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The Ticker: Wheelock, Crowley, Anderson…

  • Former ABC Newser Bob Wheelock has joined Al Jazeera English as executive producer for the Americas. Wheelock, who was senior producer of ABC’s special events unit, has also been a senior producer, broadcast producer and London bureau chief for NBC News.
  • Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent, received the University of Kansas’ William Allen White journalism citation Friday. Previous recipients include Walter Cronkite, Bernie Shaw, Bob Woodward and Cokie Roberts.
  • WNET has hired Julie Anderson as executive producer of documentaries and development. Anderson, who is up for an Academy Award in the short documentary film category this year, starts tomorrow.

Is Roger Ailes Penning an Autobiography? Fox News Responds

New York‘s Gabriel Sherman writes today that Fox News CEO Roger Ailes is working on an autobiography.

When contacted for comment, a Fox News spokesperson told TVNewser, “There is one source with direct knowledge of Roger’s plans — and that’s Roger himself. Since Roger has never spoken to Gabe in his life, we continue to be fascinated with Gabe’s uncanny ability to read his mind.”

As Sherman notes in his item, he is working on a book about Ailes, and has spoken to a number of people that have worked with the Fox News CEO over the years.

Ailes’s agent, D.C. super-lawyer Bob Barnett, is working out the deal with Murdoch-owned HarperCollins to publish the book. Several publishing sources told me that Ailes would get a $3–4 million advance for the book, which is being co-authored by Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton. Ailes and Pinkerton go way back. The two worked together on George H.W. Bush’s 1988 presidential campaign.

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Writing a Book? Talk to Diane Sawyer

As we told you yesterday, Jaycee Dugard‘s book, “A Stolen Life” sold more than 175,000 copies in its first day.

The success of the book can be attributed in part to Diane Sawyer‘s two-hour interview with Dugard Sunday, which was watched by 15 million people.

In addition to Dugard, Sawyer sat down with Bob Woodward and Donald Rumsfeld for their first interviews during the promotion for their books. Both debuted at #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list. It is widely expected that Dugard’s will too for the Sunday, July 24 list.

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Greta Van Susteren Interviews Bob Woodward

Last night Fox News Channel anchor Greta Van Susteren interviewed authior and journalist Bob Woodward over his latest book, Obama’s Wars.

The interview finally happened after a bit of controversy. Last week Van Susteren canceled the Woodward interview because his publisher wouldn’t send her  review copy. Two days later, after a call from Woodward and a specially-delivered copy, the interview was back on.

Unless you are active in the TV news blogosphere, you never would have guessed there was behind the scenes wrangling:

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on the ‘Absurdist,’ World of News, and Advice from Keith Olbermann

Tonight at 10 PM, MSNBC will premiere the newest addition to its primetime lineup, “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell.” Following “Countdown” at 8 PM and “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 9 PM, “The Last Word” completes MSNBC’s primetime in a sense, as the network finally puts a live, original show in the 10 PM hour, joining competitors CNN and Fox News.

Tonight’s premiere will feature an interview with Vice President Joe Biden, but it will also see O’Donnell getting advice on how to host a primetime show from MSNBC’s most prominent primetime talent: Keith Olbermann.

“I will be getting advice on hosting the show from Keith tonight, live,” O’Donnell tells TVNewser. “He is going to appear on my first show, as he should, because Keith created the ratings platform in primetime at MSNBC that has made the creation of the other two shows in primetime possible.”

Indeed, O’Donnell, hardly a TV novice, noted that at the end of the day, the driving factor in television is ratings.

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Greta Van Susteren Un-Cancels Bob Woodward Interview

Earlier this week Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren canceled a scheduled interview with journalist Bob Woodward about his new book Obama’s Wars. Van Susteren said the publisher wouldn’t be able to get her a review copy in time, and she would rather cancel the interview than go in unprepared.

