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Deborah Norville’s Keys to Success: ‘Be Curious, Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Nice’

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas. MediabistroTV caught up with several TV news luminaries to find out what success means to them. WATCH:

@CNNbrk Cracks 20 Million Followers

CNNBrkRemember back in Apirl of 2009, when Ashton Kutcher and CNN were in a heated race to see who could reach 1,000,000 Twitter followers first?

At 2:13am on April 17, 2009 Kutcher hit that mark. @CNNbrk, the breaking news account of CNN, hit 1,000,000 more than 6 hours later, at 8:55am.

Three years and 9 months later @CNNbrk to hit 10,000,000 followers, hitting that milestone on January 15, 2013.

And now, one year and nine months after that, @CNNbrk has hit 20,000,000 followers.

“This is rare territory,” says CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “No other news organization comes close. The only other brands of any type with more followers are YouTube and Twitter itself.” And, for what it’s worth, @CNNbrk has flown past Kutcher, who now has 16.5 million followers. Katy Perry still leads the Twitterverse with 58.7 million.

With 14.5 followers, @CNN is not far behind @CNNbrk. In fact, CNN’s main feed is the second-most followed news account on Twitter.

A Look Back at Ben Bradlee on ’60 Minutes’

Longtime Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee, who died last night at age 93, is being remembered this morning across the fourth estate. Bradlee was famously portrayed by Jason Robards in the film “All the President’s Men,” and was known to be among John F. Kennedy’s close friends. The late Mike Wallace profiled Bradlee on “60 Minutes” back in 1995.

CNN’s Jake Tapper Unites Democrats and Republicans in Praise of Tough, Fair Debate

AP GOVERNOR-FLORIDA-DEBATE A ELN USA FLMaybe we should just have CNN’s Jake Tapper moderate all the debates from now on. Tonight, Tapper showed how a strong moderator can peel political candidates away from their pre-planned quips and comfortably boring talking points. Viewers got to see, well, a real debate. “We asked questions that had not been asked, and tried to knock them off their talking points,” Tapper told TVNewser shortly after the debate ended. “We wanted this, as much as possible, to be a conversation.”

It was a real conversation between Republican Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist, and like conversations between two people who clearly do not like each other, it wasn’t always comfortable to watch. But it was fascinating, and it never felt scripted. Part of the credit for that goes directly to Tapper and his producers, who decided the format would be flexible–less about timing, and more about talking. At times, Tapper sat back, ignored the clock, and let the candidates dig in to each other’s answers. At other times, Tapper interrupted, cutting off talking points in mid-sentence with a friendly but firm “thank you.”

B0gSKMeIEAMDkXGA deftly moderated debate like CNN’s can be risky for candidates, but it was wonderful for viewers and voters. To make it happen, Tapper tells TVNewser he and the debate producers (pictured, left) worked for weeks on debate prep. “We went over and over the questions.” Tapper says it was essential that the candidates understood “you’re not going to get to filibuster, but then also, we’re going to try to get them to answer questions.” As in, you know, actually answering the questions.

To make that happen, Tapper consulted with Florida political reporters, asking for suggestions on issues that needed clarification late in the campaign–but also, asking the Florida press corp for some insight into exactly how the two candidates change the topic. “How has this candidate avoided this question in the past?”
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What Megyn Kelly Appreciates Most About Bill O’Reilly

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MediabistroTV caught up with Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Kelly co-hosted the event along with NBC Sports’ Bob Costas. Vicki Salemi, our editor of MediaJobsDaily asked Kelly what she owes the success of her year-old “Kelly File,” which most nights is the second most-watched program on cable news. “I have a very healthy lead-in,” Kelly admits. We also asked her what gave her the courage to leave the legal world behind, for career in TV news. In a word: “misery.” WATCH:

Cable News Ranker: Week of Oct. 13

WebFox News finished in the Top 5 of cable networks for the week of Oct. 13. FNC was No. 3 in primetime — behind ESPN and TBS — and No. 4 in Total Day viewing. FNC averaged 1,765,000 primetime viewers and 1,064,000 total day viewers.

