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Christiane Amanpour to Be Inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, Christiane Amanpour will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, which honors leaders who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. Amanpour is the only on air talent, and only woman, in the 2014 class. Others include executives from Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. Amanpour adds this honor to 11 News and Documentary Emmys, four Peabody Awards, and nine honorary degrees. Have you ever wondered what was Christiane Amanpour’s First Big Break was? Well, here it is:

Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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John Seigenthaler, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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In the latest installment of MediabistroTV’s “What’s Your Show?” we take you inside Al Jazeera America’s primetime newscast with John Seigenthaler, which airs at 8pmET weeknights.

The mission is quite “radical,” Seigenthaler tells TVNewser: to provide unbiased, in-depth journalism for AJAM’s audience.┬áThe production of the newscast takes place in AJAM’s newsroom; a former bank turned into a bustling news start-up.

And the producers who make up this start-up take pride in offering cable viewers something different, specifically more international and under-reported stories.

Maria Bartiromo Talks About the FBN Promos Airing on CNBC

Each morning during her Fox Business show, Maria Bartiromo records a promotional spot for the following day. That promo doesn’t air on FBN, but instead on her former network CNBC, during a local commercial break on systems like Time Warner Cable, FiOS and DirecTV. We spent this morning at Fox for a behind-the-scenes look at Bartiromo’s “Opening Bell” for our “What’s Your Show?” series and we asked her what’s behind the cross-network marketing. WATCH:

Stay tuned for “What’s Your Show? Maria Bartiromo” coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. To catch previous episodes, and all mbTV shows, click here.

Chris Hayes, What’s Your Show?

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A week from today, Chris Hayes marks one year as host of “All In,” MSNBC’s lead-off primetime program. “All In” is a Top 20 cable news program and is consistently MSNBC’s second most-watched show, after Rachel Maddow, among younger viewers.

In the second edition of the MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Hayes and his team take us behind the scenes of “All In,” which Hayes calls much more “host driven” than your average cable news show.

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’

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Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. Oh, and keep the show No. 1 in the ratings. So far, so good.

In the first edition of the new MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Shepard Smith On Fox News Viewers

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Tomorrow MediabistoTV debuts its newest show called, “What’s Your Show?” where we take our cameras into cable and broadcast newsrooms and talk to the anchors and producers to find out what it takes to put their show together each day. The first episode features Shepard Smith and the Fox News Deck. In this outtake, Smith tells us how “Shepard Smith Reporting” fits in to the Fox News lineup.

Where Do NFL Stars Who Don’t Make it to the Super Bowl Watch the Big Game?

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Joining the more than 6,200 members of the media in New York this week for Super Bowl XLVIII, is the occasional NFL star not playing in the big game. But Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith is in New York this week for another reason: launching his “Design for Brad Smith” competition. This morning MediabistroTV sat down with Smith to talk about the competition and to find out where he’ll be watching the game. We also got his take on the talk of the pre-game: Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.

We’ll have more on the “Design for Brad Smith” competition during our coverage of New York Fashion week next week. And to watch more mediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital, on Mobile, Social and Live Video

Joe Ruffolo knows that news happens 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So a key strategy for the senior vice president of ABC News Digital is to create new initiatives to get the word out faster, whether it’s through live videos, improving mobile features or increasing the brand’s social media presence.

As part of our Profit From Your Passion series, focusing on TV/Entertainment, we talked to Ruffolo about why live video is such an important platform for ABC News Digital: “We started this last year with the elections, where we actually did our own coverage. [On] election night, we had over 10 million live streams going just of the ABC News Digital coverage, which is just a huge, exciting opportunity for us.”

Check out the video below for more from Ruffolo, including why mobile is the next frontier for digital journalism and an experience from early in his career that has stuck with him.

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Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley Together Again

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Former “Today” co-anchors Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley reunited recently for an event at NYC’s 92nd Street Y to talk about Pauley’s new book.

Brokaw and Pauley recounted the period in the late 1970′s/early 1980′s they anchored together.

“There was chaos at NBC,” Brokaw said. “I had been the White House Correspondent; I go from covering Nixon resigning into doing morning television. Jane, not that long out of Indianapolis, through Chicago, arrives with the whole world looking in. We were put in this life raft and sent a sea.”

Joining “Today” right out of college, Pauley remembers being told not to mention her age.

“I remember her (Barbara Howard) taking me aside, privately, and saying ‘Jane, you gotta stop telling people how old you are. They’re going to remember,’” Pauley said.

“I’ve always been future-oriented, but in terms of my career, I felt like I was living minute-to-minute,” she continued, referencing the 13-week contract cycle she worked under back then.

The two are grateful they remained friends.

 

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