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Shepard Smith to Anchor FOX

smith_10-28.jpgShepard Smith will anchor election night coverage on the FOX broadcast network on Tuesday, just as he did four years ago. But TV Week’s Michele Greppi reports it “will be quite different from the other Election Night programs being produced simultaneously from Fox News headquarters.”

Smith tells Greppi he hopes to include reports from KSAZ-TV (Phoenix) and WFLD-TV (Chicago), among other markets, in addition to the use of some FNC correspondents. But there will also be another noted difference.

“Just to get the chattering classes out of the mix will be so refreshing — this tedious back-and-forth at each other, with us admittedly as facilitators, about things that people don’t care one bit about,” says Smith. He says there are economy experts, banking experts and lawyers booked for the night.

Meanwhile Fox News’ coverage will be led by Brit Hume (more details on that to come). Click continued to see Hume’s choice for who should replace him on “Special Report,” and more…

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Lauer Roasted At Friar’s Club

lauer_10-25.jpgToday show anchor Matt Lauer was the butt of many jokes during his roast at the Friar’s Club, as were many others in attendance. From the TV news crowd, joining Lauer were Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Meredith Vieira, Ann Curry, Diane Sawyer, Al Roker, Jeff Zucker and more.

The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold gives an account of the roast, with a few of the less-dirty jokes. Here’s one from Zucker aimed at Couric: “When they asked me to come speak in front of several hundred people, I thought they wanted me to anchor the ‘CBS Evening News.’”

The Village Voice’s Tony Ortega gives a more R-rated report. Roker, on the similarities between Lauer and Gov. Sarah Palin: “They each spent $150,000 on clothes in a single season. They were both screwed over by Katie Couric. And both wear women’s jeans.”

There was also this shot by Couric at her competitor: “It’s great that one of Barack Obama‘s political advisers could make it here today. Ladies and gentlemen, Brian Williams.”

And much more dirty material. Sorry — no video of the event. But click continued to see the New York Post video clip of the pre-show interviews…

(photo courtesy of Access Hollywood/NBC)

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“Freewheeling” Fox & Friends Continues Ratings Dominance

fandf_10-21.JPG“It was just after 7 a.m. on the set of ‘Fox & Friends,’ but the studio already looked like the scene of a college all-nighter.”

This is how the Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold opens a lengthy profile of the Fox News morning program, which continues to average more Total Viewers than CNN’s American Morning and MSNBC’s Morning Joe combined.

While the success is obvious, “The hosts’ political observations and pungent personal comments have stirred controversy, drawing detractors even as they have raised the show’s profile,” she writes.

The conversation sometimes dips into looser territory (a “master debater” aside between co-hosts Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade, described by Gold) and draws controversy, like in July with the New York Times photo-shopped images that started a war of words, but the program has also been a stop for all major political candidates.

“You have to remember that the mainstream media is not fair and balanced,” said co-host Gretchen Carlson. “I’ve worked there. And so we maybe look a little different because we’re talking about issues that nobody else is.”

Said Doocy: “We take the news seriously, but we don’t take ourselves seriously.”

Click continued to see Monday’s F&F After the Show Show…

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60 Minutes Wins Three Emmys, PBS Wins 10

emmy_9-23.jpgCBS’ 60 Minutes won more awards than any other program last night at the 29th annual News and Documentary Emmys ceremony. The network with the most awards was PBS, which won 10.

CBS won five total awards — CBS Sunday Morning won the other two. ABC won four awards, with two going to World News with Charles Gibson and two going to 20/20.

NBC took home two awards for segments on the Nightly News with Brian Williams. HDNet also won an Emmy.

Lifetime Achievement Awards were presented to Ken Burns, Bob Schieffer and Tim Russert. Also honored with tributes — Jim McKay, William F. Buckley and Tony Snow.

Related: The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold writes about the ceremony, and quotes Williams about Russert. “Try getting through an election season without Tim,” he said last night. “He is what’s missing from our current campaign debate, our current national conversation.”

Election ’08: Cable vs. Networks

Who are the big winners during the 2008 election season — the cablers or the networks?

