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Viewer polarity kicks in on first night of Democratic convention

The D-FW Nielsen ratings for Night 1 of the Democratic National convention were starkly different in terms of cable news network choices. We have the complete breakdown on the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, it’s quite a sight to see Stephen Colbert’s “Death. Taxes. Hillary.” video, which kicked off Late Show’s live, post-convention coverage of the Dems. See it all on our Network News & Reviews page.

Also, our series of convention look-backs continues with a 1996 piece on a harried and dog-tired Eleanor Mondale, who was covering the Republican proceedings for cable’s E! network. She died all too soon in 2011 of brain cancer, but I can still her driving to a quick stop for a short interview. It’s on our Back Channels page, as is a 2004 on-site interview with a vexed Tom Brokaw at the outset of his last convention as NBC’s lead anchor before bequeathing the Nightly News to Brian Williams.
Ed Bark

TEGNA8 adds Houston reporter Kevin Reece

Reporter Kevin Reece, who won armloads of Emmys while at Houston’s KHOU-TV, will be joining Dallas-based TEGNA8 this summer. More details are on our Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.

Plus, our latest in a series of on-site reports from previous national political conventions spotlights a vexed Tom Brokaw on the eve of the 2004 Republican gathering in New York. Check it out on the Back Channels page.

Also, the weekend D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” is posted.
Ed Bark

Climactic night of GOP convention is also a D-FW ratings bonanza for Fox News Channel

Not surprisingly, the concluding Night 4 of the Republican National Convention pole-vaulted over the D-FW ratings highs set for Night 3. And for the first time, Fox News Channel led in both key measurements -- total viewers and 25-to-54-year-olds (main advertiser target audience for news programming. For all the details you won’t find anywhere else, check out the Dallas-Fort Worth TV page.
Ed Bark

A disgraced Roger Ailes is out at Fox News Channel

We see it all too often. A visionary with a lifetime of larger-than-life achievements stays at the party too long and then is carried out in ignominy. Our Network News & Reviews page takes a long look at Roger Ailes, including excerpts from an interview we had on the eve of Fox News Channel’s launch.

Plus, our last in a series of Back Channel look-backs at previous Republican conventions is an opus on what the networks had in store for the 1984 gathering in Dallas.

Also, Mark Cuban tells a string of jokes about fellow billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday’s live, convention-themed edition of Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Furthermore, the D-FW ratings are posted for Night 3 of the Republican convention in Cleveland. And former shelter kitty Bella Bark salutes the NBC5/Telemundo39 “Clear the Shelters” initiative, which this year is on Saturday, July 23rd.
Ed Bark

Look back: Brinkley on the brink of retirement at 1996 Republican convention

Part 3 of our series on previous Republican National conventions journeys to San Diego, 1996, where your friendly content provider interviewed David Brinkley on the brink of his retirement from ABC News. It’s all on our Back Channels page.

Plus, Tuesday’s D-FW Nielsen ratings “snapshot” shows a downturn in the audience for Night 2 of the ongoing GOP convention.
Ed Bark