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The Morning Ticker: Moyers, Wheeler, Cheney

  • Bill Moyers is ending his show “Moyers & Company” in January. The show, distributed by American Public Television, is running out of funding. BillMoyers.com will continue providing similar stories.

  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney told Bill O’Reilly that most of the American media is “seriously misguided.” Cheney added that he likes O’Reilly’s show because it is “what I think a lot of Americans believe.”

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President Obama Nominates Tom Wheeler As Next FCC Chairman

Attention media executives: there is a new government official to suck up to. President Obama formally announced the nomination of Tom Wheeler to be the next chairman of the FCC.

Assuming he is approved by the Senate, Wheeler will replace outgoing FCC chair Julius Genachowski. FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn has stepped in as the interim chair.

Wheeler, a venture capitalist, is a loyal Obama supporter, and a pioneer businessman in both the cable television industry and the wireless industry. While the FCC’s primary oversight is of the public airwaves, including broadcast TV and radio stations, it also has oversight of the cable, satellite and telecommunications businesses.

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ABC News Launches Preemptive Defense Of Martha Raddatz

The moderator for Thursday’s Vice Presidential debate is ABC News chief foreign correspondent Martha Raddatz.

According to Andrew Sullivan, conservative news site The Daily Caller is planning an article about Raddatz, in an apparent effort to discredit her before the debate. The site previously wrote a story about Raddatz back in August.

The gist of the alleged new story: Raddatz’s ex-husband is Julius Genachowski, the current FCC chairman and former Harvard Law classmate of President Obama. The “new” information is apparently that President Obama attended their wedding.

“Andrew Sullivan is a nutcase. Please quote me,” Daily Caller editor Tucker Carlson told TVNewser when asked if the site was working on a story. We will have to wait and see if the site is actually writing the item.

An ABC News spokesperson released a statement on the matter this afternoon, strongly dismissing the alleged claims.

“This is absurd. Martha Raddatz is known for her tough, fair reporting, which is why it was no surprise to her colleagues inside and outside ABC News that she was chosen by the Commission on Presidential Debates for this assignment. Barack Obama was a law school classmate of Raddatz’s ex-husband Julius Genachowski at Harvard. At the time Barack Obama was a student and president of the Law Review. He attended their wedding over two decades ago along with nearly the entire Law Review, many of whom went onto successful careers including some in the Bush administration. Raddatz and Mr. Genachowski divorced in 1997 and both are now remarried.”

Update: The Daily Caller story hit just after Midnight Wednesday morning.

Ted Koppel, Al Gore Argue For Independent and Focused Media, Criticize Cable News in the Process

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Broadcasting & Cable magazine asked a number of high-profile TV executives and personalities to weigh in on the business. In addition CBS CEO Les Moonves, NFL commentator Al Michaels, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the magazine asked former ABC anchor and current “Rock Center” contributor Ted Koppel to weigh in on the state of TV news, and former Vice President and current Current TV chairman Al Gore to weigh in on independent media (subscription required).

Koppel has often spoken about his distaste with the current state of media, and his essay focused on the impact of social media, and the polarization of news. As he has done in the past, he called out Fox News and MSNBC for harming the public discourse:

Thirty or forty years ago, I used to tell audiences, with a mixture of pride and chagrin, that while doctors and lawyers needed a license to practice, that while everyone needed a license to drive, or hunt, or fish; nobody needed a license to be a journalist. Of course, back then, the only way to communicate with a national audience was to get a job with a national news magazine, like Time or Newsweek, or with a national broadcasting network, of which there were only three. So, the opportunity was more theoretical than real. Still, with the advent of the Internet, I used to tell college students that the capacity to communicate globally was now, literally, in their hands.

I never actually expected them to do it.

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After More than 60 Years, FCC To Finally Delete ‘Fairness Doctrine’ From Federal Code

While the “Fairness Doctrine” was found unenforceable and likely unconstitutional by the FCC back in 1987, the actual code has remained on the books. That will change, however, as FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski says that he plans to finally delete the policy from the Code of Federal Regulations.

