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‘Pimped Out’ Returns. New Clinton Book Details Old Cable News Firestorm

shuster“Clinton Inc.,” another new book about the former, and perhaps future, White House occupants dredges up a cable news moment that regular readers of this site will recall.

In February 2008, as the Democratic primary for president was heating up, then-MSNBC anchor David Shuster waded into the debate about the Clinton family dynamic and how it plays out on the campaign trail. “Doesn’t it seem like Chelsea’s sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?,” Shuster asked.

That line set off a firestorm from the Clinton camp to the highest levels of NBC and even its corporate parent at the time. Politico reports on an excerpt from the book by Daniel Halper:

According to a source close to the situation, the Clintons called people on the board of NBC’s parent company General Electric to say, “Well, this is outrageous, how NBC News and MSNBC are handling this, and we need to do something about it.” Before long, GE’s chairman Jeffrey Immelt was on the phone with Jeff Zucker, the president and CEO of NBC Universal at the time, and (former NBC News president) Steve Capus asking, “What the hell is going on over there? Why are my board members talking about the reporter, and why is your reporter referring to Chelsea as a prostitute?”

Shuster was suspended for the remark. His employment with MSNBC came to an abrupt end in April 2010 when it was revealed that he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN. Shuster had been with MSNBC since 2002 following a six-year run at Fox News Channel. He is now an anchor with Al Jazeera America. Ironically, Chelsea Clinton would go on to work as a special correspondent for NBC News.

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Evening News Ratings: Week of June 30

EveningNewsNew“World News with Diane Sawyer,” which saw David Muir sitting in Monday through Thursday, was the only newscast to show year-over-year growth in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo compared to the same week last year: up +4% in viewers and up +7% in the demo.

The ABC broadcast also won the week in younger viewers with a +157,000 (+9%) viewer lead over “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” For the 251st week in a row, “Nightly” won among total viewers, but by its smallest gap in 21 months. Just 68,000 viewers separated “Nightly News” and “World News.” The NBC broadcast was down -2% in viewers and down -14% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which this week sees a new executive producer in former NBC News president Steve Capus, was flat in viewers and down -9% in the demo year-over-year.

All three evening newscasts are based on a 4-day average (Mon-Thurs) due to the July 4th holiday.

Numbers for the week of June 30, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,506,000 7,438,000 5,746,000
• A25-54: 1,726,000 1,883,000 1,316,000

Evening News Ratings: Week of April 28

EveningNewsNewFor the third time in four weeks “World News with Diane Sawyer” takes the younger viewer demo. Sawyer edged “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” by just 8,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo. “Nightly” was No. 1 in total viewers — for the 242nd straight week — with a +932,000 lead over the ABC broadcast.

“Nightly” was also up the most in total viewers compared to the same week last year, +14%, while “World News” was up the most in the demo: +20%. “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” which will get a new executive producer in Steve Capus in a few weeks, was also up year-over-year: up +12% in viewers and up +10% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of April 28, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 9,026,000 8,094,000 6,991,000
• A25-54: 2,136,000 2,144,000 1,727,000

Steve Capus Named Executive Producer of ‘CBS Evening News’

CapusSteve11Former NBC News president Steve Capus is joining CBS News as the executive producer of “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” and executive editor of the news division. He will begin in his new role in July.

Capus was president of NBC News for eight years, from 2005 to 2013. Before that he was executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and later Brian Williams from May 2001 to June 2005.  At CBS, he replaces Patrica Shevlin who is joining “60 Minutes.”

“The Evening News is an excellent broadcast, and we believe under Steve’s leadership it will get even better,” Jeff Fager, CBS News chairman said in a statement. “He is a real pro with an extraordinary record, and we are fortunate to have him joining us at CBS News.”

Capus will be the third “Evening News” EP in three years. Shevlin oversaw the show when Pelley joined as anchor in 2011. Before that, Rick Kaplan was EP of the show for four years, when it was the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” A few years earlier, Kaplan worked for Capus at NBC News when Kaplan was president of MSNBC. And in a further show of how small the TV news world really is, Kaplan replaced Rome Hartman as EP of “Evening News.” Hartman was later hired by Capus at NBC News to launch “Rock Center.”

Capus will now be competing head-to-head against his friend and former NBC colleague Brian Williams. Capus also produced Williams’ MSNBC show in the late 1990s before moving up the ranks at NBC News.

As Executive Editor Capus joins the CBS News management team “as a resource for colleagues around the Broadcast Center and a strategist on coverage of ongoing stories,” says David Rhodes, CBS News president.

