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Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

Ann Curry on How She Got the Interview with New Iranian President

Ann Curry‘s interview with Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani this week was a year in the making. In fact, the process started long before Rouhani was elected. But the toughest part came last week, when Curry and her team waited for Visas to enter the country. WATCH:

Ann Curry Scoops Christiane Amanpour in Interview with Iranian President

NBC’s anchor-at-large Ann Curry is in Tehran at this hour, where she got the first U.S. interview with newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. CNN has already been promoting an interview Christiane Amanpour will get with Rouhani when he travels to New York later this month for the annual gathering at the U.N. Curry’s interview, conducted at the presidential compound a few hours ago, will begin airing tonight on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” The conversation touches on the crisis in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program, and Rouhani’s recent communication with President Obama.

The Afternoon Ticker: Curry, Claman, BBC

  • NBC’s Ann Curry sat down today for a “wide-ranging” interview with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Politico reports the interview will air tonight on “Nightly News.”

  • Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman talks to Gotham Magazine about the best places to get financial advice, revealing that she found her financial planner by asking colleagues for recommendations.

  • The BBC will dedicate the month of October to “100 Women,” a series of reports on women’s lives around the world. The series will end with a global women’s conference at New Broadcasting House in London.

Matt Lauer on Curry, Cruise & Cocktail Parties

In an Esquire What I’ve Learned, “Today” anchor Matt Lauer talks about being a father, being a son, fishing, his interview style and what happens “when you punch a guy with four Budweisers in him.” He also talks about the media coverage of him and his colleague, Ann Curry.

Over the course of twenty years that I’ve been at NBC, I have never seen the amount of money I make reported correctly by the media.

The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.

Here Are The Highest Paid News Anchors At Each Network

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio and Michael Schneider tally up the highest-paid talent in television for this week’s magazine.  The highest paid on-air individual in all of TV is syndicated judge “Judge Judy” Sheindlin, who rakes in an estimated $45 million a year for her eponymous program.

In the world of TV news, NBC “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer leads the way, drawing an estimated $22-25 million every year. The highest-paid anchor on ABC News is “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, who pulls in an estimated $12 million a year, while “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley leads that network with $5 million a year.

On cable, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly is king, drawing an estimated $17 million a year, while MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow leads her channel with a $7 million a year deal. CNN’s Anderson Cooper tops that channel with an estimated $10 million a year deal.

Other notable names: Megyn Kelly‘s new deal is estimated to be worth $6 million a year, twice what Hoda Kotb draws, and more than three times as much as ABC’s Josh Elliott. Ann Curry is still one of the highest-paid reporters at NBC, drawing $5 million a year, while Sarah Palin‘s new FNC contract is believed to be in the $250,000 range.

Some excerpts can be read here, while the full list is in this week’s TV Guide.

‘Today’ Remembers Studio 1A Before Renovation

Today is the last day in the current Studio 1A for the NBC “Today” team. As we reported last week, the show will originate from Rockefeller Plaza over the next few weeks, before unveiling the new set on September 9. Some pieces of the current set will be sent to the Newseum in Washington DC for display.

This morning, “Today” ran a retrospective on the last seven years of the studio. Though, as a few viewers noted on Twitter, while Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and even Meredith Vieira were featured multiple times, Ann Curry was shown only briefly in a cutaway.

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CBS, NBC, CNN Correspondents Granted Rare Access to North Korea

North Korea has granted foreign journalists rare access to the country for a military parade marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War. CBS News correspondent Seth Doane, NBC News anchor Ann Curry and CNN reporters Ivan Watson and Paula Hancocks are currently reporting from the country ahead of the parade, which will take place Saturday in Pyongyang.

In his report on “Evening News” yesterday, Doane detailed some of the rules set for visiting journalists, including being assigned to a government “minder” who keeps journalists from photographing anything without permission:

Appearing on “Today,” Curry also noted that her movements within the country are “tightly controlled.” Watch her report, as well as Watson’s latest CNN report, after the jump. Read more

Morning Show Ratings: Week of July 1

ABC’s “Good Morning America” wins another week and showed the most growth in the mornings. “GMA” was up +15% in total viewers and up +11% in the demo during the July 4 holiday week. “CBS This Morning” was also up +15% in viewers, but down -7% in the demo.

And for the first time in a long time “Today” showed growth when compared to the same week last year. The NBC show is up +4% in total viewers and up +3 in younger viewers. The week of July 2, 2012 was the first without Ann Curry in the co-anchor chair. A decline that had begun months earlier, sped up. At its low point late last Summer, as “GMA” zoomed by, “Today” had shed nearly a third of its audience.

Due to the July 4th holiday, all three programs are based on 3 days (Mon-Wed).

The averages for the week of July 1, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.146M / NBC: 4.391M / CBS: 2.721M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.828M / NBC: 1.712M / CBS: 904,000

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 24

A year after Ann Curry‘s tearful departure from the “Today” show, the NBC program is seeing signs of progress in the ratings.

“Today” won last week among younger viewers for the first time in more than two months. The win, by just 6,000 viewers, included Matt Lauer‘s interview with Paula Deen,

ABC’s “Good Morning America” still took the week among total viewers, with a 437,000 lead — the narrowest since the week of March 18.

Curry’s final broadcast on June 28, 2012 came two months after the long-dominant morning program lost its first week in nearly 13 years to “GMA.” “Today’s” last weekly win in both measurements came during the London Olympics in August.

Compared to the same week last year “CBS This Morning” was up the most among total viewers jumping +19%. “GMA” was up +10% and “Today,” which, has consistently been losing viewers, actually gained +29,000 viewers from the year-ago week. In the demo, while it claims a win for the week, “Today” was down -9% vs. last year. “GMA” is up +6% and “CBS This Morning” is up +4%

The averages for the week of June 24, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.070M / NBC: 4.633M / CBS: 2.684M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.775M / NBC: 1.781M / CBS: 902,000

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