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Is ‘Unconventional Wisdom’ What CNN Needs?

Despite the cancellation of CNN’s “John King, USA” and the recent announcement by Worldwide CEO Jim Walton that he’s a goner by the end of the year, the CNN DC bureau is trying to remain relevant. So last week they shot a pilot.

Could this be the shot in the arm they need?

The show is called “Unconventional Wisdom,” and is a pet project of CNN’s managing editor Mark Whitaker, who oversees the network’s program development unit.

One of the participants is Gloria Borger, CNN’s Queen of Conventional Wisdom. Shot in the DC’s bureau glitzy new studio, another CNN’er involved is legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Among the bigwigs involved in the pilot is Eric Sherling, CNN’s director of DC Programming, and Amy Entelis, who joined CNN in January as Senior Vice President for Talent and Content Development for CNN Worldwide.

Memo to Mark, Amy and Eric: you better hope the pilot tickles the fancy of Walton. The last time CNN’s remarkably boring DC bigwigs shot a pilot, the reconstituted “Capital Gang,” a typical inside-the-Beltway show that so awful Walton couldn’t stomach 10 minutes of it and reamed out the executives assembled, got up, and left.

Shortly thereafter in March, CNN announced longtime employee Sue Bunda, executive VP of content development and strategy, left to pursue other opportunities. In fact, she was forced out after the horrible “Capitol” pilot. Four months later, her chief lieutenant, Randy Subarsky, vice president of development, was told she was toast but was allowed to finish out the year. Also shown the door was DC bureau chief David Bohrman, now president of Current TV.

Better make the show shine, Mark, Amy and Eric. Your future boss could be watching!

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CNN’s Bohrman Named Current TV Prez

After nearly a decade with CNN, veteran media executive David Bohrman is leaving the network to head up Current TV.  News of his seemingly inevitable exit comes only three months after Bohrman was pulled from his position as Washington bureau chief and reassigned as senior vice president and Chief Innovation Officer for CNN Worldwide.

As President of Current TV, David will lead up programming, production, broadcast operations, digital and technology from New York and San Francisco.  It remains unclear whether Bohrman’s departure is a reaction to his fancy but vague new title at CNN or proof of an inner masochist who couldn’t resist the opportunity to work with Keith Olbermann.  Either way, we wish him well.

Congrats to David!  And send our love to Olbee!

Feist Named Washington Bureau Chief for CNN

Sam Feist, political director and vice president  for CNN’s D.C. programming,  has been named Washington, D.C. bureau chief and senior vice president of the network.  The promotion, though somewhat prolonged, isn’t exactly surprising.   Feist has been the favored candidate by CNN insiders since since David Bohrman‘s reassignment was announced over two months ago.

“I couldn’t be more excited to take on this new role and build on the great journalism and the tremendous expertise of the CNN Washington bureau,” Feist said in a statement. “It is not only one of the largest news bureaus in the world, it is undoubtedly one of the finest. Leading this outstanding team at a time of dynamic change in our industry is invigorating and humbling.”

Feist has been with CNN since he joined the Atlanta bureau full-time in 1991. During the 1992 presidential campaign, he moved to the Washington where he has held a number of positions including associate producer, producer, senior producer and assignment editor. As political director and senior executive producer of political coverage through the 2006 midterm and 2008 presidential elections, Feist oversaw political coverage for “America Votes 2008” and The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, the weekday program he helped conceptualize and launch. In the 2008 election cycle, Feist coordinated and produced CNN’s nine presidential primary debates as well as the network’s record-breaking primary, caucus and convention coverage that earned the network a Peabody Award. Feist was also instrumental in the “America Votes 2006” coverage of the midterm elections that earned the network an Emmy Award.

Feist will assume his role effective immediately.  Congrats to Sam!

Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party


While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

CNN Names Bolduan New Capitol Hill Correspondent

As we hinted at weeks ago, Kate Bolduan will join CNN’s Capitol Hill unit. David Bohrman, senior vice president of programming and Washington bureau chief, announced the news today.

Bolduan will begin her new assignment Monday, April 25. She was previously a general assignment correspondent for the network.

CNN Searches for DC Bureau Chief, Bohrman Reassigned

David Bohrman, CNN’s DC Bureau Chief and head of special events has been named senior vice president and chief innovation officer for CNN Worldwide. For the past nine years, Bohrman has served as the network’s executive producer of election coverage, and considered largely responsible for the CNN/YouTube debates, the “magic wall,” and anchoring from the convention floors.

In a memo announcing the new assignment, CNN President Jim Walton said of Bohrman: “We are giving his passion for what is new and next in emerging technology a bigger canvas. He will continue to contribute to the creation of formats and editorial approaches, but now across CNN’s multiple platforms.”

In the meantime, Managing Editor of CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker is on the hunt for a new DC Bureau Chief as Bohrman begins his new gig on May 1st.

Keilar Joins CNN’s White House Team

CNN congressional correspondent Brianna Keilar is leaving Capitol Hill later this month.  It was announced today that Keilar has been promoted to the network’s newest White House correspondent.

“Brianna is an outstanding addition to the White House team,” said Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman in a press release this morning.  “She has distinguished herself with exceptional coverage of the 111th Congress and her new beat will better position the network for the 2012 election season.”

Prior to covering Congress, Keilar served as a general assignment correspondent for the network and a CNN Newsource correspondent, where she provided breaking news coverage and reported from the nation’s capital for approximately 800 partner stations.  She joined Newsource from CBS News where she served as an anchor, reporter and producer for a CBS newscast that aired on mtvU, MTV’s college network.

Before joining CBS, Keilar was a general assignment reporter in Yakima, Wash., for the CNN and CBS affiliate, KIMA-TV.  She began her journalism career as a production assistant and intern at KTVU-TV, a CNN and FOX affiliate in San Francisco.

Congrats to Brianna!

Wolf Well-Done: CNN Toasts to 20 Years of Blitzer

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Last week, thirty-nine of Wolf Blitzer‘s closest colleagues including David Bohrman, Candy Crowley, Jill Dougherty and John King toasted to Wolf’s twenty years and solid ratings at CNN. The dinner, held at Cafe Milano was kicked off with remarks by CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein and wrapped when Wolf’s wife Lynn shared personal reflections of Wolf’s time at the network.

A bright spot for the network, The Situation Room’s ratings are up year-over-year, beating MSNBC in both the 5 and 6 PM hours.

Well done, Wolf.

Avlon Joins ‘Best Political Team on Television’

John Avlon, a political columnist who specializes in the analysis of the country’s independent movement, is joining the “best political team on television” as a CNN political contributor.

The news was announced today by CNN senior V.P. of Washington programming and Bureau Chief David Bohrman.

“I’m honored to join CNN as part of ‘the best political team on television,’” said Avlon, who spared no time adapting to the network’s catch phrase (nice brownie points, sir.). “As an independent voter and a centrist, CNN is the network which best reflects my values. I’ll continue to stand up to the extremes of both sides-while trying to restore a sense of humor and historic perspective to our political debates-in the belief that most Americans want to move our country not left or right, but forward.”

Shifting Sked at WH Infuriates Nets & Pool

In a game of musical time slots this afternoon, the White House changed President Obama’s statement from 1pm to 3pm and now back to 4.30pm. We hear that the cost of the shifting schedule has infuriated the networks and pool.

FishbowlDC is awaiting comment from the pool chair.

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