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Fishbowl5 + 1 with (Now) CNN’s Maeve Reston

Another big get for CNN Digital Politics today. Maeve Reston, the LA Times political reporter and brains behind #campaignfashionreport, is joining the likes of Peter Hamby and Chris Moody at CNN Digital Politics.  In her new gig she will remain in LA, where she will write big-picture political stories, report on the intersection of Hollywood, politics and money, and contribute to both the net’s television and digital video coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign.  Rather than posting another boring memo, we decided to ask Maeve a few questions for our Fishbowl5 feature.

get-attachment.aspxWhat’s it like to report on politics 3,000 miles from DC?

Incredibly refreshing. If I had my way, political reporters wouldn’t have desks – just a laptop, an aircard, and the freedom to roam the country finding the best stories.

Who gets more starstruck: politicians meeting movie stars, or movie stars meeting politicians?

Depends on the caliber of the politician and the caliber of the celebrity. Generally the politicians try to play it cool, while the celebrities are more honest about being starstruck.

How do you see Silicon Valley’s role in politics changing over the next few years? Read more

Fox News Scores Big Ratings with Bin Laden Shooter Special

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Fox News’ first segment of “The Man Who Killed Usama Bin Laden,” which aired Tuesday night, was the network’s most-watched 10 p.m. slot of the year, excluding the State of the Union and midterm election coverage last Tuesday.

The segment features an exclusive interview with former Navy Seal Rob O’Neill, the man who claims to have made the fatal shot that killed Bin Laden and ended a nearly decade-long, international manhunt.

“I just walked in, saw him and shot him. Two shots very quick, the third shot–  he was laying on the floor,” O’Neill told Fox News’ Peter Doocy during the interview.

About 2.7 million people tuned in to watch the segment–with about 532,000 viewers in the 25-54-year-old demo, according to Nielsen Media Research. It easily scored the highest ratings of the night on Tuesday with almost twice as many viewers at that hour as MSNBC (561,000), CNN (513,000) and Headline News (398,000) combined.

Face the Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

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CBS News’ Face the Nation will be hosting a reception celebrating its 60th anniversary on the air.

The event is scheduled for Monday, November 17th from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC).

 

 

Three Execs Upped at CNN

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Jeff Zucker shared with the network today news of a new leadership structure for CNN Digital — arguably the fastest growing division of the global media organization.  It seems Andrew Morse — the feisty former Bloomberg exec who joined the network last summer — will add to his full plate GM responsibilities for CNN Digital, globally.  Morse already oversees all domestic newsgathering – including CNN Digital editorial, as well as programming out of the Washington bureau.  This move solidifies Morse’s spot at the top of the network totem pole.

Meredith Artley is also getting a big bump, moving from managing editor of CNN.com to Editor-in-chief of CNN Digital.  The promotion will make Artley the worldwide edit lead for CNN’s web, mobile and  social products and platforms.  Joining Artley and Morse at the top of the Digital org chart is Alex Wellen.  The former DC bureau producer has made great strides since making the long move to Atlanta. Currently a VP in the network’s digital shop and the brains behind CNNgo – the tricked out app that launched earlier this year, Wellen has been named Chief Product Officer – the network’s first.

Megyn Kelly Accidentally F-bombs Huckabee’s Name

KellyHuckabeeWhat rhymes with Huckabee?  Through an unfortunate slip of the tongue, Megyn Kelly found out the hard way on Monday night.

As she welcomed her guest, Mike Huckabee, to her show “The Kelly File,” Kelly accidentally F-bombed the name of her unsuspecting guest.

“Joining me now, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who’s the host of F—kabee—Huckabee!” as Kelly caught herself in the linguistic error.

Neither party acknowledged the slip up during the segment, however, Kelly was a good sport about the incident, bringing up it later in the show on two occasions.

“Something else that happened on the program is also getting a lot of attention on Twitter,” Kelly said of the slip up, before reading a supportive tweet from a viewer.

TVNewser has the video

CNN’s Laura Bernardini to be CNN’s DC Director of News Coverage

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CNN’s Laura Bernardini

Long-time CNN veteran Laura Bernardini has accepted the newly created position of DC Director of News Coverage. She will be in charge of the DC assignment desk, network pool responsibilities and bureau field resources, according to an internal email obtained by Fishbowl.

Bernardini is currently the supervising producer for CNN’s White House unit. She’s previously served in various producer and assignment editor roles for the network in both Washington, D.C. and Atlanta.

Tom Brokaw to Receive Presidential Medal of Freedom

brokawPresident Obama named nineteen recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom today, among them, legendary NBC anchor, Tom Brokaw. Other notable recipients include Ethel KennedyStevie Wonder, Meryl Streep, and Stephen Sondheim. The award, the nation’s highest civilian honor, will be presented at the White House November 24.

“I look forward to presenting these nineteen bold, inspiring Americans with our Nation’s highest civilian honor,” President Obama said. “From activists who fought for change to artists who explored the furthest reaches of our imagination; from scientists who kept America on the cutting edge to public servants who help write new chapters in our American story, these citizens have made extraordinary contributions to our country and the world.”

Here is he full list of this year’s Medal of Freedom recipients:  Read more

CNN to Cease Broadcasting in Russia

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CNN will be off the air in Russia as of January 1.

According to the Russian News Agency “TASS,” no reasons behind the move were given, but the decision comes in the wake of an advertising ban on Russian cable and satellite TV stations.

“Turner International is assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia in light of recent changes in Russian media legislation,” a Turner spokesperson says. “We are bringing our existing distribution relationships to an end while we do that. We hope to re-enter the market in due course, and will notify our partners of any update about resuming these services.”

CNN’s Moscow bureau remains unaffected.

 

John Oliver Ends Season with a Bang from the ‘Salmon Cannon’

Ahead of his performance tomorrow at “The Concert for Valor” on the National Mall, John Oliver ended the inaugural season of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” with a segment poking fun at a Washington state news story which featured a cannon that could launch salmon over dams.

Oliver gathered an impressive list of his celebrity buddies being shot in the face with the “Salmon Cannon,” including Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Tom Hanks, Dwight Howard, Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Mario Batali, Rachel Ray, David Letterman, Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert, Wayne Brady, Meredith Vieira, and Joel McHale. Even Homer Simpson and R2D2 made appearances.

Don’t forget, “The Concert for Valor” is a free event tomorrow on the National Mall in honor of Veterans Day. (Oliver’s wife Kate Norley is an Iraq War veteran.) Click here for more information.

FOX News Edge Welcomes Joel Waldman as DC Correspondent

17082686_BG2-2Joel Waldman was recently named a Washington correspondent for FOX News Edge, FOX News’ affiliate service.

Waldman joins from FOX 5 in New York City, where he served as an investigative reporter since 2011. Prior to that he was with KGUN in Tuscon, Az., WFOR in Miami, and WPBF in West Palm Beach, Florida

He starts December 1.

 

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