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Morning Media Newsfeed: Colbert to Late Show | CNN Revamps Primetime | ABC News Ups Goldston

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Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of The Late Show (TVNewser)
It’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ The Late Show when David Letterman retires next year. Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Capital New York The rank and file at The Colbert Report, his Comedy Central show, are operating on the assumption they are invited to follow the comedian to staff The Late Show and stay in New York, someone familiar with Colbert’s transition plan said. Variety When Colbert sits behind the desk of the CBS program, he will do it with a new presentation — not as the right-wing caricature he plays in his current perch on Comedy Central. “He is not going to play that character,” said Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS Entertainment, in an interview. THR / The Live Feed The Colbert Report, which launched in 2005, has earned an Emmy win for outstanding variety series (2013) and three Emmy wins for writing for a variety, music or comedy program (2013, 2010, 2008). Before that, Colbert spent eight years as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show With Jon Stewart as an on-air personality and writer of news satire. He also has written two books — I Am America (And So Can You!) and America Again: Re-Becoming The Greatness We Never Weren’t — and won a Grammy for spoken word for America Again earlier this year. Mashable Several media outlets quoted network executives saying the deal came together quickly after Letterman’s retirement, including breakneck negotiations with several candidates. Craig Ferguson, whose Late Late Show comes on after Letterman’s, was never seen as a true contender for the slot; it remains to be seen whether he’ll stick around after being passed over. Other names thrown in the mix were Chelsea Handler and Neil Patrick Harris — but even as top contenders, they were dark horses at best. For nearly 18 months, Colbert was always CBS’ guy.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: AP Journalists Shot | Schultz’s Legal Woes | Blade Sues U.S. Gov’t

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AP Photographer Killed, Reporter Wounded in Afghanistan (The Associated Press)
An Afghan police commander opened fire Friday on two Associated Press journalists, killing Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Anja Niedringhaus and wounding veteran correspondent Kathy Gannon — the first known case of a security insider attacking journalists in Afghanistan. FishbowlNY Niedringhaus and Gannon were covering the nation’s election when a policeman opened fire on their vehicle. Niedringhaus was killed instantly and Gannon was shot twice and later underwent surgery. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Niedringhaus and Gannon were traveling in a convoy of election workers delivering ballots from the center of Khost city to the outskirts, in Tani district, protected by the Afghan National Army and Afghan police. As they were sitting in the car waiting for the convoy to move, a unit commander named Naqibullah walked up to the car, yelled “Allahu Akbar” — God is Great — and opened fire on them in the back seat with his AK-47. He then surrendered to the other police and was arrested. BBC News The attack came as Afghanistan intensified security ahead of presidential elections on Saturday, in response to threats of violence by the Taliban. The new president will succeed Hamid Karzai, who has been in power since the 2001 fall of the Taliban but is constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term. The run-up to this historic election had already been the bloodiest, and fears of electoral fraud are pronounced. NYT Niedringhaus, a German citizen who was based in Geneva, first came to Afghanistan after joining the AP in 2002, and she quickly formed a partnership with Gannon. They were among a band of female photographers and correspondents who persevered through many years of conflict in Iraq as well as in Afghanistan. In the process, they helped redefine traditional notions of war reporting. Even as they covered the battlefield, they also focused attention on the human impact of conflicts known for their random, unpredictable violence against civilians.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fox’s 49th Quarter Win | 60 Minutes Owns Up | RIP, @ColbertReport

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2014 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 for 49th Consecutive Quarter (TVNewser)
Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the adults 25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter. Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime. HuffPost The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was one of the biggest stories of the month, and CNN — whose obsessive coverage of the plane has brought it both ratings victories and repeated criticism — reaped the rewards in March. The network beat MSNBC in weekday primetime in the demo at the end of the quarter, averaging 240,000 viewers in the 25-54 category to MSNBC’s 201,000. Those numbers represent a 71 percent increase in the demo compared to March 2013. Variety The numbers come as MSNBC pushed hard during the period to cover the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and they raise the question of whether CNN will be able to sustain its March momentum when and if the MH 370 story loses the interest of news audiences.

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Chris Hardwick, Thomas Lennon Sit Down Before @Midnight

In terms of comedy variety, lead-ins don’t get much better these days than The Daily Show and The Colbert Report. Tonight, at midnight, Comedy Central debuts @Midnight, a new four-days-a-week offering hosted by Nerdist founder Chris Hardwick.

In the clip above, Hardwick and interviewer Thomas Lennon compare their contributions to recent “Hashtag Wars” sponsored by the program. Hardwick for #gentlerhorrorfilms had Drag Me to Hello Kitty, while Lennon suggested Silver Lake Surfer for #hipstercartoons.

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(Video) 71st Annual Peabody Awards Recap; Stephen Colbert, Parks and Recreation

The Peabody Awards honors the best in electronic media. Winners for the 2011 awards were handed out this week at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

Among the 38 recipients were some of TV’s most familiar faces.

Stephen Colbert earned his second Peabody as host of the satire, Colbert Report.

Alex Trebek and Jeopardy! earned their first Peabody. The classic game show returned to the air with Trebek in 1984. (Watch the video below)

CNN was recognized with three trophies, including its coverage of the Arab Spring. Anderson Cooper was on hand to accept the honor.

PBS was selected for three awards, one given to the acclaimed series American Experience.

On a lighter note, NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation was victorious, along with the HBO medieval fantasy Game of Thrones. After the jump, watch a clip with actors from both shows.

