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CNN, NBC, FNC Specials on O.J. Simpson Murder Case, 20 Years Later

CNNOJ2Tonight at 9pmET, CNN’s Kyra Phillips reports “O.J.’s Wild Ride: 20 Years After the Chase,” looking back on the slow-speed pursuit of O.J. Simpson on the night of June 17, 1994, four days after the murders of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Tomorrow night at 9pmET, NBC presents a two-hour “Dateline” special on the 20th anniversary of the case. Josh Mankiewicz reports “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard,” which features exclusive interviews with Kris Jenner, a friend of Nicole Brown Simpson, as well as a key witness who speaks out for the first time.

Friday at 7pmET, Greta Van Susteren hosts a special on Fox News Channel. A former criminal defense attorney, Van Susteren’s TV career can be traced back to the so-called trial of the century. Her legal analysis for CNN led to the show “Burden of Proof.” FNC’s Geraldo Rivera hosted the Fox News special “O.J. Simpson At 20″ last month.

Next Monday at 10pmET, CBS’s “48 Hours” will present a look back at the trial.

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A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

Atlanta Snow Snarls Commute for CNN Staffers

Atlanta-based CNN staffers ran into some traffic problems caused by the winter storm during their commute yesterday. On Twitter, Carol Costello detailed the experience of being stuck in the CNN parking lot for an hour before finally giving up and going back inside.

Costello explained in more detail on Facebook, writing that “people in, say Chicago, would laugh at the utter chaos this has caused.”

I tried to get out of CNN’s parking lot at 1:00. After waiting in a line of departing employees for an hour I gave up. Luckily other co-workers did too. We waited together for two hours until the traffic cleared. Except it never did. I left work again at 5 (I get up at 4am) and got out of the parking lot. I live two miles away. It took me two hours to get home. I saw no salt trucks. No plows. No police directing traffic. I feel lucky though. Some people are still stuck in traffic. Kyra Phillips was stuck for 7 hours. Mr Mayor, what the hell?

Costello confronted the director of Atlanta’s emergency management agency over the city’s response to the weather on CNN this morning, the Huffington Post points out.

The Morning Ticker: Phillips, Report, Guthrie

  • Kyra Phillips is returning to CNN as an investigative reporter and fill-in anchor. Phillips, who joined CNN in 1999, spent the last 18 months at sister network HLN hosting “Raising America.”
  • What do local TV news directors think of the national networks? TVNewsCheck has conducted their second annual survey and found the broadcasters out-score the cablers.
  • Arizona native and “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie joined former congresswoman Gabby Giffords for a skydive over Tucson yesterday marking the third anniversary of the shooting there that seriously injured Giffords. You can see the jump this morning on “Today.”

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Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part II

Our friends at mediabistroTV have had a busy year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a few more of our favorite interviews from 2013: Jerry Springer, Brian Stelter, Kyra Phillips and Rosanna Scotto.

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Kyra Phillips Filling In On ‘CNN Newsroom’

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As HLN prepares for major programming changes next week, HLN anchor Kyra Phillips has popped up on sister network CNN, filling in for Brooke Baldwin from 2-4pmET both today and Friday.

Phillips spent 13 years at CNN before shifting to HLN as the anchor of “Raising America” last year. “Raising America” is one of two shows HLN is canceling as it overhauls its daytime and early evening lineup. When the changes were announced, a spokesperson for HLN told TVNewser that an announcement about a new role for Phillips was forthcoming.

Under HLN’s new programming lineup, a repeat of “Showbiz Tonight” takes the place of “Raising America” at 12pmET.

Layoffs at HLN as Network Plans Major Programming Changes

hlnlogoJust six weeks after taking over as general manager of HLN, Albie Hecht is instituting sweeping programming changes in daytime and primetime that will lead to layoffs at the network.

“Raising America,” the 12pmET show anchored by Kyra Phillips, and “Evening Express,” the 5pmET program anchored by Ryan Smith, will both be cancelled. A spokesperson from HLN said announcements about new roles for Phillips and Smith are forthcoming.

Beginning November 18, the shows will be replaced by a four-hour block of “News Now” from 1pm to 5pmET, anchored by a rotation of Mike Galanos, Susan Hendricks, Christi Paul and Lynn Berry.

A spokesperson for the network declined to comment on the number of people that will be affected by the layoffs, noting employees will be able to apply for open jobs internally and externally.

“While change is necessary to evolve HLN, it is also difficult. A handful of our family members will be impacted by today’s news,” Hecht wrote in a memo to HLN staffers this afternoon. “I know that I speak for all of us when I offer a heartfelt thank you and my sincere appreciation for their commitment.”

The memo from Hecht, which includes the network’s new programming lineup, is after the jump. Read more

HLN Anchor Kyra Phillips Honored

KyraPhillips2HLN anchor Kyra Phillips received the Quincy Jones Exceptional Advocacy Award for her support of those with disabilities Saturday night at a gala event in Denver. Phillips and husband, Fox News anchor John Roberts also emceed the event which supports the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

Phillips has been an advocate for those with disabilities for more than 20 years, beginning when she was a local TV news reporter and met a young man named Jimmy who was competing in the Wisconsin Special Olympics. She later became a spokesperson for the group. Last week, as part of her HLN show “Raising America,” Phillips set up a call to action for awareness and penned this article on Huffington Post.

During the gala, NFL hall-of-famer Eric Dickerson, model Beverly Johnson, and actor John C. McGinley (pictured, above, with Phillips) walked the runway along with 20 models with Down syndrome at the “Be Beautiful, Be Yourself Fashion Show.”

In the gallery below, Phillips is pictured with Deondra Dixon, an ambassador of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, and the sister of actor Jamie Foxx.

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HLN Producer Poses as Predator, Uses Oldest Trick in the Book to Lure Kids to His Van

HLN’s Kyra Phillips has a special hour of her show “Raising America” today. Despite years of public awareness campaigns, “Predator Test” takes a look at just how easy it is for strangers to lure unsuspecting children into dangerous situations. Phillips’ producer poses as a predator and at one point lures a child into a dog crate in a van. The child’s mother, standing in the distance, was understandably shocked.

Ben Bamsey, the producer of the project tells TVNewser this is just the start of an ongoing series of specials aimed at keeping kids safe. Next week producers will head into the field to begin production on a special called “Taken.” “It’s about the crucial first 24 hours after a child goes missing,” says Bamsey. “We’ll be putting up missing posters of a child in a park, while that child is in the park, just to see if anyone notices.”

As Phillips told me in a MediaBeat interview recently, she hoped her new HLN show would shed light on under-covered issues affecting families.  Here’s a preview of today’s special. The full hour airs at NoonET today.

HLN’s Kyra Phillips on Striking a Balance Between Career and Family

Work in this business long enough and eventually you may have to choose between having a family or having a career.

HLN anchor Kyra Phillips recently sat down with TVNewser managing editor Chris Ariens to talk about how she views the choices she made along her career path and shares one of the frustrations of being a role model for those who want to follow in her footsteps.

Also, be sure to check out our first interview with Phillips.

>Media Beat Part One: Kyra Phillips Talks About the Challenge of Holding on to Viewers After the Jodi Arias Trial is Over

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