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Posts Tagged ‘Craig Melvin’

White House Correspondents’ Dinner Ratings

ObamaSebeliusCNN cleaned up in the ratings Saturday night during the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but viewership was down on the network from the same night last year. CNN won the hours of 10pm and 11pm in both total viewers and the younger demo. The network, which provided more than three hours of live coverage beginning at 8pmET anchored by Don Lemon, also won from 7-10pmET in the demo. MSNBC began coverage at 9pmET anchored by Craig Melvin. Fox News stuck with regular programming at 8pm and 9pm and ran a special on the Benghazi investigation at 10pmET. President Obama began his remarks at 10:20pm and Joel McHale followed around 10:40.

9pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 197,000 / 752,000
FNC: 137,000 / 1.314M
MSNBC: 152,000 / 444,000

10pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 336,000 / 1.088M
FNC: 87,000 / 922,000
MSNBC: 261,000 / 846,000

11pmET | A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers
CNN: 183,000 / 618,000
FNC: 96,000 / 469,000
MSNBC: 173,000 / 453,000

Compared to last year’s event, at 9pmET, CNN was up in the demo, but down in total viewers. At 10pm, CNN was down in both the demo and in total viewers. As for MSNBC, the network improved over last year in both the demo and total viewers at both 9 and 10pmET. Fox, which carried the president’s remarks last year, was down in the 10pm hour, in both the demo and total viewers. C-SPAN also carried coverage Saturday, but the network is not publicly rated.

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MSNBC’s Craig Melvin and ESPN’s Lindsay Czarniak Welcome First Child

MelvinMSNBC weekend anchor Craig Melvin and his wife, ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak, welcomed their first child into the world Monday morning.

Delano Joseph Melvin, or “Del”, comes in at 6lbs, 2 ounces.

And apparently, Melvin and his son are already talking to each other.

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Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

Cable, Broadcast Networks Cover San Francisco Plane Crash

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon. The flight originated in Seoul, South Korea.

Fox News reported on the crash at the top of the 3 p.m. hour of “America’s News Headquarters,” with Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers anchoring. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield was next at 3:07 p.m. MSNBC reported on the crash at 3:08 p.m., with Craig Melvin anchoring.

ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m.

“All of a sudden, I saw the back tail hit the grounds and I saw the smoke and flames,” a witness told Muir. “It looked like it slid and then both tires were coming out … it happened so fast. I was shaking.”

> More: The cable networks are planning extended coverage in primetime. Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren will anchor a two-hour special from 9-11pmET.

>More: Fox News will have an extended “Fox Report” from 7-9pmET. After Van Susteren’s special, Marianne Rafferty and Rick Folbaum will anchor from 11pm-1amET. “Fox & Friends First” will begin at 5amET tomorrow morning.

>More: ABC News has assigned Cecilia Vega and David Wright to the story. They will report across all platforms for ABC.

Where To Watch The White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Saturday evening the White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be held in Washington DC. As has become de rigueur, the dinner and speeches will be televised on cable news. White House Correspondents’ Association chief and Fox News correspondent Ed Henry will speak, as will President Obama and this year’s comedic guest, Conan O’Brien.

C-SPAN, which was covering the dinner live before it was cool, will kick off coverage at 6:15 PM Saturday with red carpet coverage, as well as full, unedited coverage of the event. C-SPAN will also have some liveshots from BuzzFeed’s counter-programmed BBQ.

CNN is planning live coverage from 9-11 PM, hosted by Don Lemon, along with Brianna Keilar and Nischelle Turner. The first hour will feature “best of” moments from past dinners, with the second hour featuring the key speeches live. There will also be reports from the red carpet during the 6-7 PM hour.

Fox News will be covering the proceedings as part of “Justice with Judge Jeanine Pirro” from 9-11 PM Saturday. There will be some guests to talk about the festivities, and live coverage of the speeches in the 10 PM hour, TVNewser hears.

MSNBC will also have special coverage from 9-11 PM, with the first hour featuring “best of” highlights, and live coverage in the second hour. Craig Melvin will host.
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Karen Finney To Host Weekend Show On MSNBC

MSNBC’s programming expansion on the weekends continues, as the channel has named Karen Finney as the host of a new program from 4-5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The name and launch date for the new show are still to be determined.

Finney has been an MSNBC contributor since 2009, and has a 20+ year career in politics. A former spokeswoman and communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney has worked for the Clinton White House and Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. She has also served as communications director for the New York city school system, and for the late Elizabeth Edwards.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC in a statement.

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The Ticker: Fox News, King, NBC News/TV One

  • Fox News and Time Warner Cable have struck a long-term affiliation agreement after weeks of negotiations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Los Angeles Times reports Fox News will get upwards of $1 per subscriber for the first year, with subsequent increases to follow.
  • As the political conventions get closer, CNN national campaign correspondent John King is profiling the potential GOP vice-presidential picks. “The Contenders” series kicks off with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty today on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
  • NBC News is partnering with TV One, a news and entertainment channel for Black viewers, for special coverage of the election and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The “TV One: One Vote Matters” coverage, the first joint effort between the two organizations, will be anchored by NBC’s Craig Melvin, who will be joined by TVOne host and CNN contributor Roland Martin.

Cable Networks Cover Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Whitney Houston‘s funeral is underway at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.

CNN’s coverage began at 11amET with Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan and Don Lemon anchoring from Newark. Lemon described the scene outside the church, where the streets have been blocked off since last night, as filled with “hordes of media from all over the country, from Germany, from China, everywhere.”

On Fox News, Jon Scott said Houston’s “near-perfect voice brought tears and joy to people around the world.” Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchored from New York, with Kelly Wright reporting from Newark.

MSNBC’s coverage, anchored by Alex Witt, began at 12pmET following this morning’s debut of “Melissa Harris-Perry.” Craig Melvin, reporting from Newark, did a live interview with Shaun Robinson, the “Access Hollywood” reporter who was the last person to interview Houston.

HLN’s coverage — anchored by Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks, with Jane Velez-Mitchell and AJ Hammer in Newark — begun at 9amET and has featured a series of retrospectives on Houston’s life.

About 1500 people, including ABC’s Diane Sawyer, are attending the service.

Whitney Houston Funeral Getting Extensive Cable Coverage

The funeral for Whitney Houston will take place on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, and while it is private, cable news is planning extensive coverage.

The funeral will be streamed online at the AP’s livestream page, so fans can bypass cable news if they so choose. In addition, users can expect to watch the AP stream on many news sites including FoxNews.com and CNN.com (even though CNN does not subscribe to AP content, the AP’s coverage is pool coverage, so CNN can use it). Those that do turn on their TV’s will have a number of options.

CNN seems to have the most comprehensive coverage lined up, with Piers Morgan, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien anchoring from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Saturday and Sunday evening Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Randi Kaye will host primetime specials looking at Houston’s life.

Fox News will be covering the funeral live from 11:30 AM-2PM, with Jon Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchoring in New York. Kelly Wright will report from outside the church in Newark.

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Craig Melvin and Lindsay Czarniak Get Married

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin and ESPN anchor Lindsay Czarniak tied the knot Saturday at the Church of the Holy City in Washington, DC. Both Melvin and Czarniak worked at NBC’s WRC in DC. Not long after Czarniak packed her bags for Bristol this summer, Melvin was hired at MSNBC. A reception was held at the Hay – Adams hotel. The couple will live in Connecticut.

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