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Fox News’ ‘MediaBuzz’ Back On Top With Second Biggest Ratings Yet

By | Tuesday March 11, 2014 @ 8:59am PDT

costaskurtzThis past Sunday Fox News Channel‘s MediaBuzz celebrated its six-month anniversary with its second-highest-rated telecast to date, featuring an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas about the eye infection that sidelined him during his network’s coverage of the Sochi Winter Olympics as well as his coverage of Russian president Vladimir Putin. MediaBuzz clocked 1.132 million viewers and 263,000 in the news demo — tripling CNN‘s like-minded Sunday show Reliable Sources in total viewers and nearly doubling Reliable Sources in the demo. (According to Nielsen, MediaBuzz‘s highest-rated telecast, on December 1 of last year, clocked 1.183 million viewers with breaking news of the New York City train derailment, and 267,000 demo viewers.)

Compared with last week’s program, MediaBuzz was up double-digits in both categories — up 28% with overall audience and 53% in the news demo. Reliable Sources, meanwhile, dropped 38% in the demo compared to the previous Sunday when it logged a rare demo win, and was down 2% in overall audience. Read More »

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CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ Interviews Newsmax Co-Founder About Plan To Launch Fox News Competitor: Video

By | Sunday March 9, 2014 @ 7:43am PDT

CNN’s Reliable Sources this morning interviews Newsmax co-founder Chris Ruddy about his plans to take on Fox News Channel with the June launch of a new cable news network called NewsmaxTV. “The boomer market, which we’re focusing on, has 80 million Americans. There’s really not much on cable servicing them,” Ruddy tells host Brian Stelter. BusinessWeek has called the new network “either a misguided fantasy or a cunningly disruptive business plan.”, launched in 1998, had more than 11.5 million visitors in January, according to ComScore. Watch a preview here:

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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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Media Critics Scoff At CBS’ Internal Investigation of Botched ‘60 Minutes’ Benghazi Report: Video

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 7:59am PST

You know who loves the MSNBC Puts Alec Baldwin’s New Show On Two-Week Suspension After Alleged Homophobic Rant story? CBS News, which is happy for any bright shiny light that distracts media finger-waggers from its botched 60 Minutes Benghazi report. Unfortunately, the two media-centric Sunday shows, on cable news networks CNN and Fox News Channel, weighed in anyway, though no damning new revelations or accusations came to light. Neither show was impressed with CBS’ internal review of the newsmag’s Benzhazi segment, which CBS News has said was reported out for a year. It was based on bum information given by a now discredited security contractor who’d written a now-discredited book about the incident for CBS’ publishing division. Some of Sunday’s talking heads noted CBS News exec producer Al Ortiz will be taking the results of his investigation into the failure of 60 Minutes exec producer Jeff Fager to the chairman of CBS News — Jeff Fager. “60 Minutes needs to re-report this story and share the results with the public,” advised CBS News alum Terence Smith on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Lara Logan’s day of apologizing “isn’t enough,” chimed in Fox News’ MediaBuzz host Howard Kurtz, who also called for an outside investigation, adding his boilerplate “We all make mistakes — myself included.”

Related: ’60 Minutes’ Wraps Ups With Another Apology For Botched Benghazi Report

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CNN Names NYT Media Reporter Brian Stelter To Host ‘Reliable Sources’

By | Tuesday November 12, 2013 @ 6:26am PST

CNN has named The New York Times media industry reporter Brian Stelter to host Reliable Sources, the network’s Sunday program that focuses on the top media stories. He’s replacing Howard Kurtz, who had been media industry reporter at The Washington Post when he got the gig, later moving to The Daily Beast; Kurtz, who headlined Reliable Sources for 15 years, left in July and now hosts a similar program, MediaBuzz for Fox News Channel, which has been beating Reliable Sources in ratings. Unlike Kurtz when he hosted Reliable Sources, Stelter is leaving his newspaper position to take the TV job, though he had said he would not leave the NYTimes for a TV job when he began auditioning for the CNN post. This morning he reported, via Twitter, that leaving the NYTimes is “surreal.” That’s because he’d been there since graduating college — which is to say since  2007. At NYTimes, he covered television and digital media for the Media & Advertising and Arts sections of the newspaper and for the newspaper’s blog, Media Decoder. Stelter also will serve as a senior media correspondent for CNN Worldwide. Stelter was among a rotation of reporters who cover the media, including CNN, who’d tried out for the cable news network job. In 2013, Stelter published The New York Times best-selling book Top Of The Morning: Inside The Cutthroat World Of Morning TV (2013). Stelter also created TVNewser, … Read More »

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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, 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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