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The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

Evening News Ratings: Week of April 21

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NBC “Nightly News with Brian Williams” was back on top in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic for the week of April 21.

Williams’ broadcast led ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” by +647,000 total viewers and +38,000 demo viewers. Sawyer’s broadcast, in turn, led CBS “Evening News with Scott Pelley” by +1,321,000 total viewers and +429,000 demo viewers.

Compared to the same week last year, NBC and ABC were flat in total viewers and CBS was down-3%. In the A25-54 demographic, NBC was down -10%, CBS was down -12% and ABC was up +3%.

Numbers for the week of April 21, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,249,000 7,602,000 6,281,000
• A25-54: 1,970,000 1,932,000 1,503,000

 

Evening News Ratings: Week of September 24

Leading into a presidential election, one might think the tune-in to the evening news programs would increase. But one would be wrong. While the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed year over year growth in Total Viewers (+4%) “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “World News with Diane Sawyer” are both down compared to the same week last year. All three shows are down in younger viewers year-over-year.

The three evening newscasts drew a combined 20.97 million viewers last week. At this same point in 2008, six weeks before the last presidential election, 22.04 million watched the three newscasts — down -5%. In the A25-54 demo the broadcasts are down -22%. The week of Sept. 22, 2008 included congressional action on the bailout and Katie Couric‘s (then with CBS News) interview with GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin.

That week in 2008, by the way, was won by “World News with Charles Gibson.” Four years later, Diane Sawyer’s “World News” came within 42,000 viewers of Williams’ “Nightly News” — the closest since the week of Sept. 7, 2009, when “World News” was also #1.

Numbers for the week of September 24:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,430,000 7,388,000 6,152,000
• A25-54: 2,002,000 1,802,000 1,648,000

ABC News Producer Marries Subject of Story

Eric M. Strauss, a producer for ABC’s Newsmagazines has married Bridget Kelly, who was the subject of a story Strauss had covered over the years.

Kelly first told her story to ABC’s “Primetime,” in 2004, reported by Charles Gibson. Then 26-year-old Bridget Kelly was kidnapped, robbed, raped and shot repeatedly. The first grade teacher was left for dead in a field in Killeen, Texas.

On July 7, 10 years and two weeks after the horrific attack, Bridget Kelly and Eric Strauss were married in New York City.

Kelly’s father, Michael Kelly, a columnist with the Omaha World Herald who was featured in the “Primetime” story, wrote a moving piece on the wedding of his daughter.

The groom noted during the exchange of vows that he had met his future bride “during some unusual circumstances.”

“You revealed yourself to be a beautiful warrior the second I met you,” Eric said in front of the wedding congregation. “With your regal elegance, insightfulness and compassion, you inspire me to be better.”

If you have 15 minutes, watch Bridget Kelly’s story, below. Inspiration personified.

(Photo: Courtesy) (h/t Romenesko)

Who Else is in ‘Game Change’?

The other day we told you about some of the tvnewsers who, via clips from their networks, make cameos in the upcoming HBO docudrama “Game Change,” which is based on the best-selling book by cable news mainstays John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. In addition to Sean Hannity, Anderson Cooper, Bill O’Reilly and Wolf Blitzer, there are shots of Katie Couric and Charles Gibson (with a body double, above). Couric, with CBS at the time, and Gibson with ABC, got sitdown interviews with Sarah Palin, whose story features prominently in the film.

CNN’s Gloria Borger, Jack Cafferty, and Dana Bash make appearances. FNC’s Juan Williams also shows up in clips as does and PBS’ Gwen Ifill who moderated the VP debate in 2008.

“Game Change” premieres on HBO three weeks from tonight. Here’s the trailer.

HBO Releases Full-Length ‘Game Change’ Trailer, And TV News Has a Starring Role

HBO has released the full-length trailer for its upcoming movie “Game Change,” and television news seems to be a major plot point. There is a lot of talk about “creating a dynamic moment,” YouTube and the 24-hour news cycle, while an interview Sarah Palin gave to ABC’s Charles Gibson is featured as a turning point. There is also a Gibson body-double, pretty spot-on, albeit brief.

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Brian Williams Celebrates Seven Years As ‘NBC Nightly News’ Anchor

Today marks seven years behind the desk for “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. Williams officially took the reins from Tom Brokaw on December 2, 2004.

Williams has spent most of those seven years as the most-watched evening news anchor, including 111 of the first 113 weeks, and 162 of the last 163 weeks. “ABC World News” with Charles Gibson gave NBC a run for its money in the late aughts, but with Gibson’s departure, “Nightly’”s lead solidified.

This afternoon, Williams and his team celebrated the anniversary with, what else? donuts and cookies (photo via @ErikaMasonhall)

TV Watcher Asks: ‘Is Charlie Rose Too Old For This?’

The news that Charlie Rose will be a part of CBS’s re-imagined morning news show still has a lot people buzzing today.

In his story, Brian Stelter points out that Rose is a “mainstay on the Manhattan cocktail party circuit,” with a CBS executive adding, “Is there a curfew for morning TV anchors? We won’t have one.”

But Forbes’ Jeff Bercovici asks whether Rose is simply too old for a morning routine.

[I]t’s very unusual for anyone as old as Rose to be starting a new anchor job, much less one on a new, or at least entirely revamped, show. Rose is already older than ABC’s Charles Gibson and Peter Jennings were when they retired (both were 66) and older than Tom Brokaw was when he stepped down from “NBC Nightly News” (64). He’s six years older than Diane Sawyer was when she left “Good Morning America” for “World News Tonight.” He’s 16 years older than “Today’s” Matt Lauer.

I asked Andrew Tyndall, an analyst who closely tracks network news, if he could think of another instance where someone Rose’s age moved into a new anchor job. He could not. “It is especially astonishing that Rose is being used in the physically arduous morning timeslot with his history of heart disease,” he says. (Rose had open heart surgery in 2006.)

‘GMA’ Shrinks Gap with ‘Today’ to Lowest in 4 Years

Bloomberg has an interesting look today at the increasingly competitive morning show ratings battle. As we’ve reported, ABC’s “Good Morning America” has seen major growth in the past year, shrinking the gap that divides them from the perennial morning show leader, NBC’s “Today,” to a four-year low. Although NBC still leads ABC by about 500,000 viewers in two ratings categories — total viewers and the A25-54 demographic — Bloomberg examines some key factors in the “GMA” surge:

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, hosts of “Good Morning America,” are connecting with audiences after the show’s long-tenured hosts, Charles Gibson and [Diane] Sawyer, left in 2006 and 2009, according to James Goldston, who took over as executive producer five months ago.

Goldston said “Good Morning America” has revamped its cooking segments and other standing features to make them less predictable and more distinctive. The program has also introduced a daily entertainment segment.

“We’ve got a show that is working very well,” Goldston said. “We’re heading into the fall and the future with more confidence.”

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