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Katie Couric Gets First On-Camera Interview with Manti Te'o (TVNewser)
Manti Te'o has granted his first on-camera interview following revelations of a hoax involving a fake girlfriend to ABC's Katie Couric. The interview will air on Couric's syndicated show Katie on Thursday with previews airing on all ABC News programs. NYT / Media Decoder Excerpts from the interview will be broadcast in advance on Good Morning America and other ABC News programs. Te'o will be joined by his parents, Brian and Ottilia, for the interview. Te'o apparently misled his father about the girlfriend, claiming at one point that he'd met her in Hawaii. THR Couric and her staff beat out a number of other interviewers who tried to score a sit-down with Te'o, including Oprah Winfrey, according to The New York Times. The spokesman hired by Te'o's family in recent days, Matthew Hiltzik, is also the longtime spokesman for Couric. Fox News / AP Te'o gave an off-camera interview with ESPN on Friday night. He insists he was the victim of the hoax, not a participant. The Heisman Trophy runner-up said he had an online romance with a woman he never met and in September was informed that the woman died from leukemia. Te'o told ESPN that the person suspected of being the mastermind of the hoax has contacted him and apologized. Reuters The tragic story of his girlfriend and her injuries from a car accident and death from leukemia was one of the most widely recounted U.S. sports stories last year as Notre Dame made a drive toward the college football national championship game. USA Today The person said the advice Te'o has received for the Couric interview is simply to tell the truth. Among the motivations for the interview, the person said, is that the family wants to show how it has hurt them, how it wasn't just their son who was fooled, and to talk publicly about the scam so that it doesn't happen to other people.
Barbara Walters Injured in Fall at British Ambassador's Residence (TVNewser)
ABC's Barbara Walters, in Washington for coverage of the inauguration, fell on a stair while visiting the British Ambassador's residence Saturday evening. The fall left her with a cut on her forehead. "Out of an abundance of caution, she went to the hospital to have her cut tended to, have a full examination and remains there for observation," said ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider. "Barbara is alert (and telling everyone what to do), which we all take as a very positive sign," he adds. Deadline Hollywood Walters had been scheduled to contribute to ABC's coverage of inaugural events but will not be on-air Monday and may not be back on the air, including for The View, for the better part of a week depending on what doctors say. Fox News / AP Walters had heart surgery in May 2010 but returned to active duty on The View that September, declaring, "I'm fine!" Even in her ninth decade, Walters continues to keep a busy schedule, including appearances on The View, prime-time interviews and her annual special, "10 Most Fascinating People," on which, in December, she asked New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he considered himself fit enough to be president someday. LA Times / Show Tracker Rumors of impending retirement have surrounded Walters in recent years. She stopped doing her annual Oscar-night celebrity specials in 2010, and reportedly told President Obama in 2011 that she would retire "next year." However, ABC News has batted away the rumors and Walters remains a panelist on the talk show The View.
Condoleezza Rice Joins CBS News as Contributor (THR)
Condoleezza Rice will be joining CBS News as a contributor, the network stated. On Sunday, the former secretary of state appeared as a panelist on Face the Nation with anchor Bob Schieffer, who announced the news. TVNewser "Everybody knows Condoleezza Rice was President Bush's secretary of state but I'm highly pleased to announce she has a new job. As of today, she's joining CBS News as a contributor," said Schieffer. Rice is also currently a professor of political science at Stanford University where she was provost from 1993-1999. NYT / Media Decoder Rice, who was secretary of state under President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2009, and national security adviser from 2001 to 2005, is expected to comment regularly on national and international issues, CBS said.
To Usher in Second Term, News Outlets Go to Capital (NYT / Media Decoder)
If he squints hard enough, President Obama will be able to see CNN from his perch on the inaugural podium on Monday. The cable news channel has set up an elaborate studio on the National Mall -- one of the four locations where its anchors will be leading coverage of Obama's second inaugural celebration. "The goal is to put our anchors in the middle of all the activity," said Sam Feist, CNN's Washington bureau chief. CNN / Richard Blanco Being named poet laureate for the inauguration personally validates and stitches together several ideals against which I have long measured America, since the days of watching My Three Sons and The Dick Van Dyke Show reruns. For one, the essence of the American dream: how a little Cuban-American kid on the margins of mainstream America could grow up with confidence, have the opportunity to become an engineer thanks to the hard work of his parents who could barely speak English, and then go on, choosing to become a poet who is now asked to speak to, for and about the entire nation. GalleyCat Inaugural poet Richard Blanco will read a poem for President Obama in Washington, D.C. for the inauguration, but many of our readers have not read his work yet. We've linked to 14 of Blanco's poems online, including the free poetry chapbook, Place of Mind.
