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MSNBC Hosts Haven’t Responded to 10,000 Petitions From NBC Writers-Producers

Petitions To MSNBCMSNBC primetime hosts haven’t responded to over 10,000 petitions dropped off yesterday by employees from NBCUniversal-owned Peacock Productions seeking better workplace rights.

Upon arriving at MSNBC, these workers requested Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, and Lawrence O’Donnell to come down and personally receive the letters. None of the anchors did so.

“Yesterday, Writers Guild of America, East delivered 10,000+ petitions to NBCU Labor Relations with assurance that they’d be passed onto MSNBC hosts,” Writers Guild of America East Communications Director Jason Gordon tells TVNewser, adding that Peacock supporters also sent emails to the hosts asking for support.

“The company can’t have it both ways – presenting the strong, progressive voices of the MSNBC hosts while at the same time depriving the Peacock employees of their own voices on the job,” he added.

Back in December of last year, a report surfaced that Chris Hayes had met with disgruntled employees of Peacock Productions who had failed in attempts to unionize.  The Writers Guild claims votes from a June, 2013 secret ballot union election were never counted, still sitting in a box.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC on the petitions and claims by WGAE, but have not heard back.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, February 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 112 | CNN: 98 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 350 | MSNBC: 208 | CNN: 96 | HLN: 108

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

184

TheFive:

341

Baier:

272

Greta:

308

O’Reilly:

438

Megyn:

324

Hannity:

287

O’Reilly:

242

Megyn:

203

MSNBC
Wagner:

67

EdShow:

106

Sharpton:

161

Matthews:

195

Hayes:

174

Maddow:

254

O’Donnell:

194

Hayes:

136

Maddow:

115

CNN
Tapper:

103

Blitzer:

102

Blitzer:

161

Burnett:

159

Cooper:

139

Morgan:

77

Cooper:

73

Burnett:

58

Morgan:

52

HLN
News:

76

News:

54

Jane:

95

Jane:

113

Grace:

177

DrDrew:

114

Minute:

34

Files:

112

Files:

163

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Jeff Zucker, Al Sharpton Attend White House State Dinner

There were a handful of TVNewsers in attendance at last night’s White House State Dinner in honor of French president François Hollande: according to the official guest list, CNN president Jeff Zucker, MSNBC host Al Sharpton, Bloomberg chief White House correspondent Julianna Goldman and Stephen Colbert were there.

Goldman talked about the event on Bloomberg TV this morning, giving an account of the dinner and a rundown of the menu. “It was really all choreographed beautifully,” said said. Watch:

Joy Reid: ‘Fascinated’ by Conservative POV, ‘Cable Should Be a Debate’

Joy_Reid-304From her early career working in radio and TV in Miami, to running the African-American site TheGrio.com, to most recently serving as one of MSNBC’s go-to guests and fill-in hosts, Joy Reid says she’s ready for “The Reid Report.” And she has some MSNBCers to thank.

“When I first started off, my ultimate goal was to get on ‘Hardball, ‘” Reid told us during an interview at 30 Rock Thursday. “I love Chris Matthews. We sort of have a mutual admiration thing going on,” Reid says. She is also proud to be one of a handful of African-American hosts in cable news and praises MSNBC for having the most diverse audience. “Providing that is not niche marketing, it’s just smart business,” she says.

Taking a page from most other cable news shows, Reid says “The Reid Report,” debuting at 2pmET on Feb. 24, will play to a specific audience that wants more than headlines.

“The cable landscape is difficult. You have a polarized audience. You have an audience that is looking for alternatives to television and cable, including the internet and social.”

CNN is still trying to do “voice of God news,” while Fox News has carved out ownership of a “very Republican” audience, Reid says.

MSNBC’s tilt to the left, which began in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, doesn’t mean her show will be all liberal, all the time. As Reid tells us in the video portion of our interview, she’s looking forward to bringing on conservative voices: Read more

The Evening Ticker: Sochi, Reid, Leno

  • NBC has released the TV schedule for the first two days of the Sochi Olympics. The competition kicks off tomorrow night from 8pm-11pm with figure skating, men’s and women’s snowboarding, and women’s skiing.

