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In Profile: Darren Rovell, Anderson Cooper

  • BuzzFeed profiles ESPN correspondent and former CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell: “For all of his protestations that he’s a reporter doing his job and covering his beat, ultimately this really is all as simple as a guy gravitating toward something he enjoys. He’d rather talk about branding than stats. He cares more about earning potential than personal narrative. Heis a crazy fan, but of conspicuous consumption. And he’s honest about this, which is perhaps more than can be said of the people he covers.”

  • CNN’s Anderson Cooper talks to students at the University of Kentucky about how he got his start in journalism, and coming out publicly: “He said he had never been really hiding his sexuality, but it could have been dangerous to him in certain situations, like when he was imprisoned in Iran for three days, a place where gays are persecuted. ‘I didn’t want it to seem like I was uncomfortable or was hiding something … I can honestly think that being gay is the greatest privilege of my life,’ he said.”

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CNN, Fox News Share ‘Error of The Year’ Award

The Poynter Institute’s “Regret The Error” column released its list of “The Best (And Worst) Media Errors and Corrections for 2012,” and CNN and Fox News shared the top prize. The “Error of the Year” award was shared by the two networks for wrongly reporting that the Supreme Court had declared the “individual Mandate” in President Obama’s healthcare bill unconstitutional.

CNN is given particular criticism for making the mistake on TV, on its website, in email blasts and on social media, but is given praise for owning up and apologizing for the error. Fox News was criticized for not apologizing for the error, and for failing to acknowledge the original mistake.

Other TV news programs that made the cut was CNN’s “Early Start,” which woke up some poor sap at 6:30 AM when they thought they were calling a guest, and CNBC’s Darren Rovell, who reported on a teenager’s hoax as though it was a true story.

Darren Rovell Leaving CNBC for ESPN and ABC

CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell is leaving Englewood Cliffs and heading for Bristol.

Rovell will be a sports business reporter for ESPN and ABC. “I will also be doing regular business reporting for ABC News, where I will definitely be covering the food & drink biz,” he Tweeted.

A CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We thank Darren for all of his hard work and quality reporting over the past six years. We wish him well.”

Rovell joined CNBC in 2006 from ESPN, where he was a reporter for, “SportsCenter,” “Outside the Lines,” and had weekly segments on ESPNEWS.

(h/t The Big Lead)

CNBC’s Darren Rovell Duped By Twitter Source: ‘Shame On Me. I Apologize to My Readers’

During the NBA lockout last year, CNBC’s sports business reporter Darren Rovell turned to Twitter to look for new angles to cover the story for He came across a great one, when someone claimed to run an escort service in New York catering to NBA players. After several Twitter exchanges, Rovell ran with the story. But now, months later, Deadspin reveals Rovell was duped by a bored teenager named Tim.

On Monday, Tim sent us an email, explaining what he’d done. Why had he waited all these months? He says he had forgotten about it, until a friend had texted him out of the blue and told him to send it to us. And what did his friend say?

“He said [Rovell] is just such a douche on twitter all the time he just got fed up,” Tim says in an email, “which I agree with.”

After reading the Deadspin story, Rovell published an apology on

He duped me. Shame on me. I apologize to my readers. As a result I will do fewer stories on the real life impact of big events which I do think the public enjoys.

Let this be a lesson to you kids, don’t be a douche on Twitter.

Bob Costas and ‘Today’ Lead NBC’s Kentucky Derby Coverage

NBC has announced its programming for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. As usual, Bob Costas will be leading the charge for the network, while a number of other NBCU properties get in the game as well.

NBC News will participate through its morning news program “Today.” “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe will be representing the program at Churchill Downs on Friday’s program, and over the weekend. Wolfe will interview NBC’s on-horse reporter Donna Brothers (“they will both be on horses for the interview,” NBC assures us) on Saturday, will participate in Derby coverage, and will interview the winning jockey and trainer on Sunday.

Other synergistic opportunities: CNBC’s Darren Rovell will also be reporting from Churchill Downs for that network, and Costas will interview Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the pre-race show. Manning is hosting “Saturday Night Live” that evening.

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Business Networks Find a Good Excuse to Have Bikini Models On-Air

Hey, did you hear? Sports Illustrated released its annual “Swimsuit Issue” this week, and it is really important to financial professionals. Seriously. Don’t believe us? Then why would CNBC and FBN run segments about it?

On FBN the network featured a bevy of swimsuit beauties on the floor of the new York Stock Exchange, and highlighted a ridiculous graphic called the “Swimsuit Indicator” which suggested that when an American graces the cover of the issue, the S&P 500 does well. Hard to argue with that impervious logic!

CNBC managed to snag an interview with the covergirl herself, Kate Upton. “Senior swimsuit correspondent” Darren Rovell spoke to Upton about the “business of swimsuits”:

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Game On! NBCU to Smother Super Bowl

It’s more than just a game… it’s an opportunity to absolutely blanket TV viewers with the spoils of your consolidated company. Call it Super Bowl everywhere.

NBC TV may have the rights to Super Bowl XLVI, but if you turn on just about any NBCU channel or watch any NBC-produced program you will see Super Bowl-themed programming next week.

NBC, CNBC, Golf Channel, Bravo, Weather Channel, E!, Telemundo, and G4 will all be taking part. The newly named NBC Sports Network (formerly OLN, formerly Versus) will air more than 18 hours of live programming ahead of the game.

The “Today” show starts next Friday, a split show with Al Roker and Ann Curry from Pan Am plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Jenna Wolfe is there for Saturday “Today.” And Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie will join coverage Sunday morning. It hasn’t been announced yet, but Matt Lauer will likely get a pre-game interview with Pres. Obama at the White House, which has become an annual event.

Absent from NBC’s listings is “Meet the Press.” The last two years, when the game was on FOX and CBS, “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” originated from Cowboys Stadium and Sun Life stadium, respectively.

And there’s more…

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Versus Prepares to Debut ‘CNBC SportsBiz: Game On’

Versus is launching a new show tonight hosted by CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell. “CNBC SportsBiz: Game On” will premiere on the NBCUniversal-owned sports channel at 7 PM. The launch of the new show is tied to the 2011-2012 NFL kickoff, which began last night on NBC, and continues throughout the weekend.

Rovell gave a tour of his new studio, and a preview of the show, to NBCU Direct:

Synergy! NBCUniversal Brings In NBC News, E!, Weather Channel and More For NFL Kickoff

This Thursday, the 2011-2012 NFL season kicks off with the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers taking on the New Orleans Saints. The game will be broadcast on NBC, so naturally the network is making full use of its corporate siblings to promote the event.

NBC News, CNBC, Weather Channel, E! and other networks will all have football-related programming this week, leading up to Thursday’s big game.

Media companies such as NBCUniversal and News Corp. pay big money to secure sports rights, so they make sure that they leverage their other resources to maximize tune-in. For example, earlier this Summer Fox News sent a number of hosts and producers to Arizona during the MLB All-Star Game, and featured baseball in a number of segments that might have otherwise focused on different news.

So what does NBC have planned?

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Giants-Jets Third Highest Preseason Game On NFL Network

Monday’s rescheduled preseason game between the New York Giants and Jets scored an average of 1.78 million viewers on NFL Network, the third highest viewership for a preseason game in the network’s history.

The 2011 NFL preseason has been a hit for NFL Network with six of the top 10 all-time most-watched preseason games on the network airing this year.