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From D.C. to the U.N., A Busy Morning For the Cablers

As Congress holds its first hearing into the $700 billion bailout, world leaders are addressing the U.N. General Assembly in New York. The cable news nets all carried President Bush’s remarks just after 10amET. FOX was the only broadcast network to have an optional special report for affiliates, with E.D. Hill anchoring, when Pres. Bush spoke, for the last time, at the UN. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will speak this afternoon.

Back in Washington, MSNBC has spent the most time covering the Senate Banking Committee hearing. Right now, CNN, FNC, FBN, CNBC and MSNBC are taking the event live as Treasury Secy. Hank Paulson delivers his opening remarks.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of July 28

Another split decision for the evening newscasts. Nightly News with Brian Williams won in Total Viewers while World News with Charles Gibson won the A25-54 demo last week.

Last Monday saw Williams’ interview with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad from Tehran, while World News concluded its month-long series Small World, a single sponsor broadcast. NBC and ABC were up week-to-week in Total Viewers while Katie Couric‘s debut in HD did not appear to help the CBS Evening News in overall viewing. The broadcast had its lowest Total Viewer draw since its all-time low of 5.33M the week of May 19.

Total Viewers: NBC: 7,460,000 / ABC: 7,290,000 / CBS: 5,480,000

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,200,000 / ABC: 2,290,000 / CBS: 1,630,000

25-54 rating: NBC: 1.8/8 / ABC: 1.9/8 / CBS: 1.3/6

That Nightly Guy on the Daily Show

In between trips to Tehran and Beijing, NBC’s Brian Williams made a trip to the west side of Manhattan and the Daily Show. Williams talked about his interview Monday with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, complete with words braggadocio and raprochment:

And it was apparently a night for NBCU on-air talent to make the late night rounds. Dan Abrams was on Jimmy Kimmel and Dylan Ratigan was on Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

NBC’s Access in Tehran A First For American Network

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NBC’s Brian Williams wrapped up his interview with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in time for clips to air on the Today show. Williams told anchor Matt Lauer, “we’re broadcasting from the grounds of the presidential compound in Tehran via an American television network on live television. That’s never happened before.”

Williams will also anchor Nightly News from Tehran.

(photo: Subrata De/NBC News)

Williams to Interview Ahmadinejad

WilliamsAmadinejad_7.25.jpgAfter a quick trip home, Brian Williams will be back on the road this weekend to interview Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Williams and his team will travel to Iran this weekend, with the interview taking place in Tehran on Monday. Excerpts will air on the Today show, MSNBC and msnbc.com. Williams will also anchor Nightly News from Tehran on Monday night.

Williams last interviewed Ahmadinejad in Sept. 2006 when the Iranian leader was in the U.S. as a guest of the U.N.

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