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Who Was at the White House Holiday Party Last Night?

GretaTree“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and executive producer Steve Capus were among the tvnewsers at last night’s White House media holiday party.

Also spotted, Chris Licht, VP of Programming for CBS News, morning anchors Norah O’Donnell from “CBS This Morning,” “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough, CNN “New Day” anchor Chris Cuomo and “Good Morning America’s” George Stephanopoulos. CNN anchors Candy Crowley and Wolf Blitzer were there, as were Fox News anchors Bret Baier, Megyn Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, and Greta’s husband John Coale.

CNN executives Jeff Zucker and Andrew Morse, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, PBS’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, MSNBC anchor Joy Ann Reid (with her eldest son in tow), Haddad Media’s Tammy Haddad, and DC correspondents including FNC’s Shannon Bream, CBS’s Bill Plante, CNN’s Joe Johns, and NBC’s Chris Jansing and Kelly O’Donnell.

(Photo: via Greta)

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Jeff Zucker Names New CNN Digital Team

newCNNCNN President Jeff Zucker announced today a new management structure for CNN Digital led by Andrew Morse, Meredith Artley and Alex Wellen. This moves comes after KC Estenson, the former senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com, was laid off amid company-wide cuts.

The new, three-headed digital group has specific roles designed for each member. Morse will oversee CNN Digital global operations and editorial. Wellen is the chief product officer, while Artley has been promoted to editor-in-chief.

Zucker issued the following statement: Read more

In Profile: Zucker, Kelly, Morse

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker talks with the South China Morning Post:

I think I inherited a company with a long proud tradition, with an iconic brand, that had gotten a little unsure of itself, especially in the U.S., in the partisan cable news wars in the U.S. I think we’ve given the place a little bit more confidence and been a little bit more assertive.

Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly is featured in Cosmo.com where she talks about prepping for those big TV moments, asking for a raise and how she got to where she is today.

In journalism, I don’t have quite as much self-doubt as I did practicing law, but I still feel that the key to most things is preparation. I almost never feel nervous, even on big nights, because I usually know what I’m doing. There’s comfort in being prepared. I try hard to provide myself with that.

CNN/U.S. SVP Andrew Morse speaks with Capital about the midterms and how election coverage compares to sporting events.

When technology is used as a gimmick it can be a terrible distraction. The trick is to harness technology in a way that empowers the audience, informs them and brings them closer to the action. CNN has always been an innovator on election night, with the Magic Wall leading the way.

KC Estenson Leaving CNN

estenson.kc.2013KC Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN Digital, is leaving the company as the network finalizes a workforce reduction of 300 employees.

Atlanta-based Estenson joined CNN in 2008 overseeing all aspects of CNN Digital’s business. More recently he was running the business side as CNN.com editorial was re-assigned to New York-based CNN SVP Andrew Morse.

Estenson joined CNN from the Walt Disney Company where he oversaw the digital media businesses across the portfolio. Estenson, insiders tell TVNewser, is on vacation this week and was planning to announce his departure when he returned.

The news was first reported by Mashable.

 

 

Bloomberg Names Claudia Milne Head of U.S. Television

claudia milneClaudia Milne is joining Bloomberg as the Head of U.S. Live TV, senior executive editor Josh Tyrangiel announced today. Milne joins Bloomberg from BBC News, where she has worked for two decades.

Milne, whose father was a London producer for “60 Minutes,” began her career at the BBC’s documentary unit. She moved to Washington in 2004 as a senior producer for “Newsnight” covering the U.S. election. Most recently, she has been editor of the BBC’s American news site.

“What I’m most excited about is bringing in a person who radiates intelligence and humor, and has such a clear affection for the eccentricities of journalists and newsrooms,” Tyrangiel wrote in a note to staff. “Claudia knows global news as well as anyone in our business and has the highest standards and expectations. Her colleagues praise her management style as direct and fair, while pointing out that she’s also very fun – and funny.”

Milne replaces Andrew Morse, who left Bloomberg for CNN last year.

Tyrangiel’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Here’s the Reason Behind CNN’s ‘Poaching’ From ABC

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The New York Post reports on a Disney shareholder who asked Disney CEO Bob Iger whether his ABC News division is becoming a “training ground” for talent who eventually flee to CNN. Jake Tapper, Chris Cuomo, Bill Weir, and John Berman have all left ABC for CNN in the last 18 months. Rachel Nichols also left Disney-owned ESPN for CNN.

One key reason for the departures, which was not mentioned in the NYPost story, is that former ABC News VP of talent and strategy Amy Entelis is now head of talent and content development at CNN. Others who’ve made the move to CNN include SVP Vinnie Malhotra who spent 15 years at ABC and ESPN, and Andrew Morse who also spent 15 years at ABC and is now CNN’s SVP of domestic newsgathering.

Iger is unfazed by the departures, telling shareholders ABC has “a deep bench,” adding “in some cases we were trying to make way for a new generation, a new crop of talent.” The Post reports Iger singled out ABC News reporter David Muir, who is rumored to be a contender to replace Diane Sawyer on “World News.”

Sara Eisen, Justin Dial Leave Bloomberg TV

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOTVNewser has learned about a handful of notable departures from Bloomberg Television recently.

Justin Dial, who joined Bloomberg in 2011 as head of U.S. newsgathering, has joined Al Jazeera America as deputy head of newsgathering. In his new role, he will report to Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice president of newsgathering.

Another recent departure from Bloomberg TV is Sara Eisen, who anchored “Bloomberg Surveillance” alongside Tom Keene. Eisen announced on Twitter she will join CNBC on December 16.

TVNewser hears there have been other departures from the network recently, including a show producer who is leaving for Fox Business and Chris Berend head of digital video, is joining CNN. Andrew Morse, who had been the head of U.S. television for Bloomberg left for CNN in August.

Under the leadership of newly-installed CEO Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media Group is the midst of a 100-day review as “a strategic planning exercise to map our future course,” according to AdWeek. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel has temporarily moved to the TV side. And as TVSpy reported, the company is ending production of its local market reports, seen on nearly 200 stations across the country.

The Evening Ticker: Bloomberg, Bourdain, #InspiredBy

  • Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports this Sunday’s live Anthony Bourdain special is being used by CNN as a test run for a potential permanent live series. The show will air live from a former Utah liquor store.

  • ‘Today’ launches #InspiredBy on Monday, a week-long series honoring the heroes who have personally influenced the show’s anchors. The series kicks off on Veterans Day with Lady Antebellum performing a live tribute concert celebrating America’s military veterans.

Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Bill Weir is Joining CNN

Bill WeirBill Weir is joining CNN, TVNewser has learned.

As we reported earlier, Weir is leaving ABC his TV home since 2004. At CNN, Weir will work on several shows and develop a program for primetime. This will begin speculation about where, in primetime, Weir’s show will land. CNN isn’t talking about it yet.

Weir is the latest ABC talent to make the move to CNN. Anchors John Berman and Jake Tapper joined last year, Chris Cuomo came aboard earlier this year, and correspondent Jim Scuitto joined last month. Andrew Morse, who worked at ABC News, then Bloomberg TV, joined CNN in August as SVP of domestic newsgathering and digital editorial. Former ABC News talent executive Amy Entelis is now CNN’s talent and acquisitions chief.

> 3:15pm | Official: Weir will have the title of Chief Innovation Correspondent. He joins in November. CNN’s release after the jump…

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