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Before the Smoke Clears, The Call of a New Pope

And now the wait begins. At 12:34pmET, the doors of the Sistine Chapel closed as 115 Cardinals began the process of choosing a new pope. Now, TV news anchors, analysts, producers and bookers are at the ready for the first signs of smoke.

The news networks produced special reports as Cardinals made their way to the Sistine Chapel for the conclave with live video provided by Vatican TV. NBC’s Lester Holt and ABC’s Diane Sawyer, both in Rome, anchored special reports for their networks beginning at 11:30am. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a special beginning at NoonET. Now all the anchors, including Anderson Cooper and Chris Cuomo from CNN, Chris Jansing from MSNBC, and Shepard Smith from Fox News will be seated and dialed into their respective control rooms awaiting the smoke signal: black smoke for no pope, white smoke for a new pope.

Having been on the other side of this process as Jansing’s producer at the conclave that elected Benedict XVI in 2005, I can tell you the next 24-48 hours will be one of great anticipation, and, in some cases, frustration; with no warning of when the smoke will fly and when it does, finding that what appears white smoke is really black. It can be one of the most exciting and memorable moments of live TV, for its history and rarity. It’s like election night, without exit polls or precinct-by-precinct data to tell you which way the wind is blowing. And it can also be fraught with too early or wholly incorrect reporting, made more challenging this time by the wide open field of the Papabili. When the smoke clears, we will have a new pope. Before then, don’t be surprised by some misinformation from an always plugged-in global media relying on a smoke signal for news.

Papal Conclave Coverage: Broadcast and Cable Networks

The conclave to elect the next Pope will begin Tuesday after morning mass. Here’s what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for coverage.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will broadcast “World News” from the Vatican beginning this evening. Sawyer is joined in Rome by Terry Moran, Josh Elliott, David Wright, Cokie Roberts, Rob Claiborne and Cecilia Vega. The network plans to broadcast special reports for the cardinals’ twice-daily votes.

CBS’ Scott Pelley will also be live from Vatican City starting today. Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose will host “CBS This Morning” live from Vatican City, with CBS News correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips contributing to coverage.

Chris Jansing and Lester Holt will lead coverage for NBC News and MSNBC from Rome.  Anne Thompson, Keir Simmons, Claudio Lavangna and George Weigel will also contribute to NBC-MSNBC coverage. Both networks will provide special reports for the cardinals votes. Jansing and Holt also led coverage of the last papal conclave in 2005, which Jansing talks about in a lengthy Q&A with Inside Cable News.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith will anchor from Rome. He will be joined by correspondents Amy Kellogg and Lauren Green to cover the conclave. Bryan Llenas will be reporting for Fox News Latino.

Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage from Rome. Ben Wedeman, Miguel Marquez, Dan Rivers and Becky Anderson will report, along with CNN en Español’s Adriana Hauser and Jose Levy. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen will also contribute to coverage.

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 25 & Sweeps

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was on top for the week of February 25, besting “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” by +550,000 Total Viewers and +154,000 A25-54 viewers.

But “Nightly” is the only broadcast of the three to be down in both ratings measurements year over year, -7% in Total Viewers and -11% in the demo. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is up +1% in Total Viewers and down -4% among younger viewers.

“World News” is up +5% and +2%, respectively. On February 25, the ABC evening newscast posted its highest ratings in two years, with 9,350,000 Total Viewers and 2,629,000 A25-54 viewers.

Numbers for the week of February 25, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,013,000 8,463,000 6,917,000
• A25-54: 2,386,000 2,232,000 1,965,000

 

 

 

As for the February sweep:
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Surprise! President Obama Comments On Sequester

President Obama made a surprise appearance in the White House press room at 11:39 AM ET to talk about the sequester and the economy. The appearance was announced only about 15 minutes beforehand, forcing networks to scramble a bit for their coverage.

Here in New York City, ABC News and CBS News both produced special reports, with Scott Pelley anchoring for CBS and Dan Harris anchoring for ABC, respectively. NBC stayed with “Access Hollywood Live,” though obviously MSNBC carried the statement.

CNN, Fox News and the business networks also carried the statement live.

The first question, as usual, went to the AP’s Julie Pace, who asked whether he takes any responsibility for the current situation.

The Washington Post‘s Zach Goldfarb got the second question, and asked how he plans on passing legislation.

CNN’s Jessica Yellin got question three, and semi-jokingly asked if he could bring the Republicans into the White house and force them to stay until they had a deal. “Jessica, I’m not a dictator…” he replied…

Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune got question four, asking about same-sex couples.

NPR’s Ari Shapiro got question five, and brought the conversation back to the sequester.

Pope Benedict Coverage: CBS News

CBS News is planning a special report for coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s departure Thursday. The exact timing of the report will depend on when he leaves.

Scott Pelley and Norah O’Donnell will anchor from New York, with correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips in Vatican City. Pelley, O’Donnell and Charlie Rose are set to travel to Rome to cover the Conclave next month.

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 18

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” was #1 again in the evenings last week. The NBC broadcast had a 977,000 total viewer lead on #2 “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer.” For the fourth straight week, Sawyer’s broadcast showed solid growth. Compared to the same week last year “World News” is up +10% in total viewers and up +6% in younger viewers.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most year-over-year growth of three newscasts, adding more than 870,000 viewers from last year. The show is up +14% in Total Viewers and up +8% in younger viewers.

Numbers for the week of February 18, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,416,000 8,439,000 7,377,000
• A25-54: 2,570,000 2,254,000 2,087,000

The Afternoon Ticker: CNNMoney, Doocy, Boehner

  • CNNMoney is making some changes. A handful of staffers are getting new roles, including Laurie Segall, who will become the tech correspondent for CNNMoney. More information in an internal memo, after the jump.

  • “The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” will originate from Washington DC tomorrow night. Pelley has an interview with House Speaker John Boehner on the eve of sequester.

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The Evening Ticker: ESPN & Roberts, CBS & Polk, Weather & Winner

  • Robin Roberts is not only back on “GMA” tomorrow, she’s also working with her old network, ESPN, as executive producer of Nine for IX, a series focused on women in sports.

  • The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has won the George Polk Award for Television News Reporting for Holly Williams‘ coverage of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.

  • Ted Winner has been promoted to director of content development at the Weather Channel. He’ll oversee all segment development across all hours of live programming.

On Scott Pelley’s Desk, a Tribute to the Past

Scott Pelley is used to being the interviewer, but the CBS affiliate in Tulsa recently turned the tables on the “Evening News” anchor, sitting down with him for a piece on his Oklahoma roots.

Pelley, who says he is the proud representative of the Heartland in the CBS newsroom, called his current job “too wild a dream for me to even imagine.” He also revealed that he keeps the photographs of the 15 CBS News correspondents who have been killed in the line of duty on his desk, out of view of the camera.

“I keep them on the set because I don’t ever want to forget them, and I don’t want to forget what people are doing all around the world for the ‘CBS Evening News’ every single day,” Pelley said. Watch:

Evening News Ratings: Week of February 4

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” may still trail its evening news competitors, but the show had its best week in four years last week, since Jan. 26, 2009, in total viewers and in households.

Compared to the same week last year, “Evening News” is up +13% in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers, the most of the three newscasts. Last year at this time, Pelley trailed No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by almost 2.9 million viewers, last week the gap was 2.1 million.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was also up last week: +8% in total viewers and up +10% in younger viewers. “Nightly” was up +1% in total viewers and down -1% in younger viewers.

Numbers for the week of February 4, 2013:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,640,000 8,628,000 7,482,000
• A25-54: 2,643,000 2,328,000 2,141,000

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