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CBS, CNN, ABC and NBC Among 2013 Murrow Award Winners

With three awards each, CBS News and CNN led the way in the RTDNA’s 2013 Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The Overall Excellence award, which NBC News has won for the past four years, went to Global News of Vancouver, BC.

CBS News won the Investigative Reporting Award for a “60 Minutes” report on Stuxnet, a computer virus that damaged nuclear facilities in Iran. The network was also won the Writing Award for “CBS Evening News” and the award for Best Website. All three of CNN’s awards, in the Continuing Coverage, News Series, and Reporting: Hard News categories, were for the network’s reporting on Syria.

ABC News won two awards, in Best Newscast and Breaking News, for coverage of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. NBC News won won in the Best Sound and Video category for an “NBC Nightly News” weekend story.

CBS Radio, ABC Radio and CNN Radio also each won three awards. See a full list of the winners here.

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‘This Weapon of Television Could be Useful’

54 years ago today, CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow gave a now-infamous speech at the Ratio and television News Directors Association. The LA TimesJoe Flint looks back on that speech, and laments how so little has changed since Murrow pleaded with the networks to take advantage of the medium of television and use it as a force for good.

Unfortunately for Murrow, when it comes to broadcast TV, little has changed since those remarks were delivered. While the evening news format still exists, coverage of the world has diminished. If a story cannot be summed up in a minute or two, odds are it won’t make the news. The more complex the issue, the less likely it will be explored.

The morning shows are, for the most part, about gossip, celebrities and cooking. Take a look at some old clips of a network morning show from even as recently as the 1980s and compare it to what is on today. The old shows look like serious news programs while the current versions are a notch or two above “Entertainment Tonight.”

The speech in question, while dated, still resonates today:

I refuse to believe that the presidents and chairmen of the boards of these big corporations want their corporate image to consist exclusively of a solemn voice in an echo chamber, or a pretty girl opening the door of a refrigerator, or a horse that talks. They want something better, and on occasion some of them have demonstrated it. But most of the men whose legal and moral responsibility it is to spend the stockholders’ money for advertising are removed from the realities of the mass media by five, six, or a dozen contraceptive layers of vice-presidents, public relations counsel and advertising agencies. Their business is to sell goods, and the competition is pretty tough…

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Keith Olbermann: ‘Great to be here, as always … and also the simultaneous meeting of all my former employers.’

NBC News has been awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence for a television network. If that sounds familiar, it’s because this is the third year in a row NBC News has been presented the honor.

In accepting the award — one of four for NBC — at last night’s RTDNA Murrow Awards dinner, NBC News President Steve Capus (pictured) praised his staffers, “from journalists you know, to producers you don’t know, desk editors, researchers, contributors, photojournalists, technicians and crews all around the world.”

“This award is for them,” Capus told a packed crowd at the Grand Hyatt ballroom in New York City attended by TVNewser. “But I would also say, it is for all of you, and everyone who has dedicated themselves to this incredibly important craft and this profession: news.”

CBS News won three awards, for Video Feature Reporting, Video Reporting: Hard News, and Video News Series. ABC News won one award, for Continuing News Coverage.

There were also lighthearted moments: after one of the evening’s presenters failed to materialize from the crowd after he was introduced, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz — left on stage with no

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Former CBSer named news director of Murrow Public Media

Former CBS News London Bureau Chief John Paxson has been tapped as news director for Murrow Public Media which includes Northwest Public Radio and Northwest Public Television.

“As CBS London bureau chief and vice president for Europe, John, quite literally, held Edward R. Murrow’s old job,” said Lawrence Pintak, dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State, which operates the network.

In his role as news director, Paxson will increase the amount of regional news coverage on the 15 NPR-affiliated radio stations and two PBS TV stations, as well as generate new locally-produced programs, all while integrating Murrow students into the operations.

“Local news is the bedrock of broadcasting. At a time when industry cutbacks are affecting the quality and quantity of news available at the local level, I relish the chance to help Murrow build a news operation that serves the people of this state and prepares students to hit the ground running,” Paxson said.

Paxson was CBS’s London bureau chief from 1997-2006. He is married to former ABC News correspondent Lucrezia Cuen.

Jon Stewart Joining 9/11 Memorial Foundation Board

Comedian and host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart is set to join the foundation building the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City.

Stewart will be appointed to the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum board at their Thursday afternoon meeting.

The comedian — who The New York Times likened to Edward R. Murrow – used his show to support a federal bill that provides aid to 9/11 first responders.

The two reflecting pools set above the fallen towers site is set to open to the public by this Sept. 11.

