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FNC’s Jay Wallace: “People Tuned in to Us for the First Time and They Liked What They Saw”

hume_11-7.jpgTuesday at 11pmET was the culmination of almost two years of Election 2008 coverage, and now the news networks move on to covering the advent of an Obama administration.

In an interview with TVNewser, FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace reflects on election night: “I thought it was a great success. We were all very happy. We launched two brand new HD studios and HD control rooms to complement them. We used election day as the finish line for a lot of projects we wanted to get done for the past year, year-and-a-half.”

Wallace says FNC plans to transition their prime time shows into the new HD studios “by the end of the year.”

In addition to the studios, FNC rolled out one of its newest toys — the Launch Pad. During the night, everyone from Megyn Kelly, to Brit Hume to Karl Rove used the set-up. “It was something that, as we got in there and started playing with, we kept thinking of new people who could use it,” said Wallace. “It kind of became the water-cooler of that studio.”

And the action at News Corp. HQ was not just happening at Fox News. Wallace describes the night as being, “on a scale we had not done before.” Five separate “channels” originated from the building — Fox News, Fox Biz, FOX broadcast, Fox News Radio and The Strategy Room on

But the story-behind-the-story is always how the ratings look the next day, and for FNC, it was their best prime time ever in younger viewers. Wallace says the record night proved many wrong.

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Sam Donaldson: “What Are These Young Kids Like Brit Hume Stepping Down For?”

hume_10-29.jpgAs FNC anchor Brit Hume approaches his impending retirement, one of his former colleagues is hoping he reconsiders. “What are these young kids like Brit Hume stepping down for?” asks ABC’s Sam Donaldson in a Hume profile by Politico’s Michael Calderone. “I think Brit’s at the height of his power.”

He also made a pitch to bring Hume to ABC, saying if he were president of the network, he’d tell Hume, “I understand that you want to step down and all of this. Could we talk about your future?”

Also in the piece, one of the longtime panelists of Hume’s show “Special Report,” Juan Williams, describes the anchor. “That guy brings out the best in my game,” Williams said. “If you’re debating Brit Hume, you better know what you’re talking about. He can be sharp, even arrogant, and angry. If you don’t have your feet on the ground, you’re going to get your ass handed to you.”

While Hume exits FNC full-time after the election, some have questioned whether the election will affect FNC’s dominance in the ratings. The Houston Chronicle’s David Barron talks to VP of news editorial Jay Wallace and Bill Hemmer about the issue.

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Will One of the Cablers Set an Election Night Record?

Since its Columbus day, we bring you this TV News story from battleground Ohio, and the Columbus Dispatch. On the news that FNC had its most-watched telecast in history — the Oct. 2 VP debate, reporter Tim Feran talked with Fox News VP of news editorial Jay Wallace. “It’s pretty unbelievable. We’re up there with ESPN’s Monday Night Football,” says Wallace of FNC’s ratings.

And MNF is setting its own records. Last month’s Dallas Cowboys/Philadelphia Eagles game drew 18 million viewers representing 13 million households. That’s the largest audience in the history of cable television.

So, cablers, the ball’s now in your court. Let’s see if one of you can top 13 million on election night! We’ll be watching…

At This Point, The Networks Are Prepared For Anything

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie talked with execs from Fox News and CNN about the latest twist in Campaign ’08: that the first presidential debate might be delayed. “The only thing that is expected in this presidential election is the unexpected,” said CNN political director Sam Feist.

Guthrie writes that due to the planning and security that goes in to these debates, it will not be easy to reschedule.

Says Fox News VP Jay Wallace, “There is a limited window of opportunity. Security at these things is months in the planning. And the networks are not going to want to give up real estate. It’s crunch time with the fall shows coming on and the baseball playoffs. The networks are there to make money. They’re already challenged by the sagging economy. The window is Friday night.”

Election ’08: Cable vs. Networks

Who are the big winners during the 2008 election season — the cablers or the networks?

Matea Gold writes about the debate for the Los Angeles Times. The arguments are shaped by two quoted throughout the piece, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and CBS Evening News EP (and former CNN president) Rick Kaplan. “[Cable] channels…are increasingly becoming purveyors of political developments because of their nonstop nature,” writes Gold. But also: “Even with less air time, broadcasters argue that they deliver weightier and more substantial coverage.”

