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Carole Radziwill on Her Move to Reality TV: ‘Journalists Are All Attracted to Spectacle’

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Carole Radziwill is not the type of person you’d expect to find on reality TV. She started her career at ABC News in 1989 working for Peter Jennings‘ documentary unit, where she reported from Cambodia, Haiti, India and Israel. Radziwill has won three Emmy awards and produced segments for 20/20, Primetime Live and Day One.

After leaving TV news, Radziwill penned What Remains, a memoir that delves into the deaths of her husband and friends John F. Kennedy Jr. and Carolyn Bessett-Kennedy. And now she’s debuting her first novel (on dating) and is one of the stars of The Real Housewives of New York City, which premieres next month on Bravo. Radziwill talked to Mediabistro about why a journo would end up on reality TV:

I think journalists are all attracted to spectacle, whether it’s war, politics or cultural phenomenon. I’m also an experience junkie and this was an experience. It’s something I’ll do for a few years, and when I’m 80, I’ll look back and say, ‘Oh, that’s why I did it.’ If it’s the worst thing I ever did in my life, I’m OK with that. But I don’t think it will be.

To hear more from Radziwill, including the challenges she’s faced this season on RHONY, read: So What Do You Do, Carole Radziwill, Journalist, Author and Reality TV Star?

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ABC News and Writers Guild Reach New Deal

The Writers Guild of America, East and ABC News have reached a tentative agreement affecting more than 140 writers, producers, assignment editors, promo producers, graphic artists and desk assistants. The three-year agreement provides for 2% increases in pay each year, plus increased contributions to the WGA pension plan. WGAE members will vote to ratify the agreement in the next two weeks.

‘Nightline’ Improves Timeslot, Loses Viewers During February Sweep

In its first February Sweep at a new time of 12:35am, “Nightline” drew 1.605 million Total Viewers, and 716,000 A25-54 viewers improving the timeslot +11% in Total Viewers, but losing more than half its audience from last February when the show aired an hour earlier on most ABC stations.

“Nightline” averaged 3.878 million viewers during the month of February 2012; 1.460 million in the A25-54 demo. In November, the most recent Sweep in the earlier timeslot, “Nightline” topped its competitors in total viewers and the two younger demos. Last month, the show fell to third place in all measurements in the later timeslot.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • February 2013 Sweep:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Late Night NBC 1.719M 777K 684K
Late, Late Show CBS 1.615M 721K 562K
Nightline ABC 1.605M 716K 527K

‘Nightline’ Wins All Target Demos on Third Night in New Timeslot

On day three of the new “Nightline” time, the show placed first across all the target demos. It was the first win among A18-49 viewers, which is the key late night demographic, in the 12:35amET timeslot.

ABC’s wins in the A25-54 and A18-49 demographics were the largest margins over NBC and CBS yet for the show at 12:35amET. Year-over-year gains were strong, too: compared to ABC’s performance in the same timeslot last year, “Nightline” was up +28% in Total Viewers, +31% in the A25-54 demographic and +41% in the A18-49 demographic.

ABC’s ratings are based on a 30-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for 12:35am January 11, 2013:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 1.950M 992K 751K
Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson CBS 1.534M 669K 510K
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon NBC 1.472M 651K 572K

Christiane Amanpour’s ‘Back to the Beginning’ is Friday’s #1 Show

Part one of the ABC News special “Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour” won its time period among Total Viewers (5.2 million) and A25-54 viewers (1.5/4). In fact, the two-hour special was Friday’s #1 broadcast TV show on both counts. Head to head in its final hour, the ABC News program topped “Dateline NBC” by 1.6 million viewers (5.4 million vs. 3.8 million) and by 45% in A25-54 (1.6/4 vs. 1.1/4). Amanpour — as she told mediabistroTV last week — takes viewers on the ultimate road trip traveling to the lands of the Bible to explore the fundamental roots of three religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam, and the powerful stories that inspire billions. Part two airs this Friday at 9pmET/PT.

‘Nightline’ Still On Top, as Timeslot Change Looms

With just a few weeks left to go before ABC’s “Nightline” moves to a later timeslot, the show is still beating NBC’s “The Tonight Show” and CBS’ “The Late Show.”

