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Education Nation Soaked

Downpours in New York City this morning soaked Day 2 of NBC News’s Education Nation. The conference, some of which has been carried on MSNBC and NBC, is being held on Rockefeller Plaza, including a tented space over the area that is the skating rink in the Winter months.

The worst of it began around 8:50amET. NBC crews, concerned about safety of participants, evacuated the area bringing a halt to the conference for about 45 minutes just as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was about to speak.

Bloomberg went on with the speech from MSNBC’s studio, giving the mayor 14 minutes of national airtime to talk about his city’s education initiatives. The cable channel then aired a discussion with Tom Brokaw and Newark, NJ major Cory Booker, whose city schools just received $100M from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The rest of the day’s panel discussions have been moved to studios inside the GE building. The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams, anchoring her show from New York, covered the news via Twitter (picture above):

Had to stop show, because they are worried about the Education Nation tents leaking! Headed to tent to chk it out!!!

Education Nation continues tomorrow, and there is more rain in the forecast.

Media Executives Make The Vanity Fair 100

vf100090310.jpgVanity Fair has released its Vanity Fair 100 list, which purports to count down the 100 most influential people of the information age. Not surprisingly, plenty of boldface media names make the cut.

Among them:

#4: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who oversees Fox News Channel.

#7 Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City and the founder of Bloomberg LP, which owns the Bloomberg business network.

#13: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who oversees CNN.

#14: Disney CEO Bob Iger, who oversees ABC News

#21: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

#59: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the former president of CBS News and executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

#62: PBS host Charlie Rose.

More names, as well as a pair of notable non-inclusions, are after the jump:

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Rather, Colbert, Bloomberg Celebrate Bill Moyers

moyers_4-27.jpgBill Moyers and his PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” hit the airwaves for their final broadcast this Friday after almost 40 years after Moyers launched the initial “Journal.”

New York’s THIRTEEN has posted messages from a number of big names as a tribute to Moyers in his final week. Among the well-wishers are Stephen Colbert, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tavis Smiley, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jon Meacham, Alison Stewart, and PBS President Paula Kerger.

HDNet’s Dan Rather writes: “He and [his wife] Judith formed a team that became a national treasure. Take a long, thoughtful look. We may not see the likes of it again anytime soon.”

Bloomberg Race Called, Retracted by MSNBC, Others

bloomberg_11-4.jpgMSNBC was among a handful of news outlets that prematurely called the New York City mayor’s race for Michael Bloomberg last night. At 9:39pmET, Rachel Maddow, hosting on MSNBC said, “NBC News can project Michael Bloomberg was re-elected mayor of New York City. He’s the projected winner having spent in excess of $100 million to win himself a third term over Bill Thompson. 7% precincts reporting, but we can project Michael Bloomberg winning.”

Insiders tell TVNewser, Maddow got the information from NBC News’ internal alert system, but that NBC News did not call the race. Rather, the information came from Edison Media Research (EMR), which conducted exit polling for the news media.

Twenty minutes after that first call, Maddow explained, “NBC News, relying on a local election monitoring service called EMR to call tonight’s race — that call has been retracted.”

About an hour later, at 11:02pmET, Maddow made the call, again for Bloomberg, but this time based on an NBC News projection. Bloomberg won the race 51% to Thompson’s 46% — a difference of less than 51,000 votes in a city of 8.3 million.

> Update: According to several NBC News and MSNBC sources, the news was communicated to Maddow via the internal NBC News political unit which called the race for Bloomberg, based on the EMR data. So, while Maddow said it on the air, the erroneous early call, although not an official NBC News call came from the network’s political unit.

A Week of “The View” on Larry King Live

Fresh off their appearance on the Time 100 list, the co-hosts of “The View” will be guests each night on CNN’s Larry King Live this week.

Barbara Walters guests tomorrow. Occasional LKL fill-in Joy Behar is on Tuesday, Elisabeth Hasselbeck on Wednesday, Whoopi Goldberg Thursday and Sherri Shepherd Friday.

Dylan Ratigan Departing CNBC

Ratigan_3.27.jpgAfter six years at CNBC, anchor Dylan Ratigan is leaving the network and sources tell TVNewser Ratigan may already be on to his next stop.

The NYPost’s Page Six was first to report the news. The Post story claims Ratigan’s departure was caused mostly by tension with CNBC VP Susan Krakower who, along with Ratigan, created “Fast Money” in 2006.

Insiders tell TVNewser the Page Six item is “overblown.” “It’s less about Krakower and more about him,” says the source. “He wants to be the next Letterman.”

And Ratigan has made no secret of that. “My dream job is late-night TV,” Ratigan told Marketwatch.com’s Jon Friedman in 2007. That summer, Ratigan also hosted a game show for CNBC.

Another insider tells us Ratigan’s contract was coming up and that, “negotiations hit a wall in the last couple of weeks.”

