Egyptian authorities says TV journalists should not fear reporting in the country following criminal charges filed against 20 Al Jazeera journalists. Among those facing charges of broadcasting false reports is Mohamed Fahmy, who previously worked for CNN.
China has forcedNew York Times reporter Austin Ramzy to leave the country. Ramzy joins reporters from Bloomberg, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post and Reuters who have also been barred from reporting in China.
Among some of the international media covering the Super Bowl in New York/New Jersey this week: a Czech TV reporter who dressed like Mozart and a Mexican TV reporter who wasn’t dressed in much of anything. Czech it out…
Al Rokertook on Georgia officials for being ill-prepared for Tuesday’s storm. “They took a gamble. They didn’t want to pre-treat the roads. I don’t think they wanted to spend the money,” said Roker. “This was poor planning on the mayor’s part and on the governor’s part.”
ABC’s Brian Ross hit a jaywalking pedestrian outside the network’s headquarters Sunday evening. Ross says he was “slowly” pulling up to his parking spot when a 52-year-old former taxi driver walked in front of his BMW. The man suffered a broken arm, bruises and back pain.
Regis Philbinis scaling back his work at Fox Sports 1′s “Crowd Goes Wild” after the Super Bowl. Philbin actually told the NYTimes’ Richard Sandomir that he was leaving the show, but Fox Sports says he’s just taking February off, then returning on a limited basis.
NBCU PR exec Kathy Kelly-Brown has been named to the new role of SVP of Global Talent Booking. Working in collaboration with producers and bookers across NBCUniversal, Kelly-Brown will develop publicity opportunities for upcoming film, TV, book and music projects.
A military judge has ordered CNN and CBS to turn over unaired footage from interviews with a woman at the center of a 2012 sexual assault case involving three U.S. Naval Academy students. The judge said the footage includes ”specific, material information and a level of detail not present” in the woman’s other statements.
MSNBC host Ronan Farrow has bought a $1.495 million pad in Joe Scarborough‘s neighborhood. The 982-sq. foot, Upper West Side unit is in a doorman building with a landscaped rooftop with views of the Hudson River, just like in a Woody Allen movie.
Will Ripley is joining CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent. Ripley comes from the NBC affiliate in Denver, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor. TVSpy has more.
Daniel Eilemberg joins Fusion as senior vice president and chief digital officer, Politico’s Mike Allenreports. Eilemberg founded Animal Politico, Mexico’s first news platform to launch exclusively on Twitter, in 2010.
Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlsontells Whoa Women magazine how one story she frequently reports on has impacted her life. “I cover so many stories on bullying online and children committing suicide as a result of the abuse. Kids are texting and posting horrible things just to be mean,” Carlson says. “Truly, I am more determined to set limits for my kids.”
“CBS Sunday Morning” host Charles Osgood is launching a new publishing venture, Big Top Press. The first project, published in April, is a survival guide called “FOLLOW THAT CAR!: A Cabbie’s Guide to Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom,” by Jimmy Failla, a former NYC cab driver who is now a stand-up comedian.
FBN’s Liz Claman is writing a series of “Dispatches From Davos” for Town & Country this week. “This year’s 2800 [invites] include 200 CEOs, 40 heads of state, 70 billionaires (maybe more if the market is up today), nearly all of us in snow boots,” Claman writes in her first post.
Katie Couric produced and narrated a documentary on childhood obesity that is being shown at Sundance Film Festival. “I have covered this story for all my years in television news, and I thought: ‘Why am I still talking about this, 30 years later? The more we talk about it, the worse the problem seems to get,” she tells Politico Playbook.
Michael Morell joins CBS News as an intelligence, national security and counterterrorism contributor. Morell held various senior leadership positions during his decades-long career at the CIA and was one of the key players in the search for Osama bin Laden.
Pivot and Univision acquired the U.S. TV rights to “Cesar’s Last Fast” in advance of its debut yesterday at the Sundance Film Festival. The documentary will premiere simultaneously in English and Spanish on the two networks. The deal marks the first of ten documentaries to be co-produced or acquired by Pivot and Univision News.
Univision/Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos sat down with Bill Gates in New York City today ahead of the release of the Gates Foundation’s annual letter. The interview airs tomorrow on both networks. Naturally, there’s a selfie:
The NYTimes reports Michael Bloomberg is back at his old company and taking a hands-on role: “He sits with the TV operation and media group on the fifth floor of the Bloomberg tower, in the same cluster of desks as Justin Smith, the new chief executive of Bloomberg Media.”
Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson defends his bestseller to NBC’s Tom Brokaw and says the stories in his book happened, but not in the sequence or the timing that he wrote. The interview airs Tuesday on “Today.”
From whales to dinosaurs. CNN Films has acquired Dinosaur 13, a documentary that follows paleontologist Peter Larson and “Sue,” a 65 million year-old fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton. Dinosaur 13 will be shown in theaters this year and on CNN later.