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Cable News Turns To Penn State Punishments

Monday morning kicked off with big news in the college football world, as the NCAA levied a heavy punishment against Penn State for the actions of former coach Jerry Sandusky, and the subsequent cover-up. The punishment was severe: a $60 million fine, banishment from any playoff or Bowl games for four years, and taking away all wins earned at the school from 1998-2011.

All of the generalist cable news channels covered it, as did Fox Business Network and–of course–ESPN.

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Bob Costas Talks Olympics, Sandusky

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie profiles Bob Costas–the face of NBC’s Olympics coverage–in a wide-ranging cover story.

Among the topics of discussion, Costas’ interview with Jerry Sandusky, which netted him and “Rock Center” an Emmy nomination. Guthrie adds that since the Sandusky interview, NBC News has been making a concerted effort to have Costas on more often.

As Amendola was en route to New York — on an NBC-chartered plane — executives began to see promos for a CNN interview with him. “I expressed my displeasure in fairly colorful terms,” says executive producer Rome Hartman, adding that he does not know if Amendola made the last-minute and now-infamous suggestion to get Sandusky on the phone with Costas out of a misguided effort to make amends. “He knew, and we kept reiterating, that what we really wanted was an interview with his client.”

The segment on the Brian Williams-hosted newsmagazine ran for eight minutes, but Costas pushed for more. “I felt like they should have blown out whatever segment was after it,” he says. (It was a piece about Alabama’s controversial immigration law.) “They did make more time for it than they had originally formatted. Let’s put it this way: They had a big inning but left a few men on base.”

In retrospect, Hartman agrees, though he points out, “There was no shortage of damning stuff” in those eight minutes. “It was a phoner, and it was one of the most gripping interviews that any of us will ever see,” he says. “Bob was pitch-perfect. He was respectful on a human level, but he didn’t give a single inch.”

The discussion also touches upon the Olympics, and what Costas has planned for the Opening Ceremonies:
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CBS News Leads The Way In 2012 News And Doc Emmy Nominations

For the second straight year, CBS News led the way in nominations for the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations this morning.

CBS News secured 43 nominations (34 of which were for “60 Minutes”), easily the most of any network. PBS was second with 37 nominations, followed by NBC with 20 and ABC with 17.

Among the cable networks, HBO led the way with 15 nominations, followed by CNN and CNN International, which combined for nine, Discovery Channel and Nat Geo Channel, which each had five, BBC America with three, MSNBC with two, HDNet with two and Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, CNBC and Current TV, which each had one nomination.

In addition, NATAS says it will present “Noticias Univision” anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas with lifetime achievement Emmys.

Some notes on the nominees: “60 Minutes” alone secured more nominations than NBC, MSNBC and CNN combined. NBC’s “Rock Center” secured a number of nominations, not only for its shiny new set, but also a number of features and interviews, including Bob Costas‘ now infamous interview with former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Current TV’s nomination came for “Vanguard,” the critically acclaimed documentary series it is cutting back on to add more political commentary programming.

All the nominees are in the official announcement, below.

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truTV Sees Ratings Spike During Sandusky Trial

The just-concluded trial of Jerry Sandusky led to a ratings spike for truTV, particularly among younger viewers. InSession, the network’s 9am-3pmET programming, averaged 84,000 A25-54 viewers from June 11-22, an increase of +95% over the previous four weeks.

Several individual hours of programming saw triple-digit increases in the demographic: the 1oamET hour was up +108% compared to the previous four weeks, while the 11amET and 2pmET hour were up +107% and +123%, respectively.

Trial coverage was anchored by Vinnie Politan, Christi Paul and Ryan Smith. Additionally, correspondents Jean Casarez and Beth Karas offered joint coverage from the courthouse in Bellafonte, PA — the pair traded off so one was always on air, the other was always in court. They were aided by two Atlanta-based production teams. Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of child sex abuse Friday.

Fox News Wins Friday with Sandusky Breaking News

When word got out that jurors had reached a verdict in Jerry Sandusky‘s trial Friday night, the cable networks went into breaking news mode. Shepard Smith interrupted “Hannity” just after 9:30pmET; Anderson Cooper took over for Piers Morgan (who’d just finished an interview with fake news anchor Will McAvoy) around the same time. Ed Schultz picked up coverage on MSNBC and Nancy Grace broke in on HLN at 9:48.

News of the verdict was first reported at 10:10pmET. From 9:30-11:15pm, FNC beat CNN, MSNBC and HLN combined in total viewers. Here are the numbers for the 10pmET hour:

FNC CNN MSNBC HLN
Total Viewers 2,369,000 1,289,000 774,000 400,000
A25-54 577,000 536,000 232,000 159,000

In other Friday night ratings news, in head-to-head competition, “Dateline NBC” topped ABC’s “20/20″ from 9-11pmET/PT. “Dateline” averaged 5.6 million total viewers to “20/20′s” 4.87 million. Dateline, the #1 show of the night, won in the A18-49 rating as well (1.3 vs. 1.2).

