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The Ticker: Gittrich, Tower, Schieffer

  • Greg Gittrich is leaving NBC where he was VP of NBC News Digital. “Right time for me to move on to a new thing,” Gittrich tweeted. NBC News SVP Julian March will oversee digital in the interim. Gittrich joined NBC in 2008 heading up the digital platforms for NBC’s O&Os before moving to NBC News in 2012.

  • Jon Tower is leaving MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and joining “CBS This Morning” where he’ll be supervising producer. “Even though he’s not moving on to a better place,” Joe Scarborough joked, “he is getting a wonderful opportunity. I’d be sad except for the fact that I know that Jon, Mika, and I are going to work together again soon,” Scarborough added.

  • CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and chairman Jeff Fager will be each be honored by the New Canaan, CT library next week. Schieffer will receive the Salant Integrity Award while Fagar, a New Canaan resident, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, part of the the Richard Salant Lecture Series. Dick Salant, a past president of CBS News, was also a longtime New Canaan resident.

No One’s In Hot Water at CBS News DC

CBSNewsDCThe boiler at the CBS News Washington bureau sprung a leak last week, flooding the boiler room and sending a chill through the aging three story building.

The parts for the boiler are on order and things should be back to normal by the end of this week, we’re told. Insiders tell us a plan to be in a new building on the same site in early 2017, can’t come soon enough.

Late last month, CBS News president David Rhodes sent a note to the DC bureau informing them of a proposal to build a new state of the art facility on the current site at 2020 M Street NW.

The mid-century red brick building is so old that “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer uses Eric Sevareid’s office. Sevareid, one of “Murrow’s Boys” was Washington Bureau Chief in the early 1940s.

“But history can be limiting on the technical side,” Rhodes wrote in his note, obtained by TVNewser. “We’ll put the latest technology to work in the new building, and we’ll have more of the collaborative workspaces we’ve been introducing in New York.”

It’ll have hot water, too.

Robin Roberts Receives Walter Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsCronkite“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today.

The award, presented by Arizona State University, recognizes a journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake.

Instead of giving a speech, Roberts was interviewed by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz and Megan Thompson (below) in front of 1,100 luncheon attendees. On Sunday, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and spoke to 200 students during a Q&A session.

“I had a quick tour of the facility — wow — you are so blessed, so fortunate. I hope you know that,” said Roberts who also watched part of the school’s newscast. “To have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount,” she said.

Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous honorees include CBS’s Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC’s Brian Williams, and Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, longtime anchors of PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

Sunday Show Ratings: September 28

sunday shows_304Update 10/13/14: the numbers have been updated following a Nielsen ratings data glitch. With restated data, “Face the Nation” was number one for Sept. 28

Previous story: “This Week” was the top Sunday program in viewers and the A25-54 demo this week in a reduced field due to “Meet the Press” being pre-empted for the Ryder Cup Golf Tournament. The ABC broadcast topped second place “Face the Nation” by +65,000 and by +70,000 demo viewers. ABC’s victory in viewers for the first telecast of the season was its first in 12 years.

Compared to the same week last year, “This Week” is up +24% in viewers and up +28% in the demo. “Face” was up +10% in viewers and flat in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” saw the most viewer growth, up +70% in viewers and up +21% in the demo. Univision’s “Al Punto” was down -9% in viewers and down -13% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,677,000 total viewers and 358,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for September 28:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.330M 933K
ABC
“This Week” 3.156M 899K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.692M 383K
UNIV “Al Punto” 710K 284K

Obama: ‘America Will Lead a Broad Coalition to Roll Back this Terrorist Threat’

ObamaISISIn a 14-minute address tonight, President Obama announced the U.S. will “lead a broad coalition” to defeat ISIS.

In his address, which comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the president mentioned by name, two journalists killed by ISIS in recent weeks.

“They execute captured prisoners, they kill children, enslave, rape and force women into marriage… and in acts of barbarism they took the lives of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.”

“I have made it clear, we’ll hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.”

FOX finished its special report first, at 9:16pm, with Shepard Smith promoting analysis on Fox News. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up next after brief analysis with Martha Raddatz; CBS’s Bob Schieffer wrapped few seconds after that, and NBC’s Brian Williams finished his special report with Chuck Todd at 9:17. The cable networks continued with analysis.

CBS News Gets First Roger Goodell Interview on Ray Rice Suspension

GoodellCBS News cut into local programming at 5pmET today with Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell to announce her exclusive interview with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on Ray Rice‘s indefinite suspension. Excerpts will air tonight on “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” with the full interview airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

O’Donnell told Schieffer she asked the commissioner if he or the NFL had known about or seen the TMZ video released yesterday showing Rice beating his wife. “We had not seen any videotape of what occurred in the elevator,” Goodell told O’Donnell. “We assumed there was a video, we asked for video, we asked for anything that was pertinent, but we were never granted that opportunity.” The commissioner said the NFL had tried on multiple occasions to obtain the video, but was unsuccessful.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

President Obama: We’re Going to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Defeat ISIS’

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning as President Obama held a press conference from the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

The president first made a statement about the 28 NATO countries sending more resources to Ukraine including security assistance, body armor, and medical care. He also announced the U.S. and Europe are finalizing increased sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors. Obama also spoke about NATO countries uniting against ISIS in Iraq.

“There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIS poses a significant threat to NATO members and there was a recognition that we have to take action,” the president said. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS the same way we have gone after Al-Qaeda.”

ABC News cut in at 11:44amET with  George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from from the NATO Summit in Wales. NBC News cut in at 11:44amET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC . CBS cut in with Scott Pelley anchoring in New York and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer reporting from Washington, DC.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second to Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Kane; the next to  the New York TimesJulie Davis; the next to the Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson. The president spoke for 24 minutes.

Washington Wonks Get Wet

Have you heard about this? People pouring icy water over their heads to raise awareness and money for ALS? Well, several Washington wonks got in on the action over the last couple of days. CBS’s Bob Schieffer, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and FNC’s Bret Baier all took the ice bucket challenge this week. Schieffer got doused by his colleagues at WUSA. He challenged Scott Pelley and CBS News president David Rhodes. Alan Greenspan did the honors, dousing his wife Mitchell, who challenged Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, and Chuck Todd. Todd was also nominated by FNC’s Bret Baier, who grabbed the tub himself. Baier also challenged his FNC colleagues James Rosen and Ed Henry. Meanwhile, a former Washington resident got iced this morning on the “Today” show.

Watch all three after the jump…

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Sunday Show Hosts React to Chuck Todd Hosting ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2Like other news timeslots, the Sunday morning shows are fiercely competitive. But before Chuck Todd takes the reins of “Meet the Press” September 7, his soon-to-be competitors are welcoming him into the fray.

Here’s what a few of them tell TVNewser about Todd’s ascension to “MTP.”

George Stephanopoulos: “Chuck’s been preparing for this his whole career. Great to have him in the Sunday morning mix.”

Chris Wallace: “I welcome Chuck to the Sunday morning wars. Enjoy the last few Saturday nights out you’ll have for a long time. I expect Chuck to be solid competition, which will only make the game more interesting.”

Bob Schieffer: “David and Chuck are both friends of mine so I wish both of them the very best.”

Last night, Todd tweeted his feelings on landing in the coveted “MTP” moderator chair.

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