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Charlie Gibson Retires, Diane Sawyer To Take Over “World News”

bigthree_9.2.jpgThere will be a big change at one network’s evening news desk starting next year.

ABC News announced today that Charles Gibson, who has anchored the news channel’s “World News” nightly newscast since May 2006, will be stepping down from his post at the end of the year and retiring from full-time work. Diane Sawyer, who currently co-anchors “Good Morning America,” will step into Gibson’s seat, making her the nation’s second female nightly news anchor along with Katie Couric.

As the story developed this morning, our colleagues at FishbowlDC obtained an email sent by Gibson today. He explained his decision to leave in part:

“It had been my intention to step down from my job at ‘Good Morning America’ in 2007 but with Peter’s illness, Bob’s injuries, and Elizabeth’s pregnancy, the job at ‘World News’ came open in May of 2006, and [ABC News President David Westin] asked me to step in as anchor. It was an honor to do so. The program is now operating at a very accelerated, but steady, cruising speed, and I think it is an opportune time for a transition — both for the broadcast and for me. Life is dynamic; it is not static.”

As Gibson prepares to depart, TVNewser took a look at the ratings since he took over the anchor desk. During his run, Gibson managed to keep his NBC News rival Brian Williams on his toes. With Gibson in the anchor chair, “World News” became the number 1 evening news broadcast by March 2007, although “NBC Nightly News” reclaimed its title in 2008.

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More Tributes To Sen. Kennedy

kennedy_time.jpgAs the day has progressed, many media outlets have announced plans to pay tribute to Sen. Edward Kennedy. Here’s some of what we’re getting ready to see:

Time magazine is planning a commemorative issue that will feature Kennedy on the cover with tributes inside from Joe Klein, Bob Shrum, Ted Sorensen and Mike Barnicle. It is set to hit newsstands Friday. The last time Time put out a commemorative issue was to mark Michael Jackson‘s death in June.

Tonight at 9 p.m., MSNBC will present a “first look” of “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary.” The doc will also air, as scheduled, tomorrow at 7.

At 10 p.m., ABC News will broadcast an hour-long special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” which will focus on his life and legacy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, Mass. and Diane Sawyer in New York.

TVNewser has a list of some of the other television specials that will be airing tonight on the networks and cable news channels.

We’re sure there will be more to come. If you hear of anything interesting memorializing Kennedy let us know.

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TVNewser: Dylan Ratigan will return to the air next month on MSNBC, anchoring the 9-11 am EST spot

FishbowlDC: ABC News announced a YouTube channel,, which features breaking news and highlights from shows like “Good Morning America,” and “World News with Charles Gibson,” as well as ABC’s “Quick Fix” webcast

GalleyCat: Amazon debuted its new Kindle DX and made a pitch to students

MediaPost: The Atlantic named former Portfolio executive director Scott Havens to the newly-created position of vice president, digital strategy and operations

Cityfile: Gawker makes a commercial

Lunch: Carl Bernstein: Bush ‘Straight Talk’ Book Would Sell



Reports of the death of the power lunch are, by the looks of things at Michael’s today, most definitely premature. It will be a sure sign of the apocalypse when the regulars at 55th & Fifth stop showing up to cook up their next big move over burgers and Cobb salads. By the looks of today’s crowd, there was plenty of business being done between bites as media machers, fashion mavens and a few authors of note were deep in conversation. And, reports Michael McCarty, the joint is also jumping after dark. Leonard Lauder took over the Garden Room for a chic soiree last night, and the place is booked with plenty of parties throughout the month. “We’re very fortunate,” says Michael. “We have a very diverse and loyal clientele.” Indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Police commissioner Ray Kelly and Tom Kelly. No one was quite sure if these two imposing looking fellows were related, but I’m guessing not since I spotted Tom scribbling furiously in his notebook during lunch…

2. Men’s Health honcho Dave Zinczenko and Glamour editrix Cindi Leive. With all the gloom and doom that abounds and the scarcity of holiday fetes around town, I asked them what they were planning to do for their staffs to brighten spirits. Both said they were planning “very low key” get-togethers somewhere in town. “There’s going to be a pool table and bottles of beer involved,” promises Cindi. Dave also reports that Rodale will be hosting two parties — one here at the New York offices and the other at the company’s Emmaus, Pa. headquarters. No Scrooges here! I just had to ask Cindi what she thought of this morning’s item in The New York Post that she (and Linda Wells) might be in line for the top spot at Vogue should those pesky rumors (denied by Si Newhouse) that Anna Wintour is on the way out. Or, maybe her pal Dave has lured her away for the top spot at Women’s Health. (An announcement about the job is expected any day.) “I’m perfectly happy where I am,” Cindi told me.

