The graveyard shifts of local and national media were thrust into covering one of the biggest, fastest moving news stories of the year last night — an alleged convenience store robbery, which turned into a carjacking and escalated into a manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and a firefight that left a police officer and one of the suspects dead, a suspect on the loose and a whole city on lockdown. Getting reliable information in the middle of the night amidst all the chaos was incredibly difficult, but local Boston media got a chance to shine.
The Boston Globe was miles ahead of everyone else, reporting the connection between the MIT shooting and the Boston Marathon suspects as well as the apprehension of one of the suspects at least an hour before anyone else. Gun-shy after erroneously reporting that there was a bombing suspect in custody on Wednesday, CNN anchors led by Jake Tapper were overly cautious, declining to even reference the Boston Globe report on the arrest and only connected the events after the statement of Col. Timothy Alben, commander of the Massachusetts State Police. Meanwhile, Fox News‘ Bill Hemmer was holding a tablet with the Boston Globe on air, reading updates off the site.
The way the Globe was ahead of all national papers, including The New York Times and Wall Street Journal, local stations beat the national news networks too, with Boston newspaper and TV outlets also getting the news of the death of Suspect #1 out first. CNN actually tapped into the feed of a local Boston station to carry Alben’s key impromptu presser, which officially confirmed that the chased men were the bombing suspects and that one was dead and one on the lam. READ MORE »
Wednesday will go down in infamy as one of the worst days for CNN, Fox News and others’ coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. Deadline is going to let Jon Stewart sum up why, always, it’s better to chill than rush out with wrong news:
UPDATE 3:50 PM: An estimated 67.2 million people watched last night’s Presidential debate, according to Nielsen, up 28% compared to the first debate in 2008 between then-Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain. It was a close race for the broadcast networks. ABC drew in 11.2 million total viewers from 9-10:30 PM ET. NBC followed a close second with 11 million and CBS was third was 10.5 million. In the Adults 25-54 demographic, NBC was No. 1 with 5.1 million, followed by ABC with 4.6 million and CBS with 4.5 million. ABC also topped the list in total viewers for post-debate analysis form 10:30-11 PM ET with 8.8 million. It was followed by NBC with 8.7 million and CBS with 7 million. In the Adults 25-54, NBC led again with 3.8 million, followed by ABC with 3.5 million and CBS with 2.9 million.
PREVIOUS: Fox News Channel dominated cable news coverage of the first Presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Fox News drew 10.4 million viewers from 9-10:30 PM ET with nearly 3 million in the 25-54 demographic. That marked FNC’s highest-rated presidential debate ever. CNN was a distant second with 6 million viewers, followed by MSNBC. I’ll update with final numbers for the broadcast networks, most of whom also posted around 10 million viewers each in the fast nationals. Read More »
Fox News Channel averaged more viewers in this year’s third quarter than both its cable news competitors put together but the network took some hits in a key demo. FNC averaged 1.14 million in total day viewers over the quarter. That’s a 7% rise from the same quarter last year but FNC was down 4% among Adults 25-54 with 268,000 viewers in the demo. Over the seven-day week MSNBC had 515,000 averaged total day viewers, a 20% rise for the network from the same quarter last year. MSNBC was also up double digits among the demo. It got 175,000 in the 25-54, a 17% rise from the last year’s Q3. In third place, CNN had 388,000 total day viewers. That’s down 18% from last year and, with 188,000 in the demo, down a harsh 25% among the 25-54. This quarter, which ran from June 25 to September 30, saw Olympic coverage on MSNBC during the London Games as well as all three cables news channels devoting considerable air time to the Presidential race, especially the Democratic and GOP conventions.
In an interview today with Fox News’Neil Cavuto the GOP presidential candidate seemed to expand his definition of the 47% of the electorate that he says likely won’t support him. He told a small group of contributors a few months ago that President Obama can count on 47% of voters who “are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them…These are people who pay no income tax,” according to a secret recording of the event. But he told Fox News that he was referring to “the perspective of a lot of individuals who are not likely to support me.” He added that “some believe that government should take from some and give to the others….I think that’s an entirely foreign concept.”
