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Tweet Your Questions for Dan Rather

Dan-Rather-and-Martin-Savid.jpg Tomorrow evening, Dan Rather will appear on “Worldfocus Reporter Roundtable” for an interview with anchor Martin Savidge. In a first for the PBS program, viewers can submit their own questions via the show’s Twitter page. Rather’s lawsuit and Cronkite’s passing are sure to be among the most popular topics.

Go here to see if you can get your tweet answered on-air.

Martin Savidge To Interview Sir David Frost For Upcoming Special

Frost and Nixon.jpgTomorrow, Worldfocus anchor Martin Savidge is scheduled to interview Sir David Frost, to air as part of a forthcoming special presentation of “Frost/Nixon: The Original Watergate Interviews.”

The program will run on public television stations across the country this August, to coincide with the 35th anniversary of the resignation of President Nixon on August 9, 1974.

The original Frost/Nixon interviews were broadcast in four installments in 1977, with the premiere program on May 4, 1977 drawing some 45 million viewers.

The Ticker: Maddow Low, Worldfocus, Today@700…

> A few days after CNN’s AC360 hit its low-point of the year, MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow show put up her lowest numbers yet.

> Tonight on PBS’ Worldfocus, anchor Martin Savidge will interview Joel Simon, executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists on the news that two U.S. journalists detained in North Korea will be tried in June.

> The Today show has just won its 700th week in a row. The win, dating to Dec. 11, 1995, makes this the longest current winning streak in all of broadcast television, by any show, in any daypart. We’ll have the numbers in a later post.

Around the World and Back Again for Marc Rosenwasser

There’s a fascinating Q&A on mediabistro.com right now from writer Andrew Tavani. It’s an interview with Marc Rosenwasser, who has worked for NBC News, CBS News and ABC news in various capacities over the years. He is now EP of Worldfocus, an evening newscast on PBS anchored by former CNN anchor and NBC correspondent Martin Savidge. Rosenwasser talks about what makes his show different from the broadcasters. “There are fewer people to do the work, by far, and there’s less money to be spent,” he says.

About the appetite for foreign news among American consumers, “[The networks] declare that Americans aren’t interested in foreign news, so they do less foreign news and, therefore, Americans aren’t interested in foreign news. Our show has had pretty substantial growth since it started. The trend is only up as people discover it. If you make it accessible, if you make it meaningful, a good story is a good story.”

In addition to working at ABC News (due to his work in Moscow) and at CBS News (after Rathergate), Rosenwasser was brought in to MSNBC to help prop-up the short-lived “Donahue.” After the jump…

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The Ticker: Ross, Concorde, Rather…

> ABC’s Brian Ross, and his team, are on the hunt for Bernie Madoff‘s billions. The search is leading them to Switzerland and Africa. The report tonight on World News with Charles Gibson.

> On Sunday, NBC’s travel contributor Peter Greenberg reports on the last moments of the crash of the Concorde in Paris nearly nine years ago. The Dateline special looks at different theories about what brought down flight 4590 on July 25, 2000.

> Dan Rather will return to PBS’ Worldfocus tonight. Rather will be a part of a weekly roundtable discussion with anchor Martin Savidge. Tonight is also Worldfocus’ 100th show.

The Ticker: Raddatz, Rather, Corrigan…

> ABC’s Martha Raddatz talks with B&C’s Marisa Guthrie about her series on where things stand in Afghanistan, including how the networks cover foreign news: “If your budget for foreign travel is different than it was before,” says Raddatz, “you make decisions about what’s important. That’s what we’re trying to do. Afghanistan is hugely important.” Raddatz’ reports begin airing tonight on World News.

> Dan Rather also recently traveled to Afghanistan. His reporting aired in a one-hour HDNet special. He’ll appear on PBS’ Worldfocus tonight to talk with anchor Martin Savidge about the situation on the ground in that country.

> Former NBC News general manager Bill Corrigan has died. Corrigan ran NBC’s newsgathering operations for 13 years, until his retirement in 1981. Once an associate producer of “The Huntley-Brinkley Report,” Corrigan worked in radio and TV News for 32 years including eight years at CBS. Corrigan was 87.

PBS’ “Worldfocus” Sees Best Ratings

worldfocus_1-15.bmpThe PBS nightly news program “Worldfocus,” which premiered in September, had its best night ever last night in the overnight household rating, averaging 330,478.

The previous high for the New York-based, internationally-focused show was on Monday of this week. Its closest competitor, BBC World News (which airs on PBS as well as on BBC America on cable) averaged 256,951 last night in the overnight, metered markets.

The program is anchored by former CNN and NBC correspondent Martin Savidge and airs at various times depending on the market.

> Update: It should be noted BBC World News America has larger coverage than World Focus but in smaller markets that aren’t metered. Final ratings come out at 4pmET.

Two Month Young Newscast Comes On Strong

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Just eight weeks into its run, the new nightly news program Worldfocus is coming on strong, beating its nearest head-to-head competitor BBC World News last night. The program, anchored by former CNN and NBC News anchor/correspondent Martin Savidge, airs on PBS stations in various cities, at various times. BBC World News also airs on PBS stations throughout the country and on BBC America on cable.

Last night, in all markets, Worldfocus drew 328,892 viewers, up 16% from its lifetime average of 283,749. BBC World News drew 312,310, down 15% from its 8-week average of 365,592.

The New York-based internationally-focused news program performed even better in the top 30 markets, topping the BBC program on both Monday and Tuesday of this week.

(Note: Because it also airs on cable, BBC World News will have more viewers than listed above which is the average for the airings on PBS stations.)

> Earlier: Martin Savidge Leaves NBC To Anchor Nightly Public TV Program…

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