Yesterday, Van Susteren once again took to GretaWire with an update. It seems Woodward called ehr and promised to get a review copy to her ASAP:

I thanked Bob for the call and said – since I now will have the book with time to read it  - that I would like to do the interview as planned.  He said that I did not have to do the interview  (that he was not calling in essence to put pressure on me) but I want to do the interview and he agreed.

Don’t you just love a happy ending?

Still, Van Susteren could have secured a copy the way the other networks did: by buying a copy from a bookstore willing to waive the embargo on the sale date.

Greta Van Susteren Cancels Bob Woodward Interview

“On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren just posted to GretaWire, saying that she canceled an interview with veteran journalist Bob Woodward, who was scheduled to speak about his new book, Obama’s Wars.

Why?

I just cancelled a Bob Woodward new book interview because the publisher won’t get me a copy to READ BEFORE I do the interview. ON THE RECORD at ten is not the Home Shopping Channel – I actually read the books before I do the interview out of respect for the viewers
Her decision is understandable, with many television hosts wanting to be informed about a book before interviewing the author.

While the book has been a  regular subject on the cable news channels over the last few days, those discussions have focused on excerpts that appeared in the New York Times and USA Today, rather than from the book itself. In other words, as of this morning, it does not appear that any of the cable news channels have a review copy of the book.

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Diane Sawyer To Interview Bob Woodward About ‘Obama’s Wars’

Woodward_Bob090610.jpg“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer has the first television interview with author and journalist Bob Woodward, who is promoting his upcoming book Obama’s Wars.

The book is due to be released September 27, and Sawyer’s interview will air that day. Excerpts will also run on “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.”

Woodward, of course, is one-half of the team that brought down President Richard Nixon during Watergate. His previous book, The War Within, focused on the Bush Administration’s internal dialogue and debate about the Iraq war.

Update: Woodward will also appear live on “GMA” Sept. 28 to discuss the book.

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Brian Williams to Receive Cronkite Award

Williams_4.6.jpgBrian Williams has been named this year’s recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Williams will receive the 26th Cronkite Award from Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at a ceremony Nov. 18.

Cronkite Dean Christopher Callahan called Williams “a great journalist who covers the news with depth and understanding in the best tradition of Walter Cronkite.”

“As someone who grew up idolizing Walter and having come to know him in adult life, I know that there is no greater name in our profession,” Williams said. “I only hope I am worthy of the meaning and tradition of this honor. Walter Cronkite is the only reason I entered the field of television journalism.”

Previous Cronkite Award recipients include Tom Brokaw, Jane Pauley, Katharine Graham, Bob Woodward, Al Neuharth and Ted Turner.

Just last month, CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric won another award named for Cronkite – the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from USC’s Annenberg School.

9pm Battle: Colmes, Ayers on “Hannity,” Clooney, Iseman on “King”

ayers_2-23.JPGIt’s going to be a ratings battle tonight at 9pmET, as FNC and CNN each have unique line-ups.

Alan Colmes makes his first return appearance to the 9pmET hour, and he’ll be bringing his former co-host, Sean Hannity, an exclusive interview — with Bill Ayers. The interview took place in FNC’s Chicago bureau. “It’s a colossal mistake,” says Ayers of President Barack Obama‘s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson‘s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

On CNN, Larry King Live will feature four very different segments. The show kicks off with a George Clooney interview (fresh off his meeting with VP Joe Biden at the White House). The show closes with the first TV interview from Vicki Iseman, who recently dropped her lawsuit against the New York Times. In between, King has an exclusive interview with T. Boone Pickens and John Podesta, and a panel discussion featuring Dee Dee Myers, Ari Fleischer and Bob Woodward.

Rachel Maddow
is out with the flu on MSNBC — Alison Stewart will be filling in.

> Update: Cleve Jones, a friend of Harvey Milk‘s (and portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie), will be on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss Proposition 8 and Sean Penn‘s speech last night. Jones also created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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