Earlier this week, FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace discussed the issue relating to the Conventions. “I think the networks do a great job in terms of the 6:30 newscast and in prime time, but they’re always under pressure to get off at 11:00,” he said. “That, over time has left people really thirsty. They don’t want a quick wrap any more.”

Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald writes that Charlie Gibson‘s “first” with Gov. Sarah Palin was, “the first time this entire election year that the broadcast news divisions are leading the pack in political coverage.”

He also discusses the “Fox-News-is-dead school of thought,” citing a January column by Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert, picked up at Salon and Huffington Post, signaling the demise of Fox News’ ratings dominance.

As has been seen just in the past couple weeks, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“Isn’t it time to start acknowledging the obvious — that Fox News is here to stay?” Garvin asks in conclusion.

Palin Documentary FNC’s Best Ever

palin_9-9.JPGThe Gov. Sarah Palin “carryover effect” described by FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace to TVNewser yesterday seems to have continued all the way to the weekend.

FNC’s hour-long Palin special, which premiered at 8pmET on Saturday and was reported by Greta Van Susteren, totaled 2.734 million Total Viewers and 673,000 in the A25-54 demo — making it the top-rated FNC prime time documentary in its history.

It was the highest-rated cable news program on Saturday, as well as when it repeated on Sunday, in both categories.

CNN will air VP documentaries at 9pmET and 10pmET this weekend, one for Palin and one for Sen. Joe Biden, and we hear MSNBC has hour-long documentaries for each VP candidate in the works as well.

Fox News and Its Historic Ratings For a “Historical Event”

fncpanel_9-8.jpgFox News Channel didn’t just have the top rated cable news broadcast of a convention in history last week — they had it twice.

Just as in 2004, all three nights of the RNC saw FNC topping all broadcast and cable networks, But this time for FNC, just as it was for many networks, the numbers were even higher, and 9.2 million people watching FNC proved the most ever.

“It’s been a pretty amazing couple of weeks,” FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace told TVNewser.

“When it comes to news, now people are coming to cable news channels on various news stories. Not to toot our own horn, but it proves again we’re very fortunate to have Brit Hume, Chris Wallace, our political team. People do tune in when there’s a big political story.”

One of the things Wallace credits with FNC’s success is separation. “We’ve been very careful to keep our opinion separate. Our news division takes care of that,” he says. “That’s done us well and I think that’s why you see these numbers. See, when Brit or Shepard Smith are on, that’s our news division talking. That’s the way we’ve always done it.”

FNC’s three wins didn’t achieve the one thing CNN had on Thursday of the DNC — the top broadcast on all of television for the night. But FNC had strong DNC ratings as well, as the 2nd rated cable broadcast and sometimes even beating some of the networks.

What does Wallace credit that to?

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FNC’s Gustav Plans: Continues All Night

fnc_8-31.JPGFox News Channel’s coverage of Hurricane Gustav will continue live throughout the night. At 7pmET, Shepard Smith anchors live from New Orleans. Brit Hume will take over an hour later from St. Paul, with discussion of the impact of Gustav on the RNC. From 10pm-MidnightET, Geraldo Rivera anchors from New Orleans.

Gregg Jarrett, Julie Banderas, Todd Connor and Uma Pemmaraju anchor from Midnight-5amET, with Fox & Friends picking up coverage an hour early.

Besides Smith and Rivera, FNC has a full slate of correspondents in the area, with Steve Harrigan (just back from Georgia/Russia coverage), Trace Gallagher, Jon Scott and correspondents from regional bureaus (Kris Gutierrez, Casey Stegall, Johnathan Serrie, Marianne Silber, Phil Keating and Adam Housley). Of course the “Weather Machine” Janice Dean has worked all day today from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

As mentioned earlier, FBN will be live from at least 7am-7pmET.

> Related: FNC’s VP of news editorial Jay Wallace tells Politico that Gustav/RNC coverage, “Almost feels like having a two-front war.”