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Rubber Bullet Hits CNN’s Ben Wedeman in the Head

CNN’s Ben Wedeman didn’t let a rubber bullet keep him from reporting on the flare-up of violence in Jerusalem. On Friday he Tweeted:

As a seasoned war reporter, Wedeman is no stranger to getting in the middle of a conflict. In 2011 he and his crew were caught in a firefight in Libya. Last week, an NBC News crew also found itself caught up in the current Israeli-Palestinian violence following the murder of three Israeli teens and the possible revenge killing of a Palestinian boy last week.

The Saturday Ticker: Bolton, Beck/Hannity, TV News Women

  • Deirdre Bolton talks about her new FBN show in Suburban Life magazine: “They’re very supportive of creativity, which is unusual in the media right now; when have a good idea, you can go for it,” she says.

TV Jobs: Bloomberg, The Weather Channel

This week, Bloomberg is hiring a TV editor in London, as well as a booker. Meanwhile, The Weather Channel is seeking a director 3/AM show director and a multimedia journalist. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Jay Carney Reflects on Fireworks With Reporters

jay carneyJust a few weeks after stepping down as White House press secretary, Jay Carney reflects on his three years in the role in a Q+A with The New York Times Magazine. Carney — who says he doesn’t know what’s next but won’t be going back to journalism full-time — talks about what it was like to stand at the podium after many years on the other side:

Were you surprised at times how tense things could get with your former colleagues? Sure. It can be surreal at the podium when you go down that front row and you have an exchange with one of the reporters in which there’s very emotional — maybe even theatrical — presentation and back and forth, and then you go to the next reporter and you have the same thing, as if the first one didn’t happen at all. You begin to wonder how valuable a service to the nation that is in the end.

Do people in the first row like to showboat? If you look at the difference in tenor between the on-camera briefings and the on-the-record-but-off-camera gaggles, it’s night and day.

Would you have fought with yourself? Probably a little bit.

The Ticker: ‘Nightline,’ Attkisson, Brooks

  • Q2 2014 produced a first-ever total viewers quarter victory for ABC’s “Nightline” in its 12:35amET time period. The news program averaged 1.693 total viewers, beating its NBC and CBS late night competition by 298,000 and 111,000 viewers, respectively.

  • TVSpy reports former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has joined Sinclair Broadcasting as an independent freelance investigative reporter. Attkisson’s contributions will be seen on the 145 TV stations Sinclair owns or operates.

  • New York Times columnist and frequent TV news guest David Brooks tells Katie Couric he doesn’t read reader comments. “I used to read them, but it was just too psychologically damaging,” Brooks told Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Chris Wallace on Mike Wallace: ‘I Was Very Much Ingrained With This Sense of Hard Work’

Chris-Wallace2In an interview with Parade, “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace reflects on the advice he received from his father, the late “60 Minutes” correspondent Mike Wallace. “He had certainly always had advice to give me and most of the time, or at least some of the time, I listened to him,” Wallace said:

The biggest piece of advice he gave me was professionalism. Oddly enough for somebody who ended up as such a superstar, [he] never thought he was all that talented, [and] had serious doubts about his looks. He had grown up with a serious complexion problem, and so he always felt very strongly that you have to outwork the competition. It’s not going to be handed to you, and if you want to be better than somebody else, you got to work harder. I was very much ingrained with this sense of hard work, preparation, especially for interviews. When you’re talking to a mayor or a city councilman or now to a senator or a secretary of state, they’re going to know more about the subject than you are, but you can know enough that you can make it pretty clear to them, pretty quickly, that they can’t spin you, because you’ll capture them.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, July 2

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 76 | CNN: 91 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 405 | MSNBC: 165 | CNN: 121 | HLN: 154

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

154

TheFive:

318

Baier:

309

Greta:

373

O’Reilly:

526

Kelly:

428

Hannity:

260

O’Reilly:

267

Kelly:

256

MSNBC
Wagner:

42

EdShow:

56

Sharpton:

49

Matthews:

96

Hayes:

164

Maddow:

165

O’Donnell:

165

Hayes:

89

Maddow:

99

CNN
Tapper:

68

Blitzer:

78

Blitzer:

102

Burnett:

79

Cooper:

108

Bourdain:

98

Bourdain:

158

Bourdain:

140

Bourdain:

151

HLN
Now:

45

Files:

35

Files:

74

Jane:

66

Grace:

198

Dr.Drew:

173

Files:

91

Files:

168

Files:

200

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Sunday Show Ratings: June 29 & Q2 2014

ABC’s “This Week” won in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on June 29. CBS’ “Face the Nation” came in second in total viewers and Univision’s “Al Punto,” fueled by Univision’s coverage of the World Cup, came in second in the demo.

Compared to the same week last year, “Al Punto,” “This Week” and “Meet the Press” were up: Univision grew +47% in total viewers and +42% in the demo, and ABC grew +8% in total viewers and +46% in the demo. NBC was up +3% and +36%, respectively. “Fox News Sunday” was up in total viewers but down in the demo, while “Face the Nation” was down across the board.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,955,000 total viewers and 390,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 1,111,000 and 430,000 viewers, respectively.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country. “Al Punto” aired at a special time due to Univision’s coverage of the World Cup.

The numbers for June 22:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
ABC
“This Week” 2.643M 890K
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.588M 659K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.549M 822K
UNI “Al Punto” 1.713M 855K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.026M 290K

As for the quarter: “Face the Nation” won in total viewers and ABC’s “This Week” won the A25-54 demographic.  Read more

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

On the heels of the news that Sherri Sheppard and Jenny McCarthy are leaving “The View,” ABC said the show will be moving in a “new direction,” one that will “evolve the show creatively.” No word yet from the network about who’ll hosting next season, but in the meantime, we’re putting it to you: who do you think it will be? Vote below.

‘Today’ Show Women Defend Matt Lauer’s Question to GM CEO

LauerThis morning, Matt Lauer readdressed the controversy surrounding a question he asked General Motors CEO Mary Barra last week about whether she can do a good job at being both a mom and a CEO.

And some of the “Today” show’s women came to his defense.  “I was surprised at the reaction you got, Matt,” Kathie Lee Gifford said.

“It was something she [Barra] had already said, so Matt was asking her about it…and you said it very, very respectfully. Certain people are just very, very sensitive about it.”

Tamron Hall pointed out that the day Lauer interviewed Barra, he himself made a sacrifice.  “I’ll point out it was Matt’s son’s 13th birthday, and he as a working father, was there at the time, missing his son’s birthday.”

“I’m sitting interviewing Mary Barra, missing my son’s 13th birthday,” Lauer added.

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