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Kaplan Fired. Countdown readied for the chopping block!
We...so much for "stability" over at MSNBC....in a move that might explain KO's leap back into the arms of Dan Patrick and ESPN several months ago, NBC News fired MSNBC President Rick Kaplan. Brian over at TVN has the internal emails from Kaplan and from his now-former boss. No wonder KO is going to Yankee games when he is supposed to be doing his show. He obviously doesn't care anymore.
Here's a laugher from Kaplan:
"...we've increased MSNBC's viewership 25% in primetime and 19% in dayside. Over just the last year, we've had great success across the board, with Hardball and Countdown coming into their own. All of our primetime programs have improved tremendously in their production and content."
I don't think he was hired to bump up Countdown from 200,000 viewers to 300,000 viewers a night.
NBC News President Steve Capus tries to top Kaplan on the laugh-meter...
"MSNBC has been and continues to be an enormously important asset in the NBC News portfolio."
There is no doubt this is a day long pined for at OlbermannWatch. Clinton pal and uber-liberal Kaplan was never going to dump Keith no matter how low his ratings went. Now all those "conditions" KO laid on Kaplan when he was brought back to MSNBC are out the window. I think we are looking at KO going pretty soon. I don't see him staying on air until his contract is up next February.
warns informs MSNBC staffers "Soon, I will have an announcement for all of you about MSNBC's new leadership. During this period of transition I will call on the department heads at MSNBC to manage their respective units and report to me."
I think the time has come to start up an MSNBC Dead Pool. My money's on Countdown biting the bullet before the November elections.
Matt Sheffield at Newsbusters links to TVN and adds a few comments.
Jeff Jarvis asks for recommendations on what to do with MSNBC.
Brent Baker at Newsbusters "eulogizes" Rick Kaplan
AP TV writer David Bauder and noted-"KO Lover" lifts quotes from TVN to write his story on Kaplan and adds:
With his increasingly liberal tilt and ongoing feud with Fox's Bill O'Reilly, Keith Olbermann's "Countdown" show has shown growth for MSNBC
NY Post TV writer Janet Whitman borrows heavily from both Bauder and Brian in her report. She has one direct quote in the piece that is oddly sourced:
MSNBC is anxious for bigger moves in the ratings race, particularly in the coveted 24-to-54 year-old demographic - a person with knowledge of Kaplan's exit said.
Since this story was broken on TVN and went out on the AP wire it seems like "a person with knowledge of Kaplan's exit" it could be anyone but the mention of the 25-54 demo and that she took quotes from TVN makes me wonder whether the source is none other than our pal Brian Stelter at TVN.
Lisa de Moraes TV writer at The Washington Post and charter of the He-Man KO Lovers Club and a leader in the "Save KO" movement claims Countdown with Keith Olbermann was Kaplan's greatest accomplishment at MSNBC.
Kaplan had more success with shows he inherited than those he created. The number of viewers watching Keith Olbermann's "Countdown," for instance, has climbed nearly 50 percent among viewers overall, though it came in fourth during May, behind FNC's Bill O'Reilly, CNN's Paula Zahn and CNN Headline News's Nancy Grace.
Olbermann was up 70 percent among viewers 25 to 54 years old, which is the target demographic group of news programming. In the demo, Olbermann's show now ranks No. 2 in its prime-time slot -- something MSNBC has not accomplished in prime time in more than five years -- behind O'Reilly's show, but edging out Zahn and Grace.
I guess former top MSNBC Producer Phil Griffin did not like his old boss Erik Sorenson, Kaplan's predecessor, too much. He's quotes as saying: "Rick came in and got the stench out".
Inside Cable News explores potential winners and losers at MSNBC. A few OlbyWatch readers show up in the comments.
Gawker has a slightly different take:
...the famously antagonistic former ABC and CNN executive, and a shockingly tall Jew - announced late yesterday that heâ€™s leaving the network after two and a half years, in which time he barely budged the news networkâ€™s anemic ratings. His departure was widely expected, given MSNBCâ€™s performance on his watch...
Jim Romenesko has the internal MSNBC memo
Inside Cable News notes that Imus stated on-air that Kaplan told him he had been fired.
Howard Kurtz weighs in on Kaplan:
Rick Kaplan out as president of MSNBC: He was actually making modest progress with shows such as "Countdown," although other ideas (Deborah Norville, Ron Reagan and Monica Crowley) bombed. But 2 1/2 years without major improvement is a long time when you're the No. 3 cable news network.