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Al Jazeera America to Cut Remotes, Rein in Costs. ‘Live Shots: mayday!’

Al-Jazeera-America304Al Jazeera America producers are being told to rein in the costs, by thinking twice about booking costly studio time and satellite remotes. TVNewser obtained an email sent by Al Jazeera America SVP of programming David Doss with the subject line, “Live Shots: mayday!”

“We are getting killed budget-wise on live shots,” Doss writes, adding, “we are at a point where you must own these costs.” He also instructs staffers to get satellite and studio costs approved going forward.

“As with any business organization, we look at managing our resources as efficiently and effectively as possible,” an Al Jazeera spokesperson tells TVNewser.

The full email after the jump.

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‘Primetime LIVE!’ 25 Years Later

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There was a big reunion last night to commemorate the 25th anniversary of ABC’s “Primetime Live.”

About 100 former correspondents, editors, researchers, PAs, APs, and photographers celebrated at the home of author Holly Peterson, who was a researcher on the show. Diane Sawyer was in attendance. Her co-anchor Sam Donaldson sent his regards from Albuquerque, where he now lives.

ABC News president Roone Arledge created the show in 1989. He wooed Sawyer away from “60 Minutes” to be the co-anchor for the new live primetime newsmagazine. Donaldson was fresh from covering the White House for ABC News. The first episode included live studio audience. As Donaldson put it, the audience participation “was not [like] Oprah or Donahue… They are terrific shows, but that’s not us.” Fox News’ Chris Wallace and the late Judd Rose were correspondents.

Early staffers in attendance last night included Disney ABC TV Group president Ben Sherwood, who was an associate producer on the show; correspondent Jay Schadler; producers Betsy West, now with the Columbia Journalism School, Neal Shapiro, now with WNET, Mark Lukasiewicz, now with NBC, David Doss, now with Al Jazeera America; also Ira Rosen and Rick Kaplan, plus Jeanmarie Condon and Marc Burstein, who now have executive roles at ABC News.

Insiders tell us Sawyer delivered a toast to the team, for their passion and hard work, while Burstein read a note from Donaldson sending regrets and sharing how proud he was of the work he did at “Primetime (as he used to say) LIVE!”

ABC News Veteran Kate O’Brian Named President of Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America has filled one of the top two roles at the channel, as it adds ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian as its president. In her new role O’Brian will be responsible for leading AJAM’s newsgathering and programming. Even without a president, the channel has been staffing up and slating programs, so O’Brian will be joining a channel in progress.

AJAM is also on the market for a CEO, who will lead the channel’s business affairs. For the moment, the channel’s interim leader Ehab El-Shihabi will serve as CEO of AJAM. O’Brian will report to Al-Shihabi, and will eventually report to whomever gets the role full-time.

O’Brian’s hire was first reported by Brian Stelter in the NY Times.

AJAM also named CNN veteran David Doss senior VP for news programming, CBS News veteran Marcy McGinnis senior VP of newsgathering, and MSNBC veteran Shannon High-Bassalik as senior VP of documentaries and programs.

“While we will miss Kate’s insights, judgment and humor, we know that she is stepping into an important role and we wish her very best with this new challenge,” ABC News Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC News staff today.

As TVNewser reported earlier this month, the channel will launch on August 20.

Sherwood’s note, and AJAM’s announcement, below.
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Al Jazeera America Now Expected in Late Summer

The launch of Al Jazeera America may not happen until late Summer, the New York Post reports. The channel, which will take over Current TV, had hoped to be on the air in June but a source tells the post: “June is not going to happen. The best guess is August or September.” The Post also reports that finding a news chief is the top priority. Names in the mix include former NBC News president Steve Capus and former CNN president Jon Klein, as well as former NBC and CNN executives David Bohrman and David Doss. Bohrman had also been president of Current TV, which Al Jazeera acquired in January.

Soledad O’Brien Book Party at Russell Simmons Pad

TVNewser stopped by the book party for CNN anchor and special correspondent Soledad O’Brien Friday night at Russell Simmons‘ lower Manhattan apartment .

In The Next Big Story, co-authored by CNN producer Rose Arce, O’Brien takes a page from her award-winning …In America series, and other reporting experiences, and blends her personal story and mixed-race background (Cuban, Irish, Scottish, Long Island-ish) crafting an inspiring story of hope amidst the tragedies that are a staple of the TV news stories she covers.

The party was a mix itself, of hip-hop stars and tvnewsers: Katie Couric, HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, CNN correspondents Alina Cho, Susan Candiotti; CNN SVP Bart Feder, …In America EP  Geraldine Moriba, New York bureau chief Darius Walker, development EP David Doss and newly appointed EP of Piers Morgan‘s show Jonathan Wald were all in attendance.

