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George Stephanopoulos Learning ‘How to Go with It’

gma_2-17.jpgThe NY Observer’s Felix Gillette takes a look at George Stephanopoulos‘ start as a “Good Morning America” anchor for ABC and the changes required to make a transition to the modern morning show. Stephanopoulos and others admit that he doesn’t normally quite “open up” in the way that some morning hosts do, but Stephanopoulos says he’s taken some tips from his wife, actress Ali Wentworth, who’s experienced in Improv, to help adjust.

So far, his bosses seem pleased. ABC News president David Westin says, “I think he’s doing remarkably well,” and EP Jim Murphy commended his range and said, “It’s going spectacular.”

Ratings-wise, the new “GMA” team has yet to gain ground on the morning show leader, NBC’s “Today,” but ABC execs are hopeful going forward:

“I’m hopeful that if you talk to me in six months or a year that the audience will have responded,” said Mr. Westin. “This is way early going. But the way I look at it, we are in better shape than I would have predicted at this point.”

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Raddatz Gives ABC News Insider Knowledge of Camp Liberty Murder

abc_5-13.bmpOne of the big stories this week has been the murder of five American troops by a fellow sergeant at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

ABC and CBS’ led their evening newscast with the story on Monday night (it was in NBC’s first block as well), but just ABC World News had video of the location, from inside the clinic where the shooting took place. The reason? Senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz.

“Just a few weeks earlier, on her 20th reporting trip to Iraq, she had spent an afternoon at Camp Liberty in Baghdad,” reports The New York Observer‘s Felix Gillette. “Ms. Raddatz had spent an entire afternoon interviewing the clinic’s staff members for her report on how the military was coping with the recent uptick in suicides.”

Said Raddatz during Monday’s report: “It was just days ago that Lieutenant Colonel Beth Salisbury (pictured) showed ABC News the very same combat stress control center where today’s horrific shooting took place Salisbury, who runs the center, was not hurt in today’s shooting.”

Click continued to see Raddatz’ piece last night on World News, in which one of the officers killed, who Raddatz met on her trip, was the focus…

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CBS and NBC To Team Up On Kabul Bureau?

engel_4-22b.jpgThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about the Afghanistan foreign coverage focus by news networks.

NBC News correspondent Richard Engel says he’s currently scouting locations in Kabul for a bureau. “We have some local staff who have always worked for us there,” he said. “Now we’ll have a fully staffed and operating bureau.”

But bigger news is the possibility NBC may be sharing the bureau with a competitor.

[CBS News SVP Paul] Friedman said that back in the fall of 2008, CBS began talking with other U.S. news organizations, including NBC News, about the possibility of opening a joint facility in Kabul, which would allow everyone to share the costs of housing and providing security for their people. According to Mr. Friedman, the talks are ongoing.

“It would be preferable for us to be able to get the expenses down far enough that we can get our own people in there,” said Mr. Friedman. “I think the cable guys are talking about going their own way because they have different demands than we do.”

The Rise of the Emo-Anchor

nyo_4-8.jpgWhat’s with all the on-air emoting?

The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about this trend in the cover story for today’s paper. “Not long ago, television news was a no-cry zone,” he writes. “The top newsmen were celebrated for their emotional control in the face of gut-punching developments.”

But that’s changed. Gillette notes Glenn Beck‘s “We Surround Them” special, Roland Martin‘s tears after President Obama’s election, Rick Santelli‘s rant, Chris Matthews‘ “thrill” and Anderson Cooper‘s Katrina reports as just some of the examples of a changing cable news style.

But not all are happy about it. Roger Mudd, former NBC and CBS anchor, told the Observer, “I’m not sure that I accept blubbering on the air as proof of authenticity…It wasn’t pride so much as you were trained not to do that.”

(illustration by Robert Grossman for the New York Observer)

Menu: New York Observer’s Felix Gillette on Obama’s Newspaper Snub

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu we’re joined by New York Observer media reporter Felix Gillette.

The main topic: last night’s President Obama news conference. Although he picked each of the major network and cable news outlets, he didn’t call on any of the major newspapers. “Will that create some anxiety, further anxiety, for big newspaper reporters about their status in the world? Yes,” said Gillette, but: “A lot of times some of the coverage of who gets question at these press conferences is a little bit self-serious.”

