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Layoffs at CNN Begin

CNNLogo_11.24Layoffs have begun at CNN.

As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.

One of the most high profile departures is Darius Walker, VP and Northeast Bureau Chief based in New York. Walker has been with CNN since 1996, beginning as a senior editor on the international desk in Atlanta. He’s also had stints in the Washington bureau and at CNNfn.

We hear up to 28 jobs are being cut in Washington, D.C., many are news-gathering positions.

The CNN entertainment unit is also being disbanded and staffers in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles are departing. (Correspondent Nischelle Turner left the network last week for “Entertainment Tonight.”)

Mashable reports Christiane Amanpour‘s New York-based staff has also been cut.

“The changes this week are difficult yet necessary,” a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser. “Out of respect for our colleagues directly impacted, we won’t be commenting on specific people or programs.”

CNN is just one of the Turner networks facing cuts that are part of CEO John Martin’s goal to create what he describes as a more “streamlined, nimble and efficient company.”

Developing…

More: Jane Velez Mitchell‘s HLN show has been canceled. All staff will be departing.

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Robin Roberts Receives Walter Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsCronkite“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today.

The award, presented by Arizona State University, recognizes a journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake.

Instead of giving a speech, Roberts was interviewed by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz and Megan Thompson (below) in front of 1,100 luncheon attendees. On Sunday, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and spoke to 200 students during a Q&A session.

“I had a quick tour of the facility — wow — you are so blessed, so fortunate. I hope you know that,” said Roberts who also watched part of the school’s newscast. “To have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount,” she said.

Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous honorees include CBS’s Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC’s Brian Williams, and Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, longtime anchors of PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

The Week of the International Gets

With world leaders in New York for the U.N. General Assembly and the Clinton Global Initiative happening at the same time, TV news anchors have been busy getting gets.

Who did we miss?

In ‘The News Sorority,’ Couric is ‘Brash,’ Sawyer ‘Machiavellian,’ Amanpour’s ‘Moral Superiority’

The News SororityThe Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove pored through journalist Sheila Weller’s upcoming TV news tell-all “The News Sorority.” And according to Grove, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Christiane Amanpour should expect some non-fiction hazing.

On Couric, Grove excerpts one of the juicier tidbits.

When Diane beat Katie on an interview with a 57-year-old woman who’d given birth to twins, Katie mused aloud, according to a person who heard the comment: “I wonder who she blew this time to get it.” In Weller’s narrative—which, as the subtitle indicates, aspires to document “the (Ongoing, Imperfect, Complicated) Triumph of Women in TV News”–Couric comes off as brash, striving, self-absorbed, and occasionally insensitive to the realities faced by her less well-compensated coworkers, yet steeled by personal tragedy (the cancer-related deaths of her husband and her sister) and capable of big-hearted generosity.

Sawyer, who anchors her final “World News” tonight, is a Type-A personality trading charm for results.

Sawyer is a Machiavellian, often-inscrutable workaholic who uses her seductive charm and good looks to professional advantage and torments news producers with her relentless perfectionism and insecurity—an apparent consequence of a fraught relationship with her judgmental, formidable mother (who once sent the adult Sawyer into a self-flagellating death spiral, Weller writes, when she criticized how her TV star daughter had made her bed).

And “reigning queen of the warzone” Amanpour might need to check her ego Read more

Brazil President to Christiane Amanpour: Nightmares Not as Bad as World Cup Loss

In an exclusive interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Brazil’s President said she could’ve never imagined Brazil’s resounding World Cup defeat.

“My nightmares never got so bad Christiane. They never went that far,” President Dilma Rousseff told Amanpour, responding to her question on whether she ever dreamed Brazil would suffer such a lopsided loss in the semi-finals.  Germany beat Brazil 7-1 yesterday.

The Saturday Ticker: Bolton, Beck/Hannity, TV News Women

  • Deirdre Bolton talks about her new FBN show in Suburban Life magazine: “They’re very supportive of creativity, which is unusual in the media right now; when have a good idea, you can go for it,” she says.

Ratings: Hillary Clinton’s Back-to-Back CNN, Fox News Interviews

FNC CNN Clinton Interviews

Hillary Clinton capped off the television portion of her book tour yesterday with back-to-back interviews on CNN and Fox News. Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren‘s joint Fox News interview delivered the biggest cable news audience, averaging 2,022,000 total viewers and 313,000 A25-54 viewers from 6:45-7:15 p.m. CNN’s interview, which ran from 5 to 6 p.m., had 521,000 total viewers and 115,000 A25-54 viewers.

