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CNN Security Analyst Bob Baer Helps Tiny Mountain TV Station Go Big

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Former CIA officer Bob Baer has had plenty to talk about this week. The CNN national security analyst has made about four appearances on CNN shows each day since the release of the Senate report on CIA torture. In each case, whether he’s on “Situation Room” or “Erin Burnett: OutFront,” Baer’s always in the same place: sitting in front of a green screen in a high school in Telluride, Colorado.

“Telluride TV” is a nonprofit media center that produces community access programming, teaches media arts classes, and until this year, was known for its outdated equipment. But a fundraising campaign has brought in more than $38,000–enough to purchase new camera equipment, a multi-camera switcher, and, as the Durango Herald reports, the ability to provide live feeds with CNN’s requirements:

The iconic background scene demonstrates that Telluride can provide professional broadcasting services on short notice, said Katie Karow, executive director of Telluride TV.

Baer approached the station about enhanced facilities, Karow said. The media center’s previous direct-feed capability was too slow for CNN.

The recent expansion of its quarters in Telluride High School gave Telluride sufficient space to install the green screen, a TriCaster that permits multicamera shoots, and an LTN Global Communications video transport, Karow said. CNN suggested LTN because it provides a high-quality feed without delay, Karow said.

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Exclusive: Erin Burnett on Her Show’s Success, And Her Most Surprising Supporter

BurnettEAt CNN, most of the talk in recent months has been about layoffs, the leadership of Jeff Zucker, and, at times, Don Lemon. Shows have been canceled, high profile talent and executives have departed, and after months of turmoil some insiders admit they’re exhausted. A few even describe the mood as grim. So it’s worth mentioning that in one corner of CNN’s Columbus Circle home, where the “Erin Burnett OutFront” show team works, the mood is upbeat. “I love coming to work every day,” Burnett tells TVNewser.

Since her CNN debut three years ago, Burnett has steered clear of the chaos and quietly created something the network has in somewhat short supply–an hour of the nightly lineup–7pm–that is both stable and successful. Last week, “OutFront” had a rare one-day win in the demo over Fox News Channel’s “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren. Year-to-date, “OutFront” has taken second place from MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews in the demo, and in November, the show boasted a +102% increase in the demo versus 2013, while “Hardball” fell -42%.

Burnett tells TVNewser “OutFront” has matured into a show she enjoys, and that makes the bosses happy. [Disclosure: I was part of the team that launched "Erin Burnett OutFront" in 2011]. “Creating a new show is not easy. You have to learn a lot of things the hard way. Over the past three years, we’ve built this show into an hour we are incredibly proud of…with a team that’s thick as thieves.”

TVNewser confirms Burnett recently signed a new contract that will keep her at CNN for several years–and further remove her from the uncertainty that surrounds other shows and stars at the network. But perhaps most surprisingly, she’s earned the respect and friendship of a very unlikely supporter–her biggest competitor.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, Nov. 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 457 | CNN: 695 | MSNBC: 151 | HLN: 106
  • Primetime: FNC: 718 | CNN: 862 | MSNBC: 236 | HLN: 139

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

270

TheFive:

412

Baier:

399

Greta:

426

O’Reilly:

679

Kelly:

767

Hannity:

707

O’Reilly:

539

Kelly:

431

CNN
Tapper:

592

Blitzer:

633

Blitzer:

737

Burnett:

746

Cooper:

821

Cooper:

900

Tonight:

861

Tonight:

981

Tonight:

840

MSNBC
Wagner:

130

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

141

Matthews:

171

Hayes:

253

Maddow:

225

O’Donnell:

220

Hayes:

222

Maddow:

187

HLN
Now:

22

WWYD?:

20

Files:

53

Files:

141

Grace:

116

Dr.Drew:

94

Files:

207

Files:

242

Files:

250

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Mike Rowe: ‘CNN, Fox Not Just News Outlets, But Nonfiction Outlets’

141014111252-mike-rowe-smiling-hat-story-topCNN’s “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” host Mike Rowe was the guest for an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit, and took plenty of questions about various dirty jobs he’s worked in the past and the new job he’s working at CNN. Asked about the transition to being part of a news network, Rowe suggested the old concept of news programming is evolving. “It occurred to me that networks like FOX and CNN were not just news outlets, but fundamentally, nonfiction outlets,” Rowe said. “CNN, in particular, was very interested in exploring alternative forms of programming, very similar to DIRTY JOBS.”

