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LA Times Adds New York-Based TV, Media Reporter

StephenBattaglioPicSome may know the name Stephen Battaglio from his articles and appearances on shows like Morning Edition, CBS’ Sunday Morning and the Today show. Others perhaps have perused or purchased his books about the TV industry.

But for those who do not know the Battaglio background and turn to Google Search, the first two auto-completed strings are “Stephen Battaglio Oscars” and “Stephen Battaglio Seth MacFarlane.” Due to the fact that on the Oscars telecast hosted by MacFarlane, Battaglio’s faux byline appeared underneath the gag item headlined “Seth MacFarlane, Worst Oscar Host Ever.”

In the real world, Battaglio has taken his talents to the Los Angeles Times. From today’s internal announcement by assistant managing editor for arts & entertainment John Corrigan:

Stephen has joined our “Company Town” team as a reporter covering the TV and media business out of New York.

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Closing Act | Grading the Oscars | Missing the Joke

TVSpy: Accomplished Chicago anchors Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson will retire from CBS’ O&O WBBM Thursday. The anchor team was first paired together in 1973.

TVNewser: A panel takes on the Oscars and if Seth MacFarlane was a good host of the Oscars last night. Sock puppets notwithstanding, there are conflicting opinions among the experts.

FishbowlLA: If you watched MacFarlane’s opening monologue, then you saw the fake headlines that belong to Stephen Battaglio (left). The TV Guide business editor says, in an exclusive interview, he was not in on the sketch.

 

Reporter Stephen Battaglio Had No Idea He Was Going to Star in Seth MacFarlane’s Opening Monologue

The lucky film students presenting trophies during last night’s Oscars were not the only “regular” folks to make it into the telecast. There was also of course Stephen Battaglio (pictured), the journalist whose byline adorned a series of fake next-day reviews referenced during an opening bit by host Seth MacFarlane and surprise remote guest William Shatner.

Although the logical assumption would be that Battaglio was in on the gag, the New York-based business editor for TV Guide was in fact blindsided. “I was home watching the Oscars with my wife,” he tells FishbowlLA via telephone, “saw the first version of the review come up and said, ‘Oh, that’s my name!’ It took me a few seconds to absorb, and then I just went with the joke.”

“I went on to Twitter and posted a tweet that said, ‘Yes, I wrote that,’” he continues. “Then it came up a second and a third time, at which point every single electronic device in the home was either vibrating, buzzing or ringing. It was kind of a wild moment to be a part of the media event that the whole world was focused on.”

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