Archive for February 23, 2013

Hard News Hours or Non-Hard News Hours?

Posted in FNC, MSNBC on February 23, 2013 by icn2

This statement from Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher…

I’m not sure why this is a problem, especially since MSNBC has never blocked off specific hours for hard news the way Fox has

…is factually inaccurate. Here is just one example from Politico’s Dylan Byers…

Something I learned just now from MSNBC: It has news shows and “point of view” shows.

MSNBC considers everything from 3 p.m. into primetime to be “point of view” shows. That includes Martin Bashir, Dylan Ratigan, Chris Matthews, Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz, Rachel Maddow, and Lawrence O’Donnell.

Meanwhile, the shows that run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. are not “point of view” shows. That includes Chuck Todd, Chris Jansing, Alex Wagner, Andrea Mitchell, and Tamron Hall.

I will argue until my dying breath about Alex Wagner’s show not being anything other than POV as will Noah Rothman. But the point still stands…MSNBC considers 9-3 to be its news block hours.

As to the rest, yes, Megyn Kelly…who has been known to slap down people on her show for talking inaccuracies before…should have gone after Daftari for spouting nonsense.


What’s Hot/What’s Not: Submissions…

Posted in What's Hot/What's Not on February 23, 2013 by icn2

Post your nominations for this week’s What’s Hot/What’s Not. I’ll post the finalists on Sunday night…

Nielsen Tries to Measure TV Everywhere…

Posted in Ratings Related on February 23, 2013 by icn2

Ok, this may be news to some, though not ICN readers who have had plenty of warning things were going in this direction (this, this, and this). The New York Times Brian Stelter writes about a major change coming to Nielsen’s measurement system…

For media executives, there may be nothing worse than a viewer or listener who is not counted.

On Thursday, in a move that might help ease those concerns, Nielsen said that it would start considering Americans who have spurned cable, but who have a television set hooked up to the Internet, as “television households,” potentially adding to the sample of homes that are rated by the company, the standard for television ratings. In front of skeptical network officials, the company pledged to measure TV viewership on iPads and other mobile devices in the future.

Those executives have a gnawing feeling that their consumers are being missed more and more often. As new pipelines open up for viewers and listeners through social media, mobile apps and game consoles, advertisers fret that they don’t know how many people are really seeing their ads, television networks fear they’re not getting credit for getting those people to tune in and record companies wonder how they can keep up with all the ways their customers consume music.

Joy Behar to CNN?

Posted in CNN on February 23, 2013 by icn2

Page Six dishes

Joy Behar could be the next big name headed to CNN, sources tell Page Six. The comedienne and “The View” host was spotted at the network this week meeting with new honcho Jeff Zucker, and the meeting sparked speculation that Behar — a former “Larry King Live” guest host who then landed her own highly rated show on CNN’s HLN — is part of Zucker’s plans to rejuvenate the channel. Behar had the HLN program for two years while appearing as a co-host on ABC’s “The View.” She then jumped to Current TV, and quipped to Jay Leno after the network was sold to Al Jazeera last month, “Al Gore, Al Jazeera, Al Pacino. It’s all the same thing to me . . . I just work there.” Behar’s rep declined to comment.

The problem with this exercise is that there’s a kind of “been there, tried that” aspect to bringing Behar to CNN. She was once part of HLN and that didn’t work out. What evidence is there that things would be any different at CNN? None that I can see…