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Revolving Door: ‘Seismic’ Changes Across Broadcast Programming

Ann Curry takes over from Meredith Vieira starting today on 'Today.'

The New York Times notes the high number of changes happening at broadcast shows, with big names like Meredith Vieira and Katie Couric coming and going. One CNN producer calls the shifts “seismic.” Of course, the challenge is — and will be for the foreseeable future — reaching audiences and building loyalty.

“We believe we have an opportunity to deliver content directly to consumers,” Disney CEO Bob Iger is quoted saying.

Speaking of the NYT, Business Insider reports that AOL actually has a larger newsroom that the Times. This takes into account the tremendous Patch local network.

After the jump, this week’s media highlights from mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter.

 

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Who Is Katie Couric, Really?

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Katie Couric’s new gig at ABC opens up new doors for her on daytime TV. According to yesterday’s announcement, Couric will jump right in to the ABC News fray, contributing stories starting this summer. Then she’ll be launching her syndicated show in fall 2012. This is getting a lot of attention because Oprah has left some big shoes to fill and some wonder whether Katie Couric can do it.

When Couric left the Today show to join the CBS Evening News, everyone wondered whether her morning show personality would work on the very serious evening news program. Now, everyone wonders whether her more serious evening news presence will work on daytime.

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Couric Joins ABC News

In a move has been anticipated for some weeks, Katie Couric is joining Disney/ABC Television Group to produce and host a daytime talk show that will debut next year. Prior to that, she’s joining ABC News this summer to report for both the broadcast and online outlets.

“While many are familiar with her myriad accomplishments, I’m delighted to remind you that Katie got her start in our business in 1979 as an ABC News desk assistant in our Washington bureau,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a statement.

Publicist Matthew Hiltzik was a member of the Couric “camp” that helped to negotiate her new position. We spoke with Hiltzik for a Media Beat interview last year. You can check it out here.

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CBS News Producer Joins Ruder Finn

CBS The Early Show supervising producer Maryam Ayrolmou has left the network and has joined Ruder Finn as an SVP. Ayromlou has spent her entire career in TV news and entertainment production with stints at MSNBC, Fox News and CBS.

Ayromlou is the third CBS News employee this year to make the news-to-PR move. Bob Bicknell, a senior producer with the program, joined Zeno Group in January as SVP, national media director. And Jennifer Yuille, a producer for the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, left the network to join the social shopping  site Polyvore in June.

Elizabeth Wasden Named Director, Communications for ‘The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric’

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Elizabeth Wasden has joined CBS News as director, communications for “The CBS Evening News With Katie Couric,” the network said today.

Wasden joins CBS News from Forbes Media, where she most recently worked as director, editorial publicity. Prior to Forbes, Wasden served as a publicist for media brands including Good Housekeeping and Money magazines.

She will report to Jeff Ballabon, Senior Vice President, CBS News Communications. Wasden’s services are in addition to those of Matthew Hiltzik, who serves as Couric’s personal publicist outside of CBS. The appointment is effective August 2.

Robert Gibbs: ‘We Have Had Some Problems With BP’s Lack of Transparency’


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White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs CBS’s ‘Face the Nation’ yesterday, where he told Bob Schieffer in regards to the Gulf Coast oil spill:

There’s no doubt that we have had some problems with BP’s lack of transparency: We asked that a video feed be made public, and that took 10 days. We have sent letter recently in order to get them to post their air-and-quality data.

Schieffer also asked the oft-repeated question, “Is this your administration’s Katrina?”

“I think the difference in this case, is we were there immediately,” said Gibbs.

The “CBS Evening News” with Katie Couric and “ABC World News” with Diane Sawyer both do their shows from the Louisiana coast tonight.

Matthew Hiltzik: Goldman Sachs Should Lay Low

Matthew Hiltzik, CEO of public relations firm Hiltzik Strategies, spoke with Bloomberg Television today about Goldman Sachs’ PR strategy in the wake of an SEC investigation. Hiltzik represents Katie Couric, Don Imus, Glenn Beck and has worked with Hillary Clinton.

Hiltzik’s advice to Goldman Sachs:

The most important thing is to recognize what audiences you’re trying to reach. So you can break it down into their employees, is one key, the second one is within the financial world, and the third one would be the general public and elected officials.

On whether Goldman has been successful, thus far, in addressing the public:

Well I think we also have to consider what the right time is to be going out more publicly. When you’re looking at a week where you have the charges and then you have very strong earnings and then you have the President about to give a speech in New York in a couple of days, that’s not the exactly the best environment to be going out publically and discussing things.

Sometimes you end up feeding the controversy it ends up lasting longer and the intensity of it becomes much stronger as opposed to laying low for a little bit, and taking care and trying to build other constituencies potentially to work with you for more sensible reform then perhaps what people in Washington are trying to push now.

RELATED: mediabistro.com Media Beat interview with Matthew Hiltzik

Matthew Hiltzik on How to Pitch Yourself at an Interview, and Other PR Trends

In part three of our interview with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik, we talk about agency vs. in house PR, Hiltzik’s biggest PR mentors, and how PR professionals should pitch themselves during interviews.

“Don’t look at your resume as very linear…it’s more about in terms of the type of skills and the type of experiences and the type of capabilities you have as a result, where then it’s almost secondary about where you did them, it’s more about what you did,” he said.

Part I: Hiltzik talks about representing some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

Part II: Hiltzik discusses Toyota’s crisis communications strategy, media polarization and more

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

Media Beat: Matthew Hiltzik Talks Toyota, Media Polarization and More

PRNewser sits down with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik for part two of the latest interview in our mediabistro.com Media Beat series.

In this segment, we talk about a number of recent PR issues, including Toyota’s communications strategy in regards to their recent recall. “It does sort of seem that Toyota sat on this hoping it would go away,” Hiltzik said.

We also talk about the new, more social and digital news environment, and if that leads to a more polarized public. “When you had fewer choices you had a better chance of both sides being represented, and I think there is a danger in society if people are only establishing certain viewpoints earlier and then sticking with them,” said Hiltzik in regards to that topic.

Part 1: Hiltzik talks about representing some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

Part 3: Hiltzik discusses the changing PR industry, his own background and mentors, and what he looks for in new hires.

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

Media Beat: Matthew Hiltzik On Representing Some of the Biggest Names in Media

PRNewser sits down with Hiltzik Strategies founder Matthew Hiltzik for the latest interview in our mediabistro.com Media Beat series. Hiltzik has spent time working with the brothers Harvey and Bob Weinstein at Miramax. He also worked with Hillary Clinton‘s senate campaign in 2000, among other political work.

More recently, Hiltzik formed his own aforementioned agency, which handles some of the biggest names in media, including Katie Couric, Glenn Beck, Don Imus and Alec Baldwin.

We asked Hiltzik about representing a controversial, and popular client like Beck. “Glenn is someone I’ve known for a very long time, and I’m comfortable with my clients,” he said.

Part 2: Matthew Hiltzik Talks Toyota, Media Polarization
Part 3: Matthew Hiltzik on Representing Some of the Biggest Names in Media

Media Beat is mediabistro.com’s interview series with the movers and shakers of the media world. View all past episodes at MediaBeat.com.

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