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‘AC360 Later’ Removed from CNN Schedule

anderson_cooperCNN’s “AC360 Later” and Jay Leno have something in common: they’ve both signed off for the last time. Staffers were informed this morning the 10pm news chat show will not be coming back. CNN tells TVNewser no layoffs are expected.

The show began as a late night experiment last year, featuring a more laid back discussion led by Anderson Cooper. It never aired as regularly as the rest of CNN’s primetime lineup and often disappeared from the schedule for weeks at a time with documentaries and “AC360″ 8pm re-runs in its place.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is making good on his promise to shakeup CNN’s primetime in 2014. Cooper isn’t going anywhere. He signed a contract extension with CNN in November.

CNN Looking to ‘Revolutionize’ Newsgathering With Twitter/Dataminr Parternship

CNN304x200CNN announced a new partnership with Twitter and New-York based technology company Dataminr Wednesday.

As our sister-site Lost Remote reports, “Dataminr for News” will offer CNN a leg up on the competition by expanding traditional news tips from phone and email to Twitter.

Dataminr uses an advanced algorithm to home in on similar sets of tweets around the world, thus alerting its clients to trends—or breaking news— potentially from the moment it’s first tweeted about.

“It is really about how we gather news,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said at a press event announcing the launch. “At our core, that is who we are and what we are about. News-gathering is the key to everything that we do, and that is what we are very focused on.”

“We think it is revolutionary for newsgathering,” SVP of CNN.com K.C. Estenson said, jokingly calling it to “bionic vision for our reporters.”

The network has already been testing the program for six months, using it on-air for about two stories a day, including this past weekend’s Maryland mall shooting, and during the Nelson Mandela memorial service, when Dataminr alerted CNN to the most shared Mandela photos online. CNN then used those photos on-air.

Will the revolution stop at just newsgathering? The network says there are no plans to build specific segments or shows around the service.

Larry King: ‘CNN’s Got Problems’

Larry KingLarry King said he occasionally misses CNN, but he’s not ignoring his longtime network’s ratings woes.

“I miss it when there’s big stories but on a day-to-day basis I don’t,” King said in an interview with HuffPost Live today. The former network star also addressed their struggles: “CNN’s got problems,” he said. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

“Cartoons” he joked as advice for CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. “Put ‘Spongebob’ on CNN— 24 hours— until a big story breaks. Then we break into ‘Spongebob,’ and go to the hurricane, and then back to ‘Spongebob.’” (Speaking of big breaks, King told us about his last year.)

King also didn’t shy away from Fox News and MSNBC.

“Fox News is so successful, but obviously, ‘fair and balanced,’ cmon…who we kidding?” King said. “I like Roger (Ailes)…but they are certainly not an impartial news network.”

Answering host Marc Lamont Hill‘s question on MSNBC, King said it was pretty much as “knee jerk” as Fox, but that it doesn’t “go out and hire guys who’ve run for office on the Democratic ticket.” Read more

January 2014 Ratings: CNN Loses More Than a Quarter of Audience

Despite the changes Jeff Zucker has made at CNN over the past year, things are still fairly bleak for the network. January 2014 was CNN’s third lowest-rated month ever, with the network losing more than a quarter of its audience in both total day and primetime compared to January 2013.

The ratings for January 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 408,000 Total Viewers / 131,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 317,000 Total Viewers / 98,000 A25-54

The network placed third in primetime, down -39% and -35% compared to the same month last year. In total day, CNN placed third in total viewers and fourth in the demo, down -29% and -27%, respectively. This month was heavily driven by political news, including the Chris Christie bridgegate scandal, which tends to hurt CNN.

CNN was down every hour of the day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. “Anderson Cooper 360″ was the network’s highest-rated show, averaging 484,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers. “Piers Morgan Live” was second in total viewers and “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” was second in the demo.

In primetime, which Zucker has said he will be changing this year, the three programs are all down double digits year-over-year. “AC 360″ is down -20% in total viewers and -25% in A25-54 viewers. “Piers Morgan Live” is down -34% in total viewers and -29% in the demo, and “AC360 Later” is down -45% and -46%, respectively.

At CNN, Balancing Bieber with Baltimore, Bourdain, and More

zucker304x200At the opening of the RealScreen Summit in Washington, DC Sunday, CNN president Jeff Zucker defended his network’s coverage of the arrest of Justin Bieber.

“We devoted almost 24 hours to what happened in Maryland yesterday,” said Zucker referring to the shooting at a Baltimore-area mall Saturday. “[And] we had two hours of interviews with [leaders from Japan, Iran and Egypt]. No other news organization had anywhere near the same amount of coverage. But you don’t ask me about that, because it’s more interesting to ask about Bieber than what’s going on in Iran. CNN is about interviewing world leaders, and covering what happened in Maryland, and about Anthony Bourdain, and about Justin Bieber. We have the ability to do all of that.”

“If we rely just on breaking news, that’s probably not a long-term game,” Zucker said to the crowd made up of producers, writers and executives from the unscripted TV world.

Variety has more on Zucker’s talk.

Meredith Vieira’s Show Will Have a Band

MVieiraMeredith Vieira talks with THR about why, after several years of several offers, she decided now is the right time to host a daytime talk show.

