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CNN Looking to air ‘Political Jeopardy!’ … and Other News From Hacked Sony Emails

FrancoRogenRacially-charged emails regarding Barack Obama, criticism of mega-stars, including Angelina Jolie and Adam Sandler, and private financial documents have already been revealed as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. Now the drama is impacting the news media… and we’re not just talking about CNN possibly getting into game shows.

Academy and Emmy-award winning writer Aaron Sorkin went on the “Today” show this morning to discuss his New York Times op-ed criticizing the media for reporting on the leaks.

It’s ironic, because Sorkin’s op-ed will get anyone up-to-speed on all the leaked data, even if they’ve been living under a rock since the story broke. Now Gawker has taken it a step further, leaking the scene from “The Interview,” in which Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Gawker’s Heather Dietrick, says the less than :30 clip is “squarely protected by the First Amendment.”

Over on “Good Morning America” this morning Seth Rogen and James Franco talked about the controversial film. Both star in “The Interview.” Rogen is also co-director and has a story credit. They say the movie satirizes American culture and the news media just as much as it does North Korea’s leadership. Read more

The Tuesday Ticker: Winter, ’60,’ ’48′

  • Former Fox News reporter Jana Winter has joined The Intercept. Winter was the subject of a year-long legal battle during which lawyers for Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes demanded she reveal a  source of one of her stories. An appeals court sided with Winter.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 6th most-watched show on broadcast TV last week. Sunday’s broadcast was watched by 11.4 million viewers. Compared to last year, the CBS News broadcast was up +9% in households, +7% in the A18-49 demo, and +10% percent in viewers.

  • CBS’s other newsmagazine “48 Hours” was Saturday’s #1 broadcast at 10PM. 4.88 million viewers watched, averaging a 1.4 rating / 4 share with A25-54 viewers.

Interrogator on Use of Waterboarding: ‘We Would Just Have to Man Up’

Megyn Kelly is on the move. She’s headed to the White House Christmas party tonight, and will anchor “Kelly File” from DC. Tomorrow she’ll head to Hollywood for first appearance on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

On her show tonight, Kelly airs the final portions of a 4-part interview with Dr. James Mitchell, among those who interrogated 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. The interview, Mitchell’s first since the release of the Senate report on post-9/11 CIA tactics, was confirmed just before last night’s show. Kelly continued the interview after her show ended and it’s those sections that will air tonight.

Dr. Mitchell talked about the use of waterboarding during interrogations: “Those techniques are so harsh that it’s emotionally distressing to the people who are administering them. Even though you don’t want to do it, you’re doing it in order to save lives in the country, and we would just have to man up for lack of a better term.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of December 8

eveningnews2015“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” won another week in both total viewers and the demo, and is up +2% season-to-date in viewers: its best seasonal start in 9 years.

No. 2 ABC’s “World News Tonight with David Muir” showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts compared to the same week last year: +5% in viewers and up +4% in the demo, and has narrowed the gap with “Nightly” -41% in total viewers.

NBC was up +1% in viewers and down -10% in the demo. No. 3 “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was flat in viewers and down -8% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of Dec. 8, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,371,000 8,693,000 7,345,000
• A25-54: 2,133,000 2,118,000 1,730,000

 

Grabbing ESPN’s Alexi Lalas Signals Fox Has ‘Big and Bold’ Plans for Soccer

Alexi-Lalas

On Monday night, ESPN soccer analyst Alexi Lalas, the former U.S. men’s national team soccer player, announced he would be leaving the network in January to join rival Fox Sports. Lalas said Fox made him an offer he simply couldn’t resist, including a chance to be part of the network’s plans to grow the American soccer audience. “Talking to the executives at Fox, there was a real desire to do something big and bold when it comes to soccer on television over the next eight years,” Lalas told Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Deitsch.

In his interview with SI, Lalas talked about the extensive coverage deals Fox has secured, including Major League Soccer, the Champions League, FA Cup, and the 2018 World Cup. But Lalas hinted he may have been disappointed in ESPN’s efforts to match the Fox deal:

Interestingly, when asked whether ESPN could have done anything more to retain him, Lalas said, “absolutely.”

