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ABC’s ‘This Week’ Moving Out of the Newseum, Al Jazeera America Moving In

The studio space at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. is changing hands, Broadcasting & Cable’s John Eggerton reports. Next month, ABC’s “This Week” will vacate the space and return to the network’s Washington bureau, and Al Jazeera America will move in.

“This Week” is hosted by George Stephanopoulos in New York a majority of the time. ABC’s D.C. bureau will be home to Washington-based guests and for the one week a month that Martha Raddatz guest-hosts the show.

Al Jazeera America, which B&C reports will have both office space and editing facilities in the Newseum, is preparing for its launch later this year. The network recently hired Adam May, a local reporter from Baltimore, as a D.C.-based national correspondent.

Scott Pelley: ‘We’re Getting the Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again’

Accepting his Fred Friendly First Amendment award this afternoon at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Club, CBS News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley delivered an impassioned speech about the sorry state of journalism in 2013.

“Our house is on fire,” Pelley said of the business at large. “Never before in human history has more information been available to more people. But at the same time never before in human history has more bad information been available to more people.”

Pelley took “the first arrow,” recalling his own mistake over some of the early reporting out of Sandy Hook Elementary in December. Then he recounted early errors after the Boston Marathon was bombed. “We were attacked by terrorists on that day, and amateur journalists became digital vigilantes.”

Pelley joins 19 other TV journalists including Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, and, last year, Martha Raddatz, as Fred Friendly honorees. He told the crowd, which included his CBS News colleagues past and present, that “disruptive technologies” are partly to blame.

“Twitter, Facebook and Reddit: that’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”

Pelley also took on the chest thumping that goes on in local and national newsrooms around the nation every day.

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Morning Shows Focus on Human Impact of Boston Bombings

Wall-to-wall coverage of the bombings at the finish line of the Boston Marathon continues into the second day. ABC News, NBC News and CBS News all broadcast special reports for President Obama’s remarks from the White House press briefing room at 11:30amET. Lester Holt anchored from Boston on NBC, Anthony Mason anchored on CBS and Diane Sawyer anchored on ABC. The cable news networks also broadcast the President’s comments.

Faced with few overnight developments in the investigation of the bombings, the morning shows focused on the human impact of the explosions, interviewing eyewitnesses and victims that were at the marathon finish line.

On “Today,” Savannah Guthrie‘s interview with the President — which was taped before news of the bombings broke — was condensed due to NBC’s coverage from Boston. More of the interview will air later this week. In Boston, Matt Lauer did a number of interviews with victims of the attack, including one with a couple from a hospital room at Tufts Medical Center:

On “Good Morning America,” George Stephanopoulos anchored from Boston, joined by ABC’s Josh Elliott, Martha Raddatz and Brian Ross. Stephanopoulos interviewed a runner who crossed the finish line seconds before the first blast, and “GMA” used a spot-shadow to identify her in the video of the explosion: Read more

Globetrotting Martha Raddatz to Report from Afghanistan, South Korea

ABC’s Chief Global Affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz is packing her bags once again, this time for an extended reporting trip that will take her to two international hot spots where she will interview two U.S. generals in charge. Raddatz will first head to Afghanistan to report on conditions there and interview Gen. Joseph Dunford. It’ll be his first broadcast interview since taking command of coalition forces last month.

Raddatz will then make her way to the Korean peninsula where she will speak with Gen. James Thurman, the commander of U.S. troops in South Korea.

“Few people realize that we have 28,000 forces in South Korea,” Raddatz tells TVNewser. “It is an extraordinarily volatile time in that region as the new North Korean leader makes threat after threat. It is a region that should be getting far more attention.”

“This is such a critical time in both of these places,” says Raddatz, who has made two dozen trips to Iraq and Afghanistan for ABC News over the last 11 years. “What the Americans do in Afghanistan in the next two years to wind this war down will determine the success or failure of more than a decade of fighting here.”