TV Shows Are Violent -- and Viewers Like Them That Way (The Record)
There's way too much violence on television -- that's a refrain we hear every time a horrific mass shooting happens in the United States. And yet, blood-soaked dramas consistently reel in viewers, so who, if anyone, is at fault for all the onscreen mayhem? NYT The aftermath of the mass killing at Sandy Hook Elementary School is probably not the best time to start a new series about a serial killer with a murderous cult. The Following, which begins Monday on Fox, has already become a reference point in the debate about violence in entertainment.
TV Networks Have Wallets Out at Sundance (Variety)
It won't be long before the usual suspects at the Sundance Film Festival -- Fox Searchlight, Sony Pictures Classics, the Weinstein Co., et al. -- begin making splashy headlines, with agents mulling multiple offers on hot acquisitions titles Don Jon's Addiction, The Spectacular Now and Austenland after a packed weekend of screenings. But while visions of theater marquees dance in the heads of every filmmaker here, and VOD is hailed ad nauseam as the hero of the indie business model, television has been quietly creeping into the festival, which is increasingly being used as a promotional platform -- and in many cases, a pipeline filler -- for the smallscreen.
Board Running Voice of America, Radio Free Europe is Condemned in Hard-Hitting Probe (New York Daily News)
The White House-appointed board overseeing government-funded broadcasts to 100 countries is a dysfunctional mess beset by "acute internal dissension" revolving around a longtime friend of former President George W. Bush, according to a new inspector general's report obtained by the Daily News.
Swarming a Book Online (NYT)
Reviews on Amazon are becoming attack weapons, intended to sink new books as soon as they are published. In the biggest, most overt and most successful of these campaigns, a group of Michael Jackson fans used Facebook and Twitter to solicit negative reviews of a new biography of the singer. They bombarded Amazon with dozens of one-star takedowns, succeeded in getting several favorable notices erased and even took credit for Amazon's briefly removing the book from sale. "Books used to die by being ignored, but now they can be killed -- and perhaps unjustly killed," said Trevor Pinch, a Cornell sociologist who has studied Amazon reviews. "In theory, a very good book could be killed by a group of people for malicious reasons."
NRA Turns to Cable TV to Raise Money, Air Gun Rights Issues (HuffPost / Reuters)
When President Barack Obama announced a raft of proposals in the biggest U.S. gun-control push in decades, Cam Edwards, host of Sportsman Channel's Cam & Company talk show, wasted no time siding with the National Rifle Association. "Assault weapon is a made-up name for a gun I can ban," said Edwards, an avowed Second Amendment advocate, who later in the program read, word for word, the NRA's statement in response to Obama's announcement. Edwards, whose show is produced by NRA News, is one of the cable TV personalities the NRA hopes will promote the right of Americans to bear arms.
Publishing Cheer as Buyers Seek Out Interesting Reads (BBC News)
It's no surprise that 2012's bestseller lists in Britain and America are dominated by EL James with the Fifty Shades trilogy and by Suzanne Collins with her Hunger Games books. Then there are other writers you might expect such as JK Rowling (The Casual Vacancy) and Jeff Kinney (the Wimpy Kid stories). But the inclusion of a handful of less obvious names may cheer those who think publishers and readers no longer value the interesting one-off novel.
How to Solve Adland's Diversity Problem (Ad Age / Lincoln Stephens)
In 1963, the Urban League of Greater New York (now known as the New York Urban League) released a report on a three-year study of the city's largest advertising agencies to learn how many African-Americans they employed. That same year, the New York City Commission on Human Rights hosted a discussion titled "What are agencies doing about equal job opportunity, and can they do more?" Fast forward to 2013, exactly 50 years later, and we find ourselves asking the exact same question.
An App to Sift Through Books (NYT / Media Decoder)
How do you find out what books friends and family are reading and loving? One answer is a conversation face to face -- but that is so old-fashioned. Another is to join social media sites devoted to books, like Goodreads.com or Shelfari.com -- but that takes time and commitment. You could follow book recommendations from friends on Facebook -- but you would have to dig through other preferences. Random House says these options are fine, but not enough.
Dish Touts CES Would-Be Award, Slams CBS in Ad for Commercial-Zapping Hopper (Deadline Hollywood)
Dish is using the recent controversy over the Best In Show award the satcaster's new Hopper with Sling DVR did not receive as a recruiting tool. The ad-zapping service was awarded the top prize by the editors of CNET before they were overruled by corporate parent CBS, who is suing Dish over Hopper. Sunday Dish bought full-page ads in several major newspapers to crow about the award it didn't get and blast CBS.
BBC World News Steps Up (Variety)
BBC World News, the pubcaster's 24-hour global news web, has begun broadcasting from its new home -- the hi-tech hub of New Broadcasting House. The switch to new premises, in the heart of London's West End shopping district, comes with an on-screen rebrand and a new schedule offering what the Beeb claims are higher-quality production values, which it hopes will help boost distribution globally.
NHL Coverage Starts Strong on NBC (Deadline Hollywood)
Absence makes the heart grow fonder and ratings go higher. The much delayed start of the NHL season over protracted negotiations between players and the league scored for NBC.