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Jay Carney Joins CNN

jay carneyFormer White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator. Carney will contribute across the network starting tonight as part of CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s address on ISIS.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” says Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Carney was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2011 until June. Before that he was communications director for Vice President Biden. Carney spent 20 years with TIME Magazine where he served as Moscow correspondent, White House correspondent and, Washington bureau chief.

He follows in a long line of White House press secretaries who join the news ranks, including Obama’s first press secretary Robert Gibbs who is an MSNBC analyst and George W. Bush‘s press secretary Dana Perino who now hosts “The Five” on Fox News. Bush’s two other press secretaries Ari Fleischer and the late Tony Snow, each joined CNN following their White House runs. Former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers hosted CNBC’s “Equal Time” following her White House stint;  Bill Moyers and Pierre Salinger, press secretaries to Pres. Johnson and Pres. Kennedy, respectively, went on to careers as news correspondents at CBS and ABC, respectively.

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TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

The Morning Ticker: Moyers, Wheeler, Cheney

  • Bill Moyers is ending his show “Moyers & Company” in January. The show, distributed by American Public Television, is running out of funding. BillMoyers.com will continue providing similar stories.

  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Bill O’Reilly that most of the American media is “seriously misguided.” Cheney added that he likes O’Reilly’s show because it is “what I think a lot of Americans believe.”

CBS Contributor Mellody Hobson and George Lucas Wed, Bill Moyers Officiates

Mellody Hobson, a CBS News financial contributor and president of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, and Star Wars creator George Lucas were married Saturday at Lucas’ Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, CA.

PBS’ Bill Moyers officiated the ceremony.

Hobson and Lucas have been dating since 2006. They got engaged in January, just before she signed on with CBS News.

The wedding comes a week after Lucas and Hobson attended the Daytime Emmy Awards, as seen on HLN, where Lucas took home his first Emmy for the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

ABC, PBS Pick up WGA Awards

While “Zero Dark Thirty” and “Argo took home the big award at last night’s Writers Guild Awards, PBS and ABC News took home awards as well.

The lead writer at “ABC World News” Lisa Ferri and former ABC writer Joel Siegel (now the political editor at the New York Daily News) took home the award for best writing during a Regularly Scheduled Bulletin or Breaking News Report for their work on ABC’s breaking news coverage of the Aurora movie theater shooting.

In addition, ABC News Radio’s Darren Reynolds won for Best Regularly Scheduled or Breaking News Report in the Radio category. PBS won two awards: the Documentary Current events for the Frontline episode “Money, Power and Wall Street: Episode One” and the Documentary award for non Current Events for NOVA’s “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time.” Also, Bill Moyers and Michael Winship won for Analysis, Feature or Commentary for “The Ghost of Joe McCarthy” on Moyers & Company.

Robert Gibbs Joins MSNBC/NBC News

Former press secretary Robert Gibbs made his debut as an MSNBC/NBC News political contributor ahead of his former boss’s State of the Union address last night. He was back on this morning on “Morning Joe.” Gibbs was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2009-2011.

He follows in a long line of former press secretaries who’ve made the leap to TV news, including Geroge W. Bush press secretaries Dana Perino, a co-host of FNC’s “The Five,” and Tony Snow, who was with Fox News before joining the White House and with CNN after. Bill Clinton‘s press secretary Dee Dee Myers (1993-94) was the host of “Equal Time” on CNBC, George Stephanopoulos‘s short run as Press Secretary before Myers in 1993 would lead to an association with ABC News that’s lasted 17 years. He’s now the co-host of “GMA” and host of “This Week.” Joe Lockhart (1998-2000) had stints with ABC and CNN.

Going back even further, Bill Moyers was LBJ’s press secretary in 1965-66. He has hosted various shows on PBS over the years.

Current Press Secretary Jay Carney did the reverse. He was a journalist with TIME for 20 years before joining the White House in 2009.

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: ‘The point of doing this show is not about the ratings’

MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry is the subject of this week’s “So What Do You Do?” column. In addition to noting her media idols (Bill Moyers, Gwen Ifill, Rachel Maddow) and her guilty TV pleasures (“House Hunters,” “Parks and Recreation”), Harris-Perry told us about how the show is produced, and whether ratings play a role.

Having a show with your name on it makes you a brand. Who decides the direction of the show, and how do you balance the network’s desire for ratings with your own vision?
I have never once had someone from this network come to me and have a conversation about ratings, good or bad. No one. Maybe they’re talking to my executive producer, and that’s completely possible. But none of them have ever walked in here and said, “You know what? You cannot do that because of the ratings” or “Please do that more because of the ratings.” I will say that I have been completely clear, to the point of being fanatical, that my staff is not to share with me ratings information. I don’t ever want to know because, for me, the point of doing this show is not about the ratings. But I can tell when it’s not been a good weekend just by looking at the staff the next week. It’s kind of like after President Obama had that bad showing in the debates, like you just know that nobody was walking around happy in [Obama campaign quarters] OFA 2012. So, I can kind of tell if I had a week that wasn’t great because people are kind of down but, if I had a week that’s great, people are in there bouncing around.

Read the entire interview, here.

Keith Olbermann On Ad Hominen Attacks From The Left and Right: ‘We are doing the same thing’

Back in 2007, then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann sat down with Bill Moyers. The conversation was wide-ranging, with much of it focusing on his criticisms of the Bush Administration. Toward the end however, Moyers asked Olbermann questions from friends of the show, and one drew a particularly poignant response. (16:20 in the video below.)

“How does Mr. Olbermann differentiate his ad hominem attacks from those we see on the other side?

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Bill Moyers Slates Return to TV With ‘Moyers & Company’

The Bill Moyers TV project that leaked earlier this year has finally been made official. Moyers will host a new program for public TV stations called “Moyers & Company.”

As The New York Times explains, the new show will feature:

“[O]ne-on-one interviews with people not often heard on television, “thinkers who can help us understand the chaos of this time,” Mr. Moyers said in a telephone interview. “We’re going to be concerned with the state of democracy and the state of affairs, but we will leave the daily and weekly story to others and try to do the back story.”

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Bill Moyers May Return to PBS

Coming off the news last night that Jon Meacham would be stepping down as co-host of the PBS program “Need to Know,” The NY Times reports that Bill Moyers is eyeing a return to public television.

Moyers, whose PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” was replaced by “Need to Know” last May, has received a grant from the Carnegie Foundation to develop a new program, “Something Different with Bill Moyers.”

Mr. Moyers, in an e-mail statement, confirmed that his company has been discussing a potential weekly series, as well as other projects, and said he was pleased that the Carnegie Corporation had offered the first grant. “But,” he added, the announcement “is premature because we are in conversations with other funders which take time to conclude. We have discussed various possibilities with PBS as one potential source of distribution, but have no idea about a possible airdate, if in fact we proceed.”

Would you watch a new Moyers show on PBS? Let us know in the comments.

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