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Which Primetime TV News Program Has Booked The Anonymous Navy SEAL?

The New York Times reports that a firsthand account of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden will be published next month, though the Navy SEAL who wrote it is choosing to remain anonymous. As a result, he will do publicity for the book while hiding his identity.

Because the book is written under a pseudonym, the author will appear in disguise during television interviews to promote the book. At least one major network prime-time appearance has been planned, a person familiar with the plans said, and during interviews on television and radio, the author’s voice will be altered.

Which primetime show will the author be appearing on? CBS “60 Minutes” sounds like a good fit, though other networks would probably make accommodations if it meant getting an exclusive.

Of course, he may not have to hide anymore. Fox News Channel’s Justin Fishel claims to have uncovered the identity of the SEAL in question, and reports that he could face legal ramifications.

Update: Fox News released a statement from executive VP and executive editor John Moody regarding the decision to publish the name:

“Once you write a book, anonymously or not, you have no reasonable expectation of privacy.”

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John Moody Returns to Fox News as Executive Editor; Michael Clemente Promoted to EVP

Fox News is making some changes on the executive level. Michael Clemente, the network’s senior vice president of news editorial, has been promoted to executive vice president, and John Moody will return as executive editor and EVP, the network announced today.

Moody was EVP of news editorial at FNC for 13 years before leaving the network in 2009 to oversee Newscore, News Corp.’s global wire service. Newscore will be absorbed by Fox News going forward, a move that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes said would “strengthen our overall newsgathering capabilities and enable us to operate at an even higher level.”

Clemente will continue to oversee Fox News editorial and run day-to-day operations for the news division, while Moody will oversee the network’s digital assets, including foxnews.com. Moody will also act as a senior advisor to Ailes.

“John’s extensive experience in news for the past several decades both in television and in print remain unmatched in the industry,” Ailes said in a statement. “John helped us become the number one news network and I look forward to working closely with him again.”

The full release is after the jump.

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News Corp.’s Latest Endeavor: News Core

The new project from former Fox News EVP John Moody appears to be getting off the ground.

Moody left Fox News in April to help launch News Core, a system that will instantly link News Corp.’s worldwide outlets to the latest global news stories.

The Guardian reports, “NewsCore will act as a worldwide news wire to link the company’s TV, print and online outlets to breaking developments around the world.” The paper reports a formal launch date for News Core has not yet been announced.

Roger Friedman To File Wrongful Termination Suit Against News Corp.

Fired FoxNews.com entertainment columnist Roger Friedman says it wasn’t watching a pirated copy of the 20th Century Fox film “Wolverine” – and then writing about it – that got him fired, it was actress Kelly Preston, and other members of the Church of Scientology. That’s the claim Friedman is expected to make in a wrongful termination lawsuit. The news of the suit was first reported by Nikki Finke. Friedman talked to Rush & Malloy in today’s New York Daily News. And the suit is expected to involve News Corp. execs Roger Ailes and John Moody.

Friedman was fired in April, but he claims his troubles began last year.

Last August, Friedman went to Memphis for the funeral of his friend and R&B legend Isaac Hayes, who was a Scientologist. Preston was also in town for the funeral. Friedman tells us that when Preston saw him at the Peabody Hotel, Mrs. John Travolta loudly blasted him for his columns criticizing Scientology.

The following month, says an ally of Friedman, Preston voiced her complaints about Friedman to Fox News chief Roger Ailes and his then-EVP, John Moody.

“Moody talked to her on the phone,” says the source. “When she couldn’t get Moody to fire Friedman, she called him a [obscenity].”

The Daily news reports that Ailes and Moody later agreed to meet with Preston and a Church of Scientology spokesman.

Clemente on the Menu: “Winning in This Business Means Getting the Story Right”

clemente_5-21.jpgToday on the Menu podcast, our “Decision-Maker Week” guest was Fox News SVP of news editorial, Michael Clemente.

Clemente talked about the success of Fox News. “We usually say here and elsewhere, it always feels better to win,” he said. “Winning in this business means getting the story right, and people understand that over time. I think, they understand that our people care about what they’re saying, they’re as interested in what they’re reporting on as the viewers might be, and it all comes through. At the end of the day, when we’re done doing our jobs, and you get a report on the numbers…it’s a good feeling.”

Clemente described the “humbling” experience of coming over to Fox News in February, and said of FNC’s daytime success: “I think people trust what they’re hearing.”