“Look, this was not me saying I don’t want to be at ESPN,” Lalas said. “I love ESPN. This was an opportunity that came along that was so much more than what ESPN could offer — and when I say more I am not just talking money-wise. Collectively, [Fox] had so much more to offer and when ESPN didn’t [offer that], the choice became easier.

Update: Fox Sports has made the announcement:

Everyone is a Newser with NBC News’ Stringwire App

stringwireIn the final season of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the ACN senior staff can’t stand the thought of crowed-sourced video taken by anyone who whips out a smart phone at the opportune time to record news.

Well, a real-live news organization is giving users the ability to do just that.

TVNewser attended an exclusive look at the NBC News-owned Stringwire at 30 Rock in NYC Monday, where  founder and product lead Phil Groman and SVP/GM Mark Graham demonstrated the product for a small group of media.

Stringwire is a live video streaming service that crowdsources user-generated content from eyewitnesses at the scene of breaking news. Users can whip out a smartphone and record live, breaking news footage in a matter of seconds. All videos are monitored, and a seven-second delay helps ensure only factual, appropriate video makes the service.

Charlie Skinner would not be pleased, but millennials could see this at the future of news. Read more

FNC Plans ‘All-American New Year’ From NYC

FNCNYEFox news Channel will ring in the New Year with a special program, “All-American New Year” on Dec. 31 at 9 pm ET.

Co-hosts Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, Anna Kooiman and Jesse Watters will broadcast live from Times Square in New York City. Additionally, FNC’s senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will be reporting on the safety and security of New Year’s Eve celebrations across the city and FNC contributors Bernard McGurik and Joanne Nosuchinsky will be covering the spectators who travel from across the globe to celebrate in Times Square.

Viewers are encouraged to share their New Year’s resolutions on social media by using the hashtag #foxnews2015.

The Scoreboard: Friday, Dec. 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 202 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 87 | HLN: 125
  • Primetime: FNC: 260 | CNN: 117 | MSNBC: 125 | HLN: 194

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

 

Cavuto:

150

TheFive:

295

Baier:

237

Greta:

202

O’Reilly:

306

Kelly:

243

Hannity:

230

O’Reilly:

196

Kelly:

166

CNN
Tapper:

153

Blitzer:

94

Blitzer:

109

Burnett:

97

Cooper:

136

DeathRow:

111

DeathRow:

103

DeathRow:

201

DeathRow:

155

MSNBC
Wagner:

36

EdShow:

53

Sharpton:

97

Matthews:

134

Hayes:

133

Maddow:

114

Investig.:

128

Investig.:

145

Investig.:

162

HLN
Now:

25

WWYD?:

17

Files:

54

Special:

72

Files:

109

Files:

234

Files:

240

Files:

231

Files:

267

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Anderson Cooper, Robin Meade Profile ‘Extraordinary People’

peopleCNNCNN’s Anderson Cooper and HLN’s Robin Meade will take a look back at the inspiring stories of five notable people tomorrow night at 9 pm ET on CNN.

“Extraordinary People” will touch on the folks behind 2014′s most talked about events. The hour-long special will also feature Don Lemon and senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen, who sit-down with the profiled.

Canada’s sergeant-at-arms Kevin Vickers, Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson, veteran helicopter pilot Gary Dahlen, NBA player Kevin Durant and nursing student Fatu Kekula will be featured as part of the special report.

Check out a preview, after the jump… Read more

CNN Spokesman Rips MSNBC Via Twitter

CNN spokesman Matt Dornic took to Twitter this afternoon, to go after MSNBC’s new digital destination the shift. Dornic oversees the PR strategy for CNN Digital, which, earlier this month, announced it would be expanding its web series beyond covering politics.

“We’re flattered by the attention,” an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser. “Admittedly, we’re a little surprised by his defensiveness, but, hey, #shifthappens.”

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