January 2014 Ratings: MSNBC Back to #2

MSNBC had its best month since last January and was back in second place, ahead of CNN, in total day and in primetime in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. The network finished 2013 in third behind CNN in total day viewership.

The ratings for January 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 677,000 Total Viewers / 231,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 404,000 Total Viewers / 148,000 A25-54

Compared to last January, MSNBC is down -17% in viewers and down -8% in the demo for total day viewing. In primetime, the network is down -14% in viewers and down -2% in the demo. “The Rachel Maddow Show” finishes January as the 5th most-watched cable news show in the demo (Fox News programs took the top 4 spots). Maddow was down -4% in viewers and down -1% in the demo vs. January 2013, which featured the start of Pres. Obama’s second term.

“Hardball with Chris Matthews” had the best A25-54 share in the program’s 14 year history on MSNBC, and was up +11% in the demo and up +2% in viewers, year-over-year. “Morning Joe,” “All In with Chris Hayes” and “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton” all came in second in their time periods.

More details in MSNBC’s release, after the jump…

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State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

The business networks and more are after the jump. Read more

Rotating Cast to Host MSNBC’s Noon Hour

ari melberAri Melber, of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” will be among a rotating cast of hosts for the network’s Noon hour, when Alex Wagner moves to 4pmET.

Joy Reid, who had been filling in at 4pm since the departure of Martin Bashir last month, is also expected to fill in at NoonET. MSNBC hasn’t made any final decisions, so the fill-in situation is still very fluid.

The network also has a vacancy at 11am as Thomas Roberts moves to the early morning hours starting Monday.

MSNBC has tried out hosts temporarily before permanently giving them a show in the past, including Rev. Al Sharpton who filled in at 6pm for most of the summer in 2011 before being named permanent host.

No word yet on the plan for 11am or when and where Ronan Farrow will land on the MSNBC schedule.

>Update: An MSNBC spokesperson denies Ari Melber and Joy Reid will be part of the host rotation.

The Scoreboard: Thursday, January 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 155 | CNN: 106 | HLN: 70
  • Primetime: FNC: 359 | MSNBC: 205 | CNN: 153 | HLN: 53

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

181

Five:

359

Baier:

367

Greta:

335

O’Reilly:

540

Megyn:

336

Hannity:

203

O’Reilly:

193

Megyn:

203

MSNBC
Live:

121

EdShow:

170

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

237

Hayes:

189

Maddow:

236

O’Donnell:

192

Hayes.:

105

Maddow.:

110

CNN
Tapper:

121

Blitzer:

113

Blitzer/Cross:

87/68

Burnett:

68

Cooper:

173

Penguins:

143

Cont:


Penguins:

81

Cont:

HLN
News:

70

WWYD:

30

WWYD:

49

Jane:

48

Grace:

45

DrDrew:

60

WWYD:

54

Showbiz:

39

Mystery:

55

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The Most Memorable Stories of 2013 for TV News Hosts Were…

Giner Zee paraglidingTV news wrapped 2013 with end-of-year review shows featuring signature  moments, and TVNewser asked some of broadcast and cable news’ biggest stars what their top stories of last year were.

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee picked two: her adventure feeding vultures while paragliding in Nepal, and covering the death of one of her mentors, storm chaser Tim Samaras.

“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King picked both a serious and more light-hearted story:

“It’s hard to call the death of Nelson Mandela a favorite story, but it was an honor to be able to attend his funeral and burial services and share it with the CBS audience,” King said. Dishing about legendary actress Shirley MacLaine’s personal life was also a highlight for King:

“I was curious about her love life. She’s happily single, so I asked her if booty calls and friends with benefits were an option these days. Her response: ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ We all cracked up over that one. Thank you Shirley!”

The tragic Oklahoma tornado stands out for “Today’s” Al Roker. Read more

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