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Matthews Re-Ups With MSNBC

matthews_3-23.JPGThe New York Times’ Bill Carter reports MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is staying with the network, in a deal set to last “at least four years.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and one unnamed executive said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”

Matthews had been considering a Senate run in his home state of Pennsylvania, but told his staff January 7 he was staying at MSNBC. Matthews was clear in the article that he hadn’t used the possibility of leaving as a negotiating tool. “I think it’s unfair people think like that,” he said. “That’s sacrilegious.”

Kimmel Moving to Nightline’s Slot? Not So Fast

nightline_1-28.jpgThe New York Times’ Bill Carter brings up the idea of Jimmy Kimmel moving up a half-hour into Nightline’s slot. However in the article, Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, “denied there was any plan for action in the short or long term, saying that no change in status for either the Kimmel show or ‘Nightline’ would take place this year.”

An ABC insider tells TVNewser, “We’ve been hearing these rumors for years. Nightline continues to do great journalism, and is in a great position.”

A position that sees Nightline beating CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman 41% of the time this season, and twice beating NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno in the A25-54 demo and once in Total Viewers. Jimmy Kimmel Live hasn’t beaten either program this season.

In the fourth quarter of ’08, Nightline was the #2 show during late night in the demo and 3rd in Total Viewers, while Kimmel was #5 in both.

“Just look at the numbers — Nightline is performing very strongly,” says the insider. “The same cannot be said of Kimmel. If you do the math this story just doesn’t add up.”

With Layoffs Abound, CBS Finds Time to Celebrate

cbs.jpgTVNewser attended one of the few holiday parties still on the calendar. Producers, anchors and executives from CBS News and CBS Radio, and those of us who cover them, packed the 35th floor of CBS’s Black Rock headquarters last night.

We talked with The Early Show’s Julie Chen as she arrived, before telling us, “Okay, I’ve gotta go say hi to my husband.” Her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves was a few feet away chatting with CBS PR honcho Gil Schwartz.

The rest of The Early Show team was in attendance too — Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price and Saturday anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. Hill told us she is excited about her new CBS gig, while still contributing to CNN’s AC360. Wragge’s WCBS anchors were also there — Kristine Johnson, formerly an MSNBC anchor and weather guy Lonnie Quinn.

Katie Couric
arrived after the Evening News. “How are things in TVNewser-land?” she asked us. “Great,” we said. We congratulated her on her ratings last week. “Oh, I don’t pay attention to those things,” she said motioning to CBS News president Sean McManus and Moonves who were a few feet away. Couric said, “As long as they’re telling us we’re doing okay.”

We chatted up CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, whose husband Matt Saal works across the street, almost literally, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Charles Osgood, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Troy Roberts, worked the crowd. And 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky told us, despite the media gloom and doom, she’s actually hiring for upcoming prime time projects.

And along with the holiday cheer, there was a lot of layoff talk, including someone who covers the industry…

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FNC’s Growingly Expensive Lineup

fnclogo_10-23.jpgJust in the last three weeks, Fox News Channel re-signed Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity, arguably its two biggest stars, to expensive new contracts. They also added a new big name, Headline News’ Glenn Beck.

The New York Times’ Bill Carter looks at how they’re going to pay for everything.

FNC is still the number one cable news networks, which helps. “There will still be support for all three cable news networks,” said John Rash, director of media analysis for Campbell Mithun ad agency.

The network’s high subscriber fees help as well. “They’re awash with money,” said Andrew Tyndall of the Tyndall Report.

Another contract issue popped up on The Huffington Post today, regarding apparent contract negotiation issues with Fox & Friends anchor Brian Kilmeade. HuffPost’s Danny Shea writes, “According to sources, Kilmeade attempted to play hardball in his latest contract renewal negotiations and overplayed his hand with a series of ridiculous demands…Within hours, Kilmeade and Berger returned with their tails between their legs and their hat in their hands, and Kilmeade signed on to another contract with only a nominal raise.”

Michael Mand of CAA, where Kilmeade is represented, tells TVNewser: “Brian’s deal was closed nearly 18 months ago, with no complications and a very positive result. Now in his 12th year, he couldn’t be happier working for Fox News.”

Matthews Senate Run Talk Continues

matthews_10-22.jpgSo, will MSNBC’s Chris Matthews be moving from the anchor chair to the political arena? The question has certainly been asked before (in February, and April, and May, and August…), but there appears to be new details as this election winds down.

The New York Times’ Bill Carter writes on The Caucus blog about a dinner last week between Matthews and one of Sen. Barack Obama‘s biggest fundraisers, UBS president Robert Wolf.

Said Matthews of the dinner: “Bob is a wonderful guy, and he told me we were going to talk about the political year and business and nothing about any election prospects.”

Wolf said, “It came up, but when you have 12 guys at a dinner you move from topic to topic.”

Once the election ends in two weeks, the Senate talk may pick up. TVNewser has learned that Democratic donors have received exploratory calls regarding a possible foray into politics for Matthews.

NYT & NBC: “We Do Like to Be Totally Transparent Here”

The New York Times has been criticized recently for not disclosing a year-old political partnership it has with NBC News/MSNBC and a 7-month old business news partnership it has with CNBC. Cases in point: Bill Carter‘s story on Rachel Maddow being named an anchor of a new 9pmET show on MSNBC. And last month, when the paper ran a feature on CNBC’s Erin Burnett.

Politico’s Michael Calderone asked Carter if the Times should disclose:

I cover them all the time, of course, and have never personally had anything to do with whatever the Times has going with them, so it just didn’t occur to me to mention it. But we could probably have a pro-forma disclosure when I do a piece that includes them. The connection obviously had zero to do with the Maddow piece but we do like to be totally transparent here.

> More: An emailer asks: “Does Politico disclose their CBS deal every time they write?”

Final Verdict: Maddow Replacing Abrams

maddow_8-19.JPGAfter speculation dating back to December, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow will get her own show.

The New York Times’ Bill Carter reports Maddow will replace Dan Abrams and his show “Verdict,” at 9pmET, beginning after the conventions.

The move will take place on 9/8/08, one month after the Olympics began. Says MSNBC president Phil Griffin in the story, it, “will be the final leg of the political race this year.”

The final “Verdict” airs on Thursday. Abrams will stay on with MSNBC and NBC News as daytime anchor, substitute host of Today show and NBC News’ chief legal correspondent, according to the Times.

Earlier: TVNewser’s Gail Shister profiled “The Cable TV Rising Star,” last month.

Edwards Affair: Mainstream Media Post-Mortem

edwards_8-10.JPGAs the John Edwards affair story continues to sink in, it’s time for some mainstream media self-reflection.

The New York Times’ Richard Perez-Pena and Bill Carter look at why there was a, “reticence of the mainstream media,” in covering the story.

After noting MSNBC only touched on the story by way of a David Letterman clip and CNN did not mention the story once (well, that information sounds familiar), CNN political director Sam Feist weighs in. He says CNN, “had been working the story since it first broke in The Enquirer late last year,” but, “You have to have some sort of evidence before you put something on the air.”

The Times looks inward as well, and echoes a sentiment brought up throughout the article: “Bill Keller, the executive editor, said in an e-mail message that Mr. Edwards’s dark-horse status and the ‘added hold-your-nose quality about The Enquirer’ contributed to the lack of interest by The Times and the mainstream media generally.”

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