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The Big Gets: Knox, Rodman, Pres. Obama

KnoxSome exclusive gets across TV news this morning, including an emotional Amanda Knox who vowed to fight her second guilty murder verdict in an interview with Robin Roberts; Dennis Rodman invited Chris Cuomo on a trip to North Korea with him; and President Obama wouldn’t give a Super Bowl (or 2016 election pick) to Jake Tapper in Obama’s first interview since the State of the Union address.

“I will never go willingly back to the place…” a teary eyed Knox said this morning on “Good Morning America,” struggling to finish her sentence. “I’m going to fight this until the very end. It’s not right, and it’s not fair. I need a lot of help. I can’t do this on my own, and I can’t help people understand this on my own,” Knox added. She told Roberts she isn’t prepared for potential extradition to Italy and will take her case as far as the Supreme Court.

Over on CNN, Rodman spoke with Cuomo from rehab. It was during an interview earlier this month with Cuomo that prompted an inebriated Rodman to get help. He also invited the CNN anchor to North Korea.

“I will take you over there and introduce you to him (Kim Jong-Un),” Rodman proposed. “I would love for you to come back here and tell the world…is he a nice guy.”

“I’ll take it, I take the invitation,” Cuomo said accompanied by a hand shake, pointing out he’d be surprised if North Korea allowed him to come.

And yesterday, Jake Tapper traveled to Wisconsin to interview President Obama, where the president detailed his his 2014 agenda and talked Super Bowl.

“I can’t wait. And the American people can’t wait,” Obama said, referring to his SOTU declaration that he will bypass Congress through executive orders when Congress doesn’t act.

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The Ticker: Greta, Cuomo, Champion

  • Amanda Knox tells CNN’s Chris Cuomo she has panic attacks about the possibility of returning to Italy for a retrial and going back to jail. “Amanda Knox: The Unanswered Questions,” a 90-minute special, airs tonight at 10:30pmET/PT on CNN.

  • Sam Champion‘s “Sea Rescue,” the weekly syndicated show produced in part by SeaWorld Parks, is a Bronze winner in the 34th Annual Telly Awards. The show features heartfelt stories of wildlife rescued, rehabilitated and returned to the ocean by SeaWorld’s rescue team.

The AM Ticker: Knox, Berkman, Witherspoon

  • Fusion, the new cable news channel from ABC news and Univision, continues to staff up. The latest addition is Michael Berkman, who joins as VP and creative director. Berkman has worked with AMC Networks, MLB and Discovery.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer To Interview Malala Yousafzai, Young Girl Shot By Taliban

Just a day after ABC News aired a big primetime interview with Amanda Knox, the network announced another big “get.”

Later this year Diane Sawyer will interview Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year old from Pakistan who was shot by the Taliban because she believed girls have the right to go to school.

Sawyer’s interview will air on all the ABC News shows and platforms in October, tied to the release of a book being written by Yousafzai, I Am Malala. The interview will be a U.S. network exclusive, although the BBC’s Mishal Husain will also be speaking to Yousafzai, for an interview to air around the same time. It will air on BBC World News around the globe, including in the U.S.

Yousafzai, better known simply as “Malala,” made international news after her assassination attempt. She is currently living in the UK.

ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer Secures Amanda Knox Interview

ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer has landed the first interview with Amanda Knox, the American girl who was convicted of murdering her roommate in Italy, only to be acquitted in dramatic fashion in October, 2011. The interview will air during a dedicated primetime special Tuesday, April 30 at 10 PM.

Immediately after she was released, Knox and her family were inundated with interview requests.

As expected, Knox was not offered payment for the interview, but rather maximum exposure as she prepares to promote her book, which comes out the same day as the ABC News interview. In addition to the primetime special, portions of the Knox interview (and mentions of the book) will air on “ABC World News,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and ABC’s digital platforms, expanding its reach exponentially.

While Sawyer is getting the big interview, it was correspondent Elizabeth Vargas who did most of the legwork in Italy for ABC, and led the network’s coverage of the case.

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When In Rome: Tales From a Foreign Correspondent

Why should a news organization have a reporter based full-time in Rome?

According to FNC’s Rome-based correspondent Greg Burke, it’s a no-brainer. ”There are more than a billion Catholics, and you have the Vatican here,” he told TVNewser during this writer’s recent vacation to Italy. “You’re always going to have some news out of the Vatican.”

Not to mention that despite the recent political departure of Italy’s never-dull prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, the country “produces good, colorful stories.” For example: the trial of Amanda Knox, and the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner.

Important storylines could originate from Italy this summer as well, considering the shaky state of the eurozone. It’s evidence of what Burke predicts will be a news “comeback” for Rome, which experienced its greatest recent media crush in 2005, when Pope John Paul II passed away. The city, Burke says, “is important for a lot of reasons.”

Italy is a second home to Burke, who’s been there for nearly twenty years – first working for Reuters, then for TIME magazine.  Just a few weeks ago, in fact, he obtained dual U.S.-Italian citizenship. One benefit: near-seamless travel within the European Union.

More, including a video interview with Burke, after the jump.

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It’s The Economy, as the Most-Covered News Story of the Week

The economy — and more specifically the Occupy Wall Street protests — reclaimed the top spot as the most-covered news story last week, according to the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism. The PEJ found 22% of last week’s newshole — on TV, radio, newspapers and websites — focused on the economy; a third of that on Occupy Wall Street.

The 2012 election was the next most-covered story, followed by the death of Steve Jobs and the acquittal of Amanda Knox.

Curt Knox Disputes ‘Babysitting’ Article In Letter to New York Post

In a letter sent to the New York Post and obtained by TVNewser, Amanda Knox‘s father Curt Knox disputes what was written in Page Six today about news organizations allegedly “babysitting” his two youngest daughters.

Specifically, Knox argues that while ABC News provided its producer’s hotel room for his daughters to stay in during the trial, at no time did the producer “babysit” the children. He writes that a CBS News producer also provided a hotel room for them to stay in during the day (a claim CBS denies, below), and that an NBC News producer offered them a room to use if they needed one, (NBC’s response, also below):

One of ABC’s producers, Nikki Battiste, was very kind to offer to let the girls stay in her hotel room during court sessions. However, the NY Post article refers to this kind gesture as “babysitting”. This is an outright lie, as at no point in time did Ms. Battiste stay in the room and babysit my younger children. She was accomplishing her required job functions in the courtroom and during shoots with Elizabeth Vargas and various other talent. I would like to clarify again that at “no point in time” was Ms. Battiste EVER babysitting my younger daughters.

Further clarification to this NY Post article is the mis-information related to the other networks, NBC and CBS. During one of the morning court sessions, Ashley

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Page Six: TV News Producers Babysat Knox Sisters

The hunt to secure the first TV interview with Amanda Knox may be kicking into high gear now, but it has actually been going on for a some time already. Page Six reports that an ABC News producer served as a babysitter for the young sisters of Knox, and that CBS and NBC News both offered similar services to the Knox family.

The three networks offered responses with varying levels of wiggle room in response to the accusations:

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Nancy Grace On The Amanda Knox ‘Get’

On “Access Hollywood” last night, one of the topics of discussion was the next big “Get,” the first TV interview with Amanda Knox.

HLN host Nancy Grace, who has long said that she believes Knox to be guilty, said that she believes someone will pay up:

“Our show on HLN has never paid guests,” Grace said. “I imagine her interview will have some dollar amount fixed to it.”

Former ABC “Good Morning America and CBS “Early Show” EP Shelley Ross and “Early Show” and NBC “Today” EP Steve Friedman discussed the matter with the program as well.
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