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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.”

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Tom Brokaw Receives Medal of Freedom

BrokawMedalofFreedomCNN and MSNBC promoted they would be covering the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony from the White House this afternoon, but coverage from the grand jury Missouri changed those plans. “You’re going to want to see this Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony,” Wolf Blitzer, who was to anchor CNN coverage, teased around 1:20pmET. Even MSNBC, which had one of its own inducted — NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw — passed on taking the ceremony on the cable channel. FNC’s Gretchen Carlson dipped into coverage and mentioned it was livestreaming on Here’s how Pres. Obama introduced Brokaw at the ceremony:

At pivotal moments, Tom got it. He reported on Watergate, snuck a camera into Tiananmen Square, sat down for the first one-on-one with Mikhail Gorbachev by an American TV reporter, covered every presidential election since 1968. We have welcomed him into our homes at dinnertime and Sunday mornings. We’ve trusted him to tell us what we needed to know and to ask questions that needed to be asked. I know because I have been on the receiving end of some of those questions.

Other honorees including Ethel Kennedy, Marlo Thomas, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim and the late Alvin Ailey.

‘If Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a Baby its Name Would be Brian Douglas Williams’

Brian Williams has been immortalized in the Garden State.

At an event in Asbury Park last night, the “NBC Nightly News” anchor was inducted into the New Jersey Hall of Fame, by none other than the state’s most famous resident (not Chris Christie) Bruce Springsteen.

“He first worked in broadcasting at KOAM-TV in Pittsburg, Kansas… didn’t know that existed,” said Springsteen. “Then Washington, Philadelphia and finally New York City.”

“To paraphrase a friend of mine,” said Springsteen, “if Walter Cronkite and Jon Stewart had a baby, and due to the ongoing controversy over same sex-marriage they had to abandon that baby on the New Jersey turnpike, and it grew up to be a news anchor, its name would be Brian Douglas Williams.”

“I wouldn’t trade growing up where I did, how I did, with anyone, anywhere,” said Williams. WATCH:

TV Milestones: ‘MTP,’ Bloomberg, CNN

  • “Meet the Press” is celebrating its 67th birthday today. The longest-running program on TV debuted on Nov. 6, 1947 hosted by Martha Rountree. There have been 11 moderators in that time (12 if you count Tom Brokaw who filled in after the death of Tim Russert in 2008).

  • Bloomberg Media was honored last night as the “Most Innovative Publisher of the Year” by Digiday. The award recognizes overall excellence and breakthrough achievement. “The media group has accelerated its efforts to build out a multiplatform media empire,” Digiday says.

  • CNN celebrated three wins at the 2014 International Broadcasting awards last night in London. CNN won best “Live Television Journalism” for coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; best “Short News Report” and Richard Quest was named “TV Personality of the Year.”

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Ronan Farrow Sits Down with Malala Yousafzai

MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow spoke with Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai for the first televised interview since she won the award. At the Forbes Under 30 Summit in Philadelphia this week, Farrow and Yousafzai talked about everything from her discussion with President Obama, to what she did upon hearing about her Nobel win, and even her advice for young people thinking of joining ISIS.

Deborah Norville’s Keys to Success: ‘Be Curious, Be Polite, Be Respectful, Be Nice’


ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas. MediabistroTV caught up with several TV news luminaries to find out what success means to them. WATCH:

Bob Costas Isn’t a Fan of Derek Jeter’s Website

RobinTeamBCMediabistroTV caught up with several TVNewsers at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas co-hosted the event, which included Robin Roberts (at left with her “Good Morning America” family) among the inductees.

On the red carpet, we got interviews with Costas and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre who have differing opinions about Derek Jeter‘s new sports site called The Players’ Tribune.

“If that’s going to be the only way that the public ever hears from public figures, in this case ballplayers, then I think in the long run, it’s not a good thing,” Costas tells us. WATCH:

The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

Kathie Lee Gifford Accepts Regis Philbin’s ‘Giant of Broadcasting’ Award

chuckTVNewser attended the 12th Annual Giants of Broadcasting luncheon in New York City today. Prominent members of the broadcasting, media and corporate communities attended the event, which honors distinguished leadership or performance in TV and radio.

“Today” show fourth hour co-host Kathie Lee Gifford spoke on behalf of her former “LIVE” partner, Regis Philbin, who could not accept his award in person.

She joked that Regis asked, “Am I’m not already a Giant of Broadcasting?” Chuck Scarborough longtime anchor of  WNBC’s “News 4 New York” was also honored and jokingly thanked NBC for “not firing me.”

Sylvester L. “Pat” Weaver, a pioneer who created the “Today” show and “The Tonight Show” among others, was honored posthumously. His daughter and Academy Award nominated actress Sigourney Weaver spoke on his behalf.

Other honorees included Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill – co-anchors and managing editors of PBS “NewsHour,” and Fred Silverman, former CBS, ABC, and NBC executive who brought some of the most iconic programs of the 1970s and 1980s to broadcast TV.

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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Malala Yousafzai Told Amy Robach She Did ‘Not Deserve’ to Win

Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai and India’s Kailash Satyarthi were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize this morning. The two were presented the award “for their struggle against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education,” the Nobel committee chairman said.

Yousafzai, who at 17 becomes the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize winner, told “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach this summer she did “not deserve” the Nobel Peace Prize.