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NFL Network Airing Two CFL Games Per Week This Season

The Canadian Football League and the NFL Network reached an agreement to broadcast two CFL games per week in the United States this season.

The NFL Network has the option to broadcast additional regular season games along with the CFL Playoffs and the Grey Cup championship game.

“This is very positive news for our CFL fans living in the United States,” said Michael Copeland, chief operating officer of the CFL. “And it’s a very positive development for our football operations as it will continue to expose our product to prospects across the U.S.”

The games will be produced by TSN. Last year, the NFL Network carried 14 CFL games. Read more

CNN’s Piers Morgan Reveals his First Week of Guests on ‘Piers Tonight’

CNN’s Piers Morgan announced his first week of guests this morning. The show premieres one week from tonight.

We knew his first guest was going to be Oprah Winfrey — scheduled for Monday. Howard Stern — slated for Tuesday — has made his scheduled appearance on the show public by bashing “Piers Tonight” before the show has even started.

Other guests scheduled that week are former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Wednesday), comedian and fellow Brit Ricky Gervais (Thursday). And to end the week on a handsome actor/humanitarian note, George Clooney is scheduled (Friday).

@piersmorgan tweeted this morning:

REVEALED: 1ST @PiersTonight WEEK: Mon: Oprah Tues: Howard Stern Weds: Condoleezza Rice Thurs: Ricky Gervais Fri: George Clooney.

Yes, that is “Access Hollywood”‘s Billy Bush in the studio — taken from EP of “Piers Tonight” Jonathan Wald‘s Twitpic. This is the first we’ve seen of the set.

The CNN press release is after the jump…

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CNN’s Fareed Zakaria & George Clooney Talk Sudan

CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS” will feature an interview with George Clooney and fellow human rights activist John Prendergast tomorrow morning at 10amET. Clooney talked about his work on the Sentinel Project: “Well, the idea is to try to prevent human rights abuses before they occur by shining a spotlight on places.” The actor also told Zakaria about the Obama administration’s response to the crisis in Sudan.

Rachel Maddow & Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell Awarded the Walter Cronkite Faith & Freedom Award

MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow was among the recipients of the Walter Cronkite Faith and Freedom Award from the Interfaith Alliance. Maddow was honored for her “passionate coverage of the intersection of religion and politics.” Maddow spoke of faith, politics, and challenging extremism at the event on Sunday.

Past honorees include Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, George Clooney, Judy Shepard and Larry King.

The award ceremony had several famous guests in attendance: Mr. Cronkite’s son, Chip Cronkite and his wife, the actress Deborah Rush, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, and Bill Wolff, the executive producer of “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The official press release is after the jump…
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Ann Curry Meets up with George Clooney in Sudan

NBC’s Ann Curry spent the week in Africa traveling with, among others, actor George Clooney. Clooney made the trip to Sudan to shed light on the tensions building in the region.

A secession vote in Southern Sudan set for three months from today could escalate the violence that has plagued the nation for years.

This is Curry’s sixth reporting trip to Africa and the second Curry-Clooney venture to Sudan. The first was in February 2009.

In a “So What Do you Do?” interview with mediabistro.com, Curry told us not getting the top job at “Today” has allowed her these kinds of reporting experiences: “Had I gotten that job, I might never have been able to go to Darfur four times,” she said. “I might never have gotten to do what some have said was a transformation hour on Iran and the interview with Ahmadinejad or gone to Congo and brought attention to the crimes against women there. That’s just the short list.”

Clooney will be in the “Today” show studio for a live interview Tuesday. Curry’s reports will also air on “Nightly News” next week and will be put together for a “Dateline” hour.

Of Telethons & News and not ‘Blurring the Lines’

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As the dollars are being added up from tonight’s “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon, a leading journalism organization is imploring reporters to not become a part of the story of the tragedy in Haiti.

While, the cause is noble and just, CNN continues to get flack for being too close to the fund-raising effort while also covering the news. Anderson Cooper was featured prominently in tonight’s two-hour broadcast — five times by our count — from the CNN perch in Port-au-Prince. At one point Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined him to discuss the dire medical situation. Both have been in-country since last Wednesday morning.

CooperClooney.jpgWhen the telethon ended at 10pmET, Cooper continued live on CNN anchoring his show, including an interview with telethon organizer, actor George Clooney.

Another of the telethon’s hosts, Haitian-born Wyclef Jean even included Cooper’s name and his network in the closing song as it aired across the broadcast spectrum on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and, in New York, on the News Corp.-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate, WWOR as well as countless cable channels.

