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Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Update

Well, this year’s TVNewser Bracket Challenge has gone from a “Boss of All Bosses” competition to a “Last Boss Standing” contest.

“Early Show” EP David Friedman, who has led the way since the first days of the tournament, slid back to 5th with losses by Kentucky and Baylor this weekend. “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff jumps into first, while “Nightly News” EP Bob Epstein and your own TVNewser rocketed from outside the top ten into a three-way tie for second place with “FOX Report” EP Kim Rosenberg. MSNBC’s Chris Licht and “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer also made their way into the top ten.

With late-round wins carrying more weight, the sleeper right now is “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman who is the only competitor left with their National Championship selection, Duke, still in the running.

Here are the top half of the standings following the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
1 David Tabacoff 75 39 91 40 Kansas
2 Bob Epstein 68 34 84 35 Kansas
2 Kevin Allocca 68 35 84 36 Kansas
2 Kim Rosenberg 68 37 84 38 Kansas
5 David Friedman 67 41 67 41 Kansas
5 Gary Schreier 67 36 67 36 Kansas
7 Tom Cibrowski 66 37 66 37 Kansas
8 Chris Licht 65 35 81 36 Kansas
9 Betsy Fischer 59 33 75 34 Kansas
9 Stephanie Todd 59 35 75 36 Syracuse

> Update after the first two rounds
> List of competitors

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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Nightly EP: ‘Our Viewers Were Looking for Information, and Ways They Could Help’

Williams_1.20.jpgNBC Nightly News EP Bob Epstein sent a note to his staff today thanking them for their hard work covering the earthquake.

“Our coverage from Haiti has produced some of the finest journalism ever seen on this broadcast. From the moment our first teams went in — Kerry Sanders leading the way from Miami — and our Nightly team of Brian Williams, Subrata De, Madeleine Haeringer, Craig White, Aaron Sasson — as well as Ann Curry, Al Roker, Lester Holt, and all the other producers, correpondents, camera crews and technicans — we had this story covered like no other…”

Full memo after the jump…

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Evening News Ratings: Week of Nov. 2

ENLogos_11.10.jpgLast week’s most-reported news story, the massacre at Ft. Hood, sent viewers to the three evening newscasts for information.

NBC Nightly News saw a nearly 1M Total Viewer increase in their average from the week prior. (After the jump, an internal email sent by Nightly EP Bob Epstein.) ABC World News saw an increase of more than 400K, and CBS Evening News was up more than 300K.

• Total Viewers: NBC: 9,470,000 / ABC: 8,380,000 / CBS: 6,200,000

• A25-54 viewers: NBC: 2,920,000 / ABC: 2,320,000 / CBS: 1,870,000

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Barbara Walters Given Lifetime Achievement at News and Doc Emmys

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TVNewsers flocked to Lincoln Center last night for the 30th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. In addition to the competitive awards, Barbara Walters was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award.

A tribute to Walters came first from Katie Couric. Then ABC News President David Westin presented the award. “Barbara Walters is a true legend in television news,” Westin said. “Even more special, she keeps on adding to that legend each and every day. It is an honor to present the Lifetime Achievement award to Barbara Walters, but it is even more of a pleasure to give it to such a good friend.”

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The President’s Award went to CNN Productions for their “longstanding commitment to long-form documentaries.” The award was accepted by Jon Klein with Christiane Amanpour and Soledad O’Brien who’ve each hosted documentary series for the network. CNN Productions EP Mark Nelson also accepted.

The biggest network winner was PBS, which was awarded six Emmys. CBS News won five. In a note to the staff this morning, CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus wrote, “The diversity of subject matter for which CBS News won awards is indicative of our strength and leadership in every area of journalism.”

“NBC Nightly News” had a big night, picking up two awards for their Afghanistan coverage and one for breaking coverage of the financial collapse last September. In an internal email, EP Bob Epstein congratulated the staff on their hard work writing, “This is a terrific night for everyone at Nightly and NBC News.”