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Carl Bernstein. I told Carl that I caught All the President’s Men (which he co-wrote with Bob Woodward on the heels of their game-changing coverage of Watergate for The Washington Post all those many years ago) on TMC the other night. “How does it hold up?” he asked me. Pretty well, I told him. “It’s been years since I’ve seen it,” says Carl. I had to ask him what he thought of the reports that the soon to be ex-president wouldn’t exactly incite a bidding war for his memoirs in the months following him leaving office. Carl dismisses the notion that their would be no takers for the book. “Presidents never have difficulty getting their memoirs published,” he told me. Earlier this week, Bush told ABC News’ Charles Gibson that he was “unprepared for war” and said his “biggest regret” was the mistaken claims regarding weapons of mass that lead to the war in Iraq. So does that mean that Bush’s prospective tome might offer some introspection? “Forget introspection,” says Carl. “If he was more forthcoming about his presidency given the amount of withholding of information and level of mendacity, a little straight talk would be good.”

4. Tommy Mottola and an unidentified older gentleman

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LAT In 90 Seconds

Keys to the Magic Kingdom: Dawn C. Chmielewski showcases the internships you wish you had in a story today. But our favorite part of this piece, just might be the headline. It looks like something out of the Hogwarts Daily Herald: ‘Sorcerers’ apprentices concoct new adventures.’

42171694.jpgKatie and Sarah: James Rainey points out that while Sarah Palin‘s third nationally televised interview, with CBS anchor Katie Couric, “found Palin rambling, marginally responsive and even more adrift than during her network debut with ABC‘s Charles Gibson,” she lucked out in that no one was watching.

1540ddda4940.jpgJoel and Rosa: Joel Stein smacks Rosa Brooks with a verbal (and we’re guessing — though it’s so hard to tell with Stein) “joking” glove across the face, saying: “Did you buy a house with less than 20% down, or with an adjustable-rate mortgage, assuming that skyrocketing equity would let you refinance or flip it? Of course you didn’t, because you’re a super-intelligent reader of my column. But don’t you think every single Rosa Brooks reader did?” He lucked out, though, in that no one — not even Rosa — was reading it.

LAT In 90 Seconds

422 Cup of Schadenfreude: Brought to you today by E. Scott Reckard who writes: Suggesting that Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli deserves to go to prison, a federal judge Monday rejected a deal with prosecutors that would have given the Orange County billionaire probation for lying to regulators about his role in an alleged $2.2-billion stock-option scam.”

42242019-09080440.jpgTop That Cup Off For You? Per Michael Rothfeld: “Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who rode into power on a wave of voter angst in the first recall of a California governor, now finds himself a target for removal as his own popularity is declining. The state’s well-financed prison guards union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Assn., is bankrolling a recall effort against Schwarzenegger.”

41947744-31175650.jpgAnother Cup In the Future? We’ll see: “The first test of Sarah Palin, untethered (to the campaign or a prepared text), will come later this week when she sits down with ABC News anchor Charles Gibson for an interview in Alaska. It will air on Thursday’s evening news.”

James Rainey Has Questions For Sarah Palin

d2c54ab8-7b69-11dd-b839-000077b07658.jpgJame Rainey tackles the call for ‘deference’ in interviewing Sarah Palin. ‘Deference’ that you would use while interviewing a monarch or a child star.

He’s come up with come questions to ask the Veep Nominee:

* You asked the librarian in your town about the policy for banning books. Are there books you think should be kept from the public?

* You have claimed credit for killing the “bridge to nowhere,” the $398-million link between Ketchikan and Gravina Island. Didn’t you support it until it was clear Congress was not willing to pay for the much-ridiculed project?

* You have said students should be allowed to “debate both sides” of evolution. Should creationism be taught alongside evolution in the public schools? Do you believe in evolution?

Charles Gibson scored the first interview that will air Thursday night. Which reminds us of that old H.L. Mencken quote, “The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down.”

The ‘Killer’ Backlash Against NBC ‘Pornography’


As Brian Williams said on Wednesday, airing the Virginia Tech shooter’s “manifesto” was a “sick business,” and has turned into more than a bit of a P.R. nightmare for the peacock network.

