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Archives: June 2013

Howard Kurtz Signs Off From CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’

After 15 years as the host of the program, Howard Kurtz signed off from CNN’s “Reliable Sources” today. At the end of the program Kurtz looked back at some of the its most memorable and important moments

“I havent changed, and I will be continuing my independent brand of media criticism [at Fox News],” Kurtz said. “As for CNN, I am happy to report that ‘Reliable Sources’ will continue with the full support of Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent, and [CNN] chief executive Jeff Zucker. I want to wish the network that has been my home for more than two decades, all the best.”

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Which TV News Anchor Inspired ‘The Newsroom’s’ Olivia Munn?

In a video interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn talks about her inspirations for the role of finance reporter Sloan Sabbath.

Spoiler alert: it is a high-profile anchor at ABC News.

“There are similarities that I never realized I was bringing to Sloan, but things that were important to me,” Munn says. “I didn’t want her to wear a lot of jewelry, I didn’t want to distract from the information Sloan was giving.”

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Wolf Blitzer On His Nats Passion

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer may be from Buffalo, New York, but he is well-known to be a huge Washington DC sports fan.

One of those teams is a relatively new one: the Washington Nationals. In a video, Blitzer talks to MLB.com about his Nats fandom.

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Shannon Bream: Reporting From the Supreme Court is the ‘Biggest Adrenaline Rush’

With several high-profile Supreme Court decisions handed down this week, it’s been a busy few days for Fox News’ Shannon Bream. She tells The Daily Muse that days when opinions are scheduled to be released are both the most exciting and difficult part of her job as the network’s Supreme Court reporter:

It’s the biggest adrenaline rush to grab that stack of paper from the inside press office and go sprinting outside to our live camera location. There are key clues you can scan right away, like which Justice wrote the opinion. The reality is that it’s impossible to digest a 200 opinion in 30 seconds, but you have to try! Breaking news on live TV is a roller coaster.

Under the Dome, There Are No TV Signals

CBS is going all out in promoting their Summer series “Under the Dome.” In fact, “CBS Sunday Morning” will have a story (synergy!) on it, tomorrow morning. The show, based on a Stephen King novel, debuted to 13.14 million viewers last Monday. CBS claims that’s the most-watched Summer drama premiere on any network since 1992. So yesterday, to keep the momentum going, the CBS press teams sent out an infographic with the “Rules of the Dome.” Take a look at the last three. Would that make you want to live in the dome? Or outside of it?

You can see all the Rules on the Why We Love CBS Tumblr.

Here’s the Guest List for the Final ‘Reliable Sources’ With Howard Kurtz

Howard Kurtz hosts his final “Reliable Sources” tomorrow morning. On Monday, Kurtz, who has moderated the CNN show since 1998, joins Fox News Channel where he’ll host their media criticism show.

Starting next Sunday a rotating cast of hosts will be in the “Reliable Sources” chair. Here’s the guest list for tomorrow’s show, 11amET on CNN:

  • Topics: Glenn Greenwald Fires Back at the Media; Coverage of SCOTUS Rulings on Same Sex Marriage; Paula Deen on the Today Show

Guest: Steve Roberts, professor of Media and Public Affairs, George Washington University
Guest: Terence Smith, former reporter, PBS, CBS News, New York Times
Guest: Jane Hall, associate professor, American University’s School of Communications
Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Media Reports Extensively on the Murder Trial of George Zimmerman

Guest: Eric Deggans, TV critic, Tampa Bay Times

  • Topic: Gender Gap in Reporting in Men’s versus Women’s Magazines?

Guest: Janet Reitman, contributing editor, Rolling Stone Magazine
Guest: Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, Elle Magazine

‘CBS This Morning’ Tops ‘Today’… In Softball

“CBS This Morning” is on a roll. And no, we aren’t just talking about the show’s ratings, which have boasted bigger growth than both ABC and NBC.

You see, while ‘CTM” is still the underdog when it comes to Nielsen ratings, it has established itself as a TV news powerhourse on the softball field. After clobbering a mixed-show ABC News squad last week, this week “CTM” took on NBC’s “Today.”

“CTM” handily defeated NBC’s morning show 10-4. We received the photo above of the team celebrating after their big victory.

Fox News Heavily Represented Among 2013 ‘New York’s Funniest Reporter’ Class

Next month the 8th annual “New York’s Funniest Reporter” contest will be held at Comic Strip Live in New York’s Upper East Side. The 2012 winner of the contest--Fox News correspondent Clayton Morris–will be back for an encore, with HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell on board as a judge.

This year’s field has a heavy Fox News influence. FNC senior meteorologist Janice Dean will be competing, as will FNC senior medical contributor Dr. Manny Alvarez and FBN contributor Charles Payne. The Blaze anchor Laurie Dhue (formerly of CNN and Fox News) will compete as well, alongside Magee Hickey of New York’s WPIX. Peter Schiff of Peter Schiff Radio and Newsday‘s Chris Serico round out the field.

Proceeds from the event go to the Humane Society of New York. More information, after the jump.
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Remembering David Aponte

At the end of ABC’s “World News” last night, the show remembered David Aponte, an audio engineer for ABC News. Aponte, 59, died Thursday after an 18-month battle with cancer. Aponte had been part of a leukemia research project at Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, where he died. He was among five patients to undergo promising cell therapy last Summer which genetically altered his immune cells to fight the cancer. Aponte’s case was so rare, in fact, that he was in complete remission after just 8 days. The New York Times reported on the study in March.

But the cancer returned and he lost his fight Thursday. Aponte is survived by his wife, Cindy, his three children and his parents. As his obituary states, “David was a friend to all and will be sadly missed, especially by his extended family at ABC News.”

Reporter Fired For Doing Standup While Riding on Flood Victim

A reporter for the channel News Express in India has been fired after shooting a stand-up while covering flooding in the Uttarakhand region, sitting on the shoulders of a flood victim.

“You cannot ride on someone’s back for a story,” said News Express head Nishant Chaturvedi. “We terminated him on Tuesday.”

But Narayan Pargaien is blaming his cameraman for the stunt and says he was just doing it as a way to help the man.

“This was entirely the cameraman’s fault, who, it seems, almost tried to sabotage my career by shooting from that distance and angle and releasing the video mocking this whole incident, and making me the villain,” Pargaien said.

“It wasn’t my idea to begin with, but there was this man who took me to his home and asked me to report the damage he had suffered. His house was in a miserable condition and he had lost a lot in the flood, and was left with very little food and water.”

“We helped him with some food and some money and he was grateful to us and wanted to show me some respect [by carrying me across the river], as it was the first time someone of my level had visited his house,” Pargaien says.

(h/t Romenesko)

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