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Christa Robinson Named Chief Comms Officer for Tribune

TribuneChrista Robinson, former head of communications for CNN Worldwide, is joining Tribune as Chief Communications Officer. Robinson, who will be based in New York for the Chicago-headquartered company, will report to Tribune CEO Peter Liguori.

“Christa brings a depth of experience in media, corporate communications and government affairs that will be vital in this new role,” says Liguori in a press release. Robinson left CNN earlier this year after 14 years with the network. Before CNN, she served in the Clinton White House as Director of Communications for the Domestic Policy Council.

“I am thrilled to be joining Tribune’s management team during this dynamic period,” said Robinson. “The strength of the company’s legacy media brands, combined with the expansion of broadcasting and new content initiatives, create a tremendous opportunity to position Tribune for its next successful chapter.”

Tribune, which emerged from bankruptcy last year, has explored the sale of its newspapers while doubling down on its TV assets. Tribune owns 23 stations across the country. In July, the company announced it would acquire the 19-station Local TV group for $2.725 billion in cash.

Tribune also owns the classified advertising sites, and Earlier today, Tribune reported Q3 earnings showing revenue of $695 million, down -5% from Q3 2012. Broadcasting revenue of $248 million was down -6% and publishing revenue of $446 million decreased -4%.

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Bart Feder Leaving CNN

First On TVNewser: CNN senior VP of current programming Bart Feder is leaving the cable news channel, TVNewser has learned. His last day at the company will be May 24.

“Bart Feder and I have been in discussions over the last couple of weeks about his role in the company and he has decided that it is time to move on and take his career in a new direction,” CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

As is the case at most companies, with a new boss comes a new leadership team. Zucker has made a number of personnel changes since taking over earlier this year, both on-air and off-air.

We hear that Feder’s responsibilities will primarily be absorbed by trusted Zucker deputy Michael Bass, who joined CNN last month from syndicated talk show “Katie,” which Zucker helped launch.

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Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

So, Where Does that Lou Dobbs – Bill O’Reilly Booking Stand?

BOR_7.30.bmpOn Monday night, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly stood up for CNN’s Lou Dobbs who was facing growing criticism and calls by some groups, to be removed from CNN over his coverage of the birther movement.

On Tuesday, publicists who represent United Stations Radio Networks, the producer of Dobbs’ radio show, reached out to The O’Reilly Factor and pitched Dobbs as a guest for O’Reilly’s Wednesday show. Scheduling conflicts reportedly got in the way. But TVNewser has learned there is more to it.

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CNN Reporter at Chicago Tea Party: It’s “Anti-CNN Since This is Highly Promoted By the Right-Wing, Conservative Network Fox”

CNN correspondent Susan Roesgen could barely get through her live shot at the Chicago tea party this afternoon. Over shouts of, “You’re not a reporter,” Roesgen quickly wrapped up an interview with an attendee, then said, “I think you get the general tenor of this. It’s anti-government, anti-CNN since this is highly promoted by the right-wing conservative network Fox.”

A Fox News spokesperson responds to TVNewser, “Judging by their lack of ratings, everyone seems to be anti-CNN.”

More: FNC’s Shepard Smith responds in his own inimitable way on Studio B: “I’ve just learned it’s Anti-CNN day. I know, right? I had no freakin’ clue.” Later: “Just a minute ago, that Susan Roesgen, from that CNN, that people used to watch a long time ago…” And still later: “Anti-CNN? Who’s anti-CNN, settle down Susan! Come on girl.” And even later: “Poor Susan Roesgen, nobody hates you, everybody … we love the CNN. Relax everybody. Don’t get your hate on.”

Related: How much has each network covered the tea parties today?

Official CNN response about Roesgen’s comments from spokesperson Christa Robinson: “She was doing her job, and called it like she saw it.”

Click continued to see Shep’s comments (via J$)…

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Miles O’Brien To Leave CNN. Network Shutters Science, Space and Tech Unit

O'Brien_12.3.jpgBreaking: TVNewser has learned 16-year veteran CNN correspondent and anchor Miles O’Brien will soon be leaving CNN.

O’Brien’s departure comes as the network dismantles its science, space, environment and technology unit in Atlanta. That includes O’Brien as well as six producers. O’Brien has been CNN’s chief technology and environment correspondent since being replaced as anchor of American Morning in April 2007.

Before, during and after anchoring, O’Brien worked the NASA beat for CNN. He covered John Glenn‘s return to space in 1998. In 1999 he led CNN’s coverage of the failed Mars Orbiter and Polar Lander missions. And in February 2003, O’Brien led coverage of the shuttle Columbia tragedy.

CNN spokesperson Christa Robinson tells TVNewser the unit is being shuttered as the network integrates science, environment and technology reporting into the general editorial structure. “Now that the bulk of our environmental coverage is offered through the Planet in Peril franchise, which is part of the AC360 program, there is no need for a separate unit,” Robinson says.

O’Brien joined CNN in April 1992. His departure date is not yet set.

> More: Statements from Miles O’Brien and from CNN on O’Brien’s work, after the jump…

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“Polar Opposities” and “Different Realities”

olbermann_10-27.jpgTwo of the most high-profile media writers were thinking the same thing over the weekend. The AP’s David Bauder and Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz each write today about the vast difference between MSNBC’s Countdown with Keith Olbermann and some of FNC’s programs.

Bauder looks at “polar opposites” Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly. “The two men survey the McCain-Obama competition from opposite mountaintops, as kings of cable’s opinion class. They’re the beneficiaries of an increased desire by news viewers to follow stories through their own ideological filters,” writes Bauder.

“Flipping back and forth between Olbermann and O’Reilly would be enough to give most viewers whiplash,” Bauder writes.

Kurtz presents Sean Hannity as the Olbermann foil, something Sen. Barack Obama did as well. “Obama recently questioned whether voters are “seeing two different realities, a Sean Hannity reality and a Keith Olbermann reality,’” writes Kurtz.

Olbermann tells Kurtz, “There is no Sean Hannity reality.” While FNC SVP Bill Shine tells Kurtz, “We try very, very hard to keep it fair and keep it balanced. [Hannity] is balanced out every night by Alan [Colmes] and by other guests.”

Kurtz also discusses Drew Griffin‘s interview, and subsequent controversy, with Gov. Sarah Palin. Click continued to see it…

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