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University of Wisconsin Alums Return to Talk the Future of TV News

The national news media has now mostly left Madison, Wisconsin following the eruption over collective bargaining agreements in February and March. But now several high profile tvnewsers who are alumni of the University of Wisconsin-Madison will be returning to the state capital this week to discuss the state of TV news.

“Insights on the Changing Nature of Television News” will be moderated by journalism professor James L. Baughman and will focus on the challenges and opportunities facing TV news.

Participating in Wednesday night’s forum: former CBS News man Jeff Greenfield, class of ’64; “The O’Reilly Factor” senior EP David Tabacoff, class of ’71; ABC News “Nightline” correspondent Chris Bury, class of ’77; former local news executive and now Poynter Institute faculty member Jill Geisler, class of ’72 and also from the class of ’72, Peter Greenberg, travel editor for CBS News.

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GLAAD Issues Call to Action for an O’Reilly Apology

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has launched a campaign “demanding apologies from Bill O’Reilly and FOX News executives.” The group published the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of contacts at FNC and urges individuals to voice concerns regarding a discussion that took place on the air this week.

Referring to a remark made during a segment from “The O’Reilly Factor,” GLAAD says the host “made highly offensive comments while discussing a gay themed McDonald’s advertisement currently airing in France.”

Watch the segment here and judge for yourself:

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Ed Schultz criticized O’Reilly and said that the host showed “his homophobic stripes” in the clip.

But is this comment just getting blown out of proportion? “Factor” Senior EP David Tabacoff tells the NY Daily News:

“This is a very silly controversy. The quote was taken totally out of context. If you look at the full segment and think he’s actually equating gays with Al Qaeda, you must be crazy. By seizing on a handful of words, they have made a really ridiculous argument.”

Rome Hartman Crowned TVNewser EP Bracket Challenge Winner

bossofbosseshartman_4-5.jpgThree weeks ago, we challenged executive producers from all the news networks to take part in our NCAA basketball tournament bracket challenge.

At the time, “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman told us that he was “constitutionally incapable of picking against Duke even if my head tells me not to.” As one of his staffers put it, “there rests the fate of BBC World News America pride.”

After nearly everyone lost their champion pick, Kansas, in the first few days, the competition remained tight. David Friedman (“The Early Show”) led for much of the way, until David Tabacoff (“The O’Reilly Factor”) took the lead.

While Hartman was out of the top five for most of the tourney, his stubbornness about sticking with his alma mater ended up launching him to first pace when all was said and done, which means he’s officially crowned the 2010 Boss of All Bosses champ. Congratulations, sir.

MSNBC’s Chris Licht (“Morning Joe”) is the first runner up followed by Tabacoff, Amy Sohnen (“O’Reilly Factor”) and a three-way tie for fifth between Bob Epstein (“NBC Nightly News”), Kim Rosenberg (“FOX Report”), and your TVNewser editor.

Here’s Hartman’s winning bracket and check out the full standings after the jump.

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Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Update

Well, this year’s TVNewser Bracket Challenge has gone from a “Boss of All Bosses” competition to a “Last Boss Standing” contest.

“Early Show” EP David Friedman, who has led the way since the first days of the tournament, slid back to 5th with losses by Kentucky and Baylor this weekend. “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff jumps into first, while “Nightly News” EP Bob Epstein and your own TVNewser rocketed from outside the top ten into a three-way tie for second place with “FOX Report” EP Kim Rosenberg. MSNBC’s Chris Licht and “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer also made their way into the top ten.

With late-round wins carrying more weight, the sleeper right now is “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman who is the only competitor left with their National Championship selection, Duke, still in the running.

Here are the top half of the standings following the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
Score
Best
Correct
Champion
1 David Tabacoff 75 39 91 40 Kansas
2 Bob Epstein 68 34 84 35 Kansas
2 Kevin Allocca 68 35 84 36 Kansas
2 Kim Rosenberg 68 37 84 38 Kansas
5 David Friedman 67 41 67 41 Kansas
5 Gary Schreier 67 36 67 36 Kansas
7 Tom Cibrowski 66 37 66 37 Kansas
8 Chris Licht 65 35 81 36 Kansas
9 Betsy Fischer 59 33 75 34 Kansas
9 Stephanie Todd 59 35 75 36 Syracuse

> Update after the first two rounds
> List of competitors

EP Bracket Challenge Update

What a weekend of unexpected upsets in college basketball. It’s time to see who survived in our TVNewser 2010 Bracket Challenge, where we asked executive producers from all the networks to submit their predictions for March Madness.

Through the weekend, CBS “Early Show” EP David Friedman held a firm grip on the lead, but “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff, “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt, CNN’s Michael Kane, and “Fox Report” EP Kim Rosenberg are not far behind.