He now moves into the role previously held by John Moody. “I think the project that John is on is going to be terrific for News Corp.,” says Clemente of Moody’s new position. “And maybe even for people beyond News Corp. at a certain point. Who knows what can happen tomorrow? It’s a great place. Things just happen. They want to make things happen — if you see an opportunity, go for it.”

Also discussed: the differences (and similarities) between network and cable news, some possible weekend programming changes, advice Moody gave Clemente and, why not, the American Idol finale last night.

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FNC SVP Michael Clemente Next on “Decision-Maker Week”

clemente_5-20.jpg“Decision-Maker Week” on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast continues tomorrow with Fox News SVP of news editorial, Michael Clemente.

We’ll talk to Clemente about the network’s dominating ratings since the Obama administration began — leaving them eyeing the outright cable network lead rather than just cable news.

Clemente left ABC News in February to join FNC, and has already taken on more responsibility at the network, since John Moody moved to a job within News Corp.

Leave your questions in the comments, on Twitter, or call in at (646) 929-0321.

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The Ticker: Brown, Moody, Baby…

> One of the “20/20″ originals, correspondent Bob Brown, is moving from full time to freelance work for ABC News. Brown has been with the network more than 28 years – all that time as a correspondent with “20/20.”

> WebNewser reports on former Fox News EVP John Moody‘s new job with News Corp. “Moody will collaborate with news chiefs across all properties to improve news gathering efficiencies and identify areas of cost savings.”

> Congrats to Lou Dobbs Tonight producer Phillipa Holland on the birth of Cooper Michael born Sunday afternoon. “We are all doing great!” she writes to colleagues.

FNC’s John Moody Moves to News Corp., Michael Clemente to Oversee Editorial

Moody_4.14.jpgBreaking: TVNewser has learned John Moody, the executive VP of News-editorial for Fox News Channel is leaving the network for a position with FNC-parent News Corp.

Moody, known for sending out a daily editorial note to the staff, made the announcement in that note this morning.

“This is the last editorial note I’ll be writing,” he wrote. Moody announced that beginning today he is taking a new job with parent company News Corp. Moody expressed his gratitude to FNC founder and chairman Roger Ailes and to News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Michael Clemente, who joined Fox News from ABC in February, will oversee daily editorial duties for the network.

> More: In his note, Moody writes how Fox News transformed from a “laughable fantasy” into “the most powerful and influential news network in America.” About his daily editorial notes, Moody said the intent was to “communicate with all of you” to “coordinate our efforts.” Some of those notes were leaked during the 2004 election. About that, Moody writes, “some outsiders” claimed the intent of the notes was to “exert control” over what was produced. Finally, to the staff he writes about how proud he was to have worked with all of them.

Time Warner Center Hosts Annual NLGJA Benefit

More than 300 TVNewsers packed Time Warner Center’s 10th floor event space last night for the 14th annual NLGJA Headlines and Headliners benefit and silent auction. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien emceed the event which raised more than $130,000 for NLGJA’s annual programs and scholarships.

In attendance: Geraldo Rivera, Juliet Huddy, Mike Jerrick, Natalie Morales, Meredith Vieira and her former “The View” co-host Joy Behar; Jeanne Moos, Jane Velez Mitchell, Jenna Wolf, and Alison Stewart; NBC News president Steve Capus, FNC VP John Moody and many more (we had to duck out half way through the event so probably missed some late-comers.) Here are some of the faces in the crowd:

Several local newscasters, who headed back to their stations to anchor the 10 or 11 O’Clock shows, were in attendance, including Ernie Anastos and Dari Alexander of WNYW, Sade Baderinwa and Bill Ritter of WABC, and Chris Wragge of WCBS, doing double duty this week for the local station and the network.

At this hour, five noteworthy auction items remain on eBay.

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Sammon and Boughton Promoted at FNC D.C. Bureau

sammon_2-26.jpgPolitico has the memo from FNC’s EVP John Moody announcing the promotion of two FNC executives in D.C.

Bill Sammon becomes a VP of Fox News and Washington managing editor. “Assuming the title held by Brit Hume is daunting, but Bill, who has been Deputy M.E. for the past six months, has brought energy, leadership and inspired thinking to the office every day,” says the memo. “As Managing Editor, Bill has ultimate authority on editorial matters in Washington. He will report to me.”

Bureau manager Bryan Boughton has been promoted to Washington bureau chief. “Bryan led our coverage through the 2008 presidential campaign, the conventions, election night and the Obama Administration’s rise to power,” said the memo.

In August 2008, both Sammon and Boughton assumed their previous roles.

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