Anchors Reflect On 10 Years Of War In Iraq

As we reported this week the war in Iraq turned 10 this week. TV news anchors and correspondents who were there have been reflecting on the coverage.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer recalls retreating to a bunker with a gas mask during a scare:

ABC’s Martha Raddatz talks to the “PBS Newshour” about her coverage:
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ABC News Ups Rick Klein To Political Director

Another day, another change in ABC’s political unit. ABC has promoted Rick Klein to the role of political director. Klein joined ABC in 2007 from the Boston Globe and was named Washington editor of “ABC World News” in 2010.

“Rick was a key member of the editorial team that produced two of the most-watched debates of the Republican primaries,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff this morning. “And when Martha Raddatz was picked to moderate the Vice Presidential debate, Rick enthusiastically took on a leading part in debate prep as a very convincing Paul Ryan. In fact, in the mock debates, he captured virtually every rhetorical point and personal mannerism — except for gulping water.”

The Klein announcement follows the arrival of Susan Saulny and Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times earlier this week.

ABC News Wins Five Gracie Awards

The winners of the 2013 Gracie Awards have been announced.  ABC News leads the way with five Gracies, including for outstanding reporter/correspondent Martha Raddatz, outstanding anchor Robin Roberts and outstanding news/non-fiction producer Keturah Gray. Brian Ross‘ investigation on Medicare fraud also won for outstanding investigative feature.

CBS News notched three awards, for reporting on “CBS This Morning,” “CBS Evening News” and CBS News Radio. NBC wins one, for Natalie Morales‘ “My Kid Would Never Do That” series on “Dateline.”

CNN won two awards, including for outstanding breaking news coverage for its coverage of the Gaza-Israel conflict.

MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski won for outstanding host and Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas was named outstanding anchor.

The winners (view the full list here) will be honored at the Gracies Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on May 21.

Jeff Zeleny’s Move From Print to TV: ‘Reporting is Reporting, Storytelling is Storytelling’

Jeff Zeleny, who will leave the New York Times for ABC News next month, says the decision to jump from print to TV was a no-brainer. “I haven’t worked for a newspaper for quite a while,” Zeleny, The Times‘ national political correspondent, tells TVNewser, acknowledging the paper’s moves toward video in its storytelling.

“The web has prepared me a lot for this new fast-paced tempo of reporting from morning to evening,” says Zeleny. “I think it’s just an interesting moment in our reflective businesses that we’re doing more TV at The Times and ABC is doing great reporting.”

And he’ll have plenty of platforms on which to report: ABC News programs, ABCNews.com and Fusion, the upcoming ABC/Univision cable network.

“We’ll see if I can keep up,” says Zeleny. “I think I will.”

The easiest part of the decision to leave the Old Gray Lady — ABC approached him — was joining the ranks of ABC’s DC team. “I’ve long admired the tradition of ABC. I’ve been big fan of their coverage. The news division is on a roll and doing great things and I’m excited to join George Stephanopoulos and Martha Raddatz and Jon Karl, who’s been a friend.”

For ABC, Zeleny will focus on his main beats, Capitol Hill and politics. “At the end of the day reporting is reporting, storytelling is storytelling, and breaking news is the centerpiece. And this is one heck of a time to be explaining this dysfunctional Congress.”

State of the Union Coverage: ABC News

Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor ABC News’ coverage of the State of the Union from Washington, DC beginning at 9pmET Tuesday. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl from the White House and Martha Raddatz from the Capitol as well as senior national correspondent Jim Avila and special correspondent Matthew Dowd.

Tuesday’s “World News” and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” will both be live from Washington. Terry Moran will also anchor “Nightline” from the capital after the speech and the Republican response.

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Bash, Raddatz, O’Donnell and Crawford Pose in Capitol Rotunda

As politicians set aside their differences today to celebrate President Obama’s second inauguration, reporters from competing networks are following suit. CNN’s Dana Bash tweeted this photo of her with CBS’ Jan Crawford, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in the Capitol rotunda this morning:

Bash was reporting from the rotunda for this morning’s swearing-in ceremony and tweeted about many of the arrivals. “Things I never thought I’d say: John Mayer and Katy Perry just walked by us in the Capitol rotunda,” Bash wrote at one point.

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