14 out 21 competitors (including TVNewser) lost their national champion pick, Kansas on Saturday. Losses by Villanova and Georgetown also threw a wrench into plenty of brackets. Since more points are awarded for correct picks later in the tournament, it’s still anyone’s to win.

Here’s the top half of the rankings as of Sunday night showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
Score
Best
Correct
Champion
1 David Friedman 47 36 111 46 Kansas
2 David Tabacoff 43 33 107 43 Kansas
3 Carin Pratt 42 32 94 40 Kansas
4 Michael Kane 41 32 105 42 Kansas
5 Kim Rosenberg 40 32 96 40 Kansas
6 Gary Schreier 39 30 107 41 Kansas
6 Stephanie Todd 39 31 135 40 Syracuse
8 Amy Sohnen 38 30 142 40 Syracuse
8 Bill Wolff 38 30 70 36 Kansas
8 Rome Hartman 38 30 130 40 Duke
8 Tom Cibrowski 38 31 102 41 Kansas

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and CNBC.com
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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ABC Producer Jumps to Fox News

FNC_9.11.jpgAnother ABCer is heading to Fox News Channel.

TVNewser has learned 18-year veteran producer Sean Smith will be reuniting with his former ABC News colleague Michael Clemente, joining Fox as Vice President of News. Most recently Smith has been a Coordinating Producer for ABC News, and before that was the senior producer for the “World News” Webcast.

Smith replaces David Rhodes who left FNC for Bloomberg TV in November. We’re told Smith will work on editorial futures and long term news coverage while Jay Wallace, the VP of News Editorial Product, will continue handling day to day editorial operations.

Clemente left a 27-year career at ABC News last year joining FNC as SVP of News. Bill O’Reilly‘s EP David Tabacoff is also an ABC News alum.

And yesterday we were first to report that “20/20″ anchor John Stossel was leaving a nearly 30-year career at ABC News to join Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel.

> Update: Internal memo from Clemente after the jump…

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Looking Out For You?: A Factor Ambush Examination

ambush_4-16.bmpThe New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about the famous (or infamous) O’Reilly Factor ambushes and the “more than 50 people that Mr. O’Reilly’s young producers have confronted in the past three years.”

Stelter spoke to a few of those ambushees, including Mike Hoyt, executive editor of The Columbia Journalism Review. “They weren’t interested in my views,” said of his January run-in. “They just wanted to have me looking surprised or irked or whatever.”

David Tabacoff, the Factor’s senior EP, disagreed with that characterization. He said the interviews are “part of the journalistic mission” of the show.

“We’re trying to get answers from people,” he said. “Sometimes the only way to get them is via these methods.”

• Stelter tweets this today: “O’Reilly’s ambush producers wouldn’t talk. I tried asking thru PR people; tried Facebook; tried phone calls. But didn’t visit their homes.”

Click continued to see the FNC-produced “Best Ambushes”…

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Roger Ailes Tries to Quiet The Jesse Jackson Rumormill

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>Update: TVNewser has learned Ailes’ letter was in response to one his office received earlier in the day from Hughes. We’re trying to get our hands on the letter…

>Update, Update: The Hughes letter to Ailes is also after the jump…

In response to the growing storm over what Jesse Jackson did or did not say during that open mic moment last week, none other than the founder and chairman of Fox News, Roger Ailes, has fired off a letter to the founder and chairwoman of Radio One, Cathy Hughes.

Radio One is the largest radio broadcasting company that primarily targets African-American and urban listeners. One of its properties, NewsOne.com, reported receiving the Ailes letter late yesterday. It confirms what O’Reilly Factor EP David Tabacoff told TVNewser, that Jackson did not use the phrase “half breed n—–” when talking about Barack Obama.

Ailes writes, “I can categorically deny that Fox News Channel is in possession of a tape containing the alleged statement supposedly made by Reverend Jackson.”

Click continued to see the letter from Ailes…

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What Jesse Jackson Didn’t Say on That Tape

jackson_7_15.jpgExclusive: The blogosphere has been burning up for nearly a week since Bill O’Reilly told his viewers there are portions of that Jesse Jackson tape that are “more damaging than what you heard.” What we all heard was that Jackson wanted to cut Barack Obama’s n*ts off for “talking down to black people.”

David Tabacoff, an executive producer of the O’Reilly Factor shot down the report from the blog Hybrid Nation.

Tabacoff tells TVNewser that in the un-aired portions of the tape, Jackson never used the words “half breed n—–” and never called Obama the “n” word either.

So what more did he say? Insiders tell us what we heard was the most “newsworthy” portion. TVNewser has been told that The Factor has no plans to air any remainder of the tape in the immediate future.

Immediate being the key word in that phrase.