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Sara Eisen, Justin Dial Leave Bloomberg TV

BLOOMBERG-tv-LOGOTVNewser has learned about a handful of notable departures from Bloomberg Television recently.

Justin Dial, who joined Bloomberg in 2011 as head of U.S. newsgathering, has joined Al Jazeera America as deputy head of newsgathering. In his new role, he will report to Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice president of newsgathering.

Another recent departure from Bloomberg TV is Sara Eisen, who anchored “Bloomberg Surveillance” alongside Tom Keene. Eisen announced on Twitter she will join CNBC on December 16.

TVNewser hears there have been other departures from the network recently, including a show producer who is leaving for Fox Business and Chris Berend head of digital video, is joining CNN. Andrew Morse, who had been the head of U.S. television for Bloomberg left for CNN in August.

Under the leadership of newly-installed CEO Justin Smith, Bloomberg Media Group is the midst of a 100-day review as “a strategic planning exercise to map our future course,” according to AdWeek. Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel has temporarily moved to the TV side. And as TVSpy reported, the company is ending production of its local market reports, seen on nearly 200 stations across the country.

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Al Jazeera America Adds Regional Correspondents for 12 Bureaus

Al Jazeera America continues to staff up adding correspondents to report from 12 U.S. news bureaus.

Al Jazeera America will have correspondents in Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.

“It is critical for Al Jazeera America to have bureaus strategically placed throughout the U.S. so that we can cover the news from wherever it happens,” said Marcy McGinnis, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice-president of newsgathering. McGinnis says the correspondents will be tasked with reporting on “a wide range of local, state and regional stories within the context of what it means for the rest of the country.”

TVSpy reported yesterday that Allen Schauffler (above, second from left), the weekend anchor at NBC affiliate KING in Seattle for the last 20 years, will head up the Northwest bureau. The network is still looking for correspondents in New York and San Francisco. But here’s who else is joining:

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ABC News Veteran Kate O’Brian Named President of Al Jazeera America

Al Jazeera America has filled one of the top two roles at the channel, as it adds ABC News veteran Kate O’Brian as its president. In her new role O’Brian will be responsible for leading AJAM’s newsgathering and programming. Even without a president, the channel has been staffing up and slating programs, so O’Brian will be joining a channel in progress.

AJAM is also on the market for a CEO, who will lead the channel’s business affairs. For the moment, the channel’s interim leader Ehab El-Shihabi will serve as CEO of AJAM. O’Brian will report to Al-Shihabi, and will eventually report to whomever gets the role full-time.

O’Brian’s hire was first reported by Brian Stelter in the NY Times.

AJAM also named CNN veteran David Doss senior VP for news programming, CBS News veteran Marcy McGinnis senior VP of newsgathering, and MSNBC veteran Shannon High-Bassalik as senior VP of documentaries and programs.

“While we will miss Kate’s insights, judgment and humor, we know that she is stepping into an important role and we wish her very best with this new challenge,” ABC News Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to ABC News staff today.

As TVNewser reported earlier this month, the channel will launch on August 20.

Sherwood’s note, and AJAM’s announcement, below.
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Walter Cronkite Reassessed

MBNAB4.pngNine months after his death, the life and work of Walter Cronkite was remembered at the RTDNA conference in Las Vegas this morning.

Eight men and women who either worked with, have written about, or are carrying on the legacy of the CBS newsman spoke to a diverse group of past, current and future news managers and reporters — those old enough to have watched him every night and too young to have ever watched him at all, at least not live.

Marcy McGinnis, who worked with Cronkite from the ages of 20 to 31, and who would later become London bureau chief for CBS News, talked about having annual meetings with Cronkite, who was as much a teacher as he was a newsman.

She talked about how, as a 21-year-old news assistant working at the Kennedy Space Center, she unwittingly gave Cronkite’s hotel room number to someone who’d called asking for it. “I never did fess up, but I learned never to give out Walter’s number to a viewer.”

As for his departure from the anchor chair, McGinnis tried to correct the record of an audience questioner about the Cronkite-to-Rather transition: “My recollection wasn’t that the brass tried to push him out, it’s that he reached this mandatory retirement age. Then it came down to Dan Rather and Roger Mudd,” she said, adding: “Dan eventually won the toss-up or however they decided it. Thankfully I wasn’t in management then.”

Don Godfrey, a professor at ASU’s Cronkite School of Journalism told the crowd, “Walter gave us the news we needed to know, not necessarily what the audience wanted to know.” A concept which almost seems quaint in this day and age of personalized information through a variety of online and social media sources.

