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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: ‘Sweet 16′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Sweet 16,” as this past weekend produced some more big upsets in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dayton continued its upset streak, this time beating the Syracuse Orange, while Stanford took down Kansas. The “next round of competition begins Thursday.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Like the last round,  the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Update

NCAA march madnessThe first full round of competition in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in the books, and upsets were the story, as both Duke and Ohio State were beaten by Mercer and Dayton, respectively.

The third round will be played today and tomorrow, resulting in the teams that will go on to play in the “Sweet 16.”

The competition is scoring huge TV ratings as usual, as well as record-breaking digital traffic, our sister site Lost Remote reports.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also underway, and the participants are some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. This early on, the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, Who’s In?

NCAA march madnessThe NCAA college basketball tournament begins today, and with it comes the start of the 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Once again, some of of the best and brightest on-air and behind-the-scenes names in TV news compete to be the last one standing. 2013′s winner, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, is back to defend his crown. Here’s who he’s up against:

Team ABC:

Gio Benitez, Correspondent

Rick Klein, Political Director

Sandy Cannold, EP/Senior Business Editor

Team Bloomberg:

Matt Miller, Auto and Aviation Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Team CBS News:

Chris Licht, VP, Programming/EP, “CBS This Morning”

Norah O’Donnell, Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

Greg Bracco, Broadcast Graphics

Team CNBC:

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The Best/Worst Valentine’s for TV News Ladies

heartsIt’s not often we hear women who work in TV news dish about their love lives on-air, so. for Valentine’s Day, we asked them to do it for us.

“America’s Newsroom” host Martha MacCallum will never forget the look on her husbands face after she provided some liquid humor.

“My new boyfriend (we are now married 20 years!) came over for a drink before we went out for dinner. He asked me for a scotch on the rocks and I poured him a big wine glass full and put two ice cubes in it, because I didn’t have a clue how people drank scotch.”

FNC Correspondent Shannon Bream‘s best V-Day snuck up on her thanks to a setup right before college graduation.

“I accepted a February 13th date with a handsome guy…he cooked me dinner, took me to a concert and held my hand. By the time I woke up on Valentine’s Day, I already knew I was falling in love.” (She was right…he’s now her husband, Sheldon Bream)

MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Abby Huntsman used to have a special breakfast with her mother and sisters on V-Day, but now that she’s married, sweat pants and wine are on the menu.

“My husband and I usually stay home and cook together on V-Day. Avoid the chaos. There’s something so romantic about just being home in sweats cooking dinner with a bottle of red wine.”

CNN “Crossfire’s” S.E. Cupp is also happily married, but had her fair share of Valentine’s blues growing up. Read more

Matthews, Maddow Win Demo Last Week

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With the Chris Christie bridge scandal still simmering, two MSNBC shows –”Hardball with Chris Matthews” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” — placed first in A25-54 viewers for the week of February 3.

Matthews’ 7pmET program averaged 285,000 viewers in the demo, narrowly edging out “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” which had 282,000 A25-54 viewers. It was the first weekly demo win for MSNBC at 7 p.m. since September 3, 2012, the week of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

Maddow’s show delivered 341,000 viewers in the demo, while Megyn Kelly‘s 9pmET Fox News show averaged 335,000 A25-54 viewers. Martha MacCallum subbed for Kelly on Wednesday and Friday’s “Kelly File” was a special. This marks the second week this year that Maddow has delivered a weekly demo win at 9pmET.

Despite the A25-54 wins, Fox News was still far out front of MSNBC in total viewers. We’ll post the full scoreboard shortly.

Megyn Kelly to Address Santa Comments on ‘The Kelly File’ Tonight

Megyn Kelly Santa commentsMegyn Kelly will address her controversial comments about Santa Claus and Jesus on “The Kelly File” tonight, TVNewser has learned.

Kelly’s comments, made on her show Wednesday night, sparked a media firestorm. In the segment, which was a panel discussion of this Slate article, Kelly declared that both Santa Claus and Jesus were white. “For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white,” Kelly said. “Santa is what he is … I wanted to get that straight.”

Kelly was out sick, which she mentioned on her “Tonight Show” appearance earlier this week, last night. Martha MacCallum hosted “The Kelly File” in her place.

