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Lara Baldesarra Joins CNN’s Sports Unit

Lara BaldesarraLara Baldesarra is joining CNN as the the anchor of CNN International’s “World Sport.” She will be based out of Altanta and contribute to sports coverage across all CNN’s platforms.

“I’m passionate about sports and journalism, so I could not be more excited about joining an organization that values and excels in both of these things,” Baldesarra said in a statement. “CNN is a world-class operation, and I look forward to hitting the ground running.”

Baldesarra comes from Golf Channel, where she anchored “Golf Central” and hosted a weekly interview show. More from CNN after the jump. Read more

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HLN SVP Bill Galvin Moving to CNNI; CNNI’s Katherine Green Moves to HLN

Some changes are coming to CNN and HLN in the new year, starting with some movement among three top network executives: Bill Galvin, Katherine Green and Mike McCarthy.

TVNewser has learned that after two years as HLN’s senior vice president, Galvin will move to CNN International as SVP of business development and sports programming, responsible for special coverage and sponsored content of CNNI. He will also be in charge of sports coverage across CNN Worldwide.

Green will move into the role of SVP and managing editor at HLN. She has served as the SVP of programming at CNNI since 2007. McCarthy, currently VP of coverage and feature programming at CNNI, will be promoted to her former post.

After the jump, read the internal memo to staffers sent earlier today by Tony Maddox and Scot Safon.

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Philippa Holland Named EP of ‘Issues’ on HLN

HLN has named Philippa Holland EP of “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell.” “Flip,” as she is known to her colleagues, has worked at Turner for 18 years, including as a producer on “Lou Dobbs Tonight” and “In the Arena.”

In a memo to staff, HLN senior VP Bill Galvin cited Holland’s experience as being a natural fit for the position. She will be based in New York

Given the dual-city nature of this show, Flip will be based in NY with Jane, and will work closely with Senior Producer Jennifer Williams, who will continue to oversee daily Atlanta-based production. A sincere ‘thank you’ goes out to Jennifer – or JWill as she is more widely known – who has taken on added responsibilities over the past several months (and rightly points out that she and Flip form a great duo based on nicknames alone!)‬

Galvin’s full memo is after the jump.

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Burt Dubrow Tapped to Helm Dr. Drew’s HLN Show

In a memo to staff today, HLN VP of programming Bill Galvin said that Burt Dubrow was joining the network as executive producer of the upcoming program hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky. Dubrow has a wealth of experience with talk shows, having served as an executive producer for shows hosted by Jerry Springer, Tom Green, Christopher Lowell and Sally Jessy Raphael.

Writes Galvin:

To this day, Burt describes himself as a “student of television,” while Drew calls him “a driving force.”  Scot Safon notes that “Burt has a track record of building very successful programming around top talent…in Dr. Drew, he’s getting the chance to break some new ground on the TV landscape.”

Dr. Drew is looking to have a busy 2011. B&C’s Ben Grossman reports that Pinsky will host a daytime talk show on The CW starting this Fall. That is in addition to the syndicated radio show “Loveline” and his work on VH1.

Galvin’s memo is after the jump.

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CNN Shift: Scot Safon, From Marketing the News to Producing It

Scot Safon brought drama to TNT and Politics to CNN. His branding campaigns, including TNT’s We know Drama and  the newschannel’s CNN=Politics are felt on the air and in the air at Turner.

But can this marketing guru program a news network?

I suppose that depends on whether you see HLN as a news network.

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HLN Revamps Dayside Anchor Line-Up


First on TVNewser: With the recent departures of both Chuck Roberts and Richard Lui, HLN has revamped its dayside anchor line-up with the shuffling of some talent.

Mike Galanos, who had been anchoring “Prime News,” will now anchor five four hours of HLN’s afternoon news programing (12-4pmET) with Richelle Carey, Susan Hendricks, and Christi Paul, among others, forming a Mon-Fri supporting ensemble. (Carey will continue anchoring 4-5pmET.)

