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‘Dateline’ Tops Friday in Young Viewers

WTVJ061110210317.jpgThe two-hour “Dateline NBC” drew the highest rating in the 18-49 demo Friday evening, and was the third most-watched program of the night behind two CBS dramas with 5.97 million total viewers. ABC’s “20/20″ at 10pmET, was the fourth most-watched with 4.39 million viewers.

Chris Hansen reported both hours for the NBC program which was up significantly over the week prior. The first hour was devoted to the Joran van der Sloot case and the second to Sedona sweat lodge deaths.

Michael Isikoff Leaves Newsweek for NBC News

MI_6.7.jpgNBC News president Steve Capus just announced that Michael Isikoff is joining the network as National Investigative Correspondent.

Isikoff, who spent 16 years with Newsweek, will rejoin his old boss — Mark Whitaker, who is now chief of NBC’s Washington Bureau. Whitaker was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006. Last month, parent company Washington Post announced it was putting Newsweek up for sale.

Isikoff will report for all platforms of NBC News, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and MSNBC — on which he has made countless appearances over the years.

“Michael is one of the most respected and distinguished investigative journalists in the business,” said Capus. “I am extremely proud of our investigative team and having Michael join the ranks of Lisa Myers, Chris Hansen and Pete Williams makes our investigative unit the strongest in the industry.”

Press release after the jump…

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Chris Hansen, NBC Officials Meet With Detroit Pastor to Discuss ‘City of Heartbreak and Hope’

Dateline-Detroit.jpgThe Detroit News reports that The Rev. Horace Sheffield III met today for ninety minutes with Dateline NBC‘s Chris Hansen and unnamed NBC officials to discuss Dateline‘s April 18 program on the Motor City.

Sheffield and other critics say that “America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope” was unbalanced in describing the state of the city. Today, Sheffield tells the News he’s pleased with the dialogue that has begun, and he has scheduled a press conference for tomorrow morning to detail more about the meeting.

NBC News has issued a statement, part of which reads:

“We believe our broadcast fairly represented the current situation in Detroit while highlighting positive efforts and the inspirational stories of those in the community…We want to thank Rev. Horace Sheffield III and his daughter Mary Sheffield for coming to New York for what we viewed as a very productive conversation. The Sheffields had several comments and suggestions that we are taking into consideration and we will keep the lines of communication open with them going forward…We spent ten months reporting this story, and we will continue our reporting — seeking input from a wide range of sources.”

>More: NBC has now posted online an interview conducted today by Chris Hansen of Rev. Sheffield.

Dateline NBC‘s Spotlight on Detroit Sparks Controversy

Dateline Detroit.jpgIt was one week ago that Chris Hansen‘s Dateline NBC special on Detroit aired. Over the last several days, “America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope” has been blasted by critics in the Motor City as a negative and lopsided portrayal of Detroit’s state of affairs.

Local media are reporting that the criticism has escalated to such a point that Hansen and unnamed NBC representatives have agreed to meet tomorrow with The Rev. Horace Sheffield III, executive director of the Detroit Association of Black Organizations (DABO), who called the program “a gross and unbalanced misrepresentation” in a letter to Hansen.

According to The Detroit News, Sheffield will be accompanied by Vickie Thomas, president of the Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), and Michigan Chronicle senior editor Bankole Thompson.

Some background:
• “America Now: City of Heartbreak and Hope” originally had been praised in a NY Times review. Neil Genlinger wrote that Hansen, a Detroit-area native, “gives the grim details of the city’s current situation…But he juxtaposes those ugly facts with vignettes about people who are trying to stem the tide.” While describing many of Detroit’s problems, the program also highlighted positive local efforts such as the advent of urban farms and a nonprofit tutoring program for Detroit students.

• Criticism of the show includes an email to the program — which Dateline posted on its website — from the communications director for Detroit Mayor Dave Bing (who was interviewed for the program): “In all fairness, it would be great for Chris [Hansen] to return and tell the rest of the story… Nowhere did the story include those who are buying into and supporting the city’s rebirth…we’d like to see the hope.”

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A Trip Home for Dateline’s Chris Hansen

The New York Times reviews tonight’s Dateline NBC titled “City of Heartbreak and Hope,” which is personal for correspondent Chris Hansen.

