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Archives: April 2006

Williams Talks To Bush In New Orleans

NBC’s Brian Williams is on his eleventh trip to the Gulf Coast today. “We will originate the broadcast from a levee tonight (a first for us in all our trips here),” he blogs.

President Bush was in New Orleans today, too. In a conversation with Bush, Williams read a quote from the president’s Jackson Square speech, then asked if he still stood by his words.

“Absolutely. I am. Step one is to make sure people have got confidence in the levee system, and we said that we will have by June 1st levees up to pre-Katrina or better, and that will happen,” Bush said…

“Is There A White House Policy That All Govt. TV’s Have To Be Tuned To Fox?”

A fascinating blog entry on “Window on Washington:”

“The controversy du jour aboard Air Force One today was one near and dear to the hearts of many otherwise happy couples: Command and control of the TV tuner.

‘It’s come to my attention that there’s been requests — this is a serious question — to turn these TVs on to a station other than Fox, and that those have been denied,’ Washington Post reporter Jim VandeHei told Press Secretary Scott McClellan. ‘My question would be, is there a White House policy that all government TVs have to be tuned to Fox?’ ‘Never heard of any such thing,’ said McClellan, soon to be replaced by Tony Snow of Fox News.”

The TVs in the AFO press cabin are usually tuned to Fox, but now they’ve been changed to CNN. More…

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 25

25-54 demographic:

Total day: FNC: 237 | CNN: 111 | MSNBC: 86 | HLN: 98 | CNBC: 71

Prime: FNC: 411 | CNN: 144 | MSNBC: 119 | HLN: 179 | CNBC: 116

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  198 301 390 463 433 336 238
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  174 201 168 112 139 181 123
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  136 90 174 158 111 87 96
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
  94 74 107 196 176 166 116
CNBC Kudlow: Cramer: Money: Deal: Cramer: Deutsch: Deal:
    69 78 241 44 62 208

Total viewers:

Total day: FNC: 859 | CNN: 722 | MSNBC: 385 | HLN: 473 | CNBC: 233

Prime: FNC: 1,202 | CNN: 543 | MSNBC: 318 | HLN: 334 | CNBC: 187

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Gibson: Hume: Shep: O’Reilly: H&C: Greta: O’Reilly:
  895 1,387 1,439 1,881 1,540 1,375 1,050
CNN Blitzer: Dobbs: Blitzer: Zahn: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  540 828 706 538 959 669 331
MSNBC Hardball: Abrams: Hardball: Countdown: Scarborough: Cosby: Situation:
  335 258 456 486 368 301 207
HLN Roberts/Choi: Showbiz: Grace: Prime: Grace: Showbiz:
  202 216 245 604 420 394 237

NAB/RTNDA: Scott’s Closing Thoughts

TVNewser NAB blogger Scott Baker sums up the convention in a Wednesday night blog entry:

The Book starts Thursday.

RTNDA ends Wednesday.

That’s a little tight. I’m not sure who thought this was a good
idea. I’m sure the date was scheduled years before Nielsen got around
to setting the book dates for this year.

In any case this led to an earlier than usual mini-exodus today.

Got to get back in time to broadcast.

So what have we learned?

Dan Rather feels moderately positive about Katie Couric. Very

Shepard Smith is an adept walk-and-text messager.

Regis is happy to be in the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, but says he
still doesn’t know what his talent is.

Jack Valenti has the First Amendment memorized.

Dan Rather cries easily. But we all knew that.

Tom Brokaw is less prone to crying.

There were college student job seekers who looked older than FCC
Chairman Kevin Martin.

Don’t leave Shep out of the Katrina video montage.

The Hispanic audience is increasing faster than gas prices.

Charlie Gibson has a future.

Citizen Journalism is User-Generated Content, but not all User-
Generated Content is Citizen Journalism.

Video On-Demand will continue to explode and be really cool. Except
for when it doesn’t play, you just get audio — or it crashes your

The CNN party took off when the Neville Brothers hit their groove.
But the dance band that began the night should really not have
expected news directors to dance with each other. Or college student
job seekers.

Don Fitzpatrick will be missed.

There will be people who complain about RTNDA like people who
complain about Saturday Night Live — “It used to be better.” But
the truth is, it is what you make it. On any given day there you may
encounter the particular insight, person or technology that will make
all the difference. We had those in abundance.

See you next year.

NAB/RTNDA: Simon’s Closing Thoughts

TVNewser NAB blogger Simon Marks wraps up the week:

If you’d asked me before I arrived in Las Vegas where this industry of ours is heading, I would have said “not much of a clue.” Like most of us
toiling in the on-camera trenches, I don’t usually give much thought to how
my boyish good looks get from my dateline into the living rooms of our “end
users” – the viewers whose eyeballs we crave. For 20 years, I’ve just
taken it for granted that they do.

But visit Las Vegas this week and you catch a glimpse of the future….or,
to be more accurate, a glimpse of several futures some of which appear to
be in direct contradiction to one another…

Read more

Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 17

Not much movement in the morning show wars. For the week of April 17:

Total viewers: NBC: 5,860,000 / ABC: 5,000,000 / CBS: 2,770,000

25-54 demo: NBC: 2,880,000 / ABC: 2,290,000 / CBS: 1,250,000

> Compare to: April 10 / April 3 / March 27 / March 20 / March 13

Cooper Will Contribute To 60 Minutes

“CNN’s Anderson Cooper will become a contributor to ’60 Minutes’ under a deal he’s hammering out with CBS,” Michael Starr scoops.

“Cooper will stay at CNN as the host of ‘Anderson Cooper 360′ and will contribute occasional reports to ’60 Minutes’ – which will also air on Cooper’s show… Cooper, who turns 39 in June, would be the youngest ’60 Minutes’ contributor by far.”

“Fox News Will Just Take Over The Bush White House Now,” Kristol Jokes

Tony Snow‘s selection to replace Scott McClellan only gives Fox News critics more fodder, Matea Gold says.

On FNC yesterday, Weekly Standard editor and network analyst Bill Kristol acknowledged as much, joking to Shep Smith that “Fox News will just take over the Bush White House now,” and quipping that Greta Van Susteren could be named White House counsel.

Shep referenced the jokes, and called them baseless, adding that “conspiracy theories abound…”

“Moving From One Part Of The Conservative Infrastructure To Another”

Jim Rutenberg writes in Thursday’s NYT:

Tony Snow‘s career change “might not be what Fox News executives want in terms of their public relations defense against criticism that their network is philosophically sympathetic to Mr. Bush. As Karen Finney, the Democratic National Committee spokeswoman, put it Wednesday, “To our mind he is just moving from one part of the conservative infrastructure to another.”

Fox executives have dismissed such statements as partisan sniping at the network’s conservative opinion makers — Mr. Snow among them — who operate separately from its news division.”

A tipster says: “Tony Snow to be on Brit Hume at 6 p.m…”