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Tom Brokaw Defends Evening News: ‘Bill O’Reilly Would Finish Dead Last’

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We caught up with NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw earlier this week at NYC’s 92nd Street Y where the NBC Newsman interviewed his former “Today’ co-host Jane Pauley about her new book. Brokaw, who anchored “NBC Nightly News” for 22 years, defended the network evening newscasts.

“That audience is so much more substantial than people realize,” Brokaw said. “When I talk to audiences, I say, ‘How many of you think that Bill O’Reilly is the most popular guy in news?’ and they all raise their hands. I say, ‘Bill O’Reilly would finish dead last if he were on the evening news.’”

Brokaw goes on to recount the strong numbers the three evenings newscasts drew last week: “Nothing else in America delivers that kind of audience.”

Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part II

Our friends at mediabistroTV have had a busy year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a few more of our favorite interviews from 2013: Jerry Springer, Brian Stelter, Kyra Phillips and Rosanna Scotto.

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Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part I

Our pals at mediabistroTV have had quite the year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a handful of our favorite interviews from 2013: Christiane Amanpour, Al Roker, Larry King, Jon Karl and the co-hosts of “The Five.”

Stay tuned for an mbTV interview with the hosts of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and the return of “Cubes” in 2014.

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Larry King: My First Big Break

In celebration of Larry King‘s 80th birthday today, the mediabistroTV crew took the train down to Washington, D.C. to ask the iconic talk show host to look back on his long career and tell us how he got his first big break.

The current host of “Larry King Now” on ora.tv told us a story involving names like Ted Turner, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra, Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin that sounded more like a who’s who than your typical tale of “how I got started.” Plus, he may have given us the key to his longevity as a talk show host when he told us, “Listening is as important as asking.”

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CUBES #TBT: Inside the Daily Beast

You’ve probably heard by now Tina Brown is leaving the Daily Beast and starting her own media and live events company. Today’s Morning Media Newsfeed has all the must-read links. For now, the Beast will be overseen by managing director Deidre Depke and executive editor John Avlon, who is also a CNN contributor.

Here now, your TVNewser #tbt, as Avlon takes MediabistroTV‘s CUBES on a tour of the Daily Beast, then still combined with Newsweek.

Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by CampusInsiders.com, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

From Gymnast to Sports Reporter, Bonnie Bernstein’s Got a New Balancing Act

When sports journalist Bonnie Bernstein learned her new gig would include being both the face of the venture, as well as an executive, the college gymnast leapt at the opportunity.

The veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter joined CampusInsiders.com earlier this year. She will be a host as well as the VP of Content and Brand Development. With a daily half hour show set to launch next week — originating from Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios in Chicago — Bernstein tells mediabistro she’s ready for the next phase of her career.

WATCH: Five Questions for ‘The Five’

When “The Five” debuted two years ago today, Fox News execs gave the show a trial run at 5pmET. It was replacing the wildly popular Glenn Beck show. “The Five” quickly established itself on the Fox News schedule, and, on its second anniversary, is the second most-watched program on cable news.

As they mark two years on the air, MediabistroTV has 5 questions for “The Five” (all seven of them.) We asked Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams about their co-hosts’ quirks, which member of “The Five” they really like the best, and their first big break in TV.

What Journalists Can Do About Spying Eyes

Jeremy Scahill, the National Security Correspondent for “The Nation,” has no love for Fox News but he says he’ll defend that network, and any journalist, against attacks from the Obama Justice Department. In this Media Beat Extra, Scahill tells mediabistro’s Mona Zhang “a unified front” is what’s needed to combat the government’s attack on journalism.

WATCH: The Best Moments from ‘The Five,’ According to ‘The Five’

When it debuted almost two years ago, Fox News Channel’s “The Five” was billed as a temporary replacement for Glenn Beck‘s program. Today, the show celebrates its 500th episode and now ranks as FNC’s second most-watched program. Last month it had a 12-day hot streak as the #1 program in all of cable at 5pm.

Last week, MediabistroTV spent some time with all 7 members of the “The Five.” In this first of two MediabistroTV videos Bob Beckel, Eric Bolling, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, Andrea Tantaros and Juan Williams reflect on the best moments from the first 500.

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