Sandusky Prosecutor Doesn’t Think NBC Error Will Result in Successful Appeal

Pennsylvania’s Attorney General Linda Kelly told CNN’s Soledad O’Brien this morning she doesn’t think NBC’s mistaken edit of Jerry Sandusky‘s interview with Bob Costas will result in a successful appeal of his conviction.

Without getting into the mistake — explained to TVNewser as having been re-wound accidentally as it aired on the “Today” show which was the version that played for the jury — Kelly says, “That was an interview that was conducted in the presence of his attorney. And we felt that it was significant and important enough to play that to the jury to see the defendant’s demeanor and to show consciousness of guilt.”

Glitch in NBC News Interview Could be Used in a Jerry Sandusky Appeal

It’s been revealed that at Jerry Sandusky‘s sexual abuse trial, jurors were shown a “Today” show version of Sandusky’s interview with Bob Costas that NBC News admits “included a technical glitch.”

Reuters reports the “Today” show version of the interview — the one jurors heard — “contained an erroneous repetition of a key question and answer – about whether Sandusky was sexually attracted to young boys.”

The interview was originally aired correctly on NBC News’ new magazine show, ‘Rock Center’ on November 14. The erroneous version that repeated the exchange aired the following morning on ‘Today.’

In a statement, NBC’s Amy Lynn said: “Under subpoena, NBC News turned over three versions of the Costas interview to prosecutors, including the ‘Today’ version with the error in it. Prosecutors used the ‘Today’ version, not realizing it included a technical glitch, and played it for the jury.

Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola, who made the rounds on news programs following Sandusky’s conviction Friday night, told Reuters today, “Oh my goodness, yes,” when asked about whether NBC’s error could be used in an appeal.

Here’s the “Today” version of the interview.

Jerry Sandusky Convicted on 45 of 48 Counts of Sexual Abuse

The first sign of the verdict in the Jerry Sandusky trial emerged at 10:10pm tonight as reporters bounded down the steps of the courthouse in Bellefonte, PA. The indication of what those verdicts were — guilty on 45 of 48 counts — came as trial-watchers emerged, arms raised, cheering the result.

In the ensuing minutes, reporters and producers from CNN, Fox News and NBC found their camera positions and explained how the verdicts were read and what the reaction was from Sandusky, his family and his victims.

“It’s most likely the end of Jerry Sandusky,” said Shepard Smith who lead coverage on Fox News. “It’s as sad as anything I’ve covered,” Smith said. FNC’s David Lee Miller reported from outside the courthouse while producer Shira Bush was inside for the verdict.

Anderson Cooper anchored on CNN as Jason Carroll and Susan Candiotti reported from the courthouse and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin phoned in.

“He’s going to die in prison, where he should die,” said Toobin. “This is an evil, evil man.”

“Many of us thought the jury would mistry. But they didn’t led down lady justice,” said Nancy Grace anchoring on HLN while on MSNBC her former Court TV colleague Catherine Crier was a guest on MSNBC’s coverage anchored by Ed Schultz.

In her remarks after the verdict, prosecutor Linda Kelly singled out the media for their “exceptional attentiveness and thoroughness, with much thoughtful commentary and insightful analysis.”

Who is Filling Oprah’s Shoes?

The AP’s David Bauder wonders who is getting the “gets” since Oprah Winfrey left the daily TV airwaves. The answer, increasingly, is Oprah, for her OWN show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” Bauder also says Katie Couric “could be Winfrey’s true heir as an interviewer in daytime.” But also, don’t count out the news organizations, particularly ABC.

While “Today” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” are able to land strong interviews, no television organization has been as aggressive as ABC News in seeking the big “gets.”

“There’s more to ABC’s efforts than filling a void left by Winfrey, said Eric Avram, who runs the network’s interview bookings. Still, he doesn’t miss her. “Oprah obviously had an enormous presence and her iconic show was one of our biggest competitors,” he said.

Bauder talks with ABC News consultant, publicist to the stars Howard Bragman who says NBC News should not be underestimated. “They are both working very hard now,” he said. Just last night on “Rock Center,” Kate Snow, formerly of ABC now with NBC, interviewed an Ohio man who is the first to speak publicly about the sexual abuse he endured under former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Bob Costas Explains How He Got the Jerry Sandusky Interview

Just a couple hours before “Rock Center” went on the air last night, word got out that NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas got an interview with Jerry Sandusky. How that interview came to be is a story in itself. This morning on “Morning Joe” Costas explained to Willie Geist how it came about: