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As Networks Pass on Immigration Address, Local Stations Produce Special Reports

While ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX chose not to interrupt primetime with Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action remarks, many local stations interrupted network programs anyway, producing their own specials. NBC stations in Washington, DC and New York produced special reports, so did ABC’s WLS in Chicago, which meant pre-empting the “Grey’s Anatomy” “winter finale.” FOX produced an optional special report anchored by Shepard Smith but aired broadly across the country in markets including New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami.

Because of the timing, during the local evening news in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, many of those stations incorporated the remarks in their newscasts. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a special report that aired on many western stations including KCBS in Los Angeles, KCNC in Denver and KOVR in Sacramento.

TV Jobs: CNBC, MSNBC, MediaLinks TV/ CCTV-America

This week, CNBC is hiring a digital sales planner, and MSNBC needs a segment producer for The Rachel Maddow Show. Meanwhile,  is seeking a guest producer and an assignment editor. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie: ‘There’s an Agenda at The Network Level at MSNBC’

fleece9n-6-webNew Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells The New York Times Magazine about his once hot, now quite cold relationship with MSNBC, and in particular, with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski of “Morning Joe,” where Christie was once a regular.

In the profile by Mark Leibovich that appears in print Sunday, but published online Thursday, Christie says the chummy relationship he had at MSNBC dried up as Bridge-gate exploded:

“There’s an agenda at the network level at MSNBC,” Christie told me. “All these folks have to march in line in order to keep their jobs.” I asked Christie if he thought Scarborough and Brzezinski were taking orders from corporate bosses. “I don’t know,” he said. “But it seems to me there is a completely different approach to me than they were approaching me in the past.” (When I asked Scarborough if this was true, he said: “We saw him at the Vanity Fair-Bloomberg party last spring, and he stormed right past us. Mika and I just looked at each other and laughed. It’s a question of temperament with him.”) Yet Christie did not seem entirely displeased with this turn of events, either. Haley Barbour, the former governor of Mississippi and former chairman of the Republican National Committee, said, “A lot of people who vote in our primaries think that if MSNBC attacks you for a month, you must be better than I thought you were.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Nov. 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 279 | CNN: 112 | MSNBC: 79 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 443 | CNN: 137 | MSNBC: 138 | HLN: 118

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

213

TheFive:

275

Baier:

370

Greta:

484

O’Reilly:

591

Kelly:

442

Hannity:

294

O’Reilly:

241

Kelly:

296

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

110

Blitzer:

107

Burnett:

140

Cooper:

168

Rowe:

143

Tonight:

100

Cooper:

109

Rowe:

80

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

72

Sharpton:

91

Matthews:

107

Hayes:

122

Maddow:

155

O’Donnell:

137

Hayes:

99

Maddow:

79

HLN
Now:

26

WWYD?:

21

Files:

45

Files:

86

Grace:

141

Dr.Drew:

94

Files:

119

Files:

164

Files:

211

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Fox News Channel to Air ‘Killing Kennedy’

5O'Reilly BillFox News Channel will air the film “Killing Kennedy” on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 9 pm ET. The Emmy-nominated film, based on the book Killing Kennedy by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard, originally aired on the National Geographic Channel and drew a record audience of 3.4 million viewers.

FNC will also air a special edition of “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 pm ET, featuring Dugard, Rob Lowe, Don Imus and Bill Hemmer The special “Factor” will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of the film.

“Killing Kennedy” stars Lowe as President John F. Kennedy and William Rothhaar as Lee Harvey Oswald. It details the popularity of President Kennedy and documents the motives behind Oswald’s actions that ultimately led JFK’s assassination.

The film is directed by Nelson McCormick and produced by Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. “Killing Kennedy” was nominated for three primetime Emmy awards.

Ayman Mohyeldin Moves to New York, Will Fill-In Anchor for MSNBC

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.56.13 PMNBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin announced via Instagram an expanded role at the network, moving to New York where he will do fill-in anchoring at MSNBC, while also continuing in his role as foreign correspondent for NBC News:

It’s official! Happy to announce that I’ve relocated to New York…Still a foreign correspondent for NBC News but will also be taking on additional roles as a news correspondent and anchor across MSNBC shows too.

Mohyeldin made news over the summer, when he witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite Mohyeldin’s presence at the scene, the story was reported for “NBC Nightly News” by Richard Engel. Mohyeldin was later pulled from Gaza by NBC, citing “safety concerns” only to have the decision overturned after a petition campaign.

Russell Brand Stops by ‘New Day,’ Kisses Everybody

British comedian and author Russell Brand stopped by CNN’s “New Day” to promote his new book this morning. Brand got a little handsy and even planted a kiss on Alisyn Camerota, Michaela Pereira and Chris Cuomo. Yes, even Chris.

Jeff Fager Stepping Down as Chairman of CBS News, Returns Fulltime to ’60 Minutes’

FagerJeff Fager is leaving his role as chairman of CBS News and turning his “full attention” to “60 Minutes.”

“It is hard to believe that it has been four years since Les asked me to take the job, but we agreed that when the time was right I would be able to return to ’60 Minutes’ full time,” Fager writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Fager has been at the helm of CBS News since February, 2011. At that time, Sean McManus left his dual role has head of CBS News and CBS Sports, and returned to CBS Sports fulltime. At the same time, David Rhodes joined as CBS News president. Rhodes had been head of Bloomberg TV and, before that, spent 12 years at Fox News.

“I hired [Rhodes] almost four years ago with this moment in mind, and he has exceeded all expectations,” Fager writes. Rhodes, 40, takes on sole leadership of the news division.

“60 Miuntes” has seen its share of bumps in the last year. An internal investigation into a 2013 Lara Logan report found the story “deficient in several respects.” In a more minor error, earlier this year the show apologized for selective audio editing in a story about Tesla.

Fager’s note after the jump…

More: Fager’s CBS News contract has been extended through 2019. “We would not be in such a strong position today were it not for Jeff’s leadership and his willingness four years ago to supplement his role at ’60 Minutes’ with the duties of chairman as David integrated himself into CBS News,” says CBS CEO Les Moonves. “I want to thank him for all he has done, and all I know he will do in the years to come.”

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‘Either Do What’s Necessary, Or Admit You’re Not Up To It’: The Other ‘Today’ Manifesto

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The memo described in brutal detail the changes that needed to be made to NBC’s “Today.” Some of the show’s top talent were targeted: “this guy’s killing us and no one’s even trying to rein him in.” Of course, those words were written in 1989 by Bryant Gumbel, who was speaking of Willard Scott.

And yet it all sounds so much like this week’s dismissal of “Today” show GM Jamie Horowitz. Several insider accounts of the departure make reference to a “manifesto”, wherein the former ESPN producer described in detail what was wrong with “Today”, and how he intended to fix it. By all accounts, it was not warmly received:

A week ago, according to an informed source, Horowitz presented Turness with a written “manifesto” outlining his scheme; on reading it, she “took umbrage” and was horrified.

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‘Today’ Hosts Laugh Off Reports Of Being Fired: ‘What Are You Doing Here?’

“Today” poked fun at a spate of recent reports, including the rumor hosts Natalie Morales and Willie Geist had been fired. “Natalie and I walked into work yesterday and looked at each other and said, ‘what are you doing here?’” Geist joked.

Geist added that the support he’d received on Twitter and Facebook after the false report “blew me away. It just reaffirmed for me how special this show is.”

Al Roker also joked about a Page Six piece suggesting NBC had held an “Al Roker intervention” after “a series of cringe-worthy live gaffes.” “You can’t trust anything I say,” Roker joked.

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