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Mike Brooks Cut at HLN

MikeBrooksMike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week at Turner Broadcasting.

“I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, bookers, assignment editors, photo journalists, attorneys, Judges….YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE,” Brooks wrote on Facebook. “And some of you are also departing HLN/CNN. And I can’t forget CNN Hair & Makeup…You made a guy who has a GREAT face for radio look good in front of the camera. (At least you didn’t have to do my hair).”

Fox News Latino Sees Viewer Spike

FNL304Fox News Latino delivered its best month in nearly two years for (Since December 2012), drawing 1.5 Million Uniques and averaging 6 million combined minutes on the site in September. Compared to the same time last year, the site is up +69% in Total Unique visitors and up +43% in the number of Total Minutes averaged on the site, according to Comscore.

Additionally, last week, FNL co-hosted a special event alongside The Ailes Apprentice Program entitled, “Latinas: A Positive Force for Change.”

The special was moderated by FOX News correspondent Alicia Acuna and was co-paneled by four Latinas including: WNYW meteorologist Audrey Puente, former “Real World” star Rachel Campos Duffy, co-founder and managing partner of XL Alliance Lili Gil Valleta and CEO and Editor-in-chief of “Latino Post” Clara Del Villar.

The roundtable discussed topics ranging from the economy to social and political issues and how each of these affect the Latino culture.

Gannett Editorial Accuses Cable News of Catching ‘Ebola Bug’ and ‘Transmitting Fear’

Cole-Ebola-ISIS-2-690-e1413163765212An unsigned editorial in the Asbury Park (New Jersey) Press–and carried in Gannett newspapers across the country–blasts Fox News, CNN and MSNBC of “ramping up the fear” over Ebola “in order to carve out higher ratings.”

The editorial accuses the networks of “manufacturing a bogeyman” in Ebola, and ignoring a far more real threat to Americans–flu:

When are CNN, MSNBC and FOX going to mount their round-the-clock coverage of the plague of influenza stalking our nation and particularly our senior citizens? Don’t hold your breath.

In the race for ratings and market share, the exotic, foreign killer will nearly always beat out the mundane. And speaking of exotic foreign killers, when the cable news networks take their eyes off the Ebola ball for a moment, it’s only to pick up the ISIS ball and tell us of the imminent threat of those barbarians at America’s gate.

It turns out that fear-mongering translates not only into dollars and cents for news-gathering organizations, but also allows talking heads to politicize the issue. That’s certainly true with ISIS as criticism mounts about just how badly the administration misjudged its threat.

KC Estenson Leaving CNN

estenson.kc.2013KC Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN Digital, is leaving the company as the network finalizes a workforce reduction of 300 employees.

Atlanta-based Estenson joined CNN in 2008 overseeing all aspects of CNN Digital’s business. More recently he was running the business side as CNN.com editorial was re-assigned to New York-based CNN SVP Andrew Morse.

Estenson joined CNN from the Walt Disney Company where he oversaw the digital media businesses across the portfolio. Estenson, insiders tell TVNewser, is on vacation this week and was planning to announce his departure when he returned.

The news was first reported by Mashable.

 

 

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, October 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 294 | CNN: 198 | MSNBC: 80 | HLN: 90
  • Primetime: FNC: 464 | CNN: 303 | MSNBC: 116 | HLN: 88

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

153

TheFive:

348

Baier:

405

Greta:

320

O’Reilly:

502

Kelly:

470

Hannity:

414

O’Reilly:

348

Kelly:

310

CNN
Tapper:

181

Blitzer:

248

Blitzer:

242

Burnett:

232

Cooper:

295

Rowe:

339

Tonight:

275

Cooper:

258

Rowe:

114

MSNBC
Wagner:

97

EdShow:

88

Sharpton:

106

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

87

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

116

Hayes:

93

Maddow:

101

HLN
Now:

51

WWYD?:

60

WWYD?:

26

Secret:

51

Grace:

95

Dr.Drew:

76

Files:

93

Files:

86

Files:

203

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TVs Turn Purple for Spirit Day

In honor of Spirit Day, many network anchors and hosts went purple to show support for LGBT youth. CNBC’s signature peacock logo even turned purple for the day. The GLAAD initiative, which is a stand against bullying, began in 2010.

‘New Day’ Photo Quickly Deleted from Twitter

NewDayPhotoFrom the “things not to tweet” file: this photo of CNN “New Day” anchors gasping as they sit next to people dressed as health care workers… Ebola and all.

Mediaite reports the show’s senior producer snapped the photo, and tweeted it, “but then CNN brass immediately asked him to delete it.” Over at InsideCableNews, there’s a poll asking if this was harmless fun or in bad taste.

Kathie Lee Gifford Accepts Regis Philbin’s ‘Giant of Broadcasting’ Award

chuckTVNewser attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today. Prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities attended the event, which honors distinguished leadership or performance in TV and radio.

“Today” show fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke on behalf of her former “LIVE” partner, Regis Philbin, who could not accept his award in person.

She joked that Regis asked, “Am I’m not already a Giant of Broadcasting?” Chuck Scarborough longtime anchor of  WNBC’s “News 4 New York” was also honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.”

Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, a pioneer who created the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” among others, was honored posthumously. His daughter and Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver spoke on his behalf.

Other honorees included Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill – co-anchors and managing editors of PBS “NewsHour,” and Fred Silverman, former CBS, ABC, and NBC executive who brought some of the most iconic programs of the 1970s and 1980s to broadcast TV.

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FBN’s Liz Claman: Trying to ‘Inform, Not Inflame’ as Ebola Rocks Markets

LizClamanFox Business Network anchor Liz Claman tells TVNewser she had a “jaw dropping, stomach-turning moment” Wednesday, watching the Dow drop on the heels of overnight reports a second health care worker had been diagnosed with Ebola:

Markets hate surprises, especially like that, and when European stocks opened, they suffered their biggest one-day slide since 2011.By the time U.S. markets began the trading session, the market was primed to become red-meat for the bears.

Within minutes, the Dow plunged more than 250, then 350 points. It was swift and ugly.

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Bill O’Reilly: ‘I’m Sitting Here Because I’m Obnoxious, Not Because I’m White’

OreillyStewart2In an extended “Daily Show” interview Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly finally settled the white privilege debate. Or not. Stewart argues it exists. O’Reilly says it doesn’t.

“Let me repeat this and I’ll do it slowly so that even you can understand,” O’Reilly said to Stewart, “If you work hard, if you get educated, if you’re an honest person, YOU CAN MAKE IT IN AMERICA!”

Stewart shot back: “If you live in a neighborhood where poverty is endemic, where it’s harder to work hard, where it’s harder to get an education…”

“YES. It’s harder if you’re a ghetto kid. But can you do it? YES!” O’Reilly shot back.

At one point an audience member heckled the Fox News host. “You think I’m sitting here because I’m white? O’Reilly said. “I’m sitting here because I’m obnoxious, not because I’m white,”

Stewart eventually got O’Reilly to admit that, without “condemning modern society,” that white privilege is “a factor” of American history.

“You, Bill O’Reilly, can lead the flock of the Fox faithful to a better place,” Stewart said in closing.

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