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Archives: May 2008

Clark: FNC “Made a Lot of Mistakes” in Dealing With Bed Bug Infestation

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Jane Clark, her lawyer, Alan Schnurman, and Clark’s husband, Stuart Clark.

A Fox News Channel employee found herself in front of the cameras today. Jane Clark, a 12-year veteran of the network, is suing due to the bed bug infestation at the news channel. “They made a lot of mistakes,” Clark says of her employer.

Fox News is not named in the suit. But seven other entities are, including the building’s owner, management company and maintenance company. Because FNC parent News Corp. is paying full Workers Compensation to Clark, which includes being treated three times a week by a psychologist and frequent doctor visits, legal action cannot be brought against them.

Clark’s lawyer Alan Schnurman described the, “acute psychological injuries,” resulting from Clark being bitten three times by bed bugs. She has not returned to her job as satellite desk coordinator since May 12.

TVNewser was the first to report the story back in November, the month of Clark’s second bite. She says the first happened a month earlier, but the problem arose last August, when one of her co-workers complained of bites. “The first time I told my employers they were well aware of the problem,” she says.

The problem was reportedly “totally eradicated” in March, but Clark alleges her third bite occurred on April 30, even after the entire satellite desk was moved to another floor to combat the problem. A News Corp. insider tells us there’s no proof the bed bugs moved when the employees switched floors. How does Clark think it happened?

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Langone Spends Hour With Cavuto

langone_5-29.jpgHome Depot co-founder Ken Langone will appear for the entire hour on “Cavuto” on Fox Business Network today at 6pmET. Langone recently left the board of directors of Home Depot.

The exclusive interview will include Langone’s feelings on former New York governor Eliot Spitzer — Langone was a target during Spitzer’s time as attorney general.

Langone also spoke with Neil Cavuto on his FNC program, Your World, today in a shorter interview — an interview dubbed “exclusive” as well.

And in non-exclusive exclusive news, this morning CNBC interview former Citigroup CEO Sandy Weill during Squawk on the Street. The interview ended at 9:41amET, and was called an “exclusive” in the lower third. It was — for nine minutes, when Weill appeared on FBN.

CNN’s Weekend Plans Include Exit Polls

prcnn_5-29.jpgCNN announced their election weekend plans for the Puerto Rico primary as well as the DNC committee meeting on Saturday. From 9amET-6pmET on Saturday, CNN will broadcast “Decision Day,” anchored by Wolf Blitzer (who is joined by the BPTOT) and follow how the meeting affects the Democratic race.

On Sunday for the Puerto Rico primary, CNN will be the only network with exit poll results to report. The Hollywood Reporter reports CNN decided to pay the entire bill for the exit polling, which costs, “in the neighborhood of $100,000.”

CNN, Fox, NBC, ABC, CBS and the AP usually split the costs, but the other organizations decided in April not to pay for the service.

Premiering on Sunday will beFareed Zakaria — GPS” at 1pmET. Blitzer is back anchoring coverage from 2-7pmET.

Olbermann Responds to Murdoch’s “Crazy” Remark

KeithOlbermann_5.29.jpgHere we go.

Last night at the Wall Street Journal‘s All Things Digital conference, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch appeared for a wide-ranging discussion that touched on politics (he thinks Obama can win in it all), energy policy (drilling in Alaska is a good thing) and the newspaper industry (it’s bad, except for the WSJ, of course).

He was also asked about a certain anchor on another network. The WSJ’s Kara Swisher asked: “Would you hire Keith Olbermann?”

“No, I fired him five years ago…He’s crazy.”

Olbermann’s response to the comment, and some background (according to Keith), after the jump…

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The Ticker: Jordan, Rivera, Noonan…

> Redlasso (a video service we use on this site) will respond today to the lawsuit brought by several networks against the company last week. Also announced — Redlasso has brought on Michael Jordan, formerly chairman of CBS, as a senior advisor to serve as chief liaison between the networks and the company.

> FNC’s Bill O’Reilly is not a fan of The Huffington Post commenters — maybe they’ll be kind to his colleague, Geraldo Rivera, who posted his second blog post, and first in three months, on the site. “Secretary Chertoff, Call Off These Raids,” has tallied 242 comments so far.

> CBS announced today it named Mary Noonan director of talent development for CBS News. Noonan has been a producer at CBS’ 48 Hours since 1996.

Gibson on Staying With ABC: “We’ll See”

gibson_5-29.jpgAfter all the talk about whether an evening news anchor would be leaving the chair, an anchor is speaking out. No, not that one.

ABC’s World News anchor Charles Gibson‘s contract is set to expire soon after the presidential election, and his future is undetermined, reports Jacques Steinberg of the New York Times. “We’re figuring this out,” said Gibson of his contract negotiations. “They’ve asked me to stay. We’ll see.”

