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David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david_chalian_jt_120728_wgCNN producer David Chalian has been named Political Director for the network, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced today.

The former ABC News political director joined CNN last summer as “Crossfire” supervising producer. He replaces Mark Preston as political director, who was promoted to executive editor of CNN Politics last month.

Before CNN, Chalian served as POLITICO’s VP of video programming and Yahoo News’ Washington Bureau Chief; he was terminated by Yahoo! after a negative comment he made about Mitt Romney and the Republican Party was caught on a hot microphone.

FishbowlDC has the full memo sent to staff from Feist.

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CNN Hires Former ABC News Political Director David Chalian For ‘Crossfire’

CNN has hired David Chalian to be supervising producer of the “Crossfire” revamp, according to tweets sent by network talent, including Wolf Blitzer.

Chalian is a TV veteran, having served as the political director for ABC News, and the political editor for the “PBS NewsHour.”

His hiring is not without controversy, however. Chalian was terminated by Yahoo! last year after an off-the-cuff comment he made about Mitt Romney and the GOP was caught on a hot microphone.

“They are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said in reference to Republicans, while his co-hosts chuckled.

At CNN, Chalian will work under EP Rebecca Kutler, and alongside hosts S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter.

The Morning Ticker: PLUM, Politico, Unity…

  • PLUM TV has re-launched as a national lifestyle network with WMFP in Boston and WTVE in Philadelphia. PLUM has raised $4.4 million in investor financing since emerging from bankruptcy earlier this year and can be seen in 6 million homes.

  • Unity, the umbrella journalism organization representing members of the NAJA, NAHJ, NLGJA and AAJA, has elected new board members, one from each of the groups representing Native American, Hispanic, Asian American and LGBT journalists.

ABC/Yahoo! Host David Chalian Terminated For ‘Black People Drowning’ Comment

We have noted already that many of the TV news outlets have web-only video shows originating from the RNC. They share the usual format of TV, with an anchor or two talking to the same political analysts and correspondents. However, many other media outlets, from websites to newspapers, are also getting in the video game.

Web shows, which can be more free-wheeling than the TV counterparts, also carry risks, as ABC and Yahoo! learned.

During the intro to Tuesday’s show, Yahoo! News DC bureau chief David Chalian can be heard on a hot mic saying “they are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” in an apparent reference to the Republican party, while staffers laughed.

Newsbusters caught the statement and posted the video, and confirmed with ABC that it was Chalian, who is the former political director at ABC News. (Here’s Chalian in an interview with TVNewser at the 2008 DNC.)

Politico confirms that Yahoo! has “terminated” its relationship with Chalian as a result of the incident.

Speaking of Politico, it, along with The New York Times, the Washington Post, Buzzfeed and others have live web programs from the RNC, with similar plans for the DNC. As The Times notes, it is more of an experiment than a game-changer:

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ABC News Slates 30+ Hours Of Live-Streaming Coverage Of DNC and RNC

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions. At the moment, the news division is getting one hour a night in primetime from 10-11PM to broadcast cover the events, though the network stresses that those are the only confirmed times, and that more hours may be added. Diane Saywer and George Stephanopoulos will lead the network’s coverage.

In addition, ABC is planning more than 30 hours of live-streaming coverage for ABC News digital and Yahoo! from the conventions, and every show, from “GMA” and ‘ABC World News” to “Nightline” will originate from Tampa and Charlotte.

Live-streaming coverage will run from 7:00 PM-11:30 PM, and will be anchored by ABC News political chief Amy Walter and Yahoo!’s DC bureau chief David Chalian, joined by ABC News anchors and correspondents.

Expanding on the previously announced joint events with Univision, Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will contribute to ABC’s coverage as well.

More information from ABC, after the jump.

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ABC News and Yahoo! Launch New Political Web Shows

ABC News’s partnership with Yahoo! has resulted in several new web shows launching this week.

Two of the shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper. “George’s Bottom Line” was the first of the new show to debut today (after the jump). And tomorrow, look for “Political Punch With Jake Tapper,” ABC’s Senior White White Correspondent.

