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The Saturday Ticker: Beck, Meade, Williams

  • Glenn Beck will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow. The CEO of Mercury Radio Arts, and former Fox News host, will talk about where he plans to take his media empire next.

  • HLN’s Robin Meade gets guest co-hosts from the sports world for “Morning Express” next week. Former LA Laker Rick Fox will guest co-host Monday and Tuesday, while NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson is in on Wednesday.

  • NBC’s Brian Williams has been named to the New Jersey Hall of Fame class of 2014. “I accept with gratitude and humility,” Williams tells the Star-Ledger. “It is home for me. I was born at Exit 165 and raised at Exit 114. This is just a tremendous honor for me and my family.”

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The Morning Ticker: Williams, Meade, Fusion

  • NBC’s Brian Williams gets the only broadcast network interview with Pres. Obama on the 70th anniversary of D-Day. The interview will take place tomorrow morning in Normandy, France.

  • HLN’s ”Morning Express with Robin Meade” celebrates the CMA Music Festival with a live broadcast from Nashville tomorrow. Meade will interview music stars Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, and Hunter Hayes.

  • Fusion, the ABC News/Univision network, is now available on DISH, (channel 244) adding 14 million more homes to the 8-month-old channel’s distribution.

HLN Adds Two Correspondents, Announces Official Roles for Lynn Berry, Brian McFayden

lynn berrySome personnel announcements from HLN today: the network has officially named Lynn Berry the host of “HLN Weekend Express” and Brian McFayden sports correspondent for “Morning Express With Robin Meade,” as well as hiring Ali Nejad and Yasmin Vossoughian as correspondents.

“The addition of Lynn and Brian to Weekend Express and Morning Express, respectively, further amps up the energy and infectiousness of two of HLN’s signature shows,” HLN general manager Albie Hecht said in a statement. “And we welcome Ali and Yasmin to the fold whose style, wit and smarts will resonate with people watching and engaging across all platforms.”

Berry has been filling in on “Weekend Express” since December. McFayden has been the sports correspondent on “Morning Express” since he joined HLN earlier this year.

As for the new correspondents: Nejad will be HLN’s Los Angeles-based correspondent covering general news and entertainment. He comes from ESPN, where he hosts a weekly “SportsCenter” segment featuring interviews with celebrities and athletes. Vossoughian, who will cover entertainment and breaking news, comes from AOL, where she is a correspondent and host.

More after the jump. Read more

HLN Doubling Down on Social Media

If CNN is asking viewers to “go there” with them, its sister network HLN is going directly to social media to reinvent itself.

HLN unveiled upcoming changes to its lineup at its upfront presentation Thursday in New York City, and it all revolves around social media. “The Daily Share” will premiere later this year; a one-hour news program produced in Atlanta that shows what people are watching, searching, playing, sharing, shopping, and creating on social media.

A series of currently in-development reality shows will also debut, including “2 Spouses, 3 Houses,” where YouTube star Jessica Edwards looks at couples’ social media habits to find their dream home; “What’s Trending,” hosted by co-founder of @whatstrending Shira Lazar, and more.

The network also formally announced a creative partnership with Twitter. For more, head to Lost Remote.

“I think it’s going to be evolutionary,” network EVP and GM Albie Hecht told TVNewser about HLN’s shift to becoming the social media network. Hecht will talk about HLN’s evolution and more as a panelist at the TVNewser Show on April 29 in NYC.

“It’s going to work for a news channel,” “Morning Express” host Robin Meade told us, saying the news business is shifting to more of a two-way conversation with the audience. “It’s almost like a Nielsen immediate,” she added about the instant feedback social media gives anchors about viewer interest in particular stories.

“Television is changing, and people don’t just sit there passively…they want to participate,” Jane Velez-Mitchell told us, also joking that her trademark on-air battles with guests will evolve. “I’m happy to have some Twitter battles…I’ll take the battle wherever I have to go.”

Robin Meade, 12 Years an HLN Anchor

“I know that my main job is [to provide] good information, ” says HLN anchor Robin Meade about her mission as a morning anchor, “but it’s [also] mood enhancement. I am supposed to enhance your mood, so you can go on with your day!”

Meade, whose Morning Express show airs weekdays from 6am-noon ET,  spoke with TVNewser Tuesday night at a screening of “CHICAGOLAND”, an eight-part series that debuts tonight on sister network CNN.

Such original programming is part of an overhaul for CNN under the leadership of Worldwide President Jeff Zucker. HLN, too, is undergoing change – it was just last month that the network announced it was rebranding “to become the first TV network for the social media generation.”

