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How Larry King Got His Madoff Money Back

With the upcoming interviews with Bernard Madoff‘s wife Ruth — “60 Minutes” Sunday and “Today” on Monday — CNN’s Larry King is talking about how he became the victim of the convicted ponzi schemer. For the first time, King talks about how much he invested, telling “Extra,” “We put in about, I’d say, $4 million. But we took out $3.3 million.” So by the time the scheme was revealed in 2008, King was down $700,000. He explains how he got that money back:

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Bernie Madoff Is TV News’ New White Whale

From this morning’s mediabistro.com Newsfeed, the booking battle is on for Bernard Madoff. B&C reports a prison interview has become one of the next big targets for news producers. Even though the shady investor has been convicted and sentenced, public fascination and anger hasn’t exactly died down. The article features thoughts from tvnewsers who are actively seeking an elusive sit-down, which, according to some, could take a while:

“We’re definitely interested,” says Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC’s Today.

“There are so many stories surrounding the Madoff case,” says Jeff Fager, executive producer of 60 Minutes on CBS. “It would be fascinating to hear from him.”

“We have a coordinated effort,” says Tom Cibrowski, executive producer of ABC’s Good Morning America, adding that the network’s “deep bench” of anchors, including Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters, would relish the opportunity to cross-examine Madoff.



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More Michael Jackson Ratings News

• Monday’s “Nightline” outperformed Conan O’Brien and David Letterman. “Nightline” drew 4.2M Total Viewers, to Conan’s 3.08M and a Letterman rerun which brought in 3.33M. In addition to Jackson, Monday’s “Nightline” reported on the Bernard Madoff sentence.

• The 48 Hours special anchored by Katie Couric last night won its time slot averaging a 5.5 Household rating and 2.0 A18-49 rating. The show drew 8.15M Total Viewers.

TV News Snapshot – 11:35amET. June 29, 2009

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Reporting times of the Bernard Madoff sentencing:

FBN — 11:32:56
CNBC — 11:32:58
FNC — 11:33:09
MSNBC — 11:33:19
CNN — 11:33:56

“60″ in Top 10 Again

Sunday’s “60 Minutes” was the 7th most-watched TV show last week, according to Nielsen. 14.23 million viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s interview with Bernard Madoff whistleblower Harry Markopolos, Anderson Cooper‘s reporting on the drug war in Mexico and Morley Safer‘s profile of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.

It was the tenth time in 12 broadcasts the CBS News magazine made the top 10.

Huckman’s Mad Madoff Moment: “We’re The Only Ones With This!”

We know some of you reporters out there have had moments like this. In fact, after years in the control room, we’ve been on the receiving end of these kinds of rants.

Yesterday, CNBC’s Mike Huckman had exclusive comments from Bernard Madoff as he left the federal courthouse. As Huckman was getting ready for a live shot, hoping his video would be used, producers tell him they will only be using a “freeze frame” of Madoff, not the video.

On his blog, Huckman confesses:

I felt strongly that we should be using our material — material our competition didn’t have. And I blew a gasket. That was bad enough, but it got worse. While I was venting, someone else was getting his own exclusive – using his cell phone to get video and sound of me behaving badly. And now it’s on YouTube for all to see.

And TVNewser, too:

Ratigan Talks Money & Madoff on The View

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CNBC’s Dylan Ratigan joined the ladies of “The View” today. He talked about the Fed’s decision to lower interest rates, the brewing “second housing crisis” (props to Sherri Shepherd on that one) and the Bernard Madoff scandal. Joy Behar asked, “Do you think he’s a psychopath?” “He’s a sociopath, a psychopath,” said Ratigan. “He worked inside of his own community and destroyed the wealth… it is incredible. We’ll get him. We’ll get him,” he added.