Bill Silcock, also an associate professor at the Cronkite School says, “Walter would have embraced all of it — Facebook and Twitter. He would have had a great Twitter name.”

The panel simultaneously agreed: “Uncle Walter.” (By the way, it’s taken.)


A photo of former CBS News executive Marcy McGinnis with Walter
Cronkite as part of the Cronkite Reassessed panel at RTDNA.

After the jump: What Walter Cronkite called a “mistake” on his part…

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Joe Halderman in Court. Who’s Paying for his Defense?

“Only one, maybe two” staffers at “48 Hours Mystery” have contributed to the reported $100,000 defense fund for suspended “48″ producer Joe Halderman, says Susan Zirinsky, executive producer of the CBS newsmagazine.

JHalderman_11.10.jpgIn her first public comments since Halderman’s arrest Oct. 1 on charges of attempted grand larceny, Zirinsky said yesterday that the hard-charging producer had raised the bulk of the money “from family and friends, not from people in the shop.”

That was all Zirinsky said. Like everyone at CBS, she is on media lockdown about the case. No mystery there. “Late Show” host David Letterman, the target of Halderman’s alleged $2 million extortion try, is a cash cow for CBS.

Halderman’s attorney, Gerald Shargel, argued in court yesterday that his client is guilty of no crime and that charges should be dropped. Halderman was only trying to sell a screenplay to Letterman, Shargel said, not shake him down about his intra-network sexual liaisons.

Letterman’s attorney, Daniel J. Horwitz, labeled it “classic blackmail,” not a business transaction. Both sides said they would go to trial, if necessary. The judge is expected to rule in January.

Meanwhile, Halderman’s suspension went from paid to unpaid about two weeks ago, CBS sources confirm. Reason? He broke the morals clause in his contract, they say.

While current CBS employees aren’t talking, several alums are, including Marcy McGinnis, who worked with Halderman when she ran the London bureau from 1992 to ’97. She considers him a friend.

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Letterman Blackmailed: Joe Halderman Speaks: ‘I’m Not Trying to Hide or Run.’

JHalderman_10.8.jpgFor the first time since his arrest a week ago on charges he tried to extort $2 million from David Letterman, CBS News producer Joe Halderman is talking, though he’s not saying much.

FOX 5 WNYW caught up Halderman at his Norwalk, CT home earlier today. “I can’t make any comment and I understand you’re just trying to do your job,” said Halderman, who knows that job well. “There’s nothing I can say. I hope you have a very nice day. I’m not trying to hide or run, but there’s nothing I can say,” Halderman told reporter Christine Persichetti,

Meanwhile, the NYTimes’ Bill Carter reveals it was Halderman’s co-workers who bailed him out of jail last Friday.

In another sign of how much support Mr. Halderman still commands inside CBS, two of his current co-workers, Andy Soto and Marc Goldbaum, posted the bond for Mr. Halderman’s bail. Neither man would comment Wednesday, but Mr. Halderman’s lawyer, Gerald L. Shargel, confirmed that the men had posted the bond.

CBS News continues to decline comment on other questions about Halderman, who remains suspended with pay, but Carter writes the network is denying a report that it is conducting an internal investigation of Halderman.

The network said it had initiated no such investigation on its own and was only cooperating with the authorities who were pursuing the case.

McGinnis_10.7.jpgMarcy McGinnis, who spent 35 years at CBS News, departing in 2005, was Halderman’s boss in the CBS News London bureau. “Joe went to every nasty place there was,” McGinnis tells Carter. After hearing the news of the killing of 16 children at a school in Scotland in 1996, he told her: “Just let me grab a bag and I’m there.” As for his way with women co-workers, McGinnis says Halderman was “a flirty guy,” adding, “I was his boss, of course, but he never put the moves on me.”

Steve Sando, Formerly of CBS News, Dies

sando_12-29.jpgFormer CBS Newser Steve Sando died Tuesday at the age of 48. Sando, who lived in St. Paul, MN, had a number of health issues. He was hospitalized several weeks ago with problems relating to his heart and diabetes.

Most recently Sando was the broadcast technical manager for the 2008 Republican National Convention.

In 1990, Sando was named operations director of special events for CBS News. He later served as director of operations for London and all of Europe for the network and headed up CBS’ presidential election coverage in 1996.

After the jump, some reflections from TVNewsers on Sando’s passing…

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