Bill O’Reilly: Sarah Palin ‘Won’t Come On,’ Wants to Give ‘A Speech’

bill o'reilly_304x200In a segment about embattled MSNBC anchor Martin Bashir last night, Bill O’Reilly had news for Howard Kurtz: they booked him after first asking Sarah Palin, who O’Reilly revealed won’t do his program for fear of mixing it up.

“Sarah Palin won’t do this program. She won’t come on the program because she doesn’t want to mix it up. She doesn’t! She wants to give a speech, and nobody gives speeches here. Okay? So she doesn’t come on,” O’Reilly said. “We invited her on tonight. You’re here instead. But I don’t begrudge Sarah Palin that. She can come on. She doesn’t come on, she does come on, whatever she wants to do. Okay? Fine.”

Palin’s PAC has sent a letter to MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News president Deborah Turness asking whether Bashir will be disciplined. She has also cancelled an upcoming interview with Matt Lauer. Bashir made the vile comments Friday, apologized Monday, and has hosted every day since.

The calls for Bashir to be punished have been the loudest on Fox News. Kurtz appeared twice on Fox news yesterday and wrote about it on FoxNews.com. Sean Hannity talked about it with Ann Coulter and put it to his audience, asking whether Bashir should be punished.

O’Reilly and Hannity clips after the jump…

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Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on this Health Care Law’

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Leading up to the president’s remarks on Obamacare, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner each held news conferences, which were both carried live on the cable news networks. Pelosi said her caucus was working on an Obamacare fix. A half hour later, Boehner said, it’s “time to scrap this law once and for all.”

20 minutes later, just after NoonET, President Obama gave his remarks in the White House briefing room, which were carried on the cable and broadcast networks. George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC, Scott Pelley on CBS, Savannah Guthrie on NBC and Martha MacCallum on Fox.

As first reported by CNN’s Dana Bash, the president announced that insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled in 2014. He also announced Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.

ObamaACAThe president then took questions, beginning with Julie Pace of the AP, who asked about the Obamacare snafu has further eroded the trust Americans have in their government. “It’s legitimate for them to expect me to win back some credibility on the health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” he said.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the second question, and asked two. The first was along the same lines of Pace’s question, the second was about whether the president had been briefed on the pre-launch testing of healthcare.gov: “Had I been informed I wouldn’t have gone out and said, ‘this is gonna be great,’” said the president.

Stephen Collinson of the AFP got the third question and asked about negotiations with Iran.

Birthday boy Roger Runningen of Bloomberg News got the fourth question and asked whether the botched Obamacare rollout is because “you and your White House team are too insular.” “I’ve gotta say I meet with an awful lot of folks and talk to an awful lot of folks every day,” said the president.

Jeff Mason of Reuters asked about politics: “How concerned are you that this flawed roll out may hurt democrats in the midterm elections and your ability to advance other priorities such as immigration reform?”  Obama: “I’ll let you guys do a lot of the work on what this means for various political scenarios.”

The president concluded at 12:54pmET.

Imus Likes Shep’s Set, But Cavuto ‘Looks Like He’s in a Broom Closet’

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Martha MacCallum was on FBN’s “Imus in the Morning.” They chatted about the changes to primetime and the new Fox News Deck, which debuted during “Shepard Smith Reporting” at 3pm. Imus, for one, is a fan of Shep’s set: “I just thought it was spectacular.”

“I watched the entire hour,” said Imus. “And then here comes Cavuto and he looks like he’s in a broom closet.”

“It sounds like I’m being paid to do this, but I’m not.”

Cablers Break Into Afternoon Programming To Cover ‘Whitey’ Bulger Guilty Verdict

Just after 2 PM, the jury in the “Whitey” Bulger trial in Boston revealed their verdict, and it appears as though the former Massachusetts Mob boss will be spending the remainder of his life behind bars.

Bulger was found guilty on multiple counts of racketeering and conspiracy, as well as number of murders… though not all of the murders he was charged with.

The first of the verdicts was reported at 2:03 PM on MSNBC and FNC, according to TVEyes, with CNN less than 30 second later just after 2:04 PM. CNN also brought in “Legal View” anchor Ashleigh Banfield to discuss the case. Banfield’s new legal-focused show started this morning at 11 AM. Martha MacCallum anchored for FNC, and Thomas Roberts was on MSNBC.

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