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Alison Stewart Leaving ‘Need to Know’

Alison Stewart is leaving the PBS show “Need to Know,” the NYTimes reports. Stewart had been solo anchor of the show since Jon Meacham departed in March. “For a show about politics you have to have someone available and present 110 percent of the time,” Stewart says.

Between a book she is completing and her 3-year-old, she said, “I didn’t feel like I was the right person and that it was the right time to continue with the show.” Her last appearance is expected to be Sept. 9.

Stewart is married to MSNBC primetime VP Bill Wolff. The two met when Stewart was an anchor at the cable network. The Times reports, “in addition to her book, she would probably do some freelance work back in the commercial news world. Stewart is also an alum of ABC News, CBS News and MTV News.

MSNBC’s Bill Wolff Asks Politifact For a Correction Over ‘Misrepresented’ Fact Check

MSNBC VP of primetime programming and executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff, sent a letter to Politifact asking for a correction to a post on the organizations “Truth-O-Meter” blog.

Wolff argues that Politifact ascribed comments to Maddow that were never made, or taken out of context, with regards to the budget shortfall in Wisconsin:

In your effort to challenge a Capital Times editorial you have mistakenly ascribed the argument therein to Rachel Maddow. In so doing, you have half-quoted her in one instance, misquoted her in another, and misrepresented her overall.

Ms. Maddow is well aware of the Wisconsin budget shortfall. She said so just a few sentences after the line you decided to single out for “truthometry”:

Politifact responded Friday, saying that a correction was not warranted:

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A Nuclear Treaty and Michael Moore Singing ‘The Sound of Music’: Rachel Maddow Live at the 92Y

Tuesday evening, TVNewser attended the live telecast of the “Rachel Maddow Show” from the 92nd Street Y. The program featured Maddow discussing the passage of the START Treaty, as well as guests Andrea Mitchell, former George W. Bush advisor Nicole Wallace and filmmaker Michael Moore, who led the audience in a rousing song from The Sound of Music during a commercial break:

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“I’m just going to pretend this is my living room,” Maddow said during another commercial break, before sitting down in a wooden chair to speak to Mitchell.

According to “Maddow” executive producer Bill Wolff, the idea to partner with the Y on the program came from the top:
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Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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What’s Eliot Spitzer Worth to CNN?

spitzer_parker_7-21.jpgPage Six got their hands on some salary details for CNN’s soon-to-be-launched 8pm show. The gossip column claims Eliot Spitzer is set to make an annual salary “closer to $500,000 than $1 million, as is his co-host, Kathleen Parker.”

Insiders say CNN isn’t spending a lot on talent for the 8 p.m. show because its chances for success are slim.

There is still no EP for the show, but insiders tell TVNewser MSNBC’s Bill Wolff was wooed by CNN for the job. But we’ve learned Wolff is this close to signing a new deal to stay at MSNBC where he’ll continue to oversee “The Rachel Maddow Show” and remain VP of primetime programs for the network.

Tonight is also Campbell Brown‘s final night as a CNN anchor. She announced in May she’d be leaving the network. Brown left NBC for CNN three years ago this week.

Rachel Maddow Is Not Running for Senate

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has explained that, contrary to a suggestion in a note to potential donors from Sen. Scott Brown, she is not running for Senate. (Sorry, Brookline.)

Last night on her show, Maddow stepped aside for five minutes and EP Bill Wolff sat-in as anchor for a tongue-in-cheek segment and interview. The lower-thirds are pretty good.

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and CNBC.com
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot

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Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday — she got married. Robach married “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.

The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s west side, was attended by about 120 friends and family.

Some of the tvnewsers in attendance, Robach’s “Today” show colleagues Meredith Vieira, and Ann Curry, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who Twitpic’d the night away, Alison Stewart and husband MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Robach’s former MSNBC anchor Randy Meier flew in for the ceremony, while her “Today” co-anchor Lester Holt was already in Vancouver for the Olympics. Also, “Today” show senior producer Don Nash, publicist Megan Kopf and former supervising producer Javier Morgado attended.

Shue’s sister, actress Elisabeth Shue was also in attendance.

Robach and Shue met last Spring and got engaged in September.

Who’s on Maddow Tonight: Carrie Prejean? Levi Johnston?

“The Rachel Maddow Show” EP Bill Wolff (Mr. Alison Stewart) divines the guests for tonight’s show:

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Willie Geist Gets His Own MSNBC Show…Really Early in the Morning

Geist_5.26.jpgFirst on TVNewser: MSNBC’s Willie Geist is getting his own daily program on the network. The half-hour show will lead in to Morning Joe, on which Geist will continue to contribute.

Insiders tell us Geist’s show, as yet unnamed, will launch June 29, the same day several other new programs are added and the day the network goes HD.

The new show will be an extension of what Geist has been doing for MSNBC for the last four years – a satirical look at the news of the day and, in many cases, the news stories you may not have heard about.

Geist’s show will push First Look off the schedule once again as the network looks for the best possible lead-in for Morning Joe.

Geist joined MSNBC in April 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson. Carlson’s EP, now primetime VP Bill Wolff, put Geist on the air where he began hosting end-of-show segments with a comedic spin on the day’s news.

Geist also hosts the Web show Zeitgeist on msnbc.com.

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