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Comedy Central’s New Low: Rapist Mike Tyson to Roast Wife Beater Charlie Sheen

The upcoming roast of Charlie Sheen, taping September 10 in Los Angeles, is already in poor taste. But today Comedy Central upped the ante when they announced they’d added another criminal to the bill, convicted rapist Mike Tyson.

For all the insults, roasts are at their core celebrations of a beloved personality, and Sheen’s long history of abusing women isn’t exactly endearing. Mike Tyson’s sex crimes are even less so. Is the network hoping audiences won’t care what these guys have done, or worse yet, find it funny?

The roast airs September 19. We’re wondering what kind of advertisers this creepfest will pull in.

Update – 09/02/11: Ad Age reports that Electronic Arts and Axe have signed on as lead sponsors of the Sept 19 roast.

Comedy Central Names Jonas Larsen, VP of Specials

Jonas Larsen, a longtime TV executive producer, as been named VP in charge of specials at Comedy Central. He will report directly to Elizabeth Porter, senior vice president for specials and talent.

Larsen most recently executive produced Pretty Wicked, a competition series for the Oxygen network in 2009. He also helmed the seventh season of Celebrity Fit Club: Bootcamp for VH1.

In his new position, Larsen will be responsible for overseeing original network productions of the Comedy Central Roast series and The Comedy Awards.

“Bringing Jonas on board is a game changer. He’s such a skilled executive producer with great instincts, he’ll be instrumental in taking our original stand-up hour and tent pole event production to new levels,” Porter says. “I’m only happy we were able to convince him to come over to the dark side.”

Insider Reacts to Former CNN Anchor Rick Sanchez Firing for Controversial Comments

As we reported on Friday, CNN abruptly fired afternoon anchor Rick Sanchez.

During a 20-minute satellite radio interview on Thursday, Sanchez made derogatory comments about Jews, his former employers and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart.

One CNN insider tells FishbowlNY, “I don’t think anybody who heard that audio clip could have a positive reaction to it.” 

The insider believes anyone who listened to the interview knew that Sanchez was going to have to deal with the consequences.

Long before Friday, though, there was a report on politico.com that indicated many staffers were apparently not Sanchez supporters.

Prior to the start of John King’s new evening show in January 2010, the report states that 200 employees at the Washington bureau were asked if they respect Sanchez or Wolf Blitzer, host of The Situation Room, as a journalist. 

Nearly all in attendance raised their hands for Blitzer, while politico.com reported at the time that only a select few gave similar support for the Rick’s List host.

Stewart has his first comment to the Sanchez firing after the jump.
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4 Questions For Media Panel Moderator Extraordinaire Sara Benincasa

sara.jpgAt mediabistro.com’s Dessert and Discourse event for women’s magazine editors earlier this month, moderator Sara Benincasa guided the conversation about digital content creation with humor and an expert command of the issues at hand.

At one point she warned all of the women in attendance that “the cattiness” was about to come out as she asked panelists to talk about specific Web sites that were doing things wrong.

Benincasa, a stand up comedienne known for her side-splitting impressions of Sarah Palin during the election last year, has more moderating duties on tap. This week, she’ll lead a panel at Mediabistro’s UGCX conference in New York on entertainment media on the Web, featuring blip.tv’s co-founder Justin Day and director of content development Eric Mortensen.

Benincasa took time out of her busy work schedule to talk to FishbowlNY about her career, her life as a media panel moderator and where you can find her beyond the mediabistro.com stage.

FishbowlNY: How did you get into stand up comedy?

Sara Benincasa: I was doing my masters degree in education at Teachers College at Columbia, and I felt confused and scared because I didn’t have the passion for teaching that my classmates and professors displayed. I remember crying in a seminar one day and admitting, “I just don’t know if I belong here.” It’s a wonderful community, but I knew I couldn’t live up to its legacy and to the aptitude of my peers. One of my peers happened to have just quit her job at Comedy Central, and she pulled me aside after class one day and suggested I try stand-up comedy. I guess she thought I had funny comments about No Child Left Behind and lesson plan design. Which I did, because both of those things are inherently HILARIOUS. So my first gig was opening for two professional comics at an event sponsored by the United Nations and the Rockefeller Foundation during International Women’s Week 2006. I got paid $40 and thought that meant you got paid for every set you did in stand-up. Oh, how wrong I was.

I did jokes about the differences between Hindi, Urdu and Farsi, and I killed with the Middle Eastern and subcontinental Asian grad students in the crowd. And when you’ve got that crowd on your side, you can take over the world.

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Who Knew? NYT Has A Sense Of Humor

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“The Daily Show” correspondent Jason Jones visited The New York Times‘ offices for a segment on last night’s show, skewering the paper’s stuffy reputation and insistence on printing news a day late despite competition from the digital world.

Jones stumped assistant managing editor Rick Berke with his take on “aged news,” challenging Berke to find anything in the paper “that happened today.” Executive editor Bill Keller seemed a little more amenable to the gentle ribbing. He even laughed at Jones’ timely joke about the creaky old rag’s balance sheets. Hint: what’s black and white and red all over?

However, Keller did manage to get in some digs on The Huffington Post, Google and Drudge, pointing out that they’ll never have Baghdad bureaus “because it’s expensive, because it’s dangerous.” Meanwhile, Keller envisions the Times as one of the last ships afloat in a sea of lifeboats “with people dying to clamber on board.” But, as Jones points out, their lifeboat is made of paper, so good luck if that ship ever goes down.

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