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After Joan Rivers Walks Out On CNN, David Letterman Walks Out on Joan Rivers

On David Letterman‘s show, airing tonight on CBS, Joan Rivers was in the middle of explaining why she walked out on her interview with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield over the weekend, when Letterman walked out on her. Rivers said Whitfield was being “nasty and opinionated” in her line of questioning. Dave was all ears, until he wasn’t…

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Joan Rivers on CNN Interview: ‘Every Question Was an Accusatory One’

RiversIf you didn’t catch any fireworks on the 4th of July, comedian Joan Rivers provided some Saturday when she walked out of her CNN interview with Fredricka Whitfield.

“I’m going…all you’ve done is negative,” Rivers said in response to Whitfield asking about her about wearing fur on the cover of her new book when she knew animal rights groups would object. “You are not the one to interview a person who does humor, sorry” Rivers said angrily before storming off set.

“The CNN interviewer was a news reporter and not an entertainment reporter,” Rivers told TheWrap. “She did not seem to understand we were talking about a comedy book and not the transcripts from the Nuremburg Trial. Every question was an accusatory one designed to put me on the defensive.”

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Cable, Broadcast Networks Cover San Francisco Plane Crash

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon. The flight originated in Seoul, South Korea.

Fox News reported on the crash at the top of the 3 p.m. hour of “America’s News Headquarters,” with Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers anchoring. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield was next at 3:07 p.m. MSNBC reported on the crash at 3:08 p.m., with Craig Melvin anchoring.

ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m.

“All of a sudden, I saw the back tail hit the grounds and I saw the smoke and flames,” a witness told Muir. “It looked like it slid and then both tires were coming out … it happened so fast. I was shaking.”

> More: The cable networks are planning extended coverage in primetime. Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren will anchor a two-hour special from 9-11pmET.

>More: Fox News will have an extended “Fox Report” from 7-9pmET. After Van Susteren’s special, Marianne Rafferty and Rick Folbaum will anchor from 11pm-1amET. “Fox & Friends First” will begin at 5amET tomorrow morning.

>More: ABC News has assigned Cecilia Vega and David Wright to the story. They will report across all platforms for ABC.

2012 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas last night, March Madness has officially come to an end. That also means that it is time to declare a winner in TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness bracket challenge.

Your 2012 TVNewser bracket challenge winner is…

Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald!

“It was great fun going up against really tough competition,” MacDonald says. “I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s champion.”

It was a close match this year, with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kyra Phillips very close behind MacDonald in the standings. This is the second straight year that a competitor for one of the business news networks won. Last year’s winner was Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu. Chu also had a good showing this year, placing ninth.

In last place, tragically, was your humble TVNewser editor, who clearly needs to reevaluate his college basketball picking skills. My strategy of picking teams who had cool mascots (Blue Devils? Awesome!) may not have been the most sound.

A big “Thank You!” to all of this year’s participants.

The final standings are below.
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2012 TVNewser Bracket Challenge ‘Sweet 16′ Update

Have you been watching some of the first round games? Holy moly. Lehigh? Ohio? Norfolk State? Suffice it to say a lot of brackets are in trouble, and our TV news competition is no exception.

Right now NBC’s Rome Hartman (our 2010 champion) is tied for first with CNN’s Randi Kaye, with Kyra Phillips nipping at their heels. Most of the competitors are in the middle of the pack, with CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield and CNBC’s John Melloy at the bottom. Have no fear though, there is plenty of time to make up ground.

The full standings are after the jump.

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TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean two things: March Madness and TVNewser’s 2012 bracket challenge.

Every March we have TV news talent, executives and producers fill out their brackets and make their picks, with the winner receiving the ultimate prize: bragging rights.

Last year’s champion–Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu–is back to defend his crown, but there is some steep competition from across the TV news spectrum.

Game on.

Here is your 2012 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

Team Bloomberg TV:

Returning champ: Dominic Chu, markets reporter, Bloomberg TV

Cory Johnson, editor-at-large, Bloomberg TV

Stephanie Ruhle, correspondent, Bloomberg TV

Team Fox News/Fox Business Network:

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T.J. Holmes and the Final Fredricka Hand-off

With CNN’s T.J. Holmes setting his sights on BET, this weekend he had his final hand-off with CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield. For years, Holmes has anchored Saturday mornings, and Whitfield Saturday afternoons. So, while his final day on air is Christmas Day, this past Saturday, producers put together a compilation of those on air transition teases.

Cablers Plan Extended Weekend Coverage for Hurricane Irene

It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)

  • Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
  • CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.

And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.

CNNI, CNN/U.S. Saturday Simulcast

CNN Worldwide is once again combining the on-air programming for CNN/U.S. and CNNI throughout the day today. Executives believe simulcasting Saturday’s coverage, which will be dominated by the situation in Japan, is more resourceful than both networks going it alone.

At 6amET, CNNI’s Andrew Stevens in Hong Kong and CNN/U.S.’s Randi Kaye in New York co-anchored coverage. At 9amET CNNI’s Becky Anderson took over from London as Kaye continued in New York. That will continue until 11amET, when Fredricka Whitfield it CNN Atlanta joins Anderson. At Noon, John Vause takes over for Anderson. Vause, an Australian who has worked for CNN in Asia, will anchor from Atlanta with Whitfield. Following all this?

The simulcast continues into the afternoon and evening hours.

Bidding is on for Image, Interview with Northwest Airlines Flight 253 Hero Jasper Schuringa

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Jasper Schuringa‘s vacation with friends in Miami is about to get a lot less vacation-like. The Dutch man is being hailed a hero for jumping into action when a 23-year-old Nigerian man attempted to set off explosives as the Northwest flight approached the Detroit airport Christmas Day. Schuringa suffered burns on his hands as he tried to put out a fire that the suspect, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab allegedly set.

Schuringa made it to Miami, where CNN caught up with him. Around 1:20pmET he took part in a nearly 8-minute interview with anchor Fredricka Whitfield. During the interview, you could hear a bit of a commotion off camera and more than once Schuringa tried to wrap up the interview, but Whitefield kept asking questions, so he kept answering.

CNN confirms with TVNewser they paid to license a cell phone picture of the suspect that was used during the interview. Insiders tell us other networks are vying to buy the image for upwards of $10,000. Some news outlets, including CBSNews.com, are embedding CNN’s interview with Schuringa. [We did too, after the jump].

Surely, Shuringa wasn’t the only hero on board. In fact, he credited the flight attendants for their quick action. In the coming days, expect to hear from more passengers and perhaps see more images of the incident. But for now, CNN is going to make the most of their exclusive on TV and online. Jasper Schuringa just may not have as much beach time as he’d hoped.

Click continued to see Whitfield’s interview with Schuringa…

>More: Tonight, NBC “Nightly News” and ABC “World News” used the CNN image. ABC also used a portion of CNN’s Schuringa interview.

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