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Archives: July 2006

Pew: Cable Viewership Is Stagnant

The latest Pew survey demonstrates that cable news viewership is in a stagnant period.

The number of respondents who watch Fox News Channel regularly climbed from 17 percent in 1998 and 2000 to 22 percent in 2002 to 25 percent in 2004, and it declined slightly to 23 percent in the 2006 survey. FNC is one point ahead of CNN, which is watched regularly by 22 percent of respondents. 11 percent of respondents were regular MSNBC viewers in 2004, and 11 percent are still regular viewers in 2006. CNBC’s percentage increased one point to 11 percent this year.

The study adds: “Roughly four-in-ten seniors (38%) say they regularly watch cable news channels like Fox, CNN or MSNBC; that is down a bit from 2004 but the same percentage as in 2002. That compares with 30% of people ages 30 and younger. The percentage of young people tuning into the cable news outlets has increased since 2002 (from 23%).” More…

When Does Shep Sleep?

The network news anchors are all back home from the Middle East, but the cable folks are still there, Tim Cuprisin notes.. FNC’s Shepard Smith is the top-rated anchor in the war zone.

“These days, his schedule runs from ’2 p.m. local time through 7 a.m. local time, and we sleep after that.’ And he noted that he’s more plugged in than he’s ever been on such a story. ‘This is the first conflict that I’ve been involved with, or the first major story, including Katrina, where our BlackBerry devices work. So we’re able to get real-time both wires and internal reporting.’” Here’s the full story…

CNN Wants I-Reports From Viewers

“CNN is launching a user-submitted-content Website called CNN Exchange on Aug. 1,” B&C scoops. The site will aggregrate CNN’s “various user-generated sources of content” and allow users to “upload their video and pictures of breaking news and feature stories through a section called I-Reports.”

“What we’re doing with the Exchange, and I-Reports in particular, is creating a single vehicle, a simple branded environment in which people are going to be able to more consistently and easily participate in the news,” says Mitch Gelman, senior VP/executive producer for CNN.com. Look for it online tomorrow…

Growth Of Online News Use Is Slowing; MSNBC.com, Yahoo, CNN.com Still On Top

“Some solace for traditional news outlets worried about how to compete with the Internet: A survey finds slowing growth in the number of people who regularly go online for the news,” the AP reports. “Almost three in 10 adults, or 31 percent, regularly log in for news, a rate roughly the same as two years ago, according to the survey released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. People in their 40s were more likely to go online for news than the younger adults.”

Here’s the latest Pew news consumption report. “Among those who say they regularly get news on the internet, 31% list MSNBC.com as one of the websites they use most often; 23% name Yahoo.com; and the same percentage names CNN.com. Other websites that are widely used for news are Google.com (9%); AOL.com (8%); and FoxNews.com (8%).”

Forbes Developing Syndication Pilot

“After finding success with weekend business gabfest Forbes on Fox on Fox News Channel,” Forbes “has its sights set on syndication gold,” Broadcasting & Cable reports.

The pub is “developing a pilot for a daily entertainment/lifestyle/business show spotlighting the gilded lives of the leisure class and evoking the blue-blood sensibility of its ForbesLife title (formerly Forbes FYI).” Bruce Perlmutter “has been brought in to executive-produce…”

> July 21: Forbes wants to compete with CNBC

FNC Tries Live ‘War Stories’ Tonight

northjuly30.jpgFNC is airing a live edition of War Stories this weekend. “Terror’s Mideast Legacy” will air at 8pm, featuring “a look at the roots of Hezbollah, including exclusive interviews with former hostage Terry Anderson, and a behind-the-scenes look at the intelligence operation that takes down terrorists.” (I’m going to avoid any comparison to CNN’s new show This Week At War.) Oliver North hosts…

FNC Expected To Settle Chillemi Suit

“Fox News Channel is close to settling a sex discrimination suit filed by the Feds on behalf of four former female employees,” Variety reports. “In a deal expected to be announced as soon as Monday, sources said Fox will pay a nominal sum — less than $250,000 — to the four women involved, but admits no wrongdoing.” The suit was filed against marketing exec Joe Chillemi in November. More…

> Nov. 8, 2005: EEOC Files Lawsuit Accusing FNC Supervisor Of Sexual Harassment, Discrimination

> Nov. 8, 2005: EEOC Files Suit Against Fox News Channel: “This Is A Case Involving Bad Language” — Very Bad Language

The Ticker: Chetry, Crowley, Chen…

> Who was first with news of the Israeli airstrike on Qana? An e-mailer says FNC had the news before CNN and MSNBC…

> Viewers noticed Kiran Chetry‘s absence from Saturday’s Fox & Friends…

> Did you see this Virginian-Pilot editorial telling Keith Olbermann to “take note?” It reminds him that Nazi jokes are “not funny…”

> MSNBC’s Monica Crowley will host “The Best of Imus” on MSNBC August 3 and 4, according to her Web site

> Lost Remote’s Cory Bergman thinks the media is primarily to blame for a recent U.S. House vote to ban social networking sites from public schools and libraries. He “thanks” Dateline NBC for hyping and over-generalizing the danger of Internet predators…

> Julie Chen owns a coffee mug that makes fun of her…

Look for TVNewser on C-SPAN’s The Communicators, Saturday at 6:30pm on C-SPAN and Monday at 8am and 8pm on C-SPAN2…

Nothing Will Stop Katie Couric

Katie Couric had fellow passengers aboard a New York-bound jet on the warpath this week when, as their plane was about to taxi to the runway, she got out of her seat and begged the pilot to allow one of her late-arriving producers to board,” Page Six reports. A passenger says the “diva-like antics” occurred on Wednesday’s 6:30 p.m. Delta Shuttle flight out of Washington, D.C. Couric “raced up the aisle with a cellphone to her ear and told an attendant she had to speak to the pilot right away. Couric was then allowed into the cockpit and convinced the pilot to delay the flight and reopen the door for her producer, Nicola Hewitt…”

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