And while MSNBC was among the channels to carry the concert, Fox News and HLN did not, sticking with regular programming instead. MSNBC pushed back the airings of Olbermann and Maddow at 10pm and 11pm, respectively.

As for the news media both covering and advocating, the Society of Professional Journalists has weighed in and is asking reporters to be cautious.

“Advocacy, self promotion, offering favors for news and interviews, injecting oneself into the story or creating news events for coverage is not objective reporting,” writes SPJ president Kevin Smith.

“News organizations must use caution to avoid blurring the lines between being a participant and being an objective observer,” Smith said.

What do you think? Our poll on the issue, first published last week, remains open…


In general, how do you feel about the intervention by anchors and reporters in Haiti?(polls)

ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN To Broadcast ‘Hope for Haiti’ Telethon Next Friday

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MTV Networks is presenting “Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT next Friday at 8pm ET/PT. “Hope for Haiti” will be led by CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Haiti, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and Wyclef Jean in New York City.

The two-hour telethon will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances as well as live news reports from CNN.

More in the press release after the jump…

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‘That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite’ to Air Sunday on CBS

CBS will preempt 60 Minutes this Sunday for a special on the life of Walter Cronkite, who died earlier this evening in New York.

Some of the biggest names in politics, news and entertainment – including Pres. Barack Obama, CBS News colleagues Mike Wallace, Morley Safer and Don Hewitt, Katie Couric, George Clooney, Robin Williams and Spike Lee will share their own memories of the industry’s elder statesman as part of the special.

Susan Zirinsky, who once produced for Cronkite, is the executive producer of “That’s the Way it Was: Remembering Walter Cronkite.”

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CNN’s Time 100 Special: Ted Turner, Bono and More

cooper_4-30.JPGWhere can you see Bono chat with George Clooney, or Ted Turner and T. Boone Pickens reminiscence about billions made and lost?

Tonight at 11pmET on CNN, for the Anderson Cooper 360 special highlighting this year’s Time 100 list.

“These people are really good friends. They know a lot about each other on levels that reporter may not know about,” AC 360 EP David Doss tells TVNewser. “It’s really like we’re all approved to eavesdrop on these cool conversations.”

Besides the pre-taped conversations, Cooper will contribute to the special as well. “Anderson is editorially involved with quite a lot. Two of the segments are his own,” says Doss.

Working with Time magazine, of course, keeps the special in the Time Warner family. “It would be fair to say the relationship with Time and Rick Stengel and 360 and CNN is really a great relationship,” says Doss. “We talk a lot about projects and editorially about things on the print and broadcast and digital side. It’s really fantastic.”

The special is simulcast on CNNI tonight at 11pmET, and re-airs Saturday and Sunday at 8pm and 11pmET on CNN.

Earlier: Glenn Beck writes Rush Limbaugh‘s Time 100 profile.

9pm Battle: Colmes, Ayers on “Hannity,” Clooney, Iseman on “King”

ayers_2-23.JPGIt’s going to be a ratings battle tonight at 9pmET, as FNC and CNN each have unique line-ups.

Alan Colmes makes his first return appearance to the 9pmET hour, and he’ll be bringing his former co-host, Sean Hannity, an exclusive interview — with Bill Ayers. The interview took place in FNC’s Chicago bureau. “It’s a colossal mistake,” says Ayers of President Barack Obama‘s decision to send 17,000 troops to Afghanistan. “And, you know, we’ve seen this happen before, Alan. We’ve seen a hopeful presidency, Lyndon Johnson‘s presidency, burn up in the furnace of war.”

On CNN, Larry King Live will feature four very different segments. The show kicks off with a George Clooney interview (fresh off his meeting with VP Joe Biden at the White House). The show closes with the first TV interview from Vicki Iseman, who recently dropped her lawsuit against the New York Times. In between, King has an exclusive interview with T. Boone Pickens and John Podesta, and a panel discussion featuring Dee Dee Myers, Ari Fleischer and Bob Woodward.

Rachel Maddow
is out with the flu on MSNBC — Alison Stewart will be filling in.

> Update: Cleve Jones, a friend of Harvey Milk‘s (and portrayed by Emile Hirsch in the movie), will be on the Rachel Maddow show to discuss Proposition 8 and Sean Penn‘s speech last night. Jones also created the AIDS Memorial Quilt.

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