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In Exclusive Interview, Stephen Collins Tells Katie Couric He’s Not a Pedophile

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“7th Heaven” actor Stephen Collins denies being a pedophile in an interview with Yahoo global news anchor Katie Couric–portions of which will appear on ABC’s “20/20″ Friday. “A pedophile is someone who is mainly or wholly attracted to children. I’m not,” Collins said. He goes on to suggest that “a distortion” in his thinking led him to act out. “But I’m absolutely not attracted, physically or sexually attracted to children. I’m just not.”

It’s the first time the actor has spoken publicly about accusations he sexually assaulted three girls in incidents that date back to the 1970′s, but were first reported in October.

Watch the clip, released this morning, after the jump:
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In Profile: Dobbs, Gabrielle, Mock, Dash

Lou Dobbs was featured in USA Today’s Talking Tech, where he discussed if technology can bring political parties together, his preferred cell phone company and phone apps for space exploration.

 You can identify any source of light in the sky. … Look up at the night sky, look down at your phone, you have all the information you could ask for. It’s brilliant. … Any museum in the country would have given anything for what these apps produce across the ceiling 10 to 15 years ago.

Lea Gabrielle celebrated her one-year anniversary at FNC with a feature in the December 2014 issue of Northern Virginia Magazine. Gabrielle discusses her experience as a fighter pilot, Northern Virginia roots and how the industry treats female reporters.

It’s been great. I really don’t see a difference being a female reporter. But when you’ve been in the military, you’ve gone to a naval academy and you’ve served in the military for a long time, it doesn’t really faze you, the differences. Normal society seems actually pretty gentle compared to being a woman in the military.

Janet Mock was interviewed by Cosmopolitan for her new pop culture show, “So Popular!” on MSNBC’s shift.

MSNBC approached me about anchoring or hosting their culture show, and that’s all they said: “We want a culture show!” So I thought about the kind of show I would love to see, as someone who loves pop culture. I took a lot of cues from Bitch magazine, which does great cultural commentary, and Racialicious. I thought, What if these cultural commentators were able to have a TV show? What would that look like, and how can I create a space for them to come on and discuss their ideas in this witty, irreverent, super-smart, and sharp way?

Fox News Contributor Stacey Dash spoke to the Latin Post about her family, her right-wing support of the GOP and being slammed by minorities. The former “Clueless” star has received both harsh criticism and high praise for voicing her political opinions.

In the street I get [approached by] so many people of every color saying: ‘Thank you so much for standing up and being so brave. I thought it was time to have a black president and that it would unite us in such a profound way. But as a country, I don’t think we’ve been so divided since the Civil Rights Movement.

‘CBS This Morning’ Surprises Gayle King With Early Birthday Celebration

“CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King will turn 60 on December 28, but she was surprised with an early celebration this morning. Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell sang “Happy Birthday” as the staff presented her with a cake. Check out the video below.

CNN Reports Hackers Sent Message to Sony: ‘You’ve Done the Right Thing’

InterviewCNN is reporting hackers sent emails to top executives at Sony Thursday night congratulating the company on its “very wise” decision to cancel the release of “The Interview.” Brian Stelter reports the emails included the message “you’ve done the right thing.”

The emails suggested information stolen during the hack could be released if Sony fails to ensure that the film is never seen:

The hacker message is effectively a victory lap, telling the studio, “Now we want you never let the movie released, distributed or leaked in any form of, for instance, DVD or piracy.”

The message also says, “And we want everything related to the movie, including its trailers, as well as its full version down from any website hosting them immediately.”

It warns the studio executives that “we still have your private and sensitive data” and claims that they will “ensure the security of your data unless you make additional trouble.”

Behind the TV Scenes: Yahoo! News’ Tony Maciulis

YahooTony Maciulis, Head of News, Yahoo Studios, has been Katie Couric‘s right hand since 2007. In fact,  Couric often says that they “share a brain.”

Couric is now the Yahoo Global News Anchor, so Maciulis has moved into the digital space where he is making a significant impact after only six months.

TVNewser caught up with Maciulis during a busy week, as Couric prepared for an exclusive interview with embattled actor Stephen Collins. 

TVNewser: You’ve been with Katie at various locations, three to be exact. How did you team up in the first place?

