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Journalists Kicked Out of Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists’ Trial

Three weeks ago, three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt had their pleas for release denied by a judge; today journalists covering their case were kicked out of the courtroom.

The expelled journalists who hung around were eventually let back in the courtroom under the order they don’t speak with the imprisoned journalists–who are locked in cages during the trial–when courtroom recess take place.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of April 14

EveningNewsNewFor the second week in a row, ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” has grabbed first place in the A25-45 news demo. It’s been more than six years since the ABC broadcast has had back-to-back demo wins: the weeks of March 17 and March 24, 2008 when Charles Gibson was anchor. Sawyer took over the show in January,  2010.

While “World News” edged “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by 12,000 demo viewers during the week of April 7, last week the margin was 85,000 viewers. “Nightly News” continues to lead in total viewers for the 240th consecutive week with a +647,000 viewer lead on “World News.”

All three newscasts saw year-over-year drops. That’s because during the same week last year all three extensively covered the Boston marathon bombings and aftermath. While NBC and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” were down double digits, “World News:” was down the least: -7% in viewers and down -10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 14, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,571,000 7,924,000 6,274,000
• A25-54: 2,008,000 2,093,000 1,498,000


Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: ‘Let’s Be Clear… I Have Never Said Hippety, Never’

FallonWilliamsFor years, without knowing it, Brian Williams has been uttering the lyrics of Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice.” It took one of Jimmy Fallon‘s producers to turn it into late night viral gold. And it’s not the first time. For his part, Williams wants everyone to know, he has no part in Fallon’s “hobby.”

“Here’s the deal,” Williams said to Fallon in his first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, “Every night, I’m downstairs. I’m doing the broadct that pays for your hobby and all this,” Williams joked. “And people think I’ve somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear… I have never said hippety, never.”

“You’ve done this to me 7 times,” Williams continued. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon said.

With cameos from Natalie Morales and Lester Holt, watch the Brian Williams version of “Gin and Juice” after the jump…

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‘Wolf of Vegas’ Gets Anthony Bourdain Into Caesars Palace Suite

Leonardo DiCaprio might have created buzz as the “Wolf of Wall Street,” but CNN’s Wolf Blitzer apparently carries some street cred as the wolf of Las Vegas.

On this weekend’s “Anthony Bourdain: Part Unknown,” Bourdain reveals how name-dropping Blitzer got him into a luxurious suite in Las Vegas’ Caesars Palace.

“I told the casino that Wolf Blitzer was coming,” Bourdain said, adding that the hotel gave him the suite under the assumption that the CNN anchor was coming. “And I plan to live large until they figure out Wolf ain’t coming,” Bourdain said.

“The wolf of Vegas,” Blitzer said this afternoon in response. “I’m going…looks nice.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, April 18

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 200 | MSNBC: 114 | CNN: 145 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 209 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 170 | HLN: 138

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

185

TheFive:

279

Baier:

265

Greta:

236

O’Reilly:

266

Megyn:

211

Hannity:

149

O’Reilly:

169

Megyn:

128

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

84

Sharpton:

81

Matthews:

53

Hayes:

89

Maddow:

115

Lockup:

161

Lockup:

231

Lockup:

237

CNN
Tapper:

123

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

178

Burnett:

222

Cooper:

215

Tonight:

128

Tonight:

169

Bourdain:

241

Spurlock:

147

HLN
News:

19

Detective:

14

Detective:

42

Jane:

68

Grace:

123

Files:

101

Files:

189

Files:

142

Files:

146

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Sharyl Attkisson: ‘Unstoppable’ Forces Halted CBS Reporting; Network Responds

AttkissonStelterIn her most recent TV interview, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson claims politics kept her stories from airing.

“The tendency on the part of some of these managers who have key influences has been they never mind the stories that seem to … go against the grain of the Republican Party,” Attkisson told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter yesterday. “But they do often seem to feel defensive about, almost, personally defensive on stories that could make the government look bad.”

