NBC's Meet The Press Falls Back in 3rd

Without the hoopla of his first show and no President Obama, Beltway Boy Chuck Todd's Meet The Press moved back into 3rd place in the ratings. 

CBS's Face The Nation was at the top of the ratings heap, while ABC's This Week won the demos. 

In fact comparing year to year ratings, CBS was up 11%, ABC was 7% and Meet The Press was down -2%.

In other words Todd lost out to David Gregory.


NFL Agent and Attorney signs with 3 Kings Entertainment

Matthew Kingsley, President & CEO of 3 Kings Entertainment, LLC, who represents over 100 media personalities locally and at the national level on ESPN, ABC, CNN, HLN, NESN, FOX Sports, FOX News, FOX Business, NFL Network, Comcast SportsNet and the Big Ten Network has signed NFL agent & sports attorney Eugene T. Lee for media representation.

Lee is a certified National Football League Players Association contract advisor and the President of New York-based sports agency, ETL Associates, Inc. Since founding his agency, Lee has represented over 35 NFL players in all aspects of their careers including the drafting and negotiation of player contracts, injury settlements and endorsement and sponsorship agreements.

Lee recently joined the firm of Garvey Schubert Barer and was named Of Counsel to the firm's Chambers- recognized Sports & Entertainment Group where he focuses his practice on all aspects of sports law. Lee is a frequent guest on television programs and national news networks, including Fox Business, CNN, Bloomberg and CNBC, and has become widely recognized and respected as an industry expert on NFL player contracts, the salary cap, the collective bargaining agreement and athlete branding. In 2011, Lee and ETL Associates were featured in the acclaimed ESPN documentary, “The Dotted Line,” directed by Academy Award nominee Morgan Spurlock.


Newspaper Guy to Become Deuce at Dallas Station

Here's a TV move you don't see everyday. Dallas Morning News Managing Editor, George Rodrigue is leaving the newspaper to become the Assistant News Director at WFAA.

He's been at the paper 31 years.

Maybe he sees that the future of newspapers aren't very bright, but it is very rare to see a newspaper manager go in TV news management.

Here is the internal memo that was sent out at the Morning News:

Date: Thu, Sep 18, 2014 at 10:30 AM
Subject: George Rodrigue’s Departure
To: All TDMN , AH Corp All, All Denton RC, Everyone – North Plant , ITS Dallas 

A message from Bob Mong:

Our longtime managing editor will be leaving the paper in a few days to become assistant news director at WFAA (Ch. 8). He will begin there on Sept. 25.

I hired George in 1983 as a city hall reporter teamed with Terry Maxon, and I have worked closely with him during most of my career. His departure, as you may deduce, leaves a very profound, personal void. I am certain many of you feel similarly.

George carved out one of the most distinguished careers in the long history of The News, both as a reporter and as an editor.

He and Craig Flournoy won the paper’s first Pulitzer Prize in 1986. George was part of a team that won the Pulitzer for International Reporting in 1994.

Along the way, George served as day city editor, European Bureau Chief (where he risked his life covering the Balkan wars, the Persian Gulf War and the fall of the Soviet Union). He also served in our Washington bureau, went on to become executive editor of the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California and then vice president of the Belo Corp., Washington bureau where he presided over a hybrid print and television news operation. George was named The News’ 18th managing editor in 2004.

I like to call George a polymath, because he is so skilled at so many things. George also worked tirelessly to move the newsroom from a print-oriented to a more digital focused organization. All of us are indebted to George for his many contributions to journalism, to this community and for the way he developed so many promising journalists.

We wish him well, and we will miss him.

H/T Romenesko

Tabloid TV Pioneer has Died

The guy that helped bring tabloid TV to the United States has passed away.

Ian G. Rae, a News Corp. executive for 43 years and a pioneer of tabloid television, died at his home in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 78.

Rae rose through the ranks of the media company as a reporter, correspondent, editor and TV producer. He was editor of Star magazine from 1977 until 1986, and went on to become the founding executive producer of the Fox syndicated news program “A Current Affair” — a landmark in American broadcast television that spawned many imitators, including “Hard Copy” and “Inside Edition.”

Afterward, Rae went on to become one of the first senior producers at Fox News Channel and eventually launched his own media-consulting company and developed TV specials after retiring from News Corp. in 2002.

“Ian was a lifelong friend, an outstanding journalist and an invaluable contributor over many years to our companies,” said News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch. “I will always be grateful to him.”

H/T NY Post

"Too Many Naked People On TV"?

Amongst us interns, we're not sure there ever could be too many naked people on TV, but according to one group, that's the case.

The New York Post writes, "This is nipple gate - and then some."

Parent Television Council boss Tim Winters says, "We're not TV haters, we're not prudes - we're just trying to protect children."

The three shows PTC has their knickers in a knot over are: VH1's Dating Naked, TLC's Buying Naked and Discovery Channel's, Naked And Afraid.

