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From P.A. to International Correspondent, Vladimir Duthiers on ‘Enormous Responsibility’

VD_1Pulling video and research in a bustling New York City newsroom and reporting from Africa while angry Nigerians protest are on different ends of the TV journalism spectrum. For CNN’s Vladimir Duthiers, one thing led to the other, with only a few short years in between.

“I spent 18 years in global finance…but, I had always been an avid consumer of news,” Duthiers told TVNewser in a phone interview from Nigeria this afternoon. “In 2009, I decided to leave the world of finance for journalism.”

At 38, Duthiers started as a production assistant for Christiane Amanpour, quickly rising up the ranks to become an associate producer on “Anderson Cooper 360.” Cooper mentored Duthiers in reporting, helping him become part of a team that won two Emmys for coverage of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Doing his own enterprise reporting paid off: CNN offered Duthiers their Nigeria correspondent job in January, 2012. At the moment, Duthiers says, the job is “absolutely heartbreaking.”

Duthiers is covering the story of more than 200 schoolgirls abducted two weeks ago by terror group Boko Haram. “It makes you determined to come in and do your job harder the next day, but on the other end, it can be depressing.”

This week, Nigerians have protested over a weak government response to the abductions. “You’re reminded of your enormous responsibility as a reporter to make sure people know what these families are going through, even if you don’t have the images and videos,” Duthiers said.

Getting those elements has proved challenging; the kidnapped girls are presumed to be held in the Sambisa Forest, which is under a state of emergency, making things challenging for reporters who have restricted access.

“Social media has taken the reins with this story,” he continued, noting celebrities like Russell Simmons and Mary J. Blige have been tweeting the hashtag #WhereAreOurGirls. “As a social media campaign takes hold, you now have world leaders chiming in… with more of this, maybe things will change.”

Christiane Amanpour to Be Inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

On Tuesday, Christiane Amanpour will be inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame, which honors leaders who have made a lasting contribution to the advancement of the industry. Amanpour is the only on air talent, and only woman, in the 2014 class. Others include executives from Suddenlink Communications, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications. Amanpour adds this honor to 11 News and Documentary Emmys, four Peabody Awards, and nine honorary degrees. Have you ever wondered what was Christiane Amanpour’s First Big Break was? Well, here it is:

New Al Jazeera Video Imagines a World Where Journalists ‘Are Not Free to Report the Facts’

An international group of television anchors, including CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, are lending their voices to the #FreeAJStaff campaign advocating for the release of Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt. A new Al Jazeera video imagines a world where “journalists are not free to report the facts.” Watch:

Christiane Amanpour to Interview Venezuelan President

AmanpourBeginningAfter weeks of threatening to revoke CNN’s press credentials and ability to report from Venezuela, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro has instead agreed to sit down for an interview with the network. CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will speak with the beleaguered president today. The interview starts airing today on CNN’s networks and platforms, and will air in full on CNN International’s “Amanpour” tomorrow at 2pmET and 5pmET.

Last month, Maduro threatened to  pull the plug on CNN if it did not “rectify” its coverage of anti-government protests. A day later, he said the network’s crew could stay.

Christiane Amanpour to Wolf Blitzer: ‘Be Really Careful Putting That Across as a Fact’

CNN Blitzer AmanpourDuring a segment on the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine on yesterday’s “The Situation Room,” Christiane Amanpour got into it with her colleague Wolf Blitzer over his reporting of the story.

“You’ve gotta be really careful putting that across as a fact,” Amanpour said in response to Blitzer reading off a statement from the Russian ambassador to the U.N. Security Council that said “fascists and anti-Semites in Ukraine” are at fault for the violence.

“That’s what Vitaly Churkin said,” Blitzer shot back.

“He may have done,” she continued. “Are you telling me, are you saying that the entire pro-European…”

“Of course not,” Blitzer defended, explaining that he was only reporting what Churkin said. Amanpour continued to caution that CNN has to be careful not to lump the entire pro-European Ukranians as extremists.

Watch the CNN friendly fire below.

George Stephanopoulos to Scale Back Hosting ‘This Week’

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSGeorge Stephanopoulos is scaling back his hosting duties on ABC’s “This Week” from three times a month to twice a month. The news was first reported by Politico’s Dylan Byers.

Stephanopoulos wears many hats at the network: in addition to anchoring “Good Morning America” and serving as the primary fill-in for “World News,” he is the chief political correspondent, co-anchoring all of ABC’s political coverage. He will still be heavily involved in the show even on weeks he does not host, an ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser.

Martha Raddatz, ABC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, will continue in her role as primary fill-in on “This Week.” Raddatz typically hosts one show a month from Washington, D.C.

Sources at ABC News tell TVNewser Raddatz will not always be in the anchor chair on weeks when Stephanopoulos is off, though: the show will be planned with a “mix and match” strategy using a combination of Raddatz and ABC’s chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl based on the news of the week. Read more

Christiane Amanpour Holds Up #FreeAJStaff Sign On-Air

AmanpourOn her CNN International show, Christiane Amanpour held up a sign of the hashtag #FreeAJStaff in a report on what fellow journalists around the world are doing to show support for the four imprisoned Al Jazeera reporters.

Amanpour reported on journalists who are taping their mouths shut and holding up the signs in calls for the release of the four journalists who’ve been held captive in Egypt for over a month.

The journalists solidarity campaign on social media comes at the same time journalists in Kenya protested outside of the Egyptian embassy there, with some holding signs “Journalism is Not a Crime.”

Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part I

Our pals at mediabistroTV have had quite the year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a handful of our favorite interviews from 2013: Christiane Amanpour, Al Roker, Larry King, Jon Karl and the co-hosts of “The Five.”

Stay tuned for an mbTV interview with the hosts of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and the return of “Cubes” in 2014.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

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Coverage Plans for Mandela Memorial Service

Nelson Mandela memorial serviceInternational leaders, including President Barack Obama and former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter, will honor Nelson Mandela at a public memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg tomorrow. The memorial service will begin at 11 a.m. local time (4amET).

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC News beginning at 4amET Tuesday. Williams will also anchor “Nightly News” from Pretoria tonight and tomorrow.

CBS News will have coverage of the memorial service during “Up to the Minute,” the early morning newscast, beginning at 4amET. CBSNews.com will have a live stream of the service.

ABC News will air a special report from Times Square beginning at 4amET. George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts will anchor from New York, with Terry Moran and Byron Pitts from South Africa.

Fox News will cover the memorial service when it begins at 4amET, with coverage continuing through “Fox & Friends First” and “Fox & Friends.” Greg Palkot and producer Paul Tilsley will contribute to the network’s coverage from the FNB Stadium in South Africa.

CNN has Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Christiane Amanpour reporting from South Africa. Cooper will anchor both editions of “AC360″ live from outside Mandela’s home tonight.

MSNBC will simulcast NBC News’ special report, with the “Morning Joe” team taking over at 6amET. The full memorial service will stream on msnbc.com.

We’ll update this post with further coverage plans from the other networks when we get them.

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