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Archives: March 2013

Roland Martin Criticizes ‘White Male’ CNN Executives

CNN contributor and TV One host Roland Martinwho is leaving the channel after a number of years as a contributor–unleashed some criticism at his soon-to-be-former bosses on HuffPost Live today.

Martin told Marc Lamont Hill that when he joined CNN he intended to get his own show at some point. He noted that whenever he would guest host hours, the ratings would hold up. Instead, he now finds himself walking out the door at the channel.

“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘you know, I can do this. I am simply saying ‘give folks a shot,” Martin said. “We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.”

Savannah Guthrie, Matt Lauer Poke Fun At Media Coverage

NBC “Today” co-anchors Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer had a little fun at the expense of the non-stop media coverage that the program has been seeing over the last few weeks. Lauer tweeted a picture of himself exiting a room in response to Guthrie’s “middle finger salute.” Guthrie responded by re-tweeting the photo with the hashtag #fauxcontroversy.

The AM Ticker: Roberts, Baier, Al Jazeera

  • “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts will be filling in for Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly and Michael” next Monday. Roberts will join Michael Strahan in interviewing Laurence Fishburne, among other guests.

  • Al Jazeera is pushing back against the report yesterday that they would be shipping dozens of jobs from London to Doha. Rather, the company says a handful of jobs in the UK will temporarily shift to Qatar, which is short-staffed as they launch Al Jazeera America. Staffers will move back to London in a few months.

Soledad O’Brien Signs Off From ‘Starting Point’

CNN “Starting Point” anchor Soledad O’Brien signed off from the morning show today. “Starting Point” launched at the beginning of 2012, part of a revamp of CNN’s morning hours. While O’Brien drew praise from critics, the show was unable to catch up to MSNBC or Fox News in the mornings. This also marks O’Brien’s departure from CNN as a staff anchor/reporter. She has entered into a new deal in which her production company will offer specials and documentaries to CNN.

O’Brien has been an anchor and reporter for CNN since 2003. Her most memorable reporting — as it was for many in the business — was the coverage during and after Hurricane Katrina. At the end of today’s show O’Brien recalled the reaction she got at the Baton Rouge airport, returning from one reporting trip, as she and her crew wore CNN baseball caps.

“We walked into the airport and everyone gave us a standing ovation, because we had covered the storm so well,” O’Brien said. “Facts matter, and we shouldn’t be afraid to have tough and honest conversations, and maybe even argue a little bit when there is a lot at stake.”

CNN announced yesterday that it will launch a new morning show anchored by Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira later this Spring. Last evening, Cuomo phoned in to “The Situation Room,” where Bolduan has been co-anchoring recently.

NY Times TV Critic: Matt Lauer ‘Good At His Job,’ But Is That Enough?

New York Times TV critic Alessandra Stanley takes on the morning show wars. The bulk of her article focuses on NBC’s recent issue with on-air successions, but she also weighs in on the “Today” team.

Mr. Lauer is good at his job. He’s self-assured without being pompous, and he’s a skilled, unflappable interviewer (notably in 2005 with Tom Cruise in his anti antidepressant phase). But right now he is stuck as the cad who made a woman cry, and the very qualities that made him invaluable to “Today” in the first place — confidence, urbanity, a needling sense of humor — don’t serve him well on the current course to redemption.

It’s a cliché, but morning-show audiences do look at anchors as a family. Mr. Lauer may have started on the show in 1997 as the funny, smart younger brother; at the moment he looks more like a meanspirited rich uncle.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, March 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 252 | MSNBC: 131 | CNN: 96 | HLN: 150
  • Primetime: FNC: 263 | MSNBC: 226 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 178

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

199

TheFive:

309

Baier:

300

Shep:

326

O’Reilly:

361

Hannity:

204

Greta:

224

O’Reilly:

283

Hannity:

159

MSNBC
Bashir:

124

Matthews:

128

Sharpton:

151

Matthews:

203

Wagner:

148

Maddow:

312

O’Donnell:

216

Wagner:

145

Maddow:

138

CNN
Tapper:

61

Blitzer:

136

Blitzer:

122

Burnett:

89

Cooper:

131

Morgan:

113

Cooper:

146

Burnett:

72

Morgan:

122

HLN
America:

141

Express:

99

Express:

119

Jane:

175

Grace:

204

DrDrew:

185

AfterDark:

144

Showbiz:

94

DrDrew:

90

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Matt Lauer Meets The Media

Nine months after Ann Curry left NBC’s “Today” with tears in her eyes, the show is back in the news, and not in a positive way. At the heart of the last few weeks of coverage has been “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, who–rightly or not–has taken the brunt of the blame for Curry’s ignominious exit from the program.

This week’s wrench: Deadline’s report that NBC reached out to Anderson Cooper about possibly replacing Lauer, then a TMZ follow-up that Lauer is actually fine with the idea, and a THR story in which NBC shoots it down. Verne Gay at Newsday speculates on what all the coverage means.

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HLN Correspondent Jean Casarez Takes The Stand In Jodi Arias Trial

HLN has been dedicating its coverage for weeks to the Jodi Arias trial. Thursday afternoon however, the channel became part of the trial itself. HLN and In Session correspondent Jean Casarez was called to the stand in the murder case, where she was questioned about her reporting.

“I’m sure you’re as floored as I am that my friend, Jean Casarez is on the stand,” HLN’s Mike Galanos said, adding that he “couldn’t wait” to talk to Casarez about being called up to testify.

At issue was a live report where she was talking about the prosecutor in the case. As HLN reported, the prosecutor, Juan Martinez, has become something of a local celebrity, signing autographs and taking photos with passersby. Casarez said that if a juror were to see Martinez doing this, it could affect their view of him. She was called to the stand to clarify whether she specifically saw a juror at the scene in question, or whether she was referring generally. She said that she did not specifically see a juror.

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Sunday Show Ratings: March 24

The pendulum swings again. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was back on top March 24, besting NBC’s “Meet the Press” by +330,000 Total Viewers and +20,000 A25-54 viewers.

The ratings battle remains competitive, particularly in the A25-54 demographic, where only 93,000 viewers separate “Face the Nation” from third-place “This Week” on ABC.

Compared to the same week last year, only “Face the Nation” is showing growth among Total Viewers, up +4%. In the demographic, only “Fox News Sunday” was up year-over-year, +4%.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,818,000 Total Viewers and 356,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” added 906,000 Total Viewers and 416,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 48% of the country.

The numbers for March 24:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.09M 824K
NBC
“Meet the Press” 2.76M 804K
ABC “This Week” 2.43M 731K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.15M 465K
Univision “Al Punto” 934K 418K

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