She pointed to now former-”CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin as one of a number of producers who took issue with her stories that were more critical of the Obama administration; she also cited “heavy-handed editing” practices overseen by producers and managers, including Shevlin.

“It’s hard to say it’s all at the guidance of her, but she is executive producer of the show,” Attkisson added.

“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair tells TVNewser in response to Attkisson’s claims. “Those standards are applied without fear or favor.”

Attkisson’s “Reliable Sources” interview comes a week after she appeared on FNC’s media affairs show “Media Buzz.” Attkisson is writing a book about her CBS News experience, scheduled for release in November.

Jim McGlinchy Serving as Interim Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CBS JimLongtime CBS producer Jim McGlinchy is serving as interim executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” TVNewser has learned.

The move follows the departure last week of executive producer Pat Shevlin who leaves “Evening News” for “60 Minutes.”

McGlinchy, who has been with CBS News for 41 years, has been senior broadcast producer for the show. He’s worked on the evening news broadcast for two separate stints; the first from 1993-2007, and then again starting in 2012. He started at CBS in 1973 as a desk assistant.

It isn’t clear whether McGlinchy is being considered for the permanent EP job, or when a permanent replacement will be named.

With an Aereo Win, ‘The Television Industry Will Be Profoundly Reconfigured’

aereo antennaeOn the eve of the most significant media case in years before the Supreme Court, the high court has granted a request from the Deputy Solicitor General to argue in support of broadcasters who have sued streaming service Aereo. The broadcasters — ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX — will cede federal lawyers 10 minutes of their allotted 30 minutes. Aereo will also have 30 minutes to argue its case tomorrow.

The New York TimesDavid Carr interviews Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, as well as industry executives who side with the broadcasters:

Speaking on the phone on Thursday, Mr. Kanojia said he liked his facts but had no idea how things would play out. “It’s a bit of a coin flip,” he said. A lot of people will be watching to see how that coin lands, less because of what it means for Aereo specifically than what it portends for the broader media ecosystem. A decision is expected this summer.

I spent time in Hollywood last week chatting with various executives, and Aereo was described variously as “a fencing operation peddling stolen goods” and “thieves masquerading as innovators.” That’s about as friendly as it got: Aereo may be small — [Barry] Diller called it “a pimple” — but it represents something mighty important. If Aereo is allowed to store and transmit signals without payment, the television industry will be profoundly reconfigured.

Kanojia also appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend. TVSpy has the video.

We’ll be breaking down the arguments in the Aereo case with U.S. Law Week managing editor Tom Taylor, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and BIA/Kelsey chief economist Mark Fratrik at the TVNewser Show next Tuesday. Click here for more information and to register.

Journalists Running in Boston Marathon Share Experience via Social

As we’ve reported, there are TV news personalities part of the 118th Boston Marathon story today, as NBC’s Natalie Morales and Fox News’ Anna Kooiman join the race.

“Today” just tweeted a photo of Morales crossing the finish line.

While Kooiman showed off her multi-tasking skills a couple hours–and miles–back, posting a photo she took while running on her Facebook page.

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Bill O’Reilly on Longtime Boston Ties: ‘I Couldn’t Be Prouder of the City’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a Boston Herald radio interview this morning, Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly tipped his hat to the city of Boston.

“Everyone knows that the city conducted itself, generally speaking, in a way that is above and beyond reproach,” O’Reilly said. “As somebody who has longtime Boston ties, I couldn’t be prouder of the city.”

O’Reilly went further into his ties to the city, noting that his journalism training happened in Boston; he worked for local channel five and seven, and got his broadcast journalism degree from Boston University.

“The Boston Marathon has always been an event that all the news agencies go wall-to-wall with…more celebratory,” O’Reilly said, suggesting that now, the race has changed to a symbol of anti-terrorism.

O’Reilly also teased leading tonight’s “O’Reilly Factor” with marathon coverage, offering perspective on how this year’s marathon is just one part of a larger anti-terrorism effort the U.S. must put into place.

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