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Politico: David Gregory Cut Vacation Short to Host ‘Meet the Press’

david gregory_304x200POLITICO reports amid increasing rumors of his imminent ousting, David Gregory left his vacation midway through last week to moderate “Meet the Press” Sunday.

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple. Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

And yesterday, Greta Van Susteren echoed her colleague Chris Wallace‘s criticism of NBC News’ treatment of Gregory on GretaWire.

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Chris Wallace: NBC Shouldn’t Leave David Gregory ‘Twisting in the Wind’

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace appeared on “MediaBuzz” to give his thoughts on the influence of Sunday shows today and the rumors swirling about one of his competitors.

“I think it’s lousy,” Wallace said about how NBC News is treating “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory amid rumors of his imminent ousting. “We all understand we don’t have a right to these jobs; it’s a tremendous privilege. On the other hand, I think we do have a right to be treated properly and not shabbily, and if you’re going to get rid of David Gregory–and I don’t know if they are, I have no inside information–then they ought to just do it. But this kind of twisting in the wind…it’s unseemly.”


The Evening Ticker: Wallace, Zakaria, Philbin

  • Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” did something it has never done yesterday. It topped NBC’s “Meet the Presss with David Gregory” in both both viewers and the A25-54 demo in the Washington, D.C. market. The last time “FNS” beat “MTP” in D.C. was Nov. 4, 2007 when Wallace interviewed Pres. Bush, and Tim Russert was the host of “Meet the Press.”

  • CNN host Fareed Zakaria is joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor. He will write for The Atlantic as well as participate in events for both AtlanticLIVE and Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global business news brand. Zakaria starts in September,

  • Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will be back on morning TV together as Reeeg! fills in on the fourth hour of “Today” this Friday. With Hoda Kotb out of town, Regis and Kathie Lee will pick up right where they left off 14 years ago, when they co-hosted “LIVE!”

Secretary of State John Kerry Caught on Fox News Hot Mic Talking Israel Ground Invasion

Kerry FoxIf you’re the U.S. Secretary of State appearing on all five Sunday shows in the middle of two international crises, you’re probably receiving plenty of phone calls between interviews. This morning, one of those calls Secretary John Kerry picked up was caught on a “Fox News Sunday” hot mic.

“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation; it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said during a conversation with an aide before his interview with Chris Wallace. It’s not clear what the aide said in response, but Kerry continued: “We’ve got to get over there…I think, Jon, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”

Coming out of airing the hot mic clip, Wallace asked Kerry if what he meant by “hell of a pinpoint operation” was Israel had gone too far in its ground invasion of Gaza. “You have people who have come out of tunnels; you have a right to go in and take out those tunnels. We completely support that. And we support Israel’s right to defend itself against rockets that are continuing to come in,” Kerry responded.

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Chris Wallace on Mike Wallace: ‘I Was Very Much Ingrained With This Sense of Hard Work’

Chris-Wallace2In an interview with Parade, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace reflects on the advice he received from his father, the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace. “He had certainly always had advice to give me and most of the time, or at least some of the time, I listened to him,” Wallace said:

The biggest piece of advice he gave me was professionalism. Oddly enough for somebody who ended up as such a superstar, [he] never thought he was all that talented, [and] had serious doubts about his looks. He had grown up with a serious complexion problem, and so he always felt very strongly that you have to outwork the competition. It’s not going to be handed to you, and if you want to be better than somebody else, you got to work harder. I was very much ingrained with this sense of hard work, preparation, especially for interviews. When you’re talking to a mayor or a city councilman or now to a senator or a secretary of state, they’re going to know more about the subject than you are, but you can know enough that you can make it pretty clear to them, pretty quickly, that they can’t spin you, because you’ll capture them.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, June 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 148 | MSNBC: 132 | CNN: 98 | HLN: 121
  • Primetime: FNC: 156 | MSNBC: 180 | CNN: 145 | HLN: 100

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

98

Kurtz:

97

FNSunday:

115

Faulkner:

84

Huckabee:

127

Reporting:

170

Stossel:

169

Huckabee:

143

Report:

128

MSNBC
Caught:

208

Caught:

