Thursday, September 10, 2015

ABC’s David Muir Nicknamed ‘Anchor Monster’ By His Crew

By Emily Smith, Sep 09, 2015 Page Six

“ABC World News Tonight” anchor David Muir is being nicknamed “Anchor Monster” by network staffers after repeatedly losing his temper with his crew over being beaten in the ratings by his rival, NBC’s Lester Holt.

Muir’s heavily hyped big interview with Hillary Clinton — in which she finally apologized for using personal email — tanked on Wednesday night as Muir’s newscast was clobbered by ­ rival “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt.” NBC averaged 8.3 million total viewers to ABC’s 7.3 million.

Industry insiders point out that Muir had to do the interview because ABC political top dog George Stephanopoulos couldn’t quiz Hillary after his donation to the Clinton Foundation was revealed, sparking questions about his impartiality. ABC insists Stephanopoulos will still lead their 2016 coverage.

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