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The Ticker: ’20/20,’ MacCallum, Regis

  • Among younger viewers, “20/20″ was the most-watched newsmagazine during the month of June. The ABC show topped CBS’ “60 Minutes” and NBC’s “Dateline” in adults 25-54 and adults 18-49.

  • As Regis Philbin gears up for the launch of his Fox Sports 1 show next month, he tells the New York Post he’s ready to get back to daily television. “There were times when I would get a little antsy, when I wondered what I could or should be doing,” he said.

Covering a Once-Every-600-Years Story

Unprecedented in modern times, the Papal departure was covered by a thoroughly modern media. From the complex (multiple live cameras and locations) to the simple (Twitter.)

As Pope Benedict XVI began his final day as the leader of the Roman Catholic church, the broadcast networks produced special reports early this morning, while the cablers went into rolling coverage for much of the morning. CBS broke in for their special report at 10:44amET as Benedict departed for the final time. ABC and NBC followed at 10:53 and FOX at 11:02am. Vatican TV provided a multi-camera, multi-vehicle production which was carried by all the networks. From the Papal residence, through the Hills of Rome to an awaiting helicopter, and the short flight to Castel Gandolfo, cameras followed, anchors commented, priests analyzed. As Norah O’Donnell explained on CBS, “19 high definition cameras carefully choreographed so that we can see this historic moment.”

On cable news, we saw the pairing of Chris Cuomo and Erin Burnett, perhaps a sign of things to come for CNN mornings. (As the Papal departure was unfolding, Jeff Zucker was introducing the new EP of the morning show, veteran producer Jim Murphy). On MSNBC, the news fell in Chris Jansing‘s hour. A veteran of Papal coverage, Jansing will return to Rome for the Conclave. Fox News had Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum anchoring in New York while Fr. Jonathan Morris, who has been with Fox since shortly after Benedict became Pope, gave analysis from Rome.

By 11:50am, the broadcast networks had returned to regular programming and by Noon the cable networks moved on to the other news of the day.

And as he was being driven away from the Vatican for the final time, a Tweet was sent from @pontifex, the Pope’s Twitter account:

Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

Martha MacCallum Re-Ups With Fox News

Fox News Channel has inked a new, multi-year deal with anchor Martha MacCallum.

Under the terms of the new agreement she will stay on as the co-anchor of “America’s Newsroom” from 9-11 AM alongside Bill Hemmer.

“Martha brings unique enthusiasm and talent to delivering the news and connects incredibly well with our viewers,” said Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “We look forward to her continuing to play a valuable role in the network’s success.”

MacCallum joined FNC in 2004, anchoring “Fox News Live” and later “The Live Desk” before joining “America’s Newsroom.” In addition to covering the 2004, 2008 and 2012 elections, she has covered Hurricane Katrina and the Royal Wedding, and interviewed a slew of prominent newsmakers.

Before joining FNC McCallum was an anchor at CNBC, as the co-anchor of “Morning Call” and the anchor of “Checkpoint.”

FNC and Fox’s Election Night Plans

Fox News Channel will have Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier anchoring on election night, while Shepard Smith will be anchoring on the Fox Broadcast Channel.

On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly  and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.

Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).

On the Fox Broadcast Channel, FNC contributor Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh, and The Hill editor A.B. Stoddard will contribute to coverage.

Online, Jonathan Hunt and Harris Faulkner and Rick Folbaum will anchor video coverage on FoxNews.com, while Rick Sanchez will anchor on FoxNewsLatino.com in Spanish.

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Need a Lift at the DNC? Call on Fox News

As they did in Tampa for the RNC, Fox News has decked out a fleet of SUVs for use by delegates and attendees of the DNC.

I noticed the SUVs parked in downtown Charlotte, and the drivers asking people if they wanted rides. Fox News tells us they have 10 cars offering free rides. All of the vehicles are fully marked with Fox News hosts and shows: two for Bill O’Reilly, and one each for hosts Sean Hannity, Neil Cavuto, Greta Van Susteren, and Shepard Smith; also one with the “Fox & Friends” hosts, one for “The Five,” one for  Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum and, the one you see here emblazoned with primetime hosts Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly.

The cars will shuttle attendees to hotels, bars and restaurants in Charlotte through Thursday evening.

Martha MacCallum Leads Fox News Coverage of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Fox News has slated special coverage of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which takes place tomorrow in London. “America’s Newsroom” anchor Martha MacCallum, who will be in London for the event, will kick off her live reports in the 9amET hour tomorrow. MacCallum will also co-anchor “America’s News Headquarters” alongside Eric Shawn and Jamie Colby from 10am-1pmET.

Additionally, Fox News correspondents Amy Kellogg and Greg Palkot will continue to report on the Jubilee events throughout the day. Fox will also stream the processional and pageant online.

As we told you earlier this week, Brooke Baldwin and Piers Morgan will anchor CNN’s coverage of tomorrow’s pageant. HLN and MSNBC have not slated extended coverage of the event, but both networks will air highlights during news updates throughout the day.

Networks Slate Special Coverage of Super Tuesday

Voters in 10 states head to the polls tomorrow to weigh in on the next GOP Presidential candidate. Here’s the plan for Super Tuesday coverage on the broadcast and cable news and business networks.

The broadcast networks:

  • “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will helm a one-hour special on NBC News from 10-11pmET. Williams will also present live updates on the voting results between 7-10pmET as news dictates. “Nightly” will be updated for later feeds throughout the evening.
  • Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulous will anchor special reports on ABC beginning at 7pmET. “World News” will also be updated for later feeds. At 11:35pmET, Terry Moran will anchor a special edition of “Nightline.”
  • On CBS, Scott Pelley will provide live primetime updates throughout the night.
  • Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor a live “PBS Newshour” at 11pmET.
  • On FOX, Shepard Smith will anchor live updates from 8-11pmET.

The cable networks:

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Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Emotional Farewell to Rep. Gabby Giffords, For the Media Covering it Too

No one was crying over Pres. Obama’s “spilled milk” joke last night, but there were plenty of tears in the House Chamber this morning as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress. With Giffords by her side, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz read a letter from the Arizona congresswoman who was shot by a deranged gunman in her home district in January, 2011.

“I will recover and will return, and we will work together again for Arizona, and for all Americans.”

A three and a half minute standing ovation followed. The event was carried live on the cable news channels. “Holy cow, cue the waterworks,” said CNN’s Kyra Phillips. “It is hard not be moved by what we’ve just seen in the House,” said Chris Jansing on MSNBC. “Not a dry eye in the House… or here either,” said Martha MacCallum on Fox News.


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