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In Profile: Alicia Menendez, Erik Schatzker

Alicia Menendez talks to the New York Post about why she “doesn’t see herself filling one of the openings left on ‘The View’”:

aliciamenendez“One of the things that I’ve learned doing my show is that I don’t just want to be talent, I want to be a producer-talent, and it is really critical to me to have a hand in everything I create,” she says. “Right now I have the best gig in town.”

Bloomberg TV’s Erik Shatzker talks to Men’s Fitness about making fitness a priority after surgery on his hip:

schatzker davosSchatzker set a goal: He would ski— his favorite hobby— before the season ended. By January, Schatzker was going to a physical therapy clinic and working out in a gym. Though his job had him getting up at 4 a.m. to go to the studio and film his show, he was done by the afternoon and free to train.

“I skied in Vermont that Easter,” Schatzker says. “I went on the black diamond trails, and my wife said I was crazy. But I had put the work in, and I felt confident I could do it.” Remarkably, Schatzker’s hip felt better than ever.

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Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

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The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

CNN ‘Confused the Sh*t Out of’ Alicia Menendez

MenendezEarlier in the week, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez took on CNN’s controversial tweet penned during its “Documented” documentary Sunday night. The tweet urged users to answer whether the documentary’s central figure, Jose Antonio Vargas, should be deported.

“Last night, CNN confused the sh*t out of me,” Menendez said.

“I’ve spent two hours watching a film that articulated the myriad ways that deportation is a non-starter, and now you want to engage in a paradigm that you just invested two hours of airtime tearing down?”

One thing to note: CNN’s tweet asking whether Vargas should be deported didn’t go out after the two-hour “Documented.” CNN tweeted it 10 minutes into the documentary.

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Fusion CEO: Keep Challenging the Conventional Wisdom

isaac lee_304x200Fusion CEO Isaac Lee thanked his staff for a “big month” that included challenging Congress and reporting in-depth stories on everything from the CIA to transgender issues.

“Jorge [Ramos] was characteristically fearless in his pursuit of answers to hold those in power accountable for their actions—or in this case inaction,” Lee wrote in an email obtained by TVNewser, referencing tough questions Ramos asked House Speaker John Boehner in Washington, DC.

Lee also complimented anchor Alicia Menendez and her team for “elevating conversations surrounding cultural and social issues” through a recent interview with a transgender activist. “Alicia’s recent interview with Janet Mock generated headlines and provoked an important and respectful dialogue,” he said.

Lee’s full email to staff after the jump.

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Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Alicia Menendez on Fusion, Six Months In

Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez says the formula for reaching millennials is pretty simple: authenticity, levity and ubiquity. Menendez was a panelist at last week’s TVNewser Show talking about the importance of the millennial audience, and about her network, Fusion, six months in. WATCH:

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TVNewser Show… in a Minute

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As we start planning for the next TVNewser Show & Media Job Fair, here’s a look back at last week’s event at which more than 900 people gathered to talk shop, learn about the future of the business, or find a job… and there was cake.

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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

Thanks for Helping Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

On Tuesday we celebrated 10 years of TVNewser at the TVNewser Show and Job Fair. More than 900 job seekers and seminar participants packed the New Yorker Hotel for a day of hot TV news topics: there were drones and there was cake. We talked about the future of Aereo, the state of local media, and diversity in the newsroom — and on the air. The day kicked off with a keynote from “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier, followed by a Q and A with the Fox News anchor. We’ll be writing up that conversation in the coming days, as well as posting several video interviews with, among others, NBC’s Tamron Hall, Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and Tribune Media president Larry Wert. In the meantime, here’s a slideshow of some of the highlights.

At the TVNewser Show, Bret Baier, Social TV, and Drones

The TVNewser Show is underway at the New Yorker hotel. So far we’ve heard from Bret Baier, who compared covering Washington to “drinking from a fire hose — it’s nonstop.” We’ve heard about the legality of Aereo and the keys to reaching millennials from Fusion’s Alicia Menendez and HLN’s Albie Hecht. And a few minutes ago, we got a drone demonstration right here at the conference:

We’ll be a little light on posts today, but follow along with us on Twitter @TVNewser and using the hashtag #TVNewserShow.

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