The release and Rhodes’ note are after the jump. Read more

NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

It’s Official: Tamron Hall Joins ‘Today’ as 9 a.m. Co-Host

tamron hallTamron Hall is officially joining “Today” as a co-host of the third hour. As we’ve been reporting, Hall’s new deal gives her an expanded role on “Today” while she continues to anchor her MSNBC show, which moves to 11amET today.

“We’re really excited to officially welcome Tamron into the TODAY family,” “Today” executive producer Don Nash said in a statement. “She brings wit, enthusiasm and a keen sensibility to an all-around fantastic team, and I think Tamron, Al, Natalie and Willie will have a lot of fun together hosting the third hour.”

During the announcement of her new role, which came at the end of the 8 a.m. hour on “Today,” Hall shared the story of how her mother, standing on Rockefeller plaza with Hall a year before she was hired by MSNBC said, “Next year you’re going to be working here.” The two snapped a picture on Hall’s new camera.

“So a year to the day I’m going in to be hired and I show Steve Capus, who was the president of NBC News at the time, the date [on the picture],” Hall recalled. “And we both started crying. It was a year to the day.”

>Update: NBC’s official announcement is after the jump. Read more

The Morning Ticker: Farrow, Capus, Jost

  • MSNBC host Ronan Farrow has bought a $1.495 million pad in Joe Scarborough‘s neighborhood. The 982-sq. foot, Upper West Side unit is in a doorman building with a landscaped rooftop with views of the Hudson River, just like in a Woody Allen movie.

  • “Saturday Night Live” head writer Colin Jost will be the new co-anchor of “Weekend Update” with Cecily Strong starting March 1. Jost takes over for Seth Meyers who begins hosting “Late Night” on NBC on February 24.

Yes, This is What Steve Capus Has Been Up To

CapusSteve11When Steve Capus left NBC News earlier this year after 20 years with the network, he was due some time away from news.

So for the last few months, Capus, who was president of NBC News for his last 8 years with the network, has turned his attention to music: specifically, a mission to get the British progressive rock band Yes into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I don’t want people to think I’ve completely lost my mind,” Capus tells the AP. “This isn’t my new career. I’ve got the luxury of some time on my hands and the ability to do some projects that I believe in and have some fun doing.”

Capus has been a Yes fan since seeing the group in concert in Philadelphia in 1979.

The campaign, a collaboration with fellow Yes fans, Republican consultant John Brabender and Democratic strategist Tad Devine, will include a film, produced by Capus, about why Yes should be in the Hall. Capus attended a “Yestival” in New Jersey and went to Cleveland with the band to conduct interviews.

Since leaving NBC in the spring, Capus has done some consulting work and plans to teach journalism and management.

New NBC News President Deborah Turness: ‘My first job is to listen’

Today is Deborah Turness‘ first day on the job as president of NBC News. This morning she sent a note out to all NBC News staffers introducing herself, and explaining that she will be a regular presence in the newsroom, edit bays and offices over the next few weeks while she gets acclimated.

“My first job is to listen. To hear from you and to gain an intimate understanding of how you operate,” Turness wrote. “So whatever your role, department or location, I am interested in what you can tell me. This week I plan to spend time in key editorial meetings and to be ‘out and about’. So please don’t be surprised if I turn up in your edit bay or at your desk. I want to know how you work!”

Turness was named president of NBC News back in May, replacing Steve Capus, who departed in March.

Her full note to staff, after the jump.
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ITV News Editor Deborah Turness Expected to be Named President of NBC News

NBC News is expected to name Deborah Turness as its new president, a source tells TVNewser. News of her likely appointment was reported this morning in The New York Times and The Guardian.

TVNewser hears an official announcement from NBC News could come as early as next week.

Turness, 45, is the editor of ITV News, the news arm of UK broadcaster ITV. Turness drew acclaim at ITV for keeping it competitive, even against the well-funded and iconic BBC News. Her appointment will end a three-month search for Steve Capus‘ successor.

She was the first female to hold the editor position, equivalent to a network news division president here in the U.S. She assumed that role in 2004, and before that served as deputy editor at both ITV News and Five News. She also served as a producer in ITV News’ Washington DC bureau earlier in her career.

ITV News and NBC News actually have a business relationship, sharing facilities and even correspondents with the British broadcaster.

Capus–an NBC News lifer–announced that he would leave NBC News in February. His last day was in early March.

Since that time NBCUniversal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel has been overseeing the search for a replacement. Turness’ name first came up as a possibility last month in an article from the Los Angeles Times.

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