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The Revolving Door: Frucci, Moody, Auriemma

  • “New Day” executive producer Matt Frucci is leaving CNN as part of the 300-person workforce reduction. Frucci, who previously worked for ABC’s “Good Morning America,” has been with “New Day” since its launch in April, 2013.

  • FishbowlNY reports Adam Auriemma is heading for Miami to join Fusion as deputy editor. Auriemma joins from the Wall Street Journal where he was a deputy bureau chief in New York.

‘Today’ Host Tamron Hall Injured During Haunted House Tour

“Today” show third hour co-anchor Tamron Hall took one for the team this weekend.

Doctors diagnosed Hall with a deep muscle tear developed from screaming too much during a weekend trip to a haunted house. Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Willie Geist joined Hall for a taping at the Brighton Asylum haunted house in Passaic, New Jersey Friday night. On the way home Hall complained of stomach pain, which got worse into Saturday morning.

I was really in so much pain, went to the hospital, didn’t tell my mom until now, because she would have been hysterical. Went to the hospital, had a sonogram, blood work, the whole nine yards. I have a deep muscle tear.

The house takes an estimated 20 minutes to complete and Hall was apparently screaming the entire time. The segment will air later this week.

Bauder: Can NBC’s Snyderman Continue Reporting After Ebola Quarantine Incident?

Dr Nancy Snyderman Ebola reportThe AP’s David Bauder asks whether NBC News chief medical officer Dr. Nancy Snyderman has lost too much credibility to continue reporting on the key medical story of the moment, Ebola. “The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week” for Snyderman, Bauder writes, “but the troubles clearly aren’t over” for Snyderman’s NBC career:

An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman’s credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long. The network would not comment.

Greta Van Susteren Slams Stelter’s Comments on Layoffs: ‘Are You Kidding? That’s Cold’

greta-300x168 copyOn Sunday, CNN “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter described last week’s layoffs at the network as “painful,” but part of a media industry trend he called “reshaping.” Fox News Channel host Greta Van Susteren saw TVNewser’s story on Stelter and called his commentary “cold”:

This is pretty cold to call what happened to so many hard working people – who lost their jobs – “reshaping.” The truth: failed management. Those who got laid off were doing their jobs — you can’t say that for those who manage the place. If they did their jobs, there would not be so much heartache and worry for so many.

What is also cold is the way this is done. Management doesn’t manage effectively…leading to layoffs…or, code, ‘reshaping’ and then it doesn’t even have the guts to do it themselves. They have HR do it….and even worse, the reshapen employee is escorted out of the building. Go figure, right?

By the way, how does Jeff Zucker keep his job?

Stelter responded to Van Susteren’s comments on Twitter:
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ABC News Unveils Plans for Election Coverage

abc_george_stephanopoulos_2_dm_120124_wmainGeorge Stephanopoulos will lead ABC News’ coverage on Election Day, with uninterrupted coverage online from 7 p.m. through 2 a.m.

The network plans live updates on the broadcast network at 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 11:00 PM and 12:00 AM ET as polls close in various states. In addition, the network plans two live one-hour “Your Voice, Your Vote” programs to air on ABC at 10:00 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. PT.

Read full details of ABC’s political coverage, after the jump.
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The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

Jeffrey Schneider Leaving ABC News to Found His Own PR Firm

JeffreySchneiderJeffrey Schneider, ABC News SVP and chief spokesman, is leaving the network to start his own PR firm, TVNewser has learned.

Schneider’s deputy Julie Townsend will lead ABC News communications strategy and the PR team. Schneider calls his 14 years at ABC News “an incredible honor and privilege.”

I’m very grateful for the thrilling experiences I’ve had at the news division and embark on this new path with tremendous affection and respect for all the people of ABC News,” Schneider says.

His new firm, Schneider Global Strategy, will specialize in media relations and crisis management and counts ABC News and Disney/ABC TV as his first clients.

Schneider, who was suspended this summer following an internal incident, will remain at ABC News through the midterm elections. “Jeffrey has been our champion in great and tough times,” writes ABC News president James Goldston in a note to staff. “He’s done it with good humor, nearly superhuman drive and a deep love for this great institution.”

Townsend re-joined ABC News as VP in 2011. In her first stint at ABC News, beginning in 2001, she was PR Coordinator for “Nightline” and “This Week” in Washington, DC. “Julie is a persuasive storyteller and a passionate champion for ABC News,” Goldston writes. “She believes deeply in our team and in the importance of the work we do.

Goldston’s note after the jump…

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CNN’s Brian Stelter Addresses Network’s Layoffs: ‘Better Word…Is Reshaping’

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CNN’s Brian Stelter took a moment at the end of Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” to address the network’s recent round of layoffs–150 jobs cut, and several of the network’s programs canceled.”This week was a very painful week here,” Stelter said. “There were about 150 layoffs, spread across CNN and our sister channel HLN and CNN.com.”

Stelter noted that CNN’s hardly alone among media companies cutting jobs in one part of the business, while investing–and hiring–in other areas, notably digital:

It is unfortunately happening all over the place. Conde Nast, the publisher of Vogue and Wired, is laying off 70 to 80 people this fall. My former employer the New York Times is cutting 100 from the newsroom.

And yet they, like CNN, have been hiring people, too, lots of people, mainly for online jobs. That’s for new apps, for new web sites, for new ventures.

Now, there is some overall shrinking going on. But the better word for what’s happening in media today is “reshaping.” Through layoffs, through cuts, through new investments, “reshaping” for the digital future that really feels more like the digital present. It’s already here.

Watch it in full, after the jump.
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CNN Withdraws Support of NABJ

cnn-logonabj logoNABJ president Bob Butler told the board of the black journalists’ association Friday that CNN has withdrawn its support for NABJ’s 2015 Convention & Career Fair.

The news comes after Butler publicly expressed his concern, including an interview with TVNewser, over CNN’s hiring and employee retention practices of black journalists. CNN underwent a workforce reduction last week that saw the elimination of 300 positions. One of the highest profile mangers at CNN, New York Bureau Chief/VP and NABJ member Darius Walker, was among those cut.

“I understand the company has a right to make personnel decisions,” Butler says. “There were not that many African American managers at CNN in the first place. These layoffs have hurt our members tremendously. I am severely disappointed that CNN has ended our partnership.”

Network sponsorships are a major source of funding for journalism organizations like NABJ. The loss of CNN’s financial support will likely cost the group upwards of $10,000 and will mean CNN will not be representing at the the group’s career fair in Minneapolis next August.

ABC’s ’20/20′ Cribbed from CBS’s ’48 Hours’

MicheleWilliams2If you watched last night’s “20/20″ on ABC you also caught a glimpse of CBS’s “48 Hours.”

ABC’s Matt Gutman reported on the case of Michele Williams, a Texas woman accused of murdering her husband. Williams was about to get away with the murder, after agreeing to a plea deal which would have meant pleading guilty to a lesser charge: tampering with evidence.

But after she conducted an interview with “48 Hours’” Peter Van Sant, claiming her innocence in the 2011 murder, the judge withdrew the plea deal and forced her to stand trial for murder.

“20/20″ used the clip, crediting “48 Hours” by name. It had been entered as evidence in the case.

A jury found Williams guilty of murdering her husband, Greg Williams, late last month.

 

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