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‘Primetime LIVE!’ 25 Years Later

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There was a big reunion last night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ABC’s “Primetime Live.”

About 100 former correspondents, editors, researchers, PAs, APs, and photographers celebrated at the home of author Holly Peterson, who was a researcher on the show. Diane Sawyer was in attendance. Her co-anchor Sam Donaldson sent his regards from Albuquerque, where he now lives.

ABC News president Roone Arledge created the show in 1989. He wooed Sawyer away from “60 Minutes” to be the co-anchor for the new live primetime newsmagazine. Donaldson was fresh from covering the White House for ABC News. The first episode included live studio audience. As Donaldson put it, the audience participation “was not [like] Oprah or Donahue… They are terrific shows, but that’s not us.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace and the late Judd Rose were correspondents.

Early staffers in attendance last night included Disney ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood, who was an associate producer on the show; correspondent Jay Schadler; producers Betsy West, now with the Columbia Journalism School, Neal Shapiro, now with WNET, Mark Lukasiewicz, now with NBC, David Doss, now with Al Jazeera America; also Ira Rosen and Rick Kaplan, plus Jeanmarie Condon and Marc Burstein, who now have executive roles at ABC News.

Insiders tell us Sawyer delivered a toast to the team, for their passion and hard work, while Burstein read a note from Donaldson sending regrets and sharing how proud he was of the work he did at “Primetime (as he used to say) LIVE!”

Chris Wallace: White House Still Hasn’t Made Susan Rice Available to ‘Fox News Sunday’

WallaceOn “Fox News Sunday” yesterday, Chris Wallace noted National Security Adviser Susan Rice‘s Sunday show schedule, which didn’t include Fox News.

“National Security Adviser Susan Rice is appearing on two Sunday shows today, but the White House still hasn’t made her available to us since we interviewed her back in September of 2012, just five days after the Benghazi attack,” Wallace said.

Rice appeared on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

This is the second time this year Wallace has chided the White House for not making Rice available for “FNS.” In February, Wallace noted that the White House only granted “Meet the Press” an interview with Rice, suggesting “perhaps Susan Rice didn’t want to answer the tough questions we would have asked” on the Benghazi attack.

“We’ve been through all of this, and I’ve had the opportunity to discuss this at great length,” Rice told Crowley on the Benghazi subject, adding she’s focused on her role as National Security Adviser and she won’t speculate about potentially appearing at another Benghazi hearing. For his part, Stephanopoulos didn’t ask Rice about Benghazi, spending the majority of their interview asking her about the ramifications of the weekend prisoner exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

That Time ‘Chris Matthews’ Appeared as a Guest…on Fox News?

A funny moment on Fox News this afternoon when two of TV news’ Chris’ got momentarily confused for one another.

“Alright Chris Matthews, helping us do the math there out of Washington…Chris thank you,” Jon Scott said while wrapping a segment on “Happening Now.”

“Well, Chris Wallace, but close enough,” a laughing Wallace said.

“Boy…you don’t even look like him,” Scott added. “Thank God,” Wallace responded.


(h/t Mediaite)

The Scoreboard: Sunday, May 4

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 143 | MSNBC: 107 | CNN: 110 | HLN: 178
  • Primetime: FNC: 98 | MSNBC: 152 | CNN: 214 | HLN: 252

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

109

Kurtz:

144

Wallace:

189

Faulkner:

204

Huckabee:

106

Report:

97

Stossel:

90

Huckabee:

121

Report:

118

MSNBC
Finney:

29

Caught:

81

Caught:

111

Caught:

112

Caught:

118

Caught:

132

Lockup:

206

Lockup:

248

Lockup:

225

CNN
Nwsroom:

50

Nwsroom:

103

Nwsroom:

84

Witnessed:

91

Bourdain:

141

Bourdain:

299

Spurlock:

202

Bourdain:

174

Bourdain:

147

HLN
Files:

97

Files:

133

Files:

99

Files:

140

Files:

180

Files:

295

Files:

282

Files:

302

Files:

372

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Bret Baier: ‘After I Saw that, I Said ‘We Are Dropping the Ball on that Coverage’

BaierTVSBret Baier is taking a cue from John Oliver.

The Fox News “Special Report” host was watching Oliver’s inaugural show on HBO last Sunday when it hit him that the world’s biggest election — where up to 800 million people in India will be voting — is getting almost no coverage in the U.S. “After I saw that, I said ‘we are dropping the ball on that coverage,’ Baier told us at the TVNewser Show on Tuesday. His team is now working on a story about the election which wraps up May 12.

