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The Monday Ticker: Hillary & the RNC, Rita & the Pope, Vector & OMG

  • Republican National Committee spokesman Kirsten Kukowski tells CNN the group is urging ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News to book Republican guests in response former first lady Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book tour interviews.

  • WABC Radio, and former FNC and MSNBC host, Rita Cosby got a quick interview with Pope Francis at the Vatican last week. Cosby asked the Pontiff about his role as Mideast peacemaker. “Pray, Pray, Pray,” the Pope said about peace in the Middle East.

  • Former “GMA” senior producer Eric Ortner‘s Ortner Media Group is entering into a strategic venture with Vector Management, a part of Live Nation, forming a management company and production incubator. Ortner’s clients include Soledad O’Brien and Ann Curry.

Ann Curry Rescued by Boy Scouts

ann curry_304x200NBC News anchor Ann Curry is thanking a group of New Jersey Boy Scouts for helping her out of a perilous situation. Curry was hiking on Bear Mountain in upstate New York five weeks ago today when she broke her ankle.

As Scouting Magazine recounts, a group of scouts from Berkeley Heights, N.J., were on a training hike through Harriman State Park when they came upon Curry, sitting along the trail, with her leg out. She told them she thought she broke her ankle, and first told them to keep going, but the scouts sprang into action, setting a split for her ankle. Scout leader Scott Jurgens explains;

“We work on these requirements, and here’s an opportunity where it was a true test of all those First Class, Second Class first-aid requirements. They got to use it and use it for real. And they did an outstanding job.”

Curry, in a letter she later sent to the Scouts, praised their emergency readiness, saying they went “above the call of duty.”

“Discovering I was unable to walk, and needed to get down the mountain for medical care, you immediately set about to help,” she wrote.

“I feel enormously lucky you came along at just the right moment, and were so willing to help a stranger in need,” Curry added. “You are a credit to the Boy Scouts and to your families, and I want you to know I am deeply grateful for your kindness and skill.”

TV News’ Weekend Coverage of Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls

CNN.Isha Sesay.AbujaBroadcast and cable news networks will continue covering the hundreds of abducted Nigerian schoolgirls this weekend.

ABC News will have international affairs correspondent Hamish Macdonald in Nigeria. CBS News correspondent Debora Patta will continue her reporting from Nigeria’s capitol Abuja. NBC News’ correspondent Stephanie Gosk will also report from there.

NBC also has Ann Curry reporting from the U.S.; Curry asked Secretary of State John Kerry a question via Twitter this morning. “Too early to conclude,” Kerry answered on the likelihood of finding some of the missing girls.

Fox News will interview correspondents from its sister network Sky News as part of its coverage. CNN international correspondent Vladimir Duthiers–whose journey from production assistant to correspondent we recently covered–remains on the story in Nigeria.

And CNN will also have anchor and correspondent Isha Sesay in Nigeria; she recently conducted a heated interview with Nigerian leader Doyin Okupe, pressing him on the government’s response to the girls’ abduction.

“I knew they [Nigeria's government] weren’t happy there was this constant call for information, and I was very aware of the fact he was going to be adversarial,” Sesay told TVNewser in a phone interview this afternoon from Nigeria, adding, “you’ve got to hold him accountable.”

“I beg to differ,” she told us regarding Okupe’s claims that the Nigerian government has issued an aggressive search for the girls from the beginning, suggesting it doesn’t square up with CNN’s reporting on the ground.

Her exchange with the Nigerian leader after the jump.

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NBC News Confuses Kenya and Nigeria in Boko Haram Kidnapping Story

NBC News Boko HaramDuring a report on the Boko Haram kidnapping of 276 teenage girls on “NBC Nightly News” Tuesday, Brian Williams twice said that the abductions took place in Kenya instead of Nigeria.

“Tonight it now feels as if the world is aware and responding to the kidnapping of 276 girls in Kenya three weeks ago today,” Williams said on the broadcast. He went on to reference Kenya a second time during the introduction to Ann Curry‘s report on the kidnapping, which led “Nightly” last night.

Curry — who was on set with Williams — correctly identified the kidnapping as taking place in Nigeria during her report. After it aired, Williams called her report a “scary story out of Nigeria.”

“Brian realized his error right away, corrected it two minutes later and for all subsequent feeds,” a spokesperson for “Nightly” told TVNewser. “He wrote the item in question in the rush before airtime — it was an error borne of haste and he felt terrible about it.”

