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ABC News is making key personnel changes at a time of ratings strength, with the division enjoying success across various dayparts this spring.
In the recently completed second quarter, the division could claim several No. 1 demo finishes, including the ayem with “Good Morning America” and the evening with “World News.”
“Good Morning America” has now been on top of the morning news race for two years, racking up its eighth consecutive quarterly victory in total viewers (5.542 million) and its seven straight in adults 25-54 (2.085 million), according to Nielsen numbers for the March 31-June 29 ratings period. The ABC program beat runner-up “Today” on NBC by 16% in total viewers (4.761 million) and by 10% in adults 25-54 (1.899 million).
This marks the first back-to-back second-quarter ratings victories for “Gma” since 1994 in total viewers, and since 1993 in adults 25-54.
“World News With Diane Sawyer” is going out on top in the key news demo, according to Nielsen “most current” estimates, »
- Rick Kissell
As you may have heard, NBC’s Meet the Press is struggling more than Susan Rice lately on Sunday mornings. A once-dominant program—the longest running in television virtue of being on the air since 1947—Mtp has fallen from first to third for the third straight quarter, sitting behind ABC’s This Week and CBS’s Face the Nation. In fact, the show is currently experiencing the worst ratings in its 74-year history. »
- Joe Concha
Washington, D.C. is only a small portion of the country, but it’s an important one when it comes to reaching lawmakers and others who set the country’s political agenda.
And last Sunday, according to Nielsen estimates, the Fox broadcast of “Fox News Sunday” drew 70,000 viewers in the D.C. market on Wttg — more than three times its audience there on the comparable Sunday a year ago. NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the usual ratings leader in Washington, was close behind at 69,000, followed by CBS’ “Face the Nation” (41,000) and ABC’s “This Week” (18,000).
This is the only the »
- Rick Kissell
Will.i.am joined the roundtable on Meet the Press Sunday morning, perhaps due to a recommendation from a branding consultant, and mixed it up with Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-ut) over alleged apathy among young voters who feel turned off "by the dance," in will.i.am's phrasing, of congressional politics, with Chaffetz arguing that the Black Eyed Peas founder was an example of the private sector outperforming the government in creating opportunities. »
- Evan McMurry
The “Brokaw News Center,” will house the West Coast operations of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and Telemundo News and local stations NBC4 Southern California/Knbc and Telemundo 52/Kvea. Brokaw has spent nearly his entire career with NBC News, starting as a Los Angeles bureau correspondent and a Knbc anchor, then of course rising to anchor NBC’s evening news.
For Brokaw, who joined NBC News in California in the 1960s the honor brings back a lot of memories. “I just turned 26 years of age,” he recalled in a short interview. “It was a life-changer for me.”
He would go on to cover the free-speech movement Berkeley, the Charles Manson murders, unrest in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts and more. »
- Brian Steinberg
The Los Angeles Clippers capped this weekend’s media reaction to racist comments allegedly made by team owner Donald Sterling by staging a silent protest before Game 4 of their play-offs run today, wearing their red warm-up shirts inside out to conceal the Clippers logo ahead of Sunday afternoon’s 118-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors. Sterling was identified on a 9-minute recording posted by TMZ and an extended 15-minute tape obtained by Deadspin this week telling girlfriend V. Stiviano not to bring black people including former hoops star Magic Johnson to his NBA games. Johnson hit back on the airwaves himself appearing on ABC‘s play-off pre-game show (see below) calling for NBA commissioner Adam Silver to “[do] his due diligence” and “come down hard” on Sterling, who “should not own a team anymore.” “As an owner, I’m obviously disgusted that a fellow team owner could hold such sickening and offensive views, »
- JEN YAMATO
7:45 Pm Pdt -- NAACP Interim President Lorraine Miller told NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday Morning Sterling will no longer receive a lifetime achievement award next month.It's stunning to say the least ... Donald Sterling has been tapped by the L.A. chapter of the NAACP for a Lifetime Achievement Award ... at a gala event next month.Leon Jenkins, Prez of the L.A. branch, has said in the past, "He [Donald] has a unique history »
- TMZ Staff
NAACP interim president Lorraine Miller stated on Sunday that embattled Clippers owner Donald Sterling will not be honored with a lifetime achievement award after audio of racist remarks emerged. "He is not receiving a lifetime achievement award from the NAACP that's coming up in the next few weeks," Miller said on NBC's Meet the Press on Sunday. Sterling was among those scheduled to be honored by the Los Angeles NAACP next month. The mogul is embroiled in controversy following the release of an audio recording of him making racist comments, but the civil rights organization previously tapped him as
- Aaron Couch
New York (AP) — NBC's news chief says she supports embattled "Meet the Press" moderator David Gregory "now and into the future" as the Sunday morning public affairs program tries to turn around sinking ratings. NBC News President Deborah Turness, in a memo to "Meet the Press" staff members, said Gregory has been the victim of vindictive, personal and untrue chatter. "NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of 'Meet the Press,'" Turness wrote. "He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most." The network has been concerned by the reaction to a story published Sunday in The Washington Post that said that NBC commissioned a "psychological consultant" to interview Gregory's wife and friends. The word "psychological" quickly became a sticking point; NBC says they worked with a brand consultant »
- David Bauder (AP Staff)
“NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of Meet the Press,” Turness wrote. “He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most.”
