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David Friedman Joins ‘GMA’ as Creative Executive

David Friedman is joining ABC’s “Good Morning America” as Creative Executive.

Friedman started his career at NBC’s “Today” and went on to be executive producer of CBS’ “The Early Show.” This new job means Friedman has worked for all three network morning shows.

He’s the son of veteran network executive Paul Friedman who also worked for all three networks. He was EP of “NBC Nightly News” (1976-79) and ABC’s “World News Tonight” (1988-93 and 1997-2000). So this makes it a double-triple, in TV news.

David Friedman’s sister — Paul’s daughter — Emily also works for ABC as a digital reporter

Since leaving CBS, Friedman has worked on a number of special projects, including a talk show pilot hosted by Jenny McCarthy and the live finale of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

“Having produced everything from news to entertainment to major specials will help all of us on a daily basis,” “GMA” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski says of Friedman. “I’m thrilled that he is joining our team as we all take GMA to new heights.”

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Marysol Castro Out at ‘The Early Show’

This morning’s edition of “The Early Show” was the last for weather anchor Marysol Castro, TVNewser has learned.

Castro is expected to remain with CBS News for now, though for how long and in what role remains to be seen. Going forward, the local affiliates will handle weather forecasts during the program.

CBS has taken “The Early Show” in a different direction since the new leadership team of Jeff Fager and David Rhodes took over earlier this year. Former EP David Friedman left the program in May, and more of an emphasis was placed on serious news and politics during the morning hours.

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Former ‘Early Show’ EP David Friedman Resurfaces

Former CBS “Early Show” executive producer David Friedman has resurfaced. According to B&C‘s Paige Albiniak, Friedman served as EP on a talk show pilot hosted by actress/model Jenny McCarthy. NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution is behind the pilot, which was shot at NBCU’s studios in Stamford, Connecticut.

Friedman is no stranger to NBC. He served as an executive producer on “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “Last Comic Standing” for the network. CBS announced that Friedman was out at “The Early Show” in May.

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Chris Licht leaves MSNBC for CBS News

Chris Licht is leaving his job as EP of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and heading to CBS News as Vice President of Programming. Licht will oversee programming and development for CBS News broadcasts and platforms beginning Monday, June 6. The same day Scott Pelley takes over at “Evening News.”

The front office at CBS News has been a revolving door of late, including the departures of the executive producers of the network’s morning program the “Early Show” and the “CBS Evening News.”

Licht has been with MSNBC since 2005, joining from NBC’s San Francisco O&O KNTV. His first job was on Scarborough’s prime time show “Scarborough Country” moving up to EP of the broadcast. In 2007, Licht went with Scarborough to mornings to fill the gap left when Don Imus was fired over the Rutgers controversy. Licht is credited as co-creator of “Morning Joe” which celebrated four years on the air earlier this month.

A year ago, Licht suffered a brain aneurysm and underwent emergency surgery. He returned to the show a month later in late May. He’s since written a book about the experience called “What I Learned When I Almost Died.” Licht will be feted at a book party in Washington a week from today; the day before he’ll be in our studio for a MediaBeat interview.

“It would take something extraordinary to pull me away from the great ‘Morning Joe’ team,” said Licht in a press release (after the jump, as is the internal memo from CBS News president David Rhodes). “I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of the rich history at CBS News.”

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Batt Humphreys named Interim EP at ‘The Early Show’

TVNewser has learned former CBS News “Early Show” senior producer-turned author Batt Humphreys is returning to CBS as interim EP of “The Early Show.”

Humphreys spent 15 years as a morning senior producer at CBS, departing in 2007 to return South and devote his time writing. He returned as a guest in 2009 (video after the jump) to promote his true crime novel “Dead Weight.”

The announcement comes after Monday’s news, that current EP of the program, David Friedman would be leaving the broadcast. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes are taking the show in a new direction, acknowledging in a note to the staff that it will not be “the kind of show that David Friedman was hired to run.”

Today’s news comes a day after “Evening News” EP Rick Kaplan announced he was leaving the show and the network. Tomorrow will be Kaplan’s last day at CBS after four years atop “Evening News.”

> Update: It’s official. Rhodes says Humphreys will join next Monday, May 16, working with Tom Mazzarelli, the show’s Senior Broadcast Producer.

