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The Ticker: Bloomberg, Univision, Cooper

  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and former House Democratic leader Dick Gephardt are co-hosting Bloomberg TV’s “Street Smart” today. The two politicians will join Trish Regan and Adam Johnson from 4-5pmET as part of the network’s “Economy Election” coverage.
  • As if Anderson Cooper didn’t have quite enough on his plate, the CNN anchor and syndicated talk show host has launched a daily Spreecast that will take place on weekday mornings. Cooper will discuss the day’s top headlines and take viewer questions.

Mitt Romney, President Obama Agree To Participate In Univision Forums

The Committee for Presidential Debates might have said no, but the candidates have said “yes” to participating in a Univision forum for Hispanic issues.

Produced in participation with Facebook, the forums will take place leading up to the election in November, and will be presented in both Spanish and English. Rather than use a debate format, each forum will feature one of the two candidates, with Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas moderating. There will be interactive elements on Univision’s Facebook page, and on Facebook;’s U.S. politics page.

“These events speak to President Obama and Governor Romney recognizing the important role Hispanic America will play in the elections and in defining the future of our country,” said Univision News President Isaac Lee in a statement. “In our role of informing and empowering our audience, and as part of Univision’s 50-year relationship with this community, these conversations are critically important to the community we serve. This important discussion is increasingly taking place on Facebook and we are excited to utilize the world’s largest social network to get people involved with issues that matter most to them.”

Univision asked the Debate Commission and the candidates to participate in a forum on Hispanic issues. The Commission declined, but the message clearly got across to the candidates.

ABC News Slates 30+ Hours Of Live-Streaming Coverage Of DNC and RNC

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the 2012 Republican and Democratic conventions. At the moment, the news division is getting one hour a night in primetime from 10-11PM to broadcast cover the events, though the network stresses that those are the only confirmed times, and that more hours may be added. Diane Saywer and George Stephanopoulos will lead the network’s coverage.

In addition, ABC is planning more than 30 hours of live-streaming coverage for ABC News digital and Yahoo! from the conventions, and every show, from “GMA” and ‘ABC World News” to “Nightline” will originate from Tampa and Charlotte.

Live-streaming coverage will run from 7:00 PM-11:30 PM, and will be anchored by ABC News political chief Amy Walter and Yahoo!’s DC bureau chief David Chalian, joined by ABC News anchors and correspondents.

Expanding on the previously announced joint events with Univision, Univision anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will contribute to ABC’s coverage as well.

More information from ABC, after the jump.

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Presidential Debate Commission Denies Univision Request

The Presidential Debate Commission has denied Univision’s (admittedly self-serving) request to add an additional debate that would focus on issues important to Hispanic voters. Univision graciously offered the services of anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas to moderate the proposed forum.

Politico has the response from Commission executive director Janet Brown:

[W]e strongly believe that the four journalists we have named see their assignment as representing all Americans in their choice of topics and questions. The general election debates have always focused on issues of national interest that affect all citizens, including Univision’s audience.  We have met with Univision about joint efforts to get the largest number of people possible engaged in discussing and learning from the debates, and remain interested in working with you toward that goal.

Univision CEO Asks For Latino Representation In Letter To Presidential Debate Commission

Univision CEO Randy Falco has sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, gently criticizing its decision not to include a Latino moderator in the four debates scheduled, and suggesting an additional “forum”… to be moderated by Univision personalities, of course.

Writes Falco:

The debates announced yesterday presented an ideal opportunity to tap one of the two best journalists in the business who have a broad understanding of the domestic and international issues facing this country, understand the Hispanic community better than anyone else and are fully bilingual: Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas

Since you have already made your decision on moderators for the debates and have neglected to have someone speak credibly to the concerns of Hispanics in America, Univision would be willing to create a forum for the presidential candidates to address this sector of our society.

Falco’s full letter is embedded after the jump.

