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Aug 6, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Where have all the viewers gone?
As always, when the weather turns hot and the days grow long, viewers turn away from their TV sets, and this is especially the case on Fridays and Saturdays, traditionally the lowest viewing nights of the week. But this year, the summer defections from broadcast television are at record levels, according to the latest MindShare data. For adults 18 to 49, the Big 4 broadcast networks are averaging around a 2 rating and a 30 share for Friday and Saturday prime time this summer. That’s the lowest ever.
Dass joins CNNfn team
Joya Dass, who has reported for Bloomberg News and CNBC, is joining CNNfn on Monday as a general assignment correspondent.
Bravo, CNBC staying put
Metropolitan New York subscribers to Time Warner Cable will not have to go looking for CNBC after all. The financial news channel is staying right where it has been for nearly a decade.
The cable company had begun notifying its customers of a Sept. 5 channel shakeup, triggered by the addition of FX. The changes would mean new channels for several familiar networks, including CNBC, which had been on Channel 15 but was scheduled to trade places with Bravo, which had been on Channel 64.
After a spate of saber-rattling in the morning newspapers, NBC, which owns a stake in Bravo, negotiated an agreement that will keep both CNBC and Bravo where they are.
`Gilmore Girls,’ `Malcolm’ win Family TV Awards
The WB Network’s “Gilmore Girls” was named best new series at “The 3rd Annual Family Television Awards” last Thursday in Los Angeles. Lauren Graham, who plays single mother Lorelai Gilmore, shared best actress honors with Jane Kaczmarek, who plays the mom on Fox’s comedy hit “Malcolm in the Middle.”
The best drama award went to NBC’s “The West Wing,” best comedy to “Malcolm in the Middle” and best reality/alternative program to CBS’s “Survivor.” Tom Cavanagh, star of NBC’s “Ed” dramedy, took home best actor honors.
The Family Television Awards are an initiative of the Family Friendly Programming Forum, a group of 48 major national advertisers that are members of the Association of National Advertisers.
Glucksman joins ABC Entertainment
Feature film production executive Julie Glucksman has been hired as vice president of comedy development at ABC Entertainment. As announced by Stu Bloomberg and Lloyd Braun, co-chairmen of ABC Entertainment Group, Ms. Glucksman is now responsible for the development and oversight of all prime-time comedy series for ABC. Ms. Glucksman joins ABC from director Betty Thomas and Jenno Topping’s Tall Trees Productions, where she has been a producer since 1999.
Graham promoted at Fox
Fox Broadcasting Co. has promoted Kristen Guertin Graham, formerly director of talent relations, to vice president of talent relations. In her new position, Ms. Graham plans and executes Fox talent involvement in various network activities, facilitates cross-promotion with sporting events and works with Fox affiliates to fulfill talent requests. Ms. Graham reports to Missy Halperin, senior vice president of talent relations and special projects.
CNN producer arrested on Internet sex charge
Alan Audet, a longtime producer at CNN’s Atlanta headquarters, was arrested July 31 on suspicion of using the Internet to entice a minor into engaging in sexual activity. The federal charge carries a potential sentence of 15 years.
According to information from the FBI office in Atlanta, members of the agency’s Innocent Images Task Force passed themselves off as a 13-year-old girl during two days of chat room exchanges with Mr. Audet, 44, who was arrested when he went to meet the “young girl.”
Mr. Audet’s most recent assignment has been as the executive producer of Bill Hemmer’s new 6 p.m. weekdays newscast. A spokeswoman for the news network said, “As a matter of company policy, we do not comment on personnel issues.”
College football goes high-def
Thanks to Samsung and Sears, CBS Sports will offer an HDTV ticket to a full season of college football broadcasts this fall. The HDTV gridiron season kicks off with the Tennessee-Florida game Sept. 15 and will be boosted with Sears’ in-store promotions, in which shoppers will be able to compare high-definition and regular-format broadcasts of the same games side by side on Samsung television sets.