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Mike Nichols Has Died

Award-winning director Mike Nichols has died.

Nichols, the husband of ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and father-in-law of CNN’s Rachel Nichols, passed away suddenly last night of a heart attack. He was 83. Sawyer and Nichols celebrated their 26th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Sawyer’s mother, Jean Sawyer Hayes, passed away just four weeks ago.

Nichols is one of a handful of people to win the EGOT — an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony. And he did it long before the acronym became popularized. He won his Oscar in 1968 for “The Graduate.” In 2012, he won his 9th Tony for “Death of a Salesman,” with the late Philip Seymour Hoffman in the lead.

ABC News president James Goldston announced the news in a note to staff this morning. “The family will hold a small, private service this week, and a memorial will be held at a later date,” Goldston writes. “Until then, please join me in keeping Diane, Mike’s children, grandchildren and their families in your thoughts.” Here’s the remembrance on “Good Morning America.”


The note from Goldston after the jump…

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CNN’s ‘Unguarded’ Canceled

nicholsAs part of the cuts at CNN, “Unguarded” has been canceled, TVNewser has learned.

Host Rachel Nichols (right) will continue on with CNN as sole sports anchor for the network and host the occasional special as well as continuing her role with Turner Sports. It’s not known how many staffers have been cut as a result of the cancellation. The half-hour Friday night sports show never caught on with CNN viewers since its debut in October, 2013.

CNN is trimming its staff by about 8% or roughly 300 positions. Following voluntary buyouts, a round of layoffs began yesterday. HLN’s Jane Velez Mitchell and her staff were let go, as were about two dozen positions in the Washington Bureau.

The Morning Ticker: More ‘Sunday,’ Less LeBron, Celebrating Ann

  • Smithsonian Channel will begin re-airing “CBS Sunday Morning” Sundays at 2pmET, after the program has cleared CBS affiliates. The network will also re-air the show up to four times later in the week. Smithsonian Channel is co-owned by CBS Corp. and the Smithsonian Institute.

  • Rachel Nichols gets the first extensive interview with LeBron James since returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, airing tomorrow on CNN. James talks about his extreme weight loss and how he did it: “No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no refined sugar… Meat. Fish. Veggies. Fruit.”

  • ABC’s Ann Compton was feted last night at the Newseum for her 41 years of service to ABC News. ABC VP of public affairs Robin Sproul threw the bash which was attended by dozens of ABCNewsers including a host of executives and former “World News” anchor Charles Gibson.

The Morning Ticker: Sawyer’s Stand, Global Concert, Obama Statement

  • MaxNicholsDianeSawyerABC News anchor Diane Sawyer and her husband Mike Nichols hosted a screening last night for “Two Night Stand” – the film directing debut for Mike’s son, Max Nichols, (right). Max Nichols’ wife, CNN sports anchor Rachel Nichols, was among the attendees.

  • MSNBC will air the first-ever live broadcast of the Global Citizen Festival Saturday. The Central Park concert, featuring JAY Z, Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood, and more will be carried on MSNBC, while NBC News will air a primetime special at 9pmET hosted by Tamron Hall.

  • Before leaving for New York for the U.N. General Assembly this morning, Pres. Obama spoke from the South Lawn of the White House about last night’s airstrikes on ISIS and Khorasan militants in Syria. All the broadcast networks aired a special report. The president did not take questions.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: ‘These Activities Must be Condemned and Stopped’

GoodellBroadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon as NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell held a news conference to answer questions and announce that he won’t resign.

“We will get our house in order first,” Goodell said as he announced enhanced domestic violence and sexual violence education programs for the league’s teams and front office. “These activities must be condemned and stopped,” Goodell said regarding domestic violence, sexual assault, and illegal use of alcohol and drugs. Goodell also announced the formation of a conduct committee.

Goodell, who has been commissioner for 8 years, once again announced he was wrong in his determination of a two-game suspension of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice.

CBS, NBC and ABC all broke in at 3:15pmET. Scott Pelley anchored on CBS, Lester Holt on NBC and George Stephanopoulos on ABC. ABC dropped out of the news conference first, followed by NBC then CBS. The cable news and sports channels, including NFL Network, also carried the news conference.

