CBS Anchor Scott Pelley: Show Me the Money

Scott Pelley might still be in third place in the ratings, but that isn't stopping him and his agent from asking for a big raise.

Politico writes that Pelley is seeking a major salary raise from the network as his contract comes up for renewal in the weeks ahead.

Pelley, who also serves as a correspondent for CBS's 60 Minutes, currently makes a reported $5 million per year, which is less than half the reported salaries of the nightly news anchors at the rival networks. ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer makes an estimated $12 million a year, while NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams makes an estimated $13 million a year.

Back by WME, the talent firm headed by Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, Pelley is hoping to bring himself closer to financial parity with his competitors.

Pelley's ratings have grown by 10% and is the only broadcast to see three consecutive years of growth, but still lags almost 2 million viewers behind NBC and Brian Williams.

Not sure if that is worth doubling your salary.

Just saying.... 

Everyone Act Surprised Now

You will be shocked to know that Good Morning America has announced that Michael Strahan will be joining the show.

Of course this news has been reported everywhere, except GMA for quite some time. 

Strahan made a quick visit to the set to announce his role as the show's new part-time correspondent.

He high-fived cheering fans on his way to the anchor desk, where Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Lara Spencer gave him a warm welcome.

"We love you. We love Kelly," Roberts said. "Great friends to us over the years. So excited that you're going to join us a couple days a week."

Strahan will be back on the show in his new role starting next week.

H/T HuffPo

Babs Tells Don Lemon it's all about the Ratings

CNN's Don Lemon was on The View" and trying to defend the networks waaaaay over the top coverage of the missing plane.

Barbara Walters then told Lemon "CNN would not be doing this if it wasn't for the ratings."

Truer words have never been spoken on The View.

But Lemon tried to say that wasn't the case:

Don, I hate to tell you this, but it is all about the ratings. You know it and you should admit to it.

CNN Reporter Apologizes to New Zealand

CNN Reporter Jeanne Moos upset a number of New Zealanders when she poked fun at their culture.

In highlighting that ‘naked tattooed buns greet William and Kate’ and emphasizing that the British Royals were welcomed not by throngs, but a thong’ during their recent visit to New Zealand, CNN slipped from fun to ridicule. Hopefully it was unintentional.

CNN’s Jeanne Moos, known for her lighthearted take on current affairs, went overboard on this occasion.

Moss started her report by saying, "Even the new royal baby arriving on his first official trip abroad couldn't compete with what we're calling the royal bummer. Though technically the only one bumming was the warrior with decorated buns exposed - is that any way to welcome a future king and queen?"

That got the Twitterverse Down under fired up:

She and the channel’s management probably did not realize when fun slipped into the realm of racism and ridicule. 

"You can tell there was an attempt at tongue-in-cheek there but someone's culture - an entire nation's culture - is not to be poked fun at really," said Jayden Evett.

Moos did say she was sorry. "Duly noted. I do humor and satire, and I am truly sorry if the tone of my story offended anyone," Moos said.

Now back to the missing plane. 


Ft. Myers Reporter Nailed it 11 Months Ago

When swimmer Michael Phelps retired, he said he was done with competitive swimming for good.

11 months ago, WBBH (Ft. Myers) Anchor Peter Busch sent out this Tweet:

Many laugh at his report and Phelps himself tweeted a response to the story:

Well guess what?

Phelps has announced that he is coming out of retirement and will be entering the pool once again.

Busch nailed the story 11 months ago. The next $5 footlong is on us Peter.

Good job. 

Robin Roberts Remembers When She Found the Lump

Robin Roberts Remembers When She Found the Lump

Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts remembers exactly when she noticed a lump in her neck. 

Roberts was covering the Oscars in 2012 when she found the lump. Four years earlier, she had beaten breast cancer and returned to “Good Morning America.” Roberts initially didn’t think anything of the lump, but her girlfriend Amber Laign, who was traveling with her, demanded she see a doctor.

“I may not have even bothered to have it checked if Amber had not been there,” Roberts writes in her new memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” which hits bookstores next Tuesday.