Also, Ed Schultz and his future at MSNBC, the current state of Drudge and the New York Observer’s recent Website redesign is going.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

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Meet Ed Schultz: Former Conservative, MSNBC’s Next Potential Star

schultz_3-24.jpgThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about MSNBC’s new regular fill-in host, Ed Schultz.

Schultz began guest hosting on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue earlier this month, and the Observer reports he is currently negotiating with MSNBC about the possibility of joining the cable news network full-time.

“Who was this folksy Rush Limbaugh-lookalike, wagging his finger at the greedy corporate union-busters, and asking with head-bobbing exasperation, ‘What gives?’” writes Gillette.

Until 1998, Schultz described himself as a “hard-charging, what’s-in-it-for-me conservative radio talk show host,” but now is “already taking a page or two from the MSNBC playbook,” Gillette writes.

Rumors Swirl as Ed Schultz Guest Hosts on MSNBC

schultz_3-11.jpgWith the hypothetical possibility of a new MSNBC show at 10pmET, each guest hosting spot gets extra scrutiny.

This was the case with radio host Ed Schultz, who filled in for David Shuster on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday. The New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes the news, “touched off a fresh set of rumors among MSNBC staffers that the network’s president Phil Griffin might be grooming Mr. Schultz to join the channel on a fulltime basis.”

But a spokesperson shot it down: “Ed is a regular on 1600. He’s filling in for David tonight, while David fills in for Keith [Olbermann]. It’s as simple as that.”

Schultz got in a shot at his competition during yesterday’s show, describing the temperature during a report as “a high of Glenn Beck‘s IQ — zero!”

Schultz was part of our original 10pm poll and received 5% of the vote. Voting is still open for our new MSNBC 10pm poll.

Click continued to see the Beck comment…

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Charlie and Weezy On Kimmel, and a News/Entertainment “Throw”

For the past two nights, at the conclusion of ABC’s Nightline, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir “threw” to the talk show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” promoting the program immediately following the news show. The New York Observer tells the backstory. “The friendly ‘throw’ from Nightline to Jimmy Kimmel was less about ratings and more about extending an olive branch between ABC’s news and entertainment divisions,” writes Felix Gillette.

But last night’s throw had special significance — World News anchor, Charles Gibson was a guest on Kimmel. So was Lil’ Wayne, who was featured several times with Gibson. See the pair play Scrabble and some of their interviews with Kimmel below and after the jump, check out the game show that’s sweeping the country: “Charles Gibson or Lil’ Wayne?” You may be surprised…:



Click continued to see the clip of Kimmel’s game show, “Charles Gibson or Lil’ Wayne?”…

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Zakaria on Viewers From Washington to Kabul

zakaria_2-19.jpgThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette interviews Fareed Zakaria about his recent big “get” of Hamid Karzai and the global reach of his weekend CNN show, GPS.

“If Karzai wants to give an interview that’s going to be watched in Washington and in Kabul simultaneously, there aren’t that many forums that can do that,” Zakaria said. “And I’m willing to give him the space to explain his views and to elaborate on them.”

The interview aired on February 15.

Zakaria talked about the lack of appeal for international news on American TV. “I think American audiences have a certain fatigue of the sameness of coverage: a kind of unending incremental coverage of the rest of the world, where they don’t understand why this is important,” he said.

Click continued to see the interview from last weekend…

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CBS Cuts From Tel Aviv Bureau Just Before War

phillips_1-7.jpgThe New York Observer’s Felix Gillette writes about the cuts at CBS News’ Tel Aviv bureau “on the eve of the outbreak of war in Gaza.”

Gillette reports approximately a dozen employees were losing their job, bring the bureau down to a bureau chief, Gaby Silon, and three others.

CBS News SVP Paul Friedman says, “The old model no longer applies. You do not need a massive infrastructure, as long as you can mobilize people quickly when the story develops.”

CBS is the “only one of the big three networks without a full-time correspondent in Israel,” writes Gillette.

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