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Katie Couric Turned Down Larry King’s Job?

Couric_6.28.jpgThe NYPost reports that CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric “made it known to CNN brass that she wasn’t a candidate for [Larry] King’s job” and that Couric is now prepared to stay at CBS News and in the anchor chair.

“She didn’t want to be the knight on a white horse again,” said a source close to the situation about a potential move to CNN.

The Post reports talks are ongoing for Couric to remain at CBS with the possibility of having her own production company “that could create specials and perhaps syndicated daytime shows for CBS.”

And as CBS and CNN continue talks about sharing resources and news costs, there is the possibility that Couric could still turn up on CNN.

Giving Couric a production deal would allow CBS to cut her salary in one area — as news anchor — but let Katie make up for the lost salary elsewhere. A cost-sharing with CBS that would permit Couric to appear on CNN, in exchange for the cable news channel picking up a piece of her salary.

Update: The Los Angeles TimesMatea Gold weighs in on the Post report, rebutting the notion that Couric has turned down an offer from CNN:

But a source familiar with the situation said Couric has not turned down an offer from CNN and has not begun negotiating with anyone about what she will do after her current contract expires in 2011. Couric appears to be leaving the door open to pursuing a variety of options, including remaining at CBS. Negotiations with that network are not expected to begin until the fall.

• Earlier on TVNewser:
Coming To CNN: Katie Couric Live?
Is Piers Morgan Really Replacing Larry King?

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FNC, MSNBC Respond to CNN’s Sales Pitch

CNN logo.jpgAfter yesterday’s CNN “Newsmakers” upfront for advertisers, cable competitors MSNBC and Fox News Channel are weighing in.

During Tuesday’s presentation, CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton and CNN President Jon Klein defended the network’s ratings and advocated its journalistic approach. Klein stressed that CNN has “no bias, no agenda. Our traditional competitors have abandoned the field.”

Walton told the LA TimesMatea Gold that CNN’s ratings are “not as dire as maybe some people say…I’m not satisfied with the ratings, but I’m not concerned.”

In today’s New York Daily News, an MSNBC spokesman tells Richard Huff, “CNN thinks it’s still 1985, but the world has changed. Cable news viewers aren’t waiting until 8 p.m. to get their headlines: They want news, analysis and personality. That’s what MSNBC delivers and the viewers are abandoning CNN and flocking to us.”

An FNC spokesperson says, “If [CNN parent and Time Warner chairman] Mr. [Jeff] Bewkes is satisfied with Jim’s explanation for the dreadful performance of his cable news division, then who are we to judge?”

>Earlier: CNN Worldwide Pres: ‘Our fortunes, whether up or down, are news’

One Deadline Pushed Back, As Another Moves Up

Sophia_3.30.jpgCongratulations to LATimes media reporter Matea Gold and her husband Jonathan on their arrival of their first child. Matea gave birth to Sophia Eleanor Lenzner last Saturday. 7-pound, 4-ounce Sophia arrived a week early, thwarting her mother’s efforts to make one last deadline.

Gold tells us she finished and filed two features after her water broke, but another long-term story will have to wait a bit longer.

Gold is expected back on the beat in July.

Cramer vs. Stewart Goes Corporate, Cramer To Appear on Daily Show

stewart_3-11.bmpIn last night’s obligatory Daily Show segment about CNBC, Jon Stewart upped the ongoing beef by taking it to the corporate level. Noting Jim Cramer had gone on NBC’s Today show and MSNBC’s Morning Joe to defend himself after the previous night’s rant, Stewart delivered a sketch inserting himself in programs on other channels owned by Comedy Central parent company, Viacom. And “Basic Cable Personality Clash Skirmish ’09″ was launched.

But it’s just the beginning. The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold reports Cramer will appear as a guest on the Daily Show Thursday.

As a side note, someone should let the ComedyCentral.com people know Stewart is claiming he always planned to broadcast the CNBC segment and not, as it says on TheDailyShow.com: “Rick Santelli canceled an interview with Jon, so The Daily Show team put together this tribute.”

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Sawyer’s “Hidden America” — and ABC Contract

sawyer_2-11.JPGABC’s Diane Sawyer hosts “Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” her latest prime time special, Friday night at 10pm.

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff talks to Sawyer. “All you have to do is look at these kids and how alive their dreams are,” she says. “They don’t have people encouraging them. They can’t walk into town to a support team standing by for them. Yet they still wake up in the morning and still imagine someday they will have a house.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold also writes about the upcoming special, and talks to Sawyer. At the end of her article she describes Sawyer’s contract, which “is reportedly set to expire sometime this year, and she confirmed that she has not yet renewed her deal.”

“At some point I’ll get to it,” she said, while a “network source” said there was “plenty of time” left on her contract.

“As long as it’s still fun and surprising and our team is as linked at the elbows as we are, I can keep doing it,” said Sawyer.

