TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily
Vidicom is looking for a TV News Writer. next job WTKR/WGNT TV is looking for a News Producer. next job WPIX11 is looking for a Line Producer. next job NBCUniversal is looking for a Producer, WVIT. next job WKOW TV is looking for a News Director. next job KOB - TV is looking for a Morning Executive Producer. next job Bloomberg LP is looking for a Senior Producer. next job KGW is looking for a News Producer. see all

Posts Tagged ‘Jonathan Wald’

At CNN, Jeff Zucker Will Reunite with Former NBCers

Jeff Zucker‘s return to the ranks of TV network executive will put him in charge of many people he worked with at NBC over the years. It will also put him in direct competition with one of his closest friends. Phil Griffin — now the president of MSNBC — worked at CNN early in his career. Griffin joined NBC’s “Today” first in 1983. And it was during his second stint on the show that he would meet Zucker, who would later become EP of the show. Years later, Zucker would name Griffin president of MSNBC.

Griffin is excited for his old friend, and the battle ahead, telling the New York Times: “[Roger] Ailes on one side, Zucker on the other: Game on.”

At CNN, Zucker will be working with several of his former employees including Soledad O’Brien who was an MSNBC original before moving to NBC and rising to “Weekend Today” co-anchor during the years that Zucker ran the show. Erin Burnett, a former CNBC star who’d been positioned for a greater role at NBC, is now a CNN host. Ashleigh Banfield made a name for herself on MSNBC after the 9/11 attacks and subsequent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Now she anchors a daytime CNN show.

And it was Zucker who, as CEO of NBCU, allowed Piers Morgan to continue judging “America’s Got Talent” on NBC while taking an offer to host his own primetime CNN show. Morgan has since given up “AGT.”

And Jonathan Wald, EP of Morgan’s show, followed Zucker as executive producer of both “NBC Nightly News” and “Today” in the early 2000s. Wald’s ironic Tweet of the day:

Rival Nets Come Together for Joan’s Legacy

News executives and anchors from rival networks will come together Wednesday night at New York’s Gotham Hall for the 10th annual Joan’s Legacy gala, which honors former “NBC Nightly News” writer Joan Scarangello who lost her battle with lung cancer 11 years ago. Scarangello, a never-smoker, died in 2001 at age 47.

NBC’s Brian Williams (right, at the 2011 event) will host the event. ABC News president Ben Sherwood and CNN executive Jonathan Wald, who both worked with Scarangello at “Nightly News,” will be among the attendees. WABC anchor Bill Ritter, who lost his mother to lung cancer, will emcee.

Joan’s Legacy, now going by the name, Uniting Against Lung Cancer has raised $10 million for lung cancer research since inception which has resulted in more than $45 million in follow-on funding, scientific discovery and new treatments in clinical trials and career development of many leading lung cancer experts.

Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”

In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”

But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.

From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.

Read more

Tropical Storm Force Winds Begin Taking Toll on New York City, Crane Dangles 90 Stories Up

Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald snapped this picture showing a damaged crane atop the 90-story, One 57 apartment building going up at 57th St and 7th Ave. CNN, with New York headquarters just a few blocks from the site, is also covering the story of the dangling crane. CBS News is four blocks to the west, Bloomberg (which has a livestream of the dangling crane) four blocks to the east while NBC News/MSNBC and Fox News are about 7 blocks to the south. One 57, when completed, will be New York’s tallest apartment building and already boasts its most expensive apartment.

The city ordered an evacuation to all buildings on 57th St. between 6th and 7th Avenue. That includes the Carnegie Hall Tower which is home to several companies including If Management, which represents many TV news and sports talent. “The FDNY has also ordered Carnegie Hall Tower to be closed and to remain closed until city officials deem the area to be safe,” reads a note to tenants.

Colorado Shooting: News Show Changes, Primetime Specials Planned

Reporter Amanda Kost from Denver station KMGH Tweets this photo from outside the Aurora, CO theater

The tragic shooting in Colorado is forcing many TV news programs to throw out their plans for the day, what would likely have been a slow Summer Friday.

As we noted earlier “CBS This Morning” is going live into a third hour of programming, a first for the network morning show. CBS also says that Scott Pelley will anchor the ‘CBS Evening News” from Aurora, Colorado this evening.

> Update: Pelley will also anchor a special edition of “48 Hours” in primetime tonight at 8 PM. Jeff Glor is also going to Colorado. He’ll anchor a split edition of “CBS This Morning Saturday” and anchor “Evening News” Saturday and Sunday and stay for Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

> More: On ABC, David Muir will report from Aurora for “ABC World News,” with Chris Cuomo anchoring a live “20/20″ from Colorado at 10 PM ET. Diane Sawyer–who was supposed to be off today–will come in and anchor “World News” from New York.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor from Aurora, and “Dateline” will have an hour on the shooting in primetime.