Other notable winners:

• “CBS Evening News” won an investigative journalism award.
• NBC News won for election night coverage.
• “60 Minutes” won three newsmagazine Emmys.
• “ABC News Primetime” and “Nightline” each won a newsmagazine award.
• “CBS News Sunday Morning” won a feature story Emmy.

You can see the full list of winners here.

Network totals:

ABC: 2 / CBS: 5 / CNN: 1 / NBC: 5 / PBS: 6

NBC Gains, As ABC and CBS Shed Evening News Viewers

BWilliams_7.1.jpgAs viewers for two of the three network newscasts drop off, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams has grown in viewership over the last year, and had its best Q2 in three years. The broadcast added 86,000 viewers in the second quarter of 2009 vs. Q2 ’08. Not huge growth, but growth nonetheless.

By contrast, ABC World News lost 407,000 viewers compared to Q2 ’08. The CBS Evening News shed 48,000 viewers compared to last year. Q2 ’09 was the lowest Total Viewer delivery in Nielsen history (since the start of People Meters) for the ABC and CBS broadcasts.

For the quarter, NBC topped ABC by 797K Total Viewers and topped CBS by more than 2.5M Total Viewers.

“Nightly” EP Bob Epstein, who’s been at the helm since December, tells TVNewser, “The ratings surge is a tribute to the hard work from our outstanding team, led by Brian Williams. We’ve stayed focused on producing in-depth coverage of the issues that matter most to our audience. I’m also extremely proud of our reports on Iran led by Richard Engel and Ali Arouzi.”

Bob Epstein: “The First Quarter Has Proven To Be Quite a Ride”

TVNewser has obtained a memo from NBC Nightly News EP Bob Epstein to his staff, congratulating them for “record numbers on-air and online.”

Epstein credits the choice by NBC to look at positive news: “I’d like to personally acknowledge how everyone came together to work on what was such a simple idea…good news…it was well received by our viewers, imitated by media outlets worldwide, and most importantly helped a few people out.”

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Evening Newscasts Ending Year Surprisingly Strong

nbc_12-23.jpgNBC Nightly News EP Bob Epstein has been on the job for two weeks. He’s off to a great start. The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams saw its best ratings in nearly two years last week, and the week prior, had some of the best ratings of 2008.

“We’ve just not let go,” Epstein tells TVNewser. “The economy is at the forefront of every viewer’s mind. It’s the story we’re just continuing to do.”

But it wasn’t just NBC. The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric saw its best ratings in nearly two years as well.

“Who knows in what combination these factors influence the ratings,” CBS News SVP Paul Friedman tells TVNewser. “All we know is going up beats the hell out of the alternative.”

ABC’s World News with Charles Gibson is up too — seeing its best ratings last week since the week of the presidential election, and has added viewers when compared to the same week last year.

cbs_12-23.jpgWhat? Wasn’t there supposed to be a post-election slump following the record ratings of the presidential race? (Albeit mostly on cable.)

It’s the economy, stupid. Or so says Andrew Tyndall, publisher of the Tyndall Report. “In general, the nightly newscasts didn’t get the boost from the election that the cable channels got,” Tyndall tells TVNewser. “But they didn’t get the drop off that the cable channels got. Of the two major dominating stories of 2008, the election and the recession, networks have been better than cable channels at the economic beat and the cable channels better at the political beat.”

But that’s just the beginning.

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Grayson Leaves CBS Early For NBC Nightly

NBC News has named Aurelia Grayson senior broadcast producer at the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

Grayson joins NBC from CBS News, where she has been senior supervising producer and broadcast producer of The Early Show since April 2006. She begins in her new role immediately, assisting EP Bob Epstein with all aspects of the program.

“I have known Aurelia for twenty years. She’s a great journalist and producer, who has done every job there is in the newsroom during her career thus far,” said Williams in the release. “We’ve been apart for far too long — it’s about time we were colleagues and not competitors.”

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Nightly EP’s Note to the Staff

Bob Epstein, who took over the EP job of Nightly News last week, has sent a note to his staff thanking them (and his predecessor, Alex Wallace) for their work in ’08 and while acknowledging “some challenges” in the new year.

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