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The Chuck Todd Reviews Are in…

Todd MTPChuck Todd’s debut as “Meet the Press” moderator yesterday brought a return of the press as a prominent component of the program.

And now the rest of the press is chiming in on Todd’s debut:

The New York TimesAlessandra Stanley writes about the imperfect, yet perfect Todd:

Chuck Todd was an imperfect host of “Meet the Press” on Sunday. And that’s perfect. His questions to President Obama were succinct and pointed, but Mr. Obama is not a rewarding guest in a one-on-one interview. He tends to give long, meditative and atonal answers that wear down listeners. Mr. Todd was respectful, not fawning or fake-fierce, and he challenged some of the president’s assertions.

The Washington Post‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia thinks Todd is a straight-talking “work in progress”:

“We’re living in a house as we remodel it,” he told viewers. That little admission near the top of the show encapsulated Todd’s appeal while simultaneously laying out the challenge before him. Here was a host who was going to tell it to you straight. And here was a host who knows he needs to do something — something big, big, big — to resurrect a sagging brand. If the show had been a holiday meal, Todd would have been the host apologizing for the quality of the dinner before it was served. Yes, the turkey and yams sound like the usual fare, but I didn’t have much time to prepare! Come back tomorrow and I’ll dazzle you with the leftovers!

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Is Don Lemon on the Rise at CNN?

DON-LEMON304X200The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes a piece on Don Lemon‘s increasing airtime— and opinion giving—at CNN.

CNN has no problem with Lemon’s opinions, so long as he’s not predictably partisan. Janelle Rodriguez, vice president of programming at CNN U.S., said Lemon talks to viewers instead of talking down to them.

“Having a personality is a positive attribute,” Rodriguez said.

The piece also touches on Lemon’s thoughts on the most recent media firestorm: Jill Abramson‘s New York Times dismissal.

Last week while moderating a discussion with four women on the firing of New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson, Lemon said he didn’t believe in equal pay for equal work in all circumstances — the verbal equivalent of sticking his head in a lion’s mouth.

As we’ve reported, Lemon has certainly felt more comfortable offering his opinion lately. He recently called Rush Limbaugh a “stunt king,” which solicited a response from Limbaugh noting who Lemon sleeps with.

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Seeking Ratings Gain, ‘GMA’ Takes Advantage Of Nielsen Loophole

In the increasingly competitive ratings battle between NBC’s “Today,” the perennial leader of the morning shows, and ABC’s “Good Morning America,” which is continually relegated to second place, every little bit counts.

During the week of December 26, ABC re-titled four editions of “Good Morning America” so the ratings — traditionally low during the week between Christmas and New Year’s — would not count toward the weekly and seasonal averages. (Due to the Christmas holiday on December 26, all three morning shows were coded as specials and did not count toward the averages.)

Nielsen allows shows to be re-titled as long as the newly created title is used at least four times during the course of a season. An ABC spokesperson declined to comment on the name change, but noted that the holiday week is usually a low-rated one for all the morning shows.

While re-naming shows is occasionally done to exclude a single broadcast, a holiday, for example, excluding an entire week from the average is uncommon. An NBC spokesperson calls it “unprecedented.”

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What’s In Store For The Morning Shows In 2012?

David Bauder of the Associated Press writes today about what the year has in store for the broadcast networks’ morning shows. With the launch of “CBS This Morning,” and uncertainty over Matt Lauer‘s future at NBC, 2012 “looks to be pivotal,” Bauder writes. “This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht weighs in on how CBS can capitalize on the changing morning landscape:

“Right now viewers basically have two choices,” Licht said. “They have the ‘Today’ show and they have the ‘Today’ show (imitator) with probably a little bit more broad appeal stuff. Those two shows are very similar but are both good at what they do. We need to try to find a third thing. Maybe viewers don’t know if they like it or not because it doesn’t exist right now.”

The network won’t be forcing spinach on its viewers, figuratively speaking. But it won’t promote a “cult of personality” either, Licht said. Read more

Court TV founder on Nancy Grace: ‘She’s a Monster’

David Bauder of the AP has a story this weekend wrapping up the Casey Anthony trial and Nancy Grace‘s place in it — or at least covering it.

While you may know most of the details of Bauder’s story, there is this quote from Steve Brill, the founder of Court TV.

