Apparently the Imus gang teed off on Fox and Friends this morning. The TVHeads board has more…Anybody got the video?
December 8, 2006
Yesterday on Imus, as TVNewser noted earlier today, a bunch of “Appreciation Week” notes were read on the air. None of them were genuine. I recieved the video of the segment, via a tipster, last night but it was in a format YouTube choked on. So I had to wait until tonight before I could get it in a format I could post. Here it is, complete with the Appreciation-gram forgerer’s identity. Note: even this video format is less than perfect so expect the video to sputter the first time through. The video runs longer than necessary so you can cut it off at the two minute mark…
UPDATE: MSNBC’s Appreciation Week was real of course. Throughout the week free food and drinks were made available to the staff. The Appreciation-grams were put out for the staff and people would drop them off in a box. The Appreciation-grams were then taken and delivered to their intended recipients. That’s way cool. I wonder who wound up with the most Appreciation grams?
Appreciation Week culminated with an in house holiday get together. It was a laid back affair. Steve Capus, Phil Griffin, and Dan Abrams were there and each spoke briefly to the assembled staff. Prizes were then raffled off.
Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff was interviewed by Kyra Phillips this afternoon. Transcript follows…
KYRA PHILLIPS, CNN ANCHOR: You remember what airports were like before 9/11. You could walk up to the arrival gate even if you didn’t have a plane ticket and now the Transportation Security Administration is running a test in Detroit, at the Dallas/Ft. Worth airport also. Guests at hotels inside those airports are being allowed to go through checkpoints without boarding passes and if the experiment is successful, well, it could lead to letting other non-passengers pass through security.
They’re keeping air travel safe to keeping dirty bombs out of the cargo containers to keeping terrorists from crossing our border. It’s all under the watch of security of homeland — the Department of Homeland Security rather, Michael Chertoff. He’s the secretary obviously of that department and joins us for an interview today.
Nice to have you with us.
MICHAEL CHERTOFF, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY: Nice to be here, Kyra.
PHILLIPS: Easy job, right? You only have to protect all of us from basically everything in this country?
CHERTOFF: Well, we cover virtually in the air, on land, and at sea. But lucky for me, I’ve got almost 200,000 really dedicated colleagues to work with me on it.
P2+ Total Day
FNC – 793,000 viewers
CNN – 450,000 viewers
MSNBC – 283,000 viewers
CNBC – 214,000 viewers
HLN – 197,000 viewers
P2+ Prime Time
FNC – 1,605,000 viewers
CNN – 649,000 viewers
MSNBC – 480,000 viewers
CNBC – 273,000 viewers
HLN – 383,000 viewers
25-54 Total Day
FNC – 246,000 viewers
CNN – 136,000 viewers
MSNBC –106,000 viewers
CNBC – 76,000 viewers
HLN – 78,000 viewers
25-54 Prime Time
FNC – 474,000 viewers
CNN – 210,000 viewers
MSNBC – 161,000 viewers
CNBC – 108,000 viewers
HLN –153,000 viewers
Morning programs P2+ (25-54)
FOX & Friends – 746,000 viewers (300,000)
American Morning – 404,000 viewers (164,000)
Imus in The Morning- 301,000 viewers (106,000)
Robin & Co. – 158,000 viewers (69,000)
Daryn Kagan will be Greta Van Susteren’s guest tonight on On The Record…
GretaWire talks about Wednesday’s blackout in NYC…
Under the headline “never dull,” on Wednesday night viewers in New York were unable to watch our show for 50 minutes. Yes, 50 minutes! That is almost the entire show! We literally went to black for 50 minutes of our show in New York (10:13 p.m. to 11:25 p.m. ET.) I was told it was a Time Warner cable created problem, not a FOX News Channel created problem… and it only affected our show and part of Bill O’Reilly’s 11 p.m. ET show, not our competitor cable networks. The good news? In spite of Time Warner blacking out our show for 50 minutes in NYC — the largest viewer market in the country — we still had more viewers than our competitors in the same time hour. I can hardly wait to tease my friends at CNN, since Time Warner owns them and this did not happen to them — only us.
The Hill’s Betsy Rothstein has a profile of FNC White House correspondent Greg Kelly…
Before joining Fox News, Kelly spent nine years as a fighter-jet pilot in the U.S. Marines. He holds the rank of major in the Marine Corps Reserves.
“Being a pilot is just an incredibly fun thing to do,” he said.
Traveling to Iraq and becoming embedded came naturally for him, although he admits he was routinely afraid for his life. “I already knew the culture,” he said. “I knew the military. They trusted me. We spoke the same language. I knew when I was being spun.”
While he may look broadcast, his setting is fairly bare-bones. His Washington office, which he shares, has no personal touches or, for that matter, windows.
In the second article on this subject I’ve seen (the first appeared last week) Hispanic Business Magazine’s Hildy Medina has a story on the Fox News Apprentice program. Medina interviews the program’s director, Maureen Hunt, FNC’s vice-president of Human Resources as part of the story…
“We’ve determined that most successful people are homegrown,” Ms. Hunt says. “It’s much more difficult to get people from the outside. It’s much better to build people up from the ranks.”
The program’s one-year class is small – no more than five people – to assure the apprentices’ success, Ms. Hunt says.
Participants come from various departments and work on a range of projects from booking on-air talent to helping select graphics for shows. Each apprentice is assigned a mentor whom they work closely with for the duration of the program. In addition, apprentices attend weekly meetings where they get to talk about their work, have brainstorming sessions, and get to pick the brains of some of Fox News’s top executives.
“Being in the apprentice program exposed me to people I would never have met,” Mr. Cortes says.
Mr. Cortes once asked Mr. Ailes if he ever thought Fox News would ever become as successful as it is today. “He said, ‘Well, you take risks in life and this is one I took and believed in,’” Mr. Cortes recalls. “Being exposed to that kind of leadership has made me who I am today.”