversial on-air comments in the last months of 2013: Melissa Harris-Perry‘s panel mocking Mitt Romney’s African-American grandchild, Martin Bashir‘s resignation after making vile comments about Sarah Palin, and Alec Baldwin and MSNBC parting ways after the actor hurled anti-gay slurs toward a photographer.

>Update: Priebus will appear on “Hannity” tonight to talk about the incident.

Fox News Repeats As Most/Least Trusted News Network

FOX_NEWS_CHANNEL_LOGO_USEFor the third consecutive year, Fox News was found to be both the most trusted and least trusted news network, according to a new Public Policy Polling poll.

The poll found 35% of Americans trust Fox News more than other TV outlets, with PBS (14%), ABC (11%), CNN (10%), CBS (9%),  MSNBC and Comedy Central tying at 6%, and NBC (3%) rounding out the list.

The poll suggested Fox’s wide margin as most trusted is in large part due to overwhelming Republican viewership, with 69% of Republicans citing it as their most trusted news network (MSNBC was tied for fourth place among Democrats most trusted list).

FNC also leads the way as least trusted: 33% ranked it as their least trusted network, followed by MSNBC (19%), Comedy Central (14%), CNN (11%), ABC (5%), CBS (4%), and a tie for NBC and PBS at 2%.

Super Bowl Boulevard Festivities in Full Swing

lara spencer ginger zee tobogganWith just a few days to go until the Seattle Seahawks face the Denver Broncos at MetLife Stadium, the Super Bowl festivities are in full swing in Times Square. One of the attractions on Super Bowl Boulevard, which runs right past the “Good Morning America” studios, is a 60-foot toboggan run, which Lara Spencer and Ginger Zee raced down on the show this morning (video after the jump).

Zee and Spencer were out there a little earlier than CNN’s Andy Scholes and Christine Romans, who arranged to meet at the toboggan after “Early Start” this morning. But they may have overlapped with Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade and Maria Molina, who also participated in a toboggan race thismorning on “Fox & Friends.”

With three days to go until the Super Bowl on Fox, “Shepard Smith Reporting” and “Hannity” will both broadcast from Super Bowl Boulevard today. “The O’Reilly Factor” was scheduled to broadcast from Times Square, but will now originate from his Fox studio.

At the top of his show today, Smith introduced viewers to Super Bowl Boulevard: “I don’t know. The Weather Channel tries to name storms, I guess Fox Sports can name a street of they want to,” he joked.  Watch here.

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How Two Former TV Producers Created Their Own Lifestyle Brand

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From left: Albert and Gerstein

As part of Mediabistro’s Profit From Your Passion series, we spoke to media moguls Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert, who’ve spent most of their careers in the TV business.

Albert’s first job out of college was at Inside Edition; she’s also done on-air reporting for local stations and the NBA, and eventually became a producer for Good Morning America. Meanwhile, Gerstein has worked as a producer on various shows, from Anderson Cooper 360 to The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch. When the two met, they realized they had a similar desire to create a parenting-based lifestyle company. The result is The Moms brand, which started as a syndicated newspaper column, got picked up as a show for NBC and now includes a weekly show on Sirius XM Radio. Here’s how it all went down, according to Albert:

[When Melissa and I met] I was pregnant with my first child, and I felt like there was conversation missing in the parenting world. I wanted to have very smart conversations, and not talk about being pregnant, and not necessarily talk about how many diapers or poops or bottles my kid was going to have during the day. And so I had this idea to really do what I know and love, which is television and journalism, but in the parenting space. Melissa and I were connected through another person and we were told, ‘Oh, you guys have the same idea.’ And so that’s how we originally began as Moms in the City. We wanted something where we could have this parenting conversation in a forum that we knew — television.

To hear more from Albert and Gerstein, including how they’ve broadened their reach, read: Hey, How’d You Start Your Own Lifestyle Brand, Melissa Musen Gerstein and Denise Albert?

Morning Show Ratings: Week of January 20

MorningShowNEWABC’s “Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings, winning by 716,000 total viewers over number two “Today.” It also grew its audience in both measurements compared to the same week last year, +10% in total viewers and +16% in A25-54 viewers.

The NBC broadcast also saw growth, up +10% in total viewers and +7% in demo viewers compared to the same time last year.

“CBS This Morning” showed mixed results: it was up the most in total viewers year-over-year, +14%, but remained flat in the younger demo.

The averages for the week of January 20, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 6.056M / NBC: 5.340M / CBS: 3.269M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.452M / NBC: 2.230M / CBS: 1.118M

Sunday Show Ratings: January 26

The leaderboard continues to fluctuate for the Sunday public affairs shows: after placing third last week, CBS’ “Face the Nation” is back to first place in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, “Face the Nation, “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” are up across the board. Univision is up the most in total viewers (+23%) and CBS is up the most in the demo (+37%). ABC’s “This Week” is up in total viewers and down in the demo and NBC is flat is total viewers and down i the demo.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,447,000 total viewers and 486,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,111,000 total viewers and 546,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for January 26:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.27M 1.00M
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.15M 789K
ABC “This Week” 2.79M 759K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.37M 491K
Univision “Al Punto” 960K 421K

Meet the Kid Who Got Kneed by Jim Cantore

This is Colin Marcelli, a College of Charleston student and YouTube star. Marcelli, you’ll recall (watch here), was kneed in the stomach — not the groin as it would appear — when he burst into Jim Cantore‘s Weather Channel live shot Tuesday evening. Nearly two million views later, it’s not quite.

“He got me good,” Marcelli told Charleston CBS affiliate WCSC. “I figured it would be one of those things that I was on the Weather Channel for a minute, maybe laugh about it, see the video on YouTube and then it would be over.”

Did it hurt? “Yeah a little bit.” Would he do it again? “100%” yes. “It’s my 15 minutes of fame, you don’t get this very often.”

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