“CBS This Morning” has launched a free app for iPhone and iPad. All of the features one would expect from a news app, including text stories, video, photos and Twitter feeds from anchors and correspondents. It also features “The Rundown,” a breakdown of the day’s news, as well as local weather,which is fitting as the actual “CBS This Morning” doesn’t have a weather anchor, leaving that to affiliates.
CNN is releasing a “digital magazine”–its first–for the iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The magazine, “Slavery’s Last Stronghold” is part of the channel’s “Freedom Project” features video, text and interactive components. A special report will air on-air and online, with additional components accessible through the app.
Journalists are no strangers to hosting reality shows (who can forget Anderson Cooper on “The Mole?”), but a potential new CBS reality show–to be hosted by OWN correspondent and former ABC and CNN correspondent Lisa Ling–might take the cake.
Tentatively titled “The Job,” the CBS pilot is being produced by reality juggernaut Mark Burnett. What is it about? Let’s let Vulture’s Joe Adalianbreak it down:
The idea behind the show: Five qualified folks, chosen from an applicant pool of thousands, compete for a chance to win a gig at a well-known company. Each week will feature a different batch of contestants and, we assume, a new company (shades of Undercover Boss, sans the undercover part).
Yup, now in order to get a normal job, you might have to appear on a ridiculous reality show, hosted by a journalist no less. Want to become McDonalds’ next burger flipper? Then sign that NDA!
Oprah’s OWN network has ordered eight additional episodes of “Our America with Lisa Ling,” the documentary series hosted by the eponymous journalist. Upcoming editions of the program will include topics such as ”pageant kids, the life of swingers, the plight of Native Americans, and the wrongfully accused.” The pickup gives the series a full, 16 episode second season.
Lisa Ling, who has made the rounds on ABC, CNN and MSNBC in recent years, has a new show debuting tonight on OWN. “Our America” is a single-subject, weekly documentary hosted by Ling. TVNewser talked with her this morning about her Alma Mater “The View,” her sister Laura Ling‘s recovery after five months in North Korean custody, and her new boss Oprah Winfrey.
TVNewser: Your new show debuts tonight. What topics are you most excited about?
Lisa Ling: The first episode is about faith healing. We profiled this well-known faith healer who’s covered in tattoos and he lays hands on a man who has been wheelchair bound for years. And really, it’s about the phenomenon of faith healing, because over 80% of Americans believe that God can heal them of their ailments. This guy in a wheelchair had heard this voice of God telling him that he would walk on the last day during the last hour of this faith healing conference. I can’t tell you what happened, but I will say it was a completely shocking experience for me and really changed my notion of faith completely.
TVNewser: Do you talk with Oprah Winfrey often about the direction of the show?
Journalists Lisa Ling and Laura Ling were on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday, and spoke to Howard Kurtz about the media strategy behind the effort to free Laura and her Current TV colleague Euna Lee from a North Korean prison cell.
Among the revelations was that Lisa, upon learning of her sisters arrest, lobbied cable news executives, producers and correspondents to limit coverage of the story. The fear was that it could upset the unpredictable leadership in the totalitarian state, and could put her sister in jeopardy.
Upon finding out that North Korean leaders may have had access to CNN, they changed their strategy, making an effort to appeal directly to the North Korean government on the channel.
Lisa Ling told Kurtz:
CNN was vital, CNN we believe is the only American news channel the North Koreans see. doing an hour with Larry king and Anderson Cooper’s show, which aired the morning of the trial, was absolutely essential for us.
Later on, Lisa says she reached out to CNN U.S. president Jon Klein and asked him if the netwrk could televise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call for amnesty “and play it as often as they could,” in an effort to send a message to the North Korean government.
Last night, CNN special correspondent Lisa Ling, sister of Laura Ling, spoke with Erica Hill—sparingly—about the details of the ordeal her sister and fellow Current TV journalist Euna Lee went through as they were held captive in North Korea prior to this week’s return:
“We’ve talked very briefly about it. And she definitely wants to divulge exactly what happened. And I think she’s going to write an editorial very, very soon that addressing it. And I want to let her do it. She did say that they touched North Korean territory very, very briefly. And then beyond that, I want to let her tell the story.”
She later continued:
“It was something that, you know, they were never planning to do originally. I mean, I said this before, that when they left U.S. soil they never intended to cross into North Korea. And, you know, they — I mean she said it was maybe 30 seconds. And then, you know, everything just sort of got chaotic.”
Until this week, it had been somewhat unclear whether the two had actually crossed over the border or if they were captured before crossing. In the interview, Lisa Ling stated that her sister claimed to be treated very well by her captors, but added that she is still recovering:
“She’s still quite weak and exhausted and incredibly emotional. You know, she’s been in relative isolation for months and months and, you know, she doesn’t even like to be alone. Yesterday she was so exhausted and she wanted to take a quick nap. And she kept asking me, are you going to be here when I come back? Are you going to be here when I come back?”
> B&C reports NBC will repurpose some “Today” show content for a new program on the Style Network called “Tips Today.” Sytle Network is not one of the many channels owned by NBCU, instead it is owned by Comcast.
> Anderson Cooper will interview Lisa Ling tonight, sister of Laura Ling who was released from North Korean captivity Tuesday. In the past, Lisa Ling has been a special correspondent for CNN and has worked on projects for MSNBC.
> The Houston Chronicle has a list of the top 13 “Web Hunks” and two tvnewsers made the list: MSNBC’s Carlos Watson and ABC’s Jake Tapper. (Yes, “Web Hunks.”) Congratulations to all parties involved…
The New York Times reports Ling called her sister, Lisa Ling, also a journalist, this week and said that they had broken North Korean law, but her sister did not say how.
In an interview published yesterday in a South Korean newspaper, Han Park, a political scientist at the University of Georgia and who visited Pyongyang, says Ling and Lee were not in a prison camp, but rather in a guest house in the capital city.
> CNBC has appointed new head for Asia-Pacific operations. Satpal Brainch, the global CFO for CNBC will take over from Jeremy Pink who left Singapore and is now SVP of CNBC based in New Jersey.
> FNC’s Alisyn Camerota has been named Celebrity Mom of the Year by the Mom’s Choice Awards which honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services.
> NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams made what is likely the first of many appearances on The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien last night, in a taped piece featuring Pres. Obama. Click continued to see a clip you won’t see on the “Inside the White House” special…
> On Monday, Lisa Ling sits down with Matt Lauer on the Today show for her first interview since her sister Laura and Laura’s colleague Euna Lee were taken into custody in North Korea. Ling will be joined by her parents as well as Laura’s husband, Iain Clayton and Lee’s husband Michael Saldate.
> Also Monday, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts will report live from Galveston, TX and Sam Champion will be in South Florida on day one of the 2009 hurricane season. Galveston was decimated by Hurricane Ike last hurricane season.
> CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo is on her way to Russia this weekend. She’ll interview Pres. Dimitry Medvedev on Monday, broadcast live from Red Square on Tuesday, then head to St. Petersburg Wednesday where she will moderate a panel made up of four current and former heads of state.