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Greta Responds to Criticism of Jill Abramson Interview

GretaGreta Van Susteren doesn’t mind criticism. But she does mind journalists critiquing her interviews without the benefit of a phone call.

“Had Spayd called me, she wouldn’t have to read this,” Van Susteren tells TVNewser, previewing a GretaWire post she wrote (read after the jump).

Greta is referring to a critical piece written by former Washington Post managing editor Elizabeth Spayd. Spayd criticized several journalists, including Van Susteren, for their interviews with former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson last week.

Spayd wrote Van Susteren focused too much on transparency in the Obama administration at the expense of going in-depth about Abramson’s firing. As we reported last week, Van Susteren did in fact ask Abramson about her firing. And Greta pointed that out this afternoon while calling out Spayd for not adhering to “journalism 101.”

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Bianna Golodryga Leaving ‘GMA’ for Yahoo!; Paula Faris Promoted to Co-Anchor

GolodrygaFarris“Good Morning America” weekend co-anchor Bianna Golodryga (far left) is leaving ABC News and joining Yahoo! News where she will be news and finance anchor.

Paula Faris, who joined ABC News in 2011 as anchor of “World News Now” and has most recently been a correspondent for all shows, has been has been promoted to co-anchor of “GMA” weekend.

The New York Times reports Golodryga made the move for “the opportunity to delve into more detail on topics ranging from Russia to Wall Street and everything in between.” Golodryga joined “GMA’s” weekend show in 2010. We hear she might still pop up from time to time on “GMA” since Yahoo! and ABC News are partners. Golodryga joins other recent high-profile Yahoo! hires including Katie Couric and David Pogue.

Faris joins Dan Harris as anchor of “GMA’s” weekend edition which will also see a new meteorologist when Rob Marciano joins the network in September.

>>Update: Katie Couric is happy about Golodryga’s arrival. Read more

The Ticker: Crime Pays, Abramson Speaks, DC Unaware

  • TV reporter Justin Gray was stopped at the Orlando airport because a TSA agent didn’t accept his ID: a driver license from the District of Columbia. “He demanded a passport,” Gray reports on WFTV, “Because he didn’t recognize my ID.”

Katie Couric Shares Wedding Details on ‘Today’

Couric TodayKatie Couric visited her former show this morning to promote an upcoming “Stand Up To Cancer” telecast and share details from her recent wedding.

“For someone who’s generally fairly hyper, I was incredibly relaxed,” Couric told Savannah Guthrie about her wedding. “It was very small, very intimate…I hate to be shallow, but the weather was perfect.”

“I’m 57 years old; I didn’t want to be in some big confection, kind of floating down an aisle,” she said about her dress. “I picked it like five days before the wedding.”

And the former “Today” host was glad the big day wasn’t crashed—by former co-host Matt Lauer and radio host Howard Stern.

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The Ticker: Stand Up, Run Wild, Mogul Find

  • Stand up to Cancer returns for its fourth fundraising telecast Friday, Sept. 5. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC have committed to airing the telethon. Begun by Katie Couric in 2008, SU2C has raised more than $261 million for cancer research programs.

  • Not only are media moguls descending on Sun Valley this week for the annual Allen & Co. conference, business newsers are too looking for scoops. Look who FBN’s Charlie Gasparino spotted in the Salt Lake City airport.

The Ticker: ‘Nightline,’ Attkisson, Brooks

  • Q2 2014 produced a first-ever total viewers quarter victory for ABC’s “Nightline” in its 12:35amET time period. The news program averaged 1.693 total viewers, beating its NBC and CBS late night competition by 298,000 and 111,000 viewers, respectively.

  • TVSpy reports former CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has joined Sinclair Broadcasting as an independent freelance investigative reporter. Attkisson’s contributions will be seen on the 145 TV stations Sinclair owns or operates.

  • New York Times columnist and frequent TV news guest David Brooks tells Katie Couric he doesn’t read reader comments. “I used to read them, but it was just too psychologically damaging,” Brooks told Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell Featured at Aspen Ideas

katie_couric_660The Aspen Ideas Festival continues this week, and this year, msnbc.com is using the occasion to partner with Bing for the first of a series of six interactive chats called “The Great Debate.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell moderated the inaugural panel discussion this morning with former Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander. It streamed live on msnbc.com and will re-air later on MSNBC.

The additional five discussions in The Great Debate series will take place throughout the rest of 2014.

In addition to Mitchell taking part in the Festival, Yahoo’s! Katie Couric is there, and this afternoon will interview former Brithish Prime Minister Tony Blair on Yahoo’s homepage. That’s at 3:30pmET. Couric will take part in two conversations tomorrow, including a discussion on the legalization of marijuana with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Later today, Aspen Ideas CEO, and former CNN president, Walter Isaacson interviews Hillary Clinton.

The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.

“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”

Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.

Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.

“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”

Diane Sawyer Leaving ‘ABC World News;’ David Muir Takes Over as Anchor and Managing Editor

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Breaking: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is stepping down from anchoring “World News” and will focus on primetime specials, big interviews, and enterprise reporting for the network. David Muir, who has been sole anchor of the “World News” weekend editions since 2011, will take over as anchor and managing editor of the flagship broadcast on September 2. Muir, 40, will continue to co-anchor “20/20″ with Elizabeth Vargas.

Also announced today, “Good Morning America” co-host and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos takes on the new role of chief anchor of ABC News. He’ll lead special reports, breaking news and election night coverage for the network as well as continuing with “GMA” and “This Week.”

Insiders tell us Sawyer began talking with former ABC News president Ben Sherwood late last year about a transition from the anchor desk. With the retirement of Barbara Walters last month, Sawyer will now take on some of the specials and interviews that for years were part of Walters’ stock in trade.

Under Sawyer, “World News” has been gaining on “NBC Nightly News.” The broadcast won the May sweeps in the A25-54 demo for the first time in more than 6 years. Sawyer, who began anchoring “World News” in December 2009, is the second woman to solo anchor a network nightly newscast, following Katie Couric‘s 2006-2011 run at “CBS Evening News.” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” maintains a one million viewer lead most nights on “World News” and hasn’t lost a week among total viewers in nearly 5 years.

The Sawyer, Muir and Stephanopoulos news is at the top of the agenda of ABC News president James Goldston‘s morning editorial meeting. We’ll have details if/when we get them this morning. A replacement for Muir on the weekend newscasts will come at a later date.

The Ticker: Isikoff, Hammer, Cooper

  • Anderson Copper is buying a 10,127-square-foot, 116-year-old Tudor revival mansion in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Page Six reports. The price for the 18-room home and 280-acre grounds is in “the mid-to-high seven figures.”

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