Baier says shows like Oliver’s as well as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” “can really penetrate on news stories.”

We interviewed Baier for about 20 minutes following his keynote speech. We discussed everything from the 2014 and 2016 elections, to how he engages with “the most fervent critics of Fox News,” and the current state of the media’s relationship with the White House: “I think there is a sense that the president feels like he doesn’t get enough good treatment in a media that has, for the most part, turned a little bit on this White House, in policy and substance.”

I began by asking Baier what he thought about the president’s approval rating, which an ABC News/Washington Post poll released earlier that morning showed it had dropped to 41%.

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TVNewsers Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

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In January 2004, a college student named Brian Stelter started CableNewser, a blog that covered the ins and outs of cable TV news. It quickly grabbed the attention of the people who work in all ranks of TV news: from top news executives, to ground floor production assistants; from anchors and  agents, to producers and directors. In May, 2004 Stelter’s CableNewser was featured in the New York Times. A couple months after that, Mediabistro acquired the site and renamed in TVNewser, to reflect expanded coverage of the broadcast networks. Some of the earliest supporters of the site are still reading today. We reached out to the networks and asked for their thoughts, 10 years on:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News: “I think if TVNewser goes back in history, they will learn that I was the first one on the national scene to give the site a shout-out. At the time, Brian Stelter was a college student blogging in a dorm room at Towson University. He sent me a nice note thanking me. It was fun for me to help him out and give him the shout-out. Now fast forward and lots has changed and people have moved on in the news business and so has TVNewser. What was once just a college blog has now morphed into a great website. Congrats on 10 years!

Chris Cuomo, CNN: “We need someone to watch the watchmen. Here is to 10 years and a job well done.”

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News: “Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thanks for all the valuable information. The stuff we hate to love and love to hate.”

Chris Wallace, Fox News: “It is remarkable to think TVNewser didn’t exist a decade ago. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I miss checking the site to get my fix about the industry.”

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David Gregory on the Sunday Morning Battle: ‘We Fight Like Hell’ to be No. 1

GregoryAs NBC’s “Meet the Press” approaches 67 years on the air, its host for the last six says the show needs to shake things up to remain a part of the conversation.

In a profile in today‘s Washington Post, David Gregory says a new format with a faster pace, more taped pieces and shorter interviews “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is,” while widening the scope.

“I’m dedicated to building something that says we’re not just thinking about politics. We’re thinking about who the real influencers are in this country,” Gregory tells Paul Farhi. The show, once dominant on Sunday mornings, has fallen to second or third in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

“Do I want to be number one in the ratings? Every week I want to be number one, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight,” Gregory says.

Farhi also reveals the lengths NBC has gone to get to the core of the host:

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Chris Wallace Re-Signs With Fox News

chris wallaceFox News has re-signed Chris Wallace to a multi-year deal to continue as the anchor of “Fox News Sunday,” the network announced this afternoon.

“Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry,” Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said in a statement. “We are pleased he will continue his exceptional work on FOX News for years to come.”

Wallace has anchored “Fox News Sunday” and contributed to Fox News’ political and election coverage since joining the network in 2003. 2014 marks his 50th year in the broadcasting industry.

“It is the high point of my career to work at FOX News,” Wallace said. “I am delighted and grateful for the opportunity Roger Ailes has given me and look forward to many more years of bringing interesting guests and provocative conversations to our audience.”

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill plante RTDNFNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante accepted their First Amendment Awards from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

In his speech accepting the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Holt recalled advice from his mentor, the late Jerry Nachman, former vice president of MSNBC.

“The most important thing he told me was that the highest calling in what we do is being a reporter, and that has been really the guiding principle throughout my career,” Holt said. “You can call any fancy title you want — principal anchor, executive producer, news director — at its essence, we are all reporters. That’s what we should be, that’s what we should aspire to be, and that’s what makes us good at what we do.”

Robin Sproul, ABC’s Washington bureau chief, said in her speech accepting the First Amendment Service Award that the “time in which anyone can be a broadcaster” has raised many more questions and challenges to the First Amendment.

“All of these issues require vigilance and constant attention even as news bureaus in DC — those that watch the government — shrink because of the changing news business models, more challenges of the digital age,” Sproul said. “But these are good fights to have. And as Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’”

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante, who was honored with the RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, reflected on how the news business has changed since he began his career at CBS in 1964. Read more

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