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Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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Aereo CEO to Katie Couric: Broadcasters Are Fairly Compensated

With just days to go before the Supreme Court takes up the Aereo case, CEO Chet Kanojia sat down with Yahoo! global anchor Katie Couric for a wide-ranging interview about the streaming TV service. Couric asked Kanojia to respond to comments from News Corp. COO Chase Carey, who said recently: “We need to be able to be fairly compensated for our content. We can’t sit idly by and let an entity steal our signal.”

“I think he’s absolutely right they have a right to be fairly compensated. And I think they are,” Kanojia responded. “The reason they are is because the deal between Congress and the broadcasters in exchange for free spectrum was to program in public interest and convenience. And they could make all the money they wanted in advertising. And in fact today, over 90% of the revenue does come from advertising, which is why they care about ratings. So they are fairly compensated.” Watch:

TVSpy has more on Couric’s interview with Kanojia.

We’ll be talking about all things Aereo at our TVNewser Show April 29. Click here for more information and to register.

If Aereo Wins, Here’s a Plan B for Broadcasters

aereo_logo 304x200If Aereo loses its Supreme Court case, to be argued a week from today, it does not have a plan B.

Broadcasters, on the other hand, do. The Wall Street Journal reports today that CBS, one of the broadcasters that has sued to shut down the service, alleging that it steals their content, has a backup plan. CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves has said the broadcast network could move to cable, preventing Aereo from taking the signal which now goes out over the air. Another option: beat Aereo at its own game. From the WSJ:

[A] person familiar with the situation said CBS has the ability to launch a service that would stream its programming over the Web simultaneously with its television broadcasts. CBS would charge a few dollars a month and show ads, the person said. Such a service would also likely offer on-demand programming. It could include Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel, which would increase the subscription fee, the person said. CBS would use technology company Syncbak, in which it owns a minority stake, to power streaming of local TV stations’ signals over the Web, the person said.

Katie Couric will be interviewing Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia. The interview will be on Yahoo! Thursday morning. And to learn more about Aereo, and its fight with broadcasters, we’ll be debating it at the TVNewser Show, two weeks from today: BIA/Kelsey SVP Mark Fratrik, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and U.S. Law Week’s Tom Taylor will join us. Click here for more information, and to register.

The Morning Ticker: Beck, Couric, Andrade

  • One of the Boston Marathon bombing victims has filed a defamation lawsuit against Glenn Beck and his company TheBlaze. Saudi Arabian student Abdulrahman Alharbi, who was injured by the bombing, is suing Beck for calling him a suspect after he was cleared by authorities.

  • Katie Couric sits down with former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, on April 7 at the LBJ Presidential Library. They will discuss LBJ’s legacy on the eve of the Civil Rights Summit. The interview will air on Yahoo News.

  • Former Brazilian model turned Fusion morning host, Pedro Andrade, talks to AskMen.com about projecting success through style. Andrade’s key to “looking so fresh”: lots of water.

Justin Bieber Compares Deposition to Being Interviewed by Katie Couric, ’60 Minutes’

It has not been a good few days for Justin Bieber, who was deposed Thursday by an attorney representing the photographer who accused Bieber of ordering a bodyguard to attack him last summer. In the video of the deposition, which was obtained by TMZ, Bieber appears alternately combative and smug, sarcastically calling the attorney “Katie Couric” and comparing the deposition to a “60 Minute[sic] interview.” Watch:

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Engagement a Key to Katie Couric’s Yahoo News Role

KCouricA key component of Katie Couric‘s role at Yahoo News takes shape today. Couric, who will interview Michael Bloomberg this week — his first sit-down since his appointment as the United Nations special envoy for cities and climate change — is inviting viewers to submit their questions, photos, and videos for the former New York City mayor via her Tumblr page.

Newsmaker interviews fueled by viewer questions and submissions is part of the programming Couric will produce for Yahoo News as the site’s global anchor. Couric and her team will also look to produce live events and global issues forums driven by viewers’ ideas as well as segments that break down big issues culled from viral and trending topics.

Couric’s programming on Yahoo News marks the next wave in Yahoo’s original video content and a key milestone in the expansion of Yahoo News. Couric will be ending her daytime talk show in the next couple of months.

Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

Most-Watched Week in 9 Years for the Network Evening Newscasts

EveningNewsNewNearly 29 million people tuned in to the evening newscasts last week, making it the most-watched week in more than 9 years, since Jan. 17, 2005, when a combined 29.937 million tuned in during a week which included Pres. George W. Bush‘s second inauguration.

The most-recent high water mark was 28.460 million who watched during the week of January 31, 2011.

It was the most-watched week for both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” since that week in 2011 which was the beginning of the uprising in Cairo.

It was the most-watched week for “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelleysince Sept. 2006, the week Katie Couric debuted on that broadcast.

Williams and Pelley tied in year-over-year viewership growth: both up +14%. Sawyer was up the most among younger viewers, growing ABC’s audience by +19% vs. the same week last year.

Williams began anchoring from Sochi, Russia on Thursday. Ann Curry filled in during Williams’ travels on Wednesday. “Nightly” is down slightly versus the week before the Vancouver Olympics: down -1% in viewers and down -17% in the demo. But it was during that week in 2010, that “Nightly News” drew its biggest audience in 5 years.

Numbers for the week of February 3, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 10,973,000 9,491,000 8,522,000
• A25-54: 2,951,000 2,763,000 2,266,000

Katie Couric Has Advice for Joy Reid

Katie Couric has some advice for incoming MSNBC host Joy Reid.

In a short backstage video, Couric told Reid the essentials.

“Be like a Boy Scout, be prepared,” Couric said.

Reid recently told TVNewser she is ready for her opportunity, and is eager to engage in debate with conservatives on her show “The Reid Report,” which debuts on February 24.

Couric recently started as Yahoo! News Global News Anchor. Her syndicated daytime talk show “Katie” wraps up in June of this year.

The Ticker: Couric, Navarro, Carney

  • Katie Couric sat in Jets owner Woody Johnson‘s box at MetLife Stadium for the Super Bowl last night. Other guests in the box? Quentin Tarantino, Harvey Weinstein, Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney. “Football makes strange bedfellows!” Couric tweeted.

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