Archives: June 2008
For now, it’s next to impossible to get a reading on how well FBN is doing, because it’s not a full-service client of Nielsen: Even though FBN gets ratings data for internal use, it can’t publish them, and Nielsen can’t make them available to media buyers or other networks. Some in the industry are skeptical about the lack of audience data for a network that reaches 35 million subscribers and boasts of shelling out $100 million in startup costs. One skeptic, veteran network news analyst Andrew Tyndall, says, “If the PR people at Fox Business had any numbers to brag about, you can bet they’d be doing it. Their silence speaks volumes.”
Well, FBN isn’t silent on this issue. A network spokesperson tells TVNewser, “Andrew is both misinformed and grossly out of the loop — per Nielsen, we’re prohibited from releasing any ratings at this stage. Perhaps he should stick to tallying story counts on newscasts.”
Back to CNBC, and who Dempsey thinks should get the credit for the NBCU network’s growth…
Lopez: How does a Fox News reporter wind up a ‘friend’ of Dan Rather — who blurbed your book?
Rosen: The same way Bill Buckley wound up a ‘friend’ of John Kenneth Galbraith. In my case, I used to work for Rather — paid by him, not by CBS News — as a researcher, compiling data on subjects of interest to him outside of his daily duties as anchor and managing editor of The CBS Evening News. It was through Dan’s generosity — legendary to those who know him — that I was able to review the transcripts of every CBS News program that aired between 1972 and 1975, an invaluable resource. The Strong Man is thus one of the first books to make systematic use of the broadcast journalism of the Nixon era.
Jed Babbin has issues with MSNBC.
The Human Events contributor has culled together quotes from several months-worth of stories about the network, calling it “an asylum for people such as Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann.” Babbin writes there is a war within NBC “between the network suits and the real journalists who remain.” He even suggests any NBC journalist who isn’t happy with the current trends at MSNBC to, “Form a small committee and demand a meeting with [GE chairman Jeffrey] Immelt. Make him listen and promise to restore NBC’s journalistic standards to what they should be. If he refuses, start circulating your resumes. There will be no future for you with the Olbermann Network,” Babbin writes.
But perhaps the most interesting part of Babbin’s screed: the connection between Bill O’Reilly and GE’s stock price…
During the first three weeks of June, MSNBC’s prime-time weeknight audience [in A25-54] was up 85 percent over last year…CNN was up 29 percent and Fox was down 1 percent during the same period. Advertisers have taken notice of MSNBC’s gains… “They’re not at CNN and Fox’s level yet,” said Andy Donchin, an analyst for Carat USA. “But I think they’ve made greater inroads. They’ve gotten their act together a bit and found a formula that works for them.”
MSNBC’s biggest cheerleader Phil Griffin agrees…
Apparently Bolling keeps busy between hits on FBN by staying active in his previous role at the NYMEX, although his daily trading has been cut from more than 200 transactions a day to just three on Thursday.
At his prime, Bolling was, “one of the biggest individual traders of oil and energy futures,” an area of knowledge that once helped him win a high profile bet.
“R.B.I.,” Bolling’s nickname from his minor league baseball days, also recounts the story of when he lost more than two million dollars in one day.
More than two weeks after the death of Tim Russert, Meet the Press continues its evolution.
This morning, for the first time since Russert’s passing, neither the show’s opening voiceover nor its opening graphic featured his name. Today’s voiceover announced, “From Jackson Hole, Wyoming…this is a special edition of Meet the Press, moderated today by Tom Brokaw.”
The initial plan was to keep Russert’s name intact until a permanent moderator was chosen (last week’s voiceover, for example, was “This is Meet the Press with Tim Russert. Sitting in today, Brian Williams.”). But with Brokaw volunteering to host the show through the 2008 Presidential election, the blueprint changed.
“Since we are now fortunate enough to have a permanent interim moderator in the talented Tom Brokaw (as opposed to a rotating host each week),” MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer tells TVNewser, “we think it makes sense.”
Fischer says that until a permanent host is named, the MTP graphic will remain without anyone’s name below it.
> More: Monday’s NYTimes includes a review of the program, and a thought about its future, from Alessandra Stanley: “…it makes sense to recast the job and return to the early days when guests really did meet the press, answering to a panel of inquisitors who together did what Mr. Russert did alone.”
The song’s (titled “Sly Fox”) chorus goes, “Watch what you watching, Fox keeps feeding us toxins, stop sleeping, start thinking outside the box, and unplug from the matrix doctrine.”
Another lyric: “Fox has a bushy tail. And Bush tells lies and foxtrots, so I don’t know what’s real.”
Nas’ media criticism is not solely aimed at Fox News — he seems to call out NBC (“the network for child predators, setting them up”) and CBS (“Watch CBS and see BS”).
• Swipes at Fox News are sweeping the charts — Coldplay’s got one in their new album as well.
Click continued to hear the full song…
It’s not a done deal yet, a Fox News insider tells TVNewser.
The paper reported Sean will join FNC as a royal reporter splitting his time between New York and London. But the insider tells us if the deal comes to pass, Sean would be a contributor to Fox News, not a full-fledged reporter.
We’re not sure what’s the more interesting aspect of Jacques Steinberg‘s Saturday NYTimes piece: the ad buyer who says “there is some concern there” when talking about FNC’s competitors beginning to chip away at the ratings gap; or the GOP strategist/McCain donor who likes watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann.
What a world.
What Steinberg found, after the jump…