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Barbara Walters Makes Return to NBC

Not sure who had the remote control for those huge monitors at the Romney campaign site in Boston — the ones that kept changing all night. But it made for fun viewing for us.

During an ABC liveshot with David Muir, Fox News was on the monitors. Later, during a liveshot with NBC’s Peter AlexanderABC was on. At the end of the report, Brian Williams said, “Peter Alexander, and for a time, Barbara Walters and Cokie Roberts. Thank you all.”

NBC gets the bragging rights for being the first to call the election for Obama at 11:12pmET. An Ohio victory put the president over the top. CBS followed at 11:15, then Fox News, CNN and at 11:25pm ABC News.

TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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Invaluable Resource, Sleep Aid. How C-SPAN Stands the Test of Time

If founder Brian Lamb had to do it over again, C-SPAN wouldn’t be called C-SPAN.

“It’s not the greatest name around,” says Lamb, 70, who steps down Sunday as CEO. “Three people know what it stands for. I don’t even know what it stands for. One of our board members asked me. We rarely ever spell it out.”

Drum roll, please.

Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network launched on March 19, 1979, with four employees (including Lamb) and a reach of 3.5 million homes. It now includes three networks, a staff of 280 and a universe of 100 million homes.

Most Americans assume the ‘C’ in C-SPAN stands for Congress, since covering Congress’ proceedings – live, unfiltered, gavel-to-gavel – is its raison d’etre. But in 1979, with cable in its infancy, Lamb felt it more important to brand C-SPAN as a non-broadcast enterprise.

“Otherwise, people wouldn’t have known what it was,” says Lamb, newly-named executive chairman. “At that point, we were only the sixth cable network.”

These days, C-SPAN suffers no such identity crisis, though Lamb does, often being mistaken for Sen. John McCain, Ed Harris or John Glenn. According to C-SPAN’s most recent survey, 75 percent of respondents recognize the non-profit network’s name, Lamb says. Since C-SPAN does not have ratings, however, he has no hard numbers on viewership.

ABC’s Cokie Roberts, who was, in her own words, “very involved in the birth” of C-SPAN, sees the network’s identity issue differently.

“I don’t think people are aware of the brand, but they’re very aware of the product,” Roberts, 68, says. As an NPR reporter in the late ‘70s, she and her colleagues in Congress’ Radio-TV gallery joined Lamb in lobbying the House of Representatives to allow TV cameras on the floor.

Despite C-SPAN’s noble mission, Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert and ‘Saturday Night Live,’ among others, parody the network’s frequently-static content as a perfect sleep aid.

In real life, C-SPAN fan Ed Rendell, former Democratic National Committee Chairman, swears by the network for his nightly zzzz’s.

“I have a hyperactive mind, so I watch TV in my living room and fall asleep for about 90

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The Ticker: Wheelock, Crowley, Anderson…

  • Former ABC Newser Bob Wheelock has joined Al Jazeera English as executive producer for the Americas. Wheelock, who was senior producer of ABC’s special events unit, has also been a senior producer, broadcast producer and London bureau chief for NBC News.
  • Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent, received the University of Kansas’ William Allen White journalism citation Friday. Previous recipients include Walter Cronkite, Bernie Shaw, Bob Woodward and Cokie Roberts.
  • WNET has hired Julie Anderson as executive producer of documentaries and development. Anderson, who is up for an Academy Award in the short documentary film category this year, starts tomorrow.

Christiane Amanpour Accepts ASU’s Cronkite Award

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour was presented with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism this afternoon.

In her acceptance speech, Amanpour, the host of ABC’s “This Week,” called journalism “a great endeavor; it is a sacred endeavor. It is a public service.”

“It’s hard work,” she told journalism students during a question and answer session before the awards ceremony. “Stand up, grab the microphone and don’t be afraid to ask the questions.”

Amanpour is the 28th recipient of the ASU award, which has previously been given to fellow ABCers Diane Sawyer and Cokie Roberts, as well as Brian Williams, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw.

Sam Donaldson on Co-Anchor ‘Jealousies’ and Why ‘The News Business Has Moved On’

There is no trick involved in tonight’s Halloween treat for Boomer news junkies — Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts really are co-anchors again.

