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CNN’s Jeff Zucker Sends Encouraging Email to Staff

Jeff Zucker (4)CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker sent an end-of-year email to the entire company today. Zucker calls 2014 a “terrific year” for the network and says CNN is in the best shape it has been in years “journalistically, competitively and financially.”

Zucker mentions that HLN will launch a new strategy in the weeks ahead, congratulates the staff and even boasts about CNN’s original programming. Zucker also mentions that “some talented people have left the organization, many of them our longtime friends and colleagues.  That has been tough. And it is ok to say so.”

TVNewser has obtained the entire email. Check it out, after the jump…  Read more

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Who Was at the White House Holiday Party Last Night?

GretaTree“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and executive producer Steve Capus were among the tvnewsers at last night’s White House media holiday party.

Also spotted, Chris Licht, VP of Programming for CBS News, morning anchors Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning,” “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough, CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos. CNN anchors Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer were there, as were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, and Greta’s husband John Coale.

CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Andrew Morse, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid (with her eldest son in tow), Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad, and DC correspondents including FNC’s Shannon Bream, CBS’s Bill Plante, CNN’s Joe Johns, and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Kelly O’Donnell.

(Photo: via Greta)

CNN Looking to air ‘Political Jeopardy!’ … and Other News From Hacked Sony Emails

FrancoRogenRacially-charged emails regarding Barack Obama, criticism of mega-stars, including Angelina Jolie and Adam Sandler, and private financial documents have already been revealed as a result of the Sony Pictures hack. Now the drama is impacting the news media… and we’re not just talking about CNN possibly getting into game shows.

Academy and Emmy-award winning writer Aaron Sorkin went on the “Today” show this morning to discuss his New York Times op-ed criticizing the media for reporting on the leaks.

It’s ironic, because Sorkin’s op-ed will get anyone up-to-speed on all the leaked data, even if they’ve been living under a rock since the story broke. Now Gawker has taken it a step further, leaking the scene from “The Interview,” in which Kim Jong-un is assassinated. Gawker’s Heather Dietrick, says the less than :30 clip is “squarely protected by the First Amendment.”

Over on “Good Morning America” this morning Seth Rogen and James Franco talked about the controversial film. Both star in “The Interview.” Rogen is also co-director and has a story credit. They say the movie satirizes American culture and the news media just as much as it does North Korea’s leadership. Read more

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 10

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | CNN: 120 | MSNBC: 76 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 361 | CNN: 172 | MSNBC: 117 | HLN: 116

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

139

TheFive:

259

Baier:

256

Greta:

256

O’Reilly:

436

Kelly:

415

Hannity:

230

O’Reilly:

300

Kelly:

257

CNN
Tapper:

100

Blitzer:

133

Blitzer:

182

Burnett:

170

Cooper:

234

Rowe:

197

Tonight:

86

Cooper:

61

Rowe:

43

MSNBC
Wagner:

41

EdShow:

51

Sharpton:

79

Matthews:

144

Hayes:

108

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

118

Hayes:

76

Maddow:

88

HLN
Now:

23

WWYD?:

52

Files:

67

Special:

35

Grace:

92

Dr.Drew:

83

Files:

173

Files:

283

Files:

257

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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, December 9

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 244 | CNN: 152 | MSNBC: 79 | HLN: 113
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | CNN: 186 | MSNBC: 160 | HLN: 112

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

188

TheFive:

316

Baier:

292

Greta:

231

O’Reilly:

411

Kelly:

372

Hannity:

338

O’Reilly:

275

Kelly:

199

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

200

Burnett:

193

Cooper:

205

Special:

203

Tonight:

151

Cooper:

137

Special:

165

MSNBC
Wagner:

61

EdShow:

67

Sharpton:

82

Matthews:

181

Hayes:

147

Maddow:

187

O’Donnell:

147

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

67

HLN
Now:

44

WWYD?:

29

Files:

53

Special:

54

Grace:

91

Dr.Drew:

67

Files:

178

Files:

236

Files:

335

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Candy Crowley Leaving CNN

candy_crowley_defends_her_debate_moderation_october_17_2012Candy Crowley, a 27-year CNN veteran, is leaving the network. TVNewser just obtained an email about the departure from CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker. “[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” Zucker writes.

Crowley joined CNN in 1987, covering politics and politicians. She’s covered the presidential campaigns of the last five presidents, and many candidates who wanted to be president: Pat Buchanan, Hillary Clinton, Bob Dole, and Jesse Jackson among them.

In 2012 she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in 20 years.

For the last four years she has anchored “State of the Union,” which is CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

Says Crowley: “My mixed emotions are these:  I am leaving colleagues and viewers who over many years have become dear friends and faithful fans …but I have for sometime wanted to try something new in someplace new.  I have several weeks for good-byes, which are sad, but I am eager and excited to begin what comes next.  More later. ”

“There will be more time in the weeks ahead for all of you who have been lucky enough to work with Candy to share your own thanks for all she has done,” Zucker writes. “But for now, on behalf of everyone at CNN, I want to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation.”

Zucker’s note to staff after the jump…

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VICE is Throwing a ‘Major Rager’

VicepartyThere’s a party in Brooklyn tonight and all the cool kids are going.

FishbowlDC has the scoop on VICE’s 20th Anniversary party tonight at the Brooklyn Navy Yard which will include an open bar and live music “from a super secret supergroup.”

We’re pretty sure CNN president Jeff Zucker won’t be there.

HLN Holds All-Staff Meeting, Zucker Says Network ‘Not For Sale’

HLN held an all staff meeting Wednesday in Atlanta where the future of the network — once on the verge of being shuttered — was discussed. HLN general manager Albie Hecht led the meeting at the W Hotel in Atlanta with CNN  Worldwide president Jeff Zucker also on hand.

HLN economy and business reporter Jennifer Westhoven tweeted one of the headlines of the meeting to us:

The tweet was in response to a discussion of this summer’s negotiations — now dead — that would have turned HLN into the VICE channel. Earlier this week VICE founder Shane Smith called HLN “a distressed media asset.” Zucker had a response to that, according to CNNCommentary:

Zucker acknowledged the Vice and Shane Smith controversy with HLN, by saying, “he” (Shane Smith) was an “asshole.” Our source tells us Zucker then said, “leak that!” or “you can leak that!”

The Scoreboard: Saturday, Nov. 29

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 146 | CNN: 165 | MSNBC: 103 | HLN: 130
  • Primetime: FNC: 128 | CNN: 191 | MSNBC: 165 | HLN: 139

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

129

Baier:

141

NewsHQ:

125

Report:

111

BinLaden:

120

Cont.:

150

Hannity:

115

RedEye:

99

Huckabee:

79

CNN
Nwsroom:

120

Nwsroom:

173

Nwsroom:

241

Walsh:

208

Walsh:

226

Walsh:

177

Walsh:

169

Walsh:

181

Walsh:

195

MSNBC
Caught:

94

Caught:

124

Caught:

114

Caught:

100

Caught:

106

Lockup:

145

Lockup:

243

Lockup:

143

Lockup:

160

HLN
Files:

99

Files:

97

Files:

141

Files:

126

Files:

148

Files:

196

GrowingAmer.:

72

Files:

164

Files:

246

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