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Weekend Changes at Fox News; Gregg Jarrett Taking Time Off for ‘Personal Reasons’

gregg jarrettFox News is making some changes to weekend programming, just as one of its longtime weekend anchors is taking time off.

Fox News tells us Gregg Jarrett “requested time off for personal reasons and Fox obliged.” Jarrett has been with FNC since 2002, joining from MSNBC.

Other programming changes include Harris Faulkner signing off the Saturday edition of “Fox Report,” while continuing to host Sunday’s show at 7pmET. Faulkner will move to a six-day workweek, serving as a co-host on the new show “Outnumbered” Monday-Friday at NoonET.

Replacing her on “Fox Report” Saturday will be rotating anchors including Julie Banderas, John Roberts, and Shannon Bream, Fox tells us.

And Saturday at 1pmET will also have rotating anchors: Banderas, Arthel Neville, and Elizabeth Prann will be filling in as hosts. For Prann, it’s been an upward climb since 2008, moving from assistant to Greta Van Susteren, to local news reporter, to Fox News correspondent, and now part of the network’s weekend anchor rotation.

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A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

Sunday Show Ratings: January 12

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic for the second week in a row on January 12. NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second and ABC’s “This Week” was third, with “Fox News Sunday” in fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” in fifth.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and ABC are both up: “Face the Nation” grew +20% in total viewers and +23% in the A25-54 demographic and “This Week” was up +17% and +24%, respectively. “Meet the  Press,” “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday,” which was guest hosted this week by John Roberts, averaged a combined 1,587,000 total viewers and 365,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,226,000 total viewers and 584,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for January 12:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.40M 1.00M
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.09M 849K
ABC “This Week” 2.86M 792K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.06M 343K
Univision “Al Punto” 670K 293K

FNC’s John Roberts, CNN’s Bill Weir Interview Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

RobertsFordThe Toronto Council meets again today to decide whether to strip embattled Mayor Rob Ford of more of his powers. Meanwhile, Ford is not backing down.

Over the weekend, while Bobby Moynihan was doing him, he did interviews with two U.S. networks. FNC’s Canadian-born John Roberts did a satellite interview with Ford Sunday afternoon.

“We talked to to him for about 15 minutes while he was taking a break from filming his new television show for the Sun News Network,” said Roberts.

This morning on CNN’s “New Day” Bill Weir talked about how his Ford interview came together. It started with a conversation Weir had with Ford’s brother, Toronto Councillor Doug Ford, Friday night. “I said I’d love to visit your ward and meet your supporters. He called my bluff, and less than 18 hours later I found myself in a Toronto housing project, listening to a Rob Ford rant.”

“I was tired of all these allegations and bullshit. Excuse my words. Sorry I shouldn’t swear in front of the kids,” Ford says to Weir. WATCH:

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HLN Anchor Kyra Phillips Honored

KyraPhillips2HLN anchor Kyra Phillips received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for her support of those with disabilities Saturday night at a gala event in Denver. Phillips and husband, Fox News anchor John Roberts also emceed the event which supports the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Phillips has been an advocate for those with disabilities for more than 20 years, beginning when she was a local TV news reporter and met a young man named Jimmy who was competing in the Wisconsin Special Olympics. She later became a spokesperson for the group. Last week, as part of her HLN show “Raising America,” Phillips set up a call to action for awareness and penned this article on Huffington Post.

During the gala, NFL hall-of-famer Eric Dickerson, model Beverly Johnson, and actor John C. McGinley (pictured, above, with Phillips) walked the runway along with 20 models with Down syndrome at the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show.”

In the gallery below, Phillips is pictured with Deondra Dixon, an ambassador of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and the sister of actor Jamie Foxx.

(Photos: Jensen Sutta)

Sunday Show Ratings: September 15

CBS’ “Face the Nation” was the most-watched Sunday public affairs show in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers on September 15. ABC’s “This Week,” which had an exclusive interview with President Obama, was second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” was second in the demo.

Compared to the same week last year, ABC and Univision were both up in total viewers and down in the demo: “This Week” was up +1% and down -17% and “Al Punto” was up +3% and down -37%, respectively. CBS (-12% in total viewers / -4% in the demo), NBC (-9% / -10%) and Fox (-23% / -26%) were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted last week by John Roberts, averaged a combined 1,447,000 total viewers and 257,000 A25-54 viewers. Cable rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,034,000 total viewers and 467,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for September 15:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.76M 838K
ABC
“This Week” 2.69M 683K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.64M 726K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 1.03M 349K
Univision “Al Punto” 775K 294K

Sunday Show Ratings: June 30

CBS’ “Face the Nation” topped the Sunday public affairs shows in both ratings measurements June 30, with NBC’s “Meet the Press” and ABC’s “This Week” trading off for second place.

In Total Viewers, NBC’s “Meet the Press” had a +9,000 Total Viewer lead on ABC’s “This Week.” In the A25-54 demographic, ABC had a +5,000 viewer lead on NBC, which in turn had a +1,000 viewer lead on Univision’s “Al Punto.”

Compared to the same week last year, Univision is up the most, growing +96% in Total Viewers and +101% in A25-54 viewers. CBS is up +8% in Total Viewers and +19% in the demo, and NBC, ABC and Fox are down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday,” guest hosted this week by John Roberts, averaged a combined 1,788,000 Total Viewers and 294,000 viewers in the demo. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,045,ooo Total Viewers and 445,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 66% of the country.

The numbers for June 30:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.700M 771K
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.465M 603K
ABC “This Week” 2.456M 608K
Univison “Al Punto” 1.163M 602K
Fox “Fox News Sunday” 999K 359K

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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A Tough Road Ahead For Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo And CNN In The Morning

The day he was announced as CNN’s new worldwide president, Jeff Zucker and his new boss Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent held a conference call with reporters.

Kent, never one to mince words, said that one of the reasons Time Warner hired Zucker was his experience in morning news.

“It is not lost on any of us that occasionally HLN’s morning show beats CNN’s morning show,” Kent said. “One of the hundred other reasons I wanted [Zucker] was because of his experience in the morning.”

Now, barely a week into his new job, Zucker is planning to shake up the mornings, replacing “Starting Point” with a new program anchored by Chris Cuomo, and possibly another anchor such as Erin Burnett. It is far too soon to speculate about what the new program will look like, but it is worth noting that Cuomo and Burnett have extensive experience in the mornings, although not exactly on the most-watched programs.

Zucker, of course, changed the morning show game when he rose to the top of “Today” in 1992, at the age of 26.

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Sunday Show Ratings: January 6

It was a narrow win for “Meet the Press” for the first show of 2013. NBC beat CBS’ “Face the Nation” by +8,000 Total Viewers and +63,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the same week last year, CBS and Fox were up in both ratings measurements. ABC and Univision were up in Total Viewers, but down in the demo, and NBC was down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday,” which was hosted this week by John Roberts, averaged a combined 1,572,000 Total Viewers and 336,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered 1,248,000 Total Viewers and 566,000 viewers in the demo.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 45% of the country.

The numbers for January 6:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.324M 1.01M
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.316M 947K
ABC “This Week” 2.60M 646K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.04M 395K
Univision “Al Punto” 899K 382K

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