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Chris Cuomo Scores Big Interviews ‘Despite All The Money Being Offered By Others’

With the excitement over “Good Morning America’s” ratings and Nik Wallenda‘s wire-walk over Niagara Falls, recognition of some of ABC’s recent big gets seems to have fallen by the wayside.

Three of those gets, were all gotten by “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo and his team: Cuomo’s interview with Rielle Hunter airs Friday night; the pre-sentence interview with Rutger’s student Dharun Ravi in March; and the October sitdown with Stephanie Madoff Mack, former daughter-in-law of Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff.

“We worked hard at securing three of the biggest bookings so far this year,” Cuomo tells TVNewser, “despite all the money being offered by others, which is of course forbidden at ABC News.”

Last July, ABC News stopped paying licensing fees in order to score big interviews. The revelation that the network paid  $200,000 to the family of Casey Anthony, was the beginning of the end of the practice at ABC.

“It’s rewarding to know that ABC’s reputation for tough but fair interviews and our unrivaled distribution on multiple platforms are still the most powerful incentives to sit down with us,” says Cuomo.

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The Ticker (ABC Edition): Cuomo, Amanpour, Champion

  • Chris Cuomo sits down with former Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi in his first television interview since being found guilty last week of spying on his college roommate Tyler Clementi. The interview airs tomorrow night on “20/20.”
  • Global Affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour begins a two-part special called the “Face of the Modern AIDS Crisis,” on ABC News and Yahoo! News. The first installment examines the West’s role in the spread of the AIDS crisis worldwide.
  • GMA’s Sam Champion hosts a new weekly show in conjunction with Sea World called “Sea Rescue.” The Saturday morning show, debuting April 7 on many ABC affiliates, will showcase the rescue and rehabilitation of marine animals.

Guilty Verdicts on Most Counts in Cyberbullying Case

Just before NoonET, the cable news networks carried live, the verdict in the cyberbullying trial of ex-Rutgers University student Dharun Ravi.

A jury convicted Ravi of most of the 15 counts against him, including witness tampering and invasion of privacy. He was found not guilty of bias intimidation. Ravi faces up to 10 years in prison.

Ravi used a webcam to spy on his roommate, Tyler Clementi, during intimate moments Clementi was having with another man in September, 2010. On Sept. 22, 18-year-old Clementi committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge.

NJ.com has a breakdown of the 15 counts and the verdicts.