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Posts Tagged ‘Barack Obama’

Would Jim Lehrer Moderate Another Debate? ‘No, No, No, A Thousand Times, No’

JimLehrer1He’s known as the Dean of Moderators, having been at the helm of twelve presidential debates since 1988.

But don’t count on veteran newsman Jim Lehrer making another go of it in 2016.

“No, no, no, a thousand times, no,” he tells TVNewser about what he’d say if asked to moderate in 2016.

Lehrer felt the same way when we talked with him 2010. But he ended up moderating the first 2012 presidential debate.

“The only reason that I finally changed my mind [in 2012] was because I was persuaded by the Commission on Presidential Debates to do it, because we were going to try a new format,” he says, referring to the “new, open” approach that enabled the candidates to more freely speak and interact with each other.

Lehrer, 80, was roundly criticized, for not doing enough to challenge candidates, Pres. Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, or control their questions.

Would anything change his mind when it comes to 2016?

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Diane Sawyer Interviews Gov. Christie, Scott Pelley Interview Pres. Obama

Two of the big three network anchors have big gets lined up.

diane sawyer_304x200ABC’s Diane Sawyer sits down with Governor Chris Christie and his wife Mary Pat today at their home in New Jersey. It’s Christie’s first television interview since his January news conference on the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. The interview will address the Governor’s internal review which will be released today. The interview airs tonight on “World News,” and all ABC News platforms.

Pelley State of the UnionCBS’s Scott Pelley is going one-on-one with President Barack Obama tomorrow in Rome. Pelley will also anchor the “CBS Evening News” live from Rome tomorrow night, with coverage of the President’s trip to Europe and his first meeting this morning with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

TV News Bookers Love Senator John McCain

McCainA former presidential candidate and senior U.S. Senator is often desired as a guest across TV news, but the news networks have taken an extra liking to Arizona Senator John McCain over the last week.

Since last Tuesday, February 25, the senator has appeared 11 times across Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and Bloomberg. The news cycle certainly merits TV news Bookers seeking out the former Republican nominee for president.

First, there was news of Defense Department cuts last Monday, which McCain is known for being against. The next day, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that potentially discriminated against LGBT people, which McCain had urged her to do.

And in the last few days, McCain has been a prime target for TV news networks covering the tumultuous situation happening between Russia and the Ukraine. McCain visited anti-government protesters in Kiev back in December. Unsurprisingly, the 2008 presidential opponent of Barack Obama has voiced his displeasure with now-President Obama’s strategy and comments about the conflict.

McCain’s week-long TV news blitz only adds to his reputation as a Booker’s best friend: he ranked number one on 2013 New York Times assessment of perrenial Sunday show guests.

Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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Barbara Walters to Interview President and Mrs. Obama

abc_obama_walters_081125_mnBarbara Walters will interview President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama in their first joint interview this year. The interview will be Walters’ fifth interview with the couple.

The interview will air on a “20/20″ Thanksgiving special on November 29. Excerpts will begin airing next week across all ABC News platforms, including on “The View.” With Walters set to retire next year, the “20/20″ special will include a look back at interviews she has done with every President and First Lady since Richard Nixon was in office.

Cablers Cut To Obama Comments On Egypt

President Obama made brief remarks on the situation in Egypt while vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts this morning. While the President spoke at a podium, and there were video cameras present, logistics prevented live video from going out to the broadcasters and cable channels, so only live audio was featured.

Fox News, CNN and MSNBC all carried the remarks at 10:30 AM, as did Fox Business and Bloomberg TV. The President condemned the violence in Egypt that has killed hundreds of people, including multiple journalists, and also announced that the U.S. could be canceling its joint military exercises with Egypt slated for next month.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, January 20

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 128 | MSNBC: 147 | CNN: 161 | HLN: 100
  • Primetime: FNC: 94 | MSNBC: 115 | CNN: 171 | HLN: 107

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

51

Baier:

81

Report:

70

Huckabee:

72

Baier/Kelly:

57

Report:

151

Huckabee:

152

Hannity:

82

MSNBC
MTP:

59

Matthews:

56

Caught:

147

Caught:

167

Caught:

113

Dateline:

65

Lockup:

142

Lockup:

277

CNN
Inaug:

99

Inaug:

113

Inaug:

118

Blitzer:

140

Morgan:

153

Cooper:

220

Blitzer:

147

Morgan:

169

HLN
Mysteries:

85

Mysteries:

75

Mysteries:

91

Mysteries:

70

Mysteries:

83

Mysteries:

167

Mysteries:

170

Mysteries:

94

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Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46%

Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted yesterday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news.

The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46%. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush‘s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first.

In a post explaining the numbers, Nielsen throws in this factoid:

[V]iewership has historically slid for second term inaugurations. Pres. Richard Nixon is the only president in recent history that has seen an increase; he notched a 22 percent increase during his second term inauguration.

Making News Rather Than Covering It: Tales From Campaign 2012

Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, and Ricky Martin were just three of the numerous celebrity endorsers of President Barack Obama in 2012.  All appeared at re-election events, part of a meticulously organized entertainment publicity effort.

One of the key players in attracting talent and overseeing coordination was former GMA and 20/20 Senior Producer – and former CBS News consultant and NBC News producer – Eric Ortner (photographed at right with Jon Hamm at the Democratic National Convention in September).

Now a Los Angeles talent manager and tv/film producer, Ortner became co-chair of the campaign’s Entertainment Advisory Council. He tells TVNewser the celebrity mix was important in helping the campaign “build a network for voter registration and get-out-the vote-efforts” and to “engage and mobilize the audience”.

Otrner says his background as a tvnewser - who’d covered politics for the networks - was helpful. “The real benefit and brilliance” of the entertainment council effort, he reflects, ”was that celebrity surrogates provided media that the campaign didn’t have to buy.”

(Photo Courtesy of Eric Ortner)

66.8 Million People Watched Election In Primetime, Down From 2008

Nielsen has just released the final primetime ratings tally across all networks. 66.8 million people tuned into coverage leading up to the projection of President Obama’s reelection during the 11 PM hour (from 8-11PM ET). That is down from 2008, when 71.5 million people tuned in during the same time period.

The Nielsen-rated networks covering the election this year were NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, PBS, Univision, Telemundo, Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, Current TV and TV One.

Among the broadcasters, NBC led the way with 12.12 million viewers, followed by ABC with 10.52 million viewers, CBS with 7.92 million and Fox with 4.93 million. The cable news ratings for primetime can be found here. Fox News was second among all networks in prime behind NBC, followed by ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox and MSNBC.

PBS notes that it had a cume audience of six million, more than its 2004 and 2008 ratings combined, though for the evening it averaged around a million viewers each hour, well below the broadcast competition.

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