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Pot the Focus of New CNN Original Series

CNN is getting in the marijuana business… sort of.

The network today announced a new original series called “High Profits,” which will focus on a Colorado couple who hope to be the first ever “moguls of marijuana.”

“High Profits,” debuting in 2015, features Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire — apparently former Alaska news anchor / marijuana enthusiast Charlo Greene wasn’t available — who own the Breckenridge Cannabis Club.

The eight-part series, produced by Bat Bridge Entertainment, will examine the booming industry that is legalized marijuana. We’ve seen in the past the marijuana-related programming does very well with viewers. Here’s a preview:


“High Profits” joins “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” “This is Life with Lisa Ling,” “Somebody’s Gotta Do It with Mike Rowe,” and “The Hunt with John Walsh” as part of CNN’s acquired series programming.

CBS News Releases Election Coverage Plan

PelleyScott“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell will lead CBS News coverage of the midterm elections on November 4. The network provide hourly updates at 7:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., followed by a one-hour election special at 10:00 p.m.

CBS will live-stream network coverage on CBSNews.com, and provide additional original reporting online. The network also promises to make extensive use of Twitter:

As the coverage unfolds, CBS News will use the Twitter account @CBSPolitics to communicate all election projections and characterizations. CBS News will use Twitter and other social media to introduce a new level of transparency into all CBS News political reporting, revealing internal guidance on competitive races as soon as the information is reportable.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 283 | CNN: 154 | MSNBC: 104 | HLN: 85
  • Primetime: FNC: 384 | CNN: 171 | MSNBC: 162 | HLN: 82

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

208

TheFive:

251

Baier:

267

Greta:

235

O’Reilly:

453

Kelly:

391

Hannity:

307

O’Reilly:

260

Kelly:

296

CNN
Tapper:

133

Blitzer:

163

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

240

Cooper:

203

Rowe:

184

Tonight.:

125

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

129

MSNBC
Wagner:

82

EdShow:

155

Sharpton:

179

Matthews:

236

Hayes:

204

Maddow:

166

O’Donnell:

118

Hayes:

84

Maddow:

55

HLN
Now:

33

WWYD?:

57

WWYD?:

95

Grace:

77

Grace:

54

Dr.Drew:

59

Files:

134

Files:

175

Files:

26

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ABC News Reaches 10 Million People on Facebook With Ebola Town Hall

10675956_10152382812852061_10152382804457061_1474_670_bThat’s a lot of likes. A George Stephanopoulos-hosted town hall, designed to answer viewer questions about the threat of Ebola in the U.S., was a major hit for the network on Facebook, reaching more than 10 million people.

ABC says the effort was a response to overwhelming interest in the story. “We’ve been inundated by questions about the Ebola virus on all of our platforms and wanted to connect and answer what we could,” said Subrata De, ABC News VP of Multi-Platform Newsgathering.

“The network’s newsroom was able to react quickly to the public’s demand for more information about Ebola and produced this event in just a few days,” writes Facebook’s Beth Loyd:

George Stephanopoulos anchored the event and guests including ABC News Chief Medical Editor Richard Besser answered more than a dozen questions asked by people on the ABC News and Good Morning America Facebook Pages. ABC News promoted the town hall on-air during Good Morning America, posted a call-out for questions on its Page, and then streamed the event live on ABCNews.com , gma.yahoo.com and Facebook.

Diane Sawyer’s Mother Passes Away

SawyerMother1Diane Sawyer‘s mother Jean Sawyer Hayes passed away Wednesday in Louisville, KY. She was 94.

Sawyer told the Courier-Journal this morning that her mother “was a force of nature, optimistic, spunky and energetic.”

Sawyer Hayes, was a longtime elementary school teacher and, later, civic leader. “Her students by the hundreds were jolted into the possibilities of their lives,” Sawyer said.

A visitation is planned for this weekend in St. Matthews, KY with a private funeral next week.

ABC News president James Goldston sent a note to ABC News staff this morning, writing that Sawyer “is with her Kentucky family now, and her ABC family will embrace her when she returns.”

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Jeff Jarvis Asks Reuters CEO Andrew Rashbass: ‘Does TV News Have to Suck?’

