The “Today” show had a backstage pass for last night’s TIME 100 gala in New York. Matt Lauer conducted interviews with the honorees and a segment aired this morning. Joining Vice President Joe Biden, Marissa Mayer, Jimmy Fallon, Claire Danes, Jimmy Kimmel, Sen. Rand Paul, Lena Dunham and Daniel Day-Lewis a the event were tvnewsers including CNN honcho Jeff Zucker, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, Barbara Walters, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Willie Geist and Alina Cho. By next year’s TIME 100, the magazine will likely be part of a new company, spun off from Time Warner, which Managing Editor Rick Stengel acknowledged in his speech, “An independent Time Inc. will show the power of great journalism, the power of great content to pay for itself.”
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As we told you yesterday, The Hollywood Reporter is out with its annual “35 Most Powerful People in Media” list. The honorees were feted at a “power-soaked New York party” at the Four Seasons restaurant Wednesday night.
From CBS News, chairman Jeff Fager was there, along with “CBS This Morning” co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, “60 Minutes” correspondent Morley Safer, “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley and “Sunday Morning” correspondent Mo Rocca. CNN’s Piers Morgan was there, as was Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly. The “Today” show’s Willie Geist and “Live!” co-hosts Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa attended, along with talk show hosts Wendy Williams and Katie Couric. And from ABC News, president Ben Sherwood, “The View” anchor Barbara Walters, senior VP for content and development James Goldston and “Good Morning America” anchors Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos, who was with his wife, Ali Wentworth.
More pictures of the event in THR’s gallery.
The Hollywood Reporter released its 2013 “35 Most Powerful People In Media” list, and TV news dominates the winners. The list looks at the most dominant media personalities in New York.
The list includes (in alphabetical order) Roger Ailes, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Anderson Cooper, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Jeff Fager, Pat Fili-Krushel, James Goldston, Phil Griffin, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, the “60 Minutes” team, the “Today” team, Rachel Maddow, Piers Morgan, Bill O’Reilly, Scott Pelley, David Rhodes, The “Good Morning America” team, the “CBS This Morning” team, Diane Sawyer, Ben Sherwood, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Jeff Zucker.
Some of the recipients gave interviews, others did not. You can see the full list here.
TVNewser editor Merrill Knox is at the Women in the World conference at Lincoln Center New York today where the likes of CBS’s Lesley Stahl and Norah O’Donnell, ABC’s Cynthia McFadden, and Campbell Brown are all taking part in moderating sessions on global women’s issues. Speakers include Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Meryl Streep and Angelina Jolie.
Last night, mediabistro was at the opening session where ABC’s Barbara Walters, CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and CBS’s Charlie Rose took part. FishbowlNY has the details. And look for Merrill’s stories this afternoon.
ABC’s “The View” returned with a new edition today, and Barbara Walters opened the show by dealing with that elephant in the room: her coming retirement. Walters gave a lengthy non-answer, saying “I have no announcements to make.”
“Nothing is going on. Even though our programs have been original, they have been taped, so we have not commented. There were many reports last week saying that I was retiring from ABC, and there was an assumption that I would be making an announcement today,” Walters said. “However, here I am, and I have no announcements to make [ applause ]. But I do want to say this, that if and when I might have an announcement to make, I would do it on this program, I promise, and the paparazzi guys, you will be the last to know.”
TVNewser and other outlets reported on Friday that Walters was planning to retire from ABC News, with the network presenting a year of specials leading up to her departure.
ABC News anchor and “The View” co-host Barbara Walters will retire in May, 2014, someone familiar with the matter tells TVNewser.
ABC is expected to air a number of specials, tributes and events over the course of the next year, leading up to Walters’ formal departure. A spokesperson for ABC News declined to comment on the matter.
Walters began her TV career for NBC’s “Today” show in 1961. She would go on to break barriers in what was traditionally a man’s world. Walters was the first female co-anchor of “Today,” and was the first woman to become the co-anchor of a network evening newscast.
She joined ABC News in 1976, where she has reported for every program imaginable and became the country’s highest-paid journalist. She also co-created “The View,” which has become one of the most successful daytime talk shows of the last decade.
“The View” co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck is generating interest from other TV outlets, with her future at the program still unclear.
We reported earlier this month that Hasselbeck is unlikely to return next season. “The View” host and creator Barbara Walters denied that Hasselbeck was being pushed out, but left open the possibility that she could leave “on her own terms” at some point.
TVNewser now hears that CNN has reached out to Hasselbeck’s team about her possibly joining the channel in some form when she leaves “The View.” Another option on the table–according to a source close to the host–is to have her “gracefully exit” the daytime program by having her stay with the show, but cut back on the number of days she appears, while allowing her to pursue work elsewhere.
The New York Post first reported the CNN news this morning.
One thing is clear, regardless of what happens at “The View,” don’t expect Hasselbeck to be off TV for long.
Today Zev Chafets‘ biography of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes Roger Ailes: Off Camera, hits bookstores. We’ve been combing through the book, and will be highlighting a few noteworthy portions.
One of the recurring themes in the biography is the friendships Ailes has formed with both his colleagues and competitors.
With regard to Walters:
“Roger is a huge name and everybody knows who he is, but he doesn’t strive for fame,” [Walters] said. “He lives a quiet life. I was very happy when he finally married…”
“I dated Barbara a couple of times, or took her out as an escort, but we never had an affair,” Ailes told me. “We probably could have at some point, but we were always married or between marriages or talking about marrying someone. We never got beyond that point, but we trusted one another, and we still do.
Oprah Winfrey tops the list, with 48% of people surveyed rating her as influential. Walters, at #7, and Orman, at #9, both have an influential rating of 37%. Walters notable asset is “classy,” while Orman’s is “good energy.” Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ron Howard, and George Lucas are also included.
The list is assembled using E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity service, which ranks more than 7,000 celebrities based on 46 attributes.
TVNewser reported on Friday that two separate sources said that this season would be Hasselbeck’s last as co-host. Today, after toasting Behar, Barbara Walters said “we have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show,” adding:
“On a more serious note, before we get on with ‘hot topics,’ there’s a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s alleged departure saying we don’t approve of her conservative views. The truth is we love Elisabeth, I like her personally, and she’s a wonderful person. But beyond that we value and appreciate her point of view, it’s important to us, because it helps give the show perspective and balance, and believe me she’s tougher than she looks. She has to be, to be here for a decade and take the guff that we give her. We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show. Having said that to all of you, Bill [Geddie] and I have always said that when one of you make the choice to leave, that’s your choice, and we will support your decision.”