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Jon Friedman: ‘CNN Should Devise a Strategy’ to Take On FNC, MSNBC

CNN's logo.jpgCNN’s upfront presentation may have taken place earlier this week, but reaction to it continues.

It was on Tuesday that CNN President Jon Klein told advertisers that despite concern about ratings, he believes in the network’s “no bias, no agenda” approach.

Today, MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman weighs in:

Call me overly cynical, but I can’t help but wonder whether Klein has actually given up on catching up to the Fox News Channel, which has held a sizable lead for years. You’d almost think Klein believes that any attempt at giving CNN an injection of pizzazz would compromise its integrity…

I wish Klein could find a way to make CNN more interesting and lively — no, make that more enjoyable — to watch…

CNN has a staff comprised of proud, hard-working, talented journalists. And Klein himself is a serious, dedicated news executive. I have admired the network’s professionalism for a long time. The employees deserve to have a better shot at Fox and MSNBC. CNN should devise a strategy that encourages journalistic excellence and an interesting presentation.

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In Walking Away, Lou Dobbs Becomes Kingmaker

John King the CNN anchor and former White House correspondent tells Marketwatch.com’s Jon Friedman what sets him apart from Lou Dobbs and how his show, debuting next year at 7pmET, will be different than Dobbs’s.

“I had and have a great relationship with Lou and wish him the best. I have to be me here. Lou passionately believed in advocacy journalism. I passionately believe in steering conversations, not shaping them. That makes us different — doesn’t make one right and one wrong.”

But most importantly, will we see the Magic Wall in King’s new show? “Of course you will,” King told Mediaite. “One of the things we think is very important is to use technology in ways to make information more accessible, understandable and interactive with our audience.”

(Special thanks to @jonmediaweb for the headline inspiration)

Mike Huckabee: “I’m Not Ruling Anything Out For The Future”

Huckabee.jpgFNC “Huckabee” host Mike Huckabee is profiled by MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman today. Excerpts:

• Whether he plans to run for President again, in 2012: “Not right now,” the former Arkansas governor says. “I’m loving what I’m doing with Fox, and I don’t know what the future is. I’m not ruling anything out for the future, but right now, the only future I’ve got that I know of is continuing to enjoy doing what I’m doing, and having a good time at it.”

• His “dream guests”? Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and former President Bill Clinton. Also: President Barack Obama — “and I’m working on that!” Dream musical guests are Paul McCartney and Keith Richards.

FNC SVP of programming Bill Shine also is interviewed. “There is nothing like him on TV, and nothing like him at Fox,” Shine says of Huckabee. “There is a slower pace. The governor likes to sit down and talk.”

Bartiromo or Burnett: “Who Will Be the Face of CNBC?”

Maria Bartiromo.jpgSome will find it shopworn, but MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman is shining the spotlight once again on the long-running ‘Bartiromo vs. Burnett’ chatter. “The question,” he writes today, “boils down to this: Who will be the face of CNBC?”

Friedman’s renewed focus is because of the arrival in May of new CNBC SVP Jeremy Pink. “Anytime you have a new boss, changes are inevitable,” Friedman tells TVNewser. “The two most prominent people [on-air at the cabler] are Maria and Erin. And they’re very different in their approaches to broadcasting. I’m beginning to wonder if CNBC will follow one or the other.”

Burnett_Erin.jpgAs Friedman asks in his column, “the no-frills, iconic Bartiromo, who has been the top anchor there for many years? Or, can the younger, breezier, fast-charging Burnett over take her? CNBC has to find a way to keep both stars…happy or risk losing one or both of them at some point.”

“Everyone Is Waiting For The Next Great Katie Moment”

Couric K.jpgAfter her now-famous interview of Gov. Sarah Palin, MarketWatch‘s Jon Friedman writes today, “I began to wonder fancifully whether she might finally put pressure on ABC’s Charles Gibson for the No.2 position, behind perennial ratings leader Brian Williams of NBC. But it hasn’t panned out that way.”

CBS News Executives, Friedman continues, “resent the implication that she hit a plateau with the Palin interview.”

“Katie delivers spectacular television and I think everyone is waiting for the next great Katie moment,” says CBS News SVP of Communications Jeff Ballabon. “I don’t think they’re waiting for the next Brian or Charlie moment…

“We’re in it for the long haul. That’s the bottom line.”

Jon Friedman’s Media Web Marks A Milestone

friedman_jon.jpg“This year,” MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes today, “I am marking my 10th anniversary as a media-beat columnist.”

