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CNN’s Amanpour says YES to ABC

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CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will be the new host of ABC’s “This Week”.

From ABC’s David Westin:
I am delighted to announce that Christiane Amanpour will join ABC News as the new anchor of “This Week.” A highly respected journalist recognized around the world for her reporting, she brings to her new position a wealth of experience and knowledge, as well as a deep commitment to bringing news of the world to the American people. She will also appear on all other ABC News programs and platforms to provide international analysis of the important issues of the day. And, she will be anchoring primetime documentaries on international subjects.

Christiane will join us from CNN where, for two decades she has reported from the worldÂ’s major conflicts, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Rwanda, and the Balkans. She has received every major broadcast journalism award. A formidable interviewer, she has sat down in global exclusives with many of the worldÂ’s leaders and military chiefs from the Middle East, Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan to Africa, Europe and the United States.

More than once over the years we’ve talked with Christiane about her joining us in one position or another. Until now, it wasn’t the right time or the right fit. We are fortunate that this time it worked for Christiane and for us.

With Christiane we have the opportunity to provide our audiences with something different on Sunday mornings. We will continue to provide the best in interviews and analysis about domestic politics and policies. But now we will add to that an international perspective. All of us know how much the international and the domestic have come to affect one another – whether it’s global conflict, terrorism, humanitarian crises, or the economy. And our international reporting has long been a hallmark of ABC News, part of the legacy Peter Jennings left for us. Christiane will bring the international and the domestic together, in the interviews she does and in the roundtable over which she presides. Our audience has come to us for years to see differing points of views expressed in intelligent and compelling ways; now the different points of view will be expanded beyond partisan politics alone.

Christiane will be joining ABC News in August. Until then, Jake Tapper has agreed to become the regular, interim anchor of “This Week.” Ian Cameron will continue as executive producer. All of us owe a debt of gratitude to him and to Jake, Terry Moran, Jonathan Karl, Barbara Walters, Elizabeth Vargas, and Matthew Dowd for taking up the reins of the program during this transition. Thanks to their hard work and dedication we’ve maintained the high standards set by George Stephanopoulos before he left the program for “Good Morning America.”

Please join me in welcoming Christiane to ABC News.

Karl Next up to ABC Bat

Our sister site, TVNewser, is reporting that ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who first tried out as “This Week” host on Feb. 14, steps up to the plate once again this Sunday. Meanwhile, Christiane Amanpour , who we reported this morning has been offered the gig, weighs her options.

Our judges will be watching.

Read the full item here.

Bunning: ‘Excuse Me, This is a Senator-Only Elevator!’

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Most senators amicably allow reporters onto elevators dubbed “Senators Only.”

Not Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.).

ABC’s Jonathan Karl had a bristly exchange with Bunning just outside one such elevator in the Hart Building — Bunning was in the elevator and Karl was trying to get in there with him and pose a question about the senator’s blocking a bill extending employment benefits.

Bunning wasn’t having it. Not only did he forbid Karl from entering the elevator, but, as reported by Politico’s Glenn Thrush, gave an ABC producer, Zach Wolf, the finger. (In our photograph we see Bunning’s use of his pointer finger.)

Bunning has been in a foul mood as of late. Some may remember his “Tough Sh-t” utterance on the Senate floor last week.

Watch the ABC video here.
See Thrush’s report here.

Like Palin, Cheney has ‘O’Biden’ Verbal Tic

Joe-Biden-Hands-Up.jpgWe now know that some Republicans can’t help themselves from referring to V.P. Joseph Biden as “O’Biden”.

Is his name really that difficult?

On Sunday, ABC’s “This Week” (with Jonathan Karl, this week) had former V.P. Dick Cheney on the show. When Biden came up, Cheney got himself into an O’Biden tongue twister:

“I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by my friend, Joe Biden,” Cheney said. “…I’m glad he now believes Iraq is a success. Of course, O’Biden and Obama and Biden campaigned from one end of the country to another for two years criticizing our Iraq policy.”

For much of the rest of the show, Cheney referred to Biden as “Joe Biden.”

During V.P. debate prep, Sarah Palin also had trouble with Biden’s name and went so far as to ask him, “Hey, can I call you Joe?” to avoid it.

Journo Blizzard Videos Part II

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ABC correspondents Rick Klein, Jonathan Karl and David Chalian make their snow days productive.

Klein goes for coffee. Watch here. “Come on, don’t let me down,” he says, presumably speaking to a Starbucks shop (blistery snow can make you loopy). He pulls on the door and…(we won’t ruin it for you).

Karl gets in a snowball fight. Watch here and see what happens when he lets his kids take over the show.

Chalian walks to work and gets pounded with snow. Watch here.

