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Archives: February 2013

Jodi Arias Trial Coverage Paying Dividends For HLN, ‘Making It In America’

While there has been no shortage of newsworthy stories to cover in recent weeks, there is one that is singlehandedly boosting an entire TV network. HLN, which goes all-out to cover prominent court cases (particularly when the accused is an attractive female), has been dedicating most of its daily coverage to the Jodi Arias trial.

The coverage is paying off in the ratings, particularly in the afternoon and early evening.

While the primetime shows, led by Jane Velez-Mitchell and Nancy Grace, are doing very well covering the trial, the biggest surprise may be 4 PM’s “Making It In America,” which has been routinely topping its primetime counterparts in total viewers, and coming close to beating them in the demo. Vinnie Politan is the anchor of “making It.”

Over the last week, “Making It In America” has averaged 732,800 viewers, including 188,000 in the key adults 25-54 demo.  The show  topped CNN and MSNBC’s 4 PM shows in total viewers and the demo, and even topped FNC in the demo a couple of times in the last week.

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Politico: Gene Sperling Was ‘Very Senior’ White House Official Who Threatened Bob Woodward

Veteran reporter, author and DC insider Bob Woodward told Wolf Blitzer last night on CNN that a “very senior” White House official threatened him over some of his reporting on the sequester. When Blitzer asked who it was, Woodward wouldn’t say. But this morning Politico got its hands on an email back and forth between Woodward and the White House official. It turns out it is Gene Sperling, the president’s economic adviser. Here’s a portion of a Feb. 22 email from Sperling to Woodward:

“But I do truly believe you should rethink your comment about saying … that Potus [President of the United States] asking for revenues is moving the goal post. I know you may not believe this, but as a friend, I think you will regret staking out that claim.”

Sperling, above appearing on “Erin Burnett: OutFront” Monday evening, was apologetic in his email to Woodward over a conversation on the subject earlier in the day: “My apologies again for raising my voice on the call with you. Feel bad about that and truly apologize. Gene.”

Woodward’s response was cordial as well.

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Greta Van Susteren’s Husband John Coale Battling Cancer

Attorney, TV commentator and political adviser John Coale is battling cancer. His wife, Fox News Channel anchor Greta Van Susteren, revealed the news on her blog, GretaWire.

Van Susteren says that he was diagnosed in December, and has undergone a number of surgeries since.

I worked during all those surgeries (did our show) because I did not want to draw attention to us and have to answer a million questions (I didn’t even know the answers to the questions!) I would do OTR, then after the show drive an hour to the hospital in Baltimore…spend the night in his room….and the next morning…drive home …get dressed…and go to Fox and repeat the cycle after the show. I felt lucky to be able to do that since many families can not.

Coale  also served as an adviser to former Fox News contributor Sarah Palin, among other politicians and notable figures.

Pope Benedict Coverage: Fox News

Fox News will kick off its coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation on “Fox & Friends First” at 5 AM.

London-based correspondent Amy Kellogg and FNC contributor Father Jonathan Morris will be reporting live from The Vatican. Lauren Green and other contributors will be providing updates throughout the day, with the obligatory live coverage of the press conferences and the formal departure.

In addition, FNC says that Shepard Smith will be traveling to Rome to cover the Conclave and inauguration, which will take place sometime next month.

‘Very Senior’ White House Official Told Bob Woodward: ‘You Will Regret Doing This’

Bob Woodward has been covering the White House longer than some White House staffers have been alive. But today on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” the veteran Washington Post reporter says he was threatened by “a very senior person” at the White House over some of his reporting about the sequester.

Woodward told Blitzer, “It was said very clearly, you will regret doing this.” “Who sent that e-mail to you?” asked Blitzer.

Woodward: Well, I’m not going to say.

Blitzer:  Was it a senior person at the White House?

Woodward: A very senior person.  And just as a matter — I mean, it makes me very uncomfortable to have the White House telling reporters, you’re going to regret doing something that you believe in. And even though we don’t look at it that way, you do look at it that way.  And I think if Barack Obama knew that was part of the communication’s strategy — let’s hope it’s not a strategy, but it’s a tactic that somebody’s employed, and said, look, we don’t go around trying to say to reporters, if you, in an honest way, present something we don’t like, that, you know, you’re going to regret this.  And just — it’s Mickey Mouse.

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TV Jobs: Bloomberg, CNBC, CNN

This week, Bloomberg is hiring a freelance robotic camera operator, as well as a freelance master control operator for the weekends. CNBC needs a segment producer for Mad Money, and CNN is still on the hunt for a supervising producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, February 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 274 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 93 | HLN: 133
  • Primetime: FNC: 373 | MSNBC: 236 | CNN: 121 | HLN: 213

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

363

Baier:

340

Shep:

319

O’Reilly:

441

Hannity:

398

Greta:

279

O’Reilly:

287

Hannity:

256

MSNBC
Matthews:

141

Sharpton:

192

Matthews:

174

EdShow:

210

Maddow:

273

O’Donnell:

225

EdShow:

165

Maddow:

107

CNN
Blitzer:

53

Blitzer:

57

Burnett:

91

Cooper:

87

Morgan:

120

Cooper:

157

Burnett:

115

Morgan:

119

HLN
Express:

173

Express:

108

Jane:

155

Grace:

253

DrDrew:

251

Grace:

136

Showbiz:

67

DrDrew:

82

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Pope Benedict Coverage: NBC

Savannah Guthrie will be live from Rome tomorrow morning for NBC’s coverage of Pope Benedict’s final day as head of the Roman Catholic church. Guthrie will anchor special reports at 5amET and 6amET before co-anchoring “Today” from Rome and another 45-minute special beginning at 10:45amET.

NBC News’ anchors and correspondents, including Richard Engel, Anne Thompson, Claudio Lavanga and NBC News Vatican consultant George Weigel, have been on the ground covering Pope Benedict XVI’s final days.

Carter Evans Named CBS News Correspondent

CBS News has named Carter Evans a correspondent, based in Los Angeles. he had been working in a freelance capacity for CBS News and KCBS in recent months, but now the network is bringing him on full-time. He made national news by being the only reporter at the scene of the shootout between police and fugitive cop Christopher Dorner. TVSpy has more on what happened.

“By now the world knows about Carter’s recent coup on the Christopher Dorner story,” wrote CBS News president David Rhodes in an email to staff this afternoon. “With producer Chris Weicher and cameraman Javier Gomez, Carter was the only reporter on the scene near Big Bear Lake when authorities closed in on Dorner after a tense manhunt. He continues to work the story today.”

Evans is a former correspondent for CNN, and his wife, Courtney Friel, is a former Fox News and KTTV Los Angeles correspondent.

Rhodes’ full memo to staff is below.
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Pope Benedict Coverage: CNN

CNN will be dedicating nearly all of its dayside programming to coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation tomorrow.

Coverage will begin at 4 AM, with “Early Start.” John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin will anchor until 7 AM.

From 10AM-12PM, CNN will air special coverage “The Pope’s Last Day,” anchored by Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo in new York, and simulcast on CNNI. That program will feature Christiane Amanpour interviewing Cardinal Timothy Dolan live from Rome around 10 AM.

CNN will also cover a Cardinal press conference around 12:30 PM, and the Pope’s ceremonial departure sometime around 2 PM. CNN has analyst John Allen and correspondents Jim Bittermann, Ben Wedeman joining Amanpour in Rome, along with CNNI anchor Becky Anderson and CNN en Espanol’s Jose Levy.

Amanpour has been in Rome reporting for a few days, even drawing praise from one of the Cardinals (see below).
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