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Google Wants to Disrupt The TV Business. Will TV News Be Affected?

Late Friday, Google announced an ambitious slate of nearly 100 “channels” for YouTube, each programmed by experienced media executives, production companies or celebrities. The move sends a clear message: Google wants a piece of the TV pie, and wants exclusive, high-quality content to help deliver it.

“TV is the Holy Grail,” Brad Adgate, senior VP and research director for Horizon media tells TVNewser. “I think this is something that has been gnawing at them for a number of years. TV is still the first screen. People spend more time in front of the TV set than any other screen. And it is tens of billions of dollars in industry, I think they would love to put television under their portfolio, I just think it has been a tough nut to crack for some of these tech companies.”

There are a number of news and commentary outlets creating channels, including Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, Slate and Vice . Also on board to launch a channel are The Young Turks, led by former MSNBC host and soon-to-be Current TV host Cenk Uygur. The first program will be called “The Point,” and Uygur will pull double-duty, hosting it along with his Current show.

“I don’t know if the word is disrupt, I think probably compete is a decent word,” Uygur tells TVNewser. “Yes, they want to go after TV, and I think it makes all the sense in the world.”

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Cenk Uygur Goes to Current TV

Current TV has found a lead-in for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” and it will be a another familiar face for MSNBC viewers.

The channel has inked a deal with Cenk Uygur to bring his “The Young Turks” web series to the network as a new 7 PM program. The program will be based out of Los Angeles, and will debut in the fourth quarter of this year. Uygur left MSNBC earlier this year after the network wanted to move him off of the 6 PM time period and into another role.

“Countdown” has struggled in the ratings recently at Current, though that shouldn’t be a surprise as the network has far less distribution than its competition, and it also has far less prominent channel placement. Another major factor is that “Countdown” is something of an island, a live nightly public affairs show without any companions to serve as a lead-in or lead-out. The addition of Uygur adds that lead-in, and the next step is to find that lead-out.

Current is expected to add a 9 PM program to its lineup by January.

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July 2011 Ratings: Schultz, ‘Joe’ and ‘Hardball’ Up at MSNBC, O’Donnell Down

With a major political story to cover in the form of the debt-ceiling debate, MSNBC did not succumb to the Summer ratings doldrums that can so easily grip TV networks in July. Quite to the contrary, the network was up double-digits nearly across the board, albeit with a significant exception.

The ratings for July, 2011:

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 758K Total Viewers / 251K A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 446K Total Viewers / 161K A25-54

Year-over-year, MSNBC is up double digits: up +14% in Total Viewers and up +11% in adults 25-54 for total day viewing and up +11% in Total Viewers and up +9% in A25-54 in primetime. MSNBC continued to top CNN in primetime in both total and demo viewers, but it placed behind both a Casey Anthony-fueled HLN and Fox News Channel in both categories.

Nearly every MSNBC program was up double-digits compared to the same time period last year. The exception was 8 PM’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” which was down -9% in total viewers and -15% in the demo compared to 2010, when Keith Olbermann helmed the timeslot. 6 PM also underperformed when compared to the shows around, remaining flat in total viewers and gaining only +8% in the demo. Cenk Uyger, who had been anchoring in that slot, left MSNBC, and no formal replacement has been announced, although it is widely believed that Al Sharpton will get the nod.

“Hardball,” “The Ed Show” and “Morning Joe” were some of MSNBC’s strongest performers in July. The morning show was up +31% in total viewers and +42% in the demo compared to last year, placing third in both categories behind “Fox & Friends” and HLN’s “Morning Express.”
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Cenk Uyger Continues MSNBC Criticism on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’

Former MSNBC host Cenk Uyger continued his public criticism of his former home on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday. Uyger reiterated many of his prior claims, and host Howard Kurtz fought back a little bit, defending MSNBC, CNN and Fox News from Uyger’s criticicisms:

Cenk Uyger Talks MSNBC Departure with Keith Olbermann

Now-former MSNBC host Cenk Uyger talked about his departure from the network with a sympathetic ear, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann. Uyger appeared on “Countdown” on Current TV last night to talk about why he left the channel:

So could Uyger end up as a colleague of Olbermanns? On a conference call yesterday, Uyger said that Current had reached out to him, but that no conversations had been held.

MSNBC Discusses Roger Ailes’ Influence

On his 6pm MSNBC show Cenk Uyger discussed Roger Ailes‘ influence on GOP politics, using this week’s New York magazine piece as the jumping off point. Hardly fair & balanced — the three guests were progressives — the segment did inspire Uyger to declare, “I think Roger Ailes is perhaps the most powerful guy in the country.”

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Keith Olbermann Out At MSNBC

Breaking: Tonight is Keith Olbermann‘s last night on MSNBC. The “Countdown” host and the network say that the two parties “have ended their contract.”

The network’s statement is below:

MSNBC and Keith Olbermann have ended their contract. The last broadcast of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” will be this evening. MSNBC thanks Keith for his integral role in MSNBC’s success and we wish him well in his future endeavors.

MSNBC says that starting Monday, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will move to 8 PM, with Ed Schultz moving to 10 PM. Rachel Maddow will remain at 9. In addition, Cenk Uyger will be filling in as the host of the 6 PM hour.

Update: Video of Olbermann announcing his departure from the end of tonight’s “Countdown” is after the jump.
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Thomas Roberts to Anchor 3 PM Hour in December for MSNBC

It seems that Thomas Roberts‘ star is rising at MSNBC. The anchor filled in for “Countdown” host Keith Olbermann during his suspension a few weeks back, and has been appearing regularly during the dayside hours since. He has also joined MSNBC in a staff position, rather than the freelance role he had before.

Earlier today he tweeted that he would be anchoring the 3 PM hour for the month of December.

Martin Bashir is slated to take over the 3 PM slot, though a premiere date for his show has not been announced. In November, another up-and-coming MSNBC contributor, Cenk Uyger, filled in at 3 PM.

Is Cenk Uygur Bound for His Own MSNBC Show?

Uygur090910.jpgMSNBC fill-in host and host of web show The Young Turks Cenk Uygur gets profiled in the Los Angeles Times.

The profile touches upon the success of the web program, but also notes that Uygur has been outdrawing the man he has been filling in for at MSNBC, Dylan Ratigan.

Cable executives hope fill-in hosts can at best hold on to the audiences they inherit. But MSNBC insiders said they believe Uygur did so well because many of those who watch his three-hour weekday Web program, (3 to 6 p.m. PDT) or clips on his YouTube channel jumped to MSNBC when Ratigan was out.

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Smerconish, Uygur Filling in on MSNBC This Week

MSNBC’s early evening line-up will look a little different this summer week. Radio personality and MSNBC analyst Michael Smerconish is filling in again for Chris Matthews on “Hardball” all this week. Meanwhile, The Young Turk’s Cenk Uygur will be in for Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show.” Uygur recently filled in for Dylan Ratigan as well.