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FNC Correspondent Jonathan Hunt Becomes U.S. Citizen

Fox News correspondent Jonathan Hunt is celebrating his first Thanksgiving as an American citizen. Hunt went on Shepard Smith‘s show earlier this week to talk about his path to citizenship, joking that his swearing-in marks “the real start of the decline of America.”

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Ferguson Grand Jury Reaches Decision

This afternoon MSNBC and CNN have been in wall-to-wall coverage of the grand jury decision in the Darren Wilson case, even though the decision hasn’t yet been made public. Fox News has been more tempered with its coverage, reporting that there is a decision and that it will be released sometime after 5pmCT.

Broadcast networks are also planning special reports once the decision is handed down. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage that will feature live reports from Ferguson. Fox will offer a special report to affiliates anchored by Trace Gallagher and Shepard Smith will anchor coverage on FNC. Brian Williams will anchor an NBC News special report to cover the announcement, while CBS will have Scott Pelley live from New York.

Fox Business will be covering the economic impact of the decision with a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8 pm ET. Fusion is on the ground with Mariana Atencio anchoring “Fusion Live” from Ferguson. We’ll let you know about the other broadcasters when we hear from them.

The 12-person grand jury, made up of 7 men (1 black and 6 white) and 5 women (2 black and 3 white), is deciding whether Wilson, a white police officer from Ferguson, MO, should be criminally indicted for the shooting death of black teenager Michael Brown.

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Obama Immigration Remarks Draw 6.8M on Spanish-Language TV

RamosImmigrationPres. Obama’s immigration remarks drew 6.85 million viewers on two Spanish-language U.S. TV networks last night, according to Nielsen overnight time-period data.

With 5.055 million viewers, Univision saw a +49% increase in viewership from Wednesday’s 8pm half hour, while NBCU-owned Telemundo’s 1.8 million viewers was a jump of +38% from the night earlier.

With a 2.1 rating and a 9 share in the A18-34 demo, Unvision was second only to CBS’s “The Big Bang Theory” in the half hour. It was fourth in total viewers, behind CBS, ABC and NBC.

The broadcast networks chose not to carry network-wide special reports at 8pmET, but that didn’t stop many local stations in big markets from producing their own specials. That alone will dent the national ratings, especially for NBC and ABC. (Final numbers will be released Tuesday.) FOX, too, will see an effect as many stations in big markets carried a Shepard Smith-anchored report.

Another interesting note for Unvision, following the president’s remarks, anchor Jorge Ramos wrapped up the news at 8:18pm. At that point the network moved on to the Latin Grammy Awards broadcast. The 8:30pm half hour actually lost viewers: from an average of 5.055 million to an average of 4.799 million. The younger demos (18-49 and 18-34) also each dropped one tenth of a ratings point from 8 to 8:30pm. Some of those Univision viewers may have switched to Telemundo which produced a one-hour special averaging 1.98 million viewers.

  • 8-8:30pm | Program: Viewers (Millions) / A18-49 / A18-34

The Big Bang Theory (CBS)….14.647 / 4.0 / 2.6
Informe Especial (Univision)……5.055 / 2.2 / 2.1
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)………….8.242 / 2.3 / 1.8
Bones (FOX)……………………..5.001 / 1.3 / 0.9
The Vampire Diaries (CW)……..1.721 / 0.8 / 0.8
The Biggest Loser (NBC)………5.324 / 1.3 / 0.7
Accion Ejecutiva (Telemundo)…1.800 / 0.7 / 0.5

As Networks Pass on Immigration Address, Local Stations Produce Special Reports

While ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX chose not to interrupt primetime with Pres. Obama’s immigration executive action remarks, many local stations interrupted network programs anyway, producing their own specials. NBC stations in Washington, DC and New York produced special reports, so did ABC’s WLS in Chicago, which meant pre-empting the “Grey’s Anatomy” “winter finale.” FOX produced an optional special report anchored by Shepard Smith but aired broadly across the country in markets including New York, Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Detroit, and Miami.

Because of the timing, during the local evening news in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, many of those stations incorporated the remarks in their newscasts. CBS’s Scott Pelley anchored a special report that aired on many western stations including KCBS in Los Angeles, KCNC in Denver and KOVR in Sacramento.

Fox’s Shepard Smith Calls CNN bin Laden Story ‘Embarrassing’

Fox News Channel’s heavily hyped exclusive interview with Robert O’Neill, the Navy SEAL believed to have killed Osama bin Laden, premiered last night. Part II airs tonight.

On Shepard Smith‘s show Tuesday, correspondent Peter Doocy talked about his reporting for the two-night special. Smith noted other networks scrambled to get stories featuring O’Neill on air ahead of Fox, calling out CNN in particular. “Once we announced we’re doing this, of course everybody and their mother jumped on this. CNN’s treating things over there as breaking news. It’s really kind of embarrassing for them, I thought.”

Smith also called competing news networks “hater channels” for reporting criticism of O’Neill — some from fellow SEALS — who think O’Neill has acted inappropriately in revealing his role in the covert mission.

It’s Huckabee with an ‘H’ Not an ‘F’

Megyn Kelly had a little slip of the tongue last night introducing fellow Fox News host Mike Huckabee on her show. Instead of calling his show “Huckabee” she called it… well just watch:

Kelly acknowledged the slip at the end of her show: “Something else that happened on the program is also getting a lot of attention on Twitter and including this tweet from some nice man named Sean who said ‘Megyn you’re a delight to watch and gave a stoic performance after your slip up with Governor Huckabee’s name.’ I thought I was stoic too – I have a heart of a 12 year old boy.”

