A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted an impressive ratings win, outperforming the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories during the third quarter of 2007. According to Nielsen Media Research data, the NBC program attracted 3.088 million total viewers during the third quarter,” a 32% lead over ABC’s “This Week”, a 38% advantage over CBS’s “Face the Nation” and a 175% lead over “FOX News Sunday”.
An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers during the 3Q. This marks the first time that ‘This Week’ beat ‘Face the Nation’ since 3Q 2002. In addition, ‘Meet the Press’s’ 3Q total viewing lead over ‘This Week’ was 35% smaller versus 3Q 2006.”
Set your TiVo! A NBC release announced, “In her first-ever live television interview, Jenna Bush sits down with NBC News’ Ann Curry Monday, October 1 on NBC News'”
Washington Post’s “The Post Politics Program,” aired on XM Satellite Radio’s POTUS ’08 program for the first time yesterday. The daily “The Post Politics Podcast” will air each weekday between 2:45 and 3 p.m. ET during “POTUS Live with Joe Mathieu.”
A tipster tells us, “Your account of Brad Pitt’s visit to the Post reminded me of a story from 1993, when Denzel Washington spent several days in the Post newsroom preparing for his part as an investigative reporter in the movie version of ‘The Pelican Brief.’ The scene was pretty much the same. Washington used then-National editor Fred Barbash’s office as a base for interviewing various reporters and editors. Barbash asked White House reporter Ann Devroy to take Washington to a White House briefing. Devroy agreed, but as she told some of us later she had absolutely no idea who Washington was until they were walking down 15th Street and passersby started doing double-takes and pointing at the actor. ‘What exactly do you do?’ Devroy asked. Washington explained who he was and what he was doing. ‘Oh,’ Devroy said. ‘I
couldn’t figure out why people were making such a big deal about the
PR Web reports, “Former CNN news anchor and ABC News correspondent Carol Lin has signed with Paul Schur, President of Washington, D.C.,-based PS & ASSOC, to represent her in all areas of public and media relations.”
Slate’s Jack Shaferwrites, “Dick and J. Edgar Diss Kay Graham”
OJR reports, “Markos Moulitsas at DailyKos this week raised an important issue to which all journalists who cover the Web ought to show greater sensitivity. Moulitsas complained about a Wall Street Journal article which claimed that Moulitsas’ website held a position on campaign finance reform that is, in fact, the opposite of Moulitsas’ position.”
Poynter Online has a letter from Nancy Schwerzler, former Baltimore Sun Washington Correspondent: “Regarding NY Sun’s article on NSA press briefings: It is hardly surprising that the NSA has conducted ‘seminars’ for reporters in an attempt to influence how they reported on national security issues.” Read the full letter here.
CJR asks, “Can the government help the press? Should it?”
Economist reports, “Although healthier than newspapers, consumer magazines have problems”
Regarding the Washington Times hiring freeze question, a reader tells us, “wash times hiring freeze question — there hasn’t really been one. in recent months they brought on sarah carter, andrea billups, and some others. but might be worth exploring how they are poaching metro desk and moving folks to national.”
Fox 28 reports, “A Pentagon source said Wednesday that certain Time Warner e-mails and Web sites have been blocked on Army computers around the world due to a security breach.”
vnunet.com reports, “A US-based copyright watchdog has sunk its teeth into Google by sending a report alleging copyright violations on Google Video to members of Congress.”
AP reports, “Microsoft Corp. and its hardware partners are trying to bridge the divide between home computers and TV sets this holiday season with the release of several ‘media extenders.'”
CNet News.com reports, “The first of the Webcast presidential dialogues put together by MySpace and MTV will debut on Thursday, September 27, with an appearance by former Democratic Sen. John Edwards as he meets with students at the University of New Hampshire.”
Multichannel News reports, “News Corp.’s Fox News group, in an overhaul of its online video strategy, is expanding the quantity of video content on FoxNews.com and plans to debut enhanced ‘community’ features on the site of the forthcoming Fox Business Network channel.”
E&P reports, “Ever since seven newspaper companies announced with much fanfare an alliance with Internet giant Yahoo in November 2006, scant detail has emerged concerning the revenue upside newspapers expected to reap. More outfits have joined the deal — as of now 17 companies and roughly 400 newspapers — and there is still questions about when the partnership will find its legs.”
CNet News.com reports, “Social-media sites are visited mainly by early technology adopters and pose thorny privacy problems but are an increasingly viable channel for news distribution for overwhelmed Internet consumers, panelists at the Emerging Technology Conference said on Wednesday.”
Bloomberg reports, “The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should review the practice of advertisers paying television programmers to feature products in shows to make sure disclosure rules are followed, two lawmakers said.”
CNN is dealing with some fall out from the “happy negro” comment.