MSNBC Inauguration Notes: Who (Olbermann and Matthews) and Where (Movie Theaters)

msnbc_1-13.jpgChris Matthews and Keith Olbermann were removed from anchoring political coverage in September, and designated as “hosts” in November. On Inauguration Day in a week, they will “lead” coverage.

The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold talks to MSNBC president Phil Griffin about the new new role for the duo. He says he’s “comfortable with the role that Olbermann and Matthews will play at the inauguration because it’s ‘a whole day of color commentary.’”

“This is a day of watching the festivities and the pomp and circumstance,” said Griffin.

Meanwhile, those looking to watch Matthews and Olbermann can do so from the comfort of their homes — or at the movies! Yesterday we received a tip linking to msnbcevents.com, where people are directed to “share an historic Inauguration experience with a live viewing at your hometown movie theater.”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough explains the move, in which “27 theaters around the country” (in 21 markets) will show MSNBC’s 11am-3:30pmET coverage. Tickets are free and can be reserved online.

“We’re going to do numerous things like that to get our name out there,” said Griffin. “Ubiquity is the name of the game in 2009.”

Sinise Special Airs on FNC This Weekend

sinise_1-8.jpgGary Sinise moves from “CSI: NY” to Iraq, with a special on Fox News premiering at 9pmET Saturday, following the actor on a visit to the region last year.

It is Sinise’s fourth trip to Iraq since 9/11. The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold writes that Sinise “agreed to let his friend filmmaker Jonathan Flora shoot footage of his trip last year to put a spotlight on the thousands of troops who remain in combat.”

Says Sinise, “Iraq is off the front page now and has been replaced with other things, so unless you are personally attached or involved with someone who has sacrificed, who is serving in the military, then you’re probably not too aware.”

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough interviewed Sinise, who said of Fox News: “They’ve done a lot of these types of pieces on the Iraq War before, and we thought they’d be interested.”

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2008 Ratings: CNN Wins Demo At 5pm and 10pmET

cnn_12-31.jpgCNN had averaged a higher Total Viewer and A25-54 demo rating during 2008 in prime time than any other year in its history.

It also topped FNC at 5pmET (The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer) and at 10pmET (Anderson Cooper 360) in the demo.

On HLN, Nancy Grace had her best ratings ever at 8 and 10pmET.

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Related: The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold talks with CNN/U.S. president Jon Klein about the network’s strong year and big Election Night win: “I think we established very clearly that CNN is the network to watch for reliable information.”

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With Layoffs Abound, CBS Finds Time to Celebrate

cbs.jpgTVNewser attended one of the few holiday parties still on the calendar. Producers, anchors and executives from CBS News and CBS Radio, and those of us who cover them, packed the 35th floor of CBS’s Black Rock headquarters last night.

We talked with The Early Show’s Julie Chen as she arrived, before telling us, “Okay, I’ve gotta go say hi to my husband.” Her husband, CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves was a few feet away chatting with CBS PR honcho Gil Schwartz.

The rest of The Early Show team was in attendance too — Maggie Rodriguez, Harry Smith and Dave Price and Saturday anchors Erica Hill and Chris Wragge. Hill told us she is excited about her new CBS gig, while still contributing to CNN’s AC360. Wragge’s WCBS anchors were also there — Kristine Johnson, formerly an MSNBC anchor and weather guy Lonnie Quinn.

Katie Couric
arrived after the Evening News. “How are things in TVNewser-land?” she asked us. “Great,” we said. We congratulated her on her ratings last week. “Oh, I don’t pay attention to those things,” she said motioning to CBS News president Sean McManus and Moonves who were a few feet away. Couric said, “As long as they’re telling us we’re doing okay.”

We chatted up CBS News correspondent Kelly Wallace, whose husband Matt Saal works across the street, almost literally, on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show.

Charles Osgood, Morley Safer, Steve Kroft, and Troy Roberts, worked the crowd. And 48 Hours EP Susan Zirinsky told us, despite the media gloom and doom, she’s actually hiring for upcoming prime time projects.

And along with the holiday cheer, there was a lot of layoff talk, including someone who covers the industry…

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Ailes: “We Have Some Obligation In a New Presidency Not To Attempt To Destabilize It”

ailes_11-21.jpgFollowing the news Roger Ailes has signed a new five-year contract with News Corporation, he talks to the Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold.

“I’ve got to build the business channel into a competitive force,” he says of FBN. “And at some point the advertising will come back on the station side. There’s plenty of work to do.”

He also gave a back-handed compliment to CNN’s election coverage success. “I think CNN did a good job, also. They bought enough equipment to outfit all the movie theaters in America,” he said.

Ailes responded to the report in the New York Daily News that he instructed FNC to tone down attacks on President-elect Barack Obama. He denied giving specific orders, but said he told staffers “all presidents deserve time to get their team on the ground and get organized.”

“We have some obligation in a new presidency not to attempt to destabilize it,” he said.

As for whether the big stars will heed the advice, he tells Gold: “Who knows? Most of them do whatever the hell they want.”

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