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Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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Behind the TV Scenes: ‘OutFront’ EP Susie Xu

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

Susie XuIn 13 years at CNN, Susie Xu has risen from intern, to field reporter, to producer for “Larry King Live,” to her current role as executive producer of “Erin Burnett OutFront.” Xu was born in Tianjin, China, the second child in her family, born during China’s one-child policy. “From the beginning of my life, I was really not supposed to be born,” Xu tells us. “The government came down on my parents and said, ‘you’re not supposed to have a second child.’ But my parents defied them, and I think that’s shaped a lot of who I am.” Xu and her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was four. She grew up in Grove City, PA and graduated from Penn State.

TVNewser: You’ve risen up the ranks to an EP position pretty quickly. What helped you climb the ladder?

Xu: A lot of it was taking every opportunity that CNN gave me and just running with it. I don’t say this as someone who drinks the Kool-Aid of the company, but CNN has provided so many opportunities in terms of different skills that I can gain, different jobs that I can do. I started out doing show producing, running prompter, running scripts to Wolf Blitzer. Suddenly, there was an opportunity in New York and be part of the live production. I jumped on that opportunity. Within, not even two years, an opportunity opened up in the Beijing bureau to field and package produce. I had never been on the newsgathering side of things, but because I’m fluent in Chinese, and because I have that interest and that drive, my boss at the time at CNNI gave me a chance. From there, producing for Larry King just fell into my lap, and they called me when I was just coming home from Beijing, and said, “we need you to go film a special about transvestites in Miami… I knew nothing about that, but I just thought, ‘well, that’s really interesting, I’ll jump on a plane and go do it.’ A lot of it is just throwing caution to the wind and jumping in head first and figuring out as you go.

TVNewser: What was it like for you producing in the Beijing bureau?

Xu: I found it to be more difficult to acclimate than I thought, because I do know the language and have family there. I’ve been to China many times to visit family, so I thought this was going to be a piece of cake. But operating as journalist in a country that’s so restrictive will always take some getting used to. You know you’re going into a communist country; you know they’re going to censor you, but at the same time it’s always shocking what you’re being censored for. We did a story on a really crippling drought in Western China, and that to me was a weather story, and how it affected the country economically. But the local government really saw that as a threat, and got really paranoid, and followed us around to every single shoot. Every single location, there was a

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 6

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 74 | CNN: 100 | HLN: 99
  • Primetime: FNC: 319 | MSNBC: 93 | CNN: 123 | HLN: 114

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

156

TheFive:

215

Baier:

249

Greta:

220

O’Reilly:

385

Kelly:

335

Hannity:

238

O’Reilly:

248

Kelly:

225

MSNBC
Wagner:

74

EdShow:

96

Sharpton:

101

Matthews:

119

Hayes:

71

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

84

Hayes:

42

Maddow:

51

CNN
Tapper:

74

Blitzer:

79

Blitzer:

153

Burnett:

134

Cooper:

110

Bourdain:

152

Tonight:

107

Cooper:

115

CNNI:

94

HLN
Now:

58

Files:

43

Files:

59

Jane:

85

Grace:

100

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

122

Files:

165

Files:

270

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The Morning Ticker: Playing Peter, Signing Erin, Hiring Fusion

  • Erin Burnett has signed a contract extension with CNN which will keep her “OutFront” at 7pmET. She’ll also develop a program for CNN International, debuting later this year.

  • Cheri Ehrlich Eisen is joining Fusion as Senior Director of Human Resources. The Disney/ABC alum will lead the network’s efforts to hire, keep, and develop talent.

Erin Burnett Fact-Checks Israeli Official’s Allegations that CNN Coverage is Biased

DermerCNNOn her show last night, Erin Burnett followed up on a segment from Thursday’s “OutFront,” where Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer called out CNN for biased coverage of the war in Gaza. Burnett invited Dermer to come for Friday’s show to, in part to disprove some of his assertions, but he couldn’t come on. So Burnett fact-checked his comments.

At one point, Dermer says, ”I’ve been listening to two hours of reports on CNN. I have seen split screens, horrible pictures that any decent human being would be horrified by. I think that that does a disservice to your viewers to not give them the context they need to make these judgments.”

Burnett then played a clip from part of that prior two hours during which Wolf Blitzer did report on how the U.N. demanded that Hamas stop endangering civilians “by placing weapons in U.N. schools.”

The fact-checking continued…

Fox News Most-Watched During Coverage of Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight

MegynKelly304FNC was the most-watched cable news channel in both Total Day and Primetime for yesterday’s breaking news stories of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and Israel’s ground war into Gaza.

In primetime, FNC averaged 3.08 million total viewers and 570,000 in the A25-54 demo. 2It was FNC’s second-best Total Day and primetime this year, following the night of State of the Union on January 28. Fox News’s “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” had all-time highs in viewers.

CNN was second in all averages and day parts. Several CNN hours outdrew Fox News in the demo including soon after the news from Ukraine broke. From 1pm to 5pMET and again at 7pmET, for “Erin Burnett Outfront,” CNN was No. 1 in the demo.

White, Male Guests Dominate Cable News

A new survey by Fair finds cable news guests are overwhelmingly white and male in the evening hours. Fair surveyed six cable news shows — “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” on Fox News, “All In with Chris Hayes” and “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC and “OutFront with Erin Burnett” and “Anderson Cooper 360″ on CNN — over five weeks for the study.

Of the 1,015 guests that appeared across the shows in the survey period, 84 percent were white and 72 percent were male. The most diverse show in terms of ethnicity was “All In,” while “The O’Reilly Factor” was the most diverse in terms of gender.

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Jose Antonio Vargas Released from Federal Custody in Texas

Vargas304Jose Antonio Vargas, the Pulitzer-prize winning journalist who was the focus of the recent CNN documentary “Documented,” was released from the custody of U.S. Border Patrol agents this evening. Vargas, who is an undocumented immigrant having been brought to the U.S. as a child, was detained for much of the day in McAllen, Texas. DHS released Vargas because he had no prior immigration or criminal record.

Vargas’ detention was news on both “NBC Nightly News” and the “CBS Evening News” as part of the larger reporting on the crisis at the border.

CNN and MSNBC also covered Vargas’ detention throughout the day.  Last night on her show, CNN’s Erin Burnett asked Vargas if he was “daring” authorities to arrest and deport him. Vargas said, “When I outed myself three years ago, my goal was to say, ‘I’m one of the 11 million people.’ I’m not asking for special treatment.”

Last month, in an interview with MediabistroTV, we asked Vargas if being an advocate meant he was no longer a journalist.

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Richard Quest Comes Out: ‘The Work I Do Here is Better Because I’m Honest About Who I Am’

QuestGay Richard Quest did something at the end of his CNN International show today, that he wished he’d done yesterday.

On “Quest Means Business” Thursday, Quest spoke with John Browne, the former CEO of British oil giant BP, who resigned in 2007 after being outed as gay by a British tabloid. Browne has written about the episode, and about life as a CEO in the closet, in “The Glass Closet: Why Coming Out Is Good for Business.”

Quest wished he used that moment to discuss his own journey. Instead, he did it today. And he decided it is indeed good for his business as a business journalist.

If I remember back to when I wasn’t open about my sexuality, I spent a great deal of time worried about it…. about what my family would think, what would my friends, my colleagues would think, and of course, what would you think. Would the fact that I’m gay affect my creditability as a business journalist? Would you watch the program differently?

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Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

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Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

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