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TV News Crews Head to North Carolina for Hurricane Arthur

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Tropical Storm Arthur has strengthened into a category one Hurricane churning up the east coast set to hit North Carolina’s Outer Banks hardest. TV news crews have already dispersed crews to cover the extreme weather this 4th of July.

The Weather Channel will have a number of meteorologists and correspondents reporting live from North Carolina. Sam Champion, Stephanie Abrams, and Mike Seidel will report from Kill Devil Hills; Reynolds Wolf and Raegan Medgie will do live shots from Wrightsville Beach; Dave Malkoff and Ron Blome will report from various Outer Banks locations, and Jim Cantore will report from Salvo, NC.

ABC News Correspondent Matt Gutman will report from Wrightsville Beach, NC. Correspondent David Kerley and NewsOne Correspondent Marci Gonzalez will report from Nags Head, a town in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. ABC weather anchor Ginger Zee will cover the storm from New York City. Tonight, “World News” will lead with Arthur coverage; David Muir substitutes for Diane Sawyer.

NBC News has correspondent Kerry Sanders reporting from Kill Devil Hills, NC. CBS Newspath correspondent Craig Boswell is reporting from Nags Head, NC.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 23

EveningNewsNewAs ABC “World News” and NBC “Nightly News” each claim a victory for the second quarter of 2014 among younger viewers, the NBC broadcast takes the week of June 23 in both Total and A25-54 Viewers.

“Nightly News with Brian Williams” was up +6% in viewers and up +3% in the demo compared to the same week last year. “World News with Diane Sawyer” saw the most growth vs. the same week last year, up +10% in viewers and up +6% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down in both measurements: down -4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of June 23, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,944,000 7,340,000 5,851,000
• A25-54: 1,911,000 1,861,000 1,353,000

ABC and NBC Each Claim Ratings Wins

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If you believe ABC, “World News with Diane Sawyer” just won the second quarter of 2014 in the coveted A25-54 demo by a slim 16,000 viewers, or .8%.

If you believe NBC, “Nightly News with Brian Williams” was the winner, by an even slimmer 9,000 viewers, or .5%

Why the difference?

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George Stephanopoulos Runs a Jeopardy! Category

GeorgeJeopardyOn Jeopardy! last night, ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was the focus of an entire category. In the category, “A Visit with George Stephanopoulos,” the “GMA” and “This Week” host played the part of Alex Trebek reading all the clues. Most of them were about interviews Stephanopoulos has conducted. However, “Who is Diane Sawyer?” was the $400 clue.

Stephanopoulos taped them a few months ago on the “World News” set in New York. Insiders tell us anyone who attended the taping had to sign confidentiality agreements not to discuss it until the show aired. Jeopardy! producers didn’t ask for input on questions nor did they run them by Stephanopoulos’ team beforehand. Still, some of the clues were reworded during the taping, but without changing the substance.

Two different contestants answered all of the clues correctly.

‘World News’ Handoff Begins

SawyerMuirAt the end of tonight’s “World News,” Diane Sawyer talked about her upcoming transition off the show and introduced her replacement. “I love every night I get to spend with you,” said Sawyer, “and I’m so happy that someone you know well is going to be at the helm of ‘World News’ starting September 2nd. David Muir is going to be anchor, managing editor sitting right here at this desk.”

Added Muir, “For everyone in this studio, everyone in the control room, down in the newsroom, they know that you’re the captain here, they know you have led us.”

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The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘ABC World News;’ David Muir Takes Over as Anchor and Managing Editor

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Breaking: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring “World News” and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the “World News” weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on September 2. Muir, 40, will continue to co-anchor “20/20″ with Elizabeth Vargas.

Also announced today, “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with “GMA” and “This Week.”

Insiders tell us Sawyer began talking with former ABC News president Ben Sherwood late last year about a transition from the anchor desk. With the retirement of Barbara Walters last month, Sawyer will now take on some of the specials and interviews that for years were part of Walters’ stock in trade.

Under Sawyer, “World News” has been gaining on “NBC Nightly News.” The broadcast won the May sweeps in the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than 6 years. Sawyer, who began anchoring “World News” in December 2009, is the second woman to solo anchor a network nightly newscast, following Katie Couric‘s 2006-2011 run at “CBS Evening News.” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintains a one million viewer lead most nights on “World News” and hasn’t lost a week among total viewers in nearly 5 years.

The Sawyer, Muir and Stephanopoulos news is at the top of the agenda of ABC News president James Goldston‘s morning editorial meeting. We’ll have details if/when we get them this morning. A replacement for Muir on the weekend newscasts will come at a later date.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 16

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Wiliams” wins the week of June 16 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “Nightly News” was up +6% in viewers vs. the same week last year and is posting its biggest season-to-date audience (9.133 million) since the 2005-06 season. The NBC newscast was down -4% in the demo year-over-year.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +1% in viewers and up +4% in the demo and has narrowed its season margin with “Nightly News” in the demo nearly in half (-48% – 166,000 vs. 318,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most growth of all three broadcasts, in both viewers and the demo: up +7% in viewers and up +9% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of June 16, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,992,000 6,979,000 6,044,000
• A25-54: 1,827,000 1,793,000 1,453,000

Alexandra Wallace: ‘Nightly News’ ‘Completely Focused on Correcting’ Demo Ratings

BRIAN-WILLIAMSThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie takes a behind-the-scenes look at “several ongoing ratings and personnel challenges” at NBC News. On the heels of “Today” and “Meet the Press” falling from the top spots in the ratings, ABC’s “World News” has been keeping NBC’s “Nightly News” in a tight race for the top spot in the A25-54 demographic, something that is not sitting well with the “Nightly” staff, according to THR:

Sources say Brian Williams, 55, has been rankled by the ratings slide. But NBC News senior vp Alexandra Wallace, who has oversight of Nightly News and Meet the Press, cites the shows’ growth among younger viewers. NBC News ratings crunchers apparently have narrowed the weakness to viewers at the older end of the 25-to-54 spectrum, specifically 45-to-54.

“Brian, like all of us who work on Nightly News, is less than happy about the one small demo issue we have and [we] are completely focused on correcting it,” Wallace tells THR. “We’re competitive people, so we want to win everywhere.”

Of course, the consensus at NBC News is that the horse race between Williams and Diane Sawyer won’t last. But World News executive producer Michael Corn begs to differ. “We’re growing,” he says. “To us, this is the very beginning of a long-range plan. It’s a nice start, but we have a long way to go.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 9

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of June 9 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, with its best younger viewer delivery since late April.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most viewership growth compared to the same week last year (+7%), and was the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo (+11%).

“Nightly News” was up +4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up +4% in viewers and down -7% in the demo.

NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon.-Wed.) because of sports coverage. ABC’s average is based on three days (Mon., Wed. and Fri.) because of the NBC finals. CBS is based on five days.

Numbers for the week of June 9, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,440,000 7,265,000 6,048,000
• A25-54: 2,005,000 1,902,000 1,371,000

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