Matea Gold writes about the debate for the Los Angeles Times. The arguments are shaped by two quoted throughout the piece, CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and CBS Evening News EP (and former CNN president) Rick Kaplan. “[Cable] channels…are increasingly becoming purveyors of political developments because of their nonstop nature,” writes Gold. But also: “Even with less air time, broadcasters argue that they deliver weightier and more substantial coverage.”

Earlier this week, FNC VP of news editorial Jay Wallace discussed the issue relating to the Conventions. “I think the networks do a great job in terms of the 6:30 newscast and in prime time, but they’re always under pressure to get off at 11:00,” he said. “That, over time has left people really thirsty. They don’t want a quick wrap any more.”

Glenn Garvin in the Miami Herald writes that Charlie Gibson‘s “first” with Gov. Sarah Palin was, “the first time this entire election year that the broadcast news divisions are leading the pack in political coverage.”

He also discusses the “Fox-News-is-dead school of thought,” citing a January column by Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert, picked up at Salon and Huffington Post, signaling the demise of Fox News’ ratings dominance.

As has been seen just in the past couple weeks, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

“Isn’t it time to start acknowledging the obvious — that Fox News is here to stay?” Garvin asks in conclusion.

Chucky T. Preps for Conventions

todd_8-18.JPGThe Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold profiles MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, as he and others gear up for the 2008 presidential conventions.

He is readying to, “deliver analysis on MSNBC from dawn until late at night, squeezing in appearances on the broadcast network.”

Todd, who has a growing fan base, also gets some Meet the Press buzz courtesy of NBC News president Steve Capus. “Chuck may very well fit into our future plans for ‘Meet the Press,’” he says.

Also from Capus: “Others who are in the space tend to draw more attention to themselves than Chuck does. He’s not out there showboating.”

As for the spectrum of cable news convention coverage, Gold sums it up: “Fox News with its political eminence grise, Brit Hume, helming its prime-time programming; CNN with its pundit-packed ‘Election Center’ set; and MSNBC with its colorful anchor team of Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews, who unapologetically slide between news and opinion.”

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Bell: “I’m an Olympics Geek, What Can I Tell You?”

nbcchinalogo_8-4.JPGThe Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold takes a look at the upcoming Today show coverage of the Olympics.

Anchor Matt Lauer says the network will cover the good and the bad. “We’re going to cover every single aspect of it,” he said. “And I don’t think we’re going to be shy about it. The interesting thing will be what kind, if any, pushback we get.”

Today EP Jim Bell, who describes himself as “an Olympics geek,” (he’s helped to cover six Olympics) is excited to get started. “”I’m really pumped up about it,” he said. “I think the fact that it’s China is going to make it interesting, whether we want it to be or not. And we want it to be.”

Related: Click continued for an update on China access restrictions…

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“It Would Make it More Interesting if Bill Was on And Did It Live”

It was MSNBC’s turn at the TCA today, which has become a hot spot for media stories the past couple of weeks.

Matea Gold of the Los Angeles Times writes about NBC News president Steve Capus‘ response to questions about the dual role of MSNBC’s primary team of Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann. “The audience gets it, and that’s the single biggest factor that I see,” said Capus. “I think their work speaks for itself.”

Olbermann asserted that FNC did the same thing with their primary coverage, where Sean Hannity, Alan Colmes and Bill O’Reilly “were on for lengths of time.” (The FNC personalities never served as anchors of coverage, just as commentators.)

Olbermann was asked if FNC was missing an opportunity by not having O’Reilly on during primary nights.

“It would make it more interesting if Bill was on and did it live,” he said. “Let’s just leave it there.”

The Countdown host was asked how his show would change if Sen. Barack Obama is elected President.

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Katie Couric: “No Plans to Part Company Any Time Soon”


The LATimes’ Matea Gold has the scoop from CBS’s presentation in front of the TCA, during which Katie Couric‘s future with the network came up.

“We have no plans to part company any time soon,” Couric said. “And there were a lot of speculative pieces that I think got, quite frankly, spun out of control.”

Couric and CBS News President Sean McManus both said that media reports suggesting that she planned to leave the third-place CBS Evening News after the election or the next presidential inauguration if the ratings don’t improve were wrong. “That is not true,” McManus said.

Couric referred to talks she had with CBS executives earlier this year about her future on the broadcast. “Couric and the network officials agreed to table any decision until after the presidential election,” Gold writes.