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Barbara Walters: ‘If You Have Curiosity, Nothing Gets Stale’

Barbara Walters recently spoke to Fusion about the keys to succeeding in TV news.

“If you have curiosity nothing gets stale for you – there’s always a new story, there’s always a new person, there’s always a new scandal,” Walters said. “It’s always new and fresh – and when it no longer is that’s when you should think about doing something else,” Walters says.

Walters emphasizes the old adage of getting your foot in the door and not putting yourself above being a coffee runner on your way to the top.

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Fusion CEO Lauds Network’s First Month, Tells Staff to Reach ‘Beyond the Conventional’

Fusion304x200Fusion launched one month ago today, and TVNewser has obtained an internal email network CEO Isaac Lee wrote to the staff praising while urging continuing innovation.

“Our content continues to drive a national conversation,” Lee wrote. “Fusion is already playing a prominent role in shaping our nation’s dialogue.”

Fusion, which is not in enough homes to be publicly rated by Nielsen, is depending on Web traffic. Lee’s email highlights Fusion.net’s traffic—half of which comes from mobile devices—as well as Fusion TV’s headline-grabbing interviews.

Some of those interviews Lee refers to were “Glee” star Alex Newell taking on Bill O’Reilly for calling him “dopey” and an on-air feud between hosts Alicia Menendez and Leon Krauze over who gets to interview actress Jennifer Lawrence first — neither has so far.

He also warned employees to not pat themselves on the back too much:

“We must remember we are one month into a very long journey and we cannot stop here.  The challenges we faced in the days and weeks leading up to launch have not gone away, but the last month has shown me that we are more than ready to tackle them.”

Lee’s email after the jump.

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ABC/Univision Channel Adds CFO, Eyes September Launch

The new cable news channel from ABC News and Univision is eyeing a September launch, according to Media Moves. In addition, the network now has a CFO in Tom Finn. Finn joins the JV from ESPN Star Sports, where he was CFO. Before that he was a VP of finance for the Walt Disney Company.

As Media Moves notes, the still-unnamed network doesn’t yet have a CEO, though it sounds as though it will announce one soon.

ABC will handle distribution and commercialization and Univision will be mostly in charge of the content, with both networks pitching in their international and domestic news bureaus talent and resources.

The network has already staffed up online, and has begun hiring TV staffers as well.

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ABC/Univision Staffing Up Cable Channel, Adds NBC Producers

The ABC/Univision cable news channel continues to staff up in advance of its launch later this year. The channel has been building an online team for months, but is beginning to add to its TV production ranks.

TVNewser hears that latest additions are Rayner Ramirez, who had been a producer at NBC News “Dateline,” and Dax Tejera, who had been a producer on “Now with Alex Wagner.”

ABC says they will be working on “program development” for the still-unnamed channel which will be based in Miami.