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CEOs & Executives Dish Advice at Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame Awards: ‘Take Your Boldest Shot’

on airLast night in Manhattan, the industry’s most notable pioneers were inducted into the 2013 Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Your friends at MediaJobsDaily (ahem, we’re looking at you) conducted exclusive interviews for our faithful readers.

Although the recurring themes of staying on top of technology in a constantly changing field certainly resonated, all of the executives had something in common. Two words: executive presence.

So, the next time you walk into a room, think about how you can command it without saying a word. Although perhaps the execs weren’t as easily recognizable as when Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan walked the red carpet, just by looking at pioneers in the industry, you knew they were each someone special in italics.

Let’s hear what they have to say about making your mark in the industry we love so much… Read more

From Blogger to Talk Show Host, Nitika Chopra Reveals the Secrets to Success

on airLet’s face it: Most of us have a blog and a professional brand whether or not there’s a full-time job involved. And most of us have big dreams to cultivate our brand and launch it into a show, product…anything!

Nitika Chopra is one of us but here’s the difference: She’s been there, done that and sat down with us to dish.

Last night at the premiere of her show, Naturally Beautiful, in New York City we picked her brain to learn the secrets to her success. After all, she started her blog, Your Bella Life, with the sole purpose to become a talk show host!

In our exclusive interview, Chopra dishes:

“I was very, very clear [about what I wanted] and I was also very clear that no one knew who I was. So, I was like, ‘Okay, that’s nice that you want a talk show but no one knows you so you’re probably not going to get one tomorrow.’ Instead of giving up, I decided that I was going to figure out what are the elements of a show like the guests that you would have, the topics that you would have and me being on camera and put that on a website. And I literally meditated on it every day for the past four years and then I got a show.” Read more

Teen Mom Creator on How to Get a Job at MTV

Lauren Dolgen, creator of MTV’s popular 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom franchises, first got her foot in the door at the network as an intern. With 16 years at MTV and several hit shows under her belt, the head of West Coast reality and EVP of series development spoke with Mediabistro about how others can break into the biz.

“I actually was an MTV intern, like, a gazillion years ago, but it really sparked my interest in television, really sparked my interest in MTV in general,” she said. “I also think that production assistant work and getting in on the production side is a really great experience, and I think that it has helped me, as well, in my career. Especially on the development side, knowing production a bit really does help, because when you are asking your producers for things, you recognize what you’re really asking for and will help strategize to get those things and accomplish them.”

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Lauren Dolgen, EVP of MTV’s Series Development?

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Journalism is Among Top 10 Occupations to Most Likely Attract Psychopaths

Spoiler alert: What you’re about to read is a bit unsettling.

AOL Jobs recently indicated a recent book, The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success, outlines several fields which are more likely to attract psychopaths than others.

Unfortunately for us, media jobs (primarily television and radio) ranked third on the list and journalist follows in seventh place.

Perhaps the explanation will provide more insight. As per the piece, Kevin Dutton, the author, indicated that ”a number of psychopathic attributes [are] actually more common in business leaders than in so-called disturbed criminals — attributes such as superficial charm, egocentricity, persuasiveness, lack of empathy, independence, and focus.” So, maybe it makes more sense now that we think how objective broadcast professionals and journalists must be to distance themselves from reporting.

Without further ado, here’s the list of occupations with the highest rates of psychopathy:

1. CEO
2. Lawyer
3. Media (Television/Radio)
4. Salesperson
5. Surgeon
6. Journalist
7. Police officer
8. Clergy person
9. Chef
10. Civil servant

As for the lowest rates of psychopathy:

1. Care aide
2. Nurse
3. Therapist
4. Craftsperson
5. Beautician/Stylist
6. Charity worker
7. Teacher
8. Creative artist
9. Doctor
10. Accountant

Christiane Amanpour: My First Big Break

She believes in hard work and starting at the bottom. In this episode of My First Big Break, Christiane Amanpour talks about how escaping the Iranian Revolution with her family was the first step of a journey that took her from a local NBC station in Rhode Island all the way to the front lines of the first Gulf War as a reporter for CNN.

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After 35 Years, ‘Click and Clack’ To End Show

We’re a little devastated about this, because Saturday mornings in Chez MediaJobsDaily are not complete without the ear-shatteringly annoying laughter of “Click” and “Clack,” aka Tom and Ray Magliozzi, aka The Guys Who Have That Show About Cars That Would Probably Be 90% Shorter If They Cut Out The Laughter.

