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Today’s the birthday of Jimmy Breslin. On this day in 1919, the Radio Corporation of America was created. Weekend birthdays! Larisa Blinderman, Michael Krempasky, Colleen O’Boyle, Lindsay Applebaum, Grover Norquist, Dana Brown, Amy Walter, Winston Bao Lord and Steve Doocy. You think The Washington Post will endorse Obama. Today is Rodell Mollineau’s birthday, Harry Reid’s Communications Director. Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I angry because my editor always want me to write an advertorial. It sucks!”
PBS announced, “PBS/NewsHour delivers estimated 3.2 million viewers to third presidential debate.”
ABC announced, “ABC’s coverage of the final Presidential debate on Wednesday, October 15 averaged 10.6 million Total Viewers, a 3.9 among Adults 25-54, and a 3.1 among Adults 18-49. Coverage was anchored by Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos”
A NBC release announced, “The networks of NBC drew the most viewers for Wednesday night’s final presidential debate between Senator John McCain and Senator Barack Obama. More than 15.7 million viewers tuned in to watch the debate on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC. NBC was the number one network with 11.280 million viewers tuning into the debate coverage. In addition, 3.724 million watched the debate on MSNBC, and 731,000 on CNBC.”
The AP reports, “MTV, CNN partner for concert to support veterans with performances from 50 Cent, Ludacris”
The Pew Weekly News Interest Index shows, “With less than three weeks to go before the election, there is a growing sense among the public that the tone of the campaign has changed. A majority of Americans (55%) now say that the campaign is too negative. This is up significantly from 43% a month ago. In spite of criticism about the tone of the campaign, the public remains highly engaged in the process. Fully 71% say the campaign is interesting, and a strong majority (63%) says the campaign has been informative thus far.”
ABC’s Brian Ross reports, “Convention Arrest Charges to Be Dropped in ABC Case”
A CNN release announced, “CNN today announced that it will establish a national voter hotline for individuals to report potential voting problems and irregularities on Election Day. In conjunction with the hotline, senior business correspondent Ali Velshi will anchor reports on voting irregularities while a team of correspondents and legal experts track and analyze such issues across the country. The toll-free voter hotline number will be 877.GOCNN08 (877.462.6608). Through a partnership with InfoVoter Technologies, CNN expects tens of thousands of calls from voters reporting complaints about their polls. At the hotline center, dozens of InfoVoter employees will collect the data and code the problems according to categories, such as faulty machines, abnormally high numbers of voters, voter suppression or other forms of possible voter fraud. The hotline also can direct callers to their correct polling location and, if necessary, transfer voters directly to local and state election boards.”
A Nielsen release announced, “The final debate between Presidential candidates Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Sen. John McCain of Arizona was telecast on Wednesday October 15, 2008 from approximately 9:00 to 10:30 PM (ET) and was carried live on ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC-America, CNBC, CNN, FOX News Channel, MSNBC and MUN2 and on tape delay on Telemundo. The sum of debate audience on these 11 networks was 56,523,000.”
Variety reports, “Rather covers election for French TV”
AP reports, “CNN to start weekend comedy show with D.L. Hughley”
washingtonpost.com will be hosting live video coverage of Election Night 2008 on the evening of Tuesday, November 4th.
washingtonpost.com launched Economy Watch, “a page that brings together top news and resources to help readers better understand the impact of the unfolding financial crisis on the U.S. and global economies.”
K Street Cafe asks, “Majority Share Content With Email — But For How Long?”
The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan writes, “Why I Blog”
The K Street Cafe presents, “Twitter Case Study — The Washington Post and the Redskins”
K Street Cafe reports, “Young People Will Switch Online Channels as They Age”
New York Times reports, “McCain Fights for the Right to Remix on YouTube”
NYU announced, “The Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at NYU will host: ‘Covering the Campaign of a Lifetime,’ a panel discussion that includes journalists from the New York Times, the Associated Press, and the BBC News. On Tues., Oct. 21, 11:00 a.m. — 12:15 p.m. at the NYU Stern School of Business, Schimmel Auditorium, Tisch Hall, UC 50 at 40 West 4th St. (at Greene St.) in NYC.” This event is open to media only.
A release announced that last night “CBS correspondent and Iraq car bombing survivor Kimberly Dozier will present an International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism award to Farida Nekzad, 31, managing editor and deputy director of Pajhwok Afghan News and vice president of the South Asia Media Commission.”
Screen Daily reports, “Content remains king, Michael Eisner tells MIPCOM”
Portfolio reports, “Ask any shareholder not named Murdoch or Redstone — big media just isn’t working.”