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Human Rights Campaign to Track NBC’s Sochi Coverage

SochiNBC304The Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie reports that the Human Rights Campaign will be monitoring NBC’s coverage of Russia’s anti-LGBT laws during the Sochi Olympics.

The Human Rights Campaign plans to track NBC’s coverage of Russia’s troublesome anti-gay laws during the 17 days of Olympic competition. The law makes expressions of homosexuality, or “propaganda,” illegal, putting LGBT Russians and those visiting the country in legal jeopardy, but also spurring violence against many in that community.

“NBC has a unique opportunity to report on Russia’s inhumane assault on the rights of LGBT people to the millions of American television viewers tuning in to watch the Olympic Games over the next few weeks,” HRC president Chad Griffin said in a statement. “They’ve promised to not shy away from covering the issue, and we will hold them to their word.”

EP of NBC’s Olympics coverage Jim Bell told reporters that the coverage isn’t intended to “poke a sharp stick in anybody’s eyes,” but NBC won’t ignore the topic, leaning heavily on the resources of NBC News in the event of breaking news. Read more

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Jailed Journalists Update: Saberi, Lee, Ling

saberi_4-29.bmpAn Iranian appeals court has agreed to hear the case of jailed American journalist Roxana Saberi next week. Saberi has been on a hunger strike since April 18 when an Iranian court convicted her of spying. Saberi’s father says his daughter is “weak and frail” after being admitted to a prison hospital last Friday.

ling_4-29.jpgLess is known about Current TV journalists Laura Ling (pictured) and Euna Lee, who were detained in North Korea on March 17, and will face trial for their unspecified “hostile acts.” A conviction could carry a sentence of up to 10 years.

A Current spokesperson tells TVNewser: “We do not have a comment.”

Robert Mackey who is editor of The Lede blog on NYTimes.com, asks, “Is it that the theocratic leadership in Iran seems easier to talk to, and comprehend, than the Stalinist leadership in North Korea?”

Related: Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie writes: “Freelance Journos Under Seige.”

Inauguration Notes: The Week After

• The Los Angeles Times’ James Rainey writes about some “bad media habits” displayed during the recent Inauguration coverage — “the tendency to follow the pack, to embrace critiques if they are buttressed by a politician’s allies and, especially, to get swept up in the mood of the moment.” Also a focus of the story is the amount of money spent on this Inauguration, garnering far less attention than for President Bush’s Inauguration. “The critics attacked Bush more fiercely and in greater numbers four years ago,” writes Rainey.

Nancy Franklin writes about watching cable television on Inauguration Day in this week’s New Yorker magazine. “What really illustrated the rainbow that was Washington during the four days of pomp and parties wasn’t the commentators’ words but the images,” she writes. Also, although she expected different Fox News coverage, it didn’t materialize. “All the foxy newsies I saw were well behaved and enthusiastic, and I had very little to hang my antipathy on,” she writes.

• Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie talks with Meet the Press moderator David Gregory about how the press has handled the first week of the Obama administration. “I went through that with the Bush administration where there was a period where people thought the press went too light with him,” he says. “There is a period where the press is going to give [Obama] some room to get to do what he says he’s going to do. And then there’s time to match that up with the reality of the record. This is a period of chronicling.” He also discusses the new job and the downsizing in the media.

FNC at 9pm: An End and a Beginning

hc_1-9.jpgThe final “Hannity & Colmes” airs tonight on Fox News at 9pmET, and for the first time in 12 years, a new program will air in the slot beginning on Monday.

For tonight’s final show, Mike Huckabee, John Kasich and Lanny Davis will appear as guests. Gary Sinise will also be on to promote his upcoming Iraq special. The final few blocks will be a tribute to the 12 years on the air.

On Monday, “Hannity” will kick off with an interview of President George W. Bush, which Sean Hannity is conducting today. It airs Monday and Tuesday. Elisabeth Hasselbeck will also be a guest. As for the “Great American Panel,” Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports the liberal seat will be occupied by Al Sharpton, while Rep. Michelle Bachman is the conservative and Meatloaf is the X Factor. Indeed.

