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The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘ABC World News;’ David Muir Takes Over as Anchor and Managing Editor

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Breaking: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring “World News” and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the “World News” weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on September 2. Muir, 40, will continue to co-anchor “20/20″ with Elizabeth Vargas.

Also announced today, “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with “GMA” and “This Week.”

Insiders tell us Sawyer began talking with former ABC News president Ben Sherwood late last year about a transition from the anchor desk. With the retirement of Barbara Walters last month, Sawyer will now take on some of the specials and interviews that for years were part of Walters’ stock in trade.

Under Sawyer, “World News” has been gaining on “NBC Nightly News.” The broadcast won the May sweeps in the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than 6 years. Sawyer, who began anchoring “World News” in December 2009, is the second woman to solo anchor a network nightly newscast, following Katie Couric‘s 2006-2011 run at “CBS Evening News.” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintains a one million viewer lead most nights on “World News” and hasn’t lost a week among total viewers in nearly 5 years.

The Sawyer, Muir and Stephanopoulos news is at the top of the agenda of ABC News president James Goldston‘s morning editorial meeting. We’ll have details if/when we get them this morning. A replacement for Muir on the weekend newscasts will come at a later date.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 16

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Wiliams” wins the week of June 16 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “Nightly News” was up +6% in viewers vs. the same week last year and is posting its biggest season-to-date audience (9.133 million) since the 2005-06 season. The NBC newscast was down -4% in the demo year-over-year.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” was up +1% in viewers and up +4% in the demo and has narrowed its season margin with “Nightly News” in the demo nearly in half (-48% – 166,000 vs. 318,000) compared to its season margin from the same point last year.

The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” showed the most growth of all three broadcasts, in both viewers and the demo: up +7% in viewers and up +9% in the demo compared to the same week last year.

Numbers for the week of June 16, 2014:

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• Total Viewers: 7,992,000 6,979,000 6,044,000
• A25-54: 1,827,000 1,793,000 1,453,000

Alexandra Wallace: ‘Nightly News’ ‘Completely Focused on Correcting’ Demo Ratings

BRIAN-WILLIAMSThe Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie takes a behind-the-scenes look at “several ongoing ratings and personnel challenges” at NBC News. On the heels of “Today” and “Meet the Press” falling from the top spots in the ratings, ABC’s “World News” has been keeping NBC’s “Nightly News” in a tight race for the top spot in the A25-54 demographic, something that is not sitting well with the “Nightly” staff, according to THR:

Sources say Brian Williams, 55, has been rankled by the ratings slide. But NBC News senior vp Alexandra Wallace, who has oversight of Nightly News and Meet the Press, cites the shows’ growth among younger viewers. NBC News ratings crunchers apparently have narrowed the weakness to viewers at the older end of the 25-to-54 spectrum, specifically 45-to-54.

“Brian, like all of us who work on Nightly News, is less than happy about the one small demo issue we have and [we] are completely focused on correcting it,” Wallace tells THR. “We’re competitive people, so we want to win everywhere.”

Of course, the consensus at NBC News is that the horse race between Williams and Diane Sawyer won’t last. But World News executive producer Michael Corn begs to differ. “We’re growing,” he says. “To us, this is the very beginning of a long-range plan. It’s a nice start, but we have a long way to go.”

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 9

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week of June 9 in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo, with its best younger viewer delivery since late April.

ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” showed the most viewership growth compared to the same week last year (+7%), and was the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo (+11%).

“Nightly News” was up +4% in viewers and down -11% in the demo, while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was also up +4% in viewers and down -7% in the demo.

NBC’s average is based on three days (Mon.-Wed.) because of sports coverage. ABC’s average is based on three days (Mon., Wed. and Fri.) because of the NBC finals. CBS is based on five days.

Numbers for the week of June 9, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,440,000 7,265,000 6,048,000
• A25-54: 2,005,000 1,902,000 1,371,000

‘Primetime LIVE!’ 25 Years Later

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There was a big reunion last night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ABC’s “Primetime Live.”