“I feel like I owe the nation community service for having hired her and put her on television,” says Brill. “She’s a monster.” At Court TV, anchors and commentators were instructed to explain the legal process to viewers but not opine on guilt or innocence, he said.

Joy Behar’s New Show Part Of HLN’s “Estrogen-Heavy Lineup”

Joy Behar.jpgWhen Joy Behar‘s new HLN talk show premieres three weeks from tonight, it joins an evening lineup the AP’s David Bauder calls “estrogen-heavy.”

With lead-in programs hosted by Nancy Grace and Jane Velez-Mitchell, Bauder writes the show will air “to an audience that is nearly two-thirds women…

“It’s not like men are unwelcome, but when a rerun of Lou Dobbs‘ CNN show fell flat in Behar’s soon-to-be time slot, HLN yanked him this summer for Velez-Mitchell.”

Conway Cliff, the former EP of Velez-Mitchell’s program, is now overseeing Behar’s show. He says the predominance of female hosts is “sort of a happy coincidence…It happened organically.”

It’s all part of HLN’s overall programming evolution from a “wheel of half-hour newscasts”, as Bauder says, to its current hybrid of personality-driven shows followed by daytime headlines and evening opinion programs. “It was a big risk,” EVP of CNN Worldwide Ken Jautz tells Bauder. “It paid off, and it probably paid off better than I expected.”

Network Newsers Reflect on First 100 Days

David Bauder of The Associated Press talks to a member of each network news organization about President Obama’s first 100 days and recent polls which look at how the current administration has been covered:

ABC World News EP Jon Banner: “My eyes are always open to everything, including studies like these. I do not program the news by studies or by anything else, for that matter. I program it by the news of the day and what our journalistic guts tell us.”

CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan: “Everybody, including Republicans, would have to say that his first 100 days have been great…Across his four years, or eight years, whatever it is, there will be plenty for people on all sides to not like or love. It will balance itself out inevitably.”

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams: “It was historic. It has changed, fundamentally and forever, the poster of the presidents in front of the classroom. That accounts for the quantity of coverage, and we’re judged on the quality of the coverage every day, as it should be.”

Olbermann Doesn’t Think Hannity “Has The Courage To Even Respond To This”

olbermann_4-29b.jpgWhen Sean Hannity told Charles Grodin he would get waterboarded for charity last week, he probably didn’t think it would still be making news.

But then MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann offered $1,000 for each second Hannity lasted. The money would go to charity. But Hannity hasn’t responded.

The AP’s David Bauder talks to Olbermann about the challenge. “I don’t think he has the courage to even respond to this — let alone do it,” Olbermann said. “The idea of putting somebody in a position they have volunteered for, for charity, to respond to their own unsupportable claims, is in many ways priceless.”

Olbermann “concedes TV competition plays a part in his offer,” writes Bauder — last night Olbermann described the date as “the sixth day since Sean Hannity volunteered to be waterboarded for a military families charity.”

“If you expose people to reality, even with someone who is denying reality, that can have a powerful and important impact,” Olbermann told Bauder.

Will Hannity respond?

CNBC and Santelli’s ‘No Comment’ After Daily Show Segment

CNBC’s response to Jon Stewart‘s Daily Show rant about the network after Rick Santelli‘s cancellation? Nothing yet.

The Associated Press’ David Bauder writes about the back story, and CNBC spokesman Brian Steel‘s response. “CNBC’s Steel said neither the network’s executives nor Santelli would comment on Stewart’s broadcast,” writes Bauder.

Related: Gawker has the video of Stewart on the Late Show with David Letterman last night rehashing his beef with CNBC (and all of business news).

Obama Meets the Anchors: “It Did Have a ‘Picture Taking with Santa’ Kind of Feel To It”

The AP’s David Bauder follows up on Pres. Obama’s sit downs with the network anchors. “Gibson was first, followed by Williams, Couric, Cooper and Wallace. “It did have a ‘picture taking with Santa’ kind of feel to it,” NBC’s Brian Williams tells Bauder.

“The timing, one of the worst days of Obama’s young presidency, was awful for him,” Bauder writes.

“They may have regretted having us all down there,” said Jon
Banner
, executive producer of ABC’s “World News,” who accompanied Charlie Gibson. “That was not evident from my interaction with the president or any of his staff.”

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