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‘Reliable Sources’ Reviews Changes at Fox News, CNN

Reliable SourcesThe shakeups at both Fox News and CNN were analyzed on “Reliable Sources” year-in-review show, with the panel agreeing cable news networks are trying to create new buzz to counter shrinking ratings.

TalkingPointMemo’s Hunter Walker highlighted Fox News moving Megyn Kelly to 9pm.

“She obviously had a huge buzzy moment in the past month, and I think that’s the type of thing that Fox is looking for.”

Host Brian Stelter brought up CNN’s “flat” ratings and CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker bringing in new faces like Jake Tapper and Bill Weir.

“We’ve seen Anthony Bourdain come in, which I think is very interesting,” Walker added, suggesting CNN is shifting to general interest entertainment in many areas. Watch:

David Zurawik Has ‘Lost Faith’ in ’60 Minutes’ and CNN

obamaKroftBaltimore Sun television critic David Zurawik delivers blistering commentary on the state of the news media in his latest column. “After decades of writing about television and media, this is the year that I have lost faith in two TV news institutions in which I have long believed: ’60 Minutes’ and CNN,” he writes. “…I used to believe in and ferociously defend what I thought of as the high end of TV news. But I don’t have a fast answer anymore as to where TV viewers should turn for trustworthy information.”

Zurawik writes that his faith in “60 Minutes” began eroding after the 2008 election, noting that in multiple interviews with President Obama, Steve Kroft allowed the President to “control the conversation.”

The newsmagazine that debuted in 1968 had long played this kind of softball game when it came to celebrity profiles, but not with a president who was regularly using the telecast as a political tool. To me, that’s as serious an abrogation of journalistic duty as there is — especially when you are one of the 10 most popular shows on TV with an audience that regularly tops 10 million viewers a night.

[...] The one-after-another sequence of mistakes in the past couple of months suggests something deeper is now at play — a senior management team that has lost its way and has stopped listening to anyone outside the bunker. Barring any more Benghazi-like debacles, the ratings will probably hold for “60 Minutes.” But not my faith in its journalism. That’s gone.

As for CNN, Zurawik directs his criticism at CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, who took the helm of the network this year: Read more

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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Politico Media Panel Agrees Media ‘Leans Left’

Politico PlaybookA Politico Playbook panel with CNN’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, the New York Times’ Peter Baker and Mark Leibovich all agreed that in general the news media leans left.

“A certain type of person becomes a reporter,” Tapper said, suggesting since most big city reporters haven’t gone through the same experiences less fortunate Americans have—like poverty and minimum wage work—there is an awareness of that fact in their reporting.

“I rarely talk about politics with my colleagues,” Leibovich said, but suggested conversations in newsrooms drop clues that there is a “leftward lean.”

NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell acknowledged her ties to MSNBC: Read more

Jake Tapper’s Most Emotional Story to Cover

Jake-Tapper-CNN-2Jake Tapper recently spoke to Real Clear Politics about the most emotionally challenging story he’s had to cover, revealing Hurricane Katrina took a toll on him.

“To see what happened to that city in a boat a week after the levees broke… literally a man’s body on top of a car melting onto the roof in the heat and still sitting there a week later,” Tapper said, adding:

“That will always be with me.” Read more

Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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The Scoreboard: Monday, December 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 279 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 102 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 302 | MSNBC: 176 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 98

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

208

TheFive:

508

Baier:

330

Greta:

238

O’Reilly:

371

Megyn:

267

Hannity:

265

O’Reilly:

325

Megyn:

278

MSNBC
Bashir:

124

EdShow:

200

Sharpton:

225

Matthews:

249

Hayes:

182

Maddow:

188

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

135

Maddow:

175

CNN
Tapper:

167

Blitzer:

134

Blitz/Cross:

119/93

Burnett:

167

Cooper:

192

Morgan:

110

Cooper:

82

11th/ICYMI:

60/57

Morgan:

46

HLN
News:

68

WWYD:

46

Showbiz:

99

Jane:

103

Grace:

102

DrDrew:

76

WWYD:

116

Showbiz:

66

DrDrew:

87

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, November 19

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 139 | CNN: 106 | HLN: 73
  • Primetime: FNC: 450 | MSNBC: 257 | CNN: 157 | HLN: 93

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

215

TheFive:

442

Baier:

399

Greta:

274

O’Reilly:

467

Megyn:

474

Hannity:

406

O’Reilly:

459

Megyn:

435

MSNBC
Bashir:

109

EdShow:

121

Sharpton:

193

Matthews:

280

Hayes:

240

Maddow:

258

O’Donnell:

273

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

104

CNN
Tapper:

131

Blitzer:

154

Blitz/Cross:

146/119

Burnett:

104

Cooper:

126

Morgan:

185

Turner:

160

Burnett:

113

Morgan:

65

HLN
News:

28

WWYD:

60

Showbiz:

60

Jane:

83

Grace:

99

DrDrew:

110

WWYD:

69

Showbiz:

42

DrDrew:

27

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CNN Experimenting With Late Nights

don lemon brooke baldwinAlmost a year into Jeff Zucker‘s tenure as CNN Worldwide president, and the network continues to experiment with the lineup, this time in late night. CNN will give two new shows three-week trial runs beginning Dec. 2.

As we told you last night, Don Lemon will host a half-hour show at 11pmET called “The 11th Hour.” Lemon’s show will be followed by the half-hour “CNN Today” hosted by Brooke Baldwin.

The two shows will take the place of the re-air of “OutFront” while Erin Burnett is on maternity leave. Lemon and Jake Tapper will be the fill-in anchors at 7pm. Tapper fills in December 2 to December 20 and Lemon is on the schedule from December 23 to January 10.

Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

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