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Beloved TV News Makeup Artist Killed in Car Crash

McKinneyAlexis McKinney, a make-up artist for several broadcasters, most recently at Al Jazeera America and NBC, was killed Christmas Eve as the result of a car crash in Virginia. McKinney, along with her 4-year-old daughter Sophia and her 19-year-old nephew Xavier Sanders were driving from New Jersey to Florida to be with family for Christmas.

According to Virginia State Police, the accident happened around 5am when Sanders, who was driving, ran off the road, returned to the southbound lanes, then hit a barrier wall. McKinney was ejected from the car. McKinney’s daughter and Sanders were not seriously injured.

McKinney’s husband Ray is an operations manager for CBS News digital in New York.

“Alexis was a bright star in the makeup room—always with a cheerful demeanor and a kind word to everyone,” writes AJAM president Kate O’Brian in a note to staff earlier today. “She was completely devoted to her daughters and shared stories and photos of their achievements with the team.” In addition to Sophia, McKinney also leaves behind a teenage daughter and her husband Ray, who is an operations manager for CBS News digital in New York.

McKinney’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money for her family.

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TV Jobs: NBCUniversal, ABC News, Fox News Channel

This week, NBCUniversal is hiring a senior director of production operations, while ABC News needs a GoStream digital journalist. Fox News Channel is seeking a producer for On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and CCTV America is on the hunt for a general news line producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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‘Michael Sam’ Documentary Airs Tomorrow on OWN

SamOprah Winfrey Network will air the exclusive documentary, “Michael Sam,” tomorrow night at 9 pm ET. Sam, the first openly gay player in NFL history, is currently out of football after being released by the Cowboys’ practice squad in October.

Following the documentary special, Oprah Winfrey will speak exclusively with Sam in his first television interview since being released by Dallas. The special episode of “Oprah Prime” will air at 10:30 pm ET.

This is the same documentary that was originally supposed to be a multi-episode series, but that plan was scrapped when Sam decided to focus on football. The new version is 90 minutes and gets up close and personal with Sam. He openly discusses a childhood filled with tragedy and poverty, as well as his emotional decision to come out as a gay man in the world of pro sports.

“Michael Sam” captures the moment when the St. Louis Rams made history by drafting Sam. It also documents the intense media scrutiny that immediately followed, and Sam’s struggle to stay focused despite the pressure and chaos. Veiwers will also get an inside look at Sam’s relationship with his boyfriend Vito and the challenge of balancing his personal life alongside his pursuit of NFL stardom.

ESPN’s NFL guru Adam Schefter reported last month that a few teams have been in contact with the free agent defensive end, but it appears Sam’s quest to play in a regular-season game will have to wait until at least next season.

2014 Year in Review: Best of MediabistroTV

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MediabistroTV had a big year in 2014, producing feature videos on major industry players, including Keith Olbermann, David Muir, Erin Burnett and Jim Cramer just to name a few. We’ve also profiled shows, giving a behind-the-scenes look at programs such as ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “Shepard Smith Reporting.” Check out some of MediabistroTV’s best moments from 2014:

Back in March, “What’s Your Show?” launched with an episode featuring FNC’s Shepard Smith.

Next up was “What’s Your Show?” with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

Yahoo! News global news anchor Katie Couric told us her story in April.

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Amy Adams ‘Really Confused’ by ‘Today’ Show Decision to Cut Interview

1297644952550_LARGE_BOXAmy Adams tells USA Today she is still “really confused” about having her live interview on NBC’s “Today” pulled minutes before it was set to take place Monday. Adams told the paper she was “surprised” to have the interview canceled after she objected to talking about the Sony hacking scandal. She had been booked on “Today” to promote her film “Big Eyes:”

“I expressed that I was uncomfortable. I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation,” Adams said. “But it was clear they were drawing a hard line. That this would be part of the conversation.”

Informed the interview would not happen, Adams said Tuesday night I was confused and definitely frustrated. I still don’t understand.”

NBC told USA Today “the Today show doesn’t allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview.”

‘Fox & Friends’ Looks Back at 2014

“Fox & Friends” looks back at the most memorable moments from 2014, including everything from the top news stories to the co-host’s favorite moments.

Fusion Coming to DirecTV in Early ’15

fusion130Walt Disney and DirecTV have announced a multi-year distribution agreement that will provide DirecTV customers access to Fusion early next year. This deal means Fusion has nearly doubled its distribution since launching last year and will soon be available in nearly 40 million homes.

Fusion CEO Isaac Lee announced the news in an email to his staff. TVNewser has obtained the letter, Check it out, after the jump.

 

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On His Busiest Day of the Year, Santa Takes Time to Talk Business on CNBC

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 10.29.14 AMWhere does he find the time? Saint Nick, about to set off on his round-the-world trip delivering gifts to boys and girls, took a few moments to drop by a Los Angeles studio and talk fund managers, investments, and what the markets will look like in 2015. Where does Santa have most of his money? “Oh, very simple. Toys,” he said.

A tipster tells TVNewser the guest was not, in fact, Santa Claus, but Tim Connaghan, author of “Behind the Red Suit,” who believes fund managers need to work harder in 2015 in order to “deliver alpha.”

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Fox News Guest Accuses Network of ‘Perpetuating Racism’

Screen Shot 2014-12-24 at 8.44.07 AMA discussion of race in America on Fox’s “O’Reilly Factor” turned into a debate about the network itself when guest Jasymne Cannick said “many of the shows on this very network help perpetuate the racism that exists in America.” The comment clearly stunned host Eric Bolling, sitting in for O’Reilly, who shot back, “How? Don’t lob a grenade without telling me how.”

Bolling noted that Cannick’s appearance followed several back-to-back discussions of race, with varying viewpoints, and asked her how that perpetuated racism. Cannick said only “you know exactly what I’m saying, Eric.”
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The Scoreboard: Monday, Dec. 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 235 | CNN: 148 | MSNBC: 77 | HLN: 100
  • Primetime: FNC: 313 | CNN: 147 | MSNBC: 115 | HLN: 66

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

221

TheFive:

346

Baier:

273

Greta:

219

O’Reilly:

360

Kelly:

309

Hannity:

270

O’Reilly:

260

Kelly:

240

CNN
Tapper:

196

Blitzer:

220

Blitzer:

233

Burnett:

256

Cooper:

234

Rowe:

114

Tonight:

95

Cooper:

109

Rowe:

90

MSNBC
Wagner:

76

EdShow:

77

Sharpton:

115

Matthews:

120

Hayes:

102

Maddow:

146

O’Donnell:

95

Hayes:

60

Maddow:

71

HLN
NOW:

39

WWYD?:

33

Files:

59

Files:

99

Grace:

78

Dr.Drew:

79

Grow/Files:

30/52

Files:

145

Files:

187

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