The hosts of ABC’s ‘This Week’ from 1996 to ’02, Donaldson and Roberts have reunited to front ‘Primary Issues,’ a four-part election series that launches tonight at 9pmET on RLTV. It continues each night through Thursday.

Donaldson and Roberts will host from Washington, with business journalist Consuelo Mack in New York and former ‘Today’ regular John Palmer in the field. Ben Stein will provide commentary.

Donaldson, 77, who owns a ranch in New Mexico, says it was easy to get back in the saddle with Roberts, 67.

“Cokie and I have a mutual respect,” he tells TVNewser. “One of the problems with co-anchors is that jealousies sometimes show up on the air. I can’t deny that I’ve had some of that in the past, but never with Cokie. We never had a dispute. We shared everything.”

A 42-year ABC veteran, Donaldson works mostly in the radio division. He just re-upped with

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Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts and John Palmer to Host New Political Program… On RLTV

RLTV (formerly Retirement Living TV) has picked up a political news and commentary program–”Primary Issues”– to be hosted by former ABC News journalists Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts, as well as former NBC News correspondent John Palmerwho joined RLTV in 2006 — and PBS host Consuelo Mack. Fox News Channel regular Ben Stein will contribute regular commentary pieces to the program, which will debut Monday at 9pmET and run through November 3.

More information, after the jump.

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ABC’s Christiane Amanpour to be presented Walter Cronkite Award

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is the 2011 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.

Amanpour will accept the 28th annual award, given by ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, at a luncheon in Phoenix in November.

“This is an extraordinary honor,” says Amanpour in a press release. “I met the great man and benefited enormously from his wisdom. I also admire his phenomenal career as a war correspondent. His legacy is one that we should all strive to uphold and protect, and I am grateful to the Cronkite School for training future generations of journalists, the kind that would pass muster with Uncle Walter!”

Amanpour was an international correspondent for CNN for 20 years before joining ABC last year. Amanpour joins her ABC colleagues Diane Sawyer and Cokie Roberts as past Cronkite honorees. NBC’s Brian Williams, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw have also won the award.

Cronkite personally presented the award during its first 25 years. The CBS Newsman died July 17, 2009.

Election 2010: ABC News Will be Live All Night for Midterm Coverage

ABC News will have live midterm election coverage all night next Tuesday, though some of it will take place online.

ABC’s coverage will kick off with “ABC World News” at 6:30 OM ET, anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will anchor a special live program online from 8-9:30 PM on ABCNews.com, Facebook and through the ABC News iPad app. There will also be election updates on ABC at the top and bottom of every hour.

At 9:30 PM, the network will once again pick up election coverage, running until the late local news, which will be followed  by a special one-hour edition of “Nightline” at 11:35 PM, anchored by Terry Moran in New York, Cynthia McFadden in Chicago and Bill Weir in Los Angeles..

ABC News anchors and correspondents contributing to the coverage include Jake Tapper and Jonathan Karl, with Christiane Amanpour reporting from Connecticut. Analysts will include George Will, Cokie Roberts and Donna Brazile.

ABC News Now will also be covering the elections live all night, with its coverage streaming on Yahoo!, Hulu and mobile platforms.

More information in the press release, after the jump.

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Does the ‘This is NPR’ book tell the whole story?

From the “interesting timing” file, look what arrived in the TVNewser mailbox today: This Is NPR, the first ever visual reference book chronicling National Public Radio’s 40 year existence.

The book tells the story of the reporters and anchors, producers and editors, contributors and analysts who have, over the years, lent their talent and voices to the radio network. There are thoughts from former and current NPR staffers including Cokie Roberts, Nina Totenberg, and the late Daniel Schorr.

But not mentioned in the 270 page book: Juan Williams who was fired last week after 10 years as a news analyst with NPR.

In the final section, about the future of NPR, media correspondent David Folkenflik writes, “The public radio network has never been more highly valued than it is today; supporters prize above all else the breadth and nature of NPR’s news coverage. NPR still provides an intimacy and even a sense of whimsy often lacking in its broadcast competitors, as people are given the chance to speak in their own voices.”

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