B&C’s John Eggerton explains:

“I fully support deleting the Fairness Doctrine and related provisions form the Code of Federal Regulations,” he wrote in a letter dated June 6 (a copy of which was obtained by B&C), ” so that there can be no mistake that what has been a dead letter is truly dead.” He said that his staff was currently reviewing its regs, which has focused to date on rules still actively governing licensees, but that he expected they would recommend the deletion of the fairness doctrine and related corollaries, which provided for free response time for personal attacks and equal time for other candidates if a station endorsed a candidate in an editorial. The corollaries were repealed by the FCC in 2000.

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House May Pass Anti-’Fairness Doctrine’ Legislation

House Speaker John Boehner says he and other Republicans plan on passing legislation meant to ensure that the so-called “Fairness Doctrine” will not be revived… this despite the fact that no one in a real position of power wants to revive it.

Broadcasting & Cable‘s John Eggerton explains:

Boehner said that for fans of the doctrine, “it’s fair to silence ideas and voices they don’t agree with, and use the tools of government to do it…Our new majority is committed to seeing that the government does not reinstate the fairness doctrine. Congressman [Greg] Walden has teamed up with another former broadcaster, Congressman Mike Pence of Indiana, to introduce legislation to help keep the airwaves free. I expect the House to act on this measure.”

Of course, the doctrine was killed in 1987, and both President Obama and his FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski say they have no interest in reviving it.

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Wait, President Obama Said What??

It was clearly a slip of the tongue, but during his press conference today President Obama stumbled over a word, with the result sounding a lot like the “S” word:

He was trying to say “bring annual domestic spending to its lowest share of the economy…” but it didn’t sound that way.

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Scene @ the NAB/RTDNA

MBNAB5.pngAs we cover day two of the NAB/RTDNA conference here in Las Vegas some quick snapshots of what’s going on. NBC News correspondent Bob Dotson discussed how he finds, interviews and assembles his “American Story with Bob Dotson” series for the Today show.

Around the same time as Dotson was speaking, we dropped in to the main ballroom at the Hilton Las Vegas as FCC chairman Julius Genachowski tried to calm the fears of a roomful of skeptical broadcasters about the government’s National Broadband Plan.

And below, a bulletin board — the old fashioned kind — already filled with resumes from hopeful future tvnewsers. There’s another full board nearby. The RTDNA conference attracts not just news managers but students hoping to get on their radar.

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Newsers Meet for Annual Confab; Coverage of Haiti Top of Mind

MBNAB.pngThe newly-named RTDNA (Radio, TV, Digital News Association) is kicking off its annual convention today in Las Vegas with a discussion of one of the biggest news stories of the year: the earthquake in Haiti and how the news media responded to it and covered it. Among the panelists, Parisa Khosravi, SVP of International Newsgathering for CNN Worldwide and Dr. Mona Khanna, a Medical Contributor for Fox News Chicago as well as NPR and AP correspondents and the president of Canada’s CTV News.

The session begins at 7pmET, we’ll be Tweeting highlights here. The RTDNA website is also live blogging the discussion.

RTDNA is once again partnering with the larger National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) with 80,000+ attendees over the next three days. Attendance is expected to be up this year compared to last year’s 83,842. That compares to 105,259 in 2008 and 111,028 in 2007.

Some of the highlights we’ll be looking to cover on TVNewser, WebNewser and the other mediabistro.com blogs: Tuesday’s keynote with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, a conversation with “Mad Men” creator and executive producer Matt Weiner, and the induction of NBC Sports into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame. NBC Sports & Olympics boss Dick Ebersol will be here to accept.

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Couric Picks 7 Most Powerful People in Media

Forbes Magazine asked CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric to put together a list of the seven most powerful figures in media, though her list focuses on new media chiefs. Find out who she picked after the jump.

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