Taking Out The Trash, 10.26.06

  • Journos like their Tigers.

  • Beth Brotherton has been promoted from Editorial Assistant to Staff Writer at Roll Call effective Nov. 16.

  • More movement at Capitol Leader as Erin Matticola from Yahoo is hired as a national account executive and Ken Vogel joins the team as a senior writer.

  • An ABC release states that “ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ outperformed CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ in both Total Viewers and Among Adults 25-54.” This was also “This Week’s” largest lead over “Face the Nation” in Total Viewers since February, 2005.

  • A NBC release shows “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “easily dominated” the Sunday shows on October, 22 with had 3.930 million viewers. “Meet” has a 57% advantage over ABC’s “This Week”, a 74% lead CBS’ “Face the Nation”, and 223% more than FOX “News Sunday”.

  • B&C reports that “Nielsen and Fox have resolved their long-standing, often-bitter, dispute over TV ratings.” They have signed an eight-year agreement “under which Nielsen will provide ratings for the Fox Broadcasting Co. and 35 Fox TV stations… Nielsen has agreed to spend $50 million to improve the response rates, particularly for younger demos and minorities.” The LA Times has more. Meanwhile, Nielsen is involved in another he said, she said situation with the Glover Park Group.

  • Jim Lehrer hosts one-hour special on midterm elections. Lehrer will be joined by Gwen Ifill, Ray Suarez and Judy Woodruff looking at key races, issues and voter attitudes. Battle Lines 2006: A NewsHour Election Special will air tonight at 9 p.m. on PBS. Mark Shields, David Brooks, Stuart Rothenberg, Amy Walter and Andy Kohut will also be featured.

  • Public Eye is launching a newsletter so “you can keep up with all the behind-the-scenes happenings at CBS News and the issues impacting the media at large right in your in-box.” Starting November 1, Public Eye will send out the daily update including “insights on the hot topics of the day.” Sign up here.

  • ABC reports that after being questioned by the FBI a former page says the FBI warned him about speaking to the press, or rather certain members in particular: “Before I left, they cautioned me about talking to reporters and, in particular, to watch out for phone calls from a female reporter from ABC News.”