Morning Reading List, 05.02.07

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  • Dana Perino on life at the top.

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54 for the week of April 23.” Averaging 8.20 million Total Viewers, “World News” outperformed NBC’s “Nightly News” by 310,000 Total Viewers and 20,000 key demo viewers. “This marks ABC’s eighth win in twelve weeks among Total Viewers and the broadcast’s twelfth win this season among Adults 25-54.”

  • The Tampa Tribune reports, “All five commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission hosted a public hearing in Tampa to take comments about potential changes to media ownership rules. The proposals would limit how many TV stations, radio stations or newspapers one company can own in a market.”

  • A C-SPAN release announced that the MSNBC/Politico debate will be simulcast on C-SPAN Radio this Thursday from 8-9:30 p.m.

  • PEJ’s News Coverage Index from April 22-27 shows “two familiar ongoing issues generated the most coverage last week. The top story was the Iraq policy debate at 15% of the overall newshole. … Although the debate over Iraq has consistently been a top-five story in the weekly Index, this marked the first time it had been the number one story since mid-February. The crowded and active race to succeed George Bush in the White House—which included a debate among Democrats last week—followed in second place at 10%.”

  • Romenesko brings us Monday’s Top Ten List from the “Late Show with David Letterman,” where the topic was “Top Ten Signs Your Newspaper is in Trouble”

  • NPR announced that Ted Koppel is playing “Not My Job” on NPR’s news quiz program Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, airing the weekend of May 5 on NPR member stations nationwide.

  • Washington Post’s Mike Musgrove reveals that, “Fox News personality Greta Van Susteren’s phone rings to ‘Hello Dolly’ when her sister calls, the ‘Twilight Zone’ theme song when her brother does, and the William Tell Overture when her producer rings. When her husband calls, her phone belts out the ‘American Bandstand’ theme.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc. won a contract to provide graphical and video advertising on Comcast Corp.’s Web site, part of a plan to find new venues for ads. Advertising sold by Yahoo will start appearing on Comcast’s site later this year, the companies said today in a statement. Financial terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed.”

  • B&C reports, “The FCC Monday proposed fining five TV stations a collective $41,000 for violating ad limits in kids TV shows and public filing omissions. It is a clear signal to stations that the FCC expects them to do a better job of accounting for their programming for children and others.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Newspapers in Massachusetts and across the nation are seeking new ways to measure readership as the traditional measure, paid circulation, continues to decline. For the six months ended March 31, average daily paid circulation fell 5.2 percent in Massachusetts from the same period a year earlier, and 2.1 percent nationally, according to data reported yesterday by the Audit Bureau of Circulations, an independent monitor of newspaper circulation. Sunday circulation fell 5.4 percent in Massachusetts and 3.1 percent nationally.”

  • Mr. Magazine reports, Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham “shared his views about his favorite topics and many others in an hour-long Q and A session with the journalism students at the University of Mississippi during a meeting with them on the Oxford campus. The Newsweek editor told students that these are “interesting times” and that the business of “printing on dead trees” will continue to be with us in the future.”

  • Variety has the details on Jack Valenti’s funeral at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. The two hour event with about 700 attendees “could have easily been mistaken for a Hollywood preem in the nation’s capital.” Kirk Douglas, Michael Douglas, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Bullock, Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese were among the attendees. (More here)

  • MediaWeek reports, “This summer, History will relaunch its Web site, beefing it up with the addition of five digital brands, including exclusive broadband video and a blog devoted to military matters. Updated daily, the “Band of Bloggers” destination will feature footage shot by soldiers on patrol in hotbeds like Iraq and Afghanistan.”

  • Atlantic Video, “a full-service production management and development organization in Washington D.C.,” launched a new website.

  • At the Software & Information Industry Association’s (SIIA) Annual Codie Awards Gala, LexisNexis and Newstex, “a pioneer in blog aggregation, won a Codie Award for Best Blog Aggregation Service,” according to the release.

  • NewsBios reports, “More than 900 total bylines appeared on the front page of the U.S. edition of The Wall Street Journal in the six-month period ending March 31, 2007. … Of those whose bylines graced the Journal’s front page, just eight reporters can boast that they wrote or contributed to ten or more page one articles.”

  • Within two hours of one another, Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Barack Obama committed to the presidential debates being sponsored by CNN, WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader on Sunday, June 3, CNN reports.

  • Launches Plays for the Presidency.

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