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NYTimes Bill Carter Previews Brian Williams’ Sit Down with Edward Snowden

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576In advance of a one hour special airing tonight on NBC, The New York Times’ Bill Carter previews NBC’s Brian Williams‘ sit down interview with Edward Snowden.

Williams met Snowden last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow for his first interview with an American television station since the former NSA contractor was propelled into the spotlight.

“He is blindingly smart,” said Williams to Carter. “Pay no attention to the fact that he only has a G.E.D. from high school…I joked about how, here we were, two guys with high school degrees, both dropouts from the otherwise great American community college system.” Read more

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Making Her Career

Andrea_Mitchell_Twitter_profile_headshotNBC’s Andrea Mitchell recently sat down with Washingtonian magazine to discuss the start and growth of her career and the personal toll of emotional stories.

Mitchell, who was pursuing a degree in English at the University of Pennsylvania where she was also a violinist, covered politics for campus radio and went on to intern at a local NBC affiliate.

“I was swept up in civil rights, the Vietnam War,” she says in the magazine’s June issue. “It was a great time to be a budding journalist.”

On “Staying human” : “My first major story—the massacre in Jonestown, Guyana—introduced me to true evil. Only after I got out of the taxi from the airport, walked onto my front porch, and started crying did the enormity finally hit me.”

Check out the full Q&A here.

ABC News Names Shushannah Walshe Deputy Political Director

walsheABC News has named Shushannah Walshe deputy political director according to an email announcement. Walshe most recently served as a political reporter for the network, which she joined in April 2011.

Her coverage includes the NJ Gov. Chris Christie’s Bridgegate scandal, the 2014 midterm elections and primary process, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Her reporting was recognized with two Emmy nominations for her coverage of the Sandy Hook School shooting.

Walshe will continue to cover the 2014 midterm races and the 2016 presidential race and is the co-author of Sarah From Alaska.

Nominations for National Capital Emmy Awards Announced

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 10.11.37The National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences has announced the 2013 Emmy® Award nominations. Leading the list locally is NBCWashington with 24 nominations. WJLA earned 13 nominations, while WUSA and WTTG earned 10 and 7, respectively. Comcast SportsNet received 12 nominations.

Emmy® Awards are presented in various sectors of the television industry, including entertainment, news and documentary, and sports programming by 19 chapters across the country. The Washington market is part of the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter.

Awards will be announced at The 56th Emmy® Awards on Saturday, June 14 at The Fillmore. For a full list of nominations, click here.

CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy to CBS News

cbs newsWe hear that congrats are in order after receiving a tip that CBS News VP and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham announced to staff via an internal memo this morning that CNN White House Producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy was named White House Producer for CBS This Morning and the Washington bureau.

Aigner-Treworgy has been with CNN for the past 2.5 years and before that was with NBC News.

See the full memo, after the jump. Read more

Ed O’Keefe Named VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital

okeefet1largEd O’Keefe, current editor in chief of NowThis News, is set to join CNN Digital as VP of CNNMoney and Politics starting May 19. This is both a new role for CNN and comes at a time when CNN gains full control over CNNMoney, as of June 1.

Via an internal memo sent out to CNN.com and CNNMoney staff this morning, CNN expects O’Keefe to build a digital political vertical that makes “politics ‘pop’…By creating big, signature editorial products that people crave, that span mobile, desktop, social and air. By dazzling existing and new audiences with creative angles in video, interactives, images and text. By strengthening our voice and being bolder and more vibrant than ever.”

Also announced, Lex Haris has been named executive director of CNNMoney. Most recently he’s served as interim editor of CNNMoney and has been the site’s managing editor since 2007.

Read the full memo, after the jump. Read more

CPI Hires Media Relations Specialist in Wake of Pulitzer Controversy

Fresh off their controversial Pulitzer win, the Center for Public Integrity announced today the hiring of a new Media Relations Specialist, William Gray. Gray had been an operations producer at C-SPAN, handling breaking news and live and overnight coverage for each of the three C-SPAN networks. The announcement says Gray will be responsible for “enhancing exposure and outreach for the organization’s landmark journalism.”

CPI has been embroiled in a back and forth with ABC News over whether reporters Brian Ross and Matt Mosk should have been given more credit for a series of articles written about black lung disease in coal miners in West Virginia. ABC News President Ben Sherwood has requested that CPI reporter Chris Hamby share his Pulitzer with Ross and Most. CPI contends that Hamby did almost all the work on the story and that ABC merely repackaged his reporting for television. You can read Sherwood’s letter to CPI here, and CPI Executive Director William Buzenberg‘s response here.

CPI also announced today the hiring of Eleanor Bell as  multimedia producer. She comes to the Center from a different ABC -the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. She had been a multimedia reporter there.

POLITCO: Stewart-Hannity Feud is Going Nuclear and/or Over

It appears Jonathan Topaz missed Dylan Byers‘ memo on the Hannity-Stewart (or Stewart-Hannity, depending on your school of though) feud this morning. A mere 13 minutes after Byers declared it over, Topaz claimed it had gone nuclear. We suppose both could be true -the feud could have ended because it went nuclear, a la some Cold War-style mutually-assured destruction. Does that mean the Fox News and Comedy Central studios are now deep in nuclear winter? Suppose we’ll find out tonight…

CNN Digital Has Strongest Month Ever for March 2014

cnndigitalThe disappearance of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. The conflict in Ukraine. The mudslide in Washington state. These, among other current events, helped CNN Digital land its strongest month ever during March 2014.

According to a network release issued this afternoon, CNN secured 2.8 billion global page views, 1 million app page views, and 274 million global video starts across platforms during March 2014.

In March 2014, CNN Network reached 76 million unique visitors, compared to 56 million from the Huffington Post Media Group, 48 million from NBC News Digital, 40 million from USA Today, 37 million from CBS News, 33 million from Fox News Digital Network, and 32 million from New York Times Digital.

Click here for the full release.

Aereo CEO: Win or Lose, Web TV Is Inevitable

In an interview with Bloomberg, Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia says that even if his company loses its case before the Supreme Court today, someone will eventually figure out a way to make the tv-on-the-web business model work.

“I hope we don’t [lose] and I feel confident that we won’t,” Kanojia told Bloomberg’s Betty Liu. “But even if we do, you know, I think [another company just like Aereo will come along and be able to break through]. It is inevitable. It’s going to happen.”

The case before the Supreme Court now deals with whether or not Aereo has the right to distribute broadcast channels via the web for a monthly fee. Broadcasters say Aereo’s business model is to essentially steal a product and then re-sell it, while Aereo contends they are merely providing a more convenient way to watch what is offered for free by the broadcasters anyway.

Watch the clip after the jump…

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