Dating Naked is the subject of a $10 million lawsuit by a contestant who alleges her crotch wasn't pixilated during some wrestling on the beach. We're posting the pixilated version - but if you're really curious, a Google search will give you the full view.

Huh? You agree to be on a reality show naked, and then you're worrying about your hoo-ha being exposed?

SHOCKING: People Don't Trust The Media

It probably shouldn't surprise anyone that a recent Gallup poll shows trust in Media is at an all-time low.

As an 'insider' blog, we report on inaccuracies, misspellings, wrong geographical locations, not knowing the difference between Neil Armstrong and Neil Young, etc. all the time.

Don't even get us started on the impact of 'selfies' to credibility or leading a news program with anything to do about Kim Kardashian or the name of a celebrity's baby.

Would at least a few news executives get a backbone and do great journalism again?

H/T Huffington Post

I Hate Insomnia

Last night I had the worst case of insomnia that I have ever had. All told I don't think I slept more than 40 minutes total.

I'm not sure why this happened, but I can tell you that I feel downright awful this morning.

It is starting out as a slow news day in TV news, so I am going to try and head back to bed.

I posted a few updates and will post more later as the news trickles in and I'm feeling better. 

Les Moonves: Football Still the Best Thing on Television

If you were hoping that CBS boss Les Moonves would be one of those taking a stand against the NFL? You better hope for something else.

Moonves on Wednesday alluded to problems with the NFL — presumably accusations of violence perpetrated by star players Adrian Peterson and Ray Rice — but said the network's ratings for Thursday Night Football were "above expectations."

He even suggested that controversy might have increased viewership for the game, which saw the Baltimore Ravens defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The CEO, speaking at the Bank of America 2014 Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, didn't address the controversy set off when CBS canceled airing a song by Rihanna that had been scheduled before kickoff.

"This week we have a lesser matchup with Atlanta and Tampa Bay, so the numbers will be down, and we expect the other networks to point that out," he said. "The advertising is terrific … football is still the best thing on television … the ratings are phenomenal, the advertising rates still go up, there are still certain advertisers that have to have it … we love having those games on Thursday night."

Don't worry Les, maybe a player from the Falcons will punch out his wife before game time. 

We can only hope....right? 

H/T Hollywood Reporter 

Chicago Stations Rush to Be First, Don't Worry About Being Right

Depending on which news station viewers in Chicago turned to, they found out that Carly Rousso, the woman convicted of homicide after she huffed computer cleaner then struck and killed 5-year-old Jaclyn Santos-Sacramento on Labor Day 2012, go sentenced to prison from somewhere between 3 and 9 years.

It appears that NBC O&O WMAQ and Tribune owned WGN, were more wrapped up in reporting the news first, than getting it right.

Robert Feder reports that Lake County Judge James Booras sentenced the 20-year-old Russo to five years in prison for reckless homicide and four years in prison for aggravated DUI, with the sentences to be served concurrently (which means at the same time).

So how was it reported?

NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5 was first to break the news online and on mobile devices with this inaccurate report:

WGN was next to report the news, they were neither first, or right:

At the top of WMAQ'a 4:30 p.m. newscast, Reporter Christian Farr told viewers Russo would spend “three years” in prison without further explanation. Even after correcting the headline on its post to “five years,” the text of the online story still said “nine years.”

Both stations did correctly report that Rousso will get prison time.

Well? That's something..... 

Well, That Didn't Take Long

Just about everyone on the planet could see this one coming....

Page Six says that “The View” kicked off its new format with its best ratings in eight years, but the tension behind the scenes is already boiling over. Rosie O’Donnell and Nicolle Wallace had an off-air spat after clashing on-air, while top ABC execs are jockeying for power over the program.

On Tuesday, token Republican Wallace, a former George W. Bush spokesperson, and human wrecking ball O’Donnell clashed on-air after Wallace claimed President Obama “doesn’t love people.” O’Donnell swung back, “When Kanye West says, ‘I don’t think President Bush cares about black people,’ it’s like an international incident. But you can say that you don’t think Obama likes people?”

Their heated conversation continued off-camera: “Rosie and Nicole were still going at it after the cameras stopped rolling. Executive producer Bill Wolff had to call them both in and order them to calm down,” a source tells us.

We expect the full Rosie implosion will happen soon.

Stand by.... 

Houston Reporter Headed Back to School

KPRC Reporter Amanda Perez is done with the TV business and is headed off to school. But not as a student. 

"I'll soon be working for Fort Bend ISD as the district's media relations coordinator," Perez told mikemcguff.com. "It's hard to say goodbye to all the amazing folks at Local 2, but I'm ready for a new challenge." 

Fort Bend School District isn't far from Perez's hometown considering she's from nearby El Campo in Wharton County. 

"I am looking forward to showcasing the accomplishments of the hardworking students and educators at Fort Bend ISD," Perez added. "I have always considered myself a storyteller at heart– and there are still so many stories to be told!"

Plus she will work decent hours and get holidays off.