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Archives: December 2012

The Best Of ‘My First Big Break’ In 2012

Early this year mediabistroTV launched a brand new video series called “My First Big Break.” The premise was simple: sit down with big names in the media business, and have them explain what their first big break was. We spoke to a number of huge names, including Ken Burns, Spike Lee and Dan Rather. Below is a selection of some of the best “Breaks” we saw this year. And stay tuned for “My First Big Break: Christiane Amanpour” coming Wednesday. Enjoy.

The very first episode of the series featured “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams:

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith told us about his local news days:

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, December 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 207 | MSNBC: 159 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 83
  • Primetime: FNC: 290 | MSNBC: 253 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 113

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

274

Baier:

296

Shep:

297

O’Reilly:

400

Hannity:

268

Greta:

203

O’Reilly:

172

Hannity:

149

MSNBC
Matthews:

216

Sharpton:

201

Matthews:

184

EdShow:

223

Maddow:

298

O’Donnell:

238

EdShow:

166

Maddow:

141

CNN
Blitzer:

191

Blitzer:

151

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

173

Morgan:

132

Cooper:

145

Burnett:

130

Morgan:

101

HLN
Express:

41

Express:

27

Jane:

39

Grace:

92

DrDrew:

141

Grace:

82

Showbiz:

116

DrDrew:

74

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 238 | MSNBC: 133 | CNN: 114 | HLN: 71
  • Primetime: FNC: 226 | MSNBC: 202 | CNN: 125 | HLN: 59

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

382

Baier:

357

Shep:

295

O’Reilly:

309

TheFive:

211

Greta:

159

O’Reilly:

184

TheFive:

93

MSNBC
Matthews:

145

Sharpton:

175

Matthews:

219

EdShow:

201

Maddow:

235

O’Donnell:

169

EdShow:

125

Maddow:

112

CNN
Blitzer:

114

Blitzer:

114

Burnett:

110

Cooper:

101

Morgan:

135

Cooper:

139

Burnett:

94

Morgan:

71

HLN
Express:

41

Express:

50

Jane:

49

Grace:

74

DrDrew:

59

Grace:

43

Showbiz:

50

DrDrew:

30

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David Gregory To Interview Pres. Obama in Midst of Final Fiscal Cliff Talks

David Gregory will be hosting “Meet the Press” this Sunday after all, breaking his previously scheduled vacation to interview President Obama. Gregory heads to the White House tomorrow for the interview which will air Sunday on “Meet the Press.” This is Barack Obama‘s 11th time on the show, but only his second as commander-in-chief. His most recent appearance was on September 20, 2009, during the health care reform fight. The talk this time will focus on the fiscal cliff as well as other second term agenda items.

You’ll recall it was on last week’s edition of “Meet the Press” that Gregory violated Washington D.C. code when he held up an assault weapon clip as a prop in a point he was making with NRA chief Wayne LaPierre.

Just thinking out loud here, the president does posses the ability to pardon past transgressions.

Woman Arrested After CNN, NBC Reports Expose Newtown Charity Scam

A woman who was the subject of reports on CNN and NBC has been arrested after allegedly soliciting donations by posing as a relative of a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim.

Bronx resident Nouel Alba was the subject of a December 20 report by Drew Griffin on “Anderson Cooper 360″ and a December 21 report by Jeff Rossen on “Today.” Both Rossen and CNN investigative producer David Fitzpatrick paid a visit to Alba’s house in the Bronx, where she denied posing as the aunt of Noah Pozner, one of the children killed in the Newtown shooting.

Alba was arrested Thursday and charged with lying to FBI agents, who visited Alba to investigate the fraudulent fundraising scheme after the CNN and NBC reports aired. Watch the CNN report below and the NBC report after the jump:

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TVNewser Challenge: Make Your 2013 Predictions

Now that 2012 is (almost) behind us, it’s time to make your predictions about what will happen across the TV News industry in 2013. Voting will close January 6. We’ll share the results at the end of 2013. Here are the results from the 2012 TVNewser Challenge.

‘Hey! There’s This New Thing Called CNN. Maybe You Can Have a Chance There’

Tonight, ABC airs part two of “Back to the Beginning with Christiane Amanpour” following part one last Friday which was the #1 broadcast show of the night. As Amanpour was in the process of putting the 4-hour special together, she took time to sit down with mediabistroTV for “My First Big Break,” which we’ll present next Wednesday, Jan. 2.

In this preview, Amanpour talks about how she went from being a Chyron operator at the NBC station in Providence, to “this new thing called CNN.”

The Morning Ticker: Hunt Hired, BBC Added, Fox Mistaken

  • Kasie Hunt joins the NBC News DC bureau as an off-air reporter/producer. Hunt comes to NBC from the AP, where she was a national political reporter. Hunt has appeared regularly on MSNBC shows including “The Daily Rundown,” and “Hardball.”

  • BBC World News Channel is now on 10 million more U.S. homes. Time Warner Cable completed its rollout of the channel bringing total U.S. subscribers to 25 million and about 200 million worldwide.

  • California’s governor’s office sought — and this morning got — a correction from FoxNews.com after a report last week that the state’s budget deficit was projected to hit $28 billion. After press secretary Gil Duran went to Jim Romenesko with the error, FoxNews.com corrected it.


The Scoreboard: Tuesday, December 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 129 | MSNBC: 155 | CNN: 101 | HLN: 109
  • Primetime: FNC: 136 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 102 | HLN: 127

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

63

Baier:

104

Report:

187

O’Reilly:

118

O’Reilly:

132

O’Reilly:

156

O’Reilly:

138

O’Reilly:

112

MSNBC
Caught:

204

Caught:

178

Caught:

230

Caught:

201

Caught:

197

Caught:

235

Caught:

182

Caught:

187

CNN
Heroes:

51

2012:

80

Top10:

126

Morgan:

112

Morgan:

113

Morgan:

81

Morgan:

78

Morgan:

75

HLN
Showbiz:

55

Showbiz:

27

America:

35

WWYD:

119

WWYD:

137

WWYD:

125

WWYD:

112

WWYD:

92

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The Scoreboard: Monday, December 24

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 188 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 119 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 170 | MSNBC: 149 | CNN: 104 | HLN: 80

5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
TheFive:

229

Baier:

271

Report:

242

Friends:

217

Friends:

179

WestPt:

116

Friends:

94

Friends:

98

MSNBC
Caught:

90

Caught:


Caught:

86

Caught:

108

Caught:

179

Caught:

161

Caught:

187

Caught:

215

CNN
Presents:

88

Heroes:

60

Heroes:


2012:

59

Morgan:

88

Presents:

180

Presents:


Morgan:

98

HLN
Showbiz:

16

Showbiz:

31

America:

24

WWYD:

53

WWYD:

103

WWYD:

83

WWYD:

80

WWYD:

154

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