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Posts Tagged ‘Becky Quick’

Exclusive: The Dish on That Book About Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer and Christiane Amanpour

LunchAtMichaelsSchool is back in session for the cool kids and they showed up in droves at their favorite cafeteria at 55th and Fifth. Come on, it’s just like high school — but with better clothes. In attendance: NBCUniversal’s Ron Meyer and Steve Burke, Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tom Brokaw, Donny Deutsch and Showtime’s Matt Blank among the media mob scene. It seemed more than a bit ironic that Michael’s looked like an old boys club since I was joined today by Sheila Weller for an exclusive first interview about her new book, The News Sorority (Penguin Press), which chronicles the rise of Diane Sawyer, Katie Couric and Christiane Amanpour in television news. While the book’s press release paints the book as a thoughtful, “astute” guide to the behind-the-scenes goings on in television broadcast news and a paean to the accomplishments of these three incredibly ambitious women amid the “impenetrable newsroom boys club,” early reports have instead latched on to the more juicy tales of rivalry and the occasional missteps among the women. Shocking, I know. “It pains me that the news aggregators focused on the catfights,” Sheila told me. “It showed me the knives are out for women who succeed.”

Sheila Weller and Diane Clehane

Sheila Weller and Diane Clehane

What Sheila is referring to is the headline-grabbing items in the New York Daily News and The Daily Beast. The Daily News ran an item on the book for Father’s Day with the headline “Hate-y Katie” and an unflattering picture of her, which, said Sheila, didn’t exactly thrill her rep, Matthew Hiltzik. “I told him I didn’t plant any of it,” she told me. Lloyd Grove PM’d Sheila on Facebook asking: “What’s this book being passed around the networks like a crack pipe?” and then wrote a lengthy piece about the book for The Daily Beast, which recounted some of the more gossipy exchanges involving the women. “Once a book is sent to a media organization, you can’t control what happens with it,” said Sheila. “I was stunned by the Father’s Day item.”

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Morning Media Menu With Squawk Box‘s Becky Quick

mornmm.gifToday on the Menu CNBC’s Becky Quick joins us straight off the set of Squawk Box, which she co-hosts every morning.

Quick talks about how she and her colleagues try to balance their coverage of the crisis so it can be understood by a larger audience: “We try not to dumb it down…to still appeal to that core customer who’s been with us for years and years, but we do catch ourselves from time to time maybe explaining these terms a little more slowly.”

quick_2-16.jpg“I end up emailing people back during the show and after the show,” Quick says, “trying to walk them through it a little bit.”

Quick also talks about Facebook’s privacy concerns — she recently closed down her own account — and why we should be paying for content. You can listen to the podcast live every morning at 9amET on BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321. You can also subscribe to the iTunes feed of the podcast by clicking the “iTunes” button.

Bartiromo Interviews Ex-Citigroup CEO

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Jawdropping journalistic judgment out of Englewood Cliffs yesterday: CNBC’s “Honey Honey” scandalmonger Maria Bartiromo nabbed an “exclusive” interview with Citigroup chairman Sandy Weill.

You’ll recall Bartiromo’s, uh, sordid recent history with the company.

A pair of TVNewser readers agree: “Have they lost all ethical thought and reason in Englewood Cliffs? I sat there with a stunned look on my face the whole time the interview was going on.” … “Just the hint of scandal makes the interview stupid from a P.R. point of view. Why risk credibility with viewers by giving the interview to Bartiromo?”

Yeah, why not give the interview to newly-annointed “money honey” Becky Quick?

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  • Maria Who? Meet Your New ‘Money Honey’: Becky Quick
  • Poll Update: Dead Heat For Hottest ‘Money Honey’? Not Quite
  • Is Bartiromo Jealous Of New ‘Money Honies’?
  • Bartiromo Trademarked ‘Money Honey’ 10 Days Ago
  • Did ‘Money Honey’ Commit An Ethics Violation?
  • Maria Who? Meet Your New ‘Money Honey’: Becky Quick

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    The votes are in, and it appears Maria Bartiromo‘s “Money Honey” fears weren’t so irrational after all. Ladies and gentleman, your new “money honey”: Squawk Box co-anchor Becky Quick.

    Some fun facts about Ms. Quick — she’s 34, a Wall Street Journal vet and Rutgers University grad (class of ’93, Poli-Sci major). Quick was even editor-in-chief of the Daily Targum, Rutgers’ student newspaper. She joined CNBC in 2001. She even has a fan site maintained by “fans of Becky Quick, and most of us have never even met her.”

    But Quick wasn’t the only “money honey” candidate to garner praise. Some anonymous commentary:

    • Sue Herrera: Dark smoldering eyes of a woman who knows how to watch her money!

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    Poll Update: Dead Heat For Hottest ‘Money Honey’? Not Quite

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    Who do you think is CNBC’s hottest “money honey”? Apparently not Maria Bartiromo, whose $50,000 flight on a Citigroup jet may have sent her “hottie” stock dropping. Bartiromo is currently in third behind up-and-comers Erin Burnett and the surging Becky Quick.

    But fear not, Bartiromo fans — there’s still time to vote:

    Polls close Sunday.

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  • Is Bartiromo Jealous Of New ‘Money Honies’?
  • Bartiromo Trademarked ‘Money Honey’ 10 Days Ago
  • Did ‘Money Honey’ Commit An Ethics Violation?