Rowe says fitting into a nightly lineup that includes Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and Wolf Blitzer has been effortless. “They’ve been great to work with…And as long as headlines like Ebola, and ISIS, and terrorism, and natural disasters don’t completely dominate the landscape, I think there will be room for SOMEBODY’S GOTTA DO IT and other shows like it.”

CNN Accidently Reports SEAL Killed Obama

The UK edition of The Huffington Post pointed out that CNN accidentally aired a graphic that read, “SEAL who claims he killed Obama under attack” on Nov. 8.

Yes, it says Obama, as in, President Barack Obama. CNN clearly meant the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and corrected the mistake in less than a minute. Erin Burnett later apologized for the error.

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Comings and Goings

tvnewser logo_304x200Some staff announcements here at the ‘bistro. Jordan Chariton is leaving his post as TVNewser editor, and heading to TheWrap where he’ll be the New York media editor.

Meantime, we’re adding to two new faces to the site. Mark Joyella, who has been freelancing for us on TVSpy, will be joining Mediabistro full-time as co-editor of both TVSpy and TVNewser. Mark’s TV news experience has taken him from anchoring and reporting at local stations including WFTS in Tampa, WPLG in Miami, WNYW in New York and WFTV in Orlando. He’s also worked as a digital producer for CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront” and is a past TV editor at Mediaite. Mark joins us next week.

And you may have already seen Brian Flood‘s byline on the site. Brian joined us Monday as co-editor of TVNewser. With a deep background in sports, Brian has been writing most recently for Sports Illustrated and RotoExperts. Before that, he spent five years at the National Football League working in game operations. He’s also worked as a researcher at MLB Network, a segment producer at the NFL Network, and early in his career worked at CBS, first as a news producer for CBS affiliates and later as a writer for CBSSports.com.

Join me in thanking Jordan for his contributions and welcoming Mark and Brian to the team.

Journalists Under Close Watch at Clinton Global Initiative

Clinton GlobalThe New York Times’ Amy Chozick reports journalists haven’t been given much breathing room at this week’s Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City. Chozick, who is on the Hillary beat, was even escorted when nature called.

But, for me, perhaps the person who stands out is the friendly 20-something press aide who the Clinton Global Initiative tasked with escorting me to the restroom. She waited outside the stall in the ladies’ room at the Sheraton Hotel, where the conference is held each year.

An escort is required wherever we go, lest one of us with our yellow press badges wind up somewhere where attendants with an esteemed blue badge are milling around. When asked about the practice, Craig Minassian, a spokesman for the initiative, directed me to a press release about American Standard’s Flush for Good campaign to improve sanitation for three million people in the developing world. “Since you are so interested in bathrooms and C.G.I,” Mr. Minassian said.

Erin Burnett was among the tvnewsers to interview former Pres. Clinton at CGI this week. Last night, Burnett moderated a special CNN town hall with the 42nd president. Topics ranged from U.S.-led airstrikes in Syria, to the Ray Rice domestic violence suspension.

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The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

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The Scoreboard: Friday, September 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 247 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 115 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 161 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 96

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

185

TheFive:

314

Baier:

386

Greta:

239

O’Reilly:

291

Kelly:

263

Hannity:

223

O’Reilly:

164

Kelly:

214

MSNBC
Wagner:

65

EdShow:

110

Sharpton:

128

Matthews:

142

Hayes:

148

Maddow:

191

Lockup:

143

Lockup:

238

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

92

Blitzer:

177

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

170

Cooper:

154

Bourdain:

123

Spot/Unguard:

143/126

DeathRow:

127

DeathRow:

133

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

34

Files:

64

Files:

125

Files:

105

Files:

128

Files:

96

Files:

156

Files:

199

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The Morning Ticker: Brokaw, Exclusives, Rivera

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports NBC’s Tom Brokaw‘s cancer “appears to be gone. “I’ve gotten some very good news in the last week… I hope that within six weeks I can be on a drug-maintenance program,” Brokaw said.

  • Geraldo Rivera‘s verdict is in on Jay Carney‘s first CNN appearance Wednesday night with Senator John McCain. Let’s just say he thinks the former Press Secretary has some cable news work to do.

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