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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

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August 2014 Ratings: CNN Ranks #2 in Total Day and Prime, Up Most Year-Over-Year

A busy news month gave CNN the most growth of the cable news networks in August. CNN was up +46% in total viewers and up +43% in A25-54 viewers for total day viewing finishing #2 behind Fox News.

The ratings for August 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 629,000 Total Viewers / 214,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 503,000 Total Viewers / 154,000 A25-54

In primetime, CNN was up +39% in viewers and up +60% in the demo vs. August 2013 which was a comparatively slow news month. CNN

Anderson Cooper 360” was up +38% in viewers and up +73% in the demo. At 10pmET, “CNN Tonight,” which last year was an “AC360″ re-air, was up +49% in viewers and up +70% in the demo. “New Day” topped MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with a +14% advantage in total viewers and +66% lead in the demo. And the network continues to see success with its original series: “The Sixties,” which wrapped its eight-episode Thursday run in the middle of the month. It was the network’s most-watched show drawing 726,000 viewers. “The Hunt with John Walsh,” was #1 in its Sunday 9pmET time period in total viewers and the demo.

Even with a strong August, CNN is delivering its least-watched year since 1996 in Total Day among total viewers. Year-to-date CNN is ahead of MSNBC in total day in both total viewers and the demo.

CNN’s release after the jump…

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American General Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Broadcast and cable networks reported this morning on an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan that killed a two star major general and wounded 15 other soldiers. About half of the 15 wounded are said to be Americans, and the general is reportedly the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war.

Amy Robach anchored a special report on ABC News at 10:30amET. Robach was joined by Jonathan Karl at the White House and Martha Raddatz by phone. NBC News presented a special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York, with Jim Miklaszewski reporting from the Pentagon, at 11amET. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell updated the West Coast feed of “CBS This Morning.”

On cable news, Chuck Todd reported the attack at 9amET on MSNBC, Bill Hemmer reported it on Fox News at 9:03amET, and Carol Costello reported the news on CNN at 9:16amET.

‘CNN Newsroom’ Moves to New York, But Atlanta’s Still in the Picture

Today is Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin‘s first day anchoring their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from New York — but the shows may not look that different. As an eagle-eyed CNN viewer points out, while Costello may be in NYC, the shot in the big monitor behind her today was of Studio 7 in Atlanta.

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A CNN spokesperson tells us that this shot is part of the standard “Newsroom” graphics package, which has an update in the works. Baldwin’s first NYC edition of “Newsroom” (from 2-4pmET) will also have its usual graphics look today.

Fox News and CNN Under the Same Roof?

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The deal is off — for now — but just the thought of 21st Century Fox owning Time Warner set media tongues wagging this morning.

21st Century Fox’s $80 billion offer for Time Warner, first reported by the New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin, who also co-hosts CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” came in the form of a letter from Fox to the Time Warner board. “The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal,” a Fox statement read. “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

The cable news and business networks have been reporting on the proposed mega media merger. CNN’s Carol Costello reported the dashed deal as “breaking news.” “Time Warner, our parent company saying thanks but no thanks to a multibillion dollar takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch.”

TIME (itself recently spun off from Time Warner) reports CNN would have been spun off had the deal happened. Or, as Stuart Varney reported on FNC, the deal “would have been minus CNN because you cannot have them getting together with Fox.”

Time Warner is a top trending topic on Twitter this morning.

 

Inadvertently, Murdoch has helped out his rival’s shareholders, as CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla tweets:

 

HLN Taking Over CNN’s Atlanta Studio

Jeff Zucker Named New Chief Executive At CNNAs Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin move from Atlanta to New York in August, CNN Atlanta’s Studio 7 will turn over to HLN.

CNN and HLN confirm the switch to TVNewser, which was first reported by FTLive, adding it hasn’t yet been decided which HLN shows will air in that studio. Costello and Baldwin’s production staffs will remain in their Atlanta workspace. Nancy Grace, “HLN Now,” and Morning and Weekend Express currently originate from Atlanta.

Studio 7 served as the location for much of CNN’s 2012 election coverage, including primary nights. The studio utilized a slew of technologies, including John King‘s beloved “Magic Wall.”

How long HLN live programs will remain in studio 7 is up in the air. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Time Warner was in talks to acquire almost half of Vice Media, and transform HLN into Vice.

Driver Crashes Car into CNN Center in Atlanta

A Mercedes convertible with Florida plates crashed into the lobby of CNN Center in Atlanta shortly after 4am this morning. WSB-TV, which had a reporter on the scene and a traffic helicopter overhead, reports the car drove down the sidewalk and right into the lobby of the building. A male driver was arrested while the female occupant was spotted pulling shoe boxes, a television, and other things out of the car. Guests of the Omni hotel heard a loud bang as the crashed into the north-side entrance of the complex. No one was hurt. The story got extensive coverage on local news this morning. “Good Morning America” also reported it. CNN Newsource reported the news on Twitter, but the cable channel has not. Carol Costello, who anchors from CNN Center (for now) reported the news at 9:55am.

Programming, Staffing Changes at CNN International

cnn international logoCNN International is making significant programming changes to its lineup, adding new primetime shows and expanding live programming. With the changes, the network is eliminating some jobs in Hong Kong and adding positions in other bureaus.

Among the major changes: the launch of “The World Right Now with Hala Gorani” and “The Business View with Nina dos Santos,” a new time slot and show format for “Connect the World with Becky Anderson,” and an expansion of live news programming for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (more details are in CNN’s announcement, after the jump). CNN senior international correspondent Ivan Watson will also be relocating to Hong Kong.

TVNewser hears that about 20 off-air editorial positions have been cut in Hong Kong. A CNNI spokesperson tells us about two dozen positions will be added across the London, Atlanta and Hong Kong bureaus, and those jobs will be posted as early as today.

In a note to staffers announcing the changes, CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said the network is committed to keeping the impact on Hong Kong roles “to a minimum.” 

The majority of jobs will be added in Atlanta, where the new CNNI programming will be produced. As we reported yesterday, CNN’s domestic daytime programming will be broadcast entirely from New York and DC beginning in August as Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello move to NYC.

Maddox’s note and CNNI’s official release, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin, Carol Costello Move to NYC

costello baldwinTwo CNN anchors are making the move from Atlanta to New York this summer. Beginning in August, Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello will anchor their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from NYC. Costello anchors “Newsroom” from 9-11amET and Baldwin helms the 2-4pmET hours.

“Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin will move to New York to anchor their weekday CNN Newsroom shows, beginning in August. There will be no other changes to those shows’ production team,” a CNN spokesperson told TVNewser. “Atlanta is, and always will be, a critical part of CNN Worldwide’s operations. It remains home to much of our programming and content, including the production for many of our shows, CNN’s worldwide newsgathering operations, CNN Digital, CNN International, CNN en Espanol, HLN and Newsource.”

Other CNN shows that are anchored from New York but produced in Atlanta: “CNN Newsroom” with Don Lemon” and “Legal View with Ashleigh Banfield. Wolf Blizter‘s 1pmET “Wolf” is produced in Atlanta but anchored in DC. A CNN source tells us having the anchors in New York gives them more on-set guest opportunities.

The shift means all of CNN’s weekday programs will be anchored from New York or DC. When Jeff Zucker took over as CNN Worldwide president, he said: ““Atlanta will continue to be the home for CNN and continue to be the backbone of CNN.”

And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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