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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Nabs First Demo Win With New Host

By | Tuesday March 4, 2014 @ 12:00pm PST

For the first time since former New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter took over as anchor of CNN’s Sunday all-things-media program cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110__131209225955Reliable Sources, the show edged out Fox News Channel’s like-minded show MediaBuzz in the news demo.  Reliable Sources‘ 193,000 demo viewers put it 21,000 viewers ahead of MediaBuzz  at 11 AM;  in overall audience, MediaBuzz (881,000 viewers), helmed by former Reliable Sources host Howard Kurtz, enjoyed a big advantage over RS (384,000) as has his show every week.
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Brian Stelter’s Debut As CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Host Snags Just 400,000 Viewers

By | Tuesday December 10, 2013 @ 8:19am PST

Former New York Times media correspondent Brian Stelter also clocked 118,00  viewers in the cnnlogo__130909223055-200x95__131028185652__131031215342__131104224558__131108225110news demo in his debut as permanent host of CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday. Same day, former Reliable Sources host Howart Kurtz logged 960,000 viewers — 239,000 in the news demo — in his new gig as host of FNC’s  all-things-media program, MediaBuzz. That puts Kurtz 104% ahead of Stelter in total viewers, 103% in 25-54 year olds. Stelter’s debut came in 35% lower in overall crowd, and 49% in the demo, compared to Reliable Source’s most recent telecast on November 24 with another guest host. (CNN focused on breaking news coverage of the New York train wreck on Sunday, December 1 in the slot.) Kurtz has grown his MediaBuzz audience by 98% in overall audience — 33% in the demo — since debuting. (Last month, after 11 weeks at FNC, Kurtz broke the 1 million viewer barrier, without breaking news, on his new all-things-media show, MediaBuzz. In his 15 years hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, Kurtz never sustained 1 million viewers for the full telecast — though it broke 1 million viewers on a couple of Sundays when the format was interrupted for breaking news of the earthquake that had struck Japan, in March of 2011, and again in December 2012, on the day of memorial services for Sandy Hook elementary school shootings victims.)

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UPDATE: Fox News Channel’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Hits Ratings High

By | Tuesday November 19, 2013 @ 10:13am PST

UPDATE, 10 AM: In his 15 years hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, Fox News Channel’s MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz never sustained 1 million viewers for the full telecast — though it broke 1 million viewers on a couple of Sundays when the format was interrupted for breaking news. That includes coverage of the earthquake that had struck Japan, in March of 2011, and again in December 2012, on the day of memorial services for Sandy Hook elementary school shootings victims. After 11 weeks at FNC hosting MediaBuzz, Kurtz broke the 1 million-viewer barrier without breaking news.

PREVIOUS, 8:13 AM: Days after CNN named its new host for its Sunday all-things-media show Reliable Sources, its former host Howard Kurtz hit a viewership high — with his new Sunday media program, FNC‘s MediaBuzzMediaBuzz delivered 1,042,000 viewers, marking the first time since its September 8 unveiling it hit the 1 million mark. MediaBuzz is up 23% in overall audience, and 36% (181,000) in the news demo since its launch. Read More »

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Fox News Debuts New Howard Kurtz Show ‘MediaBuzz’ On September 8

By | Monday August 26, 2013 @ 10:35am PDT

Howard Kurtz‘s new Sunday examine-the-media show MediaBuzz will debut September 8 at 11 AM ET, Fox News Channel announced this morning. Kurtz, who previously hosted CNN’s Reliable Sources, from 1998 until this past June, will examine media bias on the new program, FNC said today. He will also dissect “news events of the current and previous weeks, and will also analyze how social media has evolved and the effect it has had throughout the industry, including the stories that are most popular over the various social networks and how pundits use those mediums to deliver their specific narrative.”

Kurtz came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job, after being grilled about the incident by other media pundits on his own program during which he apologized for the error. He left CNN in June to join FNC.

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Howard Kurtz Leaves CNN For Fox News, Will Anchor Weekend Media Program

By | Thursday June 20, 2013 @ 9:19am PDT
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A month after he came close to losing his CNN job, Howard Kurtz is leaving the news cable network for rival Fox News. Starting July 1, he will anchor a version of Fox News Watch, which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends. That is in line of Kurtz’s current duties as host of CNN’s Reliable Sources where his current contract was reportedly up. Fox News Watch‘s anchor Jon Scott will move to the specials unit where he will serve as anchor. Additionally, Kurtz will serve as an on-air analyst for programs throughout the week, while also writing a regular column on FoxNews.com, commenting on social media news, industry trends and the intersection of media and politics. “Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country,” said Fox News EVP Michael Clemente. “He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter.”

Kurtz, who has hosted CNN’s media criticism program Reliable Sources since 1998, came under scrutiny in early May when what he characterized as “sloppy” reporting on NBA player Jason Collins got him canned from his gig as D.C. bureau chief for Daily Beast and Newsweek. The incident also triggered an internal review at CNN, with Kurtz ultimately keeping his job and apologizing for his flub on the show. “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a … Read More »

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Howard Kurtz Apologizes For “Sloppy And Inexcusable” Error: Video

By | Sunday May 5, 2013 @ 11:20am PDT

CNN‘s Howard Kurtz took to his own Reliable Sources show this morning to address the sloppy reporting on NBA player Jason Collins that got him canned from his Daily Beast gig this week. Politico’s Dylan Byers and NPR’s David Folkenflik grilled the longterm host, who went on the defensive about his history of reporting mistakes:

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UPDATE: Howie Kurtz Keeps CNN Job; Will Address Being Dropped From Daily Beast This Weekend

By | Friday May 3, 2013 @ 9:25am PDT

UPDATE 9:25 AM: He’s out at the Daily Beast but CNN has decided not to cut Howard Kurtz loose for his sloppy reporting about NBA player Jason Collins’ coming out. “There has been no status change with Howard Kurtz, he remains the host of Reliable Sources.  He will address this issue on the program this weekend,” a CNN spokesperson said today. No word if the Jeff Zucker-run news network will be renewing Kurtz’s contract as the long time host of the Sunday media show when it is up.

1st UPDATE, THURSDAY PM: Howard Kurtz’s job problems today may not be over. I have learned that CNN is reviewing what happened at the Daily Beast and its Reliable Sources host’s sloppy reporting on NBA player Jason Collins. “Some things have been raised this week and CNN wants to review the situation,” a CNN insider tells me about the cable news network’s relationship with its long time Sunday media show host after the Daily Beast dumped him Thursday. No word yet if that means Kurtz is canned at CNN but the fact that such a discussion is occurring can’t be a good sign.

PREVIOUSLY 1:42 PM: Media critic/reporter Howie Kurtz is the host of CNN’s Reliable Sources but he was fired today from his other gig at The Daily Beast for sloppy reporting on pro basketball player Jason Collin’s coming out. “@TheDailyBeast Read More »

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