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MSNBC Hosts Haven’t Responded to 10,000 Petitions From NBC Writers-Producers

Petitions To MSNBCMSNBC primetime hosts haven’t responded to over 10,000 petitions dropped off yesterday by employees from NBCUniversal-owned Peacock Productions seeking better workplace rights.

Upon arriving at MSNBC, these workers requested Rachel Maddow, Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz, Al Sharpton, and Lawrence O’Donnell to come down and personally receive the letters. None of the anchors did so.

“Yesterday, Writers Guild of America, East delivered 10,000+ petitions to NBCU Labor Relations with assurance that they’d be passed onto MSNBC hosts,” Writers Guild of America East Communications Director Jason Gordon tells TVNewser, adding that Peacock supporters also sent emails to the hosts asking for support.

“The company can’t have it both ways – presenting the strong, progressive voices of the MSNBC hosts while at the same time depriving the Peacock employees of their own voices on the job,” he added.

Back in December of last year, a report surfaced that Chris Hayes had met with disgruntled employees of Peacock Productions who had failed in attempts to unionize.  The Writers Guild claims votes from a June, 2013 secret ballot union election were never counted, still sitting in a box.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC on the petitions and claims by WGAE, but have not heard back.

Phil Griffin: MSNBC Gets ‘More Analytical As The Day Goes On’

phil-griffin-msnbcFeaturedIn an interview with The Daily Beast, conducted before the latest controversy at MSNBC, network president Phil Griffin spoke about the recent daytime shakeup, explaining how the types of voices viewers will hear makes MSNBC “more analytical as the day goes on.”

“There is a rhyme or reason to this—it’s making the thread clearer from morning to night,” Griffin says, explaining that the latest line-up is organized in three-hour blocks. The first begins with Morning Joe, the bipartisan agenda-setter that airs from 6 to 9 a.m., continuing with a newsy block that runs from 9 to noon (with Hall newly installed at 11 a.m.), running through Mitchell at noon and followed by Farrow and Reid as “a more topical” bridge to an increasingly opinionated afternoon featuring The Cycle, a panel show, and Now With Alex Wagner. “Then you have the big voices of Ed Schultz, Rev [Al Sharpton], and Chris [Matthews],” Griffin continues, “and then the big deeper thinkers of Chris Hayes, Rachel [Maddow], and Lawrence [O’Donnell].”

Griffin draws a line between MSNBC’s “sensibility” and ideology. Read more

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

The business networks and more are after the jump. Read more

2013 TVNewser Challege: The Results

At the beginning of the year, we asked you to predict what would happen in the television news industry in 2013, and thousands of you responded with your thoughts on the year ahead. We’ll have a new set of questions in the 2014 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow, but in the meantime, here’s how you did.

Will the three evening newscasts increase or decrease in viewership in 2013?

82% of you thought the evening newscasts would decrease in viewership, compared to just 18% of you who thought viewership would go up. As it turns out, you were all right: year-to-date, the three-network annual total is up +2% in total viewers and down -4% in the A25-54 demographic compared to 2012. “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” remained on top this year. “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was second and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was third.

By this time next year, which CNN daypart will see the biggest change under Jeff Zucker?

The majority of you (57%) believed CNN’s primetime programming would see the biggest changes under Jeff Zucker‘s leadership. There have been a few changes in primetime, but the major programming overhaul was in the mornings, which 30% of voters predicted. “New Day” debuted in June.

Which broadcast morning show is likely to see an anchor change in 2013?

Only 12% of responders saw an anchor change in the cards for “Good Morning America,” which had weather anchor Sam Champion depart for The Weather Channel this month. 61% of you thought the anchor change would be at “Today” and 27% thought it would be at “CBS This Morning.”

Will Megyn Kelly still be with Fox News at this time next year?

44% of you correctly predicted Megyn Kelly‘s move to primetime, which took place after she returned from maternity leave in October. Read more

The Scoreboard: Friday, December 6

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 277 | MSNBC: 124 | CNN: 79 | HLN: 98
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 112 | CNN: 84 | HLN: 137

4p: 5p: 6/6:30p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10/10:30p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

207

TheFive:

406

Baier:

326

Greta:

333

O’Reilly:

447

Megyn:

355

Hannity:

305

O’Reilly:

410

Megyn:

269

MSNBC
Matthews:

161

EdShow:

166

Sharpton:

165

Matthews:

157

Hayes:

115

Legends:

71

Lockup:

150

Lockup:

256

Lockup:

213

CNN
Tapper:

88

Blitzer:

101

Blitz/Cross:

127/101

Burnett:

62

Cooper:

58

Morgan:

56

Fast/Nichols:

193/85

Cooper:

57

Morgan:

33

HLN
News:

48

WWYD:

44

WWYD:

83

Jane:

78

Grace:

81

Mystery:

128

Mystery:

204

Mystery:

236

Mystery:

196

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Martin Bashir Out at MSNBC

BashirBreaking: MSNBC host Martin Bashir is leaving the network.

