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Sammon and Boughton Promoted at FNC D.C. Bureau

sammon_2-26.jpgPolitico has the memo from FNC’s EVP John Moody announcing the promotion of two FNC executives in D.C.

Bill Sammon becomes a VP of Fox News and Washington managing editor. “Assuming the title held by Brit Hume is daunting, but Bill, who has been Deputy M.E. for the past six months, has brought energy, leadership and inspired thinking to the office every day,” says the memo. “As Managing Editor, Bill has ultimate authority on editorial matters in Washington. He will report to me.”

Bureau manager Bryan Boughton has been promoted to Washington bureau chief. “Bryan led our coverage through the 2008 presidential campaign, the conventions, election night and the Obama Administration’s rise to power,” said the memo.

In August 2008, both Sammon and Boughton assumed their previous roles.

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ABC Allows Networks To Take First Speech Live

On Sunday we wrote about the behind-the-scenes discussions by Fox News’ Bryan Boughton, representing the press pool, and ABC News and the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC). Boughton felt it unfair that ABC’s exclusive deal with the PIC meant no other network got a chance to carry President Barack Obama‘s first speech live at the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball as well as the Obamas’ first dance.

Now it appears ABC has relented a bit. Politico has a statement from an ABC spokesperson: “ABC Entertainment has lifted the embargo on Obama’s remarks at the Neighborhood Ball. The feed will be available to everyone real-time. The restriction on the use of everything else, including the first dance still stands.”

It sounds like a compromise was reached.

> Update: Boughton, network bureau chief chair of the press pool, tells TVNewser today: “ABC Entertainment lifted the embargo on President Obama’s remarks at the Neighborhood Ball this evening. We believe that ABC is still attempting to limit news coverage of the President during his first hours in office. We believe all networks are entitled to full access to this event.”

Where To Watch The Obamas’ First Dance? ABC Only, For Now

abc_1-18.jpgSprinkled within the generous helping of Inauguration coverage on every network will be a few moments that are only offered on specific channels. The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi writes about some of the exclusive deals made between the Presidential Inauguration Committee (PIC) and networks like HBO, MTV and ABC.

But Bryan Boughton, FNC’s D.C. bureau manager and the network bureau chief chair of the press pool from January-April, is speaking up about ABC’s plans. ABC is currently set to air the first Inaugural ball (“Neighborhood Inaugural Ball”) Tuesday night, restricting other networks from airing any of President-elect Barack Obama‘s remarks until 10pmET (previously 1amET) and the Obamas’ first dance.

“It’s a moment in history and all Americans should share that,” Boughton tells TVNewser today. “All networks should take it live. We’re not asking that the whole ball is opened up. We do not consider the remarks entertainment. We consider that fair use as it happens.”

Boughton has been working with Obama press secretary Robert Gibbs, representing the PIC, and ABC News, representing ABC Entertainment, to work toward a compromise. “We don’t know what the end result will be,” says Boughton. “I think both sides…have been dealing with us in good faith in trying to come to some resolution with this.”

According to The Washington Post, Disney paid $2 million to air a children’s concert on the Disney Channel and the Inaugural ball on ABC.

Brit Hume’s Final “Special Report”

hume_12-22.jpgFishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin obtained an internal memo from DC bureau chief Bryan Boughton, informing staff that Brit Hume‘s last day anchoring “Special Report” will be tomorrow.

“Anyone who can please join us at 9:30am tomorrow (tues) to spend a few minutes honoring Brit on his last day anchoring. We’ll gather in the newsroom,” says the memo.

Hume announced in July he was stepping down as anchor of the 6pmET program. No replacement has been named. Hume’s new contract with FNC, which begins January 1, calls for a 100-day-a-year work schedule during which he will anchor major news events, appear on Fox News Sunday and turn up on his old show, on occasion.

Earlier on TVNewser: Brit Hume Reflective As He Approaches His Fox News Exit