CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil anchored the Monday morning broadcast from each of their respective homes as the coronavirus crisis continues. “Welcome to CBS This Morning — from our house to yours,” King said at the opening of the show. “We’re coming to you from each of our homes this morning because we, like you, are practicing social distancing out of an abundance of caution. Like so many Americans watching right now, we are at home.”
In sunrise visits to six of the nation’s most-watched a.m. programs, Variety found anchors taking on more roles as their networks extend into digital video and social media; producers working to beat their rivals in the traditional ratings, all the while hoping their networks monetize experimental ways of reaching viewers; and news personnel trying to figure out how to balance an increasing amount of hard news with the lighter tone that has been a hallmark of the time slot.
Today and ABC’s Good Morning America are locked in a neck-and-neck race for dominance among the eggs-and-O.J. crowd, and their split has been stratified for months. For more than three years, GMA has typically commanded more viewers overall, while Today consistently dominated people between 25 and 54. Yet for the past two weeks, the dynamic has gone topsy-turvy: GMA has won more viewers in that all-important category, while still maintaining its overall audience lead.
Fox O&O WNYW New York’s Good Day New York had a strong April among adults 25-54, according to Nielsen. The weekday show, hosted By Rosanna Scotto and Lori Stokes, averaged 41,700 viewers in the key demo, toping WNBC’s Today (39,100) and WCBS’s CBS This Morning (22,900). The last April in which Good Day New York […]
For decades, the TV morning shows that are designed to appeal primarily to women have been produced mostly by men. But that’s changed. On Thursday, CBS named Diana Miller the new executive producer of CBS This Morning, filling a void left when Ryan Kadro exited the show three months ago. Now, for the first time, all three network morning programs have female EPs.
Hearst-owned NBC affiliate KCRA Sacramento, Calif. (DMA 20), will offer more morning news on weekdays. On Monday, April 23, KCRA 3 Morning News will begin at 4 a.m., providing an extra 30 minutes of local news, weather and traffic coverage. “We are very excited to expand our weekday morning news coverage,” said KCRA-KQCA President-GM Elliott […]
After ceding its status as the most-watched morning show in the U.S. to NBC’s Today for the past seven weeks, ABC’s Good Morning America bounced back, winning the most viewers overall for the five days ending Jan. 19. Today continued its dominance, however, in the more important category, winning viewers between 25 and 54, the demographic coveted most by advertisers.
As star anchors Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose exit amid harassment claims, female hosts take the spotlight, CBS’s Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell push to anchor without a man, and network execs scramble to reinvent a lucrative business.
United Communications Corp.’s CBS affiliate KEYC Mankato, Minn. (DMA 199) is adding an hour-long morning newscast beginning January 2018. KEYC News 12 This Morning will air live weekdays from 6 to 7 a.m. and will be anchored by Lisa Cownie, Kelsey Barchenger and meteorologist Tom Clements. Marvin Rhodes, KEYC general manager, says: “With the addition of our new morning newscast, KEYC […]
Effective Monday, April 10, WLFD Chicago’s Good Day Chicago will begin at 4 a.m. The program will now run from 4 to 10 a.m. With this addition, the Fox O&O now produces 51 hours of local news per week. Kristin Nicole and Natalie Bomke will anchor the expansion of the morning newscast, with Mike Caplan […]
ESPN is joining TV’s morning fray, hoping a new take on offering viewers stats and analysis of games will provide competition in the early hours of the day against Matt Lauer, Norah O’Donnell and Joe Scarborough. The three-hour SportsCenter:AM launches on the Disney-controlled cable network on Feb. 8, the day after the Super Bowl, at 7 a.m. — the earliest ESPN has ever aired an original hour of the program.
E.W. Scripps-owned ABC affiliate WXYZ Detroit (DMA 12) is adding new faces to 7 Action News This Morning beginning Monday, April 6. The new ensemble includes anchors Alicia Smith and Malcolm Maddox, along with anchor Jeff Vaughn, who will lead breaking news coverage. Meteorologist Keenan Smith will continue to provide weather forecasts, and newcomer Ann […]
In the week ending April 23, Fox 5 News Morning at 7 am takes 7-9 a.m. among adults 25-54 and 18-49.
The Mobile, Ala. Fox affiliate is adding an hour in the a.m., with news from 4:30 to 9 beginning Jan. 27.
Effective Sept. 3, Tribune’s CW affiliate WGN Chicago (DMA 3) has promoted reporter Dan Ponce to co-anchor of the 4 and 5 a.m. newscasts of WGN Morning News alongside co-anchor Erin McElroy. Ponce joined WGN News in September 2010 as a general assignment reporter. Prior to WGN, Ponce spent three years as a general assignment […]
When Chicago’s NBC O&O overhauled its approach to morning news, Diane Hannes, VP of creative services, and her team crafted a multi-part campaign that introduced the new team, explained the scope and pace of the coverage and tied it all in with the station’s other news broadcasts.
The Cincinnati Fox affiliate is expanding its Morning News Xtra to run from 9 to 11 a.m. and lead in to Rachel Ray.