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The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

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Garrick Utley Has Died

GarrickUtleyLongtime NBC Newsman Garrick Utley has died following a long battle with cancer.

Utley, who was 74, joined NBC News as a researcher in Europe for the Huntley-Brinkley Report. He would later become a foreign correspondent reporting from around the world.

“Garrick was the first of our generation to crack the starting line-up of NBC News in the glory days of Huntley-Brinkley,” Tom Brokaw writes in a note to his NBC News colleague. “He was NBC’s first Saigon bureau chief and, later, ran our London and Paris bureaus before returning home to anchor a weekly magazine show and serve as fill-in anchor for John Chancellor on ‘Nightly.’”

For a time, Utley also moderated “Meet the Press” and the Sunday “Today” show.

“Garrick embodied the history of NBC News for most of the latter half of the 20th Century and he will be greatly missed,” Brokaw writes.

He is survived by his wife Gertje, a brother Jonathon and sister-in-law Carol Marin, a longtime anchor and reporter at NBC station WMAQ.

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Robert MacNeil: Too Much ‘Hyperventilating’ Over Tabloid Stories In TV News

Where Are They Now? A TVNewser Series

Robert MacNeil.jpgAs we continue TVNewser’s ongoing series “Where Are They Now?”, we talk with former PBS anchor Robert MacNeil. Next week: former NBC News correspondent Norma Quarles.

He was in Dallas when JFK was shot. Berlin when the Wall went up. And in Cuba during the Missile Crisis. “I had the luck — or accident — of such extraordinary assignments,” Robert MacNeil tells TVNewser, reflecting on a journalism career that has spanned more than half a century.

A career that almost didn’t happen. After college, MacNeil set off for England to be a playwright. But “the plays didn’t sell”, he says, and he ended up taking a temporary gig with the newly-launched Independent Television News (ITN) before spending five years with Reuters in London.

And the rest, as they say, is history.

MacNeil, 78, got a big break in 1960 after he left Reuters and began freelancing. NBC’s London bureau asked him to cover for a vacationing reporter, John Chancellor. The bureau then hired MacNeil as an editorial assistant, and when Chancellor accepted a posting in Moscow, offered Chancellor’s London correspondent job to MacNeil.

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Now It’s Official: Morning Joe “Brewed By Starbucks”

joe_6-1.bmpFor more than a year, TVNewser readers have wondered whether the Starbucks coffee seen on the Morning Joe set was part of some product placement deal. The answer was always “no” — until today. The show and the the coffee company have formed a “marketing relationship,” in a deal estimated at more than $10 million.

“It’s been organic,” said Joe Scarborough on the air today during an interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz. “People have asked us for years, Howard, how much does Starbucks pay you to drink your coffee, the product placement is wonderful.”

“Coffee has been part of conversation for so many years, it was just a natural fit,” said Schultz.

CNBC’s Donny Deutsch, who was on-set, described the agreement between Schultz and MSNBC president Phil Griffin, saying they “sat down and hammered out the deal on a napkin.”

The deal includes using the words “brewed by Starbucks” on the logo and in teases, while cutaway shots of Starbucks logos on set were employed during the show. Already co-host Mika Brzezinski was having fun with the deal, introducing Newsweek editor Jon Meacham as “brewed to you by the Pulitzer Prize.”

One TVNewser reader, who questioned whether the deal was “crossing the line,” recalled a 1960s deal between Gulf Oil and NBC which incorporated mentions of the company during the Today show. But that was when the show was not produced by the news division. The ads ended John Chancellor took over and the program was put under the news umbrella.

MSNBC’s Griffin tells The New York Times’ Brian Stelter the program would still cover the company as news warranted. “They understand that we have standards,” he said.

What do you think? Vote below, and after the jump, the Schultz interview:

What Do You Think Of The Starbucks/Morning Joe Branded Content Deal?(polls)

Click continued to see the Schultz interview and MSNBC release…

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Woodruff Likes Al Hunt (and Wedding Crashers)

PBS’ Judy Woodruff gets the “FishbowlDC Interview” treatment today. Some highlights:

• What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Three people: The late John Chancellor, Jim Lehrer and Robin MacNeil.

• Who is your favorite active journalist? Al Hunt.

• “Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” Wedding Crashers.

Also on FBDC: Patrick Gavin live blogs Chris Matthews‘ appearance at the Q&A Cafe with Carol Joynt.