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Archives: December 2011

Keith Olbermann Won’t Anchor Current TV’s Primary Coverage

Despite being the cornerstone of Current TV’s progressive primetime, and its biggest star, it appears Keith Olbermann won’t be a part of the network’s Iowa Caucus or New Hampshire Primary coverage. NYT’s Brian Stelter has the scoop.

Instead, Current’s other prime time anchors, Cenk Uygur and Jennifer Granholm, will be joined by the channel’s chairman, the former vice president Al Gore, according to the channel’s TV schedule.

Uygur was the beneficiary of Olbermann’s exit from MSNBC less than a year ago as well. In the programming shuffle that ensued, Uygur got the 6pm timeslot. Stelter reports Uygur, not Olbermann, also hosted two special reports following GOP debates earlier this month.

These absences suggest that there may be new tension between Mr. Olbermann and the managers at Current, who are trying to create a progressive-oriented cable news channel. In the television industry, Mr. Olbermann is well known for fights with his bosses; stories abound about his refusal to speak to managers and executives. At Current, this behavior has continued, according to four people with knowledge of the situation, one of whom described Mr. Olbermann as “disgruntled.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 28

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 266 | MSNBC: 105 | CNN: 110 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 178 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 108

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
317 317 349 440 293 253 188 176
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
148 139 141 141 227 163 78 159
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
112 94 76 164 155 158 129 70
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
65 95 98 180 83 68 88 96

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MSNBC Starts Disclosing Bain Capital Tie

  • Politico’s Dylan Byers notes that MSNBC has started to disclose NBCUniversal’s connection to Bain Capital when discussing GOP candidate Mitt Romney, who used to run the firm. Bain is co-owner of The Weather Channel, along with NBCU. The disclosure led to an awkward moment last night, when Ed Schultz noted Bain’s NBCU tie, and then proceeded to criticize the company for its business practices.

Fox Business Seeks Motivated Associate Producer

Fox Business Network is currently on the hunt for a new associate producer. This position is based in New York City and requires a dedicated and motivated candidate. If you think you’re the one for the job, keep reading.

In this role, you’ll identify news, select video and sound bites, oversee editing, conduct interviews and write stories, which will appear on air and online.  Those who thrive under pressure and have strong communication skills, as well as a team-player mentality, are most wanted. Read more

What To Look For On New Year’s Eve: Fewer Commercials on Fox News, Brian Williams on NBC

With New Year’s Eve coming up once again, things look awfully familiar. CNN has the dynamic duo of Kathy Griffin and Anderson Cooper, ABC has Ryan Seacrest and Dick Clark, NBC has Carson Daly.

But NYE 2012 will also mark a few welcome additions to the New Year’s Eve fray, making the choice of what to watch that much harder.

Fox News Channel’s “All American New Year” will have fewer commercials than normal, thanks to a sponsorship from Prudential. As Ad Age notes, all ads on the show will be for the insurance company, with fewer commercial breaks, and no local slots. Fewer ads for a sole sponsor is not a new concept, but it is the first time it has been used in recent memory on New Year’s Eve.

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2011 TVNewser Challenge: The Results

Time for the results of the TVNewser Challenge. One year ago, we asked, and you answered, making predictions for the Year in TV News. And just to let you, we’ll publish our 2012 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow afternoon.

Where will Katie Couric be working at the end of 2011?

CBS News — 38%
CNN — 12%
Her own syndicated show — 13%
Some combination — 18%
None of the above — 19%

Most of you said she’d still be at CBS News. But by April, she’d decided to leave the Tiffany network and landed a deal with Disney/ABC to develop her own syndicated show — which 13% of you said would happen. She’s also working on projects for ABC News.

How many of CNN’s primetime programs (Parker Spitzer, Piers Morgan Tonight, AC360) will be airing in the same timeslot, if at all, at the end of the year?

0 — 11%
1 — 40%
2 — 43%
3 — 6%

43% of you were right on this one. Two of CNN’s shows: “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9pm and “Anderson Cooper 360″ at 10pm are in their same timeslots. Although AC360 is a reair of the 8pmET show, which replaced “Parker Spitzer,” which was renamed “In the Arena” in February after Parker left.

Will Fox Business Network or Bloomberg become rated by Nielsen in 2011?

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New CNN Morning Show to Launch Monday

CNN will be launching its new 4-hour morning show Monday, the day before the Iowa Caucuses. Soledad O’Brien will anchor the 7-9am hours from Des Moines Monday and Tuesday with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin anchoring the 5-7am hours from New York.

Last month, O’Brien told TVNewser her expectation of the program: “We want to do a really strong, smart show that people are proud of. The kind of show that gets people to say: ’I can’t wait to watch it tomorrow.’”

CNN says it will announce over Twitter the names of the new shows, soon.

> Update: At 12:09pm, CNN announced O’Brien’s 7-9am show will be called Starting Point (@startingptCNN). And at 12:19, CNN announced the 5-7am show with Banfield and Sambolin will be called Early Start (@EarlyStartCNN)

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, December 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 289 | MSNBC: 109| CNN: 140 | HLN: 89
  • Primetime: FNC: 371 | MSNBC: 153 | CNN: 175 | HLN: 119

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC TheFive: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly: Hannity:
405 302 312 455 310 344 310 226
MSNBC Matthews: Sharpton: Matthews: EdShow: Maddow: O’Donnell: EdShow: Maddow:
159 154 172 145 175 140 90 65
CNN Blitzer: KingUSA: Burnett: Cooper: Morgan: Cooper: Burnett: Morgan:
121 148 103 159 145 222 160 118
HLN Special: Prime: Issues: Grace: DrDrew: Behar: Showbiz: DrDrew:
40 61 121 213 102 52 35 66

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ID’s ‘On the Case’ Hires Letterman Extortionist, Former CBS News Producer Joe Halderman

TVNewser has learned that Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” has hired Joe Halderman, the CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009.

Halderman, a former producer for “48 Hours Mystery,” joined the staff of the hour-long documentary crime program a few weeks ago. He is a producer on the show, and is not expected to work in the field. “On the Case” is not believed to be the first opportunity Halderman has had to work after being released from prison late last year.

“On behalf of On The Case’s production team, we have been impressed with Joe Halderman’s professional accomplishments as an Emmy award-winning producer for 48 Hours and CBS News,”said Scott Weinberger, the EP of  ‘On the Case,’ in a  statement. ” With the network’s prior approval, the team has brought Halderman on as a producer for On The Case. We are confident that Halderman will make significant contributions to the success of our award-winning investigative newsmagazine.”

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Nancy Grace Cuts Vacation Short to Cover Plight of Murdered Girl

The name Aliahna Lemmon has not been a regular one on most cable news channels, but her plight caused HLN host Nancy Grace to cut her vacation short and come into work to cover the story. Lemmon was a nine year old girl who went missing and was subsequently found murdered and dismembered.

“My heart broke when I heard about 9 year old Aliahna Lemmon,” Grace tells TVNewser. “That she was partially blind and deaf made her even more vulnerable. I went into the show hoping that somehow we could help.”