132

Caught:

128

Caught:

187

Caught:

123

Undercover:

265

Docs:

151

Lockup:

183

Lockup:

169

CNN
Nwsroom:

83

Nwsroom:

60

Nwsroom:

62

Hernandez:

135

Bourdain:

176

Docum:

121

Docum:

138

Docum:

78

Docum:

81

HLN
Files:

72

Files:

102

Files:

97

Files:

116

Files:

98

Files:

74

Files:

128

Files:

211

Files:

209

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The TV Ticker: FNC, CNN, NBC, CNBC

  • Fox News has a new special report airing this weekend hosted by Chris Wallace. “Fox News Reporting: Iraq and the Rise of a Terrorist State” airs first tonight at 10pmET, with encores tomorrow night and Sunday night.
  • On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest host Jeffrey Toobin will talk about the significance of the anchor change at ABC “World News” this week, and the future of the evening news, with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather.

  • Monday night on NBC, Meredith Vieira hosts “Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley,” an NBC News primetime special produced by Peacock Productions. Universal Orlando Resort and NBC News share the same parent company.

  • CNBC’s David Faber has a new, one-hour documentary debuting Sunday night at 9pmET. “Amazon Rising” tells the story of a visionary named Jeff Bezos who bet his fortune on the internet and created one of the most admired and feared companies in the world.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, June 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 147 | MSNBC: 124 | CNN: 112 | HLN: 124
  • Primetime: FNC: 106 | MSNBC: 163 | CNN: 162 | HLN: 107

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Alt/HC:

54

Kurtz:

105

FNSunday:

110

Faulkner:

142

Bush:

131

Greta:

84

Stossel:

102

Bush:

110

Greta:

121

MSNBC
Caught:

103

Caught:

188

Caught:

220

Caught:

179

Caught:

214

Dateline:

162

Dateline:

114

Lockup:

111

Lockup:

132

CNN
Nwsroom:

81

Nwsroom:

119

Nwsroom:

117

O.J.:

119

Bourdain:

154

41on41:

165

Cont:

169

41on41:

84

Cont.:

58

HLN
Files:

55

Files:

73

Files:

122

Files:

157

Files:

95

Files:

107

Files:

118

Files:

178

Files:

199

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Chris Wallace: Cronkite ‘Would Not Be Happy’ With the State of the Evening Newscasts

chris wallace“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace does a Q+A with The Chicago Sun Times about his 50 years in broadcasting, the lessons he learned from his father Mike Wallace, and the general state of the news media:

Q: You are the only person who has had an anchoring role on two Sunday morning news shows. How do you see the role of the Sunday morning shows and how that’s evolved?

A: The reason it’s such a joy to be the anchor of a Sunday news show is that unlike in so much of the news business you have to almost apologize for being serious — for talking about policy. There’s a pressure to get off it as quickly as possible. The Sunday morning shows are the places were policy and serious subjects and in-depth interviews are desirable. That’s why people tune in to a Sunday talk show. You can talk in depth, you can talk seriously about issues. It’s more about light than heat, and you make no apologies for it. It’s sort of a self-selecting audience. It’s an audience that doesn’t want stunts, doesn’t want flash, they want a serious discussion of issues by serious people. It’s a joy to be presiding over that.

Q: How do you see the impact of celebrity culture on the news business? Read more

The Saturday Ticker: Clinton, AJAM, Wallace

  • Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Chelsea Clinton‘s annual salary from NBC News was $600,000. Clinton, whose contract was up for renewal this year, remains on NBC’s payroll on a month-to-month basis, an agreement put in place so that Clinton can exit in case Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.

  • Milwaukee Magazine previews the latest installment of Al Jazeera America’s “Fault Lines,” a documentary about the battle over mining in Wisconsin. The episode premieres tonight at 7pmET.

  • Chris Wallace sat down with Robert De Niro this week for an interview that airs on “Fox News Sunday” tomorrow. Wallace and De Niro talked about a complicated issues between fathers and sons, something they have in common. “What you’re describing is very familiar to me, the idea that he loves you — but he’s absent,” Wallace, the son of the late CBS newsman Mike Wallace, told De Niro.

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