Scripted Series Not a Big Summer Draw for Networks

By DAVID BAUDER, AP Television Writer NEW YORK — Television viewers aren’t too interested in scripted shows during the summer, at least not the shows that broadcast networks are offering. Mostly, they’re reruns, and viewers are looking elsewhere. Only three scripted series ranked among the Nielsen Co. top 10 last week: reruns of “NCIS” and […]

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Report: Sawyer Upset Over Breaking News in Wrong Places

Globetrotting ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is reportedly frustrated that she’s been trotting to all the wrong places lately. Call it bad timing: She was in China on a previously scheduled assignment when news broke in England that Prince William had become engaged. And she was back in New York, having left China several days […]

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Networks Using Skype in News Reports

BY: David Bauder NEW YORK – When he wanted to interview a source in Connecticut for a recent ‘World News‘ story on technology, ABC reporter Pierre Thomas didn’t even leave the office. ABC’s cameras showed him sitting in front of a computer screen, talking to Michael Coppolla through Skype. The video phone service has become […]

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CBS Comes Out on Top for the 7th Season in 8 Years

By DAVID BAUDER AP Television Writer NEW YORK Television’s champions for the season that concludes Wednesday will be familiar: the CBS network and Fox’s ‘American Idol‘ juggernaut. CBS’ status as the nation’s most-watched prime-time network for the seventh time in the past eight years isn’t in doubt. The network averaged nearly 2 million viewers a […]

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Diane Sawyer heads to Afghanistan

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) – Diane Sawyer is in Afghanistan, her first overseas trip as anchor of ABC’s ‘World News.’ She’ll anchor from Kabul tonight and tomorrow, and travel with the top U.S. commander there, Gen. Stanley McChrystal. ABC ‘Good Morning America Weekend’ host Bill Weir has been embedded with U.S. forces and will also be […]

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A Fond Farwell for Newsman Charles Gibson

BY: Frazier Moore NEW YORK – Considered one way, Charles Gibson’s career in TV news seems to be a model of stability: 34 years logged with one employer, ABC. There, he did his job well and rose to the top echelon of his profession, forming a firm bond with his viewers and offering his gracious […]

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Sawyer Confirms This is Her Last Week on ‘GMA’

NEW YORK (AP) – Diane Sawyer says this week is her last as co-anchor of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ as she prepares to replace Charles Gibson on the network’s ‘World News. Gibson is retiring. His last broadcast as anchor on ‘World News’ will be December 18th. Sawyer starts Dec. 21. The 63-year-old Sawyer has been […]

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Charles Gibson To Retire From ABC News December 18

NEW YORK — ABC says Charles Gibson will sign off from the ‘World News‘ anchor desk on Dec. 18. The 66-year-old Gibson, who announced his retirement in September, has been at ABC News for more than three decades and plans to continue as an occasional contributor. He will be replaced by ‘Good Morning America‘ co-anchor […]

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