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Andrew Tyndall Offers 10 ‘Sneaky Ways’ ABC Boosts ‘World News Tonight’ Ratings

ueland_abc_boosting_ratings_mainWith the most entertaining of illustrations (right), The Hollywood Reporter today offers a guest column by Andrew Tyndall, who sees plenty of wizardry–and not as much world news–in the recent ratings rise of ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir:

Under ABC News president James Goldston, World News has cut back on international and political stories and introduced a sensibility closer to that of Good Morning America, complete with tabloid true crime, sports-and-celebrity coverage, news-you-can-use service journalism and buzz around social media.

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The Ticker: CNN, Biz Nets, Oliver

  • TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall pens a column in The Hollywood Reporter about CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of MH370. Although the coverage “has been vindicated by increased ratings,” Tyndall notes it was not without its drawbacks: “Too often [CNN] abandoned actual journalism — reporting events known to have happened — to engage in speculative discussion of increasingly cockamamy theories (black holes?) about what happened inside the plane.”

  • In an ad airing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this week, Maria Bartiromo is urging viewers to “come on over” to her new Fox Business show. The ad is a “change of address card” for Bartiromo, FBN EVP Kevin Magee tells Variety.

  • As former “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver prepares to launch his fake HBO news show, he tells The Washington Post that the real cable news channels have become like “ADD children, banging around from story to story then returning to their main story, which is where the [Malaysia Airlines] plane is. They’ve basically become like news jazz. It’s the stories they don’t tell; that’s what you’re really supposed to be listening to.”

Inside Sharyl Attkisson’s Steep Decline in Airtime

SHARYL-ATTKISSON-DOJ-facebookNews of Sharyl Attkisson‘s resignation this afternoon from CBS News suggested the veteran correspondent no longer felt her work was supported.

Supported or not, she definitely got less airtime over the last few years.

According to Andrew Tyndall‘s Tyndall Report, which measures the amount of airtime correspondents receive, Attkisson’s airtime on “CBS Evening News” dramatically decreased in recent years.

From 2007-2009, Attkisson was among the top 20 network correspondents, drawing between 145 and 160 minutes each year. In 2010, she fell out of the top 20 with 149 minutes. By 2011 she fell to #60 with 71 minutes and in 2012 she was ranked #100, with 36 minutes. Last year she improved in minutes, with 54, still ranked #100.

Tyndall tells TVNewser Attkisson’s declining presence on “CBS Evening News” is due to the changing nature of news beats.

“There are a few key beats that receive frequent assignments: White House, Capitol Hill, Justice, Pentagon, and every four years, the assignment to the campaign of a major Presidential contender,” Tyndall told us. “The major factor accounting for the drop-off in Attkisson’s minutes was her replacement as Congressional correspondent.” Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes followed Attkisson as Congressional correspondents when she moved over to the investigative beat.

He also points out that many of her assignments looked critically at the Obama administration. Read more

Andrew Tyndall Responds to ABC: They’re Confusing Quantity With Quality

TyndallWorldNewsAndrew Tyndall is firing back at ABC News’ criticism of his 2013 report on the three evening newscasts saying it is the network—and not him—that is confused.

“When ABC refers to its ‘best season,’ I believe it is confusing quantity (audience size per Nielsen) with quality, as the saying goes,” Tyndall writes on his blog.

As we noted earlier, Tyndall operates a subscription business in which he collects and packages data on the three evening newscasts and sells it to clients. CBS and NBC subscribe to the service — at $15,000 a year. ABC canceled its subscription 10 years ago. Clients get a weekly report on anchor rotations, story teasing patterns, story coverage rankings based on time allotted to each, comparison of hard vs. soft news coverage, and more.

In his 2013 report he writes, “ABC’s newscast is now certifiable Disneyfied.” Tyndall denies ABC cancelling their subscription has any influence on his critical analysis. He added he has no issue with the network’s mission to give their viewers “information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” but suggests that isn’t the same as presenting a serious newscast.

The Top Correspondents and Stories on Network Evening News in 2013 Were…

Tom CostelloNBC News correspondent Tom Costello got the most airtime on the evening newscasts in 2013 with 303 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” David Muir was next with 296 minutes on “ABC World News,” and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was third with 275 minutes on “Nightly.”

The numbers come from Andrew Tyndall‘s 2013 review of the most-covered stories and most-used correspondents.

The Boston Marathon bombing led the way in coverage, drawing 432 minutes across the three networks. CBS and NBC led the way with 157 and 156 minutes, respectively, with ABC presenting 119 minutes of coverage.

Tyndall was critical of ABC in this year’s report, suggesting 2013 was the year “ABC World News” “finally rejected” presenting a serious newscast.

ABC News is firing back: “Our mission is to give our viewers information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser. “Winning the Murrow for Best Newscast in 2013 and enjoying our best season in 5 years is far more meaningful than Tyndall’s method that confuses quantity with quality. ”

Tyndall, it should be noted, charges clients $15,000 for his subscription service. ABC News stopped subscribing about 10 years ago. CBS and NBC are still clients.

