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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.

 

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.”

For more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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.

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