CNN placed 27th in primetime, ahead of MSNBC which finished 31st. CNN was 20th in total day, while MSNBC was 29th. Full ranker after the jump…

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The Evening Ticker: CBS in Syria; New Hires at Bloomberg, Fusion

  • CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports tonight from inside Syria, where she speaks with a teenager who says he was forced to fight alongside ISIS. The report, broadcast on “The CBS Evening News” is a rare example of American journalists doing on-the-ground reporting inside the country. Williams spoke with 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh in the basement of a prison in northern Syria, where men accused of being ISIS terrorists are being held by a Kurdish group fighting against the Islamic extremists. “They captured my village and gave me a choice-either join ISIS or be beheaded,” Mufleh told Williams in Arabic.

  • Bloomberg has named Joe Weisenthal managing editor of Bloomberg.com’s markets and finance coverage. Weisenthal will lead coverage of markets and finance coverage across Bloomberg’s digital brands. Weisenthal, who joins from Business Insider, also will host a daily markets show on Bloomberg Television. He starts November 10 and will be based in New York.

  • Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has announced Boris Gartner is joining the company as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Gartner will be working on strategy, partnerships, and business development. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and executing forward-looking initiatives,” Lee said. “Boris was a part of the Univision team that conceived Fusion in 2012 and he will play a critical role as we continue building Fusion into a next-generation media company.”

Ebola-Stricken Cameraman Defends Dr. Nancy Snyderman on Twitter

Ashoka Mukpo, the freelance NBC News cameraman who contracted Ebola while working with Dr. Nancy Snyderman and her team in Liberia earlier this month, took to Twitter today to defend NBC’s chief medial editor. Snyderman has been the subject of recent criticism, but Mukpo isn’t lining up to bash his colleague.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, October 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | CNN: 148 | MSNBC: 80 | HLN: 92
  • Primetime: FNC: 311 | CNN: 134 | MSNBC: 93 | HLN: 78

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

231

TheFive:

425

Baier:

376

Greta:

244

O’Reilly:

416

Kelly:

282

Hannity:

234

O’Reilly:

216

Kelly:

235

CNN
Tapper:

162

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

212

Burnett:

196

Cooper:

141

Cooper:

153

Tonight:

109

Tonight:

94

CNNI:

105

MSNBC
Wagner:

54

EdShow:

78

Sharpton:

122

Matthews:

101

Hayes:

82

Maddow:

130

O’Donnell:

68

Hayes:

59

Maddow:

70

HLN
Now:

62

WWYD?:

87

WWYD?:

92

Secret:

62

Grace:

69

Dr.Drew:

70

Files:

96

Files:

134

Files:

176

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Where Renee Zellweger Isn’t Trending

ZellweggerShe’s trending on Twitter, lighting up Facebook, and is on the front pages of dozens of websites, including CNN.com and FoxNews.com. Even her Wikipedia page has been updated to reflect the discussion.

But there’s one place you won’t find chatter about Renee Zellweger‘s new look: cable news.

First, if you haven’t heard about it, here’s the backstory: Last night Zellweger walked the red carpet at the Elle magazine Women in Hollywood Awards. But, for many — millions really — it was hard to determine if this really was the Bridget Jones star, or someone who sorta looked like her.

As for how this “news” has been reported, as we said it’s on fire on social media and entertainment shows like “The Talk,” “Inside Edition,” and “Access Hollywood Live,” but not on cable news. The question is whether tomorrow’s network morning shows (we’re looking at you “GMA” and “Today”) will discuss it.

> Update: The three network morning shows all covered Zellweger’s new look on Oct. 22. “GMA” included it in the 7am open with a report at 7:38am, “Today” discussed the story at 7:45am and “CBS This Morning” talked about it at 8:31am.

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