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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

New Morning Show Drama… Down Under

Doyle (2nd from left) cries as she announces ‘Sunrise’ departure

A female morning show anchor, “knifed” in the back. A teary on-air resignation that had more to it than it seemed.

No, this isn’t NBC’s “Today,” this is Channel 7 Australia’s “Sunrise.”

It seems morning show drama is not a uniquely American phenomenon. Melissa Doyle, the co-anchor of “Sunrise,” broke into tears on the program two weeks ago, saying that she was leaving “with great sadness” but that she had been offered a “great opportunity.”

Now, however, The Age reports that Doyle was axed, and that executives at Channel 7 were plotting her departure for week’s as Australia’s “Today” show had been gaining ground on “Sunrise.”

Doyle was reportedly told to take a pay cut, step down from Sunrise and pretend she had been promoted to a news presenting position…

Seven executives had decided at least several weeks ago to “rejuvenate” Sunrise by replacing Doyle with Weekend Sunrise co-host Samantha Armytage. Doyle is said to have been told of the decision just a fortnight ago – and that she had no say in the matter.

The move, coincidentally, comes a year after Ann Curry‘s tearful farewell from “Today.” Of course, the drama never stops:
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The Ticker: ‘The N Word,’ Curry, Blitzer

  • CNN’s Don Lemon will anchor a special program tonight at 7 PM, called “The N Word.” The special will take the recent Paula Deen controversy and the George Zimemrman trial, and use them as a starting point for discussing and debating the word in question. Erin Burnett is on vacation.

  • Ann Curry‘s primetime special on Friday delivered for NBC. It was number one in both adults 25-54 and adults 18-49, and behind only fellow NBC News program “Dateline” in total viewers. More here.

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‘Today’ Show ‘Rethinking the Plaza Experience’

On Thursday, the “Today” show marks 19 years in their “Window on the World,” Studio 1A. The street-side studio, which debuted June 20, 1994, has been a gathering spot for tourists and locals alike, as celebrities and chefs, musicians and athletes discuss their newest project or sing from their latest album. But this Summer, the studio is getting its first makeover in 7 years and as part of the process the show is “rethinking the plaza experience,” reports the New York Times’ Brian Stelter.

That doesn’t mean the plaza will be used less. In fact, the show has now put an NBC News Page on the plaza acting as a sort of MC for the crowd.

The studio makeover is a continuation of changes at “Today,” which had its 16-year winning streak broken in April 2012 by ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In the tumultuous year since, anchor Ann Curry left the show, EP Jim Bell moved to NBC Sports. And now longtime director Joe Michaels is also moving on from his position. Michaels has been named senior director and one of his first tasks is implementing the new studio. Just last week, Matt Lauer presented Michaels with a distinguished alumni award from Seton Hall University.

Here’s a clip from the first day of the Window on the World studio:

The Evening Ticker: Smiley, Kroft, Curry

  • PBS host Tavis Smiley celebrates his 2,000th show tomorrow. Smiley’s diverse guest list, from musicians to presidents, authors, actors, and activists, will be highlighted in a clip reel. Smiley’s show premiered on PBS in 2004.

  • This Memorial Day Weekend CBS’s Steve Kroft, a Vietnam veteran, will host “Combat Stress: Finding the Way Home” on CBS Radio News. The one hour show explores the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder on our nation’s veterans.
  • Ann Curry anchored her first newscast for NBC News in 11 months. The former “Today” co-host was filling in for Brian Williams this evening on “Nightly News.” She posted this image (above) to Instagram about 15 minutes before the show.

Broadcasters Plan Extended Evening Newscasts, Special Coverage Of Tornado Aftermath

The broadcast networks are planning to give their news organizations extra space tonight to update viewers on the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. In addition to expanded evening newscasts, NBC and ABC will have dedicated programming to coverage of the devastation and recovery.

NBC: NBC News will have a special from 8-9 PM live from Oklahoma, anchored by Brian WilliamsLester Holt, Ann Curry, Harry Smith and Kate Snow will be among the contributors. “NBC Nightly News” will also offer an hour-long newscast to affiliates this evening.

CBS: CBS News will not have a primetime special, however Scott Pelley will host a special edition of the “CBS Evening News” from 6:30 PM until 8 PM, offered to affiliates.

ABC: ABC News will be offering a one hour edition of “ABC World News” to affiliates. Diane Sawyer will be in New York, with David Muir in Moore. In addition at 12:35 AM “Nightline” will be special edition dedicated to Oklahoma.

Also: Muir, Ginger Zee and Mike Boettcher will reportfrom Oklahoma this afternoon on “Katie.”

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