Archive for January 29, 2013

Michael Bass to CNN?

Posted in CNN on January 29, 2013 by icn2

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove floats Michael Bass’ name as one who might get tapped to join Team Zucker…

More executive departures and arrivals are in the offing, CNN insiders predicted, and Zucker will likely recruit such longtime loyalists as Michael Bass, a member of Team Zucker at NBC and currently co-executive producer of Katie.


Internal Strife?

Posted in CNN on January 29, 2013 by icn2

The New York Times’ Brian Stelter sums up CNN’s day of news but offers up a few previously unheard of nuggets. Like this…

Soledad O’Brien, the anchor for the last 12 months, has been widely praised for her political interviews despite the program’s relatively low ratings. The show’s defenders say it never received the internal support and the external marketing it had been promised. They imply that it was not given a chance to succeed.

Uh oh. Someone’s not happy. Read between the lines and it would seem someone on the Starting Point staff or brain trust is squawking out of school and putting the blame on CNN’s upper brass for failing to deliver. Now who would have something to gain from trying to position the story that way?

January Numbers: MSNBC

Posted in MSNBC, Ratings Related on January 29, 2013 by icn2

MSNBC is noting its January ratings…


MSNBC’s January Ratings Increases are Greater Than the Combined Cable News Competition

FOX News Channel Has Worst M-Su Primetime Performance Since August 2001, Lowest Total Day Since August 2008

NEW YORK –January 29, 2013 –MSNBC is continuing the ratings momentum with a strong January 2013, posting year-over-year growth in all key dayparts, according to data from Nielsen.

MSNBC ranked #2 in Total Day (M-Su 6a-6a) for the month with 491,000 total viewers and 160,000 A25-54. MSNBC grew in audience, while the other three cable news nets combined were down– compared to Jan. 2012, MSNBC is up 20% with A25-54 and 9% with total viewers. Fox News had the lowest total day delivery among A25-54 (209,000) since July 2008.

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Erin Burnett to Mornings?

Posted in CNN on January 29, 2013 by icn2

Deadline Hollywood’s Dominic Patten speculates that Erin Burnett is headed to mornings…

The chess pieces are certainly in play at CNN today. Managing editor Mark Whitaker is out, 20/20’s Chris Cuomo has been poached from ABC and now sources are telling Deadline that new CNN boss Jeff Zucker is about to move Erin Burnett from primetime to a new morning show. Insiders say that the morning show slot is where former Today Show executive producer Zucker wants to start making his mark at the network. Burnett would co-host in the AM with Cuomo, who’s role in the as yet-untitled morning show was announced with his hiring by CNN this morning. No word yet as to who will take over Burnett’s 7 PM OutFront show, which has been struggling in the ratings like most of CNN’s primetime. Burnett joined CNN in April 2011 from CNBC. Her primetime show debuted in October 2011.

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Carville , Matalin, and Erickson depart CNN…

Posted in CNN, FNC on January 29, 2013 by icn2

Politico’s Dylan Byers writes about James Carville and Mary Matalin being dropped by CNN…

CNN contributors and political power couple James Carville and Mary Matalin are leaving the network, Carville told POLITICO today.

The decision was CNN’s, Carville said: “I was told that they wanted the contributors to be more available — essentially, closer to Washington. I’m not always available, I don’t live there.”

In other news FishbowlDC reports that Erick Erickson will be jumping from CNN to FNC

Mark Whitaker leaving CNN…

Posted in CNN on January 29, 2013 by icn2

TVNewser’s Alex Weprin scoops that Mark Whitaker is leaving CNN.This is not completely a surprise after Phil Kent threw him under the bus and the all but certain death of Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point after Chris Cuomo got hired today. Shannon High probably is not feeling too secure right now. Whitaker brought her onboard and gave her mornings to EP. Now Whitaker’s gone and mornings are going to be overhauled.

Zucker lands Cuomo…

Posted in CNN on January 29, 2013 by icn2

CNN announced that it has hired Chris Cuomo…


Award-winning anchor and investigative reporter Chris Cuomo is joining CNN. He will have a major role in a new CNN morning show and across the network, anchoring and reporting on major events, it was announced today by Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide.

“Chris is an accomplished anchor who is already an established name in morning television, as well as a widely respected investigative journalist,” said Zucker. “What I love about Chris is that he is passionate about every story he tells, never forgets about the viewer, and represents the type of journalism that makes CNN great.”

“This is a fantastic opportunity to do what I value the most and hopefully to do the work that I do best,” said Cuomo. “While it’s very difficult to leave ABC News, a place filled with people I have loved working with for many years, I am excited about my future with CNN.”

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