Gibson was asked if he wanted to continue in his role, and he said, “I honestly don’t know. We’re in negotiation at the moment.”

Gibson officially began his stint as anchor of World News two years ago today.

Yellin: “Let Me Clarify What I Said and What I Experienced.”

JYellin_5.29.jpgCNN’s Jessica Yellin is responding to her comments last night on Anderson Cooper 360 in which she talked about “corporate executives” who tried to make sure “that this was a war presented in way that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the nation.”

On the AC360 blog Yellin writes:

…let me clarify what I said and what I experienced.

First, this involved my time on MSNBC where I worked during the lead up to war. I worked as a segment producer, overnight anchor, field reporter, and briefly covered the White House, the Pentagon, and general Washington stories.

Also, let me say: no, senior corporate leadership never asked me to take out a line in a script or re-write an anchor intro. I did not mean to leave the impression that corporate executives were interfering in my daily work; my interaction was with senior producers. What was clear to me is that many people running the broadcasts wanted coverage that was consistent with the patriotic fever in the country at the time. It was clear to me they wanted their coverage to reflect the mood of the country.

And now I’m going back to work covering the Puerto Rico primary from San Juan.

Really? Any MSNBC senior producers care to respond? (wait a minute, I was a senior producer at MSNBC at the time.)

>Update: MSNBC VP of communications Jeremy Gaines responds to TVNewser:

Jessica Yellin was a freelance overnight news reader at MSNBC for one year who was not renewed. She had little to no contact with editorial decision makers, and certainly was not a part of the editorial process on a daily basis. Given how her story has changed so dramatically since her appearance on CNN — her current employer — less than 24 hours ago, we find it hard to believe that anyone would take this disgruntled former employee’s comments seriously.

MSNBC To Re-Air Race at 11pmET

Wherefore art thou Doc Block?

Last night, MSNBC began re-airing the David Gregory‘s Race for the White House at 11pmET. Two months ago, the network replaced the 10pmET Doc Block hour with a re-air of Countdown, which means the documentary programming has once again disappeared from the MSNBC prime time schedule.

Insiders tell us, it may only be temporary if the numbers drop off.

Last night the Gregory show came in third fourth, behind AC360, the O’Reilly re-air and Showbiz Tonight. Monday’s Memorial Day doc block marathon did not fare so well, either. MSNBC came in a distant third in the demo, and fourth behind HLN in Total Viewers in prime time.

Kurtz’s Dozier Interview: “Complicated Tangle”?

dozier_5-29.jpgThe New York Times’ Jacques Steinberg raises questions about Sunday’s interview between Howard Kurtz and CBS’s Kimberly Dozier on CNN’s Reliable Sources. Kurtz wife, Sheri Annis, is a publicist for Dozier’s new book, “Breathing the Fire,” which Dozier had come on to discuss.

Kurtz did disclose after the interview, “I should mention that my wife has done some promotion work for Kim Dozier’s book.”

But was the disclosure enough? “The notion that my wife got Dozier on the show is a bit silly,” said Kurtz. “I have wanted to book Kimberly on the show for a year, since she told me she was writing a book, which I mentioned in a lengthy Washington Post profile.”

Kurtz did say he asked his producers first, who suggested the interview move forward as long as a “disclaimer” was used.

Related: A TVNewser tipster tells us CBS’ Lesley Stahl‘s (not Leslie) name is misspelled on the jacket cover of Dozier’s book.

Earlier: TVNewser’s Gail Shister interviews Dozier about her book.

Update: FishbowlDC has put the question to a poll — so far, respondents are more in the “Kurtz shouldn’t have done the interview” camp.

Murdoch on FNC/NBC Battle: “They Started It”

Cavuto_Murdoch_5.29.jpgNews Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch went on Neil Cavuto‘s FBN show last night and responded to the O’Reilly/Olbermann cross-network feud.
Murdoch was at the The Wall Street Journal’s All Things Digital conference. But the talk quickly turned from Yahoo! to uh oh.

Cavuto: There had been talk in the media, Mr. Murdoch, that you were personally involved in this growing tension between Fox and, more to the point, NBC, even with GE chairman Jeff Immelt. Was there any truth to that? Or was there any sort of like — look, this has gotten out of control?

MURDOCH: No, I don’t think so. I think it is out of control. They started it. We have had bitter personal attacks on some of our people, to try to destroy our credibility as a network. Thankfully, the public is not interested. They are not watching that and they are still very loyal to us. But it is only natural that the people concerned, who are personally attacked, and their children personally attacked, should fight back. And I support them — I support my people completely.

CAVUTO: All right. Did any of those involve conversations with Jeff Immelt, Mr. Murdoch?

MURDOCH: No.

Murdoch also took a shot at NBCU president Jeff Zucker

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