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Megyn Kelly Interviews Chris Christie

megyn kelly kelly file 2Megyn Kelly gets the cable exclusive with the embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Kelly will interview Gov. Christie at his office in Trenton tomorrow. Kelly plans to run the interview in two parts: tomorrow night and Monday night.

Earlier today, ABC’s Diane Sawyer interviewed Christie and asked if he felt “clueless” about not knowing about the George Washington Bridge closures.

“Not clueless, but it certainly makes me feel taken advantage of, and also, more importantly, I feel like I let people down by not knowing,” Christie said. “Sometimes, people do inexplicably stupid things.”

Ratings Notes: O’Reilly, Morgan

  • A night after losing to CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ in the demo by 4,000 viewers, “The O’Reilly Factor” was back on top Wednesday night. Bill O’Reilly almost doubled Cooper in the demo with 537,000 A25-54 viewers compared to “AC360′s” 342,000. Overall, Fox News had its third highest-rated primetime of 2014 last night.

  • Piers Morgan is having a good final week, ratings wise, on CNN. For the third night in a row, he has bested MSNBC’s No. 1 show “The Rachel Maddow Show” in the A25-54 demo. “Piers Morgan Live” still placed third in total viewers. For the majority of his three years hosting at CNN, Morgan’s show has been in third place in both total and demo viewers. He bids farewell to the 9pmET hour tomorrow night.

‘The Daily Show’ Tells Story of ‘Family That Stays Together’…’Morning Joe’

MJ Daily Show“The Daily Show’s” Samantha Bee‘s infatuation with cable news romance apparently isn’t limited to the “love story” she depicted between Fox News’ “The Five’s” Greg Gutfeld and Dana Perino—she set her sights on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” last night.

Bee told the story of “daddy Joe” and “mother Mika,” who together create a “rocket ship of passion that is middle-aged coupledome.”

She then shared what the fruits of the co-hosts “romance” has produced: boy pundits, listing off “Willie”(Willie Geist), “Marky” (Mark Halperin), “the Toddster” (Chuck Todd), and a cast of other show regulars.

Bee then got emotional as she showed clips of Joe and Mika arguing. “You guys are going to get divorced, aren’t you? Please don’t make me go live with Lawrence O’Donnell… he doesn’t flush the toilet,” Bee cried.

“Morning Joe” is not reciprocating the love. This morning the show opened instead with a “Colbert Report” clip. Now that Bee has told Fox News and MSNBC “love stories” we anxiously await her CNN version.

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TV Jobs: Fox News, RT News Channel, Fusion

This week, Fox News is hiring a freelance director, as well as a freelance editor. Meanwhile, RT News Channel needs a broadcast journalist and a news producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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.

Layoffs at NBC’s ‘Dateline’

dateline logoSeveral people have been laid off from NBC’s “Dateline,” TVNewser has learned.

The layoffs amount to about 10 people in the investigative and booking units of the show. Their responsibilities will be absorbed by current “Dateline” staffers, with the NBC News investigative unit picking up some extra slack for the newsmagazine.

“The number of original hours that Dateline produces each season fluctuates which affects the size of the staff, that’s always been the case,” an NBC News spokesperson told TVNewser. “We’re proud of the work this season and the quality of Dateline continues to go up and expand into new formats.”

Earlier today, NBC News announced the hire of Cynthia McFadden, who joins the network as a senior legal and investigative correspondent after two decades at ABC News. The addition of McFadden is one of several high-profile hires made in NBC News’ investigative unit over the past year, including Richard Esposito and Mark Schone, also from ABC News.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 314 | MSNBC: 133 | CNN: 201 | HLN: 97
  • Primetime: FNC: 470 | MSNBC: 245 | CNN: 296 | HLN: 136

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

254

TheFive:

419

Baier:

453

Greta:

336

O’Reilly:

537

Megyn:

501

Hannity:

356

O’Reilly:

306

Megyn:

300

MSNBC
Wagner:

101

EdShow:

142

Sharpton:

161

Matthews:

215

Hayes:

239

Maddow:

266

O’Donnell:

227

Hayes:

130

Maddow:

