Morning Media Newsfeed: Discovery Earnings Up | Megyn Kelly Renews | Roberts Most Trusted

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Discovery Reports Higher First-Quarter Earnings (B&C)
Discovery Communications reported higher first-quarter earnings as international growth offset a decline in digital distribution revenue. First-quarter net income rose 4 percent to $231 million, or 63 cents a share, from $221 million, or 57 cents a share. The Wrap / The Box Discovery also said it expects Oprah Winfrey’s OWN to meet its previously stated goal of breaking even in cash flow in the second half of this year, Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav said. OWN viewership was up 3 percent in its key women 25-54 demographic in the first quarter, even though the first quarter of 2012 included OWN’s highest-rated broadcast, Winfrey’s interview with Whitney Houston’s daughter. THR The latest figure was impacted by a range of factors in addition to what the company called “the strong underlying operating performance in the current year’s quarter.” Among the items affecting the latest profit were a $92 million gain from the consolidation of results for Discovery Japan and $46 million of improved equity earnings, but also higher equity-based compensation expenses and a $59 million loss from “hedging activities primarily associated with the acquisition of the SBS Nordic operations.”

Megyn Kelly Renews Fox News Contract (NYT)
Two of the best-known anchors on the Fox News Channel, Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly, have renewed their contracts, possibly foreshadowing the first change to the channel’s prime time schedule in over a decade. Van Susteren, who signed a long-term contract this week, according to her husband, John Coale, may move out of the 10 p.m. time slot that she has held since 2002. That would open up the hour for Kelly, now an afternoon anchor, who has long been mentioned as a candidate for a prime time position. TVNewser A Fox News spokeswoman tells TVNewser, “We will neither confirm nor deny any contract discussions with Megyn Kelly.” The Washington Post / Erik Wemple Fox News chief Roger Ailes takes great pride in the stability of Fox’s schedule, which has undergone very few changes in recent years. Even so, bumping Hannity in favor of a 9 p.m. Kelly-anchored production this very afternoon would bring immeasurable improvements to the Fox product. Among them: Less shouting, less ridiculousness, less tendentiousness and more factual integrity, in spite of that Washington Monument thing.

Do You Still Trust Matt Lauer? Today Anchor Rated Low in Reader’s Digest Poll (Forbes / Mixed Media)
After the year that Matt Lauer has had, you might call it a win that he managed to sneak into the list of the “100 Most Trusted People in America,” as determined by Reader’s Digest magazine with the help of the Wagner Group, a market research firm. But look a little closer and it’s obvious that the well-documented internecine struggles at the Today show have taken their toll on Lauer’s nice-guy image. For one thing, only 41 percent of the more than 1,000 people surveyed said they trust Lauer. That’s the lowest number for any of the network news hosts who made the list. TVNewser At No. 12, Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts is the most-trusted television news personality on the list. FishbowlNY Tom Hanks took the top spot. This is not surprising.

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No One Watched Howard Kurtz’s Apology Sunday (BuzzFeed)
How many people do you think tuned in to watch Howard Kurtz’s public shaming on Reliable Sources Sunday? Go on, take a guess. Two million? One million? Five hundred thousand? Not even close. FishbowlDC “He certainly appeared to me to be visibly contrite,” NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday. “I think his audience will have to reasonably think about what they saw and heard and figure out how to absorb what they’ve learned, to incorporate what seemed to be a contrite presentation and evaluate what they think about him going forward.”