Just as the presidential election heads into the final stretches, Glenn Beck is headed back to the tube. The former Fox News host’s TheBlazeTV, which he launched a year ago under the moniker GBTV, is expanding … Read More »
Over six days of primetime political party coverage, Fox News Channel has come out on top among the networks and its cable news rivals. In the 10-11 PM ET hour, according to Nielsen, Fox pulled in an average of 5.33 million viewers over the three nights of the Republican National Convention and the three nights of the Democratic National Convention. Fox News’ closest competitor was NBC, which garnered an average audience of 5.03 million. However, NBC’s numbers are averaged over five nights, not six. The numbers don’t include anything from Wednesday for NBC as the network aired the NFL season opener instead. Read More »
CNN is made up of witches and Fox News is untrustworthy because an Australian runs it. That’s what Comedy Central is skewering the cable news networks with in new ads. Coming out of two weeks of Republican and Democratic convention coverage, the network put out two new spots today promoting its The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report‘s “Indecision 2012” coverage of the presidential election. It could work out for them: Last week, Comedy Central beat out Fox News, MSNBC and CNN’s coverage of the Republican Convention in key demographics. Check out the new spots here:
Instead of hosting lounges at the Republican and Democratic conventions, Fox News Channel has been providing free rides to delegates and other conventioneers. Advertising Age reports the network provided cab service in Charlotte … Read More »
Apparently so according to New York magazine’s Gabriel Sherman, who’s writing a book about Fox News and its founder. Although Ailes’ current deal runs to next summer, his lawyer, Peter Johnson — who’s also a Fox News contributor — has … Read More »
“CNN needs new thinking,” Walton says — and the numbers seem to support that. The news network has dropped to third place, behind Fox News and MSNBC, in primetime. In fact, May was its least-watched month in primetime in 20 years. And in Q2, CNN hit a low among total viewers and the important 25-54 demographic, with all primetime programs posting steep declines. Walton says the network needs “a different perspective, different experiences and a new plan,” led by someone “who will build on our great foundation and will commit to seeing it through. And I’m ready for a change.” All eyes will be on Turner Broadcasting CEO Phil Kent as he leads the search for a replacement — and, probably, a new direction. Although CNN’s primetime ratings have plummeted, the company continued to defend CNN as a solid business, and a reliable source of non-partisan news. That’s helped the operation overseas, where CNN is much stronger than its domestic competitors. Walton has led CNN since 2003.
The change brings Newscore CEO John Moody back to Fox News as EVP and Executive Editor. He’ll work with Michael Clemente, who’s now EVP in charge of News Editorial. Here’s the release:
NEW YORK– FOX News has elevated two executives in the network’s hard news division, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman & CEO, FOX News. Michael Clemente has been promoted to Executive Vice President of News Editorial and John Moody, currently the CEO of Newscore, will return to FOX News as Executive Editor and Executive Vice President. Both executives will report directly to Ailes.
Last week, we broke the story that Fox News Channel was finalizing new multi-year, multimillion-dollar deals with its two biggest stars, Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity. Now one of them, O’Reilly’s, has closed, according to an official announcement by the cable news network’s chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. “Bill’s immense talent, intellect and raw convictions are an extremely rare combination in television and exemplify why The O’Reilly Factor has been the number one program in cable news for more than a decade,” Ailes said. “He is a tremendous force in the business and has helped to make Fox News the success story it is today.” Added O’Reilly, “It’s been great fun in challenging the establishment and exposing the corruption across the nation. Fox News has become the primary force in television news under Roger’s leadership and I’m delighted to continue there for years to come.”
The Simpsons stayed right in character with its 25th anniversary salute to its network, Fox, on Sunday night, using the occasion to take a shot at Fox’s sister network Fox News Channel. The show pokes fun at … Read More »