TruTV’s “In Session” anchor Vinnie Politan will do double duty with the two Turner networks, hosting HLN’s “Prime News” at 6pmET while continuing with “In Session.” Also from “In Session,” Ryan Smith, who will be a contributor on “Morning Express.”

For Christi Paul, the HLN duties are tacked on to her “In Session” gig. An HLN spokesperson tells us, “In Session,” “will remain true to its core mission as the only place on TV for real-life courtroom coverage.”

Finally, Natasha Curry becomes the solo anchor of HLN Weekend News. She will continue to be the back-up for Robin Meade and will rotate with Hendricks and Carey as anchors of the 10amET hour.

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‘Morning Express’ on a Quiet Ratings Streak

robin_meade_5-5.jpgApril marked a small milestone for HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” in the cable morning show race.

Though still trailing the morning leader, FNC’s “Fox & Friends,” by 131,000 demo viewers (and a considerable 653K total viewers), “Morning Express” has now finished ahead of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for a full year in the A25-54 demo. It’s also finished ahead of CNN’s “American Morning” consistently. In April, “Morning Express” averaged 316,000 total viewers with 188,000 in the demo and was one of the few shows to grow in the demo year-to-year. (More here)

HLN’s VP Bill Galvin tells TVNewser the program’s mission is, as he puts it, “news in the fast lane,” which is the primary focus. The show launched in 2005 as “Robin & Company” but was renamed “Morning Express with Robin Meade” in 2007.

“There’s nothing else like it in the morning,” Galvin tells us explaining his thoughts on the show’s recent success. “It’s fast-paced, far-reaching and fun, thanks to Robin and the team. It fills a need and it delivers every day.”

Galvin also cited HLN’s news in the morning/opinion in the evening strategy as a reason for Express’s success.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the family, CNN’s “American Morning” has struggled, down significantly year-to-year and drawing its lowest ever monthly average in April. (More here.

Galvin Promoted at HLN

GalvinBill_11-19.jpgIt was announced today that Bill Galvin has been promoted to Senior VP at HLN. Previously, he was VP of programming for the network.

Galvin’s promotion comes at a time when HLN is on track for its best year ratings-wise. In a note to staff, Ken Jautz, EVP of CNN Worldwide and head of HLN, said his network’s recent growth “would not have been possible without Bill.”

While at HLN, Galvin launched or lead transitions for several programs and was one of the people to working on the campaign to rebrand the network from Headline News to HLN.

TVNewser has Jautz’s email after the jump.

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Jane Velez-Mitchell: ‘This Is the Dialogue That Needs to Happen about Addiction’


Peter Max artwork based on the book jacket

In NYC last night, HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell celebrated the release of her new memoir, iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life, at the gallery of artist Peter Max. Velez-Mitchell, host of “Issues,” joked, “I just think this is a — first of all — fabulous concept, ‘Let’s have a cocktail party to celebrate a book about recovering from alcoholism.’”

Velez-Mitchell is the third HLN host to publish a book in the last few months, with Nancy Grace and Robin Meade also releasing books recently. TVNewser asked CNN Worldwide EVP Ken Jautz, who heads HLN, why his employees have been writing so much “It’s hosts who have an ability to communicate with audiences,” he said. “I think they see the opportunity to do so on another platform, employ the skills they’re proving so successful at on television on another platform, and we’re happy to support that.”

Also in attendance: HLN VP of programming Bill Galvin, “Issues” EP Stephanie Todd and Senior Producer Jennifer Williams, “Showbiz Tonight” host AJ Hammer, and Senior EP of CNN Entertainment and “Showbiz Tonight” David Levine. “Nancy Grace” Senior EP Dean Sicoli made a brief appearance to congratulate Velez-Mitchell, whose career he’d been instrumental in launching by featuring her as a guest host on “Nancy Grace,” before hustling back to the studio for Grace’s broadcast.

CNN anchors John Roberts and Kyra Phillips were also there (together) and CNN’s Gerri Willis and Jeanne Moos stopped by.

Velez-Mitchell took some time to talk with TVNewser about why she decided to write the memoir (apologies for the crowd noise):