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Lauren Ashburn’s Fox Contract Not Renewed

LaurenAshburnLauren Ashburn‘s Fox News contract will not be renewed, TVNewser has learned. Ashburn had a one-year deal with Fox News. She’s appeared weekly on Howard Kurtz‘s “Media Buzz” since launch last fall, and has been a contributor on other Fox News shows.

When reached for comment a Fox News spokesperson confirms Ashburn is no longer under contract but said she may appear as a guest on the network from time to time.

Ashburn, the former managing editor of USA Today, is also the founder of the Daily Download. Kurtz often contributed to that site during his time as Washington bureau chief for the Daily Beast. At the time, Kurtz was also host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” where Ashburn was a frequent guest. Not long after Kurtz and Ashburn signed on with Fox News, Daily Download was shut down.

Evening News Ratings: Week of September 8

evening news_2014ABC’s “World News Tonight” and “NBC Nightly News” once again split the top honors in the ratings last week. The Brian Williams-anchored NBC newscast took total viewers, while the David Muir-anchored ABC broadcast won the A25-54 demo, its sixth straight win.

It was No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” that showed the most demo growth, up +10% year-over-year. “World News Tonight” was up +6% in the demo and “Nightly News” was down -4% in the demo. Among total viewers, all three programs showed growth: ABC was up +5% while NBC and CBS were each up +3%.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 8, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,554,000 8,326,000 6,276,000
• A25-54: 2,013,000 2,136,000 1,607,000

 

National Labor Relations Board Orders CNN to Rehire, Compensate 300 Former Workers

cnn304The National Labor Relations Board is ordering CNN to rehire 100 workers and compensate 300 total employees who were replaced 11 years ago.

Variety reports the ruling stems from CNN’s decision to replace unionized workers.

The 11-year dispute stems from CNN’s decision to replace a unionized subcontractor called Team Video Services, which provided the network with audio and video technicians, with an in-house nonunion work force in its Washington and New York bureaus. The Labor Board found “overwhelming” evidence of anti-union animus in CNN’s failure to bargain with the union about the decision to terminate the subcontracts. The org also found CNN had implemented a hiring plan designed to limit the number of discharged TVS employees to avoid a successorship bargaining obligation.

“CNN disagrees with the NLRB decision and we are evaluating our options,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. The decision to compel CNN to rehire and compensate the workers comes weeks after CNN and HLN offered hundreds of employees buyouts with the promise of additional staffing reductions in the months ahead. The buyout offers are taking place across Turner Broadcasting as part of the “Turner 2020″ plan.

In Profile: Bartiromo, Tapper, O’Reilly, Alexander

  • Maria Bartiromo talks with Adweek about her media diet and how she starts her day: “Usually I’ll check the performance of the international markets. Then I’ll look online and through Wall Street research reports to figure out what is setting the tone for the markets that day.”

  • Jake Tapper talks about his morning routine with Bon Appetit: “As soon as I wake up, I read my email to see what news developed overnight. Then I go to Twitter and do the same thing, see what’s happened in the rest of the world. Finally, I go to Facebook to get the developments on my friend’s lives. And then I get out of bed. This is all before coffee.”

  • Bill O’Reilly talks with the Cindy Adams about his latest book: Killing Patton. “Wartime things exist of which we have no idea. Our side wasn’t all good. Eisenhower and Patton, who had mistresses, were glory seekers, not buddies. In this book they’re human beings.”

  • Peter Alexander turned the “Today” show lens on his sister Becky Alexander discussing her memoir, Not Fade Away, which tells the story of how her world is changing because of a disorder called Usher Syndrome Type III, causing her to go blind and deaf.

Fox News Signs Michelle Fields as a Contributor

Political commentator Michelle Fields has been signed as a Fox News contributor, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw reports.

Fields, a correspondent for PJ Media, has been a regular on “Cashin’ In” on the weekends.

The Scoreboard: Friday, September 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 247 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 115 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 161 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 96

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

185

TheFive:

314

Baier:

386

Greta:

239

O’Reilly:

291

Kelly:

263

Hannity:

223

O’Reilly:

164

Kelly:

214

MSNBC
Wagner:

65

EdShow:

110

Sharpton:

128

Matthews:

142

Hayes:

148

Maddow:

191

Lockup:

143

Lockup:

238

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

92

Blitzer:

177

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

170

Cooper:

154

Bourdain:

123

Spot/Unguard:

143/126

DeathRow:

127

DeathRow:

133

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

34

Files:

64

Files:

125

Files:

105

Files:

128

Files:

96

Files:

156

Files:

199

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‘Dateline’ Tops Friday Night in Its Timeslot

dateline logo_304x200A two-hour edition of “Dateline” Friday had a strong night.

The newsmagazine drew 6.2 million viewers and 1.7 million A25-54 demo viewers, topping the broadcast networks in the 9pm-11pmET timeslot.

The episode, with Andrea Canning reporting, told the story of the murder of a Denise Leuthold, a religious missionary woman, murdered on Valentine’s Day last year. Denise’s husband, Nathan, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for her murder last week.

The Afternoon Ticker: Nobles, Murdoch, ‘Orange Room’

  • CNN Newsource has named Ryan Nobles a national correspondent based in Washington, DC . Nobles comes from WWBT in Richmond, Virginia, where he reported from since 2007.

  • Actor James Cromwell will play News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in the Sydney premiere of the bio-play “Rupert” this November, Sydney Morning Herald reports. The play is set to come to Broadway in 2016.

  • “Today” is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its digital “Orange Room” online tomorrow. Carson Daly will host “The Orange Room Show” starting at 7:20amET on Today.com. The livestreamed special will feature a performance by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with parts simulcasted on “Today.”

After 13 Years, Wedding Photo Left in 9/11 Rubble Returned to Owner on ‘Fox & Friends’

A wedding party photo left behind in the rubble of 9/11 was reunited with one of its owners this morning on “Fox & Friends.”

“You couldn’t have made up a better ending,” Elizabeth Stringer Keefe told Steve Doocy. Days after 9/11, Keefe’s friend gave her a photo she found in the rubble showing a newly married couple and their wedding party. One member of that wedding party, Fred Mahe, had the photo on his desk at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He arrived to work after the attack occurred. And on Friday, Mahe was alerted to a tweet penned on the 13th anniversary of the attacks last week by Keefe.

The tweet was retweeted over 6,500 times and featured in People Magazine. After finding out about Keefe’s tweet, Mahe contacted her, and they met for the first time this morning as part of a “Fox and Friends” exclusive.

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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

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