But Mr. Hansen, who grew up in the Detroit suburbs and was a local television reporter in the city, uses his knowledge of the territory and some old connections to inject his examination with a personal touch and a heart lacking in other accounts.He name-checks the usual history: the car boom, the 1967 riots, the decline of the auto industry as imports took over the market. And he gives the grim details of the city’s current situation: crime, abandoned properties, failing schools, some recent high-profile corruption. (Most arresting statistic: Detroit, he says, has more than 400 liquor stores but almost no supermarkets.) But he juxtaposes those ugly facts with vignettes about people who are trying to stem the tide.</blockquote

Lenses Trained on Dueling Hidden Camera Shows

On March 21, NBC’s “Dateline” will debut a new Chris Hansen-anchored series called, “What Were They Thinking.” But ABC News insiders already see a similarity to their series, “What Would You Do?”

The Dateline “experiment,” as it’s called, uses hidden-cameras to “show you how we’re hardwired to do things and believe things, even when we know deep inside we shouldn’t.”

For ABC’s “What Would You Do?” series, correspondent John Quiñones files reports that “test human nature through hidden camera scenarios.”

What’s more: a producer from ABC’s “What Would You Do?” is now producing NBC’s “What Were They Thinking” series for “Dateline.”

Here’s the “Dateline” promo and a clip from ABC’s show. You be the judge:

Neither network is the first to invent the “intriguing candid-camera style social experiment,” and to be completely fair, neither “Dateline” nor ABC News will admit to using this for their ideas:

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Wolf Blitzer, Chris Hansen get SNL Treatment

Saturday Night Live’s take on the Tiger Woods story, as reported by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer:

Dateline’s Chris Hansen, and all the re-airs on MSNNC, were the focus of a sketch called “Late Night with Chris Hansen.” Think: “To Catch a Predator” meets late night talk show. But after the jump, probably the best bit of the night: The Digital Short “Shy Ronnie.”

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The Ticker: Cooper, Crossword, Hansen

> CNN’s Anderson Cooper blogs about his experiences with US troops in Afghanistan. He describes how part of the standard introduction there is to state your blood type in case of emergency.

> One CNBC anchor officially made the big time this week. ____ Regan was in yesterday’s NYT crossword at 15 Across. (pdf)

> Willie Geist gets caught stealing food from the MSNBC fridge in a special investigation by Chris Hansen:

As “The Wanted” Chases Terrorists, Controversy Follows

Wanted_7.14.JPGThe NYTimes’ Brian Stelter takes a hard look at NBC News’ new summer series “The Wanted.” Debuting Monday, the show is “a dramatic new television format for the so-called age of terror: conducting international manhunts for suspected terrorists and war criminals,” Stelter writes, “filming them and selling the finished product to television networks around the world. Its first bidder is NBC News.”

Some have called the series an extension of “To Catch a Predator,” the “Dateline” franchise during which correspondent Chris Hansen and the group Perverted Justice worked alongside police officers to catch possible sex offenders as they tried to hook-up with minors.

Jane E. Kirtley, a professor of media ethics and law at the University of Minnesota, said she was stunned that NBC would use some of the same tactics that led to the harsh criticism of the “Predator” series. When she first learned of the new program, she “thought it was something that The Onion was doing as satirical summer silliness,” referring to the satirical newspaper.

In an NBC press release, Dateline EP David Corvo says, “We hope this program sheds light on an overlooked story. It is surprising how many people with serious accusations against them are living openly and avoiding any sort of judicial process.”

“‘The Wanted’ is about seeking justice for the many victims of terrorism and atrocity around the world,” says David Crane, a decorated former US intelligence official who is working alongside NBC News producer Adam Ciralsky (center in photo) on the project. And it’s that cooperation that has critics wondering.

When Stelter asked
Lucy Dalglish
, the executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press about the series, she asked, “Is this supposed to be journalism?”

Read more about “The Wanted” in the NBC press release after the jump…

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“What Happens in Vegas Could End Up On Dateline”

hansen_6-14.jpgNBC’s Chris Hansen has gone from catching predators to catching pimps in Sin City in his Dateline specials. Tomorrow at 10pm, Hansen “visits the darker corners of Las Vegas,” for “Vegas Undercover.” See the promo after the jump.

But before you see Hansen go undercover, you can hear him tomorrow morning on the Morning Media Menu. We’ll talk to him about this special and more.

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