Hannity Responds To Stewart’s Tribute

stewart_12-12.bmpBroadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie talks to Sean Hannity about his upcoming new show, but also about Jon Stewart‘s tribute to Alan Colmes on last night’s Daily Show.

“I was actually thinking of Jon [Stewart] as a co-host but I needed someone who could be smart and funny without 50 writers and two has-been rockers who are badly in need of Botox,” said Hannity. Ouch.

He also discusses the departure of Colmes. “I’m very sincere when I say I’m going to miss him,” he said.

Josh Howard to Leave CNBC

Howard_12.3.jpgBroadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie reports CNBC VP of long form Josh Howard, is leaving the network. Guthrie reports Howard’s three-year contract expires next week and with cuts looming at CNBC, “he declined to seek” a new deal.

Howard joined CNBC in December 2005, nine months after he left CBS News. As EP of 60 Minutes II, Howard was at the helm when Dan Rather‘s report on George W. Bush‘s National Guard service aired.

Ailes, Lauer, 60 Minutes Set For Hall of Fame

ailes_10-20.JPG10 new members to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame will be inducted tomorrow night, spanning the tube from Showtime to ESPN. A few will be from the TV news world as well, and each of the inductees are profiled on the B&C site:

Marisa Guthrie describes FNC CEO Roger Ailes as having “the populist gumption and nose-to-the-grindstone work ethic of his Rust Belt roots.”

Ailes talks about the bias he sees in the media. “Everybody knew [Tim] Russert was a liberal Democrat,” he says. “And everybody knows [Tom] Brokaw is a liberal Democrat. But they didn’t let that get in the way of their questions, their reporting. They didn’t get their ego out in front of the story. I have enormous respect for people who do that.”

He also gives an indication to his role in the mainstream media as a whole. “The day we all start doing the same thing and running over the same cliff like all those cows in a Roy Rogers movie, it’s over,” he says. “So as long as the cows are heading in one direction, you’ll see me standing in the doorway saying, ‘Hey, wait a minute, over here.’”

Click continued for highlights from the profiles of NBC’s Matt Lauer and CBS’ 60 Minutes, also inductees tomorrow night…

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Liz Claman’s “Enormous Rolodex” and O’Reilly Fan Dad

claman_10-20.jpgFBN’s Liz Claman is profiled by Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie, and talks with FBN EVP Kevin Magee about one of FBN’s standout stars.

“She jumped in with both feet and brought an enormous Rolodex,” he said. “I’ve got a picture in my office of her interviewing Warren Buffett and Bill Gates at the same time. That’s $120 billion worth of people in those chairs. And I don’t think we could have gotten them without her.” (Magee is referring to this May interview.)

Claman describes her “liberal Democrat” dad, who “occasionally found himself agreeing with Bill O’Reilly.” He passed away before he could see her start at FBN. “He would have loved this. He would have said to do it,” she said.

Earlier: Five Questions for…Liz Claman

At This Point, The Networks Are Prepared For Anything

B&C’s Marisa Guthrie talked with execs from Fox News and CNN about the latest twist in Campaign ’08: that the first presidential debate might be delayed. “The only thing that is expected in this presidential election is the unexpected,” said CNN political director Sam Feist.

Guthrie writes that due to the planning and security that goes in to these debates, it will not be easy to reschedule.

Says Fox News VP Jay Wallace, “There is a limited window of opportunity. Security at these things is months in the planning. And the networks are not going to want to give up real estate. It’s crunch time with the fall shows coming on and the baseball playoffs. The networks are there to make money. They’re already challenged by the sagging economy. The window is Friday night.”

The Ticker: Couric, Lehrer, Logan…

> The New York Times’ Steven McElroy reports Katie Couric will be participating in the upcoming roast of Matt Lauer. Other roasters include Meredith Vieira, Jeff Zucker and Brian Williams.

> The Huffington Post’s Sam Stein talks to PBS’ Jim Lehrer about his upcoming moderating duties. “This has the potential for being one of the most exhilarating experiences a person can have and I’ve had it at times. But it also has the potential for being a negative experience too if you blow it,” says Lehrer.

> Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie visited the office of CBS’ Lara Logan as part of B&C’s 60 Minutes 40th anniversary coverage. Click continued to see her video tour…

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