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Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

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The Ticker: ’20/20,’ ‘Meet the Press,’ Aereo

  • Friday’s “20/20″ delivered the second highest-ratings of the season in both the A25-54 (2.4/7) and A18-49 (1.8/6) demographics. The show featured David Muir‘s report on a worldwide manhunt by two different fathers searching for their sons.

  • During his appearance on “Meet the Press” yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown cited a (way) past appearance on the NBC show to answer David Gregory‘s question about how he’s changed over his career in politics. “Well, I was just reviewing my transcript from ‘Meet the Press’ in 1975, and I find a lot of similarities,” he said. ” There I was talking about limits, I’m still talking about limits.  But I’m also talking about full employment and equality … So I’m older and wiser.”

  • With less than two months to go until the Supreme Court hears the Aereo case, the streaming TV service CEO and founder says Aereo is “confident in the merits of our position.” TVSpy has details.

Andrea Mitchell ‘Thrilled’ With MSNBC Show’s Move to Noon

andrea mitchell_304x200In addition to Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid‘s upcoming MSNBC debuts, is the timeslot change for MSNBC’s long-running daytime host Andrea Mitchell. Starting Monday, her show will start at NoonET.

“I’m thrilled about the change,” Mitchell told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. Mitchell, who has hosted a show on MSNBC since 2000, sees the move as an opportunity to get an earlier jump on newsmaking interviews with fewer interruptions from White House press briefings and speeches that would often cut into her 1pm show.

The new time slot also means more interviews with lawmakers from Capitol Hill, as they can appear before their 1pm caucus meetings.

Mitchell, who also serves as Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC News, says she likes the new MSNBC lineup. “It clusters the harder news broadcast shows together” earlier in the day, then starting with Farrow at 1pm evolves into more conversation, opinion, and advocacy. She calls Farrow “brilliant” and thinks he will “wow” his audience.

The move an hour earlier means she’ll also have more time to focus on NBC News reporting. In 2013, Mitchell was third of all evening news correspondents when measured in minutes on-air. Only her NBC colleague Tom Costello and ABC’s David Muir were used more. “I’ll finish my show at 1, and be able to be more personally involved for an extra hour in preparing my ‘Nightly News’ reports,” she says.

With strong reporting from Richard Engel in Ukraine and Brian Williams in Sochi—along with the leadership of new NBC News President Deborah Turness—Mitchell feels NBC News is on a roll.

“Deborah has energized everyone,” says Mitchell, who has been with NBC News since 1978. “I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger.”

With Elizabeth Vargas’s Return, ’20/20′ Hits 4-Year High

“20/20″ drew its biggest audience in nearly 4 years last night. 8.3 million watched the return of co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas after completing rehabilitation for alcohol.

“It’s great to be back,” Vargas said at the top of the show to co-anchor David Muir. ‘Thank you for all your support and thank you to all our viewers, as well, it really meant a lot to me.”

The ABC News magazine, airing at 10pmET/PT had the highest A18-49 and A25-54 numbers in close to two years, since Feb. 5, 2010 and March 30, 2012, respectively.

ABC’s Friday primetime tied a season high on the night. The network won Friday among Adults 18-49 for the 3rd week in a row. The other Friday night newsmagazine, NBC’s Dateline drew 7.7 million viewers at 8pmET/PT.

“20/20″ closed the show with Vargas’s story.

N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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The Top Correspondents and Stories on Network Evening News in 2013 Were…

Tom CostelloNBC News correspondent Tom Costello got the most airtime on the evening newscasts in 2013 with 303 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” David Muir was next with 296 minutes on “ABC World News,” and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was third with 275 minutes on “Nightly.”

The numbers come from Andrew Tyndall‘s 2013 review of the most-covered stories and most-used correspondents.

The Boston Marathon bombing led the way in coverage, drawing 432 minutes across the three networks. CBS and NBC led the way with 157 and 156 minutes, respectively, with ABC presenting 119 minutes of coverage.

Tyndall was critical of ABC in this year’s report, suggesting 2013 was the year “ABC World News” “finally rejected” presenting a serious newscast.

ABC News is firing back: “Our mission is to give our viewers information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser. “Winning the Murrow for Best Newscast in 2013 and enjoying our best season in 5 years is far more meaningful than Tyndall’s method that confuses quantity with quality. ”

Tyndall, it should be noted, charges clients $15,000 for his subscription service. ABC News stopped subscribing about 10 years ago. CBS and NBC are still clients.

Rounding out the top five correspondents with the most airtime:

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Networks Schedule Weekend Specials on Nelson Mandela

ABC News Mandela speical reportThe broadcast and cable networks are scheduling special coverage on the death of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Here’s what they have planned so far.

NBC’s Lester Holt will anchor the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News” from Soweto this weekend.

CBS News has slated a special “48 Hours” on Mandela’s death for Saturday night. Scott Pelley will anchor “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation” at 9pmET. The show will feature historical CBS News footage as well as reports from Bob Simon, Martha Teichner and Wynton Marsalis.

ABC News will have a special “20/20″ tonight anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts. “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World” will air at 10pmET. Tonight’s “Nightline” will also feature additional coverage of Mandela’s death.

“Fox News Sunday” will air an interview former South African foreign minister Pik Botha, who served near the end of the apartheid era. Senior correspondent Greg Palkot, who is reporting from South Africa for the network, conducted the interview.

Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary, “The Making of Mandela,” Sunday at 12pmET/PT.

MSNBC will air a special on Mandela’s life at 9pmET.

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a round of interviews about Mandela’s death, sitting down with NBC’s Brian Williams, Fox News’ Ed Henry, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CBS aired Pelley’s interview with Clinton on “Evening News” last night.

Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.

NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45pmET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46pmET.

On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44pmET. MNSBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45pmET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46pmET.

>More: President Obama will speak at 5:20pmET.

> “NBC Nightly News” will be expanded to an hour tonight.

> Anderson Cooper will anchor on CNN from 8pm-11pmET tonight. He will be joined by Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Robyn Curnow in Johannesburg.

>Fox News will preempt “The Five.” Shepard Smith will anchor from the Fox News deck. Juan Williams, who covered Mandela’s release from prison for The Washington Post, contributed to the breaking news coverage. Fox News senior correspondent Greg Palkot is headed to to South Africa and will report for FNC beginning this weekend.

>ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. ABC will also have a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to Mandela’s life tonight. The show will be live on both coasts.

>Al Jazeera America will stay in breaking news coverage through midnight. Ali Velshi will join Tony Harris and John Siegenthaler, followed by “America Tonight” at 9pmET.

>ABC News has canceled the “Good Morning America” holiday party scheduled for tonight. “In light of tonight’s events and the death of Nelson Mandela, we will postpone the party tonight. We will reschedule,” senior EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to “GMA” staffers. “Now let’s make a great GMA tribute to an incredible man who changed the world.”

Networks Plan Special Coverage of JFK Moment of Silence

The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.

Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. This afternoon she tweeted:

Vargas began treatment for alcohol addiction last month. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas said in a statement midway through her treatment. “I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often fills in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

She is expected back on the air as early as next week.

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