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The Morning Ticker: Ross, Rose, Zakaria…

  • Brian Ross and the ABC News Investigative Unit have won two Deadline Awards in the categories of Best Television Feature and Spot News Reporting. The winning feature piece, “Peace Corps: A Trust Betrayed,” is also the recipient of five other awards, including a Peabody and a George Polk Award.
  • “CBS This Morning” will air a rare interview with Jeb Bush today. The former Florida governor tells Charlie Rose that he will “under no circumstances” be Mitt Romney‘s VP pick. “I’m not going to do it and I’m not going to be asked and it’s not going happen,” he said.
  • The second installment of Fareed Zakaria‘s quarterly specials debuts Sunday night at 8pmET/PT on CNN. “Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Making Immigration Work” will examine immigration policy in the U.S. and abroad. The special correspondents with Zakaria’s latest TIME column, out tomorrow.
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Bill Maher Producing New VICE Newsmagazine for HBO, Fareed Zakaria On Board As Consultant

HBO is launching a new TV newsmagazine series with VICE. VICE founder Shane Smith will host the program, which will be executive produced by Smith, comedian Bill Maher and VICE chief creative officer Eddy Moretti. CNN host Fareed Zakaria will serve as a consultant on the series, per his overall agreement with Time Warner signed in 2010. CNN is a sister network to HBO.

Potential subjects for the new series include “Taliban child suicide bombers; North Korean slave labor camps; New York’s underground voodoo heroin clinics; Somalian pirates; and Satanic dentists in the Pacific Northwest,” the network says. Some of the segments will likely be repurposed video content from Vice.com, like this segment on North Korean labor camps:

There is no premiere date or timeslot for the series, which will be called “VICE,” though HBO says it will be televised weekly. That said, TVNewser hears that it will likely debut as a lead-in or lead-out to “Real Time with Bill Maher,” which airs Friday nights on HBO.

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TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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Three Peabody Awards, In Three Very Different Genres, For CNN

The University of Georgia announced that CNN would receive three Peabody Awards, for its coverage of the Arab Spring, “CNN Heroes” and “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

For CNN, the three awards represented three different styles of television journalism, a fact not lost on executives there.

“When you look at some of the other award winners it is really the best of the best in television and radio, and we are obviously honored to be part of that company,” CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker told TVNewser. “I think it is particularly gratifying when you look at the three awards that we received.”

One was for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. “CNN has continued to expand its international resources at a time when most other news organizations are cutting back, and we think that really paid off,” says Whitaker. “We also have shown a special commitment to covering the conflict in Syria which has been very difficult to cover because of the degree to which the government there is trying to keep journalists out.”

Whitaker says the award for Zakaria is gratifying in a different way.

Zakaria will be honored for his program “Restoring the American Dream: Fixing Education” as well as for his commentary on Iran. Whitaker says it shows that CNN “can go in-depth in coverage of various issues.”

CNN’s third Peabody goes to the CNN Heroes annual event. “It is always nice to win three awards, but when you win three awards that reflect three different parts of your mission and your brand and what you are capable of, it is even more gratifying.”

CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton‘s memo to staff, after the jump.

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CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners

The 2012 Peabody Award winners have been announced, and there are lots of winners from the world of TV news.

CNN is taking home three Peabodys, one for its coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprising, another for “CNN Heroes” and the last for “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

ABC News and Brian Ross received a Peabody for the investigative report looking into the Peace Corps, while the “CBS Evening News” and correspondent Clarissa Ward won a Peabody for her coverage of the Syrian uprising.

Al Jazeera English won a Peabody for its coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings, and the BBC won two awards, one for a documentary examining Somalia and a second for BBC.com.

As usual, plenty of entertainment programs won Peabodys as well, including “The Colbert Report,” “Portlandia,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones” and “Jeopardy!”

“The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards in a statement. “Local news organizations covered stories with international import as well as those significant within their communities. Documentaries and news reports on issues missed or overlooked by big organizations were available on websites. Comedians engaged in political actions. Radio proved again the power of the individual human voice. Drama took on issues of power and control. Images of disaster appeared alongside images of hope and freedom.”

