Taking Out The Trash, 10.19.06

  • Are polls a necessary evil?

  • According to an NPR release, “rock critic” Robert Christgau joined NPR as a contributing critic for All Things Considered, with his first review airing today. “Christgau will contribute music reviews to All Things Considered several times each month. He will continue to be a featured guest on NPR’s online-only music program, All Songs Considered, as a panelist for its shows on upcoming releases.”

  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’ “Face the Nation” with 2.61 million Total Viewers according to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 15, 2006. “In comparison, ‘Face the Nation’ drew 2.58 million viewers while NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ posted 3.96 million; and ‘Fox News Sunday’ posted 1.31 million.”

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  • C-SPAN announced its plans for 2006 Election Night coverage with a release today, “kicking off its live programming on Tuesday, November 7 at 8 p.m. ET with victory and concession speeches from the most competitive Senate campaigns, events with House and Senate leadership from around the country, and analysis from Congressional Quarterly, C-SPAN’s partner in the Campaign 2006 Web site, CampaignNetwork.org.” Whew!

  • The AP reports that “a study released by the Center for Media and Public Affairs on Wednesday found that the network evening-news programs are covering this year’s midterm election campaign three times as heavily as they did in 2002.” (via TVNewser)

  • We always suspected that the Extreme-ness was a softy.

  • A reader tells us that a WTOP newscaster made some joke on-air about wanting to “welcome public radio refugees until the begging stops” and (it’s fund drive time at WETA and WAMU) advised them to set their radio buttons to WTOP….Just before the station launched into a lengthy block of commercials.

  • An NBC release touts that “The Chris Matthews Show” was the number-two Sunday morning public affairs for the week
    ending October 15, 2006. According to preliminary Nielsen Media Research data, “The Chris Matthews Show” delivered a 2.2 HH rating, marking “The Chris Matthews Show”‘s best household delivery this season.

  • B&C reports that ABC is accusing their union of “stalling talks and ‘denying reality’ on the ‘few occasions’ they have met, ABC has told news staffers represented by the Writers Guild of America East (WGA East) that they have until Oct. 31 to accept its final contract offer or it could be off the table.”