Reuters CEO Andrew Rashbass was at The Paley Center for Media yesterday, and he took on a blunt but entertaining question posed by moderator Jeff Jarvis: “does TV news have to suck?”

Rashbass conceded the news business faces a myriad of challenges, but rooting out the less newsy bits amid the serious reporting isn’t necessarily a good idea:

I think there are lots of ways people find out what’s going on in the world and I think that if we, on the supplier end, get too earnest about the “eating your vegetables” side of news, then I don’t think we are actually fulfilling, actually, our societal purpose and…if that’s what you mean by TV news sucking, then as I say…I think the issue for TV news is a slightly different one which has resulted in some of the characteristics you’re leading to there. And it’s because a lot of the role, TV news has traditionally done, is now being done in other ways. And therefore, I think it’s more a question of relevance rather than anything else. So, as I say, the sort of fun side of TV news or the entertainment side of TV news, I actually rather like.

Sunday Show Ratings: October 19

sunday shows_304CBS’s “Face the Nation” was first among Sunday shows in viewers last week despite being down -11% in total viewers and down -16% in the A25-54 demo compared to the same week last year.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” was slightly down: -3% in viewers and down -1% in the demo vs. the same Sunday last year but “MTP” had its biggest audiences in both total viewers and the demo since Chuck Todd’s debut on September 7.

ABC’s “This Week” was slightly down in total viewers but up +13% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” was also up +13% in the demo compared to last year.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1.82 million total viewers and 367,000 A25-54 viewers. ”Fox News Sunday” on broadcast was up +4% overall and and up +26% in the demo.

“Meet the Press” drew an additional 1.27 million total viewers and 554,000 demo viewers with rebroadcasts on NBC and MSNBC.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 55% of the country.

The numbers for October 19:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.95M 750,000
ABC
“This Week” 2.54M 769,000
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.74M 760,000
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.31M 480,000
UNIV “Al Punto” 791,000 329,000

 

Geraldo Rivera: The ‘Real Threat’ Comes From ‘The Great White North’

geraldo_rivera_mi_130201_mainFox News host Geraldo Rivera has suggested the attack in Ottawa proves the “real threat” to the United States comes not from a poorly-defended border to the South, but from the far-longer and much less heavily monitored border with Canada.

“The danger is from homeground or Canada-based terrorists, not from Juan and Maria who just want to wash dishes, mow lawns, baby sit or work in the fields to make a better life for their children,” he writes on Facebook.

It wasn’t just the Fox News host noting the differences between borders. CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” asked viewers on Twitter whether they felt the border to the North was secure:

Morning Show Ratings: Week of October 13

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings, and is the only breakfast show to grow in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Compared to the same week last year, “GMA” is up +2% in viewers and up +3% in the demo. NBC’s “Today” show is up +1% in viewers, but down -4% in the demo and No. 3 “CBS This Morning” showed the most growth among viewers: +4%, but was down the most in the demo: -10%.

The averages for the week of Oct. 13, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.446M / NBC: 4.701M / CBS: 3.031M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.042M / NBC: 1.884M / CBS: 928,000

 

‘I’m Trying to Think of a Stronger Word Than Atrocious’

"Dirty Wars" Portraits - 2013 Sundance Film FestivalJeremy Scahill, the investigative reporter at The Intercept and author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, slammed American media coverage of the attack on Canada’s Parliament Wednesday. “I’m trying to think of a stronger word than atrocious or embarrassing.”

Many have noted the stark difference between Canadian news coverage of the Ottawa attack and how the story was reported in the United States. Speaking on CBC Radio’s “As It Happens,” Scahill singled out two networks:

“Any rumor that happens to pop up on Twitter or social media is carried almost as though it’s a totally true story from a reliable source. And this is true of our biggest networks, CNN, Fox News.”

“What we are really seeing right now in the U.S. media is a push for Canada and Canadians to adopt this default rhetoric that now permeates the discussion on terrorism in this country that this needs to be immediately labeled terrorism, and there has to be a paramilitary or military response to what may have been a deranged individual.”

Listen to the interview after the jump.
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