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Sunday Show Ratings: October 30

A split decision in the Sunday morning race. NBC’s “Meet the Press” wins in Total Viewers while CBS’ “Face the Nation” finished #1 in A25-54 viewers, with its best showing since March 13 and up +7% year-over-year.

The Bob Schieffer-hosted show included a contentious interview with 2012 GOP candidate Herman Cain — before news of sexual harassment accusations against him was made public. All four programs were up in total viewers compared to the same week last year, with #3 “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” up the most +9%. Only “Face the Nation” was also up in A25-54 viewers.

This Sunday, “Meet” will be on at 8am in the nation’s largest market as WNBC covers the New York City marathon during the normal 10:30am timeslot.

The numbers for Sunday, October 30:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
NBC
“Meet the Press” 3.12M 917K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.05M 929K
ABC “This Week” 2.27M 631K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.16M 437K
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Former MTP Moderator Marvin Kalb Says the New Sunday Morning Ratings Battle ‘Almost Inevitable’

He was one of CBS’s “Murrow’s Boys”, then a moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press, now a Fox News contributor.  Not surprisingly, Marvin Kalb has a lot to say about television news.

TVNewser caught up with Kalb, 81, during a visit to Chicago’s Pritzker Military Library Thursday night, during a speaking tour for a book he co-authored with his daughter Deborah KalbHaunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency From Ford to Obama addresses how the shadow of the war continues to affect White House decision-making to this day.

TVNewser: In your talk tonight you said that “today’s reporters are better educated about the military than they’ve ever been”. Which current tvnewsers do you think do a good job of covering the Pentagon, the military?

Kalb: Jim Miklaszewski at NBC does a very fine job. At CBS, David Martin is a highly-experienced, skillful, knowledgeable reporter who’s about as solid in covering the Pentagon as anybody you can find.  And there are many others as well, but those are two first-rate TV reporters.

TVNewser: I want to ask you about Andy Rooney, whom you know well and who’s in the hospital right now.  Do you know anything about his condition?

Kalb: No I don’t…Andy is a remarkable example of a reporter who started in World War II, and right up to the present day, was able to observe the nuttiness of life.  And reported with a touch of humor and class.  And he will always be among my favorites.

TVNewserFox News CEO Roger Ailes recently talked about a “course correction” for the network.  As an FNC contributor, what are your thoughts on that?

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Diane Sawyer To Speak to Secretary Hillary Clinton

In her first interview since the U.S. and some of its allies launched air strikes against Libya, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will speak to ABC’s Diane Sawyer. Clips from the interview will air on “ABC World News” and “Nightline” tonight.

Sawyer will anchor “World News” from Washington DC this evening, after which she will join journalist Marvin Kalb in a public discussion at the National Press Club.

Rupert Murdoch: ‘Greta Van Susteren is certainly close to the Democratic Party’

News Corp. chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch dropped in to the National Press Club last night for a talk with former NBC and CBS Newsman Marvin Kalb, who hosts the monthly Kalb Report at the NPC.

The iPad, paywalls and Google were all topics of discussion — as was Murdoch’s Fox News Channel. A few of the write ups:

The Guardian (U.K.): Murdoch was challenged in the interview – and by many in the audience – over the conservative bias of his Fox News cable television channel. The audience tittered when Murdoch said he thought the channel’s news coverage had no political bias. “We have both sides. We have Democrats and Republicans, libertarians and whatever,” he said.

The Huffington Post: Asked later during the question and answer session to name a single Democrat who worked for Fox News, however, Murdoch struggled. “They are certainly there… Greta Van Susteren is certainly close to the Democratic Party,” he said, after blanking on names first and insisting that [Roger] Ailes would have a long list. “She doesn’t do many political stories. She is just a great journalist… but people who have been involved in Democratic politics and so on, yeah we have people…”

The Wrap: Asked about the use of Sarah Palin on Fox News, Murdoch said she wasn’t a reporter but a commentator. “I don’t how often Roger [Ailes] uses Sarah Palin, but I know whenever he does the ratings leap,” said Murdoch. “We are not adverse to high ratings.”

Politico: Ari Rabin-Havt, from the liberal watchdog Media Matters, began the Q&A by rattling off statistics of Fox’s coverage of the tea parties and asked if it was appropriate for a news network to promote the movement. “No,” he responded. “I don’t think we should be supporting the tea party or any other party.” Murdoch said he’d have to investigate before commenting further.

