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We’ve done a few stories in recent months about CBS This Morning and it’s not just because Gayle King works there. They seem to be doing something different and according to the ratings, it seems to be working.

CBS’s morning show, while still in third place, is gaining viewers while the morning shows at ABC and NBC are losing viewers. This might be due in part to CBS’s decision to make their morning program a destination for people looking for real news, less entertainment, fewer contests, gimmicks and skits.

The numbers suggest there is an audience for straight news and that audience is finding CBS. Not saying it’s good or bad, it just is. And it further suggests that there is always at least a niche audience looking for solid information on current events and the audience is big enough to attract advertisers and to turn a profit.

Whipple Retiring

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For almost two decades Scott Whipple has been one of the main writers for the New Britain Herald.

He has announced he will retire at the end of the month after 17 years with the paper. Many don’t know the breadth of Whipple’s career in journalism and public relations before joining the Herald at age 61.

Enjoy your retirement Scott, but keep writing.

 

 

Russini Returns

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Dianna Russini, whose on air delivery leaves the impression she could turn a double play from shortstop or second base, is returning to Connecticut.

She’s been at WRC(NBC 4)in Washington for the last two years after leaving NBC CT.

She is joining ESPN later this summer.

In a twist of sportscasting irony, Russini got the job in Washington when Lindsay Czarniak left the same Washington TV station for ESPN.

Anecdotes

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Heard at a recent forum on public relations and the news media:

Most people now find their way to news websites “sideways” through social media rather than direct page visits.

For some television stations, more viewers use a station’s website than watch the station’s news broadcast. Even so, the broadcasts still make more money than the websites.

Interesting insights we thought worth sharing.

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Regular viewers of CBS This Morning(featuring Gayle King) know Charlie Rose has an affinity for technology generally and anything Apple specifically. It didn’t go un-noticed Friday morning when Rose subtly revealed what appears to be his Apple Watch during an interview with Jane Pauley.

Pauley has been granted the only TV interview with David Letterman, who is departing the Late Show next week. Letterman and Pauley are both from Indiana. Pauley’s interview airs this weekend on CBS Sunday Morning.

Sunday Talk

Face the State WFSB 11 am

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Host: Dennis House

Racial Profiling Bill:

Doug Glanville, former MLB player

Federal Help for Hartford:

Thea Montanez, Director – Promise Zone

Flashback: The execution of Michael Ross. Report by Kara Sundlun

The Real Story Fox CT Sunday 10:30am

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Host: Jenn Bernstein and Al Terzi

Dispute Between Legislative Republicans and Governor Malloy Over Malloy Remarks on Race.

Reporter Roundtable: Christine Stuart, CT News Junkie; Steve Kotchko, CRN; and Keith Phaneuf, CT Mirror

Hartford Mayor’s Race:

Candidate John Gale(D)

The Stan Simpson Show Fox CT Saturday, 6:30am, online at

http://www.ctnow.com/stan

 

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Focus on Connecticut News 12 Saturday: 7:30am, 11am, 2:30pm, 7:30 pm Sunday: 2:30am, 7:30am, 11am, 1:30pm, 5:30pm

Host: Tom Appleby

Sen. Bob Duff(D)

CTN: Capitol Report: Week in Review Sunday at 8pm replays of: The Real Story (8:30pm), Face the State (9:00pm), The Stan Simpson Show (9:30 pm)

Let’s Talk…About Something Else

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As former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw continues his book tour he is being asked nearly everywhere he goes about the Brian Williams matter.

In a disciplined manner he is refusing comment. The strategy is so effective that when he appeared on Fresh Air with Terry Gross Wednesday, Gross began her interview like this:

“I just want to start by saying my understanding is you’ve said all you care to say about Brian Williams. True?”

Pause. Brokaw: “True.”

Gross: “OK. So let’s move on.”

Gross then went on to conduct a full interview mostly about Brokaw’s continuing battle with cancer which he likened to living with any other chronic disease. It was an interesting use of the “strategic retreat” by Gross who has at times been criticized for pushing an interview subject too far.

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