Compared to the same time period the previous day, Fox News was up +23% in total viewers and +30% in the A25-54 demographic. CNN was up +32% in total viewers and +55% in the demo compared to the 5 p.m. hour Monday.

Fox came in first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic on cable news in the 6:45 to 7:15 half-hour. CNN came in second (behind Fox News) in both ratings metrics in the 5pmET time slot.

The re-air of Christiane Amanpour‘s town hall interview — which aired from 9 to 10:30 p.m. because of additional commercial breaks — averaged 579,000 total viewers and 137,000 A25-54 viewers.

Hillary Clinton Wraps Network Interviews with Town Hall on CNN, Ping Pong on Fox News

FNCHillaryFollowing ABC, CBS and NBC interviews last week, Hillary Clinton finished a round of network news interviews related to her new book, “Hard Choices,” with a live town hall on CNN followed by a live joint interview today on Fox News.

The town hall moderated by Christiane Amanpour included questions from the audience, ranging from immigration, to gun control, and marijuana policy. The town hall wrapped at 6:02 and 40 minutes later, Clinton was on Fox News taking part in a joint interview with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, which amounted to a ping pong match as Baier got 7 minutes, followed by Van Susteren for 7 minutes, then Baier, and back to Van Susteren, wrapping at 7:20pm.

Today’s news of the arrest of a suspect in the 9/11/12 Benghazi attack led both interviews. CNN’s Amanpour spent about 5 minutes on the arrest and Clinton’s role as Secretary of State at the time. Amanpour went for the emotional, asking Clinton if she had known how dangerous the situation in Benghazi was shaping up to be, “might you not have held [Amb. Chris Stevens] back on 9/11, of all days?” “I think we would have certainly cautioned, and maybe even directed people to just shelter in place,” Clinton said.

On Fox News, Baier spent his first 7 minutes, and part of his second 7 minutes, questioning Clinton on Benghazi, from the news of today’s arrest, to that night in 2012, to how the administration characterized it early on, and whom to blame for it. “This was the fog of war,” Clinton said.

Other topics in the Fox interview included the crisis in Iraq, the release of POW Bowe Berghdal, (and the Guantanamo prisoners released in exchange), the IRS scandal, whether she’ll run in 2016, and the detention of Sgt. Andrew Tahmooresi in Mexico, a case Van Susteren has been following closely.

As Clinton finished her round of interviews the results of a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll were released. 38% of registered voters said they would “probably” or be “almost certain to” vote for Clinton should she run in 2016, while 37% said they would definitely oppose her.

News Reporters Located Benghazi Terror Suspect Long Before the U.S. Government Did

Benghazi CNN FoxThe arrest of Benghazi terror attack suspect Ahmed Abu Khattala Sunday, and revealed late this morning, begs an important question: can U.S. cable news channels locate a terror suspect more quickly than the U.S. government?

Fox News, CNN, and CBS News were able to track down and interview Khattala after the attack on the U.S Consulate in Libya. “He was markedly relaxed when we spoke with him,” Fox News’ foreign correspondent Greg Palkot said on “Outnumbered” this afternoon about his off-camera interview with Khattala five weeks after the attack.

“It was not too hard to get in touch with him,” Palkot added, reporting Abu Khattala admitted to being at the scene of the consulate attack, but vowed “he had nothing to do with the planning.”

CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer also spoke with Khattala weeks after the attack, where he called the attackers “ordinary people.” Palmer reported he “didn’t look like a wanted man, sipping mango juice across the table from me in a Benghazi hotel.”

CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon interviewed Abu Khattala last summer. “This is a man whose whereabouts most certainly are known,” she said during her report. “So of course it begs the question why has he not been spoken to just yet, if not being directly accused of being involved in the attack.”

The big news of Khattala’s arrest raises the stakes for tonight’s Fox News joint-interview featuring Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren interviewing former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The interview will air live from 6:45pm-7:15pmET on both ”Special Report” and then “On the Record.” CNN’s live town hall with Clinton moderated by Christiane Amanpour airs live at 5pmET.

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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

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