The discussion was recorded for a program to be broadcast on public television at a later date.

MSNBC Criticized For Staying in Taped Programming During Iran Breaking News

The LATimes’ Scott Collins lays in to MSNBC for its lack of Iran coverage last weekend, writing that the channel “has a precedent for giving short shrift to major stories that have erupted on weekends.”

Over the weekend, with its cable rivals devoting generous airtime to demonstrations convulsing Tehran and online viewers transfixed by amateur video of a young woman apparently felled by a sniper’s bullet, MSNBC stuck to its usual diet of taped documentaries…

“We were monitoring the situation closely and decided that we would cover the situation with hourly updates,” MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines tells Collins. “We had an anchor and crew standing by.”

About the documentaries, Gaines says, “these programs generate higher viewership for us on weekends.” In fact, MSNBC came in first in the primetime demo Sunday night, but third in Total Viewers.

“I was surprised they did not break into their air for Iran coverage,” said Marvin Kalb, a former CBS newsman and a senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. “It’s one of the great stories of our time, and something the American people need to know about.”

CNN’s Klein Jokes About Ailes, Talks “Food Fight Du Jour”

kalb_3-26.jpgCNN/U.S. president Jon Klein appeared on a Kalb Report panel at the National Press Club on Monday in a lengthy Q&A about the state of the media. A full transcript can be found here.

Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins writes about the first question from Marvin Kalb to Klein, about the “single most important problem that you face today” at CNN. “Roger Ailes,” responded Klein. “No, I’m kidding. I’m just kidding. Now my PR people are going to be angry at me. I love Roger as a person. I’m being facetious.”

Later in the Q&A, Klein talked about the strategy to focus on hard news. “It takes a while to line your troops up behind that because, keep in mind, that’s a new habit for folks, you know, who had been used to covering stories in a certain way,” he said. “But four years later, we owned television election coverage. We not only beat the other cable networks, we beat the broadcast networks because we devoted ourselves to covering the campaign in terms of the substance of the issues and who were these people and what were they going to do as President? And we studiously tried to avoid the food fight du jour.”

David Gregory Named Moderator of Meet the Press

GregoryMTP_12.7.jpgAfter a week of speculation, NBC’s Tom Brokaw made it official this morning — David Gregory will become the next moderator of Meet the Press, the longest running show on television.

Gregory joined Brokaw at the end of the broadcast for the announcement. After telling viewers he’d be moving on, Brokaw said, “And to introduce the new moderator of ‘Meet the Press,’ another great friend and cherished colleague, David Gregory who is here with us this morning.” Gregory:

Well, thank you, Tom, this is an incredible honor also to have it come from you because of what you have meant to me in the course of my career and the course of my life. I know how [executive producer] Betsy [Fischer] and I and the staff feel so grateful to you for everything you have brought to the program in such a difficult time after Tim died…You nurtured me in this business. Tim did. And I was in a unique place where I got to see the two very best in journalism up close. I tried to learn a lot and I’ve thought a lot about what it means to succeed somebody like Tim Russert.

And I’m not Tim. But, along with this great team, I can just work real hard to make him proud.

B&D_12.7.jpgGregory follows in the footsteps of Martha Rountree, Lawrence Spivak, Roger Mudd, Marvin Kalb, Chris Wallace and, of course, the longest-serving moderator Tim Russert, who died of a heart attack in June at the age of 58.

Meet the Press began on the radio in 1945 and moved to television in 1947. TVNewser was on hand as the show celebrated its 60th anniversary at the Newseum last November.

The NBC News press release, which includes news about EP Betsy Fischer, is after the jump…

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O’Reilly To Talk Opinion Journalism with Kalb

KalbOReilly_8.27.jpgFNC’s Bill O’Reilly is slated to be the guest of broadcast news veteran Marvin Kalb next month for The Kalb Report. The two will discuss the impact of opinion journalism on viewers, listeners, and readers. The Kalb Report is produced before a live audience at the National Press Club. The O’Reilly appearance is set for Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1pmET.

(Image via PBS/1998. Kalb & O’Reilly, on The Newshour, discussing the same topic.)