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When Barbara Walters Misses ‘The View,’ She Thinks of Margaret Thatcher

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Barbara Walters admits, “I still have the feeling sometimes when I’m watching ‘The View,’ ‘I should be there! I should be participating…’ and then I think of Margaret Thatcher.”

Walters, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Quinnipiac University Fred Friendly committee, reflected on a 1997 interview with Britain’s longest-serving prime minister, seven years after she resigned from office. Thatcher described her frantic, frenetic days, until one day she realized, “it’s no longer me anymore.”

“That’s the feeling I got this morning when I watched ‘The View,’” Walters joked.

Walters, who stepped aside from hosting the daytime show last month, remains an executive producer. She still has her office at ABC News headquarters, which now bears her name. And her resignation — she used air quotes around the word today — has already been interrupted. As we first told you yesterday, she’ll fly to California in the coming weeks to interview Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger.

Among those celebrating along with Walters: ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, ABC News president James Goldston, and executives Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti and Jeffrey Schneider. From CBS, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Troy Roberts, from FNC, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Hemmer and former anchor Alisyn Camerota and from CNN Christine Romans and Richard Roth.

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MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman Praises Fox News’ Bill Hemmer for ‘Interview Done Right’

A compliment among competitors today, as MSNBC’s “The Cycle” co-host Abby Huntsman complimented Fox News’ Bill Hemmer for his interview this morning with Karl Rove.

The interview kudos was for Hemmer’s segment with Rove on this morning’s “America’s Newsroom,” where Hemmer pressed the former President George W. Bush aide on a New York Post report that said Rove suggested Hillary Clinton might have brain damage from a fall she suffered in 2012 during a private conference he spoke at last week. The story also quotes Rove claiming Clinton was hospitalized for 30 days.

“Our research says she was in the hospital for three days,” Hemmer said, pressing Rove on his numbers (watch after the jump).

Things were less complimentary this morning on “New Day,” when John King called Rove’s comments “shocking” and “reprehensible,” adding it will be interesting to see if his “employers at Fox News Channel” think Rove’s comments were appropriate.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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Fox News Executive Sharri Berg Honored

JCRCBergFox News and FOX TV Stations SVP Sharri Berg was honored as the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s 2014 Corporate Leader Wednesday night in an event at the Pierre Hotel. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, a previous JCRC honoree, introduced Berg.

Berg, who has been with Fox for more than 17 years and was promoted to her current role in October 2005, is responsible for synergy between Fox News and the 28 Fox-owned TV stations.

In the past, the JCRC has honored former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corp and 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Berg is pictured with Ailes (above), along with Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, Ronald G. Weiner, the president of the JCRC of New York, and Rabbi Michael S. Miller, the CEO of JCRC of New York.

Bill Hemmer Re-Signs With Fox News

Bill HemmerFox News has signed anchor Bill Hemmer to a multi-year deal, FNC Chairman Roger Ailes announced today.

Hemmer will continue hosting “America’s Newsroom” from 9-11amET alongside Martha MacCallum, and also agreed this past September to host the 1pmET hour on a temporary basis until the debut of a new show in that timeslot.

“Bill Hemmer is a fantastic all-around newsman and a tremendous talent. One of his great gifts is his ability to work so well with everyone — there isn’t an hour in our news lineup that Bill couldn’t anchor. He’s the consummate team player,” Ailes said in a statement.

“There is no better boss in America than Roger Ailes. I’m proud to work for him and my wonderful, hardworking colleagues at FNC,” Hemmer said.

Hemmer joined Fox News in 2005, and has covered many major stories, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown school shootings, the earthquake in Haiti and political elections. Before Fox, he spent 10 years at CNN as an anchor.

The Evening Ticker: Smith, Silver, Pivot

  • The new FiveThirtyEight launched today via ESPN with a 3,500-word manifesto from founder Nate Silver, who rose to prominence as a political-data guru ahead of the 2008 election. The site will cover politics, economics, science, life, and sports. Silver writes: “It’s time for us to start making the news a little nerdier.”

  • ABC has the Oscars, NBC has the Golden Globes, now Pivot will be the broadcast home for the Peabody Awards. This year’s honorees for meritorious service by broadcasters, cable and Webcasters will be announced April 2 with the ceremony held May 19. Pivot will blend highlights from the ceremony with interviews with award recipients, airing at a later date.

President Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russian Officials

Speaking from the White House press briefing room shortly before 11amET, President Obama announced he is authorizing sanctions against Russian officials over this weekend’s Crimea vote.

“As I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law and it will not be recognized by the international community,” Obama said. “Today I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.”

The broadcast networks offered special reports, with Matt Lauer anchoring for NBC News, Josh Elliott for ABC News and Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell for CBS News. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC also had coverage of the President’s remarks, with Bill Hemmer anchoring on FNC, Wolf Blitzer anchoring on CNN and Chris Jansing anchoring on MSNBC.

Alisyn Camerota Signs Off Fox News

Alisyn Camerota anchored her final Fox News show today. As we told you earlier this week, Camerota and Fox News are parting ways. Camerota spent 16 years at Fox News, much of that time as co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend.” Here’s her goodbye from today’s “America’s News Headquarters,” which she had been co-hosting with Bill Hemmer since the fall.:


Alisyn Camerota Leaving Fox News

alisyn-camerotaFox News is parting ways with longtime anchor Alisyn Camerota, TVNewser has learned. Camerota, a 16-year Fox News veteran, currently co-anchors the 1pmET hour with Bill Hemmer.

Over the years Camerota has been co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend” and often filled in on the weekday show. As a correspondent, Camerota reported on the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, she reported from Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks, and anchored ’round-the-clock coverage of the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“For the past 16 years, Alisyn has been a part of the Fox News family,” says Bill Shine, EVP of Programming for Fox News. “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

Camerota joined Fox News in 1998 from WHDH (NBC) in Boston. Her last day is expected to be later this month. The New Jersey native and her husband have twin daughters born in 2005, and a son who was born in 2007. She plans to take some time off before seeking out her next gig.

More: “It’s been a dream to work with all of you. I’ve learned from your example and talent,” Camerota writes to colleagues. Her full note after the jump.

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Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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