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These Anchors give Good Head

Normally when you bump across a website with the title you might be expecting to find something different. 

But this site has no nudity and it is all about TV Anchors hair.

I know..... you're going to say that there are a number of websites talking about the hair of the women we watch on TV.

But this site is about the male anchors. There's a switch.

GGH list the top 25 Anchors with what they feel is the best hair. 

Since we have no clue what makes a guy's hair good or bad, we'll take this site's word on the top domes in TV news. 

At the top of the list is KUSA's Eric Egan. Talking about his hair the site writes that Eric Egan’s hair inspired the creation of Photoshop, so that others could (at least in pictures) have hair so perfect. Eric Egan’s hair taunts the wind. Eric Egan’s hair makes purebred Clydesdales jealous. Legend has it that, Eric Egan’s hair is President Obama’s top adviser. Perhaps we went too far. Perhaps we haven’t gone far enough?

Eric Egan’s hair once told the Dalai Lama to “calm down.” Eric Egan’s hair has a trust fund set up for his children that they can’t touch until they’re 35, because Eric Egan’s hair believes in responsibility. 

If you want to check out the others on the list, here's a link. 

Any Former Anchors in There?

Yesterday, FTVLive told you that KNTV's former San Jose studio burned down in a 5 alarm fire.

Firefighters are now investigating what caused the 5 bell blaze on Sunday afternoon and have found out that a number of homeless people were living inside the abandoned building at the intersection of Park Avenue and Montgomery Street.

A man who was among the homeless squatters occupying a building in downtown San Jose that was once the former home of the KNTV news station says a relative may have died in the fire that destroyed the building.

No word if any of the homeless were former staffers let go by Granite Broadcasting when they took over the station. 

Journalist Wearing Google Glass is Attacked

A Reporter for Business Insider said that he had his Google Glass snatched of his face and smashed to the ground in San Francisco’s Mission District Friday evening.

Kyle Russell said the attack happened as he was walking on the sidewalk with a colleague. A woman came up to him and yelled, “Glass!” and grabbed the device off his face and sprinted away, he said.

Russell said he chased the woman through traffic for a block before she stopped and flung the $1,500 device onto the ground, breaking it – then running away again.

The attack happened just after Russell had been covering a march in protest against a Google lawyer who allegedly evicted people from a building he purchased.

Russell said that, “in retrospect, I can see how [wearing Glass after Mission District Google protest] might not have been the best idea.”

Ya think?

BTW - FTVLive is number 112 on the list of the Top 1000 of who's who in wearable tech. 


MSNBC Host to be Off the Air for Weeks

MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell will be off the air for a while (will viewers even notice?).

MSNBC says that O'Donnell and his brother Michael were injured in a taxi accident on Saturday while vacationing out of the country

Both were transported back to the US – Lawrence to NYC and Michael to Boston.

Lawrence will be off from MSNBC for several weeks as he recuperates.

MSNBC says that both are expected to make a full recovery.

SoCal Anchor Goes M-I-A

Staffers and viewers of KFMB in San Diego are wondering what has happened to longtime Weekend Anchor Phil Blauer

Blauer has been missing from the air since the end of March, his bio has been scrubbed from the station's website. His Twitter page has also been deleted. 

Staffers are asking what happened and management isn’t saying anything because you know, the communications business.

Stay tuned.... 

Shhhhh!!!! Don't Tell Anyone

OK this is supposed to be a secret so don't tell anyone OK?

WFOR the CBS O&O in Miami has gone out a bought a drone.

TV stations have gone drone crazy and it looks like WFOR is about to get in on the act.

But, this is still supposed to be top secret and not known to the competition yet.

WPEC in West Palm Beach bought a drone a while ago. Really it's just a couple hundred dollar toy that you can buy at any Brookstone, but let's not rain on their parade. WFOR has decided that they also need a drone to lift their ratings along with a small camera that can shoot video from above. 

So now the CBS O&O is going to be the first in the Miami market to have their very own toy....errrrr....drone.

Just don't tell anyone yet. 

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