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Rodriguez Talks Blago, Sully on Today’s “Menu”

rodriguez_2-4.jpgCBS’ The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez joined us this morning on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast.

Last week Rodriguez interviewed Gov. Rod Blagojevich in one of his first sit-downs of the major media tour. “Everyone here thought he was incredibly charming,” says Rodriguez. But “a lot of people would say he’s an interesting case study in delusion and self-destruction.”

Monday she has another big get — hero pilot Captain Sully (Chesley Sullenberger). “It’s just going to be good, warm, happy television which I think we all welcome these days,” Rodriguez says.

But just like Blago, Rodriguez’ interview with Sully is just one of many for the guest during that day. So how does she prepare? “I have to find a way to make it different, I have to find something that they didn’t have,” she says.

Rodriguez also reflects on her one year in the Early Show anchor chair (“I’m so excited to see who I get to talk to tomorrow”), gives her thoughts on the New York Times’ possibly charging for content and jokes about pulling “the old Katie Couric-Sarah Palin“.

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Maggie Rodriguez on Tomorrow’s “Menu”

rodriguez_2-3.jpgWe’re joined by CBS’ The Early Show anchor Maggie Rodriguez tomorrow on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu.

Last week Rodriguez interviewed Gov. Rod Blagojevich, and on Monday she talks to hero pilot Captain Sully (Chesley Sullenberger). She also just celebrated her one-year anniversary as Early Show anchor.

Click here to listen LIVE at 9amET.

You can hear all our previous podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

After CBS Scooped NBC, Did ESPN Scoop CBS?

SullyKatie_2.3.jpgKatie Couric sat down with US Airways pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger last Friday for his first interview since the emergency landing into the Hudson River. But the hero pilot, who’s been mostly mum about the subject, also talked to ESPN magazine’s Rick Reilly this past weekend at the Super Bowl.

We noticed this last night on WABC’s 11 O’Clock news. WABC and ESPN have the same parent company Disney-ABC.

“Sully” talked about feeling “calm on the outside, turmoil inside” during the plunge into the Hudson. “It was very quiet as we worked, my co-pilot and I. We were a team. But to have zero thrust coming out of those engines was shocking – the silence.”

Reilly briefly interviewed Sullenberger in Tampa, where he and his crew were guests of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

ESPN, The Magzine’s Website exclaims, “Captain Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger Talks to Us…First. Sorry Katie Couric, we couldn’t help ourselves.”

But, since Couric’s interview happened Friday, she was first. We’ll all just have to wait until Sunday to see the whole story on 60 Minutes.

Earlier: Hero Pilot To Give First Interview to Katie Couric, Not Matt Lauer

> Update: Couric was in Charlotte, NC yesterday where Sullenberger met with more than 50 passengers from his flight.

Katie Couric to Host Grammy Special

Couric_1.24.jpgCBS News has announced that Katie Couric will host a entertainment special featuring several Grammy award nominees.

The special is being produced by the news division with 48 Hours Mystery EP Susan Zirinsky in charge. “Couric has an innate ability for getting people to reveal themselves in a uniquely intimate way,” says Zirinsky. “This broadcast highlights her talent and showcases a new side of these celebrated artists like Justin Timberlake.”

“Katie Couric’s ‘All Access’ Grammy Special” airs Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 10pmET/PT. In addition to Timberlake, guests include Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.

The Couric special leads up to CBS’ broadcast of the Grammy Awards, Sunday, Feb. 8, immediately following “60 Minutes” which will feature Couric’s interview with flight 1549 hero pilot Capt. Chesley Sullenberger and his crew.

Earlier on TVNewser: CBS Evening News with Katie Couric Goes Prime Time

Hero Pilot Now Gives First Interview to CBS’ Katie Couric, Not NBC’s Matt Lauer

TVNewser has learned Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot of US Airways flight 1549, who was scheduled to give his first interview to “Today’s” Matt Lauer last Monday, has now agreed to speak first to CBS’ “60 Minutes.” Lauer’s former co-anchor Katie Couric will conduct the interview.

The interview with Capt. Sullenberger and the entire crew of flight 1549 is scheduled to air Sunday, February 8. Why the delay? Because NBC will be airing the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 1 when “60 Minutes” will be airing on CBS. Insiders tell us a date for the interview to take place is still being worked out.

Developing…

> More: Last Saturday, NBC announced they had secured the first interview with Sullenberger and that it was set for Monday morning. When it did not come to pass, Lauer explained on air that the pilot’s union had asked for the delay and that, “We have been guaranteed we’ll have the first interview with Capt. Sullenberger.”

> Update: The response from NBC News – “What Captain Sullenberger did in the cockpit on flight 1549 was heroic and admirable. Unfortunately, people close to him have not acted nearly as admirably over the past few days. They gave us their word, and then broke their commitment. We wish Captain Sullenberger the best.”

> Update (2): Insiders tell us Capt. Sullenberger will give his second interview to Good Morning America on the morning of Monday, Feb. 9. He’ll appear on CBS’ The Early Show following the GMA interview.

About That Today Show Interview with the Hero Pilot: Delayed “A Couple Days”

This morning, the Today show’s Matt Lauer explained the booking of Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, the pilot of USAirways flight 1549. NBC News announced Saturday afternoon that Capt. Sully would give his first interview to “Today” this morning.

He was scheduled to be with us this morning for his first interview since that incident. The pilot’s union asked us to delay the interview saying they really would prefer the investigation move a little bit further down the road before Capt. Sullenberger makes comments in media. We have been guaranteed we’ll have the first interview with Capt. Sullenberger. But we’re just going to delay it a couple days. We completely understand their request.

Today10_1.19.jpgAlso, the fourth hour of the Today show is continuing with Matt, Meredith, Al and Ann, and Natalie Morales instead of normal fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford. Meredith Vieira, who usually departs after the 8am hour for her “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” duties, is anchoring through the fourth hour.

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