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Broadcast, Cable Networks Cover Obama Iraq Statement

In a statement from the White House briefing room this afternoon, President Obama said the U.S. is prepared to take “targeted and precise” military action in Iraq, but reinforced his earlier decision that American troops will not be returning to combat in the region.

The broadcast and cable news networks all had live coverage of the President’s remarks. The press conference was originally scheduled for 12:30 p.m. and was pushed back more than an hour.

George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC News, with Martha Raddatz in Baghdad and Jon Karl at the White House. On NBC, Brian Williams anchored from New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and Richard Engel in Baghdad. Sharon Alfonsi anchored on CBS with Major Garrett at the White House and Clarissa Ward in Baghdad. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report from New York for Fox affiliates.

On the cable news networks: Ronan Farrow anchored from New York on MSNBC, Jake Tapper anchored from Washington on CNN and Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News.

Obama took questions from Coleen McCain Nelson of the Wall Street Journal, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta, Juliet Eilperin of The Washington Post and Peter Maer of CBS News.

Alexandra Wallace: ‘Nightly News’ ‘Completely Focused on Correcting’ Demo Ratings

BRIAN-WILLIAMSThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie takes a behind-the-scenes look at “several ongoing ratings and personnel challenges” at NBC News. On the heels of “Today” and “Meet the Press” falling from the top spots in the ratings, ABC’s “World News” has been keeping NBC’s “Nightly News” in a tight race for the top spot in the A25-54 demographic, something that is not sitting well with the “Nightly” staff, according to THR:

Sources say Brian Williams, 55, has been rankled by the ratings slide. But NBC News senior vp Alexandra Wallace, who has oversight of Nightly News and Meet the Press, cites the shows’ growth among younger viewers. NBC News ratings crunchers apparently have narrowed the weakness to viewers at the older end of the 25-to-54 spectrum, specifically 45-to-54.

“Brian, like all of us who work on Nightly News, is less than happy about the one small demo issue we have and [we] are completely focused on correcting it,” Wallace tells THR. “We’re competitive people, so we want to win everywhere.”

Of course, the consensus at NBC News is that the horse race between Williams and Diane Sawyer won’t last. But World News executive producer Michael Corn begs to differ. “We’re growing,” he says. “To us, this is the very beginning of a long-range plan. It’s a nice start, but we have a long way to go.”

Brian Williams Raps ‘Baby Got Back’

It’s probably a good thing Jimmy Fallon is 1,000 miles away from 30 Rock this week. As he kicked off a week of shows from Orlando, the “Tonight Show” host debuted another Brian Williams mash-up. This time, Williams rapped Sir Mix-A-Lot’s classic “Baby Got Back,” with an assist from Kathie Lee Gifford and some other familiar NBCNewsers.

A few months ago, Williams went on the “Tonight Show” to make clear he doesn’t knowingly participate in the Fallon videos. “You’ve done this to me 7 times!” Williams said. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon shot back.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 9

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of June 9 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, with its best younger viewer delivery since late April.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most viewership growth compared to the same week last year (+7%), and was the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo (+11%).

“Nightly News” was up +4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up +4% in viewers and down -7% in the demo.

NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon.-Wed.) because of sports coverage. ABC’s average is based on three days (Mon., Wed. and Fri.) because of the NBC finals. CBS is based on five days.

Numbers for the week of June 9, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,440,000 7,265,000 6,048,000
• A25-54: 2,005,000 1,902,000 1,371,000

Subrata De Leaves MSNBC for ABC News

SubrataDeABCSubrata De is joining ABC News as VP of newsgathering, TVNewser has learned.  De takes over for Kate O’Brian who left ABC last year after being named president of Al Jazeera America.

De joins from MSNBC where she had been the EP of “Andrea Mitchell Reports” since January 2012. “It has been an extraordinary privilege to work with her,” Mitchell said on De’s final show May 23. Before joining MSNBC, De was Brian Williams‘ producer, traveling with him across the country and around the world.

De started at NBC News in 1998.

More: A note from ABC News president James Goldston, which includes expanded roles for two other ABCNewsers, after the jump…

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 2

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week in total viewers while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer wins again in the demo. It was the sixth time in the last nine weeks that ABC’s broadcast has won among younger viewers.

Sawyer also showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts in both viewers and the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year “World News” was up +7% in viewers and up +13% in the demo. “Nightly” is up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +4% in viewers but down -8% in the demo.

NBC is based on a 4-day average, with Wednesday excluded because of the NHL playoffs. ABC is also based on 4 days, with Thursday excluded due to the NBA playoffs.

Numbers for the week of June 2, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,705,000 7,471,000 5,937,000
• A25-54: 1,857,000 1,936,000 1,387,000

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Meade, Fusion

  • NBC’s Brian Williams gets the only broadcast network interview with Pres. Obama on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The interview will take place tomorrow morning in Normandy, France.

  • HLN’s ”Morning Express with Robin Meade” celebrates the CMA Music Festival with a live broadcast from Nashville tomorrow. Meade will interview music stars Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, and Hunter Hayes.

  • Fusion, the ABC News/Univision network, is now available on DISH, (channel 244) adding 14 million more homes to the 8-month-old channel’s distribution.

Robin Roberts to Receive 2014 Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsRobin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”

Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer was presented last year’s Cronkite award. Brian Williams, was the 2009 honoree, while Diane Sawyer accepted it the following year in 2010.

Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of May 26

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News Brian Williams” is back on top in the A25-54 demo after losing the month of May to ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.” “Nightly” had its biggest advantage over “World News” in the demo since the week of March 31.

But for the week, “World News” was the only broadcast to grow that younger audience, up +5%, while “Nightly” was flat and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -3% compared to the same week last year.

In total viewers, Williams’ broadcast was #1 and was up +5% vs. last year. Sawyer’s broadcast grew +3% while Pelley’s “Evening News” was down -3%.

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, all the broadcast averages are based on four days, Tuesday-Friday.

Numbers for the week of May 26, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,107,000 7,299,000 6,010,000
• A25-54: 2,004,000 1,903,000 1,513,000

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