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CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

Newsmax TV Signs Deal With DirecTV, Launching Next Month

NewsmaxTVNewsmax has found a TV home, signing a deal with DirecTV for a soft-launch next month. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy
says the channel, which streams online from headquarters in Florida and studios in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, will be “independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt.”

“Cable TV news has become too polarizing and too much into political messaging,” Ruddy tells TVNewser. “We are independent of a political party and not owned by any major media conglomerate. Admittedly, we offer a conservative perspective on things but without the sting!”

At the outset, Newsmax TV will air nine hours of original programming a day.

Ruddy adds, “I think it’s a testament to our openness that at Newsmax.com Bill Clinton has interviewed with us three times and Alan Dershowitz makes his homepage on our website.”

Earlier this year, Ruddy talked with CNN’s Brian Stelter about one cable news network in particular, suggesting that Newsmax’s built-in five million email subscribers is “bigger than the core audience of Fox News.”

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Robin Roberts on ‘GMA’: ‘By No Means Are We Going Around Thinking We’re Top Dog’

In an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend, Robin Roberts talked to Brian Stelter about her health, her recent decision to publicly acknowledge her longtime girlfriend and Barbara Walters‘ retirement. Roberts also talked about how “Good Morning America” holds on to its top spot in the mornings, saying “we’re still the underdog, because we still act that way.”

“We’re not going around saying, ‘we’re number one.’ We’re doing exactly the same thing as we have done all along, from the moment I have gotten here, and that’s trying to produce the best show that we possibly can,” Roberts said. “And it’s very gratifying that the public is responding and making us — they’re making us number one. So by no means are we going around thinking we’re top dog.” Watch:

Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’

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The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

Both clips after the jump…

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The Afternoon Ticker: Noriega, Steel, ‘Nightline’

  • Fusion has tapped Margarita Noriega as its new Director of Social Media. Noriega comes from Reuters, where she was an editor in charge of live events.

  • Financial Times media reporter Emily Steel is joining the New York Times as its TV reporter; the beat Brian Stelter covered before hosting CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Steel is “thrilled about the opportunity,” she wrote on Twitter this morning.

  • For the week of May 5, ABC’s “Nightline” finished number one in total viewers for the fourth week in a row. The program drew 1.737 million viewers and 706,000 A25-54 viewers.

Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas Reacts to ABC, MSNBC Cinco de Mayo Coverage

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend talking about the Cinco De Mayo coverage on MSNBC and ABC. Salinas, who co-anchors “Noticiero Univision” with Jorge Ramos, said she didn’t find the incidents “insulting,” but noted they “show a lack of understanding of this so-called holiday.”

“I don’t think they meant any harm,” Salinas told Brian Stelter. “I really don’t think that the purpose of doing this was to insult. But if as a journalist you want to be accurate, then you have to be completely accurate — not only with the holiday and the date of the holiday, but you perpetuate the stereotype of that picture of the Mexican taking a siesta under a tree wearing a sombrero, and that is not necessarily what Mexicans are all about.” Watch:

TVNewsers Celebrate 10 Years of TVNewser

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In January 2004, a college student named Brian Stelter started CableNewser, a blog that covered the ins and outs of cable TV news. It quickly grabbed the attention of the people who work in all ranks of TV news: from top news executives, to ground floor production assistants; from anchors and  agents, to producers and directors. In May, 2004 Stelter’s CableNewser was featured in the New York Times. A couple months after that, Mediabistro acquired the site and renamed in TVNewser, to reflect expanded coverage of the broadcast networks. Some of the earliest supporters of the site are still reading today. We reached out to the networks and asked for their thoughts, 10 years on:

Greta Van Susteren, Fox News: “I think if TVNewser goes back in history, they will learn that I was the first one on the national scene to give the site a shout-out. At the time, Brian Stelter was a college student blogging in a dorm room at Towson University. He sent me a nice note thanking me. It was fun for me to help him out and give him the shout-out. Now fast forward and lots has changed and people have moved on in the news business and so has TVNewser. What was once just a college blog has now morphed into a great website. Congrats on 10 years!

Chris Cuomo, CNN: “We need someone to watch the watchmen. Here is to 10 years and a job well done.”

Rebecca Jarvis, ABC News: “Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it’s been 10 years. Thanks for all the valuable information. The stuff we hate to love and love to hate.”

Chris Wallace, Fox News: “It is remarkable to think TVNewser didn’t exist a decade ago. Now, a day doesn’t go by that I miss checking the site to get my fix about the industry.”

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ABC Toasts Robin Roberts at a Book Party For ‘Everybody’s Got Something’

A crowd of television personalities and executives gathered at George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth‘s apartment last night to celebrate “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, whose memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” was released today.

The memoir is Roberts’ firsthand account of her MDS diagnosis and treatment. Roberts told TVNewser she began to write the book after her return to “GMA,” using entries from the journal she kept during her recovery. When we asked if the writing process was cathartic, Roberts said the real satisfaction came when she re-read the story and realized “how strong and healthy I am.”

On hand to celebrate the book’s launch from ABC: Disney/ABC Television Group president Ben Sherwood, ABC News president James Goldston, vice president of business development Susan Mercandetti, senior vice president for talent Barbara Fedida, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, David Muir, Dan Abrams, Lara Spencer, Ginger Zee, Michael Strahan, Charlie Gibson and Deborah Roberts. CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter and “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King were also in attendance.

Roberts tweeted a selfie with Spencer and Zee: “These three are gonna be a wee bit tired in the morning,” she wrote. Read more

Sharyl Attkisson: ‘Unstoppable’ Forces Halted CBS Reporting; Network Responds

AttkissonStelterIn her most recent TV interview, former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson claims politics kept her stories from airing.

“The tendency on the part of some of these managers who have key influences has been they never mind the stories that seem to … go against the grain of the Republican Party,” Attkisson told “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter yesterday. “But they do often seem to feel defensive about, almost, personally defensive on stories that could make the government look bad.”

She pointed to now former-”CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin as one of a number of producers who took issue with her stories that were more critical of the Obama administration; she also cited “heavy-handed editing” practices overseen by producers and managers, including Shevlin.

“It’s hard to say it’s all at the guidance of her, but she is executive producer of the show,” Attkisson added.

“CBS News maintains the highest journalistic standards in what it chooses to put on the air,” CBS News spokesperson Sonya McNair tells TVNewser in response to Attkisson’s claims. “Those standards are applied without fear or favor.”

Attkisson’s “Reliable Sources” interview comes a week after she appeared on FNC’s media affairs show “Media Buzz.” Attkisson is writing a book about her CBS News experience, scheduled for release in November.

The Sunday Ticker: Singing, Spying, Winning

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” goes behind-the-scenes with some Billboard chart-topping nuns. The sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri only speak for one hour a day, but they sing for five and have become rock stars in the classical music world.

  • Glenn Greenwald gives his first post-Pulitzer Prize winning interview to CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” this morning. Stelter also interviews Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, just days before the streaming TV service goes before the Supreme Court.

  • Friday’s “20/20″ on ABC was the top broadcast program in the A18-49 demo. With 8.1 million viewers, the show had its 2nd-highest ratings of the season. “20/20″ is tracking for its most-watched season in 4 years – since the 2009-10 season.

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