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The Ticker: 20/20, 48 Hours, Gough…

> 20/20 was the #1 program at 10pm on Friday in both A25-54 and 18-49 for the third time in its last four telecasts. ABC News had the top two newsmagazines last week, with 20/20 and Primetime: What Would You Do?

> CBS News’ 48 Hours: Live to Tell at 10pm on Saturday was the #1 program of the night in both households and viewers. In its timeslot, it was #1 in the A25-54 and A18-49 demo as well.

> The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough writes about a “chance encounter” with “the late Douglas Edwards, that got me started on a career that ends this week.” “You don’t have to have a background or interest in TV news to cover it effectively, but I’ve found it sure makes it a lot more fun,” writes Gough.

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Inauguration Notes: The Day After

• The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley takes a wide look at the spectrum of TV coverage yesterday. “Viewers were never quite sure where to look: Television celebrated a new president making history, but the screen also belonged to those millions in Washington who made history just by showing up,” she writes. She also notes that through all the coverage, “The best narration was wordless.”

Paul J. Gough of The Hollywood Reporter writes about the CNN control room yesterday. “Fifty pool cameras are taking in everything at the Capitol, along with 46 high-definition cameras that CNN have set up on their own, as well as feeds from all over the country as the nation tunes in to watch Obama’s inauguration,” he writes. As for the Roberts/Obama oath flub, CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin said, “I almost fell out of my chair. It’s only a 35-word oath.”

• The Los Angeles TimesScott Collins writes “Fox News was the only major national TV outlet that carried a live telecast of former President Bush’s homecoming speech to cheering supporters in Midland, Texas.” While it is true FNC took the majority of the 20-minute speech, MSNBC also was live as Bush approached the podium. After he began his speech, Chris Matthews said they would monitor the feed and returned to the parade.

MSNBC Inauguration Notes: Who (Olbermann and Matthews) and Where (Movie Theaters)

msnbc_1-13.jpgChris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were removed from anchoring political coverage in September, and designated as “hosts” in November. On Inauguration Day in a week, they will “lead” coverage.

The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold talks to MSNBC president Phil Griffin about the new new role for the duo. He says he’s “comfortable with the role that Olbermann and Matthews will play at the inauguration because it’s ‘a whole day of color commentary.’”

“This is a day of watching the festivities and the pomp and circumstance,” said Griffin.

Meanwhile, those looking to watch Matthews and Olbermann can do so from the comfort of their homes — or at the movies! Yesterday we received a tip linking to msnbcevents.com, where people are directed to “share an historic Inauguration experience with a live viewing at your hometown movie theater.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough explains the move, in which “27 theaters around the country” (in 21 markets) will show MSNBC’s 11am-3:30pmET coverage. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.

“We’re going to do numerous things like that to get our name out there,” said Griffin. “Ubiquity is the name of the game in 2009.”

Sinise Special Airs on FNC This Weekend

sinise_1-8.jpgGary Sinise moves from “CSI: NY” to Iraq, with a special on Fox News premiering at 9pmET Saturday, following the actor on a visit to the region last year.

It is Sinise’s fourth trip to Iraq since 9/11. The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold writes that Sinise “agreed to let his friend filmmaker Jonathan Flora shoot footage of his trip last year to put a spotlight on the thousands of troops who remain in combat.”

Says Sinise, “Iraq is off the front page now and has been replaced with other things, so unless you are personally attached or involved with someone who has sacrificed, who is serving in the military, then you’re probably not too aware.”

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough interviewed Sinise, who said of Fox News: “They’ve done a lot of these types of pieces on the Iraq War before, and we thought they’d be interested.”

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The Ticker: Bloomberg, BBC, CBS…

> Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson will appear in an exclusive interview tomorrow on Bloomberg during the NoonET hour. He’ll be asked about the latest jobs report, the state of the economy and his legacy.

> Tonight’s installment in BBC World News America’s “Notes to Obama” series comes from Univision anchor Jorge Ramos. The segment reminds President-elect Obama of his promises to Latino voters during the campaign.

> CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric will host the annual Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for excellent in broadcast journalistm on January 22. She’ll be joined by NBC’s Hoda Kotb and Ira Glass to present the awards.

ABC/BBC Partnership Expands in Iraq

The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough writes about the expanded partnership between ABC News and the BBC in Iraq.

“ABC will continue to have a Baghdad bureau, although it will have fewer employees than there had been since the war began in 2003 and no full-time correspondent assigned there,” writes Gough.

An ABC News executive says, “We will have a presence but significantly less than there was before.”‘

Earlier: Broadcast Networks Pulling Full-time Correspondents From Iraq

2008 Ratings: MSNBC Fastest Growing Once Again

msnbc_12-31.JPGMSNBC was the fastest growing channel in all of television in 2008 when measured in Total Viewers for both total day and prime time. The NBC cable news channel was the third fastest in growth in the A25-54 demo behind BBC America and History International.

The Rachel Maddow Show beat Larry King Live from its premiere-to-date (9/8-12/28) in the demo for second place at 9pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET delivered MSNBC its strongest ratings ever at the hour, also finishing second in the demo.

Click continued to see more from MSNBC’s release…

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough talks with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about MSNBC’s past and present: “We were the also-ran. We were the place where people wondered what they could do with the channel if they shut down MSNBC. Now people are crying out, ‘I want my MSNBC.’ That’s great.”
msnbc_12-31.JPGMSNBC was the fastest growing channel in all of television in 2008 when measured in Total Viewers for both total day and prime time. The NBC cable news channel was the third fastest in growth in the A25-54 demo behind BBC America and History International.

The Rachel Maddow Show beat Larry King Live from its premiere-to-date (9/8-12/28) in the demo for second place at 9pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann at 8pmET delivered MSNBC its strongest ratings ever at the hour, also finishing second in the demo.

Click continued to see more from MSNBC’s release…

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough talks with MSNBC president Phil Griffin about MSNBC’s past and present: “We were the also-ran. We were the place where people wondered what they could do with the channel if they shut down MSNBC. Now people are crying out, ‘I want my MSNBC.’ That’s great.”

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Alex Wallace Returns To Front Office, Epstein To Take Over Nightly News

AWallace_12.4.jpgTHR’s Paul J. Gough scoops that NBC Nightly News EP Alexandra Wallace is returning to the job she once held with NBC News — front office VP. Longtime Nightly News senior producer Bob Epstein will be named executive producer.

Wallace stepped aside from the VP job, which was essentially #2 to news president Steve Capus, and took on Nightly in March 2007. Capus has been without a #2 since the summer when Mark Whitaker was named Washington bureau chief.

Nightly News has won the ratings race in Total Viewers eight of the last nine weeks, and won the 2007-08 season in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Obama Readies For “Press Availability”

President-Elect Barack Obama will make his first public appearance in his new role tomorrow afternoon, in what the campaign is calling a “press availability” and not a news conference.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough reports CBS and ABC confirmed they will carry the address, as did FNC and CNN. NBC and MSNBC confirmed to TVNewser they would air it live as well.

Writes Gough:

There’s not a lot of precedent in recent history for televised news conferences for the president-elect. It’s happened only three times in the past 20 years, in 1988 with George H.W. Bush, 1992 with Bill Clinton and 2000 for George W. Bush. The first two happened in a different media era, with more of a role for broadcast TV and only CNN as a cable news channel. In 2000, with a 37-day recount process, it was only a short time between Bush was named the president and the inauguration.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. Foxbusiness.com launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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