“I’m not trying to beat people over the head with my views or be polemic or insipid,” says Vieira. “I just want people to feel like they want to spend an hour at Meredith’s home.”

She will have a sidekick, and there will be a band. “[T]hat’s long been one of my fantasies: Whenever I had a bad day, I wanted to go home and open the door and have a band playing. I thought that would be cool. If I can’t have it at my real house, I may as well do it here.”

As for her “Today” show predecessor’s try at a talk show:

What do you think went wrong with Katie Couric’s talk show?

I can’t really speak to what happened. I don’t know. All I know is that it’s really important, I think, to have a cohesive staff. And I know that’s not always easy to do, but that’s why I think we’re being so meticulous about it.

In its three years on the air, Couric’s show had several executive producers, including Jeff Zucker, Michael Bass, Kathy Samuels, Michael Morrison, Ethan Nelson and Rachel Miskoweic (some working together as co-EPs). Vieira’s show launches this fall and is already sold in 85% of the country, including on the 10 NBC-owned stations.

CNN Has Lowest Rated Week in the Demo in 20 Months

cnnlogoThis afternoon, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker held a town hall meeting marking his first year on the job. This comes as ratings from the final week of his first year show CNN experienced new lows since he took over. CNN averaged 78,000 A25-54 Total Day viewers, its lowest rated week since the week of May 14, 2012, and 99,000 demo primetime viewers, the least since the week of July 30, 2012.

CNN could not capitalize on political scandals surrounding New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie. Instead, news viewers are increasingly finding safe harbor in the networks that embrace their own political views. With extensive Christie coverage MSNBC finished last week winning the hours between 7pm-Midnight in the demo. The week prior Rachel Maddow‘s MSNBC show finished first among younger viewers. MSNBC was up +12% in the primetime demo compared to the same week last year, while Fox News was down -8%, and CNN was down -39%.

At his town hall meeting, Zucker talked about the accomplishments of the past year, which include moving past MSNBC as the #2 cable news network, the growth of HLN, CNN.com’s best year in history and the most-honored year ever for CNN International. As the domestic network continues to experiment with daytime programming, and plans changes in primetime too, the network may see more weeks like last week until Zucker finds a few shows that consistently bring in viewers, without compromising its news bona fides.

Zucker on CNN Primetime: ‘We’re Not Under Any Pressure’

jeff-zucker-cnn-embedCNN president Jeff Zucker talked with TVGuide Magazine following his TCA appearance last week during which he criticized Roger Ailes and Fox News. As for that other cable competitor…

TV Guide Magazine: MSNBC’s hosts have been getting into hot water with controversial comments they had to apologize for. Do you think it’s hurt them and helped you?

Zucker: I think all of those things combined affect the brand over time and the cumulative effect takes its toll.

TV Guide Magazine: How soon do you have to make changes to your primetime line-up?

Zucker: We don’t have to do anything. When we find good and smart on-brand programming that’s ready to go we’ll look for a place for it. We’re not under any pressure.

(h/t J$P)

Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

Gabe Sherman on Roger Ailes: ‘He is the Quintessential Man Behind the Curtain’

RSAilesShermanMore details from Gabriel Sherman this morning about his forthcoming unauthorized biography of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Sherman was a guest for the first 25 minutes of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” In summary, Sherman told Brian Stelter, “What I learned is that Roger Ailes has created a political organization, that employs journalists.”

Stelter asked Sherman what he thought about CNN president Jeff Zucker‘s comments about Ailes Friday: “I think Zucker would kill for Ailes’ ratings, every executive in TV would.” Sherman then discussed a few of his other revelations, which some may not find very revealing at all:

Another thing he does which was fascinating to me, is he has a secret e-mail address that he e-mails Fox talent and producers when he wants to push his right-wing messages. He wants plausible deniability so when he wants to push something on to the channel he sends it from a fake e-mail address, it’s the name of his maternal grandfather so if it leaks he can say ‘that’s not me.’

I was fascinated to learn this: one of the most powerful people inside Fox News is his executive assistant, a woman named Judy Laterza. She attends every major meeting and sits there taking notes. When Roger Ailes says something explosive, what one executive said to me — what one producer said — was that Judy will roll her eyes — dismiss it as a joke. Second thing: she’s going write down what Roger said and then the third thing she’s going to do is take notes of every person who is in that room… If it leaks, he has a record of everyone who was in that room.

A Fox News spokesperson responds: “This latest effort appears to be another example of the agenda-driven cottage industry built on attacking Fox News. The author’s failure to secure an interview with the principal subject does not absolve his fact-checking obligations with the network.”

In wrapping up his interview, Stelter asked Sherman, “It does sound like you’re describing a villain. Do you worry about sounding unfair to this man who has built this incredibly valuable enterprise?”

“No. Brian, I’m a reporter. I’m describing a character, a subject that I have intensely reported on for three years. Roger Ailes’ story is an amazing American story of power. Whether people think he’s a hero or villain, I want them to read the book and come to that conclusion. What I think he is is a fascinating and powerful subject. He’s an American original.”

“The Loudest Voice in the Room,” which comes out Tuesday, was not discussed on FNC’s media criticism show, “Media Buzz.”

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