On cable news, Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” is forgoing what was supposed to be a taped special on the economy at 10pmET and will instead cover the shooting. Van Susteren will anchor from Colorado. Also, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott–a Colorado native–is en route and will report from Aurora for “Fox Report.”

> More: NBC’s Chris Jansing was supposed to be traveling to London today for Olympics coverage. Instead she is heading to Colorado where she will anchor a 4pmET and 10pmET specials on MSNBC. Coincidentally, one of the athletes she profiled for the Summer games is from Aurora.

> More: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be anchoring from Aurora, Colorado tonight as well.

On HLN this afternoon Kyra Phillips will make her debut on the network during “Evening Express” from 5-7 PM ET.

Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald says on Twitter that they will be covering the shooting:

We will update this story with more changes in coverage, as we get them.

TV News Veterans (And Viewers) Respond to Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit

When Ann Curry announced her departure from “Today” this morning, reactions quickly poured in. On the “Today” Facebook page, every comment on the wall from visitors was about Ann, with most saying that they were not pleased with the decision. Within 4 minutes of posting the story about Ann’s new role, the story received over 2,500 comments:

Elsewhere, prominent figures in the TV news business shared their thoughts on Curry’s departure.

CNN “Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald, who worked with Curry when he was EP of “Today” and “NBC Nightly News”:

“Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager:

Read more

Early Risers’ Late Nights

A Page Six item today:

It was a media powerhouse at Upper East Side Italian restaurant Elio’s on Wednesday night. At one table, “CBS This Morning” co-host Charlie Rose, Donny Deutsch, Piers Morgan and Morgan’s executive producer, Jonathan Wald, gathered for dinner, while “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer and Bloomberg CEO Andy Lack, who was formerly president of NBC News, sat a few tables over. Observers in the room were waiting to see which of the morning show personalities would leave first, given their early morning call times. Lauer was first to call it an early night at 9 p.m., but stopped by the other table to say goodbye. Rose, Morgan and Wald left an hour later.

Hmmm… We wonder who the Post’s source is on that one….

Barbara Walters Regrets Using Influence to Help Syrian Woman Try to Get Internship with Piers Morgan

ABC’s Barbara Walters is apologizing for using her influence to to help a former aide of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad find work in the U.S.

The Telegraph got a hold of several email exchanges between Walters and Sheherazad Jaafari (below) who helped set up Walters’ interview with Assad in December — an interview that Syrian officials were not pleased with.

“I am in so much trouble here,” she writes to Walters on Dec. 8, a day after the interview.

Jaafari then came to New York looking for an internship or a University placement. Walters says Jaafari asked her about a job at ABC. “I told her that was a serious conflict of interest and that we would not hire her,” Walters writes in a statement obtained by TVNewser.

But Walters thought Jaafari could be a good fit as an intern on “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Jaafari writes to Walters on January 24:

I also hope to hear from Piers Morgan and I am ready to start interning with him as soon as I come back on Feb 11th. I will buy you some jewelry from Syria. Let me know if you need anything else from there!

Two days later, Walters emailed Richard Wald, the former NBC News president now a professor at Columbia University and the father of Jonathan Wald, the EP of “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

She is only 21 but had his ear and his confidence. I have recommended her as an intern to your son for Piers Morgan. She is applying to Columbia School of Journalism. She is brilliant, beautiful, speaks five languages. Anything you can do to help?

Wald responded that he’d send her information onto the International Affairs school, adding, “I will get them to give her special attention.”

In the end, Jaafari did not get into Columbia and isn’t interning for “Piers Morgan Tonight.” In her statement, Walters apologizes for using her influence in any way: “I realize that this created a conflict and I regret that.”

A Look Into The Future At a Potential George Zimmerman Trial

The New York TimesBrian Stelter writes about a potential trial in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case, how big it has the potential to be, and why the media cares:

If the case goes to trial, “it has the potential to be as big as the O. J. Simpson trial — and just as divisive,” said Piers Morgan, the CNN interviewer.

Already, the fallout from the killing has become a prolonged and politically controversial news story. Along with giving Americans a shared national conversation, “it has filled the void left by a political process that lacks excitement or suspense,” said Jonathan Wald, the executive producer of Mr. Morgan’s program.

As Stelter notes, in today’s crowded media landscape, citizens increasingly don’t want to have to rely on media personalities to tell them what they think. They want to become involved:
Read more

Melissa Francis Writing Her Memoir

TVGuide’s Stephen Battaglio chats with FBN’s Melissa Francis whose penning a memoir due out later this year. Francis, who went from child star, to Harvard, to business network anchor, gets praise from a former boss:

“She has a playful yet inquisitive edge to her that makes her different than the die-cast cable anchors,” says “Piers Morgan Tonight” executive producer Jonathan Wald, who worked with Francis at CNBC.

<< PREVIOUS PAGENEXT PAGE >>