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Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

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A Big Weekend for ‘Face the Nation’

This is a big few days for the CBS Sunday public affairs show “Face the Nation.” Today the show launched a shiny new website, which is heavy on graphic elements. On Sunday the guest will be Vice President Joe Biden, a big get for any show. And of course the biggest thing: on Sunday “Face the Nation” expands from a half-hour to a full-hour, putting it on par with its competition on NBC, ABC and Fox.

Moderator Bob Schieffer spoke to the AP’s David Bauder about the move, saying he “almost fainted” when he got the news that the show would be expanding:

“Tim [Russert] was the best of the best,” Schieffer said. “But the fact of the matter is what propelled them to No. 1 is they went to an hour and they were the first to do that. When they did that, it left us in the dust.”

Schieffer repeatedly nagged his bosses to follow suit. He made the same speech when Jeff Fager and David Rhodes took over last year, not expecting much. When they gave the go-ahead, Schieffer said, “I nearly fainted.”

Update: For what it’s worth, the first show to actually go an hour was “This Week with David Brinkley,” back in 1981.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” is responding by tweaking its own format. With moderator David Gregory on vacation, Savannah Guthrie will conduct the newsmaker interviews.  Joe Scarborough will moderate the political roundtable, which will include his “Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski as well as David Brooks, Tom Friedman, Jon Meacham, and Harold Ford, Jr.

For the Second Saturday in a Row, FNC Moves Biz Block for Anthony Trial

For the second week running, Fox News Channel will have special daytime coverage of the Casey Anthony trial Saturday morning displacing the business block of programming.

In place of “Cost of Freedom,” FNC anchor Gregg Jarrett will host trial coverage beginning at 10amET with a legal panel including Judge Alex Ferrer and Peter Johnson, Jr. Jarrett will hand off the anchoring duties to Eric Shawn at 2pm.

Last Saturday, an unexpected recess in the court proceedings left cable networks scrambling to amend their planned coverage. On Thursday the defense rested their case. Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial has drawn big cable ratings, particularly for HLN.

Food for Thought: The Wednesday Edition

It’s a bit of an apples to oranges comparison, but still pretty crazy. (Although: How much will Facebook be worth when ESPN bids for MNF?)

Getty Images Photographer Wins Shot of the Season

Mike Hewitt has a new trophy for his mantle: Barclays Shot of the Season Award for 2010. The Getty Images photog caught Darren Bent’s shot deflecting off a beach ball and into Pepe Reina’s goal.

“I remember driving up to Sunderland from my home in Brighton hoping for something dramatic – the beach ball certainly made the trip worthwhile!” he said.

Bradley Ormesher won Barclays Photographer of the Season 2010. Some of his shots are after the jump. Read more

’60 Minutes’ is the Week’s #7 Show

60M.jpgFor the third time in four weeks, 60 Minutes ranked in the top ten network prime time shows.

Sunday’s program drew a 9.7 rating and an 18 share. That makes it the seventh most popular show for the past week.

15.03 million viewers watched Steve Kroft‘s interview of John Gotti, Jr., the son of the late Mafia Boss John Gotti, along with a Bob Simon report on the finding of a new link in the human evolutionary chain.

60 Minutes‘ lead-in on Sunday was the 2010 Masters Golf Tournament broadcast.

FNC’s Peter Johnson Makes Plea For Boy On Run To Get Chemo

johnson_5-21.jpgFox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. made a personal plea this morning on Fox & Friends for the Minnesota boy, Daniel Houser, currently on the run, to get treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Johnson told his own story of overcoming a similar disease. “I know of an 18-year-old boy who went through this experience, who had basically the same disease and was treated with basically the same chemotherapy, and he went on to become a trial lawyer, an appellate lawyer and a Fox News legal analyst,” said Johnson.

“Come home, get the treatment,” he said to the family, who is refusing treatment for religious reasons. “Call the Fox News Channel, I’d be delighted to speak to you.”