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David Friedman out as CBS ‘Early Show’ EP

Breaking: CBS Early Show EP David Friedman called a Noon meeting for his staff today announcing that he’ll be leaving the show. TVNewser has learned Friedman will be leaving the broadcast in the next few weeks.

Friedman, who is the son of former CBS News EVP Paul Friedman, himself cut from CBS News during a management shake-up in February, joined “Early” in January 2010. Whoever replaces Friedman will be the fifth EP of the show in the last 3 years and 9 months.


> More: In a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News president David Rhodes writes, “David is a strong producer who has worked very hard and we intend to help him find the right place at CBS or elsewhere. We will be announcing the new leadership at ‘The Early Show’ within a
few days.”

Memo after the jump…

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Update: Hartman Return to CBS News not Happening

Update: CBS News president David Rhodes denies all facts of the story. “It’s not happening, it’s not going to happen,” he tells us. “This story is just wrong.”

Rome Hartman tells TVNewser, “Your report this morning is untrue. Flat wrong. Unfair to me, and unfair to CBS. I’m fully engaged in and excited about my job with BBC News.

Earlier: TVNewser had reported that former CBS Evening News EP Rome Hartman was to return to CBS News and that Patricia Shevlin, long-time EP of the weekend “Evening News,” was expected to replace David Friedman as e.p. of the “Early Show.”

David Rhodes memo to CBS ‘Early Show’: ‘Let’s get with it’

CBS News president David Rhodes tore into his morning news program, “Early Show,” today telling staffers in an email, “CBS News had a great weekend. And a bad Monday morning.”

Rhodes, who’s been on the job just shy of two months, sent an email to the staff and cc’d the show toppers of the weekend shows, “60 Minutes,” “48 Hours” and “Sunday Morning.”

Rhodes was miffed that while the weekend shows broke news or had newsmaking interviews, none of it turned up on Monday’s “Early.”

“Many of you on the Early Show have asked for clarity on what we want. Several times we have talked about sustained coverage of stories which are our own—I mentioned this several times the week after our story on Orlando’s motel homeless. Let’s get with it. Where’s our reporting? Make sure it’s in our show.”

“Early” has been mired in third place since it debuted in 1999; the anchor team was replaced earlier this year, before Rhodes took over; and the show has had four different executive producers in the last 3 and a half years (five if you include interim EP Rick Kaplan). This morning’s memo, sent just 15 minutes after the show ended, is directed squarely at current EP David Friedman who’s been with the show for 13 months.

Rhodes’ memo after the jump…

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Your 2011 TVNewser Bracket Champion Is…

March Madness is over, and UConn has emerged victorious. The UConn win also means that the 2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge is over.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge winner: Bloomberg TV markets reporter Dominic Chu.

He won in commanding fashion, pulling in 89 points.

Chu, a former hedge fund trader, tells TVNewser:

“I’d like to thank TVNewser and all the Doctors of Bracketology out there in the Bloomberg TV newsroom…as well as Bloomberg Sports Analytics…it was a team effort…and thanks to the UCONN Huskies for making this whole thing possible…I totally forgive you for your performance during the regular season and the Big East Tournament…Thank You…Thank You!”

You can congratulate Chu on Twitter @The_Domino.

Second place went to CNBC “Mad Money” EP Regina Gilgan, who netted 74 points, and also bested nine of her CNBC colleagues.

Rounding out the top five: “Early Show” EP David Friedman with 60 points, CNBC’s Joe Kernen with 59 points, and “Early Show” weather anchor Marysol Castro with 58 points.

More notes, as well as the full rankings, after the jump.

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2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Final Four Update

It is down to the final four teams in the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, and with it the final rankings in the TVNewser 2011 bracket challenge become a little clearer.

Considering that only two of more than 5.9 million brackets on had VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky in the Final Four, it is not surprising that none of our participants had them right either.

The bracket leader is Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu (74 points), who correctly picked UConn and Kentucky to make the Final Four. Chu is followed by “Early Show” executive producer David Friedman at #2 with 60 points, and CNBC’s Joe Kernen at #3 with 59 points. There is a two-way tie for fourth, with CBS’ Marysol Castro and CNBC’s Regina Gilgan both with 58 points.

It does not look like Chu can be caught, but there are still a few more games left to play. The rankings are after the jump.

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