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Paris Isn’t Free: ‘Media Hysteria For 13 Miles’ — Paris Covered Like O.J.

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Good media summary from the U.K. of today’s Paris Hilton penitentiary developments:

“Los Angeles had not seen anything quite like it since O.J. Simpson‘s slow-moving attempted flight from justice. Today it was the turn of Paris Hilton — and her journey back to justice — which was recorded in every inch of its 13 miles by a swarm of helicopter-born camera crews. …

News channels abandoned all coverage of the G8 summit, before reluctantly tearing themselves away from the live coverage of Hilton’s front door to report, briefly, that America’s top general had resigned. And now back to the ‘breaking news’ on Paris Hilton, where an excited TV reporter was pointing out the expensive homes of nearby celebrities such as Rod Stewart and Britney Spears, adding: ‘Some of the houses date back to the 1920s!’”

Diane Sawyer Gets TB Interview

ABC’s Diane Sawyer scored what’s probably the biggest get of the week: an exclusive interview with Andrew Speaker, otherwise known as the globetrotting Tuberculosis patient who criss-crossed countries and continents on planes (Atlanta to Paris to Greece to Prague to Montreal to New York) despite warnings not to travel. He is now in government-ordered isolation in a Denver hospital.

The exclusive interview will air Friday on Good Morning America

Partying With The King

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The short hallway between the “Pool Room” and bar acted as a sort of cosmic, generational media portal last night the Four Seasons, where a pair of cocktail parties — one celebrating Larry King‘s 50 years in broadcasting (a.k.a the “old people room”), the other celebrating the New York Observer‘s redesigned paper and Web site (a.k.a the “kids room”) — were in full, boozy, media-centric swing.

In the “Old People Room”: King and his television and famous New York pals, like Joan Rivers, Donald and Melania Trump, the View‘s Barbara Walters (at one point Trump and Walters were just feet from each other, but didn’t appear to acknowledge each other) and Joy Behar, Campbell Brown, Mario Cuomo, Lou Dobbs, Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas, Tina Brown, Jeff Greenfield, Ron Howard, Time Inc. managing editor Jim Kelly, Keith Kelly, Ray Kelly, Oprah B.F.F. Gayle King, Calvin Klein, Time Warner chief Dick Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Stiller, Arliss actor Robert Wuhl, Mort Zuckerman, American Morning‘s newly-installed Kiran Chetry, Glenn Beck, Montel Williams, James Carville, Tom Wolfe, Andy Rooney and artist Peter Max, whose colorful rendering of King served as the room’s centerpiece.

In the “Kids Room”: 23-year-old Observer owner Jared Kushner held court with twentysomething bloggers and their youthful bosses, like Gawker’s Choire Sicha, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici and Maer Roshan, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, Slate‘s Jacob Weisberg, Domino‘s Deborah Needleman, WWD‘s Irin Carmon, and HuffPo’s Katharine Thomson, Julia Allison and Rachel Sklar. Fittingly, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, chose the Observer party over King’s.

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Breakfast With The Woodruffs: ‘Bob Can Read A Teleprompter Better Than He Can Read The Newspaper’

TVNewser was invited by Ladies’ Home Journal to a small morning breakfast this morning honoring Bob and Lee Woodruff.

“Bob can read a teleprompter better than he can read a newspaper.”

That was one of the quotes from yet another media event held in honor of Bob Woodruff. Over a breakfast of fresh seasonal fruit, poached egg and banana crepes organized by Ladies’ Home Journal, 20 or so gathered to hear Bob, his doctors and his wife, Lee, speak about his recovery from injuries sustained in Iraq last January, his newfound advocacy for better healthcare for wounded soldiers when they return home and the importance of family in the recovery.

> Other notes: Bob’s vision still is impaired, but he has compensated for it. “He has trouble at the net,” Lee said, referring to his tennis game. “And he still hits his head on things.”

> Mount Sinai doctor Mary Hibbard says ABC was instrumental in Bob’s recovery: “ABC was ‘big brother’ to Bob.”

> Bob had to leave the breakfast early to catch a plane to Houston. “Always the reporter,” said LHJ‘s Diane Salvatore.

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Woodruff: ‘I Saw My Body Floating’

FishbowlNY on Woodruff: Last year, Bob Woodruff spent 27 days as co-anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight. His 28th day — January 29, 2006 — was one he can’t remember too well. Nor can he remember the 36 days spent in a coma recovering from injuries he and cameraman Doug Vogt suffered during a roadside bomb attack while reporting in Iraq.

“The 28th day was a problem,” ABC News chief David Westin said.

Woodruff screened To Iraq And Back, a prime-time documentary on the blast and his recovery — and the soldiers who’ve returned from Iraq with traumatic brain injuries — for a dozen or so media reporters, some teary-eyed, this morning in New York.

Woodruff says he remembers seeing his body “floating below” him in the U.S. tank he was traveling in. “I was spitting a lot of blood,” Woodruff recalled. “‘Am I alive?’”

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CNN Locks Up Anderson

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Cooper has signed multiyear deal with CNN — one that will allow him to continue to contribute to 60 Minutes — for roughly $4 million per year, B&C reports: “According to industry sources, Cooper’s old deal was worth in the neighborhood of $2 million a year and his new payday is more than double that amount.”

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> FishbowlNY: 11 Reasons Why Anderson Cooper Would Make A Great CIA Operative …

Abrams Names Haddad MSNBC’s Washington VP

haddadjuly27.jpgHere’s the announcement: “Award-winning broadcaster Tammy Haddad has been named Vice President, Washington for MSNBC, overseeing political and election coverage for the network from MSNBC’s Washington office. She will also continue in her role as Executive Producer of “Hardball with Chris Matthews.” The announcement was made by Dan Abrams, General Manager of MSNBC. Haddad will report to Abrams.”

Haddad [above, left, with George Clooney] will oversee political and election coverage for the network.

Abrams on Haddad: “One of the most tenacious, driven and energetic producers out there.”

Chris Matthews described Haddad as “a big-time winner who delivers on her grand ideas.”

GMA To Name Ex-CBS Evening News Producer Jim Murphy As Senior EP

Broadcasting & Cable reports that Good Morning America will name ex-CBS Evening News executive producer Jim Murphy as senior exec producer:

ABC will also likely hire an executive producer to work under Murphy. ABC has been looking to fill the GMA job since outgoing executive producer Ben Sherwood revealed in June he would leave the show to return home to Los Angeles.

Fox To Launch New Live Morning Show

Just in:

NEW YORK — (BUSINESS WIRE) — July 18, 2006 — Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television announced today the launch of a new, live, national morning program, scheduled to begin airing in January 2007. The new show will originate from New York and will air on all the owned-and-operated Fox affiliates.

Hosted by Mike Jerrick and Juliet Huddy of FOX News Channel’s “DaySide,” the show will be live from 9-10 a.m., in most markets, and feature entertainment and general interest programming. Both anchors will continue their “DaySide” duties until Fall 2006.

The full release:

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