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Steve Jobs Dies: Network and Cable News Coverage

The news of Steve Jobsdeath broke around 7:35pmET.

ABC News produced a special reported anchored by Terry Moran in New York at 7:45pmET. CBS News produced a special report at 7:46pmET anchored by Scott Pelley in CBS’s London bureau. NBC News produced a network special at 8:12pmET anchored by George Lewis in the Los Angeles bureau.

On cable, Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs was first to report the news at 7:38pmET. Dobbs is hosting a special report during the 9pmET hour in place of “America’s Nightly Scoreboard.” Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith reported the news at 7:39pm, Erin Burnett on CNN reported the story at 7:41 as did Bloomberg and CNBC. MSNBC reported the news at 7:43. Fox News anchor Clayton Morris may have said it best, about the impact of Jobs’s creations on our daily lives, telling Dobbs, “I learned about Steve Jobs’ death on my iPhone. I am talking to you right now using a Macintosh computer, using software that’s allowing me to speak with you.”

CNBC and Bloomberg are also going overtime. CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen hosted a live special which ran until 10pmET when the network then aired its “Titans: Steve Jobs” program. Bloomberg is staying live until MidnightET and will air a live Charlie Rose hour at 10pmET which will include an interview with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

CNN continued live all night with Wolf Blitzer in for Piers Morgan and 9pm, a new hour of AC360 at 10pm and a re-air of that hour preempting “Erin Burnett: OutFront,” at 11pmET.

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Google’s Eric Schmidt: Cable News Host?

Well this came from out of nowhere. The New York Post reports that former Google CEO Eric Schmidt wants his own TV show, and has consulted with “Parker Spitzer” executive producer Liza McGuirk about the possibility. Schmidt supposedly filmed a pilot for CNN last August.

“Eric Schmidt has been looking for a TV job for over a year,” said a CNN insider. “But the pilot he filmed with Liza was a complete disaster.”

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NBC’s Current Owners, NBC’s (Potential) New Owners Meeting with President Obama at the White House

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt and Comcast CEO Brian Roberts are at the White House today, meeting with President Barack Obama. Immelt’s GE currently owns NBC Universal, which in turns owns NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

Roberts’ Comcast is in the process of trying to acquire a majority stake in the company.

The proposed deal is currently in the hands of the Federal Communications Commission and U.S. Department of Justice. No word so far on whether the two CEOs plan to bring up the matter with the President.

That said, Immelt and Roberts aren’t the only CEOs in attendance…

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The New Yorker Profiles ‘Afghanistan’s Rupert Murdoch’

Mohseni060610.jpg In a fascinating read, The New Yorker‘s Ken Auletta, profiles the man who some call “Afghanistan’s Rupert Murdoch,” Saad Mohseni.

Mohseni is the founder of the Moby Group, the most powerful and successful media company in Afghanistan. The company produces the country’s number one show, “Afghan Star” (essentially an Afghan take on “American Idol”) as well as news on its Tolo Channel.

The news it produces is having a major impact in the country:

Still, an estimated one-third to one-half of the population of Afghanistan watched a Presidential debate last August on Tolo TV, and cameras from Tolo have been repeatedly banned from parliament and the government ministries after the network broadcast stories of government ineptness or wrongdoing. Its news programs exposed stuffed ballot boxes and other examples of fraud in the August Presidential election. Mark Thompson, the director-general of the BBC, visited Mohseni in late March, and told me, “Our guys tell me that Tolo news blew them away. In this entire region, no one else is doing this kind of work. That’s on TV. On radio, they also blew them away.”

The article also discusses Mohseni’s relationship with the former Viacom CEO Tom Freston, who now sits on Moby’s board of directors:

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Was CBS Corp.’s Les Moonves Overpaid?

MoonvesChen_5.6.jpgIn a study for Bloomberg News, pay expert Graef Crystal looked at the compensation of 271 CEOs and found the average slipped 4.7% last year to $9.95 million, with extremes ranging from $43.2 million for CBS Corp.’s Leslie Moonves to $245,322 for Google Inc.’s Eric Schmidt.

Using formulas developed over 30 years in the business, Crystal crunched the numbers and found CBS overpaid Moonves, who is married to CBS Early Show co-anchor Julie Chen, by $28 million.

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Liz Claman – Silicon Valley Girl

Liz_6.7.jpgBayNewser reports FBN’s Liz Claman is about to spend “Three Days in the Valley” – Slicon valley. Starting Monday, Claman will interview Silicon Valley CEOs and thought leaders including Google’s Eric Schmidt, Yahoo!’s Carol Bartz and Jay Adelson, CEO of Digg.

And Claman’s going to be awfully busy.

The complete interview list at BayNewser…

RTNDF Awards in D.C. Brings Out Journalists and More

gibson_3-13.jpgThe 19th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner, hosted by RTNDF, took place last night in Washington, D.C., and FishbowlDC’s Christine Delargy writes about the crowd — from former White House press secretary Dana Perino to CBS’ Lara Logan — and event.

Delargy highlights the “comedy act” brought by ABC’s Charlie Gibson and Sam Donaldson to present an award to Cokie Roberts.

In accepting the award last night, Roberts turned the lens on her hometown of New Orleans, saying news coverage there, and in many other locales, exacerbates racial tension: “[T]here’s a big difference between a couple of thoughtful people trying to get to some solution and a shoutfest where the shouter is seeking attention and the broadcaster is hoping for ratings.”

The other winners included CNN’s Susan Grant and Google’s Eric Schmidt. Click here to see pictures from the event.

More: Politico’s Patrick Gavin also attended the awards ceremony, and talked to emcee Chris Matthews and Donaldson about their favorite current White House correspondents and more. Video is after the jump…

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Cokie Roberts To Receive First Amendment Award; Google Too

ABC’s Charles Gibson and Sam Donaldson will present the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award to Cokie Roberts at the RTNDF’s 19th annual First Amendment Awards Dinner next Thursday.

Also honored at the Washington, DC event: Google, Inc. which will receive the First Amendment Leadership Award. PBS’ Judy Woodruff will present to Google’s chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt.

Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC’s Hardball, will emcee the event.

Squawk Box With Buffett

buffett_3-4.jpgThe Oracle of Omaha is spending Monday morning with CNBC viewers. Warren Buffett joins Becky Quick to anchor a live “Squawk Box,” broadcast from Omaha at 6amET.

Buffett will answer viewer questions during the three hour show, and talk about Berkshire Hathaway’s performance, the markets and the economy. Questions can be submitted to AskWarren@cnbc.com.

At 8pmET, Quick hosts “The Billionaire Next Door: Restoring Trust,” a special about Buffett’s advice for restoring the economy.

Related: Google CEO Eric Schmidt appears on CNBC Reports tonight at 8pmET.

The Ticker: FBN, CNBC, CNN…

> Mediapost reports that BrandIndex, which tracks consumer perception of brands, finds Fox Business Network (and not “Fox Business Channel,” as they write) to be the 15th-largest gainer of all brands. Four other TV networks, including CNN, were in the top 25.

> CNBC’s Jim Cramer gives his “State of the Market Address” tonight at 6pmET. The live studio audience edition of Mad Money features Google CEO Eric Schmidt. It re-airs at 11pmET.

> Wolf Blitzer made an appearance on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night, competing in a political trivia competition against two Hooters girls. Also: what Julia Roberts movie does Blitzer like? Click continued to see the Leno clip…

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