Rounding out the top five correspondents with the most airtime:

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Which Correspondents and Stories Got the Most Airtime on the Network Evening Newscasts in 2010?

TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall released his 2010 year in review report. The report examines which news stories got the most coverage last year, as well as which reporters got the most airtime, among other things.

So which reporters got the most time in front of the cameras last year?

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper led the way with 335 minutes, followed by ABC News domestic correspondent David Muir with 334 and ABC News Capitol Hill correspondent Jonathan Karl with 251.

Rounding out the top five are CBS News White House correspondent Chip Reid with 235 minutes, and NBC News environment reporter Anne Thompson with 234.

One other reporter of note: CBS News Capitol Hill correspondent Nancy Cordes came in at number eight with 218 minutes… despite spending three months on maternity leave last year.

So which stories received the most coverage from the network evening newscasts in 2010?

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What Does The Future Hold for Network News?

howard-beale090610.jpgThe network news organizations, ABC News, CBS News and to a lesser extent NBC News, are in a period of extreme transition-that much is undeniable.

Last night’s resignation by ABC News president David Westin only served to underscore the point.

Without the benefit of cable subscription fees, CBS News and ABC News have been hit particularly hard during the recession.

In a wide-ranging and timely cover story today, Broadcasting & Cable‘s Marisa Guthrie looks at what the future holds for network news. It boils down to two points: strike a deal with a cable partner like CNN or Bloomberg, or make some serious cuts and changes to how TV news is produced.

“I’m on the record as saying there will be no broadcast television in 10 years,” says Andrew Tyndall, an independent news analyst. Tyndall, who catalogs the evening newscasts on, compares the trajectory of the broadcast TV business with the swift demise of network radio.

Guthrie also gets CBS News & Sports president Sean McManus to weigh in on the long long rumored partnership with CNN:

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Andrew Tyndall: ‘Enough Already!’ With Oil Spill Coverage

oil071410.jpg Analyst Andrew Tyndall writes about the coverage of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.

Tyndall argues that the networks have spent a disproportionate amount of time on the disaster, especially when compared to other important events like the change of command in Afghanistan and the Gaza flotilla incident.

He also argues that the networks have focused on the human toll of the disaster, while the real damage will be environmental:

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In Oil Spill Coverage, Reporters See Their Profiles Raised

Gutman060910.jpg The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about television news reporters and contributors getting more airtime due to the ongoing Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stelter discusses CNN contributors Amber Lyon and Philippe Cousteau diving under the oil slick, and Jeff Corwin, who recently joined NBC News as its science & wildlife expert.

Then there is ABC News Radio’s Matt Gutman, whose work in the Gulf has not gone unnoticed:

Matt Gutman, a radio reporter for ABC News, is suddenly a high-profile reporter on television too, having filed nearly two dozen reports for ABC’s flagship “World News” since mid-May, according to The Tyndall Report, which tracks the content of evening newscasts.

“He most definitely does not have a face for radio, as the saying goes,” said Andrew Tyndall, who compiles the report.

And of course there are the efforts by Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, FNC’s Steve Harrigan and Kris Gutierrez and Kelly Cobiella and Mark Strassmann from CBS News. Strassmann in particular has been present:

Mr. Strassmann, for instance, has filed about 38 reports for the “CBS Evening News” since the spill started, according to The Tyndall Report, almost as many as he filed in the previous 12 months combined.

Who Is To Blame For The Broadcast News Decline?

ABCN_2.23.jpg The fallout from the New York Observer article about departing ABC News producer Mimi Gurbst continues. This weekend, analyst Andrew Tyndall weighed in with what might be the most eloquent take on what happened, and what it really means.

For those not familiar with the case: after the New York Observer wrote a story about Gurbst leaving ABC to become a high school guidance counselor, we reported that commenters flooded the story with ad hominems leveled at her and other ABC News executives.

Tyndall looks beyond the comments, and sees frustration that is justified, but misguided.

The problem, he says, is not incompetence by “the suits” but rather an artifact of what happens when a once-stable business destabilizes under new competition.

He writes:

What I find disappointing about this thread is its underlying wishful thinking. The rage against Gurbst herself and, by extension, against management as a whole, seems to blind commenters to the fact that it is not some executive failure that is at root responsible for the decline of the prestige of ABC News–the wish that, somehow, all this could have been prevented if only the suits had made better decisions. Well, that is not true. Broadcast television as a whole is in secular decline. This decline has exposed corrupt and counterproductive management practices that prosperity had masked. By fixating so passionately on abuses in the executive ranks, this thread has been unable to visualize a viable, post-broadcast future for ABC News. Such a future has to be mapped out at the corporate level, one tier above president [David] Westin.

Tyndall’s analysis rings true. As we wrote yesterday, the cable news channels currently rule the news roost when it comes to revenues and profits. The decline of ABC News (or CBS News) has less to do with the people running it than it does with the fact that the broadcast business models can no longer support the news structure that had been built up over the decades. Large scale layoffs were inevitable, and a decline in quality would logically follow.

So what can ABC News do? Tyndall has an idea:

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