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The Ticker: Conventions, Schiller, CNBC

  • ABC News, Univision and National Journal will be partnering at the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions on a pair of events called “Next America.” George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer, Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will moderate a number of panels “engaging leaders on the demographic revolution that is remaking the face of America.”
  • NBC News chief digital officer Vivian Schiller talks to Nieman Journalism Lab. “I’m a big believer in test-and-learn model of innovation. We’re trying stuff. We’re trying lots and lots of stuff and you know going in some of it’s going to work, some of it isn’t going to work. Hey, if things don’t work, as long as you figure out quickly and stop doing them. The whole fail-fast philosophy. We want to try a lot of things.”
  • A lesson in the perils of RSS feeds: yesterday CNBC had a story on its site for a number of hours touting Lou Dobbsratings win over Larry Kudlow. CNBC’s website automatically picks up some press releases off of the wire in certain categories, creating article pages. It has since been taking down.

CBS News Leads The Way In 2012 News And Doc Emmy Nominations

For the second straight year, CBS News led the way in nominations for the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations this morning.

CBS News secured 43 nominations (34 of which were for “60 Minutes”), easily the most of any network. PBS was second with 37 nominations, followed by NBC with 20 and ABC with 17.

Among the cable networks, HBO led the way with 15 nominations, followed by CNN and CNN International, which combined for nine, Discovery Channel and Nat Geo Channel, which each had five, BBC America with three, MSNBC with two, HDNet with two and Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, CNBC and Current TV, which each had one nomination.

In addition, NATAS says it will present “Noticias Univision” anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas with lifetime achievement Emmys.

Some notes on the nominees: “60 Minutes” alone secured more nominations than NBC, MSNBC and CNN combined. NBC’s “Rock Center” secured a number of nominations, not only for its shiny new set, but also a number of features and interviews, including Bob Costas‘ now infamous interview with former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Current TV’s nomination came for “Vanguard,” the critically acclaimed documentary series it is cutting back on to add more political commentary programming.

All the nominees are in the official announcement, below.

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At The Cable Show, Journalists and Opinion Hosts Coalesce

Photo Courtesy: The Cable Show

Today is the final day of The Cable Show, an industry gathering for cable TV networks, cable providers and other businesses in that arena. This year the event is being held up in Boston, and plenty of TV news personalities have made the train ride north. Bill O’Reilly and Megyn Kelly made appearances at the News Corp. booth, while MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, CNN’s John King and Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas appeared on a panel to talk opinion versus news on cable. B&C’s Andrea Morabito has a great rundown of what happened:

Hardball host Chris Matthews argued that because of the rise of opinion-based news networks, the non-critical aspect of the media is gone, going as far to say that the reporting that verified the U.S. administration’s claims about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq in 2002 would not happen today because of cable news.

“I would like to think there would be a reckoning we didn’t have then because of modern media,” Matthews said. “Twenty-four/seven is good because it’s not only breadth, it’s depth. Without cable, it is just network [television] thinking, embedded thinking, which is dangerous in a democracy.”

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Univision Scoops ABC, Snags First Post-SOTU Interview with President Obama

ABC News’ Diane Sawyer was slated to have the first post-State of the Union interview with President Obama, but it appears as though Spanish-language broadcaster Univision beat them to the punch.

“Noticiero Univision” anchor Maria Elena Salinas sat down with President Obama yesterday in Chandler, Arizona, with the first excerpts running this morning on “Despierta America.” Excerpts will also run on “Noticiero Univision” this evening, “Primer Impacto” and on “Al Punto” Sunday.

Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum Commit to Univision Forum

Univision, along with U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, has scheduled a “Meet the Candidates” event in Miami for January 25, with Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum committed to attend. The network said it has extended invitations to all of the candidates.

Rather than use a debate format, each of the candidates will be interviewed individually, with the conversations streamed online. Excerpts will run on Univision’s news properties, as well as on a special edition of “Al Punto” on January 29. The forum is not expected to replace Univision’s scheduled debate for January 29.

Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas will conduct the interviews.

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