About 100 former correspondents, editors, researchers, PAs, APs, and photographers celebrated at the home of author Holly Peterson, who was a researcher on the show. Diane Sawyer was in attendance. Her co-anchor Sam Donaldson sent his regards from Albuquerque, where he now lives.

ABC News president Roone Arledge created the show in 1989. He wooed Sawyer away from “60 Minutes” to be the co-anchor for the new live primetime newsmagazine. Donaldson was fresh from covering the White House for ABC News. The first episode included live studio audience. As Donaldson put it, the audience participation “was not [like] Oprah or Donahue… They are terrific shows, but that’s not us.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace and the late Judd Rose were correspondents.

Early staffers in attendance last night included Disney ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood, who was an associate producer on the show; correspondent Jay Schadler; producers Betsy West, now with the Columbia Journalism School, Neal Shapiro, now with WNET, Mark Lukasiewicz, now with NBC, David Doss, now with Al Jazeera America; also Ira Rosen and Rick Kaplan, plus Jeanmarie Condon and Marc Burstein, who now have executive roles at ABC News.

Insiders tell us Sawyer delivered a toast to the team, for their passion and hard work, while Burstein read a note from Donaldson sending regrets and sharing how proud he was of the work he did at “Primetime (as he used to say) LIVE!”

Diane Sawyer’s Clinton Interview Draws 6 Million Viewers

clinton sawyerAccording to preliminary Nielsen data, Diane Sawyer‘s interview with Hillary Clinton averaged 6.079 million viewers in the 9pmET hour last night. Sawyer had the first interview with Clinton as the former Secretary of State begins her press tour for “Hard Choices,” out today.

The special was second in total viewers, behind Fox’s “24: Live Another Day.” In the A25-54 demographic, the Clinton interview had a 1.5 rating / 4 share, placing fourth behind Fox, NBC and CBS.

The hour-long interview built on its lead-in, “The Bachelorette,” by +53% in total viewers. The special also grew from 5.7 million viewers in the first half-hour to 6.4 million in the second half-hour, an increase of +12%. Compared to the same night last year, the Clinton special improved the time period by +7% in total viewers.

Final numbers will be released after 4pmET.

Evening News Ratings: Week of June 2

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins the week in total viewers while ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer wins again in the demo. It was the sixth time in the last nine weeks that ABC’s broadcast has won among younger viewers.

Sawyer also showed the most growth of the three evening newscasts in both viewers and the A25-54 demo. Compared to the same week last year “World News” was up +7% in viewers and up +13% in the demo. “Nightly” is up +2% in viewers but down -4% in the demo. The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up +4% in viewers but down -8% in the demo.

NBC is based on a 4-day average, with Wednesday excluded because of the NHL playoffs. ABC is also based on 4 days, with Thursday excluded due to the NBA playoffs.

Numbers for the week of June 2, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,705,000 7,471,000 5,937,000
• A25-54: 1,857,000 1,936,000 1,387,000

Chris Cuomo on Hillary Clinton: Media ‘Couldn’t Help Her More’

CuomoIn a segment about Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Chris Cuomo suggested the media has helped the potential presidential candidate.

“We couldn’t help her any more than we have,” Cuomo said. “She’s got just a free ride so far from the media…we’re the biggest ones promoting her campaign, so it better happen.”

Cuomo also praised his former ABC colleague, Diane Sawyer.

“I was actually happy that Diane pressed her the way she did,” Cuomo said, adding it was a “dicey” move for Sawyer, whose tough questions could backfire on her if Hillary becomes a candidate.

Sawyer’s interview with Clinton airs tonight at 9pmET on ABC.

Robin Roberts to Receive 2014 Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsRobin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”

Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.

CBS’s Bob Schieffer was presented last year’s Cronkite award. Brian Williams, was the 2009 honoree, while Diane Sawyer accepted it the following year in 2010.

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