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

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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:

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CNN Responds to Piers Morgan’s Anderson Cooper Bashing: ‘Sad’

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Former CNN host Piers Morgan has been on a media tour this week. He’s touched on many subjects, but bashing current CNN host Anderson Cooper appears to be at the top of his priority list.

And now CNN is responding. Morgan has been critical of Cooper, especially for providing what he deems a lackluster lead-in to his former 9pmET show.  A CNN spokesperson shoots back saying Cooper had consistently better ratings than Morgan’s.

“For the two-and-a-half years that AC 360 served as the lead in to Piers Morgan’s program on CNN, it always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program,” spokesperson Megan Rivers tells Politico’s Dylan Byers. “And for the 7 months that Piers Morgan’s program led into AC 360, 360 always delivered a higher rating than Piers’ program. It is sad that Piers is trying to find a new job by misrepresenting how he performed in his old one.”

Morgan has responded to CNN’s statement:

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How Jeff Macke Competes With ‘Every Piece of Digital Content Conceivable’

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For Jeff Macke, the difference between hosting a show on cable and hosting a show online comes down to the difference between filling space vs. filling need. The demands of a being tied to a specific time period doesn’t allow for the type of freedom being online does, where Macke can watch stories unfold throughout the day, producing segments as needed.

The former founding co-host of CNBC’s Fast Money and current Yahoo Finance investment reporter spoke with Mediabistro about the right way to challenge guests, how he anticipates audience needs and how a digital format changes the competitive landscape:

If your viewer is coming online to see you, you have to give them something that they’re actively selecting — that they want to see. You don’t have a passive audience that’s just going to drift across your stuff. We’re conscious of the fact that we’re competing against not two other financial news stations, but everything. Your competition, if you’re doing an online show, is pretty much every piece of digital content conceivable, which is an awful wide space.

For more from Macke, including what drives on-screen pundits, read, So What Do You Do, Jeff Macke, Author and Investment Reporter for Yahoo Finance?

Where Are They Now? David Hartman

Hartman(m)As we conclude our “Where Are They Now?” series, we talk with former ‘Good Morning America’ host David Hartman

It happened again just recently at a bagel shop in Durham, North Carolina.

A woman eating breakfast looked up from her table, and upon seeing the tall, recognizable man walking by, smiled and said to him, “Make it a good day today!”

The man was former Good Morning America host David Hartman.  The woman was citing the famous sign-off he used at the close of each broadcast during his 1975-1987 tenure.

The phrase viewers still cite today “goes back to my childhood,” Hartman, 79, tells TVNewser. “My parents said ‘hey, the responsibility for your life is you.  So if you want something to happen, you’re going to make it happen – don’t wait for anybody else to bring it to you.’”

And David Hartman has always made things happen.

A Rhode Island native, he was a talented young athlete who, as a high school student, was offered a pro baseball contract. Opting instead to enroll at Duke University, Hartman majored in economics, while participating in choral and orchestra activities and in the school’s Air Force ROTC. He also did radio and TV announcing, and was president of his fraternity.

After graduation, he served in the Air Force before pursuing an acting and singing career.  In 1964, Hartman landed a role in the original Broadway production of Hello, Dolly!.  Later, he starred in primetime TV shows such as NBC’s The Bold Ones and Lucas Tanner.

Hartman then began producing educational documentary programming for ABC.  Birth and Babies “showed the birth of a baby for the first time on American television,” he says of the 1974 show, which caught the attention of network executives.

They invited him to host ABC’s new morning program, which had the unenviable task of going up against NBC’s venerable Today.

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Aneesh Raman, from CNN to OZY

Aneesh-Headshot-239x300From covering earthquakes and war for CNN to writing  speeches for President Obama, Aneesh Raman‘s career has run the gamut.

In Mediabistro’s “So What Do You Do?” series, Raman tells us about his new gig: senior editor focusing on public relations and marketing for the daily news and culture site OZY.

You’ve had such a diverse career. How did the skills and experiences you gained from each role contribute to the next?

“The way it all makes sense to me is that in every role I have had to explain complex things simply, whether it was reporting from Iraq as the war unraveled or from Iran as the nuclear dispute grew, whether it was speechwriting at the Treasury or at the White House about the economic situation. No matter the job, it was about taking a really complicated situation, finding the story and explaining it simply to as wide an audience as possible. So, yeah, I think if I thought back to the career path I’ve taken, that’s the one thing that seems to thread it all together.”

Read: So What Do You Do? Aneesh Raman

Hardcore Pawn Stars on Why People Like to Watch Pawn Shows

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Remember that time pawn shops were dark, dirty and cramped storefronts where you’d go to get twenty bucks rent money for the $300 stereo your parents gave you for Christmas? Now that pawn shops are featured on reality TV, the former dens of iniquity are revealing a softer. brighter side complete with a family focus.

As part of MediabistroTV’s Pawn of July (yes, we made that up) Les Gold and daughter Ashley, stars of truTV’s Hardcore Pawn sat down to give us some insight into why viewers like to watch shows about what they do. One hint — how much would you pay for a not-so-gently-used prosthetic leg?



Last week: Hardcore Pawn stars talk about the weirdest things they’ve bought or sold.

Next Week: Is Hardcore Pawn real or just reality show?

‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

Former CNN Anchor Campbell Brown Launches Advocacy Group for Education Reform

campbell brownIn the four years since Campbell Brown left cable news, she has stepped into the public arena in a different way: first as an advocate for women’s issues and, more recently, education reform. The Wall Street Journal reports the former CNN and NBC anchor has launched an advocacy group to help parents challenge teacher tenure and seniority laws in New York:

Campbell Brown, a former CNN anchor who has been a critic of job protections for teachers, launched the group, Partnership for Educational Justice, in December. She said six students have agreed to serve as plaintiffs, arguing they suffered from laws making it too expensive, time-consuming and burdensome to fire bad teachers.

Ms. Brown wants a verdict in her group’s case to spur legislators to come up with better education policies. “My hope is this would be a wake-up call to politicians who failed to solve these problems for years,” she said.

Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

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