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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: ‘Sweet 16′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Sweet 16,” as this past weekend produced some more big upsets in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dayton continued its upset streak, this time beating the Syracuse Orange, while Stanford took down Kansas. The “next round of competition begins Thursday.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Like the last round,  the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Update

NCAA march madnessThe first full round of competition in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in the books, and upsets were the story, as both Duke and Ohio State were beaten by Mercer and Dayton, respectively.

The third round will be played today and tomorrow, resulting in the teams that will go on to play in the “Sweet 16.”

The competition is scoring huge TV ratings as usual, as well as record-breaking digital traffic, our sister site Lost Remote reports.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also underway, and the participants are some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. This early on, the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, Who’s In?

NCAA march madnessThe NCAA college basketball tournament begins today, and with it comes the start of the 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Once again, some of of the best and brightest on-air and behind-the-scenes names in TV news compete to be the last one standing. 2013′s winner, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, is back to defend his crown. Here’s who he’s up against:

Team ABC:

Gio Benitez, Correspondent

Rick Klein, Political Director

Sandy Cannold, EP/Senior Business Editor

Team Bloomberg:

Matt Miller, Auto and Aviation Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Team CBS News:

Chris Licht, VP, Programming/EP, “CBS This Morning”

Norah O’Donnell, Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

Greg Bracco, Broadcast Graphics

Team CNBC:

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TVNewser’s March Madness Bracket Challenge is Back

NCAA-March-MadnessMarch Madness is back on TVNewser, as our 2014 NCAA college basketball tournament bracket will launch this week.

Last year, CBS VP of Programing and EP of “CBS This Morning” Chris Licht took home the prize, narrowly beating out CNN’s Tom Foreman by three points.

Invites have been sent to the entire TV news world, and there’s still time to get in.

Just shoot your humble TVNewser editor—who’s embarking on his first-ever bracket—an email if you’d like to be included in this year’s competition (jordan@mediabistro.com).

And be on the lookout for our first-round bracket post later this week.

Changes Behind the Scenes at ‘CBS This Morning’

ctmAs he promised in a note to his staff earlier this week, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht is changing things up behind the scenes at the fast-growing morning show.

In addition to Cari Strassberg jumping from “GMA” to “CTM,” the show is also bringing on Diana Miller as Senior Producer of the 8am hour. She joins from WCBS. Eric Bloom becomes Senior Producer of the 7a hour and John Peck has been named Senior Producer of the on-air operation.

Adam Verdugo, who is joining CBS from NBC’s “Meet the Press” will head up the show’s Los Angeles team while Sandy Gleysteen will move to New York to coordinate special coverage and taped pieces.

Matt Glick, a former longtime “Today” show producer who joined “CTM” in 2012 to oversee guest bookings, will be leaving the show.

“You all work so hard to make CBS This Morning a quality, compelling broadcast,” Licht writes in a note to the staff. “This senior team is here to help you keep the momentum going.”

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‘CBS This Morning’ Poaches From ‘GMA’

cbs this morning“CBS This Morning” has hired a new senior producer from across the street. Cari Strassberg joins CBS from ABC where she was a producer for “Good Morning America.”

At “GMA,” Strassberg managed correspondents, producers and bookers in the hours leading up to the show. “She has a great news sense and is very much a believer in our mission of bringing the news back to the morning,” writes CTM EP Chris Licht in a note to staff.

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As Shutdown Ends, A Toast to Chris Matthews’ Account of Political Compromise

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews was feted last night at the New York book party for his seventh book, “Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked.” The book, a historical account of political opponents who managed to work together, coincidentally hit the shelves on the first day of the government shutdown.

Matthews arrived at P.J. Clarke’s in Lincoln Center shortly before the senate vote to end the shutdown Wednesday night. He told TVNewser he combined multiple sources — including news clips, President Reagan’s diaries and his own journal from his time in as O’Neill’s administrative assistant — to create a “hologram” account of the time period. Asked how he juggles it all, he said he wrote at home before and after his “Hardball” work day, joking that his wife began to refer to the chair in his office as “that chair.”

We also chatted with newly-minted MSNBC host Ronan Farrow, who says he’ll spend the next few months developing his vision for his show ahead of an early 2014 launch. (Farrow was coy about the show’s time slot, which MSNBC has so far only said will be a “weekday, one-hour” program.) Also on hand to toast Matthews at P.J. Clarke’s: MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Dan Rather, Mark Halperin, MSNBC analyst Ed Rendell and “CBS This Morning” executive producer Chris Licht.

‘CBS This Morning’ Shifts Senior Producers

Following Ryan Kadro being named the senior broadcast producer of “CBS This Morning” last month, two other CBS News staffers are getting promoted.

Mosheh Oinounou, who led the show’s DC coverage, will be moving to New York to handle the evening shift.

“[By having him in the evenings] we will be better positioned to react to late-breaking news—ensuring CTM is as competitive as possible when we go on the air at 7am,” EP Chris Licht wrote in an email to staff.

In DC, Congressional producer Jill Jackson will assume “CTM”‘s political duties.

“Jill touches every part of this organization (crews, desks and producers from TV, radio and the web), all while booking guests, helping with scripting CTM and EN pieces and filing her own original reporting for all CBS platforms,” Licht wrote.

Licht’s full note, after the jump.
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Norah O’Donnell On ‘CTM’: ‘There is a genuine affection and friendship’

“CBS This Morning” gets a write-up from TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio, who talks to all three anchors, as well as EP Chris Licht. While “CTM” is certainly the newsiest of the network morning shows, one of the key elements to its growth is almost certainly the chemistry the anchors have.

It is a cliche, but when viewers invite you into their home every morning, they have to like the people they see. That is one of the reasons “Good Morning America” cites for its growth. Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell seem to have “it.”

What has also helped is a team of anchors who truly like each other. “We have real admiration and respect,” says Rose. King adds that her relaxed on-air rapport with Rose has led to questions from viewers about how close they really are. “Women are always asking me about the show,” says King. “One asked me ‘what is it between you two?’ I said ‘what do you mean?’ She said ‘you know what I mean.’ I said ‘I don’t know what you mean.’”

“They’re not dating,” O’Donnell notes. “There is a genuine affection and friendship that’s going on here.”

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