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Closing Out Her Media Tour, Malala Talks Nobel Peace Prize with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour

Christiane Amanpour interviews Malala and her father at the 92nd Street YOn the eve of the Nobel Peace Prize announcement, nominee Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year old education activist who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year, told Christiane Amanpour that the award is “more than I deserve.”

“When I think of myself, I have a lot to do. So I think that it’s really an early age, and I would feel proud when I would work for education, when I would have done something, when I would be feeling confident to tell people, Yes! I have built that school, I have done that teachers’ training, I have sent that much children to school,” Malala said in an interview TVNewser attended at the 92nd Street Y Thursday. “Then if I get the Nobel Peace Prize, I will be saying, Yeah, I deserve it, somehow. Still, I need to work a lot.  I need to work a lot.  And I must work a lot.” (The Peace Prize was awarded to a chemical weapons watchdog group this morning.)

Amanpour’s interview capped off a media blitz for Malala, who was in New York to accept a U.N. Human Rights Award. In addition to interviews with Amanpour, PBS, the BBC and “The Daily Show,” Malala spoke with Diane Sawyer for an interview that airs tonight at 10pmET on “20/20.” The CNN special will air Sunday at 7pmET. (ABC promoted Sawyer’s interview as an exclusive, especially ironic because Amanpour serves as an anchor for both networks.)

Amanpour’s interview was in front of a sellout crowd, where the audience was required to have their bags checked and walk through metal detectors before entering the auditorium. Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, were introduced by Samantha Power, the U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. They entered and exited the stage to a prolonged standing ovation.

“My brain is saved, my spinal cord is saved, everything is fine. I am alive. And I still can talk. I can smile. So I thank God for that,” Malala told Amanpour.

Andrea Mitchell to Receive National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

andrea mitchellNBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell will receive the 2013 Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s prize for a journalist “who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence,” tonight in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with NBC News. In a statement, she said receiving the award is “an incredible honor, made even more meaningful because this award began with the late Walter Cronkite and has subsequently been conferred upon my friend and colleague Tom Brokaw. I am humbled to have been selected to join such giants of our profession.”

In addition to Cronkite and Brokaw, previous winners include Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour and David Broder.

The CNN Ticker: Promotions, Amanpour, Upwave

  • HLN has announced the shows that will make up its “Upwave” programming block. They include two cooking shows (including one hosted by “Top Chef” winner Richard Blais. Details after the jump.

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‘We Are Not Partisan, Nor Are We the Iranian Version of Fox News’

Amanpour-and-Iran-Pres-RouhaniA big week in U.S.-Iranian relations comes to an close with news that the presidents of both nations had their first direct contact in 34 years. Midway through his visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly, the new Iranian president Hassan Rouhani also spent time meeting the American press. Then there was the dust-up about what he did — or didn’t — say to CNN anchor Christiane Amanpour. Iran’s semi-official Fars news agency disputed some of CNN’s translation.

CNN gave us their side yesterday. Today the New York Times’, Thomas Erdbrink got an explanation from the Fars point of view. He talked with Mostafa Afzalzadeh, who formerly worked with the agency.

Fars reporters said they were just trying to correct CNN’s mistranslation of the Iranian president during the interview. “Journalists are there to correct mistakes,” said Mostafa Afzalzadeh, who formerly worked for the agency. “If Mrs. Amanpour is ready to say that this was her translator’s fault and not hers, we will gladly publish that on Fars.”

Iran’s hard-liners have no patience with Ms. Amanpour, who is British-Iranian and, in their minds, deeply biased against the country. But Mr. Afzalzadeh denied those feelings had anything to do with the agency’s coverage.

“We are not partisan, nor are we the Iranian version of Fox News,” he said in an interview. “We are just doing our journalistic duty.”

CNN, Iranian News Agency in Translation Spat

Amanpour-and-Iran-Pres-RouhaniCNN and Iran’s Fars News Agency are in something of a spat over comments made by Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani. In Christiane Amanpour‘s interview with Rouhani, he seemed to acknowledge that the Holocaust had happened, and condemned it as such. That comment, as Brooke Baldwin noted, was “explosive,” given previous comments by Iranian leaders.

Fars, which is a “semi-official” news agency, with ties to the government there, took issue with the translation that CNN aired, arguing that Rouhani said something quite different. On its site, Fars also pointed to the response Rouhani gave to NBC’s Ann Curry just a few days earlier, saying that his comments then were translated more precisely.

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple reports that CNN says the translator in question was provided by the Iranians. Fars responds that Amanpour is fluent in Farsi, and should have caught the alleged mistranslation.

Update: Politico talks to a Farsi speaker, who seems to confirm that the translation CNN used was correct, save for one word (albeit an important word): Holocaust.

But according to Arash Karami, a journalist with Al-Monitor who speaks Farsi, CNN’s English transcript appears to match the live interpretation of the interview provided by the Iranian translator — with one minor exception.

That exception: the use of the word “holocaust.”

“Live translation is a difficult thing and I don’t think it was done intentionally by the translator but Rouhani didn’t use the word ‘holocaust.’” Karami told POLITICO on Thursday. “That appears to be the only major distinction.”

Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

The PM Ticker: Malala, B&C HOF, Vine

  • CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will interview Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. The interview will be conducted live at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and will air as a special called The Bravest Girl in the World on CNN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7PM.

  • The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame has lined up former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl as the co-hosts for this year’e event. The honorees include “Live! with Kelly and Michael and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • NowThis News has hired Cody Johns as a videojournalist reporting exclusively for Vine, Twitter’s six-second social video service. Johns has amassed more than one million followers on the service. Watch the announcement (via Vine, natch) below.

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Ann Curry Scoops Christiane Amanpour in Interview with Iranian President

NBC’s anchor-at-large Ann Curry is in Tehran at this hour, where she got the first U.S. interview with newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. CNN has already been promoting an interview Christiane Amanpour will get with Rouhani when he travels to New York later this month for the annual gathering at the U.N. Curry’s interview, conducted at the presidential compound a few hours ago, will begin airing tonight on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” The conversation touches on the crisis in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program, and Rouhani’s recent communication with President Obama.

The Morning Ticker: Stahl, Zakaria, Amanpour

  • “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl will host this year’s Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 28. Among the inductees, Univision CEO Randy Falco, TIVO CEO Tom Rogers and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • The Clinton Global Initiative returns to New York next week. Ahead of the annual gathering, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sits down with Pres. Clinton to talk Syria, the budget and his wife’s 2016 presidential ambitions. The interview airs on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday at 10amET.

  • Next week is also the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is getting the first interview with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip to New York.

ABC, CBS, NBC Break In with Pres. Obama Comments on Syria

With cameras clicking and flashbulbs popping, and with the leaders of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia on either side of him, Pres. Obama spoke about the situation in Syria. Obama’s remarks were recorded by the pool and fed out around 2:45pmET. They followed Secy. of State John Kerry‘s remarks earlier with results from an unclassified U.S. investigation into a chemical weapons attack in Syria last week. The president:

“We are looking at the possibility of a limited, narrow act that would help make sure that not only Syria, but others around the world, understand that the international community cares about maintaining this chemical weapons ban. Again, I repeat, we’re not considering any open-ended commitment. We’re not considering any boots on the ground approach.”

Scott Pelley anchored a special report on CBS along with Pentagon correspondent David MartinDavid Muir anchored on ABC along with Martha Raddatz. And on NBC Lester Holt along with Andrea Mitchell reported on the President’s remarks. Christiane Amanpour who splits time on CNN and ABC, was part of the special report on CNN.

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