The mistake has been fixed in the version of “Nightly” that is up on NBC’s website.

Tom Brokaw to Interview Angelina Jolie, Louis Zamperini about ‘Unbroken’

JolieZamperiniNBC’s Tom Brokaw bridges the Greatest Generation and Generation X as he interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie and 97-year-old Louis Zamperini, a 1936 Olympian, WWII prisoner of war and subject of “Unbroken,” Laura Hillenbrand‘s best-selling book. Jolie is directing the film version of “Unbroken,” which will be released Christmas Day.

With Brokaw, Jolie opens up about her determination to direct this film, made during a challenging time in her own life. Brokaw’s interview, which airs tomorrow on “Today,” follows a 3-minute film preview Brokaw narrated that aired during the Sochi games.

“Unbroken” was produced by NBCU’s Universal Pictures. In the past, Ann Curry has been Jolie’s go-to NBC reporter when discussing her humanitarian work.

Most-Watched Week in 9 Years for the Network Evening Newscasts

EveningNewsNewNearly 29 million people tuned in to the evening newscasts last week, making it the most-watched week in more than 9 years, since Jan. 17, 2005, when a combined 29.937 million tuned in during a week which included Pres. George W. Bush‘s second inauguration.

The most-recent high water mark was 28.460 million who watched during the week of January 31, 2011.

It was the most-watched week for both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” since that week in 2011 which was the beginning of the uprising in Cairo.

It was the most-watched week for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelleysince Sept. 2006, the week Katie Couric debuted on that broadcast.

Williams and Pelley tied in year-over-year viewership growth: both up +14%. Sawyer was up the most among younger viewers, growing ABC’s audience by +19% vs. the same week last year.

Williams began anchoring from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. Ann Curry filled in during Williams’ travels on Wednesday. “Nightly” is down slightly versus the week before the Vancouver Olympics: down -1% in viewers and down -17% in the demo. But it was during that week in 2010, that “Nightly News” drew its biggest audience in 5 years.

Numbers for the week of February 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,973,000 9,491,000 8,522,000
• A25-54: 2,951,000 2,763,000 2,266,000

2013 TVNewser Challege: The Results

At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.

Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?

82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.

By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?

The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.

Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?

Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”

Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?

44% of you correctly predicted Megyn Kelly‘s move to primetime, which took place after she returned from maternity leave in October. Read more

Your Cast for ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie Is…

top_of_the_morning_book_cover_a_pWith the news coming out last week about Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning” being developed as a made-for-TV movie on Lifetime, we gave you the task of casting some of the main parts of the movie: Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, and Ann Curry.

For the role of Lauer, 32% of you wanted “Hostages” star Dylan McDermott. “The Good Wife’s” Chris Noth came in second with 23%. “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston was next at 20%, with “other” coming in fourth at 12%. Some of those “others” include Woody Allen and Tom Hanks. Current made-for-TV anchorman, “The Newsroom’s” Jeff Daniels earned 12% of the vote.

The overwhelming majority of you wanted John Stamos to play Stephanopoulos, with 47% of you voting for the former “Full House” star. Mike Myers of “Austin Powers” fame was second at 20%, with “Karate Kid’s” Ralph Macchio a tick behind at 19%. The “other” selection and “Saved by the Bell’s” Mario Lopez finished at 9% and 6%.  Some of those “others” include Will Ferrell, Ben Stiller, and even Mickey Mouse. Read more

Casting Call: Who Should Play Ann Curry in the ‘Top of the Morning’ Movie?

In the final poll that gives you the role of casting director for the in-development Lifetime original movie based on Brian Stelter‘s book “Top of the Morning,” we need you to cast the role of Ann Curry.

Polls are still open for Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s, and Thursday’s casting calls for Matt Lauer, George Stephanopoulos, and Robin Roberts. We’ll keep them open through Monday.

What’s Next For Ann Curry?

PNC FINANCIAL SERVICES ANN CURRYThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie reports on what could be next for Ann Curry, who has a window in her NBC News contract that opens in early 2014:

Curry’s representative, Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, has made NBC News’ competitors, including CBS News, aware she will be available. (He declined comment.) A CBS News executive tells THR he respects Curry’s journalistic chops but that there really isn’t a place for her at that division. Sources say Curry, 57, also has not had talks with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, her former Today producer. Al Jazeera America, the Qatar emirate-backed network that launched in August and has struggled to lure viewers, did express interest in Curry this year when executives reached out to numerous anchors and producers to gauge availability … But sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps.

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