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“The Lesson for Women is That It’s OK if Everybody Doesn’t Like You”

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

CShipman_6.10.jpgCall 911. There’s a network correspondent who wants less face time.

“People think you’re insane in this business if you don’t want to be on TV all the time,” says ABC’s Claire Shipman. “The more you’re on, the more important you are. I should be panicked when I’m not on every day. Actually, I’m relieved.”

Shipman, 46, “Good Morning America’s” senior national correspondent, happily cut back to part-time status in the fall as part of her new contract. She appears once or twice a week — at a lower salary, of course.

“It’s been a very smooth adjustment,” she says. “I’m wired this way.” In this economy, so is ABC. “They’re happy to save some money and still have me on the air.”

Shipman is practicing what she preaches in her new book, “Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success,” coauthored by the BBC’s Katty Kay. Their message: Females have far more power in the workplace than they realize, and they can use it to get the life they want.

Network TV is not your typical workplace, Shipman concedes. For starters, there’s the unpredictable travel. With two young children — Hugo, 7, and Della, 4 – she became increasingly resistant to that part of the job.

“I kept having these discussions, ‘Why are you so difficult, Claire?’” she says. “I told them I wasn’t cut out like other reporters. I think they got it. The lesson for women is that it’s OK if everybody doesn’t like you. They need to like your work.”

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Couric, Gibson, More Celebrate “Womenomics” Release

Diane Von Fustenberg hosted a party in New York for ABC correspondent Claire Shipman and BBC correspondent Katty Kay‘s new book, “Womenomics.” In attendance: Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric, Al Roker and Deborah Roberts and more.

The book, released last Tuesday, is currently the #1 book in the Women & Business category on

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Internet Week’s High-Speed Connections

If you haven’t heard, it’s Internet Week in New York City, put on by Mayor Bloomberg and the IADAS.

NYC companies, including ours, are putting on events, hosting parties and otherwise celebrating New York’s Internet community. There’s even an awards show Monday night. (We’ll be there to cover).

It’s a busy week. So busy, in fact, Page Six reports husband and wife Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg are throwing competing parties tonight with guest lists filled with tvnewsers.

While Diller is hosting a bash on a private roof garden overlooking Rockefeller Center to welcome new AOL boss Tim Armstrong and News Corp.’s chief digital officer Jonathan Miller to New York’s digital community, von Furstenberg will be at her downtown headquarters celebrating “Womenomics,” a new book by “Good Morning America” host Claire Shipman and the BBC’s Katty Kay. While Diller’s expecting Jeff Zucker, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers and Mike Ovitz, von Furstenberg is drawing Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and Charlie Rose.

TVNewsers To Pack Cafe Milano for Brit Hume Salute

Hume_1.6.jpgThe salute to Brit Hume event at Cafe Milano Thursday night is shaping up to be one of the hottest pre-inaugural parties of the season. The invitation only event is attracting numerous Beltway and TV news bold face names. In addition to a host of Fox Newsies, TVNewser has learned Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Bob Schieffer, the late Tim Russert‘s wife Maureen Orth, Gwen Ifill, Ted Koppel, Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory, Sam Donaldson, Claire Shipman and Ann Compton will all be toasting Hume that evening.

Sadly, this TVNewser will not be able to attend, as I am headed to CES tomorrow. But the tip box is open 24/7 if anyone wants to let us know how it went!

What Does Jay Carney’s Move Mean For ABC’s Claire Shipman?

shipman_12-16.jpgThe news that Time’s Washington bureau chief Jay Carney is leaving the magazine to become Vice President-elect Joe Biden‘s communications director will also have an impact on Carney’s wife, ABC News national correspondent Claire Shipman.

ABC News SVP of communications Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “It’s something we’ve obviously given a lot of thought to. We will not assign Claire to anything that would create even the perception of a conflict of interest.”

Shipman has been Good Morning America’s senior national correspondent since 2001. Before ABC, Shipman was NBC’s White House correspondent. She joined NBC News in 1997. Prior to NBC, Shipman spent 10 years at CNN in both Washington and Moscow.

“There are a lot of power couples in Washington who very successfully navigate these issues,” Schneider says. “We expect Claire and Jay will be able to do that. Obviously, we can’t have any influence over the spouses of the people who work for us and the jobs they take, but we can be mindful of the assignments we give to the people who do work for us.”