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Roland Martin to Sub For Brown at 8pm

martin_2-25.jpgWhen Campbell Brown takes maternity leave in early April for eight weeks, CNN contributor Roland Martin will fill in as host at 8pmET.

“Roland is a solid journalist and a terrific communicator,” said a CNN spokesperson in an email today. “He’s been a regular part of the No Bias, No Bull family and our audience knows him well. He has also served as a contributor/analyst for CNN, and in fact, he’s been transparent about whom he has supported for president, whether it was George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush or Barack Obama. We look forward to Roland’s smart, energetic and spirited reporting in this role, and in the future on CNN.”

The spokesperson also said CNN “plans to develop a weekend program with Roland” once Brown returns.

“Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” CNN at 8pmET was down 6% in Total Viewers and 21% in the A25-54 demo during February ’09 compared to last year (CNN Election Center, with rotating hosts) — the only 8pmET news program to decline. It finished fourth in both categories. Brown took over in mid-March ’08.

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Hume Interviews Former And Current President Bush

This weekend on FOX News Sunday, former President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush will be interviewed together for the first time ever. Brit Hume will conduct the interview. The 41st and 43rd Presidents discuss the transition to the Obama administration, the legacy of George W. Bush and more.

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Obama Readies For “Press Availability”

President-Elect Barack Obama will make his first public appearance in his new role tomorrow afternoon, in what the campaign is calling a “press availability” and not a news conference.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough reports CBS and ABC confirmed they will carry the address, as did FNC and CNN. NBC and MSNBC confirmed to TVNewser they would air it live as well.

Writes Gough:

There’s not a lot of precedent in recent history for televised news conferences for the president-elect. It’s happened only three times in the past 20 years, in 1988 with George H.W. Bush, 1992 with Bill Clinton and 2000 for George W. Bush. The first two happened in a different media era, with more of a role for broadcast TV and only CNN as a cable news channel. In 2000, with a 37-day recount process, it was only a short time between Bush was named the president and the inauguration.

Why Conservative Talker Michael Smerconish Endorsed Obama

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Smerconish_10.17.jpgPhiladelphia radio talker Michael Smerconish, a life-long Republican, swears he’s not using his Obama endorsement today to land a fulltime spot on increasingly liberal MSNBC.

Smerconish, an MSNBC regular, shares the lineup at WPHT-AM with staunch conservatives Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.

Though Smerconish denies he’s in their category, his Barack Obama announcement immediately triggered more than 400 vitriolic emails from listeners — a personal record.

“Some were awfully nasty,” says the best-selling author of Muzzled: From T-Ball to Terrorism. “Many said they would never listen to me again. The passion in this election is unlike anything I’ve ever seen, and I’ve been around for a while.”

Smerconish’s radio contract expires Dec. 31. Buzz says he won’t re-sign unless the station takes him national. His exclusive deal with MSNBC is up in the spring. He appears three times a week, on Chris Matthews‘ “Hardball” and on David Gregory‘s “Race to the White House.”

Backing Obama will not win him points with either employer, Smerconish insists.

As a precaution, however, he gave a heads-up to his radio boss about the endorsement and he responded with a supportive email, Smerconish says.

Still, in the radio industry “listeners are surrounded by people who work them into a lather all day. I’m in a business where ideologues get rewarded. You tow the party line, and in talk radio the party line is very conservative.”

By the same token, he says he didn’t do himself any favors at MSNBC, either. (Not that there are any prime-time openings there.)

“I’ll never be Rachel Maddow or Keith Olbermann. Those aren’t my politics. In the cable world, those who succeed are very doctrinaire in their views, with some exceptions.”

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Gibson Gets Clinton and Bush, Sr. Together

gibson_9-23.jpgCharles Gibson interviewed former Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush together at the Clinton Global Initiative today in New York. Part of the interview airs during the ABCNews.com webcast today at 3pmET, and the rest on ABC World News tonight.

ABC News has also announced coverage plans for the first presidential debate on Friday.

Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopolous will anchor from New York. Prior to the debate, Diane Sawyer anchors a special edition of 20/20, focused on the candidates and the “personal crises, family struggles and defining events” in their lives. It airs at 8pmET/10pmPT.

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How Greta Got Brett Favre to Go On the Record

favre_7-15.JPGFNC anchor Greta Van Susteren has had a busy past few days.

Van Susteren flew to Wisconsin Friday to interview Sen. John McCain, returning to Washington Saturday to host a special Tony Snow tribute show, then Sunday flew to Mississippi for an exclusive interview Monday with Green Bay Packer Brett Favre, and last night was back in DC anchoring On The Record.

“It’s been great,” Van Susteren tells TVNewser. “I love my work. It’s not that hard, it’s more sort of a question of whether you have the stamina. I’m lucky I have this job. This happened to be a busy weekend.”

Van Susteren says the Favre interview came about Saturday night, as she was preparing for her show. At about 8pmET, an hour before she went on the air, an unrecognizable email entered her inbox. It turned out to be from Deanna Favre, Brett’s wife.

“I called Deanna and she said Brett wants to talk and he believes Packer management is only giving out part of the story,” Van Susteren says. “I said fine, I’ll be there Monday and she said great. I was very busy concentrating on the [Tony Snow] special.”

She adds: “I’d like to say I got the Favre interview because of dogged determination but it kind of fell in my lap.”

Well, sort of. Van Susteren interviewed Brett in September 2006 and interviewed both Brett and Deanna Favre last September at Lambeau Field. Greta is a Cheesehead herself. “I’m a shareholder, I know a lot about Packer history, I grew up 20 minutes away from Lambeau Field,” she said.

She’s also conducted many sports interviews, including New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

So, what does this shareholder want to see happen with the Pack?

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Former Pres. Bush Phones in to Fox to Reflect on the Death of Tony Snow

SnowHWB_7.12.jpgPresident George H.W. Bush called in to Fox & Friends Weekend to share his thoughts on the death of Tony Snow. Snow served as a speechwriter for the former president.

“You just felt comfortable with Tony. He was there to protect the president and the presidency. Barbara loved him and so did I,” Bush said.

Pres. Bush then handed off the phone to his wife, Barbara, who added, “He was loyal to the core, and to a mother that made a huge difference. I remember his unfaltering loyalty to the people he worked for and the people he knew.” Mrs. Bush choked up as she expressed her thoughts and prayers for Tony Snow’s wife Jill and their three children.

The former President got back on the line and joked, “That’s it…from the boss.”

Gibson To Anchor Special Hour of 20/20

On Friday, August 10th, “World News” anchor Charlie Gibson will go primetime with his special report: “Pastor to Power: Billy Graham and the Presidents.” The 20/20 special takes an indepth look at “the world’s most famous evangelist” and his special access to the world’s most powerful men: the presidents of the United States.

Look for Gibson’s “remarkable, exclusive round table discussion with Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.”

And in a revealing interview, Hillary Clinton confides that during the worst days of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, she turned to Graham. “He was someone who could understand both Bill and me, and there aren’t many people who can,” she said.

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