155

CNN
Tapper:

163

Blitzer:

208

Blitzer:

285

Burnett:

322

Cooper:

342

Morgan:

277

SpcReport:

268

Cooper:

193

Morgan:

193

HLN
News:

45

Files:

21

Files:

63

Jane:

67

Grace:

101

DrDrew:

120

Files:

188

Files:

204

Files:

221

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Juju Chang Named Anchor of ‘Nightline’

abc_juju_chang_090116_mainAs Cynthia McFadden packs for NBC, ABC is wasting no time in announcing her replacement at “Nightline.” ABC lifer Juju Chang has been named co-anchor of the ABC News broadcast effective immediately.

“Juju is the perfect example of someone whose dedication and tenacity to innovative reporting have paved the way for her success,” ABC/Disney co-president Ben Sherwood writes in a note to staff.

Chang, who has been with ABC News her entire career, starting as a desk assistant, is married to former NBC News boss Neal Shapiro, now president of WNET.

McFadden was one of the original anchors when “Nightline” went to a 3-anchor format in 2005, along with Martin Bashir and Terry Moran. Bashir left for MSNBC in 2010, replaced by Bill Weir. Last year, Dan Abrams replaced Moran who is now a foreign correspondent for ABC News. And when Weir left for CNN in October, Dan Harris took his spot.

In his note, Sherwood thanked McFadden for her 20 years of service. “Cynthia has been an amazing colleague, a loyal mentor to so many of our up and coming producers and I am personally grateful for her profound contributions to ABC News. It is with great fondness that I wish Cynthia the very best in her new adventure.”

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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Cynthia McFadden Jumps From ABC to NBC

cynthia mcfaddenAfter two decades at ABC News, “Nightline” anchor Cynthia McFadden is jumping to NBC News. She will be senior legal and investigative correspondent, contributing to NBC’s investigative unit across all NBC’s platforms.

“After 20 incredible years at ABC News I’ve decided to take on new challenges at NBC News,” McFadden said in a statement. “While it is not easy leaving the ‘Nightline’ anchor chair, the opportunity NBC offered to make a deep dive into the kind of reporting I am most passionate about— legal and investigative— was just too appealing to resist. I’m grateful to everyone at ABC for a marvelous journey and very much looking forward to joining my new colleagues at NBC.”

McFadden has anchored “Nightline” for the past nine years. She joined ABC News in 1994 as a legal correspondent.

“Cynthia McFadden is a rare talent — passionate about journalism, compassionate in her view of the world, truly gifted in the art of storytelling,” NBC News president Deborah Turness said. “Expert, experienced, and exceptional — NBC News is the perfect place for her, and I personally can’t wait for us to begin our journey together.”

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Layoffs At CNN Atlanta

Jeff Zucker Named New Chief Executive At CNNBreaking: Layoffs have hit CNN headquarters in Atlanta today. TVNewser has learned the network has cut 16 employees from the Image and Sound unit. This includes video editors and photojournalists. The division employs 450 people. An insider tells us at least 160 positions are set to change in some way due to new technologies.

NBCU Shutters Two Websites

TWOPdailycandyYou’ve surely heard of them, maybe you’ve visited them from time to time, but the days of Daily Candy and Television Without Pity are numbered. NBCUniversal Digital is shuttering the sites.

Comcast acquired Daily Candy for $125 million in 2008. Following Comcast’s acquisition of NBCU in 2010, Daily Candy became part of the NBCU Digital Network. Launched in 2000 by journalist/entrepreneur Dany Levy, Daily Candy was a pioneer in online newsletters geared toward women and featuring fashion, food, and entertainment.

TelvisionWithoutPity, meant for TV junkies, provides witty, usually mocking, episode recaps about television’s most popular shows. The site was acquired by NBCU’s Bravo in 2007. It will cease operations April 4 with forums remaining open until May 31.

Kara Swisher at Re/Code — in which the NBC News Group is a major investor –  reports 64 employees at Daily Candy and three at TWop will lose their jobs. “Apparently, many of those staffers — largely located in New York — might be offered jobs at other NBCU properties, but that is not a certainty,” Swisher writes.

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