This all reminds us of the time Shepard Smith said this about Jennifer Lopez, or Chris Matthews had this slip (more than once) about Barack Obama or Jane Skinner said this.

Roger Ailes and Beth Ailes Honored by Green Beret Foundation

KEANE_AILESThe Green Beret Foundation honored Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Beth Ailes, Publisher of the Putnam County News & Recorder and Putnam County Courier with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their personal support of the nation’s military and Green Berets. Army Gen. Jack Keane (left) presented the Aileses with their awards.

“Behind every successful man is a surprised wife,” Ailes joked as he began his remarks.

Last night’s event at the Pierre Hotel was emceed by FNC anchor Bill Hemmer. Various FoxNewsers were there including Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Harris Faulkner, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Steve Doocy, Janice Dean. Megyn Kelly dropped by for the cocktail hour, so she could be back for “The Kelly File.”

“When President Kennedy helped form the Green Berets he knew that some day they’d be needed,” Ailes went on to say. “The values and principles that lead you to go in harm’s way willingly are unique American traits. The people in this room — particularly the Green Berets — have my greatest respect because they are prepared to risk everything for an idea, and that idea is called America.”

Elaine Howard, CEO of Gannett Government Media and Lieutenant General John Mulholland, Jr, former Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Command, were also honored.

5 Questions for… Meg Tirrell

3000Tirrell_Head_Silo_300dpiMeg Tirrell joined CNBC last April as a general assignment reporter focusing on biotechnology and pharmaceuticals. Roughly six months later, the Ebola crisis has turned her beat into must-watch television. Tirrell started at Bloomberg News where made a name for herself by breaking stories on the pharma beat.

Tirrell spoke with TVNewser about a variety of topics including how the media has covered Ebola and her a capella group. Seriously, she’s in an a capella group.

TVNewser: You joined CNBC about six months ago. What’s been the biggest surprise so far?

Tirrell: Taking the question literally, my biggest surprise probably was when our 5pm show, “Fast Money,” asked me to do a segment on the drug Cialis (which is for, er… men’s health), and then I walked on set to find that I was going to be doing the segment side by side… with Regis Philbin. We made it a commendable 90 seconds without cracking up, and it was amazing.

Taking the question more seriously, I think one of the biggest surprises has been just how small the organization is, for such a big enterprise. Everyone owns their beat and has a seat at the table, which is awesome.

TVNewser: How/why did you get into the biotech and pharmaceutical field?

Tirrell: I come from a family of scientists, so it’s a natural fit, but I had a little bit of a circuitous path here. I initially planned to be an arts critic, but then stumbled on business reporting because of a wonderful adviser in grad school at Northwestern. Then at Bloomberg News I was offered a spot on the health team covering pharmaceuticals and biotech, and it stuck. I love how human the stories on this beat are, and how important medicine is to people’s lives. And it certainly doesn’t hurt having a phone full of chemists and biochemists to call with the silly questions I’m too embarrassed to ask people I’m not related to.

TVNewser: Shepard Smith, among others, recently criticized the media for “irresponsible” reporting on Ebola. What is your opinion of the coverage Ebola has received?

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Fox News Releases Election Coverage Plan

bump_baier_kelly_1Fox News Channel will again turn to Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly as lead anchors of the channel’s election night coverage, which will carry the “America’s Election HQ” title. Coverage on FNC will begin at 6 p.m. ET, and include cross-platform coverage on Fox digital platforms.

Shepard Smith will helm the network’s broadcast breaking coverage of midterm race results from the “FOX News Deck.” Bill Hemmer will be tasked with breaking down election results via the electronic “Bill-board,” while Martha MacCallum handles exit poll data. FNC’s coverage will include analysis from senior political analyst Brit Hume, FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Bob Beckel, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Dana Perino, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, George Will and Juan Williams.

Online, Fox will produce continuous live coverage titled “The Strategy Room” from 9 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET, which will include feature news and analysis with a casual format and “spirited discussions.”

In Profile: Halperin/Heilemann, Gabrielle, Smith

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin bloomberg John Heilemann and Mark Halperin of Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” sat down with The New York Times Magazine‘s David Carr about the midterm elections, Michael Bloomberg and the divided political ecosystem. Heilemann and Halperin were even asked who they’d want to share a six-pack with.

Halperin: I’ll go with Hillary Clinton right now, only because she’s a little more relevant to our forward-looking lives. But when the Palins drink, apparently exciting things happen. Heilemann: Michelle Obama. Although she’d want it to be light beer, and that’s not really to my taste.

lea gabrielle_304x200Fox News’ Lea Gabrielle took a rare path to journalism, starting her career  with a 12-year stint in the United States Navy. She recently told Marie Claire about her experiences, how to deal with pressure and the keys to success.

Build yourself a network of people who want you to accomplish your goals and want to see you succeed. If I’m going to get trained, I want to make sure I’m getting trained by people who know what they’re doing, who have a reputation, and are going to be able to introduce me to people who can hire me.

Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith spoke with Capital NY to discuss how he handles being on air for breaking news, when to interrupt scheduled programming and technology’s impact on his coverage.

We don’t want people to freak out, we have lived in a freak-out world. We were here on 9/11, living in a state of fear is a terrible thing, and I don’t want to add to it if I don’t have to.

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