O’Brien mingled with guests all while getting around with a cane. “It’s a step up from the crutches,” O’Brien told us. She’s still nursing a knee injury after being thrown from a horse in early October. O’Brien will continue the book tour with a stop in New Orleans. That event will be a fundraiser as residents continue to recover from Hurricane Katrina, a story O’Brien covered extensively.

Also at the party:

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David Doss Leaving CNN’s ‘AC360′

The senior executive producer of CNN’s “AC360,” David Doss, is leaving the program, TVNewser has learned.

He will remain with CNN, and will work in the network’s program development group under Sue Bunda. CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz made the announcement to staffers this morning.

“Ken wanted to tap into David’s talents on behalf of more shows,” a CNN insider says.

Doss is a veteran of ABC News and NBC News, where he served as executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw” and worked with Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson on “PrimeTime Thursday.”

He joined “AC360″ in 2005 as executive producer, but has since been joined by longtime Cooper producer Charlie Moore, who currently serves as EP. With Doss leaving, Moore will take over day-to-day oversight of “AC360.”

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CNN Shuffle: Rodriguez to 8pm, Another New “A.M” EP Needed

rodriguez_5-15.jpgFirst on TVNewser: CNN’s American Morning EP Janelle Rodriguez (pictured) is moving to prime time and will become the EP of Campbell Brown‘s 8pmET hour. Jamie Kraft, currently senior broadcast producer of “American Morning”, takes over as interim EP June 1, when Brown returns from maternity leave.

Rodriguez took over the “A.M.” job in May 2008, after Ed Litvak had left a few months earlier. With Rodriguez at the helm, American Morning has grown by 35% in the A25-54 demo.

The move means David Doss, EP of Anderson Cooper 360 who also had been overseeing Brown’s hour, goes back to just AC360, as well as heading up long-form specials including the Planet in Peril franchise. With Doss heading the 8pmET hour, Brown’s demo ratings improved by 51% (March ’08-March ’09 vs. the prior year).

Scott Matthews, brought in to oversee Roland Martin‘s fill-in hosting at 8pmET, will return to Atlanta and his role as director of programming.

CNN’s Time 100 Special: Ted Turner, Bono and More

cooper_4-30.JPGWhere can you see Bono chat with George Clooney, or Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens reminiscence about billions made and lost?

Tonight at 11pmET on CNN, for the Anderson Cooper 360 special highlighting this year’s Time 100 list.

“These people are really good friends. They know a lot about each other on levels that reporter may not know about,” AC 360 EP David Doss tells TVNewser. “It’s really like we’re all approved to eavesdrop on these cool conversations.”

Besides the pre-taped conversations, Cooper will contribute to the special as well. “Anderson is editorially involved with quite a lot. Two of the segments are his own,” says Doss.

Working with Time magazine, of course, keeps the special in the Time Warner family. “It would be fair to say the relationship with Time and Rick Stengel and 360 and CNN is really a great relationship,” says Doss. “We talk a lot about projects and editorially about things on the print and broadcast and digital side. It’s really fantastic.”

The special is simulcast on CNNI tonight at 11pmET, and re-airs Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and 11pmET on CNN.

Earlier: Glenn Beck writes Rush Limbaugh‘s Time 100 profile.

Beck on Limbaugh: “He Is Simply on Another Level”

beck_4-30.jpgThere are just three media members on this year’s Time 100 list: Tavis Smiley, the women of The View and radio titan Rush Limbaugh.

Limbaugh’s profile for the issue is written by fellow radio host, and Fox News’ newest star, Glenn Beck.

“He attracts more listeners with just his voice than the rest of us could ever imagine,” writes Beck. “He is simply on another level.” Beck describes Limbaugh’s “consistency, insight and honesty.”

“His career serves as the most successful stimulus package in radio history,” he writes. “All without a government dime.”

Later today on TVNewser: A look at tomorrow’s night’s Time 100 special on CNN in an interview with EP David Doss.

(image via GlennBeck.com)

CNN Atlanta Chief To Temporarily Oversee 8pm Hour

martin_4-1.jpgRoland Martin began guest hosting at 8pmET on Monday, while Campbell Brown takes maternity leave. Martin said on the air it would be for eight weeks.

As a tipster noted yesterday, there appears to be some temporary changes behind the scenes as well. A CNN spokesperson confirms this to TVNewser: “David Doss continues to be the senior executive producer for Anderson Cooper and Campbell Brown. But as you know, Campbell is on maternity leave and Scott Matthews is working with Roland Martin while he fills in for her.”

The spokesperson says Matthews will continue working with Martin on his upcoming weekend show once Brown returns.

Matthews joined CNN as director of programming in January 2008. He previously was VP of news at WNYW in New York. Matthews had been based in Atlanta, but is producing Martin’s show from New York.

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