FNC Upfronts…

Posted in FNC on May 4, 2015 by icn2

Variety’s Steinberg writes about FNC’s upfronts…

Executives from the network have called on media-buying agencies in recent weeks, Rittenberg said. The network is also touting length of tune-in by the network’s viewers. According to Nielsen, the average length of tune-in by viewers between 25 and 54 in April during the week was 25.8 minutes – more than that of MSNBC or CNN, but also of general-appeal outlets like AMC and ESPN. Only Scripps Networks’ HGTV had a longer tune-in length, at 27.1 minutes, according to Nielsen.

Fox News is making a push in morning television, Rittenberg said, hoping to convince advertisers who regularly support “Good Morning America” on ABC and “Today” on NBC to consider taking some of that money and using it to support “Fox & Friends.”

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,135

Posted in Hazards of Live TV on May 4, 2015 by icn2

Uh…not good.

Fox News anchor Shepard Smith apologized Monday afternoon, after a Fox News producer reported witnessing police in Baltimore chasing a man–who may have been unarmed–and then seeming to shoot him. Fox News correspondent Mike Tobin also described witnessing a handgun on the ground and hearing a gunshot at the scene. But there was no shooting. “Sounds like what happened is we screwed up,” said Smith.

Update: Johnny Dollar has video of one of the “eyewitness” reports…

Focus: MSNBC…

Posted in MSNBC on May 4, 2015 by icn2

In a must read, Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell writes about Andrew Lack and MSNBC…

Mediaite has learned that Lack is now beginning to take an active role in the herculean task of trying to right that left-leaning ship: Specifically, Lack is now often attending MSNBC chief Phil Griffin‘s 11:30 a.m. editorial meetings; and, to quote one witness, Lack regularly appears “underwhelmed” with the story pitches.

Even more daunting for the staffs of three struggling MSNBC programs, Lack has requested evidence that their shows remain viable.

A couple of weeks ago, the executive producers of Now with Alex Wagner, The Ed Show, and All In with Chris Hayes were told to prepare “sizzle reels” of the best their programs have to offer. Theoretically, this exercise will help them identify what works best on their respective shows but, in reality, our sources say, any or all of these shows could soon be on the chopping block. The senior staffs of all three programs, we are told, are now concerned that their days are numbered.

I’ll bet. But my eyes really zeroed in on this…

NBC insiders tell Mediaite that while Lack likes Griffin personally, he has serious questions about Griffin’s ability to effectively run a big cable network like MSNBC. And, so far, we hear, nothing Lack has seen has changed that impression.

Shots fired! Start the countdown clock on Phil Griffin!

Related: Nobody likes a whiner Byers

This report on MSNBC – http://www.mediaite.com/tv/mediaite-exclusive-new-nbc-president-andy-lack-reevaluating-much-of-msnbc-programming/ … – isn’t exclusive. I had it in mid-March

Uh…no you didn’t Dylan. Not even close. Oh sure back in March you wrote that everything is in play which is the theme Kirell’s article used as a headline. But the nuts and bolts of his article goes into specifics with behind the scenes tittle tattle that your March piece never mentions.

So instead of whining go pound your sources at 30 Rock. According to your Twitter feed today you have nothing else to do

folks: if you work for a media co., chances are you’re sitting on some good gossip…please get in touch, the day is slow: dbyers@politico.com

Free for All: 05/05/15

Posted in Free For All on May 4, 2015 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

MSNBC’s Al Sharpton Problem On Full Display in Baltimore…

Posted in MSNBC on April 30, 2015 by icn2

You can’t make this stuff up. Nobody’s imagination is that vivid.

It’s been a while since I wrote about MSNBC’s Al Sharpton conflict of interest. In fact it was nine months ago. I got tired of beating that comotose horse. It would take something new to get me back there again.

And today we have it. Al Sharpton, MSNBC host, is apparently fronting for the Mayor of Baltimore now.

In a strange encounter that involved a Fox News correspondent, the mayor of Baltimore, and the Rev. Al Sharpton, FNC’s Leland Vittert was shoved by security officers as he tried to question Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. When Vittert confronted the mayor, he appears to be pushed away by the mayor’s security detail. “Hey! Why can’t we ask questions,” Vittert demanded.

When Vittert pressed, it was Sharpton, an MSNBC host, who responded. “We can’t ask questions?” Vittert said. “You are a public official and we can’t ask questions?”

“You will have the opportunity,” Sharpton said.

This is why we have conflict of interest rules at networks. I don’t have a problem with Sharpton choosing to front for the Mayor. My problem is with MSNBC allowing its talent to front for the Mayor.

Data Wars?

Posted in CNN, FNC on April 30, 2015 by icn2

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes about CNN disputing something Pew did in regards to web traffic data…

The sub-headline on the 2015 Pew Research Center study (State of the News Media) is a morale-killer for the folks at CNN.com: “Fox News Is a Leader Online.” Under that section, Pew noted that in January 2015, FoxNews.com bested CNN.com in unique visitors:

Web traffic data taken from a sample month, January 2015, shows FoxNews.com leading the other two major cable news brands, according to data from the analytics firm comScore, with a total of about 55 million unique visitors. In the same month, CNN.com drew around 50 million unique visitors. MSNBC.com drew far fewer visitors (about 7 million) than the other two…

CNN doesn’t agree with the methodology and has asked Pew for a correction. Matt Dornic, a CNN spokesman, notes that Pew drew conclusions from one month of data for what’s otherwise a report featuring annual statistics. That’s not the only concern. In a fit of Web-metric geekery, Dornic argues that the data in the report:

Uses a custom entity, [E] Foxnews.com, for Fox News against raw site-level property metrics, [S] for CNN.com. This is not an apples-to-apples comparison since a custom entity may contain a collection of other URLs that remain hidden. As it turns out, we learned from our inquiry to comScore that Fox News’ custom entity is also comprised of a variety off-site traffic assignment letters (TALs) and, as such, is not truly the audience of foxnews.com but instead is assigned traffic from other sites that is reallocated back to Fox News even though the visitor did not consume said content on foxnews.com.

The figure for CNN.com used by Pew also fails to account for the company’s apps, he says. “The data significantly misrepresents CNN’s digital audience,” he writes.

Basically, CNN is saying FNC’s data lead in the Pew survey comes from the equivalent of ballot box stuffing. It’s an interesting concept but if CNN is going to make the charge, it needs to show exactly how much traffic is being reallocated. For example, if removing the alleged reallocated traffic from the results doesn’t give CNN the lead again then it doesn’t matter whether Foxnews.com gets reallocated traffic or not…it would still be #1.

Hi There, Remember ME?

Posted in Miscellaneous Subjects on April 29, 2015 by icn2

Page Six’s Claire Atkinson writes about Brian Williams…

This time, Brian Williams may not be exaggerating.

Talks between the exiled anchor and NBCUniversal have recently become tense — with the 55-year-old newsman saying he will not have his “NBC Nightly News” job taken away without a battle, The Post has learned.

“Brian is saying he’s not going down without a fight and [is] threatening to make it really ugly — worse than Ann Curry,” a source close to NBC told The Post.


Ann Curry. Those are two words that would scare the hell out of NBC brass.


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