For the week of November 5, “Nightline” won in all three ratings measurements — Total Viewers, A25-54 viewers and A18-49 viewers. “Nightline” has ranked as the number one latenight program for all seven weeks this season, putting the show on pace to win its third season straight.

When the show shifts to the 12:35pm timeslot in January, the broadcast will expand from 25 to 30 minutes. Beginning in March, “Nightline” will also get an additional hour at 9pmET on Fridays.

For the week of November 5, all three shows’ averages are based on only four days. On Election Day, “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show” did not air and “Nightline” was coded as a special. ABC’s ratings are based on a 25-minute broadcast, while CBS and NBC are based on approximately :50 minutes (prior to the final national commercial break of each program).

  • Averages for the week of November 5:
Show Network Total Viewers A25-54 A18-49
Nightline ABC 3.80M 1.41M 1.10M
Tonight Show NBC 3.60M 1.38M 1.08M
Late Show CBS 3.27M 1.24M 1.01M

ABC News Transforming Times Square On Election Night

As it did for the 2008 election, ABC News is transforming part of Times Square into its election night headquarters.

The coverage will originate from inside “Good Morning America’”s Times Square studio, but the network will also be taking over a handful of facades at “The Crossroads Of The World.” ABC’s “Super Sign,” the NASDAQ facade and the Reuters sign will all feature ABC coverage and real-time election results.

“GMA” newsreader Josh Elliott will also be stationed at Military Island in the middle of Times Square, where he will talk to the crowd to get real-time reaction.

NBC News, as it usually does, is transforming Rockefeller Plaza into “Democracy Plaza” for election night.

ABC Formally Retracts Tony Scott Brain Cancer Story

Back in August we noted that ABC News had to backtrack after it reported that director Tony Scott jumped to his death from a Los Angeles bridge due in part to a terminal brain cancer diagnosis.

ABC removed the report, and said at the time “If it comes to light at that time that incorrect information was reported, ABC News will issue a full retraction and apology.”

Well, the preliminary autopsy results have been made public, and sure enough, there was no mention of any sort of brain tumor. A story posted on ABCNews.com reports the cause of death as suicide, and ends with this note:

ABC News previously reported that director Tony Scott had inoperable brain cancer and cited it as a possible reason for his suicide. The Los Angeles County coroner’s report on Mr. Scott’s death listed no evidence of brain cancer. ABC News has retracted that Aug. 20 story and extends a formal apology to Mr. Scott’s family and friends.

ABC/Univision Cable News Channel Closing In On New Name

Exclusive: The new cable news channel from ABC News and Univision is closing in on its new name, someone familiar with the process tells TVNewser.

Currently there are a number of names under discussion, including “Accent,” “VZTA,” “UNA” and “U&A.” UNA and U&A are a play on the names of the two parent companies, while Accent and VZTA (pronounced like “vista”) are brand names that the joint venture could “own.” The goal is to have a name chosen by November, we are told, even though the channel itself won’t launch until 2013. The JV already launched online last month.

A check of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office filings shows that the prospective names above were all filed September 21st by “Univision ABC News Network, LLC.” The filings are 1B, which indicates intent to use. Those four names are the only ones filed at the USPTO by the joint venture, though we hear other names are also being considered.

Univision Communications also filed applications for the names “Uni Mas,” “Uni Dos” and “Uni 2″ on the same day, though it isn’t clear if those are applicable to the new venture.

It’s Official: ABC/Univision Cable News Network To Be Based In Miami

The upcoming cable news channel from ABC News and Univision will be based in Miami, the city is expected to announce tomorrow.

The Miami Herald has more details:

Gov. Rick Scott is scheduled to announce the decision at Wednesday’s annual meeting of the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade’s economic development agency. The organization helped the joint venture secure about $3.5 million in local subsidies for the new network over the next five years.

“If there is a place to have a 24-hour network for Hispanics, it’s Miami,’’ said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, who added he will be attending Wednesday’s announcement. “I think it’s fantastic, and I think it’s a natural.”

We noted back in July that the company was seeking millions of dollars in incentives from the local government in South Florida, and it appears it received those incentives. The company said it may originate from New York, Los Angeles or Houston if it did not receive the financial incentives, and the agreement ensures that the network will be in Miami, which is already home to Univision.

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