TVNewser Show TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of TVNewser.com and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email chris@mediabistro.com and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

The Evening Ticker: Discovery, Green, Quest

  • Discovery Channel will air Everest Avalanche Tragedy Sunday, May 4. The 90-minute documentary will include eyewitness accounts from last Friday’s deadly avalanche. An NBC News team was there producing a now-canceled special which was to include a wing suit flight from the summit.

  • CNN’s Richard Quest has interviewed Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak about missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The interview comes just days before the Razak’s joint press conference with Pres. Obama.

‘With All the Trash on TV These Days the Quality of War Coverage is Astonishing’

bobsimonIn his 47 years at CBS News, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has covered 35 overseas conflicts: from Vietnam to Iraq. In 1991, he was held captive by Iraqi forces for 40 days during the first Persian Gulf War. With 25 Emmys and four Peabodys, he’s the most honored American foreign correspondent. And tonight he adds one more honor to the shelf: the Overseas Press Club’s highest honor, the President’s Award. Simon talked with Newsday’s Verne Gay about the honor, and a career full of fighting.

Why a career in battlefield reporting?
Simon: “A sort of pathology. A lot of it becomes an adrenalin addiction. That’s why so many people, when they retire, drop dead…”

What do you think of the coverage now?
Simon: “The people going out there were as good and as suicidal as we ever were. And look even at the networks or news organizations that tend to be extremist when they’re covering this country, they’re a lot better [covering international crises.] With all the trash that’s on TV these days … the quality and courage of people doing the war coverage is astonishing. I think Syria is more dangerous than anything I ever covered. The people who go into cover that are really taking their lives into their own hands. I was never scared being shot at as I was taken hostage, but that happens all the time in Syria.

Ever cover another war?
Simon: “No, because I have a grandson now.”

When do you plan to hang it up, if ever?
Simon: “When I can no longer remember my name…”

Thanks, Anonymous Tipster

To the anonymous tipster who just left this in the tip box:

Whenever there is bad press for NBC (MTP in this case) you always post an article with a statement from NBC. However you never do the same with other networks, especially FNC.

If we were to receive a note from a Fox News executive about a Fox News program, or Fox News host, or, for that matter, ABC News or CBS News, rest assured we would publish it.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

The Morning Ticker: Salmon’s Fusion, Facebook’s Storyful, Cooper’s Pad

  • Following his departure from Reuters, Felix Salmon is joining Fusion’s digital team as senior editor. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee says Salmon has a “deep understanding of the way the millennial generation likes to communicate and consume information.”

  • Facebook has launched FB Newswire. Using Storyful, the Newswire is meant to be a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

  • Anderson Cooper has put up the for sale sign at one of his Hamptons pads. Cooper is asking just shy of $3 million for the 2.4-acre property which includes a 5-bedroom, 5-bath cottage. The buyer will have Cooper for a neighbor. He owns another house next door.

Megyn Kelly: ‘I Try Not to Get Drunk on My Own Wine, ‘Cause I Would Be the Only One’

Megyn Kelly phoned in to “Fox & Friends” this morning to talk about making the TIME 100. Kelly says her work ethic is simple: “I keep my head down, my mouth shut and work hard.” Kelly says there was no money in the budget, or even an open position when Fox News hired her away from WJLA in Washington, DC. That was after she left a career in law. “It was a major cut in pay from my law job, but it wasn’t about pay at that point it was about finding happiness and professional fulfillment,” she says.

WATCH:


Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 14

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week and is the only morning program to show year-over-year growth.

“GMA” was up +1% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo.

NBC’s “Today” was down -3% in viewers and down -4% in the demo compared to the same week last year, while “CBS This Morning” was down -1% and -10%, respectively.

This week last year was dominated by coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath.

The averages for the week of April 14, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.701M / NBC: 4.903M / CBS: 3.116M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.133M / NBC: 1.977M / CBS: 984,000

 

Megyn Kelly, Charlie Rose on TIME 100

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 7.53.04 AMTIME magazine is out with its annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Megyn Kelly, the anchor of Fox News Channel’s 9pm hour, is a Pioneer on the list while Charlie Rose, the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” is listed as an Icon. The list runs the gamut: from Pres. Obama to Edward Snowden; from Pope Francis to Miley Cyrus. Seth Myers, Jeff Bezos and both Koch brothers are also on it.

Brit Hume, who gets some of the credit for Kelly’s success, writes in TIME, “Ten years ago, my wife Kim, then Fox News’ Washington bureau chief, walked into my office carrying a videocassette. ‘You have got to see this,’ Kim said. It was the audition tape of a local TV reporter then named Megyn Kendall.

About Rose, Michael Bloomberg writes, “Over the years, political commentary on television — from both the left and the right — has grown more and more shrill. Both sides talk past each other in an endless repetition of poll-tested sound bites. And that’s why Charlie Rose matters more than ever.”

Who did TIME overlook? Let us know in the comments…

Last HLN Original Set for Retirement

KofskyHLNEve Kofsky, the last remaining original HLN employee still with the network, is hanging up her headset. Kofsky started at CNN in February of 1981 as a video journalist and moved to CNN2 as an audio operator when rehearsals started in November of that year.

Promoted to director in 1984, she has directed nearly 18,000 hours of television programming at CNN2/Headline News/HLN. Kofsky and long-time CNN director Roger Strauss make up the “first couple” of CNN, the first to meet at the network and married in 1983.

Kofsky will direct her last shows on May 2.

Robin Roberts Tells David Letterman: ‘I’m Healthier and Happier Than I’ve Ever Been’

RobinLettermanRobin Roberts will be signing copies of her new book “Everybody’s Got Something” at Barnes & Noble on 46th Street and 5th Avenue in New York City today at 12:30pm. Stop by if you can.

Last night the ABC News anchor traveled a few blocks up Broadway and appeared on CBS’s “Late Show with David Letterman,” telling Dave, “I’m healthier and happier than I’ve even been.” While Roberts has re-signed with “Good Morning America,” the show tweeted Roberts’ farewell to Letterman who will be leaving “Late Show” next year.

Also on last night’s show, Letterman’s replacement Stephen Colbert who brought a Top 10 list he’d submitted 17 years ago when he applied to be a writer on the show.

Watch both clips after the jump…

Read more

How the Evening Newscasts Covered the Aereo Supreme Court Arguments

Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 7.20.49 PMABC, CBS, FOX and NBC were at the Supreme Court today, on many levels. Reporters were there to cover the proceedings, lawyers argued on behalf of the networks, and executives sat in to watch the cases for and against Aereo. Two of the three evening newscasts reported on the case tonight.

“NBC Nightly News” and “CBS Evening News” each aired a story four minutes into their newscasts.

“Full disclosure right up top,” said Brian Williams, “This company (NBC) is a big player in this case, as are a lot of big names in media, who are tonight, just like us, covering it as a news story.” Stephanie Gosk then reported on what Aereo is, and what the argument is all about.

“Major networks, including CBS, are suing an an internet startup company claiming it is essentially stealing programming with a new technology,” said Scott Pelley in his introduction of a Chip Reid story.

“Nightly News” and “Evening News” also led with stories from the Supreme Court: the Court’s decision to uphold a ban on affirmative action in Michigan.

“ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” did not report on the Aereo case. “World News” led with the latest out of Ukraine.

NEXT PAGE >>