- Associated Press
David Gregory is not happy with the Washington Post. The “Meet The Press” host hit back at the newspaper's report on Monday that NBC hired a “psychological consultant” to interview his friends and family. “It's been bandied about and it's just complete fiction,” he said in an interview with Wtop. Also read: NBC News Disputes WaPo's David Gregory Report Over Psychological Consultant “There was never any psychological consultant hired. That's utter fiction, that's gossip reporting gone wild!” Gregory sniped. “The truth of the matter is that our marketing team came to ‘Meet The Press’ as they've done to other programs to have some branding. »
- James Crugnale
NBC News chief Deborah Turness sent a memo to her staff today today, dismissing as “quite ludicrous,” “vindictive” and “untrue, ” the press coverage of a news report about a consulting firm hired to help fix ratings on NBC’s Sunday Beltway show. “I wanted to reach out to reiterate my support for the show and for [show host] David [Gregory], now and into the future, as we work together to evolve the format,” she wrote in her memo (see entire memo below). The Washington Post wrote Monday that NBC had hired a “psychological consultant” to look at Gregory, including interviews with his friends and his wife. The reaction in the media is what is known in journalism circles as Pirahna Discovering Raw Meat. A frenzy of NBC Hires Psychologist to Evaluate David Gregory, and NBC Thinks David Gregory Requires Psychiatric Help press reports ensued. Columnists mulled why Gregory was so hated; Cenk Uygur »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Deborah Turness, president of NBC News, issued a memo on Thursday reiterating her support of Meet the Press host David Gregory after a recent report claimed the network ordered a "psychological consultant" to interview his friends and family. "There has been a great deal written about Meet the Press in the past few days, much of it quite ludicrous," Turness wrote in a memo. "I wanted to reach out to reiterate my support for the show and for David, now and into the future, as we work together to evolve the format. Unfortunately, some of the chatter has been vindictive,
- Erik Hayden
The outsized, specified, and personal hatred of Gregory long ago detached from the reality of the man. Very few of the people howling yesterday actually dislike Gregory's weekly performance on Meet the Press on its merits, or, given the show's winnowing ratings, even watch it enough to dislike it. They dislike a refraction of it, one filtered through their ideological preconceptions »
- Evan McMurry
NBC News is denying that it commissioned a psychological consult of Meet the Press host David Gregory that included talking to his friends and his wife, as asserted in a Washington Post profile published on Monday. Rather, the examination was a brand assessment, a network spokesperson tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Last year Meet the Press brought in a brand consultant -- not, as reported, a psychological one -- to better understand how its anchor connects,” the network said in a statement. “This is certainly not unusual for any television program, especially one that’s driven so heavily by one person." Photos:
- Marisa Guthrie
NBC News is disputing Washington Post's report Monday claiming it hired a psychological consultant for “Meet The Press” anchor David Gregory. “Last year ‘Meet the Press’ brought in a brand consultant–not, as reported, a psychological one–to better understand how its anchor connects,” NBC News spokesperson Meghan Pianta tells TheWrap. ”This is certainly not unusual for any television program, especially one that's driven so heavily by one person.” Also read: NBC News Hires Psychological Consultant For David Gregory The author of WaPo's original report, Paul Fahiri, told TheWrap he confirmed that the consultant was psychological twice. “I did confirm it (twice, »
- James Crugnale
Senator Bob Corker (R-tn) told Meet the Press Sunday morning that the "wisest thing" Syrian President Bashar al Assad has done in his three-year civil war was kill people with chemical weapons, as it focused the west's outrage on a brazen act and allowed Assad to continue to slaughter citizens in other ways — a situation Corker said was repeating itself with Russia and Ukraine. »
- Evan McMurry
Per terms of his new multiyear deal, the veteran newsman will continue as anchor and moderator of Fox News Sunday. Since joining Fox News Channel in 2003, Chris Wallace has served as moderator of the one-hour public affairs program presented on the Fox Broadcasting Co. and replayed on Fnc. He also has contributed to Fnc’s political and election coverage. This year marks Wallace’s 50th year in the broadcasting industry; he began his TV career at 16 as a gofer for Walter Cronkite at the 1964 Republican National Convention. Prior to Fox, Wallace spent 14 years at ABC News, where he served as senior correspondent for Primetime Thursday and as a substitute host on Nightline. Before ABC News, he was with NBC News, where he served as the chief White House correspondent from 1982-89. Wallace also anchored Meet The Press from 1987-88 and anchored the Sunday edition of NBC Nightly News from 1982- »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Fox News said it had signed “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace to a new “multi-year” deal that would keep the veteran anchor on the network for “years to come,” in the words of the outlet’s top executive, Roger Ailes.
Since joining the 21st Century Fox-owned network in 2003, Wallace has moderated “Fox News Sunday,” a one-hour public affairs program presented on Fox Broadcasting Co. and later replayed on Fox News Channel. He has also contributed to the network’s political and election coverage.
“Chris is a renowned journalist whose hard-hitting interviews and lifetime of dedication to the news have established him as one of the best in the industry,” said Ailes, the network’s chairman and chief executive, in a statement.
- Brian Steinberg
Did “Meet The Press” producers cross the line? Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dancer who lost her leg in the Boston Marathon bombing, left a scheduled “Meet The Press” taping in tears after the producers reneged on their promise not to mention the names of the alleged terrorists during the broadcast. “I feel so disrespected @meetthepress,” Haslet-Davis tweeted. “I asked politely yesterday and you said yes. Now you choose to use the name instead.” “Cannot believe @meetthepress chose to use the bombers name instead of respect their guest. Had to walk off set crying,” she continued. Also read: Anderson Cooper Reveals Powerful Look at Boston Bombing. »
- James Crugnale
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