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What Happens When You Almost Die? CBS News VP Knows

Chris Licht starts his new job at CBS News this week with new perspective. A life-threatening brain hemorrhage can do that. In part II of this week’s Media Beat, the former “Morning Joe” EP talks about what happened, how he was treated, and what it meant to his career spent in TV news: “One of the fears you have is, as a guy running a show and something like this happens, are they going to think less of you.”

  • Part III, tomorrow: What Chris Licht learned when he almost died
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ABC’s Dr. Richard Besser: Health Programming Can Make for ‘Incredibly Compelling Television’

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Dr. Richard Besser, ABC News’ senior health and medical editor.

Besser discussed ABC News’ new global health series, Be the Change: Save a Life. He also shared his thoughts on the most important public health stories from 2010.

“The goal here is to really inspire people across the country and look at the little things they can do in their lives to save lives around the globe,” Besser told us.

Public health issues and global health were getting very little coverage. I think a reason for that was that when you focus on the problems, these stories can be very difficult to handle. But when you think about the solutions… it really makes for incredibly compelling television” he added.

Press play below to listen. The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and TVNewser co-editor Alex Weprin. Click here to receive’s Daily Newsfeed via email. Music by Kevin MacLeod.

ABC News Correspondent Cynthia McFadden on ‘Nightline Prime’

cm23.jpgToday’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was ABC News correspondent and anchor Cynthia McFadden, talking about her new primetime special Nightline Prime: Secrets of Your Mind.

McFadden talked about the storytelling challenges of science journalism, and outlined topics from tonight’s debut episode. She also discussed the addition of Bill Weir to the Nightline team.

The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and TVNewser co-editor Alex Weprin. You can download episodes for free on iTunes.

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CBS News Correspondent Barry Petersen Shares ‘Jan’s Story’

bp.jpgToday’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was CBS News correspondent Barry Petersen, talking about his new memoir, “Jan’s Story: Love Lost to the Long Goodbye of Alzheimer’s.” He wrote the memoir to help guide other family members through the process of this painful illness. Petersen also spoke about the response he received from the TV news community, as well as CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric, who lost a loved one herself when her husband Jay died of colon cancer in 1998.

Press play below to listen. Follow this link to read an excerpt from the interview.

The show was hosted by GalleyCat editor Jason Boog and TVNewser co-editor Alex Weprin. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at or download episodes for free on iTunes.

Related: CBS’ Barry Petersen Brings Very Personal ‘Jan’s Story’ to the Air

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Listen: John Quiñones on the Return of ‘What Would You Do?’

quinones_5-7.jpgOn today’s Morning Media Menu, ABC News’ John Quiñones talks with us about his “Primetime” series “What Would You Do?” which returns to the air tonight on ABC at 9pmET.

A “candid-camera with an ethical twist,” the show manufacturers interesting moral dilemmas using actors mixed with random passerby to see how they react. Quiñones tells us, “Sometimes people are amused, sometimes they’re shocked and angry, but in the end we’re always encouraged by how ordinary people who don’t know they’re on hidden camera react when they see something that seems unfair or out of whack.”

Having started at ABC News in 1982, he also told us a bit about the changes the network has gone through including the recent staff buyouts. He says, “It’s been a really tough time, there’s no getting around it…but the whole business has changed. We can’t cover the news the way we used to.”

The show was hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at or download episodes for free on iTunes.

After the jump, see clips from the new season of “What Would You Do?”

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Listen: How to Advertise on Cable News from Your Living Room

On today’s Morning Media Menu, AgencySpy’s Matt Van Hoven and GalleyCat’s Jason Boog speak with Seth Stevenson from Slate V who, using Google’s new GoogleTV, managed to create a fake ad and have it appear in the middle of the night on Fox News re-runs of “Glenn Beck.”

AgencySpy explains how, using just $1,300, Slate was able to get its strange ad viewed by 1.3 million people.

We’re currently working on an ad for the TVNewser Scoreboard to air during late-night re-runs of HGTV’s “Property Virgins.” (I wish.)

Listen: PBS’ Lawton: ‘The Faith Community Is Very Suspicious of the Media’


PBS’ Kim Lawton, managing editor and chief news correspondent for PBS’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, joined co-hosts Matt Van Hoven and Jason Boog on the Morning Media Menu for a great conversation about religion reporting and the top stories she’s working on.

The beat has taken her across the world — including to Sri Lanka after the tsunami where she and her driver had to beware of the wild elephants on the road — but it’s often challenging.

“We’re talking about people’s deepest held beliefs and they do get pretty nervous when you start asking them about them,” she said. “It’s a delicate line. I think a lot of faith communities have the idea that the media is out to get them.”

On the Menu, Lawton discusses everything from challenges for the Muslim community to how faith is playing a role in the Obama administration to what people are saying about Christmas carols.

(Note: We’ve already given Matt a hard time for accidentally saying it was “Wednesday, November 4th” even though the interview happened yesterday, but feel free to do so yourself at

On the Menu: Glenn Beck and “Twilight”

This morning on the Menu, GalleyCat’s Jason Boog and AgencySpy’s Matt Van Hoven talked about the ubiquitous Glenn Beck: the radio show, the TV show, the stage shows, the books and now a political movement. The guys also talked about the phenom that is “Twilight,” and Microsoft’s $upport of News Corp.’s planned pull-out of Google.

Listen: CNN’s Don Lemon on User Generated Content

lemon10-21.jpgThis morning TVNewser and co-host Matt Van Hoven were joined on the Morning Media Menu by CNN Newsroom anchor Don Lemon. The topic of today’s discussion: user-generated content in the ever-changing media landscape.

“I don’t think it’s new media vs old media,” he said. “We’re all evolving.” Part of that evolution for CNN has involved integrating user-generated reporting in the form of tweets and iReports into its newsgathering. “It’s not an even an advanced tip-line. It’s a tip-line for now. It’s the right now tip-line.” But he explained that there is a clear vetting process for that kind of content at CNN.

Lemon believes everyone can be “their own network,” but there are big upsides and downsides to amateur reporting: “Anybody can have a blog right? It’s still not going to be the same professional quality…that you get from training.” And Lemon points out that a lot of blog contributors don’t have the resources at hand to fact-check information. “Can everyone be a network of record? Probably not.”

Lemon also gave us a pretty funny recap of his experiences at the Blog World Expo in Las Vegas during last few minutes, which is worth checking out.

User generated content is the subject of mediabistro’s UGCX, the conference being held at the New Yorker Hotel here in Manhattan this week. Go to for more info. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at or download episodes for free on iTunes.

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Listen: ‘Worldfocus’ Anchor Daljit Dhaliwal on the Morning Media Menu

Today, public television international news program “Worldfocus” celebrates its one-year anniversary. To help commemorate that milestone this morning, anchor Daljit Dhaliwal joined the Morning Media Menu to discuss the current state of international journalism and to give advice to aspiring journalists. “Worldfocus” was recently nominated for two News and Doc Emmy awards.

The show was hosted by AgencySpy editor Matt Van Hoven and GalleyCat editor Jason Boog. You can listen to all the past podcasts archived at or download episodes for free on iTunes.