As Tropical Storm Isaac continues to march northwest, many tvnewsers are preparing to cover two big stories over the next few days.
The picture below, Tweeted by Martin Finn, the coordinating producer for “Fox Report with Shepard Smith,” sums up how many anchors and producers are packing their bags: to cover both the RNC in Tampa and soon-to-be Hurricane Isaac. The Republican National Committee announced Saturday it would open the convention tomorrow, then adjourn until Tuesday when Isaac is projected to be a category 1 hurricane churning in the Gulf, off the coast of Tampa/St. Pete headed for the Florida Panhandle, or the Mississippi, Alabama or Louisiana coasts. Many of you will recall the same situation four years ago when Hurricane Gustav pushed back the start of the 2008 convention in St. Paul. Smith, as well Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and Anderson Cooper all reported from Lousiana on the eve of the 2008 RNC.
ABC’s Martha Raddatz is presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award in New York City
Martha Raddatz has been in worse rooms, in worse countries, on military bases and battlefields.
Today, ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent graced the gilded dining room at the 19th century Metropolitan Club on New York’s 5th Avenue and was presented with the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award by Quinnipiac University.
Ruth Friendly, the widow of the legendary CBS newsman for whom the award is named, described Raddatz as “fearless.” The impossibly humble Raddatz said, in fact, she was “filled with fear” as she took the stage.
Raddatz talked about the courage of Staff Sgt. Sal Guinta, the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War. “Sal Guinta does not think he is courageous or a hero. He does not think he did anything that others wouldn’t do in the same situation.”
And the bravery of her own colleagues, “far too many of whom have lost their lives or been badly wounded doing so,” as Raddatz looked toward table four. “And I still can’t be in the same room with
This morning, Robin Roberts marked 10 years on “Good Morning America.” Roberts officially joined “GMA”as newsreader on April 23, 2002, but had been a feature reporter for the show going back to 1995 when she was still a sportscaster at ESPN. In May, 2005 Roberts was promoted to co-anchor.
“Thank you all, but most importantly thank you at home for allowing me to say ‘Good Morning America’ for ten years,” an emotional Roberts said this morning. “What a blessing. Charlie and Diane, to have learned from the absolute best like that. They taught me what family is and that’s what I have here. I’ll be forever gratefully to them and to everyone.”
Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace is the winner of the National Press Foundation’s Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism.
Wallace accepted the award at the NPF’s annual dinner last night in Washington, DC. In his speech, he named his father Mike Wallace, his stepfather Bill Leonard, and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes as the greatest influences on his journalism career, according to Broadcasting & Cable.
Wallace also spoke with Boston.com about the honor. “’60 Minutes’ has won it — and Ted Koppel, Charlie Gibson, Brit Hume,” he said. “Quite frankly, some of the people I admire most in the business. To be invited to stand with those heavyweights means a lot. It really means a lot to me.”
“Game Change” is not a flawless docudrama. Neither is it, in the words of a conservative blogger, “a heinous piece of propaganda” for Obama.
What “Game Change” is, at its essence, is a wildly-entertaining cautionary tale about presidential politics. Moral of the story: Be careful what you wish for.
“Game Change,” which debuts on HBO Saturday, follows Sen. John McCain‘s disastrous decision to name then-unknown Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his Republican running mate in 2008. It’s based on the best seller of the same title by reporters Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, both of whom served as consultants.
McCain and Palin, among others in their respective camps, have made so much noise about the alleged inaccuracies of “Game Change” (sight unseen) that HBO included a letter in its media kit, defending Danny Strong’s script. For HBO, that is not an everyday occurrence.
Moore, a four-time Oscar nominee, perfectly mimics Palin’s speech in its distinctive rhythm, pitch, and scrappin’ of consonants. She doesn’t go too far, however, allowing her to avoid the level of parody by Tina Fey on “Saturday Night Live.” (In a nice touch, Moore is shown watching the “SNL” clips.)
