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Piers Morgan Circa 2008: ‘There’s a Gap’ on American TV for ‘Edgy,’ ‘One-on-One’ Interviews

cnn_6-14.jpg “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan has been pursuing his primetime talk show since at least 2008. While the news that Morgan is poised to take over CNN’s 9 p.m. slot has caught many by surprise, the former British tabloid editor has made no secret of his desire to host a “chat show” here in America.

A former staffer on “America’s Got Talent” told TVNewser that Morgan was quite open about his talk show plans, even moreso once an interview in the television trade magazine Broadcasting & Cable came out.

In September, 2008, B&C editor-in-chief Ben Grossman sat down with Morgan, who told him about a concept he was pitching NBC.

See if this sounds familiar to you:

He wants to do an hour-long sit-down with a big name in front of an audience.

But with his outspoken nature and background as a tabloid editor in the United Kingdom, he doesn’t want to do just another talk show.

“I think there’s a gap in American television for that one-on-one, slightly edgy,” he told me last week. “Most talk shows you get seven minutes with a guest and they are plugging something.”

His ideal first two guests would be Britney Spears and Barack Obama — sadly, in that order.

NBC decided not to pursue the concept, but Morgan ended up doing that exact show in the UK in early 2009, “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.”

And while he didn’t get Britney Spears and Barack Obama, he did get former Spice Girl Gerri Halliwell and UK PM Gordon Brown.

Grossman also asked Morgan what he would do differently if he were to have his own news program:

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Covering D-Day +65

FNCD_6.6.jpgOf the three cable news channels, Fox News covered most extensively this morning’s remembrances of the 65th anniversary of D-Day, anchored by Chris Wallace. FNC aired, uninterrupted, the speeches from the heads of state of France, Canada, Great Britain and the U.S. FNC was also the only network to broadcast the ceremonies in HD. Fox News pushed its “Cost of Freedom” business block to 11amET in order to carry the D-Day events live.

MSNBCD_6.6.jpgMSNBC carried the speeches but with commercials. Among their on-set guests: Winston S. Churchill, grandson of Winston Churchill and historian Douglas Brinkley.

CNN stayed with the taped program “Your Bottom Line”, telling viewers it would carry Pres. Obama’s speech at 10amET. As it turns out, Obama began early at 9:54am and CNN missed the beginning of his speech. Their coverage continued into the 10am hour after the speeches and presentation of the Legion of Honor medals.


> Update: British P.M. Gordon Brown finds out the hard way how similar ‘Omaha’ and ‘Obama’ look on paper…video after the jump.

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Which TVNewsers Are Invited To Washington’s “Off-The-Record Dinners”?

Gwen Ifill.jpg The Washington Post‘s Howard Kurtz reports that for the past year, there have been a series of “off-the-record dinners” for top newsmakers and journos, organized by David Bradley, owner of the Atlantic Media Company.

The get-togethers are held at Bradley’s office and give, as Kurtz says, a “rarefied level of access.” Among the attendees (“as A-list as they come”): White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

And “among those in regular attendance” — along with numerous print reporters — are tvnewsers such as NBC’s David Gregory, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, and PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

“I launched it for the romance of it,” Bradley says. “It’s more book club than it is clubhouse.”

The Big Three and Big Ben

Brian Williams, Charlie Gibson and Katie Couric are anchoring their nightly newscasts from Great Britain tonight where Pres. and Mrs. Obama arrived a few hours ago.

Two of the broadcasts, ABC World News and CBS Evening News, led with stories on the global economy, while NBC Nightly News led with a story from the U.S. – “the new General Motors.” Williams is anchoring from NBC’s London bureau, Gibson at ABC’s with a view of Big Ben behind him, while Couric is framed by London’s Tower Bridge.




Expect a lot of coverage on the cable channels overnight and into tomorrow. Pres. Obama has meetings and an early morning (ET) news conference with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a reception with Queen Elizabeth in the afternoon and G-20 events throughout the day.

CNN Broadcasting From Davos, Too

zakaria_1-30.jpgBesides the business networks (CNBC, FBN and Bloomberg), CNN will also be covering the World Economic Forum from Davos, Switzerland.

Fareed Zakaria — GPS will have reports from Davos, and will air on Sunday at 1pmET. Guests include British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Mexican President Felipe Calderon.

Following the hour-long broadcast, Christiane Amanpour will host “Dateline Davos: Obama’s World” at 2pmET. The special will have a panel including Sen. Chris Dodd and Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshya Zebari. It also airs on CNNI on Saturday at 8am, Noon and 10pmET, and Sunday at 1am and 6amET.

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