Bashir hasn’t been on the air since Nov. 22. MSNBC said he was on a pre-planned vacation, but we’ve learned he resigned today. The departure follows comments he made about Sarah Palin on his Friday, Nov. 15 show.

Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she might be a candidate for the same treatment slaves received from a plantation owner named Thomas Thistewood: being urinated and defecated on.

After demands for an apology, he apologized, but remained on the air. As calls for a suspension grew louder, Bashir anchored the rest of the week before going on that vacation.

Bashir joined MSNBC in the summer of 2010, after six years with ABC News, part of that time as a host of “Nightline.”

More: Comments from Bashir and MSNBC president Phil Griffin after the jump…

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Weekend Growing Pains For MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt’

KarenFinney6Longtime MSNBC contributor Karen Finney took the helm of “Disrupt With Karen Finney” in June as the lead-in for then-weekend host Ed Schultz, but six months later, the show struggles in the ratings.

Airing on Saturday and Sunday at 4pmET, “Disrupt” is delivering 192,000 total viewers and 39,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo for the month of November, the latter demo number serving as an all-time low for the show. Sunday, November 17 was a low point, with just 14,000 viewers in the demo tuning in. That show featured Finney speaking with former Congresswomen Gabby Giffords‘ husband Mark Kelly about gun control as well as a panel on the JFK assassination anniversary.

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Chris Matthews Thrives Live at 7: ‘Loyalty Counts For A Lot With Me’

Chris MatthewsThree months ago today MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” moved out of its 5pm timeslot — making way for Ed Schultz — to a single 7pmET airing. In the process, the one-a-day has given the 7pm hour a boost. Three of the four nights it was on last week (pre-empted Friday for JFK coverage) “Hardball” was MSNBC’s No. 1 show in the demo, ahead of Rachel Maddow. It is consistently No. 2 in cable news at that hour, behind FNC’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

The 7pm hour is up +47% in total viewers and up +29% in the A25-54 demo compared to the first eight months of 2013 before the change was made. Compared to August alone, “Hardball” at 7pm ET is up +92% in total viewers and up +69% in the demo.

“I’ve asked Hardball fans to adjust their evening viewing habit and I’m gratified that so many have,” Matthews told TVNewser. “These are obviously very important times and loyalty counts for a lot with me.”

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Sorry is Easy. In the Case of Martin Bashir, Suspension Seems to be the Hardest Word

Martin Bashir 304Judging strictly by precedent at MSNBC, if Martin Bashir had called Sarah Palin a ‘cocksucking fag,’ ‘right wing slut,’ ‘dick,’ ‘pimp,’ or ‘nappy headed ho,’ he would be on suspension, at the very least.

Instead, Bashir is a free man. All he said about Palin on Nov. 15 was that she should be forced to have someone defecate in her mouth and urinate in her eyes as punishment for her remarks on slavery.

What’s wrong with this picture? Plenty, if one considers MSNBC’s long history of Foot in Mouth disease. In every case, the commentator was either suspended or fired. In every case, the perps have been men, and in every case but one, the broadcast slurs have been aimed at women.

Ten days ago, actor Alec Baldwin was benched for two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ He may not return.

In 2011, Ed Schultz and Mark Halperin were both suspended — Schultz for labelling conservative commentator Laura Ingraham a ‘right wing slut,’ and Halperin for describing President Obama as a ‘dick.’ (Sidebar: If it had been Nixon, Halperin would have been technically correct.)

In ’08, David Shuster served two weeks for saying that Chelsea Clinton was being pimped out to support her mother’s campaign. And in ’07, Don Imus’ description of the Rutgers women’s basketball team as ‘nappy headed hos’ got him fired.

Like all his predecessors, Bashir apologized – the latest to join the celebrity culture of contrition. In a statement Friday, MSNBC said Bashir had also apologized to the Palin family, that he’s “committed to elevating the discourse” and that the network was handling the matter internally.

Still, many critics argue that Bashir deserves harsher punishment.

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President Obama Hosts Off-Record Meeting With MSNBC Hosts, Fox’s Juan Williams

obama speech_304x200President Obama held an off-the-record meeting yesterday with liberal commentators including MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Ezra Klein, and Fox News’s Juan Williams.

Appearing with Jon Scott, Williams reported his discussion with the President was off-the-record, but senior officials told him they are in “full fight mode” over the problems with the Affordable Care Act.

Williams later showed up in primetime, where Sean Hannity criticized the President for inviting Schultz into the White House, saying a slur he made against Laura Ingraham 2 and a half years ago should disqualify him from a meeting with the president.

Williams notably reported that one MSNBC host, Martin Bashir, was not present. Bashir was the subject of a letter Sarah Palin‘s PAC sent to MSNBC President Phil Griffin and NBC News President Deborah Turness inquiring whether they will discipline him for his vile comments about Palin made a week ago today. Bashir apologized on Monday, and has hosted his show every night this week.

President Obama held a similar off-the-record meeting with conservative journalists in October.

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