‘This Week’ to Try Out Jonathan Karl

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ABC’s “This Week” tryouts for “American Idol” continue. Last week we had Barbara Walters. This past Sunday was Jake Tapper. And this coming Sunday is Jonathan Karl, as reported in Politico’s Playbook. Also still in the mix is Terry Moran, who has hosted the show in recent weeks.

Who will ultimately hit that high note and who will be voted off remains to be seen.

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Morning Reading List 10.09.09

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Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

The President woke up this morning a Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Above is the photo that was brought to White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in yesterday’s press briefing. It’s of the President playing basketball with Reggie Love, now an aide, former Duke basketball star. We hear the pic’s now hanging in the West Wing and Gibbs says it’s signed by (and with) Love. The White House will be posting new pics on flikr today.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES

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Tensions are high on TV…

Joe Scarborough vs. Rush Limbaugh.

Mediaite: ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos appeared last night on Sean Hannity‘s Fox News. After Hannity brought up safe school czar Kevin Jennings and insinuated dangerous statements, Stephanopoulos countered: “I donÂ’t think you have the goods on this one Sean.”

Stephen Colbert on Glenn Beck: “Clearly Glenn Beck is as sincere in what he says and does as I am in believing baby carrots are trying to turn me gay.”

ABC Jonathan Karl here: NBC Correspondent Richard Engel is taking sides in the debate over what to do next in Afghanistan.

ONLINE

PRNewser has the FTC’s guidelines for bloggers. We should prob read that.

MAGAZINES

Conde Nast could be down $1 billion this year. FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst was on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier to discuss.

There may also be layoffs coming at Time.

BOOKS

Barnes & Noble is also working on an e-book reader.

And, of course, “Rogue Journalist,” by Time‘s Joel Stein.

NEWS NOTES

Slate‘s Jack Shafer on the Newseum exhibit of Tim Russert‘s office.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Journos Race… And Not Just For a Good Story


Photo from the National Press Club website.

Nearly 700 runners and walkers- including Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton, ABC’s Jonathan Karl, AP’s Erica Werner, TWT‘s Jen Haberkorn and CBS’ Laura Strickler- came out for the 12th annual National Press Club’s race Saturday.

Funny enough, the race’s course went right by Freedom Plaza where tea party protestors were gathering Saturday. NPC runners joked about how much “free press” the protest was getting because of the 5K.

Of the DC media teams, E and E Publishing took first place, followed by Roll Call in second and McGraw-Hill in third. Teams from ABC News, Reuters, Army Times, Aviation Week and Hearst all also participated. And Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady was the race chair.

Rep. Jim Ryun (R-KS) handed out prizes– the silent auction in conjunction with the race is still going on here. That includes “big ticket items” like coffee with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour and an invitation to a taping of CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

DC Journos Reflect on Senator Kennedy’s Life and Legacy

There were many remembrances today of Senator Ted Kennedy. Here are just some from DC journos that caught our eye…


• Above, Bob Schieffer and Boston Globe‘s Tom Oliphant share memories of years of covering Senator Kennedy on CBS’ daily webcast “Washington Unplugged.”

• “Meet the Press” executive producer Betsy Fischer shares a special interview Senator Kennedy did with Tim Russert on the 60th anniversary of NBC’s Sunday show, discussing his long history with the show and his first appearance at age 30.

George Stephanopoulos reported on the Senator’s passing and legacy on all ABC platforms today– TVNewser notes ABC was first with the news at 1:18am. Here’s his blog.

>>MORE:

Chris Matthews- whose special “The Kennedy Brothers” aired on MSNBC a night earlier than planned- penned this piece “The Ted Kennedy I Knew” for The Daily Beast.

Joe Klein for Time: “How Ted Kennedy Found Himself.”

• On “Nightline,” ABC’s congressional correspondent Jonathan Karl recounted his personal interaction with Senator Kennedy after Karl and his family survived a car accident: “The very first call I got from somebody was not part of my immediate family. It was a call from Ted Kennedy. And the minute that I heard that voice and — regardless of what he was saying, I remember smiling.” (h/t TVNewser)

Billie Jean King on Bret Baier: “He’s a Wild Man”

Just hours before the Washington Kastles defeated the Springfield Lasers to win the World Team Tennis championship, some of DC’s top media personalities showed off their own skills in a celebrity match. If you were brave enough to kick it court-side in Sunday’s sweltering heat, you would have caught Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Margaret Carlson, Al Hunt, Jonathan Karl, WTTG’s Dave Feldman, Audrey Barnes of WUSA-9, Angie Goff of WUSA-9 and Jurek Martin of the Financial Times.

Media-minis served as ball boys and girls for the match: Betsy Fischer‘s daughter Ella, Tammy Haddad‘s kids Rachel and David and Ed Henry’s son Patrick were all on hand to help out.

Tennis legend Billie Jean King was on the court to coach Baier’s team. When asked about the Fox newsman, King replied “he’s a wild man.” Check out the video from TWT‘s Liz Glover:

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