Archive for January 11, 2012

Lizzie O’Leary Departs Bloomberg TV…

Posted in Bloomberg on January 11, 2012 by icn2

Business Insider’s Joe Weisenthal reports that Bloomberg TV’s Washington D.C. based reporter Lizzie O’Leary has left the network…

Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary — the network’s star DC-based reporter — has left the network for a new gig, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Where will O’Leary go to? NBC perhaps? I don’t see CBS, CNN, or ABC as options for various reasons.


New Hampshire Primary: Fast Nationals…

Posted in Ratings Related on January 11, 2012 by icn2

CNN is noting the Fast Nationals for last night’s New Hampshire Primary…

Fast Nationals for Tuesday, January 10 (New Hampshire Primary):


CNN tops MSNBC in primetime in both total viewers and key demo
CNN has a +64% advantage over MSNBC in the target demo
FNC has only a slight bump compared to regular night of programming

During last night’s coverage of the GOP New Hampshire primary, CNN topped MSNBC in primetime (8-11pm) in both total viewers and in the key demo adults 25-54. In total viewers CNN averaged 1.11 million vs. MSNBC’s 1.05m and in the key demo 25-54 CNN had 401k a +64% advantage over MSNBC’s 245k.

Comparing the New Hampshire primary to the prior four Tuesdays (excl. 1/3 Iowa), FNC’s audience was relatively unchanged in total viewers, increasing just 4% (2.25m vs. 2.16m), while CNN grew triple digits +106% (1.11m vs. 541k) and MSNBC was up 17% (1.05m vs. 903k). In the key demo 25-54 CNN increased even more, up +164% (401k vs. 152k), MSNBC increased 21% (245k vs. 203k) and FNC only grew 15% (550k vs. 478k).

Sandra Smith Interview…

Posted in FBN on January 11, 2012 by icn2

Part 3 of TVNewser’s Media Beat interview with FBN’s Sandra Smith…

Free for All: 01/11/12

Posted in Free For All on January 11, 2012 by icn2

What’s on your mind?

Errol Barnett Named Host of CNNI’s “Inside Africa”…

Posted in CNN on January 11, 2012 by icn2

CNN Observations writes that Errol Barnett has been named the new host of CNNI’s “Inside Africa” which was previously hosted by Isha Sesay

Daily Show vs. Early Start: Early Start Fights Back…

Posted in CNN on January 11, 2012 by icn2

Mediaite’s Nando Di Fino writes about Ashleigh Banfield responding to Jon Stewart’s criticism of the show’s live phone call segment. Well, at least Banfield didn’t totally make a fool of herself by bursting out into song as Erin Burnett did responding to Colbert.

More to the point however is that Stewart is right (and that’s something you don’t see me write very often). The segment is dumb and has no business being on a news program. Waking up journalists on the air? What is this? The Howard Stern show? That type of segment is something even the almost newsless broadcast morning programs wouldn’t attempt.

CNN’s morning programs are new. They can ill afford to have bad press at this stage because it will set a tone for how the shows are viewed. So far the most public thing Early Start has to hang its hat on is the “Wake ‘Em Up” segment and it’s getting that public attention not because the segment is working but because it’s not working. That’s not good.