Jim Romenesko posted the release earlier today. We learned that “Car Talk” has been broadcast on NPR member stations for 25 years, and 10 years before that on WBUR in Boston. Tom, the older brother, will turn 75(!) this year, and Ray is 63.

In the statement, Ray said: “My brother has always said, ‘Don’t be afraid of work. Make work afraid of you.’ And he’s done it. Work has successfully avoided him all his life.”

NPR will continue to distribute old episodes so member stations can air reruns if they like. “The work they did five and 10 years ago is just as funny now as it was then,” Eric Nuzum, Vice President for NPR Programming, said in the statement. And the guys will update their website and write their twice-weekly column.

The guys’ admittedly terrible jokes and bantering isn’t for everyone, so some people may be happy to learn that the show’s over, we admit. Either way, after 35 years of doing this, they’ve earned retirement. But again, personally, it’s a bummer. It’s also probably a bummer for the staff, which numbers 11. We’re also afraid that without the business Tom and Ray were sending them, the law firm of Dewey, Cheetham and Howe might go out of business, to say nothing of the brothers’ staff accountant, Candace B. Rittenoff, director of year-end bonuses Holly Unlikely, or poor customer service rep Haywood Jabuzoff.

Jonathan Murray Tells How To Get a Reality TV Job

As creator of The Real World and Road Rules and producer of Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Project Runway, Jonathan Murray gets asked one question an awful lot:

How do I get a job in reality TV?

In’s latest So What Do You Do? interview, Murray said it’s all about getting that first gig — any gig — in the business.

“I think we hire 20 to 30 young people each year to start out as PAs and loggers and all these different entry-level jobs. And I always tell them that you really need to work in it to understand it. Get a good liberal arts education,” he explained. “I’m always looking for people who think well, who are curious, who can write well, who are well-read, who understand story, and then we can teach them most of the rest of the stuff as a company.”

Murray also discussed how he was able to get MTV to take a chance on the genre and whether Kim Kardashian‘s 72-day marriage was really a sham for the cameras. Read the full interview.

Two Hires At KVOA Tucson

Two new anchors have been hired at KVOA, the Tucson-area NBC affiliate.

TVNewsCheck reports that Rebecca Taylor (pictured) is rejoining KVOA after a two-year stint working as business manager for Christian Dior. She will co-anchor the weekend newscasts and report during the week.

Allison Alexander will anchor KVOA’s noon and 4 p.m. newscasts. She was previously morning news anchor at KTVK Phoenix, weekend anchor at KGUN Tucson, and also worked at WLNE Providence, R.I.; WOIO Cleveland; KSLA Shreveport, La.; and KTEN Sherman, Texas.

‘Significant Resources’ Added At KXAS Dallas’s New Investigative Unit

KXAS Dallas is launching a new investigative team and adding “significant resources” to its morning news coverage, TVNewsCheck reports.

Scott Friedman will lead a team that will include a producer, researcher and photographer.

“This is an investigative reporter’s dream, having the support and the resources to track down and report stories that can really make a difference for all of us who live here,” he told TVNewsCheck.

The NBC-owned station has recently renewed the contracts of key talent as well as making new hires, TVNewsCheck says. Deborah Ferguson, who has worked for KXAS for 20 years, recently renewed her contract, and the station has recently hired Keaton Fox, Samantha Davies, Ben Russell, Kendra Lyn and Tim Livingston.

Layoffs In Oregon Broadcast

Two anchors in small-town Oregon are losing their jobs as their parent station is eliminating their positions, the (Douglas County, Ore.) News-Review reports.

dan bainDan Bain, who has anchored the evening news on KPIC in Roseburg, Ore., for 20 years, will lose his job March 9, along with Tim Novotny, of KCBY in Coos Bay, Ore.

Parent company Fisher Broadcasting is planning to shut down the anchor desks at both stations, and instead staff KPIC and KCBY with reporters only—no anchors or news directors.

The reporters will submit their stories to parent station KVAL in Eugene, Ore., and anchors there will present them.

“We hope what we’re doing will enhance our news operations,” general manager Greg Raschio told the News-Review.

Bain received word two weeks ago that his contract wouldn’t be renewed; that meeting came, the News-Review said, just days after newspaper personnel chatted with Bain while he was filming a story at the paper. During that discussion, Bain, 61, said he planned to keep working at KPIC until he was 65.