A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press with Tim Russert’ was the most-watched Sunday morning public affairs program, winning the week ending Sunday, January 20, 2008. On Sunday, the Russert-moderated program was No. 1, averaging 4.606 million total viewers”
From the release (discussing this past Saturday):
D.C.-area journalists and business leaders will let the good times roll Saturday night at a dinner, dance and auction at Fat Tuesday’s to benefit a documentary project by WUSA-TV anchor Mike Walter.
Walter is a member of The Dart Society, a nonprofit organization of award-winning journalists from around the world dedicated to the sensitive coverage of victims and the well-being of those who tell their stories. His documentary focuses on the society’s “Target: New Orleans” project, which last year linked society members with journalists at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans to offer moral support and lend a hand cleaning up the hurricane-ravaged city. For more information, log on to www.targetneworleans.org
A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network and Comcast Cable present extensive, interactive coverage of this yearâ€™s State of the Union Address on Monday, Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. and Super Tuesday events on Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. CN8 Political Director Lynn Doyle will host live coverage of President Bush’s address on Jan. 28, followed by the Democratic Response and a special edition of ‘It’s Your Call’ devoted to political analysis and the opinions and reactions of CN8 viewers.”
For the State of the Union, C-SPAN will air a historical discussion of State of the Union speeches with on-set guest Richard Norton Smith at 8 p.m., the speech will air at 9 p.m. and re-air at 11 p.m. and at approx. 10:15 there is a post speech program featuring congressional responses from Statuary Hall.
A release announced, “Beginning, Monday, January 28, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will continue its ‘Big Picture’ election series with five nights of reports and discussions that will look at the important roles various economic issues will play in the February 5 ‘Super Tuesday’ presidential primaries. Coverage will include taped reports, interviews with local leaders and conversations with citizens about the impact of the economy on the choices voters will make as they select presidential candidates. All reports will take place in states whose citizens will vote in the February 5 primary elections. The series will also receive extensive coverage via the Online NewsHour www.pbs.org/newshour”
A NBC release announced, “NBC News and MSNBC will provide comprehensive coverage of President Bush’s final State of the Union Address to the joint session of Congress on January 28, 2008 and the Democratic response from Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, which will immediately follow. Brian Williams will anchor NBC News’ live coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET from the NBC News studios in Washington, D.C. Joining Williams will be NBC News’ Washington D.C. Bureau Chief and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ Tim Russert. Also reporting will be Kelly O’Donnell live from the House Chamber and David Gregory from the White House, along with the rest of the NBC News team.”
CNN announced the network’s Super Tuesday coverage “will kick off on Saturday, Jan. 26, with a four-hour installment of ‘Ballot Bowl,’ uninterrupted coverage of Democratic and Republican candidates’ significant live and recent events, leading up to the network’s coverage of the Democratic primary in South Carolina. Extended political programming continues through Monday, Jan. 28, with President George W. Bush’s final State of the Union address and through Super Tuesday on Feb. 5 with a 40-hour marathon of continuous live political coverage.”
Karen Hanretty, who served as deputy communications director for Fred Thompson’s presidential campaign, was Friday’s guest on Glamocracy, Glamour magazine’s political blog. Read her post, “My final days with Fred,” here.
CNN Radio announced, “‘CNN in: 60’ anchor Michelle Wright offers affiliates a timely, no-holds-barred look at the hit reality show American Idol throughout its seventh season. Each morning after an American Idol broadcast, Wright summarizes the highlights and drama of the previous evening’s events as well as offers her own scorecard of the contestants seeking the coveted title. During the preliminary weeks of American Idol, affiliates can access Wright’s spots each Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Once the finalists are selected and American Idol expands to three shows a week, affiliates can access the packages every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.”