Meade is on-board with the interactive focus, since “luckily we kind of already had social media in our DNA for the morning show,” she says.  “I think of the show as a two-way street… It fits right in with us.”

Meade tells us why she still finds her morning gig a good fit, 12 years after she joined HLN.

HLN Intends to Become ‘Home for Social Media Generation’

hln logo_304x200HLN’s rebrand as the “new TV home for the social media generation” has begun, network President Albie Hecht announced today.

As our sister-site Lost Remote reports, the network’s social conversion will roll out throughout the year and will feature an all-in social storytelling strategy, curating news from across social platforms while highlighting the most trending and viral stories and the social users behind them.

“While others report on the conversation, HLN will be a part of it,” said @AlbieHechtHLN. “Just as MTV was adopted by a disconnected target audience that was underserved by television, HLN will be the first TV home to embrace the social media generation and champion its interests.”

“RightThisMinute” will be the first new show rolled out, premiering tonight at 10pmET. It will report on the most viral web videos and the back stories behind them before they go viral.

“Morning Express with Robin Meade,” “News Now,” Jane Velez-Mitchell, Nancy Grace, and “Dr. Drew On Call” will also be getting a social makeover.

The full press release after the jump. Read more

Natasha Curry, Carlos Diaz Out at HLN

curry diaz hlnThe changes continue at HLN: anchors Natasha Curry and Carlos Diaz have left the network, TVNewser has learned.

Curry, the anchor of “Weekend Express,” joined HLN in 2008. She became the solo anchor of the weekend newscasts, as well as the fill-in anchor for “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” in 2010. A spokesperson for HLN says Curry decided to move back West to be with her family.

Diaz joined HLN in 2011 from ESPN. He is also relocating, moving to the West Coast after two years as an Atlanta-based sports anchor.

The two departures come just a week after network president Albie Hecht held an all-staff meeting in Atlanta to brainstorm ideas for the new HLN. Hecht, who joined HLN two months ago, has already tweaked HLN’s programming in primetime, daytime and weekends.

Replacements have not yet been named for Curry or Diaz. In the interim, a rotation of HLN anchors, including Lynn Berry, will anchor “Weekend Express,” while Joe Carter, Turner sports anchor Jared Greenberg and CNN sports anchor Andy Scholes will handle sports coverage.

Morgan Freeman, as HLN Anchor, Explains Twerking

For a while, he was the voice of the “CBS Evening News,” now Morgan Freeman is trying his hand in front of the camera, as a news anchor. The actor was on HLN’s “Morning Express” this morning and Robin Meade got him to play anchor. The story he read, was an explainer on Twerking. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this all might be a sign of the apocalypse.

The Scoreboard: Sunday, June 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 145 | MSNBC: 159 | CNN: 95 | HLN: 116
  • Primetime: FNC: 127 | MSNBC: 218 | CNN: 97 | HLN: 208

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
NewsHQ:

101

NewsHQ:

143

FNSunday:

128

Report:

117

Huckabee:

133

Roberts:

124

Greta:

123

Huckabee:

180

Roberts:

121

MSNBC
Finney:

66

EdShow:

70

Caught:

66

Caught:

80

Caught:

135

Caught:

234

Lockup:

286

Lockup:

380

Lockup:

321

CNN
Nwsroom:

60

Nwsroom:

86

Nwsroom:

92

Nwsroom:

86

Homeless:

100

GirlRising:

94

Cont.:

96

Homeless:

109

GirlRising:

60

HLN
Grace:

101

Grace:

103

Mystery:

82

Beyonce:

85

Emmys:

194

Emmys:

208

Emmys:

223

Emmys:

161

Emmys:

152

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HLN Wins Sunday With Emmy Telecast; Down from 2012

HLN’s telecast of the 40th Daytime Emmy Awards Sunday night pushed the network to #1 in primetime in total viewers and second, to MSNBC, in the A25-54 demo among the cable news networks.

The broadcast was down over last year’s event, which also aired on HLN on a Saturday night. The 8pm hour drew 794,000 total viewers and 194,000 demo viewers: down -8% and -35%, respectively. The second hour grew from the first. 972,000 total viewers watched, up +2% vs. last year while demo viewership for the second hour averaged 208,000, down -41% from last year.

The telecast aired live from 8pmET – 10:35pm at which point a re-air began. The 10pm hour drew 805,000 total viewers and 223,000 in the demo.

  • Primetime (8-11pET), Sun., June 16.
    A25-54 Demo / Total Viewers

MSNBC – 218,000 / 401,000
HLN  – 208,000 / 857,000
FNC – 127,000 / 738,000
CNN – 97,000 / 304,000

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