The full winners list, after the jump.

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When Talent Gets Paid From Outside Sources, What Is a Network To Do?

Television news personalities are also celebrities, and as such are in high demand for appearances. Many times these appearances are free, but on occasion they may be reimbursed for expenses, or paid outright for appearing.

That issue, the issue of speaking fees, is covered in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review (h/t Inside Cable News).

Coincidentally, it has already been quite a month for controversial payments. Earlier this month news came out about MSNBC host Ed Schultz receiving $200,000 in speaking fees from unions. MSNBC responded by saying that the speeches received prior approval and that the money had to be donated to charity, although Newsbusters remains uncertain that all of the money was donated.

CJR cites the case of Fareed Zakaria, who pulls double-duty as a columnist for TIME, and as a host on CNN:

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Fareed Zakaria To Host Quarterly Specials For CNN

The first of Fareed Zakaria‘s quarterly specials airs tonight on CNN. The specials, with an accompanying essay in TIME, will focus on key to the American electorate: health care, immigration, jobs and energy.

Tonight’s is on health care.

“We Americans need to recognize that there are many areas where we could learn a lot from what other countries are doing,” said Zakaria in a statement. “America’s best companies routinely benchmark to global standards. What we’re trying to do in this series is just that – look around the world and ask, ‘what can we learn?’ In the process, we also found areas where we could teach the rest of the world a thing or two.”

More information, after the jump.

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The Ticker: Zakaria, Elliott, Obama…

  • CNN/TIME’s Fareed Zakaria is known for taking on issues of foreign policy. But for the next several months he’ll host specials focusing on pressing domestic issues, including health care, immigration, jobs, and energy. The first special, “Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care,” will debut Sunday at 8pmET/PT. A companion article for TIME will be in Friday’s edition.

  • “GMA” newsreader Josh Elliott (right) does a Q&A with TV Guide Magazine: What do you say to someone who asks, “Why should I watch Good Morning America instead of NBC’s Today?” Elliott: “[First] I pay proper respect to a phenomenal anchor team and production staff at Today that has done incredibly well. But I think our chemistry at GMA is unlike anything else on TV right now. There is a certain crackle to us.”
  • Pres. Obama did another round of local TV interviews Tuesday with reporters and anchors from stations in markets including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Austin. KCNC (Denver) reporter Karen Leigh asked the president about the mission in Afghanistan and the shootings there this weekend. Obama responded in part, “You can’t help but be proud, generally” of the troops. TVSpy has the story, and the clips.

The Ticker (CNN Edition): Acosta, Abler, Zakaria…

  • Jim Acosta has been promoted to national political correspondent for CNN. The suburban DC native has mostly been covering politics since joining CNN in 2007. In 2009, Cuban-American Acosta traveled to Havana where he reported on US-Cuban relations and met his own long-lost relatives. From 2003-2007 Acosta was a correspondent for CBS News. Before that he had stints in local TV news in Knoxville, Dallas and Chicago.
  • Maribel Aber is joining CNN Newsource as a correspondent for a new multi-platform financial news service produced in conjunction with CNNMoney.com. From the floor of the NASDAQ, Aber will present “CNN Money Matters” reports for CNN and its affiliates. Earlier in her career Aber was VP of NASDAQ MarketSite overseeing operations at the Times Square studio.
  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund presents its 2012 Justice in Action Awards to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. ABC’s Juju Chang and Sree Sreenivasan of Columbia University will emcee the event. The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi is a special guest. Go here for more information.

CNN’s Zakaria Grabs Ahmadinejad Exclusive

TVNewser hears that CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has snagged an exclusive interview with Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Zakaria is currently in Tehran, Iran.

The interview will be the first Ahmadinejad has given to a U.S. outlet since the recent reports of an Iranian assassination plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., as well as the release of two American hikers. Both topics are said to come up in the interview.

The interview is expected to air live on CNN International at 10:30 PM ET this evening, and on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN Sunday morning.

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