Harris is equally impressive in his McCain incarnation. The actors’ eyes alone speak volumes, particularly in the scene where his Alpha-dog chief strategist, Steve Schmidt (played to the
With the GOP candidates debating over on NBC (and MSNBC), George Stephanopoulos returned to “This Week” on ABC. Stephanopoulos hosted from St. Anselm College, site of last night’s GOP debate, with a live audience and a show open voice over from none other than former ABC Newsman Charlie Gibson. New “This Week” EP Jon Banner worked with Gibson on “World News” for many years.
“Great to be back with you on Sunday mornings,” said Stephanopoulos.
First up: the democratic response to the ABC and NBC debates with Obama adviser David Axelrod followed by a conversation with 2008 GOP presidential candidate and now Fox News host Mike Huckabee.
Less than two months into his new job as anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Scott Pelley is taking some time off, heading out of the country, we’re told. Pelley also remains a correspondent on “60 Minutes.” Bob Schieffer, who anchored the program for 17 months in 2005-2006, will be filling in for Pelley for the next two weeks. Pelley returns to the show Monday, August 1.
At one point during his run, Schieffer brought the newscast to #2 behind NBC “Nightly News,” in the days before Charlie Gibson began his run on ABC’s “World News Tonight.” Schieffer was the interim anchor between Dan Rather and Katie Couric.
I more than humbly acknowledge that I bear no resemblance to the stunning McAdams or her fictional character. Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton, however, are, hauntingly at times, dead ringers for Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer, whom I produced for more than five years in the morning.
It was September of 1960, and NBC News correspondent Sander Vanocur was on the campaign trail. “I was covering [Richard] Nixon in Mississippi,” Vanocur tells TVNewser, “and I got a call from NBC in New York to say, ‘Get to Chicago.’”
He was being summoned to serve as a questioner in the first-ever televised presidential debate. The face-off between Nixon and John F. Kennedy would end up being watched by an estimated 70 million viewers.
TVNewser met up with Vanocur on Sunday in Chicago, where he participated in a panel discussion to mark the 50th anniversary of the debate.
Vanocur began his broadcast career in London with CBS News. After a stint with the New York Times, he returned to TV in 1957, joining NBC News and covering politics and the White House. Vanocur moved to PBS in 1971 before joining ABC News in 1977, where he spent 14 years.
Today, at 82, Vanocur lives in Santa Barbara, California and runs a consultancy, Old Owl Communications. He’s also developing television programming for seniors. “We’re living longer,” Vanocur says. Such viewers “ought to be appealed to.”
TVNewser: Were the 1960’s the golden age for television news?
Vanocur: No, I don’t think they were the golden age. They were just a wonderful time. You see, there weren’t any rules in those days. So we more or less made things up as we went along. And there were no people who could say, ‘You can’t do this’ or ‘You can’t do that’, because nobody knew what you could do or couldn’t do.
TVNewser: What network newscasts do you watch today? And what cable newscasts?
I watch Fox [News Channel], and I watch MSNBC – Keith Olbermann – and I watch CNN.
TVNewser: You once said that “the media claims to be reflecting our discontents, but I have come to believe that they are inciting our discontent”. Can you explain what you meant by that, and are there any broadcasters in particular who come to mind in this regard?
Even as the oil continues to gush from the sea floor, and the networks shuttle their anchors to points along the Gulf coast, NBC Nightly News, ABC World News and the CBS Evening News continue to lose viewers. All three broadcasts were down in Q2 2010 compared to the same period last year.
In numbers released today, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams lost -440,000 viewers (-140k in A25-54 demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer lost -260,000 viewers (-80k demo) (Charlie Gibson was anchor in 2009). The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric lost the most, based on a percentage, losing -340,000 viewers (30k demo) compared to Q2 2009. ABC and CBS were also down when Q2 2008 is compared to Q2 2009.
Numbers for Q2 2010:
Numbers for Q2 2009
Q1 2010 was not kind to the evening newscasts either. World News and Evening News saw their lowest averages ever for the first three months of 2010. And it was ’round about this time last year those two broadcasts hit all-time ratings lows. It should be noted the anchors, CBS’ Couric and ABC’s Gibson, were off that week.
We’ll have last week’s Evening News ratings later this afternoon…