Tony Maciulis: I was a senior producer at MSNBC and I worked very closely with Rick Kaplan, who was then the president of MSNBC and he left to go and become Katie’s executive producer for “Evening News.” When he left, and took that position to replace Rome Hartman he started working with [Katie] and felt I would be a good match, so he introduced us and we hit it off and have been working together ever since.

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For the First Time, Broadcast Networks Shut Out of duPont Awards

4038v2239 (1)Ever since 1968, when the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards arrived at Columbia, it’s been a pretty safe bet that each year, somebody at CBS News, ABC News or NBC News was going to take home a duPont. At least, until this year. For the first time, the legacy broadcast networks were not among the 2015 winners announced this week. ”They are exceptional and innovative reports about some of the most important issues of our time,” said NBC’s Cynthia McFadden in a video announcing the 2015 winners.

The fourteen winners for 2015 include usual suspects like “Frontline” and CNN, and four local television stations. And then there are the newbies, including Netflix, which was chosen for a feature documentary. “The categories change. The technologies change. Ten years ago, who even knew what streaming was? Today a streaming service has won a duPont,” said Richard Wald, duPont Jury Chair and the Fred W. Friendly Professor of Media and Society at Columbia Journalism School. “But the jury was impressed that the essentials remain: tell a good story in the service of truth; tell something interesting and important; tell something that makes us wiser and better informed. Valuable journalism is alive and well.”

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, December 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 266 | CNN: 129 | MSNBC: 85 | HLN: 96
  • Primetime: FNC: 398 | CNN: 178 | MSNBC: 128 | HLN: 109

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

218

TheFive:

396

Baier:

370

Greta:

270

O’Reilly:

494

Kelly:

402

Hannity:

293

O’Reilly:

222

Kelly:

174

CNN
Tapper:

116

Blitzer:

170

Blitzer:

192

Burnett:

190

Cooper:

190

Special:

204

Tonight:

140

Cooper:

117

Special:

90

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

42

Sharpton:

81

Matthews:

143

Hayes:

111

Maddow:

153

O’Donnell:

119

Hayes:

68

Maddow:

79

HLN
Now:

12

WWYD?:

28

Files:

62

Special:

43

Grace:

112

Dr.Drew:

80

Files:

134

Files:

201

Files:

233

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Fox News Radio Hires Two Correspondents, Moves One

FoxNewsRadioFOX News Radio has made some hires.

Jon Decker joins as a White House correspondent and Gurnal Scott joins as a national correspondent based in New York. At the same time, Fox News Radio’s Jessica Golloher will move from New York, where she was a national reporter, to Jerusalem where she will be Middle East correspondent.

Decker, who will represent FNR in the White House press corps, is joining FNR from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider.” Scott joins from WUNC-FM in Chapel Hill, NC where he was assistant news director.

‘Strange Inheritance’ With Jamie Colby to Premiere in January

Strange_InheritanceThe Fox Business show that we first told you about back in May, will officially premiere on January 26 at 9pmET. “Strange Inheritance,” hosted by Jamie Colby, will explore stories of unconventional inheritances. New episodes will debut every Monday and Tuesday.

Colby will explores a range of unusual circumstances, from a family trying to keep a 900-acre bug museum in business, to the discovery of a rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel. FBN will also air “Strange Inheritance Unpacked,” a behind-the-scenes look at how each story unfolded, every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 pm ET.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of December 8

morningshowanchors2014Each of the three morning newscasts dropped double digits in the demo that counts: the A25-54 news demo.

“Good Morning America” won the week in viewers and the demo, but was down -8% and down -13%, respectively, compared to the same week last year.

NBC’s “Today” show was down as well: -6% in viewers and down -15% in the demo. “CBS This Morning” was down -11% in the demo, but was the only morning show to grow its viewership: +3%. Season-to-date, “CTM” is the only network morning broadcast gaining viewers compared to the 2013-2014 season.

Meanwhile, “Today,” had its closest demo margin with “GMA” in eight months. Still, “GMA” is seeing its largest season margin over “Today” in the demo in 23 years – since the 1991-92 season.

The averages for the week of Dec. 8, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.533M / NBC: 5.156M / CBS: 3.294M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.055M / NBC: 2.001M / CBS: 970K

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