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ABC’s Atlanta Cuts: Bureau Chief, Cameramen, Audio Techs, Admin. Staff…

Peach Pundit says the cuts in ABC’s Atlanta bureau were deeper than first reported:

“Gone are all the career cameramen (one was 72 and still slinging tape for them), audio techs, bureau management, administrative staff and affiliates support team. Most of these fine people were lifers…

Left to pull their own digi-weight alone are one correspondent, Steve Osunsami, two field producers and one engineer. They will work out of Crawford Communications, as I assume the longtime Cumberland Parkway office will cease to exist…”

Who Put Olbermann’s Head On An Ass?

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Who posted these clever but misleading flyers in the reporter’s workroom at TCA Press Tour on Tuesday?

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann says it was “somebody from Fox.” But Eric Deggans was “assured it was not them.”

Quoting Olbermann on last night’s Countdown: “It claims since June 1, this show has been fourth in the key ratings [demo] 24 percent of the time.” Then he rebuts: “Okay, they cooked the books, they used the old ratings system that only Fox uses anymore, in fact we’ve been fourth one time since June 1. And by the way I’ve been on vacation 27 percent of the time since June 1.”

I don’t know who posted the flyers in the breakroom. But on the very same morning, an Excel spreadsheet showing the exact same trend depicted on the flyer landed in my Inbox…

While NYC Explosion News Is Breaking, Dobbs & Hume Continue Their Newscasts

CNN and Fox News Channel waited until the end of their signature evening broadcasts to extensively cover the steam pipe explosion in New York City on Wednesday.

Incredibly, CNN’s Lou Dobbs didn’t mention the transformer explosion at all during his 6pm newscast. (Headline News did a much better job during Prime News with Erica Hill.) But the 7pm Situation Room was on top of it.

Brit Hume mentioned the incident a couple times during Special Report. Viewers had to wait for The Fox Report for in-depth coverage…

Court TV Evacuated After NYC Explosion

Court TV’s offices on the 19th floor of a nearby building were evacuated following the steam pipe explosion in New York City yesterday.

“It was ten to 6:00, we heard a loud explosion. It felt like an earthquake,” Adaora Udoji said on CNN last night. “I’m a block down. We’re on the 19th floor. And it was shaking, we looked out the window. We saw hundreds and hundreds of people running down Third Avenue.”

The Ticker: Couric, Snow, Olbermann…

> For Katie Couric, “the writing might as well be crawling across the bottom of the screen that displays her third-ranked CBS newscast: It’s over. It’s just a question of how and when she exits,” Boston Globe columnist Joan Vennochi writes…

> GMA Weekend co-anchor Kate Snow is the only television journalist traveling throughout Africa with Bill Clinton. She’ll report on the trip for all ABC News shows starting Monday…

> Keith Olbermann believes Democratic candidates are making a mistake by rebuffing offers to appear in a Fox News debate. TV Guide has details…

> “CNBC has ordered six additional episodes of ‘American Greed: Scams, Scoundrels and Scandals,’ thanks to terrific ratings since its premiere June 21,” Robert Feder writes…

Hardball Solicits Homemade ’08 Ads

Hardball with Chris Matthews is soliciting homemade political video from viewers.

Would-be “Hillary Girls” can submit their ads on MSNBC.com. Voters will pick the semi-finalists online, and “a special ‘Hardball’ blue ribbon panel of experts will then evaluate the semi-finalists based on originality, creativity, persuasiveness and accuracy.” The panel will include Joe Scarborough, Donny Deutsch, Linda Douglass, Tom Shales, Bob Shrum, Chris Cillizza, Ron Christie, and “HOT4HILL” star Taryn Southern

NBC Pays Tribute To Gen. Downing

Brian Williams paid tribute to Gen. Wayne Downing at the end of Wednesday’s NBC Nightly News. Here’s the video.

Google News has links to many obituaries…

Gen. Downing Provided “Invaluable Insight, Good Counsel & Friendship” To NBCers

In an e-mail to staffers tonight, NBC News president Steve Capus remembered Gen. Wayne Downing as “a good friend and a great man.”

“At NBC News we knew Wayne as a generous, kind hearted, patient soul who offered invaluable insight, good counsel and friendship,” he wrote. “Within the military, General Downing was a larger than life figure: one of America’s most decorated, honored and respected leaders. In every sense of the word, General Downing EARNED the 4-stars that adorned his uniform.”

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TCA: Olbermann Is Surprised No One Has Tried To “Snake My Turf”

ICN has links to a few recaps of Keith Olbermann‘s comments at TCA Press Tour. Hal Boedeker and Melanie McFarland‘s blog posts are particularly insightful.

He points out that Countdown has made money — “a good deal of money” — and expresses surprise that he has a virtual monopoly on liberal commentary on cable news.

“Television abhors a monopoly. If it really goes well for somebody, steal it. Immediately,” he says. “…I worked for a Fox operation designed to take ESPN apart by simply repeating it and making it a little louder and in brighter colors. And I have been surprised, to some degree, that nobody has gone in and tried to snake my turf just from that point of view.”

Debates: 1,400 YouTube Videos Submitted

CNN really, really wants more submissions for next Monday’s debate in conjunction with YouTube.

As of Saturday, around 960 had been posted on the video-sharing Web site, Anderson Cooper said at the TCA Press Tour over the weekend. “I’d like to see a big uptick this next week,” he said.

Monday’s Countdown special solicited several hundred more. On Tuesday’s Countdown, Paula Zahn said 1,400 videos had been received.

“We don’t know which ones are going to be used in the debate yet, but all this week we’re focusing in on some of the most provocative and most important questions coming in,” she said…

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