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Strombo Talks About His CNN Talk Show

For those unfamiliar with Canadian TV gabfests, it’s hard to properly convey just how much of a baffling evening void George Stroumboulopoulos filled with CBC’s The Hour. All manner of hosts and experiments were attempted before his arrival, with none able to find success the way “Strombo” finally did.

Another element distinguishing Stroumboulopoulos from his Canadian predecessors is that he has been given the opportunity to carry over his casual brand of talk to the international airwaves of CNN. In a brief Q&A with Reuters LA entertainment reporter Piya Sinha-Roy, Stroumboulopoulos outlines two golden rules for his Sunset & Cahuenga export – no set lists of questions and no publicist-driven exceptions:

“I do ask questions that they [the guests] don’t want to answer, but they have to answer them, and if they don’t want to answer then we’re not the show for them. There’s a lot of great places for people to go where they can control the conversation. We’re not that show. I want this to be a grown-up conversation.”

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Laid Off (Again), SoCal Daily Newspaper Vet Has Had Enough

David Ogul (pictured) is not entirely quitting the newspaper business. But as he explains in his inaugural monthly column for San Diego’s Mission Times Courier, he’s no longer going to try and make a go of it in a newsroom full-time.

Ogul was laid off from the San Diego Union-Tribune in June 2011, and then again from the North County Times just a few weeks ago after the acquisition of that regional paper by U-T San Diego. In other words, he’s essentially been sent packing twice in two years by the same company. A far cry from the center where his beloved industry once resided:

I’ve seen a lot in my 32 years as a writer and editor working for numerous daily newspapers in Southern California, including an 11-year stint as an editor for The San Diego Union-Tribune. But it’s time to call it quits. Time to move on. Time to come to grips with the fact I don’t like what is happening to journalism today.

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U-T San Diego Ranks President Obama ‘Worst Bust of All’

Over the weekend, the right-leaning U-T San Diego cast a resounding vote against President Obama.  According to the paper’s editorial board, the 44th Commander-in-Chief is the biggest presidential bust to ever occupy the White House:

Editor’s note: It’s a presidential election year, so we thought we’d weigh in with our list of the five worst presidents. We start with, yes, the current incumbent.

What’s remarkable about the piece is that without a word of introduction other than the above preface, there is paragraph after paragraph of Obama-promised-this-but-then-delivered-that. Just under a dozen such paragraphs in all. The article ends with a ridicule of Obama’s positive self-assessment during a recent CBS News interview.

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Broadcast Journalist, Former LAUSD Spokesperson Diana Munatones Dies at 66

Longtime LA broadcast journalist and communications specialist Diana Munatones passed away at Arcadia Methodist Hospital over the weekend from unspecified causes.

From the Bell Gardens Sun:

Her broadcast career started in 1973 at KCBS, formerly known as KNXT Channel 2, a CBS owned and operated television station as the host of “Bienvenidos,” and co-host of “It Takes All Kinds.”

In 1977 she joined KNBC TV as a reporter and associate producer and host of the “Today Show.” She was also associate producer for the Emmy Award nominated “Noticiero Estudiantil” on KLCS Channel 58 and staff teacher for Emmy Award winning English version Student News. She was also host/producer for “Summer Faire” on the local PBS station.

By 1977, as Director of Community Broadcast Relations at KNXT and Director of Special Projects for CBS Inc, Munatones was the highest-ranking Latina in television broadcast management.

Munatones also served on Jimmy Carter‘s Foreign Policy Advisory Commission and, later in her career, served as LAUSD’s Director of Communications. She was 66.

Jimmy Carter at Westwood Borders

President Jimmy Carter will be appearing at Borders bookstore in Westwood this evening to speak and sign his new book, “White House Diary.”

The event begins at 6, but you’ll need to get there a bit earlier than that. The bookstore will start handing out the required wristbands at 10 a.m. with a purchase of “White House Diary.”

Capacity is limited, and those wristbands aren’t going to last forever. Also, President Carter does not sign body parts, so don’t ask.

More details at the Borders website.

Debate Numbers Are In, ‘Must See TV’ Ratings Down

According to Nielsen 57 million people watched the presidential debate on Friday night between Barack Obama and John McCain, meaning about 1/3 of the television sets in major U.S. markets tuned in — also based on our unofficial research (i.e. Twitter) a whole lot of television sets in bars. That is just shy of the number of people who watched the first debate between John Kerry and George W. Bush in 2004 and well under the most-watched presidential debate back in 1980 — also known as the pre-HBO, Internet era — between Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, which drew more than 80 million viewers.

Of course 57 million doesn’t take into account the number of people who were watching the debate via a livestream on the Internet, or the ever-proliferating liveblog, or the jam-packed twitter highway. At some point someone is going to have to figure out how to measure these things and incorporate them — does the fact the Palin-Couric SNL opener vid on has already had 1,202,068 view factor into the ratings at all? Here’s what we do know.

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Harold Ford, Jr. Joins Celebrity Speaker Circuit

hford_jr_speaker.jpgFresh off his loss in November, former Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. (D-Tenn.) is joining the likes of Dick Gephardt, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton in his post-political career: public speaking.

New York-based Greater Talent Network has just announced its exclusive representation of Ford, Jr.:

Harold Ford, Jr. Former U.S. Representative, D-Tenn.

Exclusive Representation by Greater Talent Network

Described by President Bill Clinton as “the walking, living embodiment of where America ought to go in the 21st century,” former U.S. Representative Harold Ford, Jr. is a dynamic and charismatic speaker.

Ford joins the Greater Talent Network after competing in one of the country’s most closely watched U.S. Senate races. He broke new ground in the campaign for his ability to connect with people from all walks of life by communicating fresh ideas grounded in mainstream American values of faith, opportunity and hard work.


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  • Times‘ Stanley: Ford TV Eulogies ‘Cheery,’ Respectful — With The Exception Of Today‘s Ann Curry

    ford_larry_king.jpgNew York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley spent yesterday working over her remote, watching the crush of coverage — with the exception of CBS, of course — of Gerald Ford‘s death:

    In Gerald R. Ford, who was 93 and served less than one full term, television found the avatar of comfortable presidential fadeouts. The deaths of Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard M. Nixon were too fraught with the Shakespearean tragedies they lived in office. Ronald Reagan‘s life and two terms were so momentous that the days leading to his funeral, though full and colorful, were also weighed down with mourning and Hollywood pageantry.

    Her observations about the coverage are interesting, particularly when Stanley veers from the coverage itself. Like here:

    Mr. Ford’s retirement was dignified and decent, but not particularly distinguished: old news clips showed him in the 1980s and 1990s playing golf and attending fund-raisers for Republicans, not raising roofs for the homeless or public awareness about pandemics in Asia and Africa.

    So Ford wasn’t Jimmy Carter. We get it. But let’s move on to Stanley’s swipe at Today‘s Ann Curry:

    With the exception of those offered by Ann Curry, who on “Today” adopted her usual smarmily maudlin tone, most of the encomiums were by turns affectionate and respectful, but not unduly mournful.


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