The first question went to NBC’s Peter Alexander. The next question came from CNN’s Rachel Nichols; the next from Fox Sports’ Peter Schrager. Other questions came from CBS Sports’ Sharyn Alfonsi, Fox Sports 1′s Mike Garafalo, NFL.com Columnist Judy Batista, Arise TV’s Andrew Rosario, ESPN’s Dan Graziano, Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, and The Associated Press’ Barry Wilner.

The news conference lasted 43 minutes.

New Low For CNN’s 10pmET Hour

CNN SpotlightOn the heels of Thursday night’s win among younger viewers for “The Sixties,” a low for CNN in the 10pmET hour Friday night: “CNN Spotlight” and “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” averaged a combined 182,000 total viewers and 35,000 A25-54 viewers, the network’s lowest demo delivery in the timeslot in 14 years (since May 9, 2000).

CNN came in fourth in cable news for the hour, behind Fox News’ “Hannity,” MSNBC’s “Lockup” and HLN’s “Forensic Files.” It was CNN’s second-lowest primetime delivery of the year in the A25-54 demo.

As we reported last week, all of the cable news networks suffered in May. CNN and HLN were down significantly year-over-year, while Fox News hit 12-year lows and MSNBC hit seven-year lows for the month.

Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

On CNN, Experimenting at 10, ‘AC360′ at 11

don lemonFor the next month, CNN will be trying out a series of different programs each night in the 10pm hour.

Starting Monday, CNN anchor Don Lemon returns to primetime with “The Don Lemon Show.” The half-hour program will lead in to another new weekly show, “Making The Case” at 10:30pm.

Tuesdays at 10pm will be one-hour special reports; Wednesdays at 10 will see “Death Row Stories;” “Chicagoland” airs Thursdays at 10; and on Fridays its “CNN Spotlight” followed by “Unguarded with Rachel Nichols” at 10:30.

“AC360″ will return to the 11pm hour Monday through Thursday, a re-air of the 8pm hour (live in the event of breaking news.) Friday’s at 11pm is reserved for “Death Row Stories.” This will be the schedule for at least the next five weeks.

Late last year, Lemon hosted the limited-run 11pm show “11th Hour” while Erin Burnett was on maternity leave.

Lemon has also been part of the story as of late, getting into a Twitter spat with Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett when the verdict in the Michael Dunn trial was announced.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker told TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky last night at the premiere of “Chicagoland” he’s fine with his anchors showing emotion.

“I think that what you will find is that our anchors and hosts are still objective and presenting the news,” Zucker says. “Are there occasions where they show their passion, and show their emotion? Yes. And is that fine? Yes. And we’re okay with that.”

The Scoreboard: Friday, January 31

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 258 | MSNBC: 180 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 344 | MSNBC: 280 | CNN: 105 | HLN: 130

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10/10:30p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

243

Five:

439

Baier:

420

Greta:

284

O’Reilly:

449

Megyn:

326

Hannity:

251

O’Reilly:

271

Megyn:

241

MSNBC
Wagner:

155

EdShow:

173

Sharpton:

201

Matthews:

326

Hayes:

311

Maddow:

352

Lockup:

176

Lockup.:

319

Lockup.:

283

CNN
Tapper:

134

Blitzer:

118

Blitzer:

116

Burnett:

121

Cooper:

121

Morgan:

83

Leno/Nichols:

122/102

Sixties:

93

Sixties:

105

HLN
News:

25

WWYD:

32

WWYD:

64

Jane:

84

Grace:

119

Files:

140

Files:

132

Files:

139

Files:

158

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How Will Jeff Zucker’s Programming Moves Impact CNN in 2014?

ZuckerCNN-300x150CNN’s Jeff Zucker has had a busy first year at the helm at CNN, attempting to bring more “attitude” to the network while “not being so obvious.”

Part of that is moving away from what CNN has built up over the last three decades. Zucker recently told Capital New York the goal for the next six months is “more shows and less newscasts.”

His methods have included experimenting with half-hour programming: first the return of “Crossfire” and, more recently, the debuts of “The 11th Hour” with Don Lemon and “ICYMI” with Brooke Baldwin. Those two shows are replacement programs for the 11pm re-air of “Erin Burnett: Outfront” while Burnett is on maternity leave. Rachel Nichols‘ Friday night show “Unguarded” is also 30 minutes. And the network debuted a half-hour documentary on the life and death of actor Paul Walker Friday night, to respectable ratings.

Former senior executive at CBS News, Fox News and Telemundo, Joe Peyronnin thinks the payoff of the half-hour strategy depends on concept and execution.

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