In taking “a look back on a tumultuous decade of news,” Friedman talks about the ever-changing “faces and newsmakers on the scene.”

He also says the role of media critic has evolved, and not favorably. “My biggest criticism of today’s media critics is that they lack depth. Opinions alone can’t represent thoughtfulness. Flash has replaced substance, and not many have any sort of institutional memory. Gossip is king.”

Friedman wraps up his 10-year anniversary column with — what else? — a Top 10 list. Among the “most intriguing media stories of the past decade”: News Corp acquiring Dow Jones, Katie Couric leaving Today for the CBS Evening News, and the Jon Stewart-Jim Cramer “smackdown.”

George Stephanopoulos: “I Developed A Thick Skin”

G Stephanopoulos.jpg In the wake of President Obama’s selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a Supreme Court nominee, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman writes today that ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton advisor, has the advantage of knowing “what it’s like to listen to a sitting president as he arrives at such a crucial decision.”

His experience in politics, Stephanopoulos tells Friedman, has been useful in a number of ways. It “helped prepare me [for TV]…I was used to taking hits and being judged by critics. I developed a thick skin.”

Also in the interview, Stephanopoulos says his ‘dream get’ for This Week would be Pope Benedict XVI.

“I’d ask him, ‘What does he say to critics who see a post-Christian era? Does he agree? Does he see himself as a political leader?’”

King: “Let’s Not Just Sit in Washington and Be Self-Important”

king_5-22b.JPGMarketwatch’s Jon Friedman continues his series looking at the Sunday morning anchors with a profile of CNN’s John King.

“It’s hard, after 18 weeks, to be certain of anything,” says King of State of the Union. “We can’t make any conclusions now. At the moment, we’re feeling happy and encouraged.”

King talked about the benefit of having a four-hour block for his program. “I bet [Bob] Schieffer would give me a million dollars for one of my hours,” he said.

He also stressed the importance of covering stories, and reporting from, outside the beltway. “Let’s not just sit in Washington and be self-important,” he said of the show.

Earlier: David Bohrman: “I Think John’s Program Will Come to Dominate Sunday Talk

Bob Schieffer On His Cheney Interview: “I’ve Never Done Anything That Had As Much Resonance”

B Schieffer.jpgBob Schieffer, whose Face the Nation Sunday morning program finished second last week in total viewers — coming within 230,000 viewers of first-place Meet the Press — is profiled by Marketwatch‘s Jon Friedman.

Excerpts of what Schieffer had to say:

• On his interview of former VP Dick Cheney last week, in which Schieffer asked Cheney if the GOP would be better off with radio host Rush Limbaugh or former Secretary of State Colin Powell (Cheney chose Limbaugh): “I’ve never done anything that had as much resonance…It was all over cable television.”

• On what he would have done differently during the interview: “I wondered whether there was a difference of opinion between him and (George W.) Bush…I wish I’d asked that. Ah, there’s always that one question you don’t ask.”

• On “the most unexpected moment of [his] career,” as Friedman asks, Schieffer says it was when President Clinton‘s lawyer Bob Bennett was on Face to address Paula Jones‘s claims that Clinton had ‘unique characteristics’ and said, “‘I just want to say that the president is normal in size, shape and direction.’ My mouth just dropped open when he said it. He said it on live television!”

• On who his “number 1 get” would be for Face: “‘I wouldn’t mind getting Michelle Obama, unless I could get the dog,’ Schieffer laughed.”

Chris Wallace Reflects on Clinton Interview

wallace_5-8.jpgMarketwatch’s Jon Friedman talked to Chris Wallace about one of the most memorable moments on FOX News Sunday — the heated interview with Bill Clinton. (video is after the jump.)

“As I got past the astonishment, I did think, ‘This is great stuff!’” said Wallace. “We’re seeing this side of Bill Clinton that we’ve never seen before on television.”

And after all his journalistic accomplishments, Wallace said, “When they write my obituary, the Clinton interview will be in either the first or the second paragraph.”

The anchor also talked about the battle for Sunday morning supremacy, in which he’s short-handed without a news lead-in (“He is too much of a Fox News team player to elaborate. But I sensed that he believed his show deserved a better fate,” wrote Friedman), and his colleague Brit Hume. “He may be the smartest person I’ve ever known,” he said.

To relive that famous Wallace/Clinton interview, click continued to see a clip of the interview…

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