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TVNewser Summit Roundup

summit_3-10.jpgA quick shout-out to everyone who came out for the first TVNewser Summit yesterday. And not to go all Donald Trump on you, but it was huge. It was a half-day packed with news, information, advice and debate about where the TV News industry is heading.

•’s Jeff Bercovici wrote about Alexis Glick‘s pseudo-support for business news colleague Jim Cramer. Jeff also picked up on an audience question for MSBNC’s Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski about whether there was any “sexual tension” between the two. That question just happened to come from our boss Laurel Touby. has the video here.

• B&C’s David Tanklefsky wrote about the second panel moderated by NOW on PBS’s Joel Schwartzberg and included execs from ABC, CBS/CNet, CNNMoney, and Fox News/Fox Business. “The digital chiefs discussed the importance of hiring editorial talent that could multi-task: write, edit, shoot and report the same story for different platforms. They also talked about how to reach Internet viewers with short attention spans, airing grittier content that would not appear on network television, and how to use social networking sites to drive viewers to content.”

After the summit,’s Jonathan Federico got reaction from some of the attendees:

And Steve talked with some of the panelists after their sessions, including Scarborough, Brzezinski, Glick and Rome Hartman. Look for that video later this week on the blog.

Also, check out pictures here on the Flickr page and from Rachel Sklar‘s Flickr page here.

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Turner to Dobbs: “You’re So Mean and Nasty To The Illegal Immigrants”

turner_11-12.jpgToday’s Ted Turner post revolves around a stop at his old stomping ground at Time Warner.’s Jeff Bercovici writes about a trip he took to the building for an interview with Time magazine yesterday. One thing revealed was his original plan to put together an alternative to CNN, and turn Headline News conservative. “And when the time came that Fox News started, we were making so much money and doing so well that I said I’m not going to do it,” he said.

He also appeared last night on Lou Dobbs Tonight. “I was one of those folks fortunate enough to be on the first list of employees,” said Dobbs.

Dobbs brought up the pair’s disagreements. “You criticized me recently,” said Dobbs. “I did not!” Turner said. (You can judge for yourself.)

Later in the interview, as Turner wanted to stay on a topic, he relented, saying, “It’s your show not mine.”

“But you made it possible,” responded Dobbs.

Click continued to see the duo talk bailout, CNN’s past financial problems and Turner’s Dobbs impression…

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Scarborough’s “Girlfriend,” Hillary, and Obama as “The Best Story”

scarborough_11-11.jpgWith the election over, journalists and pundits gathered for a “Media & The Presidency” panel at the Rainbow Room in New York last night.’s Jeff Bercovici writes about some of the comments of the panelists, including Joe Scarborough, Dan Rather and Lesley Stahl.

Discussing the perceived bias against Sen. Hillary Clinton, Scarborough joked, “I love Hillary. She’s my girlfriend. We don’t like to talk about it much.” (She already asked him to be her running mate.)

Rather talked about the reason President-Elect Barack Obama got the most favorable coverage. “Journalism loves the new, and Obama was the new,” he said. “Obama represents something newsworthy and historic..It had to do with a bias toward the story. Obama was the best story.”

Scarborough had a different take. “I learned something this year. It’s not ideologically-based. It’s more culturally based,” he said.

Politico’s Michael Calderone attended as well, and writes about Stahl’s take on the growing media. “Now the media is everybody from way over here to way over there, and they’re all included,” she said. “And if they start beating up on somebody, they’re part of us now, because they’re on 24 hours a day. And we all get tarred by it.”

Murdoch on FNC’s “Popularity and Profit” and Olbermann’s “Bad Behavior”

From the Morning Newsfeed: On the heels of a not-so-glowing book excerpt in Vanity Fair of Rupert Murdoch (including his not-so-glowing comments about Fox News and Bill O’Reilly), comes what appears to be quite a different profile of the News Corp. chairman in the October Esquire.

Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici has the pre-publication quotes in which Murdoch praises FNC as, “a core asset in every sense,” and talks about the fairness of the network.

“In terms of its popularity and of its profit. But the thing that I am proudest of is that it is very, very fair,” says Murdoch. “What people don’t like is Bill O’Reilly, for instance, because they think he imposes his views. But he has people on from both sides.”

