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  • NBC announced that Brian Williams has secured the first American network television interview with Tony Blair, “just days after he announced that he will step down as British Prime Minister.” “NBC Nightly News” will air live from London, and will include the interview on today, May 15 at 6:30 pm. Additional coverage of the Williams/Blair interview will be broadcast on “Dateline NBC” on Sunday, May 20 at 7:00 pm.

  • In anticipation of the First-In-The-South Republican Party Presidential Candidates Debate, sponsored by the South Carolina Republican Party and televised live on FOX, the network has special coverage planned, starting at 3.p.m. with Shepard Smith reporting live from The Koger Center. The debate, moderated by Brit Hume, will begin at 9 p.m.

  • The Charleston Post Courier reports, Fox’s Chris Wallace said last week that the debate plans are still being fine-tuned. “We’ve got 10 candidates, and each candidate gets one minute to answer a question, and you’ve got 90 minutes. Do the math. You realize you can’t spend a lot of time on any one issue with any one candidate,” he said.

  • Tom Grubisich on raising the level of online discourse.

  • Deadline Daily reports, “NBC Entertainment’s Kevin Reilly said today it’s ‘highly unlikely’ potential Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson will return to Law & Order next season.” But he I’ve been checking, “has yet to inform ABC Radio Networks about his plans to run or not run.”

  • B&C reports, “FCC Chairman Kevin Martin – with Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate concurring — says the FCC may have to take steps to put additional restrictions on TV food advertising to kids.”

  • Jack Shafer on crappy Monday newspaper stories.

  • Girls still swoon for the Bradlee.

  • The AP reports, “Soldiers serving overseas will lose some of their online links to friends and loved ones back home under a Department of Defense policy that a high-ranking Army official said would take effect Monday.” The Defense Department will begin blocking access to YouTube, MySpace and 11 other popular Web sites on its computers and networks, according to a memo sent Friday by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander.

  • Jon Friedman admits, “I’m ashamed that I went to the Time 100 party on May 8. I feel like a hypocrite.”

  • The AP announced, “Paul Colford, a former media columnist at the New York Daily News and Newsday, has been named director of media relations for The Associated Press.”

  • Gail Shister reports, “Young adults eschew traditional nightly news for ‘The Daily Show.’”

  • Media Bistro reports that Catherine Orenstein “is offering op-ed training seminars for women who wish to express themselves on (news)paper. For $300 a pop, women working in academia, non-profits, and corporations learn how to tap into their area of expertise.”

  • B&C reports, “The Senate Commerce Committee has postponed a planned May 17 hearing on TV violence, according to a committee source, with a bill giving the FCC the power to regulate such violence is unlikely to be introduced next week as initially planned.”

  • Like South Park, but for the D.C. set.

  • Regarding this, a readers writes in, “Howell: The Washington Post MUST pander to people who call themselves religious at all times.”

  • Media Matters released a report yesterday, “Sunday Shutout: The Lack of Gender & Ethnic Diversity on the Sunday Morning Talk Shows,” documenting “the overwhelming lack of gender and racial/ethnic diversity on the influential, agenda-setting Sunday morning network political talk shows.”

  • From a reader: “Lower third on CNN right now: ‘CRUISE SHIP RUNS AROUND OFF THE COAST OF ALASKA’”

  • Rahm Emanuel hates the Politico.

  • B&C reports that CNN’s John Roberts “believes journalist hands are tied when it comes to offering the whole truth in Iraq. ‘We’re not fully covering the war because we don’t have the access to do it,” he says. But it is also about what the American people can stomach, he adds.’”

  • Arianna Huffington is guest blogging this week on Walt Mossberg & Kara Swisher’s “AllThingsDigital” site.

  • The ACLU announced that they will “join forty other public interest organizations in Washington Whistleblower Week, a week long event intended to draw attention to and commemorate the role of whistleblowers in shaping American public policy and culture.” The organization will also release a report, Disavowed: The Government’s Unchecked Retaliation Against National Security Whistleblowers, “that will outline the need for more stringent legal protection for national security whistleblowers.” The organization also released a report yesterday “detailing a glaring lack of protection for government employees who uncover wrongdoing or national security breaches.”

  • For some, Politico is not just the newest Hill rag in town, it is a great way for those younger reporters to make new friends. Check out this question from Jeff Patch’s chat yesterday:

      Des Moines, Iowa: are you dating anyone? you’re cute.
      Jeff Patch: No, but you may have to adjust the settings on your computer; I don’t think you’re viewing my photo accurately.

    Patch is from Iowa and previously worked in Des Moines. Mrs. Patch? Is that you?

    Jobs

  • The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) is now accepting applications for the 2007 International Journalism Exchange (IJE). Applications will be accepted until June 1.

  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is looking for a Communications Director.

  • Spitfire Strategies is looking for a paid Summer Intern.

  • Atllantic Information Services, Inc. is looking for a Health Care Reporter/Editor.

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