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What Happens to Cable News Post-Election?

The Hollywood Reporter’s Steven Zeitchik and Paul J. Gough look to the near-future about what will happen to cable news after Nov. 4.

“An election that lifts either the left or right to power will provide a boost to the network imbued with the ideology of the other side,” they write. “Given Obama’s lead at the polls, an MSNBC comeback — Olbermann’s ratings continue to be strong and Maddow’s upstart show is an unlikely second-place challenger to CNN’s Larry King — could stall if the Illinois senator ascends to the Oval Office.”

But CNN pundit and Hunter College professor Karen Hunter thinks the effect will come to all cablers. “A lot of people are going to suffer from withdrawal after the election,” she said. “What are people going to talk about after there’s no more campaigning?”

The article continues to discuss the affect of the election on Hollywood and comedy.

The Ticker: FNC, BBC, CNBC…

> THR’s Paul J. Gough writes about The Strategy Room, Foxnews.com’s popular Web show (3 million streams and counting). “That TV verite was in evidence Thursday night, when a little after 6 p.m. ET [Brian] Wilson was told on camera by Mike Straka, the vp/editorial producer for video operations at FoxNews.com, that the plug was being pulled,” wrote Gough of the end of the two week Webcast.

> BBC World News America begins a year-long periodic segment tonight at 7pmET, tracking a shipping container as it travels the globe. Viewers can tune in to see BBC correspondents follow the container and tell the stories of the goods being shipped, or follow online in real-time by GPS.

> A special edition of “On the Money,” hosted by Carmen Wong Ulrich airs tonight on CNBC at 8pmET. It focuses on what the government bail-outs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mean to the homeowner and potential homeowner.

Gustav Aftermath: Surveying the Cabler Scene

gustav_9-2.JPGAs Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is saying in a presser taken by all three cablers this morning, there are no reports of widespread flooding in the Gulf Coast. Luckily, the damage seems to be minimal, which means focus appears to be shifting back to the RNC. Let’s take a look at the aftermath of cabler coverage:

• The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough focuses on two of the “network stars,” at the forefront of the coverage, NBC’s Brian Williams and FNC’s Shepard Smith. Both described “polar opposite” response between Katrina and Gustav. “Smith, who drew praise for his coverage of Katrina in 2005, agreed that it was a different New Orleans and Gulf Coast that dealt with Hurricane Gustav,” wrote Gough.

• The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi explains the weather coverage creed: “participation is mandatory.” He describes some of the stand-out live shots from yesterday, including CNN’s Rob Marciano getting, “nearly blown off a New Orleans rooftop,” and “champion weather-interacter,” Geraldo Rivera.

Alessandra Stanley writes in the New York Times about the more subdued coverage as compared to Katrina. “Conceding on the evening news that the storm was not as bad as expected, Mr. Williams, his shirt dry, his hair only gently ruffled by wind, downscaled Gustav to ‘a sizable weather event,’” she wrote.

Cable Games

THR’s Paul J. Gough and James Hibberd write about the ratings for the Olympics as this non-Phelps week begins. They also write that Olympics programming on the NBCU cable networks is performing better than the 2004 Athens games.

NBC has seen strong gains for its Olympic-related programming on its cable channels…MSNBC is averaging 650,000 viewers (up 22%) and CNBC 606,000 (up 165%).

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