He also takes a shot at MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann (WPITW tonight?):

Keith Olbermann is trying to make a business out of destroying Bill O’Reilly. He’s done certain things to Bill O’Reilly that I believe were way over the line. I think that’s bad behavior. But it’s okay for him to criticize Bill. And Bill shouldn’t be so sensitive. He should ignore that.

> Update: The full profile.

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The MSNBC Anchor Shake-Up: Reactions

gregory_9-8.JPGSome reaction to the Olbermann/Matthews/Gregory news:

• Portfolio’s Jeff Bercovici predicts Keith Olbermann will be out of MSNBC within five years. “This is a guy who loves to leave jobs in a mushroom cloud of righteous indignation,” he writes. “One or two more pirouettes by NBC management like the one that happened this weekend and he is out of there.”

• The Kansas City Star’s Aaron Barnhart, who writes he has, “always loved ‘Countdown,’” describes the “genius” of Roger Ailes. “Ailes figured out long ago that you can have Hannity and Colmes and Neil Cavuto and John Kasich and Steve Doocy and every other red-meater out there on your airwaves, but if you know where to place the fig leaf, your opponents can only pillory you so much,” he writes. “MSNBC forgot about the fig leaf. And so, no matter how much Olbermann goes on about Brit Hume‘s biases, Fox News has seized the moral high ground from NBC.”

• While on the train ride back to New York City this morning, we asked Terry Moran about the MSNBC shake-up. Moran says he is “a big David Gregory fan,” from their days at the White House, and that, “taking sides is a short term solution.” Check out the video:

Johnny Dollar has more reaction from around the web.

Click continued to see the Fox & Friends team discuss the “fired” duo, including Brian Kilmeade‘s suggestion for who should be anchoring political coverage at MSNBC…

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“Maddow to Fox?”…And Other Recent Storylines

maddow_8-21.JPGWas Rachel Maddow being shopped to Fox News? That’s what Radio Equalizer hinted at, and Jossip confirms from a “reputable insider” today.

“Maddow’s agent, Jean Sage at TV Talent (also Keith Olbermann‘s agent), asked to send her tapes over to FNC’s head of programming, Bill Shine, we’re told by a reputable insider,” writes Jossip. “But Shine declined.”

Jossip does point out this very easily could have been, “negotiating tactics”…but FNC?

Meanwhile, a throwaway line during Maddow’s Tuesday night appearance on Countdown echoes a tactic employed by CNN. Of Maddow’s 9/8/08 premiere, Olbermann said, “it probably will start at like 9:02 or something like that. Your show and my show will sort of be indistinguishable for a couple of minutes there.”

As TVNewser reported last week, Lou Dobbs Tonight frequently employs this method leading into Campbell Brown: Election Center. This marks a major change at MSNBC, however, as Olbermann currently, “refuses to introduce,” the 9pmET program.

For reaction (Update: and more reaction) from various media writers to the Maddow move, click continued

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Media Writers Weigh In on Carr Column

Responses to David Carr‘s column from around the blogosphere:

• Politico’s Michael Calderone recognizes the “aggressive” nature in his dealings with Fox PR, but also looks admirably at it. “Like Carr, I agree there is something reporters often admire in Fox’s tenacity,” he writes. “For me, Fox’s PR staff — even when the network is ahead — continues to push as an underdog in a way that’s similar to how its boss, Rupert Murdoch, has done business for the past half-century.”

• New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer brings up their own recent dealings with Fox News. “Last month we actually felt moved to send an e-mail to Fox News publicists to ask them to stop sending us relentless (sometimes baseless) negative items about CNBC, MSNBC, and their on-air talent,” they write. “Plus, we know for a fact that other blogs, similar to ours, get exactly the same kind of tips from Fox News.”

• HuffPost’s Rachel Sklar expands on the “what FNC loses” angle. “Not that O’Reilly suffers from lack of coverage, but there isn’t a ‘hero’ of Fox in the same way — a promotional ‘face’ of the network to inspire fans and bloggers and Google hits,” she writes. “As a handsome, affable and hard-working straight-up news guy — logging plenty of TV hours and with a big-leagues paycheck — Shep [Smith] has been relatively under-covered.”

• And then there’s Broadcasting & Cable’s Mike Malone, who thinks Carr needs new metaphors (Carr described himself in the column as having “a face made out of potatoes”): “It’s a funny metaphor, but unfortunately one Carr used three weeks ago to eulogize Tim Russert.”

TVNewser’s take, after the jump…

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