Ted Koppel to Receive the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement Award

Ted Koppel is set to receive the 2011 Edward R. Murrow Lifetime Achievement award at Washington State University. The annual Murrow Symposium — historically held in April — is set for Sept. 23, which is part of the program’s restructuring.

Koppel told WSU Today:

“I never met Ed Murrow, but my life has been bracketed by his influence. First as a boy in London, listening with my father as the BBC rebroadcast some of his war time reports for CBS. Those gave me my first appetite for journalism. And now the great honor of receiving this award that bears his name, which still sets the standard for what broadcast journalism can and should be.”
Koppel is no stranger to accolades — having won 41 Emmy Awards, eight George Foster Peabody Awards, 10 duPont-Columbia Awards, 10 Overseas Press Club Awards, two George Polk Awards and two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.

Jon Stewart, the Modern Day Edward R. Murrow?

The New York Times picks up where we left off, and looks at “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart‘s efforts to help push the 9/11 first responders bill through Congress.


Along the way, it compares Stewart to two titans of broadcast news, Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow:

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Olbermann on Koppel Op-Ed: ‘The Kind of Television Journalism He Eulogizes, Failed this Country’

In a special comment last night, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann addressed Ted Koppel‘s op-ed in the Washington Post last week. Olbermann praised journalists like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, not for their objectivity, but for when they used their intellect to pursue truth-even if it rankled partisans or politicians.

The great change about which Mr. Koppel wrings his hands is not partisanship nor tone nor analysis. The great change was the creation of the sanitized mage of what men like Cronkite and Murrow and Kaltenborn and Davis and Daly and Baukhage and Smith and Sevareid and Rather and Jennings and Polk nd Koppel did.

These were not glorified stenographers. These were not neutral men. These were men who did in their day what the best of journalists still try to do in this one. Evaluate, analyze, unscramble, assess — put together a coherent picture, or a challenging question — using only the facts as they can best be discerned, plus their own honesty and conscience.

Olbermann went on to criticize Koppel for how he and many of his colleagues covered the lead-up to the war in Iraq. Update: Also, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly weighs in on Koppel, after the jump.
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CBS News London Bureau Cuts Staff

In another example of international downsizing by American networks, TVNewser has learned CBS News is letting go four longtime camera/sound crews from the London bureau.

CBS News EVP Paul Friedman made the trip to London earlier this week — to a CBS News operation once headed by Edward R. Murrow — to deliver the bad news.

Gone are cameraman Siphiwo Ralo, a South African who, in the early ’90′s, helped the network get access to the ghettos as apartheid was coming to an end. He’d been with CBS since 1985. Also gone, Nick Turner, who learned of the changes via phone. He is undergoing cancer treatment and not working at the moment. Cameraman Massimo Mariani and sound man Andy Stevenson are also being let go. The men have covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and beyond.

While two photographers will remain on staff, London producers will be doing more shooting for correspondents Mark Phillips and Elizabeth Palmer. Separate from this week’s news, correspondent Richard Roth, who has been in CBS’ London bureau since 1998, is leaving the network.

The CBS News London bureau was shaken to the core on Memorial Day 2006 when camerman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed in Baghdad while on assignment with former CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

The crews are being given a year’s salary and could freelance for CBS in the future, but sources tell us they don’t expect much work.

And CBS is not alone when it comes to international downsizing.

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CBS, NPR and CNN Newsman Daniel Schorr Dies at 93

d_schorr_early_days_at_cbs072310.jpg NPR newsman and former CBS and CNN correspondent Daniel Schorr died this morning at the age of 93. While Schorr was most recently a senior news analyst for NPR, he spent 23 years at CBS News from 1953-1976, where he was a protege of Edward R. Murrow.

At CBS Schorr covered the launch of the USSR’s Sputnik satellite, and conducted the first ever U.S. television interview with a Soviet leader. He resigned from CBS in 1976 after he was suspended by the network for publishing a congressional committee’s report on U.S. intelligence activity. The release of that report led to a congressional investigation.

In 1979, Ted Turner asked Schorr to help him launch a new cable news network, CNN. He served as a senior news correspondent for CNN, based out of Washington D.C., before joining NPR in 1985.

Schorr received a Peabody award and three Emmy awards during his career. he also published two books, including Clearing the Air, which recounted his years at CBS News.

He was not afraid to criticize his former employers in interviews with the media.

“In many of the (reports) I did for CBS and CNN, you got to read the teleprompter, got to get the right shade of Max Factor to put on,” he said. “You got to go out and stand on a street corner to say it, because saying it in the studio doesn’t look exciting enough.”

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