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‘Reclaiming the Morning Television Crown is Nothing Short of a Mania Inside NBCUniversal’

GMA TodayVariety’s Brian Steinberg takes an inside look at the behind-the-scenes battle between first-place “Good Morning America” and second-place “Today.” Although reclaiming the top spot has become “nothing short of a mania inside NBCUniversal,” Steinberg writes the two shows are not as different as the talent and executives may say:

Just as Coke and Pepsi sell a similar fizzy brown liquid, so too are “GMA” and “Today” pouring from the same pot of coffee into different mugs. “GMA” can be equally as serious as “Today” in its first hour when news warrants. For every trip that “Today’s” Guthrie makes to interview Secretary of State Kerry, there is a sojourn by “GMA’s” Robach to Nigeria to explore the plight of captive schoolgirls. For every “GMA” report on two sisters who survive being knocked off their paddleboards and drifting out to sea, there is a “Today” interview with a young man who shed 550 pounds. “GMA” recently featured a contest among local firefighting squads; after Lauer was doused in ice water on a charity dare from golfer Greg Norman, “Today” dispatched Guthrie and Lauer to Howard Stern’s XM Satellite Radio show to get the shock jock to take Lauer’s challenge.

“I know we’re doing something right,” says “Today’s” Roker, “because two or three months later, we’ll see it on ‘GMA.’ We have our ‘Orange Room,’ and oh my gosh, look at that, they’ve got a ‘Social Square!’ ” One could argue that “GMA” began showing the entire on-air team on camera well before “Today” took a similar approach. Read more

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 30

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings in both viewers and the younger demo, but NBC’s “Today” posted its closest total viewer gap with “GMA” since the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“Today” cut the gap, which still gives “GMA” a +311,000 viewer lead, by 59% vs. the same week last year. Both “GMA” and “Today” lost viewers vs. last year. ABC was down -11% in viewers and down -7% in the A25-54 demo, while “Today” was down -2% in viewers and down -5% in the demo.

Only “CBS This Morning” saw year-over-year growth: up +7% in total viewers but down -7% in the demo.

The weekly averages for all three programs are based on 4 days (Mon-Thurs) because of the July 4th holiday.

The averages for the week of June 30, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.605M / NBC: 4.294M / CBS: 2.921M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.703M / NBC: 1.625M / CBS: 841K

 

Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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The Ticker: Roberts, Kroft, Barry

  • Broadcasting and Cable has named “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts to its Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The 24th Annual Hall of Fame will be celebrated at the Waldorf Astoria on October 20.

  • Steve Kroft took home his third Gerald Loeb award last night, this time for his “60 Minutes” investigation, “40 Million Mistakes,” which looked into the inaccuracies of credit reporting agencies.

  • Samantha Barry is CNN’s new Senior Director for Social News. Barry joins from the BBC and has also been consulting for the U.S. State Department, training local organizations and journalists on social strategies in places like India, Iraq and Nigera.

Joan Lunden Reveals Breast Cancer Diagnosis on ‘GMA’

LundenFormer “Good Morning America” co-host Joan Lunden revealed she has breast cancer this morning.

“I heard those words that every woman fears, and never wants to hear…’you have breast cancer,’” Lunden told Robin Roberts on this morning’s “GMA.” “In the beginning, it’s such a shock, it’s a stunner, and you think, ‘I do everything right, I get checked, and I’m healthy’…you almost feel like, ‘what did I do wrong?’”

Lunden explained that the cancer wasn’t found in her routine mammogram—it was a follow-up ultrasound that spotted it. She credits her husband and children for being her support system: “Like a lot of you who watched this show and have for years, you saw Jamie, Lindsay, and Sarah grow up. They’ve been with me at every appointment.” Her support system also extends to social media; there’s a hastag #TeamJoan, which Roberts used at earlier. “You are a messenger, and that’s what’s so important. I am right here with you, and so is all of your extended family [at "GMA"],” Roberts, who survived breast cancer in the 2000s, said.

Lunden says her cancer was caught early, but is the aggressive kind. She’s already started chemotherapy.

“I’ve shared my entire life journey with the people on the other side of that camera, so it only stood to reason I would share this,” Lunden said. “That’s when I called you.”

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Michelle Obama to Robin Roberts: Woman President ‘Should Happen as Soon as Possible’

MichelleFirst Lady Michelle Obama gave her thoughts on leadership yesterday, telling Robin Roberts the time has come for another historical presidency.

“That should happen as soon as possible,” Obama said on whether she can envision a woman president. “I think this country is ready. This country is ready for anyone who can do the job…we have some options, don’t we?” Obama continued to applause.

The First Lady also ruled herself out for higher office following her husband’s presidency : “I am positive,” she said about not getting into politics. The two women spoke after the White House Summit on Working Families.

Watch the exchange, starting at the 20:11 mark, after the jump.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Williams, Knight, Walters

  • The Knight Foundation has announced 19 winners of the Knight News Challenge with total awards of $3.47 million. The New York Public Library, Digital Public Library of America and Journalism Development Network are among the winners.

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California Chrome Owner: ‘I Need to Apologize to the World and America’

Steve Coburn, the co-owner of California Chrome went on “Good Morning America” to apologize for his comments following California Chrome’s loss at the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown Saturday. Moments after the race, Coburn told NBC Sports: “This is the coward’s way out.” Coburn was referring to Belmont winner Tonalist who didn’t run in the Kentucky Derby or Preakness Stakes. In fact, none of the top three Belmont finishers raced in the first two Triple Crown contests.

“I need to apologize to the world and America,” Coburn told Robin Roberts this morning. “I wanted it so much for this horse to win the Triple Crown for the people of America and I was very emotional, very emotional.”

“I sincerely apologize,” he said. WATCH:

Robin Roberts to Receive 2014 Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsRobin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”

Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer was presented last year’s Cronkite award. Brian Williams, was the 2009 honoree, while Diane Sawyer accepted it the following year in 2010.

And the CBS News Interview with Hillary Clinton Goes To…

Jane Pauley will interview Hillary Clinton on “CBS Sunday Morning” on June 15 as part of Clinton’s book tour for “Hard Choices.” The CBS interview rounds out the big three broadcasters, as well as CNN and Fox News, that have confirmed interviews with the presumptive presidential candidate. So here’s the order:

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