Top 10 Most Powerful People in TV News 2007

Apr 16, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Drum roll, please. It’s time for TelevisionWeek’s 2007 list of the 10 Most Powerful People in TV News. As always, our completely unscientific (but earnest) selection process starts with extensive research. It includes gossip and backstage drama, with additional points for the sort of muscle and moxie that make things happen, plus extra consideration for profile, ratings, revenue and projections. And finally we throw in what we like to call a little “have we got your attention now?” shock value. Can you guess who fell off the list this year?

1. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of Fox News

2. Steve Capus, President of NBC News

3. Charles Gibson, Anchor, ABC’s ‘World News’

4. David Westin, President of ABC News

5. Tim Russert, Managing editor and moderator of ‘Meet the Press’ and senior VP and Washington bureau chief for NBC News

6. Keith Olbermann, Host of MSNBC’s ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’

7. Sean McManus, President of CBS News

8. Jon Klein, President of CNN/U.S.; Ken Jautz, Executive VP of CNN Worldwide; Jim Walton, President of CNN Worldwide

9. N.S. Bienstock, Talent agency

10. Jon Stewart, Anchor of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show’