“He wanted things from NBC in addition to CNBC,” says the insider. CNBC stars Maria Bartiromo and Erin Burnett have deals which ensure exposure on other NBCU platforms.

At least one other network, ABC, is interested in Ratigan, says our source. And while ABC does not have the cable breadth of NBCU, the network could provide Ratigan with opportunities beyond business news.

Ratigan, who joined CNBC in 2003, began his business news career at Bloomberg TV, where he was plucked from a job at a parking garage thanks to some help from Michael Bloomberg‘s ex-wife, Susan.

Insiders could not confirm whether Ratigan would be anchoring either of his shows today (he co-anchors “Closing Bell” at 3pmET) but at the close of “Fast Money” yesterday, Ratigan said, “We’ll see you tomorrow at 5 O’Clock.”

A CNBC spokesman did not return our calls for comment.

> Update: From an ABC News spokesperson, “We think the world of Dylan Ratigan and whoever picks him up will be quite lucky.”

> Update, Update: Ratigan is telling friends he chose to leave CNBC not so much to be the next David Letterman, but because he wants to continue pursuing a storyline which began on his CNBC broadcasts — the robbing of America.

Meet Tops Sunday Morning Competition

nbc_3-26.jpgNBC’s Meet the Press was the top rated Sunday morning public affairs show last week, and was up week-to-week by more than 600,000 Total Viewers. CBS’ Face the Nation was also up week-to-week.

David Gregory moderated a panel that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Govs. Ed Rendell and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The first place advantage was the most since January 4 for MTP, but year-to-year, ABC’s This Week continues to cut into the lead. ABC cut the gap by 36% in Total Viewers and 46% in the A25-54 demo compared to last year — the 8th consecutive week that’s happened.

In the demo, NBC was 1st. ABC and CBS tied for 2nd and FOX finished fourth.

NBC averaged 4,310,000 Total Viewers, ABC 2,980,000, CBS 2,750,000 and FOX 1,220,000.

State of “State of the Union”

state_1-26.jpg“State of the Union,” CNN’s weekend show anchored by John King, was in its new studio for the first time yesterday. Among the guests that joined King were David Plouffe and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Also on the broadcast, will.i.am debuted his new video, “New Day,” exclusive to CNN. It includes video shot by will.i.am and his crew at the Inauguration.

Some tipsters emailed about technical problems during the broadcast, including tapes not playing properly and sound malfunctions. A CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, “There were a few technical problems with the computer servers that run video and sound bites but overall things worked out smoothly during yesterday’s four-hour block of State of the Union.”

On Reliable Sources yesterday (or, as the release says: “On today’s Reliable Sources portion of CNN’s State of the Union with John King”), Howard Kurtz talked to CBS’ White House correspondent Chip Reid and took a closer look at MSNBC’s Inauguration coverage. Click continued to see what was discussed…

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Split Decision for Sunday Morning Shows

This Week with George Stephanopoulos edged out NBC’s Meet the Press in the A25-54 demo last Sunday. MTP still beat all its public affairs competitors in Total Viewers. The economic crisis was the big topic on all the shows. ABC had Treasury Secy. Hank Paulson, Sen. Chris Dodd and Rep. John Boehner as guests. As well as a roundtable that included Democratic strategist Donna Brazile.

MTP also had Paulson as well as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and a roundtable with CNBC’s Steve Liesman and Erin Burnett and the Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein.

The last time ABC beat NBC in the demo was January 27, 2008 when This Week had Sen. Barack Obama on the broadcast. Interestingly, as the primary battles were heating up, Sen. John McCain was a guest on Meet the Press that day.

Sept. 21, 2008 Total Viewers A25-54 Viewers
Meet the Press 3,560,000 1,140,000
This Week 3,080,000 1,150,000
Face the Nation 2,710,000 1,080,000
FOX News Sunday 1,140,000 550,000

Also, for the 2007/2008 season, This Week placed second outperforming CBS’ Face the Nation among Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. This marks the program’s first second place finish since Stephanopoulos began as anchor in September 2002 and its first second place finish among both Total Viewers and the demo in seven years (since the 2000/2001 season).

The Ticker: Brown, Iger, Gifford…

> CNN anchor Campbell Brown will anchor, “Roads to Ruin: Why America is Falling Apart,” tomorrow at 8pmET. The program looks at the nation’s crumbling highways and bridges, with guests from across the country (New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). Roland Martin fills in on CNN Election Center tonight.

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett sat down with Disney CEO Bob Iger (previously president of ABC), for an interview that will air throughout the business day today. CNBC is the sometimes home to the former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner.

> FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with 4th hour Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at Lunch (at Michael’s), and got Gifford’s take on last week’s uncomfortable segment with ‘Sam the Cooking Guy.’ “I’m big on second chances,” she said. “I forgive — but I don’t forget.” Check out the full awkwardness here, or the highlight below:

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