Taking Out The Trash, 08.04.06

  • To the tipster complaining about a certain paper’s “habit of commissioning stories and then never responding to you once it’s finished and never paying,” let’s talk. Drop me a line at patrick at mediabistro dot com.

  • The National Association of Manufacturers will launch a new public affairs radio program, “America’s Business” with Mike Hambrick, this weekend. According to the release, it will premiere on WTNT-AM 570 from 11:00 to 12:00 a.m. on Saturday and will be syndicated on Clearchannel nationwide.

  • “Meet The Press” hit its own personal best in a year this past weekend. It topped the Sunday morning public affairs competition in all categories for the week. On Sunday, “Meet” attracted 3.705 million total viewers, 51% more than CBS “Face the Nation’s” 2.455 million, a 70% lead over ABC “This Week’s” 2.176 million, and a 237% advantage (+2,605,000) over FOX “News Sunday’s” 1.100 million. According to the release, “this represents the NBC program’s best percentage win (51%) since June 12, 2005 and its best first place total viewer advantage since April 9, 2006.”

  • Meanwhile, a NBC release announced that “The Chris Matthews Show” was the number-two Sunday morning public affairs show beating CBS’s “Face the Nation,” ABC’s “This Week” and “FOX News Sunday” in households nationally for the week. “This marks ‘Matthews” best household delivery since May 28, 2006.”

  • In an e-mail yesterday, CBS announced that correspondent Kimberly Dozier was released from Kernan Hospital Wednesday “and will continue her rehabilitation on an outpatient basis.” Our cousin, TVNewser, has Dozier’s statement.

  • Jack Cafferty’s following has taken to the web with GiveCaffertyAShow.com.

  • The Wall Street Journal reports that the Tribune Co. and the Chandler family have resumed informal discussions “to try to resolve their differences about the future of the newspaper and broadcasting concern, people familiar with the matter say.” The “slow-going” discussions partly focus on restructuring two partnerships jointly owned by the family and Tribune, “but the two sides are also trying to reach agreement on the family’s push for Tribune to spin off its TV stations or sell other assets.”

  • Google has agreed to license content from the AP “to use as part of a new service that will likely complement Google News.” According to the Wall Street Journal, the deal will cover selected content of AP articles and is expected to be hosted on Google’s site.