The shows, branded as the “Power Players, will be a mix news, opinion and political insider goodness, each running about two minutes. Tapper tells TVNewser his goal is “to bring the audience behind the White House curtain to get an insider look at what it’s really like off-stage and away from the official camera view — both of the White House and the White House press corps,” adding, “We also want to have some fun with it.”

Another new show called “Spinners and Winners with Jonathan Karl” is hosted by ABC’s senior political correspondent who covers Capitol Hill and the 2012 race for the White House.

“Politically Foul With John Berman” is hosted by the sports/politics junkie Berman who “will look at campaign news through the eyes of the ultimate referee, calling fouls and giving penalties.”

ABCNews.com’s long running “Top Line”, which was daily until a few months ago, returns to a once-a-week schedule hosted by ABC News Political Director Amy Walter, ABC News Washington Editor Rick Klein, and Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian.

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PBS Sets ‘NewsHour’ Election Plans

PBS “NewsHour” has announced its coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections. Jim Lehrer will anchor a special election night broadcast from 11 PM to midnight, with Judy Woodruff, Gwen Ifill and David Chalian joining analysts Mark Shields, David Brooks and Stuart Rothenberg.

Correspondents in the studio and field will include Hari Sreenivasan, Jeff Brown, Margaret Warner, Ray Suarez, Spencer Micheals and Kwame Holman.

Because PBS does not have the time that the cable news channels have to dedicate to election coverage, “NewsHour” will also have a one-hour webcast preceding the broadcast, which Lehrer will also anchor.

More information in the press release after the jump.

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ABC Political Director Heads to ‘NewsHour’

chalian_6-10.jpgABC News’ Political Director, David Chalian, joins “PBS NewsHour” to become its political editor as of this July, the program announced today. In addition to directing and managing political coverage for “NewsHour,” Chalian will also be appearing as an “on-camera political analyst.”

Chalian had been with ABC’s political unit since 2003. His departure is unrelated to the recent buyouts at the network. ABC News spokesperson Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser, “He is a terribly talented guy and will be a great asset to ‘The NewsHour.’ He put in years of great work at ABC News.”

“PBS NewsHour” went through a bit of an overhaul in the fall, changing its name as well as adding co-anchors and merging its television and digital staffs.

Read the PBS release after the jump.

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The Ticker: Wolffe, Tapper, Burnett…

> MSNBC contributor Richard Wolffe has been named a senior strategist for Public Strategies, Inc. Wolffe tells Politico he will continue his work at the cable news network.

> FishbowlDC has the story of how ABC News’ Jake Tapper was the victim of an early April Fools joke this morning. FBDC has the entire email exchange as well.

> The New York Observer asks various tvnewsers which advisers of Pres. Obama should be on television talking budget and stimulus. CNN’s David Gergen, ABC’s David Chalian and CBS’ Jeff Greenfield are quoted, as well as PBS’ Mark Shields who says the President “can’t be Erin Burnett.”

Making the Move — Invesco

dnc_8-24.gifSometime around 3amET, the cable and broadcast networks will be making the move to Invesco Field, to set up for Sen. Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech.

The move was described to us as a “disaster,” by an insider today, but it has to be done. ABC News political director David Chalian said it will be like, “covering two different Democratic Conventions.”

invesco_8-27.jpgNBC anchor Brian Williams tells TVNewser, although it will be a, “logistical challenge,” it has been done before. “Everyone has got to remember Kennedy did it in Los Angeles,” he said. “But this will be something.”

CBS Early Show EP Zev Shalev told TVNewser this morning he’s happy with the anchor handling the duties. “We’re blessed by a guy who can talk off the cuff,” he said of Harry Smith. “He’s experienced and terrific.”

And although Shalev said it’s, “going to be a big challenge,” he said, “It’s why I like television.”

Tomorrow will have Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, 80,000 people in the crowd and staging that has been described as resembling an “ancient Greek temple” (and described to us as looking like the White House Rose Garden). Any guesses on ratings for tomorrow night?

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