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Rod Blagojevich Has “Potty Mouth,” Thought About Appointing Oprah (And Other Things Discussed This Morning)

blago_1-26c.bmpThree down, (at least) four to go. Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich made his Today show, Good Morning America and “The View” appearances so far today, and in each he stuck to his story about not getting a fair trial. But there were some highlights as well. During his interview this weekend with Amy Robach, which aired this morning on NBC, he compared his situation to Nelson Mandela, Mohandas Ghandi and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.. Robach wrote about the experience yesterday.

blago_1-26b.bmpDuring his interview with Diane Sawyer, Blagojevich revealed he considered appointing Oprah Winfrey to President Obama’s vacant Senate seat (click here for the video). Then it was onto “The View” where both prior interviews were referenced. Barbara Walters interviewed Blago first, via satellite. “Your wife’s family doesn’t seem to be crazy about you,” said Walters, while revealing Patti Blagojevich canceled her appearance on the program yesterday. When he made it to the couch, Joy Behar asked about the couples’ “potty mouths” and tried to convince him to do his Richard Nixon impression and say “I am not a crook.”

Up next, FNC’s Geraldo Rivera at 2pmET (we’ll twitter the interview) followed by Larry King Live, Nightline’s Cynthia McFadden (taking place now) and The Early Show’s Maggie Rodriguez tomorrow morning.

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Click continued to see the NBC interview (no ABC embeds unfortunately)…

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The Ticker: BBC, FBN, NBC…

> BBC World News America will air a rare 1964 interview of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tonight, in which he predicts an African American President “in less than 40 years.” The video can be seen on the BBC America site, and runs tonight at 7pmET.

> FBN contributor Charles Payne will be an honoree tonight at the Congress of Racial Equality Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. dinner in New York City. Past honorees have included Elie Weisel and Muhammad Ali.

> FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin made a couple of appearances in the Dateline NBC special last night about the Inauguration. Click continued to check it out…

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From “Best Political Team” To a “King of Comedy”

hughley_11-10.jpgThree days after TVNewser was in the CNN Election Center studio on Election Night, we were back in a drastically changed environment. Gone were the BPTOT, in was a studio audience. Temporary walls blocked off the studio from the rest of the newsroom. And the man at the helm was not anchor Wolf Blitzer but an Original King of Comedy.

D.L. Hughley Breaks the News is CNN’s newest, and most unique, programming. The 10pmET show airs Saturday and Sunday, and moves between serious interviews and lighter ones, comedy sketches and more serious monologues by Hughley.

During Friday’s taping, the usual exit poll location for Soledad O’Brien and Bill Schneider was replaced with a green screen and an actor dressed as George Washington for a fake hologram segment. Interviews ranged from a group of Kenyan comedians, to actor/comedian Tim Reid to Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. Within the interviews there were serious and comedy elements — amid Jackson, Jr.’s answer about how he’d be “honored” to named Pres.-Elect Barack Obama‘s replacement for U.S. Senate, he joked, “I’m willing to bet I’m one of the few United States Senators, if appointed, to ever be willing to even do your show!”

hughleyshow_11-10.BMPThe show is taped in segments, which leads to a portion of downtime. Comedian Corwin Moore warms up the crowd between blocks. “It’s bizarre, but its fun and exciting,” he says of working on the CNN show. “It’s not one thing for me. I’m just amazed to see his face on the monitor.”

Hughley, who called Tuesday’s election “the most emotional thing I’ve ever been a part of,” is relishing the opportunity. “I enjoy it a lot. As long as people are watching we’re going to keep doing it,” he said.

And people are. The show regularly gets more than 600,000 viewers in the A25-54 demo and 1.4 million Total Viewers, putting it in competition on a nightly basis as the top prime time weekend program.

“For an organization not build to do a comedy show, CNN has been fantastic,” says the show’s EP, Mitch Semel.

It does have its critics as well, with some saying it “reinforces black stereotypes.” Semel says it’s not for everyone. “Good comedy doesn’t do that,” he said. “It’s very much like him doing his act on stage. Just remember, it’s a comedy show.”

(pictured top right: comedian/actor Donnell Rawlings (who appears on the show), Hughley and stage manager Bruce)

Click continued to see the interview with Jackson, Jr. from last weekend’s show…

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