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Bin Laden Killed: msnbc.com Video Streams Top Michael Jackson Memorial

The death of Osama Bin Laden topped the memorial service for Michael Jackson in terms of online video streams served by msnbc.com, as the site said it totaled more than 21 million for Monday as of 6 p.m. ET, topping the 19 million July 7, 2009, when the King of Pop was remembered.

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan holds the msnbc.com record, with more than 40 million streams.

As for Sunday, msnbc.com served more than 1.73 million online views of the announcement of Bin Laden’s death by President Barack Obama, and page views for the day were 38 percent above the site’s Sunday average.

Bin Laden Killed: Exclusive Video from Inside Compound Drives ABC News Digital Traffic

ABC News said the hour between 11 p.m. ET and midnight Sunday, when news broke of the death of Osama Bin Laden, was its largest hour ever in terms of traffic, including its website, wireless site, and apps for the iPad, iPhone, and other smartphones.

The network added that Monday was the highest-trafficked day in the history of ABCNews.com, with a big push coming from its exclusive video from inside Bin Laden’s Abbottabad compound, which totaled more than 1 million views.

ABC News Digital senior vice president Joe Ruffolo said:

It has been an incredible day for ABC News, showing the enormous power of our newsgathering operations and our ability to translate and deliver that experience on-air, online, on phones, and wherever our users are. ABCNews.com was once again a leading destination in digital news, offering our users exclusive content, an enormous breadth and depth of reporting, and compelling video experiences.

Bin Laden Killed: CNN’s Online Properties Boosted by News

CNN released some early statistics for its coverage of the death of Osama Bin Laden on CNN.com, CNN iReport, CNN Mobile, Facebook, and Twitter (@CNN and @cnnbrk).

CNN.com totaled 88 million global page views from the time news of Bin Laden’s death broke Sunday night through 1 p.m. ET Monday, 217 percent higher than the average for the same time period over the previous four weeks. The site also announced 13.8 million total global video starts (live and video-on-demand), up 725 percent versus the prior four-week average, and 2.6 million live video views, more than 100 times normal levels.

Citizen journalism initiative iReport received 407 submissions related to Bin Laden’s death, with 71 vetted for use on CNN’s platforms. The total was 35 percent higher than the first day of coverage of the earthquake in Japan.

CNN Mobile tallied 7.7 million global page views Sunday, 153 percent above the same-day average from the previous four weeks. Through 10 a.m. Monday, its global page view total was 5.1 million, up 146 percent versus the prior four Mondays. CNN Mobile’s 26,700 domestic video starts Sunday were 23 percent higher than the Sunday average for the past four weeks, and its 56,400 Monday through 10 a.m. were up 146 percent from the prior four Mondays.

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TNT To Broadcast Jim Cornelison Singing National Anthem

TNT doesn’t normally broadcast the national anthem prior to the start of basketball games, but tonight’s Chicago vs. Atlanta contest will be an exception.

Jim Cornelison, the legendary Chicago Blackhawks’ singer, will perform the national anthem prior to the Chicago Bulls game for the first time.

Cornelison often sings alongside the U.S. armed forces during his performances. Fresh off the death of Osama bin Laden, it should be an emotional scene at the United Center.

Video: SB Nation growing fast, opening NYC office

In this interview with Beet TV, SB Nation chief executive officer Jim Bankoff discusses the expansion of his sports-blog company into other platforms including consumer technology. The company hired several former Endgadget employees, who will launch an as yet unnamed tech web site in the fall. These bloggers have already started posting items at Thisismynext.com

SB Nation, based in Washington, D.C., is also soon opening a New York City office in Union Square.

 

Video: Jeff Van Gundy accuses refs of ruining Celts-Heat ending by ejecting Pierce

Count ABC announcer Jeff Van Gundy among the observers who think referees sullied the ending of Game One of the Heat-Celtics series by assessing Paul Pierce a second technical that led to his automatic ejection. Miami won 99-90. Here’s the video of Van Gundy railing on the refs, saying it doesn’t matter what Pierce said to Dwyane Wade because no one heard it.

(H/T to the Sportsgrid)

 

 

 

 

 

Bin Laden Killed: Morning Show Coverage

“Good morning. Osama Bin Laden is dead,” that is how Meredith Vieira opened the “Today” show this morning as all the networks continued coverage which began last night on the news that Bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan. On ABC, “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer was in co-anchoring “GMA” with George Stephanopoulos. Robin Roberts Christiane Amanpour and Chris Cuomo reporting from Ground Zero.

“Today” rebranded its special edition of the show titled, “The Death of Osama Bin Laden” and had Matt Lauer at Ground Zero. Tom Brokaw, who was anchor of NBC Nightly News when the U.S. was attacked on 9/11, was in Ground Zero with Lauer. “Last night I got a call giving me a heads up,” said Brokaw, “And I said ‘I need to know more.’ He said, ‘It’s somebody we have been looking for for a long time.”

All the shows also interviewed many of the people who Americans got to know very well following the 9/11 attacks: including Alice Hoagland who lost her son on Flight 93, Howard Lutnick, chairman and CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald who lost his brother and 650 other employees in the attack on the World Trade Center and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

On CBS’ “The Early Show” Erica Hill, anchoring from Ground Zero opened the show with, “Good Morning. Osama Bin Laden, killed by u.s. troops in a daring early morning raid in Pakistan.”

CBS’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan returned to reporting last night, covering the angle of Pakistan’s role in the operation. Logan was assaulted on assignment in Egypt in February; a story she told last night on “60 Minutes.”

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Couric Interviews Obama For Inauguration Special

obama_1-15.bmpCBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric sat down with President-elect Barack Obama yesterday for an interview to air on Tuesday’s Inauguration night special, “Change and Challenge.”

“My preference obviously would be to capture or kill [Osama bin Laden],” said Obama in a portion of the interview released last night. “But if we have so tightened the noose that he’s in a cave somewhere and can’t even communicate with his operatives then we will meet our goal of protecting America.”

• WebNewser has the details about CBS’ plans to give away 50 Flip cameras to document the first 100 days of Obama’s administration.

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Zardari Interview Spurs North Response

zardari_10-2.jpgFNC’s Greta Van Susteren sat down with new Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, and one of his comments has been a focus this week.

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about a rumor continued by Zardari, that FNC contributor Oliver North “installed a security system for his home in the late 1980s because he was ‘scared of Osama bin Laden.’”

North took to Gretawire last night to give a lengthy response to the new president. Among his issues with the rumor, he wrote, “The security system was installed at my home as I prepared for a secret trip to Tehran in 1986, shortly after Abu Nidal (not Osama bin Laden) had publicly announced that I was on a list of individuals to be assassinated.”

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It’s Time For…

This Week in Obama/Osama Confusion! Today, featuring a Fox & Friends lower third (via Johnny Dollar). While discussing how Osama bin Laden wanted to use a U.S. television interview to gain notice, the image and words did not correspond:

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> Update: Later this morning, F&F co-host Steve Doocy addressed the error: “About 45 minutes ago we had a little problem down here, the so-called banner, misidentified Sen. Barack Obama. It was a writer’s error. We sincerely apologize to the Senator and to the campaign.”

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