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Posts Tagged ‘Gabby Giffords’

The Morning Ticker: Phillips, Report, Guthrie

  • Kyra Phillips is returning to CNN as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. Phillips, who joined CNN in 1999, spent the last 18 months at sister network HLN hosting “Raising America.”
  • What do local TV news directors think of the national networks? TVNewsCheck has conducted their second annual survey and found the broadcasters out-score the cablers.
  • Arizona native and “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joined former congresswoman Gabby Giffords for a skydive over Tucson yesterday marking the third anniversary of the shooting there that seriously injured Giffords. You can see the jump this morning on “Today.”

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Weekend Growing Pains For MSNBC’s ‘Disrupt’

KarenFinney6Longtime MSNBC contributor Karen Finney took the helm of “Disrupt With Karen Finney” in June as the lead-in for then-weekend host Ed Schultz, but six months later, the show struggles in the ratings.

Airing on Saturday and Sunday at 4pmET, “Disrupt” is delivering 192,000 total viewers and 39,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo for the month of November, the latter demo number serving as an all-time low for the show. Sunday, November 17 was a low point, with just 14,000 viewers in the demo tuning in. That show featured Finney speaking with former Congresswomen Gabby Giffords‘ husband Mark Kelly about gun control as well as a panel on the JFK assassination anniversary.

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CNN Plans Two-Day Special Report On Gun Background Checks

CNN is getting political day during a two-day special report on firearms background checks. “Guns Under Fire: A CNN Special Report on Background Checks” will kick-off this evening on “AC360″ as Dana Bash interviews former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. Piers Morgan and Wolf Blitzer will also discuss the issue on their respective shows.

Wednesday, the channel will present a number of special reports on background checks, including interviews and analysis on the issue (see all the reports after the jump). The reasoning behind the special report? “According to the latest polls, 9 out of 10 Americans support tougher background checks, so how is it that Congress can do nothing?” the channel says in a release.
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‘CBS This Morning’ Review: Mold Broken, Comfort Zones Stretched, ‘An A for Effort’

Today’s debut of “CBS This Morning” was worth the price of admission just for the pleasure of watching 70-year-old Charlie Rose look into the camera and say: “It’s a huge Twitter topic that Twitter friends have been Tweeting.”

PBS’s cerebral late-night host was probably thinking: #WTF?

As the producers no doubt instantly realized, Rose’s comfort zone does not extend seamlessly to pop-culture stories like Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby. Still, he gets an A for effort, and so does the show.

Given CBS’s unbroken record of failure dating back to the launch of its first morning broadcast in 1954, executive producer Chris Licht made good on his promise to break the mold. There was no goofy weatherguy, no raucous fans outside the studio and, most important, no phony chit-chat among anchors.

In fact, unlike Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s hit ‘Morning Joe,’ (Licht’s previous credit), Rose and Gayle King rarely appeared together on set. He fronted the hard news-driven 7 a.m. hour, with the affable King on the lighter stuff from 8 to 9. Erica Hill, lone holdover from CBS’s ‘Early Show,’ crossed over both hours.

Instead of the traditional couch, they sat around a round glass table – perhaps an homage to Rose’s wood model on PBS. The glass-walled Green Room, which does have a couch, is also on set, which may well turn out to be a short-lived experiment.

There were several live shots of rocker Melissa Etheridge and Julianna Margulies, star of CBS’s ‘The Good Wife,’ chatting on said couch. They may or may not have been noshing on bagels. Don’t be surprised if this novelty wears off quickly. Many celebs, particularly those outside the CBS family, are not eager to be seen behind the curtain.

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Happy Birthday Diane Sawyer

Diane Sawyer is taking her birthday week off. She deserves it. Sawyer, who turns 66 today, has had a busy 2011. (But who in the TV news world hasn’t?)

The “World News” anchor and managing editor traveled to Japan in March to cover the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami. She got the first interviews with Jaycee Dugard (right) in July — one of ABC’s most-watched shows of the year. And in September got the first interview with Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) after securing the first interview with her husband Capt. Mark Kelly in January. And she’s reported several other primetime specials this year. So enjoy the birthweek and happy birthday Diane!

Broadcast Anchors Go Cable

Tonight a couple of the broadcast news anchors will be changing channels. ABC’s Diane Sawyer will be on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about her Gabby Giffords special which airs tonight at 10pmET/PT on ABC. And NBC’s Brian Williams will be on Piers Morgan‘s CNN show at 9pmET, ahead of his own live primetime hour, “Rock Center” at 10pmET/PT. “Piers Morgan” EP Jonathan Wald — a former EP of “NBC Nightly News” — got a quick Tout-out from Williams after the interview this afternoon.

Home Run Derby Participants to Tweet During Competition

Participants in tonight’s State Farm Home Run Derby will tweet throughout the competition, marking the first time that players will use social media during a live event. So if you need to read a Major League Baseball player’s take on the Home Run Derby — “U C That? Wow!”; “Home Run!” — then by all means follow along for their unique insights.

ESPN will broadcast the event from Chase Field in Arizona starting at 8 p.m. ET.

Participants such as David Ortiz (@davidortiz), Jose Bautista (@JoeyBats19) and Matt Kemp (@TheRealMattKemp) will be tweeting on their accounts, and so will other All-Stars including Heath Bell (@HeathBell21), Gio Gonzalez (@GioGonzalez47), Hunter Pence (@HunterPence9), Brandon Phillips (@DatDudeBP), Gaby Sanchez (@GabySanchez215), Justin Upton (@RealJustinUpton), C.J. Wilson (@str8edgeracer), Howie Kendrick (@HKendrick47) and Joel Hanrahan (@hanrahan4457).

Howard Kurtz: ‘There are crazy people out there, but we can’t all be responsible for what they do’

Shortly after the horrific shooting in Tuson, Ariz. on Saturday, the fingers started pointing at who was to blame for the shooting, and “The Daily Beast“‘s Howard Kurtz wanted to make it clear who was to blame:

This isn’t about a nearly year-old Sarah Palin map; it’s about a lone nutjob who doesn’t value human life. It would be nice if we briefly put aside partisan differences and came together with sympathy and support for Gabby Giffords and the other victims, rather than opening rhetorical fire ourselves.

As congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was struggling for her life, as some news organizations claimed she was dead, as the details of the event were still trickling in, the news media tried to blame everybody and anybody — barring the actual suspect — in a move towards politicizing the event.

More on who really is to blame after the jump…

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