Here’s a brief timeline/summary of the heat on NBC:

  • Wednesday 6:00PM EST: NBC Nightly News went on the air with the video “manifesto.”
  • Thursday AM: Perhaps sensing the coming backlash, NBC defends their decision in a statement.
  • Thursday AM: Newspapers across the country splash the killer’s image across their front-pages, many including NBC News logo.
  • Thursday: Most of the backlash happens online.
  • Thursday 10:48AM EST: ABC says “once that first news cycle has passed, the repetition of it is little more than pornography.”
  • Thursday 12:28PM EST: Fox News decides to stop showing the video.
  • Thursday 5:15PM EST: Brian Williams blogs that the worst of the footage will never see the light of day.
  • Thursday 6:30PM EST:

    Brian Williams: “Good evening. Last night here on this broadcast we aired a small portion of the rants and writings and recordings of a mentally ill Virginia Tech student turned mass murderer. Today, across this country and on that campus, people reacted to what they saw…”

    Charles Gibson: “Good evening. There is new outrage, tonight, over the tragedy at Virginia Tech. And it is directed at the media. The words of the virginia tech killer were plastered across newspapers and websites today after they started airing on television last night. Raising questions — do we learn anything, seeing the hate of Seung-Hui Cho? Or do we simply play into his sick fantasies? There’s been intense reaction, on the Virginia Tech campus, among victims’ families, indeed, reaction all across the country…”

    Katie Couric: “Hello, everyone. A lot of reaction today to that video message from the Virginia Tech shooter, angry reaction aimed at news outlets, including this one, for airing portions of it. CBS News plans to use this video only on a limited basis and only when we feel it’s necessary to tell the story. Law enforcement is using it in its criminal investigation to try to understand the killer’s motives…”

  • Friday: Subject line of CNN chief Jon Klein‘s memo to staff:

    Subject: Cho video and gun pictures–NO MORE USEAGE!!!

  • Friday 7:30AM: Potentially trying to shift focus away from the massacre, NBC’s Today show devotes seven minutes to the tongue-lashing 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin gave his daughter.
  • Times Corrects Stanley’s Gibson ‘Swipe’ — One Of Them, At Least

    williams_gibson.jpgFollowing yesterday’s Alessandra Stanley column on Brian Williams‘ Iraq anchoring and subsequent note from an ABC News SVP calling the column “gratuitous and unfounded” in its depection of Charles Gibson, you knew this was coming:

    The TV Watch column yesterday about reports from Iraq by the NBC anchor Brian Williams, and the competition among NBC, ABC and CBS to draw viewers to their evening news programs, referred incorrectly to coverage of President Bush’s State of the Union address in January by Charles Gibson, the ABC anchor. He covered it from Washington, not “from his desk in New York.”

    There were plenty of other corrections the Times could’ve made, according to ABC.


  • ABC News SVP Slams Times‘ Stanley: A ‘Gratuitous and Unfounded Swipe’


  • ABC gets partial correction to Stanley story; objective and subjective errors
  • ABC News SVP Slams Times‘ Stanley: A ‘Gratuitous and Unfounded Swipe’

    williams_gibson.jpgAlessandra Stanley sneaks in a few zingers on Charles Gibson at the end her Times piece today on Brian Williams‘ Iraq tour:

    Mr. Gibson hasn’t exactly overexerted himself in his new job. He covered the State of the Union address from his desk in New York, and also stayed put when tornadoes devastated Florida in early February. This week, while Mr. Williams is in Iraq, Mr. Gibson is on vacation. … It doesn’t seem to matter. Viewers apparently trust his seniority, rumpled air of competence and low-key style; they are content to have him read the news, not live it.

    Which prompted Jeffrey W. Schneider, SVP, ABC News, to drop FishbowlNY this note:

    There are glaring errors in Alessandra Stanley’s column today. For the record, Charlie Gibson was in Washington, DC for the State of the Union (not at his desk in New York as Stanley wrote). He anchored both “World News” and ABC’s primetime coverage of the President’s speech from Capitol Hill. Following the speech, he interviewed Senators Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain. Stanley also falsely asserts that since Gibson took over as anchor in late May, he anchors solely from New York City. That is demonstrably untrue. Gibson has reported from: The Middle East to cover the escalating violence between Israel and Hezbollah, including from Jerusalem, the Israeli-Lebanese border and Larnaca, Cyprus (July 16-19); from New Orleans for the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina (August 28 &29); from Nickel Mines, PA to cover the Amish school shooting (October 3); from Amman, Jordan for Bush-Maliki summit (November 29 & 30); from Washington, DC, when the 110th Congress convened (January 4); and from Philadelphia (October 5), Boston (October 24), Dallas (November 13), Houston (November 14), Atlanta (November 15&16), Detroit (January 29 & 30), and Chicago (February 12 & 13); Finally, Stanley take a gratuitous and unfounded swipe at Gibson stating that he is on vacation while Williams reports from the Iraq. For the record, this is Gibson’s first vacation in ten months.

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