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At ABC News, a Move Away From License Fees

ABC News is planning to cut down significantly on the number of interviews it gets via the paying of license fees, according to The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.

According to Kurtz, the decision to limit the license fees came after new ABC News chief Ben Sherwood decided that the practice was something of a black eye on the news division. ABC paid more than $200,000 to the family of Casey Anthony during the trial, and more recently paid money to a woman who corresponded with Anthony Weiner. An ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser that Sherwood had been thinking about implementing the change for some time.

When asked for comment, spokesman Jeffrey Schneider confirmed the new policy, saying: “We can book just about anyone based on the strength of our journalism, the excellence of our anchors, correspondents and producers, and the size of our audience. These licensing deals had become a crutch, and an unnecessary one.”

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For HLN, Amy Winehouse is the Big Story Monday

HLN, which dedicated nearly all of its programming to the Casey Anthony trial in recent months, is trying the same tactic with a much more immediate story: the death of pop star Amy Winehouse.

“Showbiz Tonight” will speak to former child star and addict Danny Bonaduce about his experiences, as well as actor Val Kilmer, who played Jim Morrison in the movie “The Doors.” Kilmer will talk about the supposed “27 Curse” that is said to afflict talented musicians. Dr. Drew Pinsky will also appear.

On Dr. Drew’s show at 9 PM, the host will put together a panel of former addicts, counselors and music industry insiders to discuss the incident. On “Joy Behar” at 10 PM, the subject will be comedian and actor Russell Brand‘s letter about Winehouse, and whether the music industry enabled her addiction.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of July 11

The end of the Casey Anthony trial resulted in a steep drop for HLN in the cable network rankings for the week of July 11-17. Fox News was the top cable news channel for the week, placing fifth in primetime and ninth in total day.

HLN dropped to 23rd in prime and 25th in total day (down from 7th and 8th last week), but still placed ahead of CNN and MSNBC.

MSNBC was 25th in primetime and 28th in total day, while CNN was 34th in primetime and 33rd in total day.

The full cable network ranker is after the jump.

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HLN Wins Casey Anthony Hour, Without Coverage of Anthony Leaving Jail

While Fox News, CNN and MSNBC carried live coverage of Casey Anthony leaving jail, being taken to an airport and heading for obscurity, except for those book/TV offers, HLN didn’t. And during the MidnightET hour Sunday, when the news happened, HLN came out the ratings winner in Total Viewers, with FNC edging competitors in younger viewers.

  • MidnightET Sunday

HLN — 728,000 / 223,000
FNC — 590,000 / 242,000
MSNBC — 445,000 / 217,000
CNN — 322,000 / 103,000

While HLN didn’t carry the actual live coverage of Anthony’s release, the network spent most of its day and overnight hours covering the case. The network won the 11pm and 1am hours in Total Viewers as well.

Casey Anthony Lawyer Jose Baez Giving Interview Exclusive to Geraldo Rivera

The defense attorney for Casey Anthony, Jose Baez, will be giving his first and only post-release interview to Fox News Channel’s Geraldo Rivera tonight.

Baez has spoken out since his client was fount not guilty, but this will be the first interview since Anthony was released from jail late Saturday. His first post-trial interview went to Rivera as well, when the FNC anchor caught him at a restaurant near the courthouse.

The interview will air on FNC tonight during the 10 PM ET hour.

Casey Anthony Released from Jail

FNC, CNN and MSNBC broke in to regular programming after Midnight this morning as Casey Anthony was released from jail. Interestingly, the one network that has been covering the case the most — HLN — didn’t. Instead, the network ran a crawl during a pre-taped Casey Anthony special. The network’s @hlntv Twitter feed is also being updated.

CNN broke in at 12:13am with a simulcast special report from CNN International and anchor Natalie Allen; Fox News broke in at 12:14amET, with anchor Marianne Rafferty; MSNBC also broke in at 12:14am with Mara Schiavocampo anchoring and live chopper coverage from NBC affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando. By that time Anthony and her attorney Jose Baez had left the Orange County jail.

Moments later, pool video of Anthony leaving jail was aired on the networks.

Fox News also carried a news conference from the three journalists acting as the pool, including the AP’s Matt Sedensky and photojournalist Tony Zumbado. Zumbado has worked for NBC News in the past, including covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

FNC also carried helicopter shots from WOFL-TV which showed a small airplane that Anthony was reported to be getting on to a destination unknown to the media.

HLN Planning 19+ Hours of Casey Anthony Coverage This Weekend

HLN will squeeze every last ounce out of the Casey Anthony story this weekend.

As Anthony is set to be released from jail Sunday, the network is planning several hours of special coverage.

Saturday night at 11pmET, the network airs the 2-hour “Justice for Caylee: A Nancy Grace Special,” then the 3-hour “Nancy Grace: Casey Anthony on Trial” followed by a repeat of the 11pm special. That’s 7 overnight hours of Casey Anthony coverage.

Then on Sunday, HLN airs a live “Special Report” at NoonET, followed by four more hours of the show, much of it with Casey Anthony news. That’s followed by the 3-hour recap of the trial at 5pmET and Grace’s special at 9pmET…. and it continues, but you get the idea.

The Anthony story has given HLN record ratings. Last week, it was the 7th most-watched network on all of cable.

Cable Network Ranker: Week of July 4

HLN continued to see the ratings payoff from the Casey Anthony trial came to its conclusion during the of July 4-10, topping their cable news rivals — for the second week in a row — to be the #7 cable network in total day viewers. Perennial cable news leader Fox News Channel was right on their heels, finishing #8 in total day. CNN was #29 and MSNBC was #33.

FNC remained on top in primetime, coming in as the #5 cable network. HLN was #8, still significantly ahead of CNN (#29) and MSNBC (#31) in primetime.

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PEJ: Casey Anthony Verdict Dominates TV News Cycle July 4-10

According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism’s News Coverage Index, the Casey Anthony trial verdict utterly dominated the TV news sphere for the week of July 4-10. While the economy was still the number one story for the week across all forms of media, the Anthony Trial was by far the top story on both network and cable television.

The trial and verdict took up 18% of the newshole on the network news programs, and a whopping 38% of the newshole on cable news. The economy was the number two story on both platforms, despite leading the coverage in newspapers, talk radio and online.

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Nancy Grace Defends Her Casey Anthony Coverage on Fox News Channel’s ‘O’Reilly Factor’

HLN host Nancy Grace was without a doubt the face of her network’s coverage of the Casey Anthony trial. Grace has been both praised and criticized for her coverage, which was openly on the side of the prosecution.

Last night, Grace appeared on a competing 8 PM cable news program, as she defended her coverage on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” Host Bill O’Reilly also asked why she faced so much criticism from the media, including from her former boss at CourtTV, Steven Brill.

“I owe Mr. Brill nothing but thanks, as for his comments, I know nothing about that,” Grace said.


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