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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

Awards Show First: An ‘F’ Bomb During the ‘In Memoriam’

One show that probably won’t win an Emmy: the 2013 Daytime Emmy Awards. The show which honors the best soap operas, talk shows, game shows, cooking shows, court shows, and animated shows aired tonight on HLN. Hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion and HLN’s Robin Meade and A.J. Hammer, the show was rife with technical errors, missed cues and an “F” bomb that didn’t get bleeped.

Meade acted as the show’s announcer introducing presenters and reading bios after their win from a podium on stage. Another new twist, daytime hosts like Giada De Laurentiis and Julie Chen interviewed winners on a couch on stage, immediately after their acceptance speech. The idea fell flat as questions didn’t add insight and slowed down the production. At one point De Laurentiis shushed the crowd as a Best Supporting Actress tried to answer. “Okay, you guys. Listen! She’s saying something from the heart here!”

Introducing awards show staple “In Memoriam,” actor Corbin Bernsen paid tribute to his mother Jeanne Cooper who died last month. She’d starred on “Young and the Restless” for 40 years.

“You know exactly what she is saying,” said Bernsen, channelling his mother. “Oh SHIT, I’m on the in memoriam list? And what is up with this ridiculous couch? …There is always the alternative. At least I made the fucking list.”

“The words slipped through the censor due to a glitch,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “It will be bleeped in re-airs.”

But there aren’t enough bleeps or edits to fix the gaffes in this broadcast.

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Robin Meade Rocks Out At ‘Count On Me’ Album Release Party

HLN anchor Robin Meade has a new album dropping this week, “Count On Me,” available at Target stores across the country.

To celebrate, CNN and HLN honchos hosted a party at The Cutting Room in New York City. Following a cocktail hour, Meade got up on stage and performed a set from her new album (see Meade sing here).

The room was packed, and TVNewser spotted “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, “CBS This Morning” anchor Gayle King, plenty of CNN talent, including Don Lemon and Kate Bolduan, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and Richard Lui (both former HLNers) and actor Chris Noth, who is the co-owner of the venue.

Meade even got her friends in on her act, bringing CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker up on stage (see the photo above), as well as some of her colleagues. More photos below.
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Robin Meade Doing Double Duty in the Mornings

Robin Meade‘s a busy woman.

Her new album, “Count On Me” hit stores today, tomorrow night she’ll be feted at a release party in New York City, this weekend she’ll be co-hosting the daytime Emmys, and soon she’ll be providing news updates for a morning show on NASH-FM, a new country music radio station in New York. A source tells TVNewser, Meade will be providing news updates on “America’s Morning Show” during the commercial breaks of her own HLN show “Morning Express.”

Even though it serves a New York audience, the radio show will originate live in front of a studio audience in Nashville and will be hosted by Blair Garner, Terri Clark, Sunny Sweeney, Chuck Wicks and Lee Ann Womack.

Sam Champion, AJ Hammer and Robin Meade to Host Daytime Emmys

“Good Morning America” weather anchor Sam Champion will host the Daytime Emmy Awards on HLN June 16, alongside HLN hosts AJ Hammer and Robin Meade. The awards will air live from the Beverly Hilton from 8-10 PM ET June 16.

Hammer, who hosts HLN’s”Showbiz Tonight,” will also serve as the host of the red carpet pre-show on HLN, alongside Christi Paul. Meade, an accomplished singer, (as we have covered before) will sing the two “best song” nominees, “This Day” by Sheryl Crow for “Katie,” and “Good Afternoon” by Little Big Town for “Good Afternoon America.” Meade’s new album drops just a few days before the Emmys.

HLN also announced a number of presenters for the awards, including Rachael Ray and Kathy Griffin. More information, after the jump.
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May 2013 Ratings: Jodi Arias Coverage Drives HLN to Second Most-Watched Cable News Net

The testimony, verdict, sentencing phase and hung jury in the Jodi Arias trial boosted HLN to the second most-watched cable news channel in Total Day for May. HLN more than doubled its total viewing audience compared to the same month last year. The network was up +97% in younger viewers in primetime.

The ratings for May 2013 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 494,000 Total Viewers / 175,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 624,000 Total Viewers / 209,000 A25-54

On Wednesday, May 8, HLN was the top-rated network in all ad-supported cable in younger viewers as the Arias verdict came in.

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