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Former CNN Chief Jon Klein & Former NBC Exec Jeff Gaspin Launch TAPP

GaspinKlein304Former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin are launching TAPP, which stands for TV App. TAPP will be made up of dozens of channels for which subscribers would pay $10 per month.

“They are going to be personality based with people who have super fans,” Gaspin tells BloombergTV. Gaspin says TAPP is for “viewers and users who cannot get enough of these particular personalities to the point where they want a more intimate relationship with these personalities than current TV and online offerings afford.”

“We are not talking about specific talent,” Klein added when asked who would have TAPP channels. “I will tell you that Sarah Palin is the kind of personality who has a massive social presence, and a core group of followers and supporters who hang on to her every word. That is exactly the characteristic that these channels are looking for.”

“This is not like Netflix, where you pay a subscription and get a plethora of content,” says Gaspin. “These are not general interest networks. These are very specific for very specific fan interests.”

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Cable Network Ranker: Week of March 3

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Fox News was the top cable news network for the busy news week of March 3, placing fourth in both primetime and total day among all ad-supported cable networks. FNC averaged 1,765,000 primetime viewers and 1,101,000 total viewers.

MNSBC placed 25th in primetime, with 720,000 viewers, and 28th in total day, with 397,000 viewers. CNN placed 34th in primetime and 30th in total day, with 485,000 viewers and 381,000 viewers, respectively.

USA, the History Channel, TBS and AMC rounded out the top five in primetime. The full ranker is after the jump. Read more

NBC News Takes Viewers Inside Humanitarian Crisis of Syrian War

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As part of NBC News’s 48 hour live documentary “Forgotton: Syria’s Children of War,” NBC medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman took viewers through the intensive care unit of a Lebanese hospital that is overrun with patients from nearby Syrian refugee camps.

In the half hour live webcast beginning at NoonET, which, as we watched on NBCNews.com, streamed with almost no hiccups, Snyderman discussed some of the urgent needs of the newborns, including one (above) who had heart surgery this week. She also introduced a toddler who shows symptoms consistent with polio. If confirmed, this would be the first case of polio in Lebanon since the crisis began three years ago. Snyderman says she was able to visit the child — even sitting beside her in her hospital bed — because she’s had her booster shots.

Following the webcast, which included two live cameras, an audio operator and producer, Snyderman did a liveshot from the hospital for MSNBC. She’ll also report later for “Nightly News.” It’s the start of 48 hours of coverage on multiple NBC News platforms.

“Very rarely do people get to see the human cost of a lack preventive healthcare,” Snyderman told TVNewser after the webcast. “Syrian children are paying a high price of malnutrition, lack of vitamins, and stress. This was a chance to put a face on these children, the ones who are suffering the most.”

Six Months In, ‘MediaBuzz’ Delivers Second-Highest Show Ever

costas kurtzHoward Kurtz‘s “MediaBuzz” delivered its second-highest ratings ever on Sunday, the six-month anniversary of its debut. During a busy news cycle that includes the continuing conflict in Ukraine and the search for the missing Malaysian plane, the Fox News program averaged 1,132,000 total viewers and 263,000 A25-54 viewers, behind only the show that aired the weekend of the Metro North train derailment in New York City (12/1/13).

Since its launch in September, the Fox News program is up +18% in total viewers and +38% in the A25-54 demographic. This week, “MediaBuzz” featured an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas, who talked about his eye infection during the Olympics and his coverage of the Sochi Games.

The strong ratings come on the heels of a win for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” in the A25-54 demographic last week. This week, “Reliable” delivered 376,000 total viewers and 143,000 demo viewers. Compared to the same week last year, “MediaBuzz” is up +15% in total viewers and +21% in the demo, while “Reliable” is down -13% in total viewers and flat (+1%) in the demo.

MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak Welcome First Child

MelvinMSNBC weekend anchor Craig Melvin and his wife, ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak, welcomed their first child into the world Monday morning.

Delano Joseph Melvin, or “Del”, comes in at 6lbs, 2 ounces.

And apparently, Melvin and his son are already talking to each other.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of March 3

EveningNewsNew“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most growth of the evening newscasts last week, when compared to the same week last year.

Pelley’s broadcast, which remains two million viewers behind “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and one million behind “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer,” was up +8% in viewers and up +7% in the A25-54 demo.

Sawyer’s broadcast, too, was up in both measurements: +5% and +6%, respectively. And for the third consecutive week, “World News” narrowed its week-to-week gaps with “Nightly” in both Total Viewers and Adults 25-54.

“Nightly News” continues its grip a the top, up +6% in viewers but down -9% in the demo vs. last year.  “Nightly” has not lost week in Total Viewers in four-and-a-half years.

Numbers for the week of March 3, 2014:

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• Total Viewers: 9,740,000 8,547,000 7,581,000
• A25-54: 2,361,000 2,284,000 2,033,000


Chelsea Handler to Piers Morgan: ‘You’re a Terrible Interviewer’

chelsea piersLate night talk show host Chelsea Handler continued her book tour last night on soon to be ex-CNN host Piers Morgan‘s show, and had some pointed criticism for his non-stop tweeting.

“You can’t even pay attention for 60 seconds…you’re a terrible interviewer,” Handler said, criticizing Morgan for tweeting during the commercial break instead of interacting with his guest.

“You just weren’t keeping my attention,” Morgan responded. “That’s not my problem…this is your show, you have to pay attention to the guest you invited on your show.”

“Maybe that’s why you’re job is coming to and end,” Handler added as Morgan laughed. “I like you when you’re being nasty,” he said.

On CNN’s end, they seem to be taking the bashing of Morgan—and his show ending—in stride.

Handler’s interviewing 101 lesson for Morgan after the jump.

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Joe McGinniss, Author of ‘The Selling of the President,’ Has Died

JoeMcGinnissAuthor Joe McGinniss has died.

McGinniss wrote the New York Times bestseller, “The Selling of the President,” an inside look at the 1968 presidential campaign of Richard Nixon and the team Nixon assembled to improve his image. On that team, a young Roger Ailes, now chairman of Fox News.

Ailes, who knew McGinniss for almost 50 years, said in a statement today: “Joe McGinniss will be remembered as a talented man. He changed political writing forever in 1968. We differed on many things, but he had a good heart. My prayers are with his family.”

Later, McGinniss wrote the true crime thriller “Fatal Vision.” The 1983 book was developed into a 1984 NBC mini-series. In 2011, he published “The Rogue,” a biography of Sarah Palin. During the writing of the book, McGinnis, in an effort to get a closer look at the 2008 GOP VP nominee, rented a house next door to Palin’s in Wasilla, Alaska.

McGinniss, 71, died Monday following complications related to prostate cancer.

Mike Huckabee: ‘A Big Issue’ Giving Up Fox, Other Income Streams for Presidential Run

HuckabeeFox News host Mike Huckabee talks to The New Republic about the pluses and minuses of potentially running for president in 2016, including giving up his job at Fox.

There won’t be an incumbent in 2016, but another variable remains in play. Were Huckabee to declare for the race, he’d have to give up his salary from Fox—$500,000 as of 2011—and many of his other income streams. He has called this “a big issue.” At one point, he jokes to me: “I want to be careful that I’m not announcing a candidacy here. Because that would be disastrous.”

Huckabee told Fox News’ Howard Kurtz he was “looking at” a possible 2016 presidential bid at the end of last year.

If he decides to give it a go this time, Huckabee would have to give up his Fox News show once he took more serious steps to running, like forming an exploratory committee and raising money.

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. Oh, and keep the show No. 1 in the ratings. So far, so good.

In the first edition of the new MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

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