- 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.
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- 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.
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.
CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker gets profiled by NPR’s David Folkenflik. Whitaker explains CNN’s newsgathering prowess, while acknowledging that when there isn’t major breaking news, the network often struggles to retain an audience.
“A big challenge for CNN now is to really decide who its audience is,” he says, “and to really focus on doing the best job possible for that audience and not think it can be all things to all people.
Some of the most interesting quotes come from Fareed Zakaria, who Whitaker champions as an example of what a good interviewer looks like. Zakaria has no qualms talking about where he sees CNN’s place in the newsgathering world:
“The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. Let’s be honest,” Zakaria says. He says people watching Fox are the faithful of a specific religion attending a particularly devout church. “Our competitors should properly be The New York Times, the BBC and NPR.”
President Obama is making his way to the State Department to deliver a highly-anticipated speech on Middle East affairs.
CNN is going big on the coverage with a CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast beginning at 11:30amET. Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani anchor coverage with Fareed Zakaria in Egypt, and Gloria Borger, John King, Henry and Jill Dougherty in DC as well as multiple correspondents in several North African and Middle Eastern countries.
Pres. Obama will only be doing one TV interview after the speech, and it’s not with an American broadcaster. BBC gets the sit-down with Obama at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving an interview to Katie Couric. This is Couric’s last day with the CBS Evening News. She’ll return to New York this afternoon to anchor her final broadcast.
Fareed Zakaria clarifies: ‘The characterization that I have been advising President Obama is inaccurate’
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has taken to CNN.com today to clarify the characterization that he is advising Pres. Obama on matters of foreign policy. Earlier this week on “In the Arena” Zakaria told Eliot Spitzer that he’s had “face to face meetings” with Pres. Obama on the so-called Arab Spring, specifically the situation in Egypt. Here’s what Zakaria wrote this afternoon:
The characterization that I have been “advising” President Obama is inaccurate. Over the last few months I’ve had a couple of conversations with the president, off-the-record. At no point did President Obama ask me for advice on a specific policy or speech or proposal, nor did I volunteer it. I know that he has had similar meetings with other columnists.
Spitzer, who was leading in his characterization of Zakaria “advising” the president said during their conversation this week, “It makes my heart warm that the president is calling you for wisdom and advice.”
“Mostly it has been face to face meetings, usually organized by [National Security Adviser] Tom Donilon,” Zakaria told Spitzer:
‘Tis the graduation season once again. And that means numerous commencement speeches from TV journos and analysts.
Here now, then, is TVNewser’s fourth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when (in alphabetical order):
(Graphic: CBS News)
- More after the jump, including Soledad O’Brien, Scott Pelley, Joe Scarborough, and Brian Williams… Read more
Here’s what the cable networks are planning for coverage of Pres. Obama’s address on Libya tonight at 7:30pmET from the National Defense University.
- Bloomberg’s executive editor Al Hunt and Julianna Goldman anchor coverage from Bloomberg TV’s Washington bureau.
- CNN will lead into the president’s remarks with John King and lead out with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchoring special coverage along with King, Eliot Spitzer, and Fareed Zakaria, as well as CNN International correspondents Nic Robertson and Arwa Damon up until the 9pm hour when “Piers Morgan Tonight” begins.
- CNBC’s Larry Kudlow anchors coverage during “The Kudlow Report.”
- Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto anchors “FOX Business Special Report: Target Libya. A Presidential Address” beginning at 7:30pm.
- Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith anchors during “FOX Report.” Coverage continues at 8pmET as Bill O’Reilly talks with Brit Hume.
Broadcast network plans can be found here.