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Yahoo! News’ Bombshell Hire: AFP’s Olivier Knox

Yahoo! News has swooped in and hired Olivier Knox, formerly a congressional correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He is their first White House Correspondent. Knox had been with AFP for more than a decade.

Knox told FishbowlDC: “July would have made it 16 years at AFP,” he wrote in an email. “They hired me right out of SAIS. I’m thrilled, and I guess a little nervous. This is a phenomenal, can’t-turn-it-down opportunity to push myself while working with a team of all-stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to remember my late mentor, Peter Mackler, to whom I owe all that is good about my reporting (all that’s bad is entirely mine).”

In a early morning release, they explained that Knox has covered “almost every facet of the political story, from presidential campaigns to Congressional drama to the real-world implications of policy decisions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House Correspondent, Olivier will bring that broad and deep perspective in his original reporting to the Yahoo! News audience, providing both timely coverage of critical events and a unique perspective on how and why developments in Washington matter for the nation as a whole.”

They cite his keen reporting skills: “Olivier has delivered exclusive takes and scoops and news, including his on-the-scene report of the infamous shoe-throwing incident at former President George W. Bush’s 2008 press conference in Baghdad and the current GOP candidates’ growing calls for ‘covert ops’ directed against Syria. Olivier is also a social media standout, recognized for regularly breaking news on his twitter account.”

The outpouring for Knox on Twitter this morning is what is most striking — if this were a Class President election, or Miss America for that matter, Knox would win hands down — everyone from CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former CNNer Campbell Brown to HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery, CBS’s John Dickerson, ReutersSam Youngman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, TPM’s Josh Marshall, PBS’s Christina Bellantoni and The Australian‘s Business Editor Geoff Elliott, all sing his praises.

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Spitzer and Parker Get CNN Spot

Politico‘s Mike Allen reporting that ex-NY Gov. and Slate contributor Eliot Spitzer and WaPo conservative columnist Kathleen Parker will in fact slip into CNN Campbell Brown‘s old slot.

Allen writes: “Spitzer is controversial and Parker is spicy.”
(Although Spitzer certainly carries his own spice.)

CNN made the announcement today.

Read more about it here.

CNN’s Campbell Brown: Classy for Quitting

campbell-brown.jpg In the aftermath of CNN’s Campbell Brown giving up her 8 p.m. show, writers are coming out in support of her having the strength and conviction to make the choice.

“Hooray for Campbell Brown!” sceams a Politics Daily promo for Bonnie Goldstein‘s piece on Brown today. “Reading the ratings herself, CNN’s highly promoted anchorwoman decides to leave on her own terms.” Goldstein “lauds Brown’s candid and classy departure announcement.”
Goldstein wrote: “There is no reason to think the honest voice of Campbell Brown won’t continue to impress news consumers who like truth with their facts.” Read the story here.

Pat Kiernen of New York One also approves. “Campbell Brown is my hero,” he said in this segment.

Campbell Brown Resigns From CNN, Spitzer to Slip Into Brown’s Spot? spitzer-5.jpg

CNN’s Campbell Brown has resigned. The following are statements from both CNN President Jon Klein and a heartfelt letter from Brown explaining her reasons for leaving.

“Today is about Campbell. We want to wish her well as she begins the next phase of her life. We respect her decision to leave. We will announce our programming plans in the coming weeks.”

An Excerpt From Brown’s Statement
“Simply put, the ratings for my program are not where I would like them to be. It is largely for this reason that I am stepping down as anchor of CNN’s “Campbell Brown”. …The simple fact is that not enough people want to watch my program, and I owe it to myself and to CNN to get out of the way so that CNN can try something else.”

(Read Brown’s letter after the jump…it’s well worth the read.)

Mediaite first reported the news of Brown being let out of her contract. Read the story here.

Meanwhile, the Washington Examiner is reporting that former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer may be getting his own show — it’s Brown’s slot on CNN.

Read TVNewser’s analysis of Brown’s time at CNN and subsequent departure here.

MSNBC, the network on which Spitzer occasionally substitutes as host, had no comment.

Read the scoop on Spitzer here.

> Update: The Washington Examiner, while declaring a posssible Spitzer replacement, has Spitzer himself denying the move to CNN to replace Brown. Other journos around town join bandwagon to point out the discrepancy in the story.

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Palin FNC Ratings Sky High

palin2.jpgThe Nielsen ratings are in and former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin hit the nearly 4 million viewer jackpot last night for her debut appearance on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor” as a Fox News contributor. The count: 3,954,000 people tuned in to watch Palin last night.

That number is up 42 percent from the same night last year, and up 26 percent compared to every other day of the show in January.

Palin’s appearance beat out CNN’s Campbell Brown, who had 999,000 viewers last night. The show also beat every ABC program between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., which included shows like “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted.”

In November when Palin appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a guest, the show had an audience of 3,868,000 viewers.

So when will Palin be on Fox News again?
She’s on Glenn Beck’s show RIGHT NOW.

Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Tuesday Address

We told you earlier that President Obama would address the nation from West Point next Tuesday at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. We’re beginning to hear how the networks and cable will cover the primetime address.

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, joined by CNN’s Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria and senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, will anchor the cabler’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET. “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight.

We’ll continue to update.

Election Day Coverage Plans

MSNBC: White House correspondent and political director Chuck Todd will anchor the 11am and 2pm hours on MSNBC from Washington tomorrow. Ed Schultz will take over the 4pm hour. Following the regularly scheduled primetime lineup, live editions will air of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 10pm, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 11pm and “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at midnight.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer will anchor CNN’s live coverage of returns as the polls close. Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Larry King will center their programs on the election, with input from Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King and Jessica Yellin. There will be a special edition of “Larry King Live” at midnight with guests, including Mayor Cory Booker, David Gergen, BET host Jeff Johnson and Ben Stein. Other guest throughout the night include Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), RNC chairman Michael Steele and former Gov. Jesse Ventura.

Will update as we learn more.

DC’s Newest Sunday Show Anchor Makes Debut this Weekend

This Sunday Roland Martin joins the company of Bob Schieffer, David Gregory, George Stephanopoulos, Chris Wallace and John King when “Washington Watch” debuts on DC-based TV One. The show will focus on issues of importance to African Americans and airs at 11amET.

Martin’s a CNN analyst and frequently appears on Campbell Brown‘s “No Bias, No Bull,” where he also filled in when she was on maternity leave. He didn’t do too bad for himself lining up his own show- one of his first guests is Vice President Joe Biden.

FBDC caught up with the newest Sunday show anchor to find how he’ll prepare each week, who his dream guest is and just how his show will be different. And he’s already standing out– have you ever heard Schieffer or Wallace say, “that’d be hot,” describing a guest booking?

What is your take on the Sunday shows now? What do you watch, what don’t you watch?

I watch all of the shows, but frankly, I routinely come away disappointed. I despise the Beltway approach to issues. Often times its same thing, different day. Most of it is process oriented and not people oriented. Look at healthcare. More time has been spent on who is up and who is down in terms of political parties, rather than the interests of those most affected.

Also, I’m tired of seeing just politicians discuss education and other issues. If we want to have a real conversation, we should have members of Congress discussing the issue along with academics, policy wonks and principals and superintendents. Let’s have the people who are involved in that area every day discussing how we make substantive changes. We talk all the time about people changing their government, but when was the last time you saw grassroots activists on these shows? DC politicians go on and on about the stimulus, but we don’t get to hear from local officials- folks on the ground- who have to confront the mandates laid down by Congress. We aren’t hearing from those who need true stimulation, as opposed to the stroking of the collective ego.

Who is your dream Sunday show guest?

Nelson Mandela. And then all the U.S. presidents. Followed by all of the First Ladies. That would be hot! Then I might have to make it three separate shows!

What can we expect to see on your Sunday show and how will it stand out from the lineup as it exists now?

There is no doubt that the moment you turn us on, you will see a level of diversity that you just don’t see on the other shows. In fact, we will likely have more diversity in the first months than the other shows do in an entire year. Also, we don’t presume to be know-it-alls. There is a level of arrogance of Sunday mornings that suggests all the smart people are in Washington, D.C., and there is virtually no interaction with the general public. We will be inviting questions and perspectives from the audience from all across the nation, and will incorporate them into our interviews.

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Some of DC’s Most Powerful Women Head to Cali for Fortune Summit

Brown, Huffington, Brown, Perino and Tumulty sit on a panel at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit. Photo credit: Robert Benson/Getty Images.

Some of our most powerful female Washingtonians have headed to Carlsbad, CA this week for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit.

Last night, CNN’s Campbell Brown moderated this panel pictured above called “The Informers” with some very informative women- HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and Time‘s Karen Tumulty. This panel’s topics ranged from President Obama’s leadership to health care and the economy to Joe Wilson.

Also happening at the summit- Fortune’s Washington bureau chief Nina Easton will host a keynote convo today with Condoleeza Rice.

We hear those attending and participating include: Sharon Allen, Sheila Bair, Maria Bartiromo, Carol Bartz, Mika Brzezinski, Warren Buffett, Ursula Burns, Tyra Banks, Lloyd Blankfein, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Beth Comstock, Elizabeth Edwards, Andrea Jung, Katty Kay, Marissa Mayer, Ann Moore, Anne Mulcahy, Michelle Rhee, Sheryl Sandberg, Claire Shipman, Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Anne Sweeney, Meg Whitman, Meredith Whitney, Lauren Zalaznick and more.

Pres. Obama’s Address to Joint Session: Cablers Coverage

And more today on how TV will cover the President’s address to a joint session of Congress Wednesday at 8pmET and the Republican response…

CNN – Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and John King will lead CNN’s coverage beginning at 8pmET. The cable network will carry the President’s address and the Republican response, with commentary. “Larry King Live” will follow and Anderson Cooper will do “360″ from Afghanistan.

More to come.