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Newsers Take the Stage

Fox News White House Correspondent Major Garrett performs tonight in “The Play’s the Thing!,” a Shakespearean homage by Peter Byrne in Washington. Details on that one here. BBC America’s Matt Frei and CNN’s Jessica Yellin will appear as well. Meanwhile, our fingers are still crossed for Jack Cafferty in “Guys and Dolls.” (h/t J$P)

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Brian Williams on Brian Williams: ‘Rapidly Graying, Hunched Over…’

BW_3.29.jpgBBC World News America anchor Matt Frei spoke with NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams for Frei’s BBC Radio 4 programme, “Americana.” (like how we added the -mme?)

During the show, Williams describes himself to the UK audience as a “Rapidly graying, hunched over, 50-year-old white American male, college drop-out, came up the hard way, six-feet tall, slim build, increasingly haggard looking” anchorman.

He also talks about his fantasy of being a rock star.

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‘World News America’ Live from Cuba

bbchavana_2-25.jpgTonight, Matt Frei will anchor “BBC World News America” from Cuba, a rare opportunity for an American based-newscast. TVNewser spoke with “World News America” EP Rome Hartman about the special broadcast, something he and BBC News’ Kevin Bakhurst have been working on since last year.

“It’s something we’d talked about for months,” said Hartman, former EP of “CBS Evening News.” “I think that Cuba has long been the subject of great fascination, and that applies whether your working at BBC or CBS,” he said. “This seemed like the right stretch of time to take stock of the Cuba-America relationship.”

There’s a reason live newscasts from Cuba are rare, and Hartman admits that travel restrictions and the embargo “add complexity to the issue” of broadcasting from the country, even for an international news organization like the BBC.

“Having someone on the ground helps obviously, because he can talk to government officials,” adds Hartman, pointing out that BBC correspondent Michael Voss is permanently stationed in Havana. “I think clearly, the Cubans know that we are committed to covering Cuba as an ongoing story.”

Hartman recalls that Dan Rather was particularly passionate about reporting on Cuba, but says that “all of the American networks including CBS paid less attention to Cuba in recent years.”

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Couric Discusses the Importance of Anchors on the Ground in Haiti with Charlie Rose

couricrose_1-19.jpgOn “Charlie Rose,” CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric discussed her experiences and many of the scenes she witnessed during the three days she spent in Haiti last week. Rose asked her if it was “important” or “necessary” for major anchors to be on the ground following a major disaster. She replied:

I think it sends a message to viewers that this is a really big, important story and we’re throwing a lot of resources at it, not only our anchor but a number of correspondents. So I think It probably adds to…the gravity of the situation for our viewers. Hopefully, I’m there because I’m a good journalist and good at my job and they think that if I go there I’ll get an important aspect of the story.

Her full interview here.

BBC World News America’s Matt Frei appeared on the broadcast to discuss the current situation in Haiti as well.

Interestingly, Couric’s former boss and close friend, NBCU president Jeff Zucker, also sat down with Rose last night to discuss his network’s late-night problems and said, “I think it’s the sign of a leader to step up and say, you know, when something’s not working, to have the guts to reverse it.” (More on Zucker’s appearance at FishbowlNY)

BBC World News America – The Germany Edition

German-born Matt Frei, who reported from Berlin on the day the Wall fell 20 years ago, returns to his native country to anchor BBC World News America from the historic Brandenburg Gate, tomorrow on BBC America at 7pmET.

BBC Asks, One Year Later, How Much Change?

We haven’t heard from the other networks about whether or how they will mark the one year anniversary of the election of Barack Obama, but BBC World News America is planning three reports on the occasion this week.

The series titled “How Much Change?” begins tomorrow with a look at how the administration is being perceived in the Middle East. Tuesday, anchor Matt Frei returns to Culpepper, Virgina to ask residents if the promise of Obama has lived up to the reality. And on Wednesday, Katty Kay looks ahead to the 2010 mid-term elections.

Update: BBC tells us that they’ve switched the episode order this week. Frei’s Virginia report will air tonight (Monday), while the Middle East report will now air Tuesday.

More details after the jump…

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Ted Koppel on BBC Tonight

Contributing Analyst Ted Koppel joins Matt Frei on tonight’s BBC World News America for a discussion on the state of security in Pakistan. After today’s bombing, which killed at least 41 people, and a string of attacks including an assault by militants on army headquarters in Rawalpindi over the weekend, Koppel and Frei will delve into questions about Pakistan’s control over its nuclear weapons.

Just As We Were Trying to Forget Last September, TV News is Here to Remind Us

This month CNBC is taking a stroll down memory lane. You remember last September: when the stock market plummeted, housing prices took a nose dive, and the unemployment rate began setting its sights on 10%.

Well, tonight at 10pmET, Maria Bartiromo anchors 1 Year Later: Reflections from the Street. Bartiromo sits down with the key players to get a first hand account of their role in the events of last September.

Then, Monday night at 8pmET, 1 Year Later: The Week That Shook the World will look at how Wall Street changed the way it does business. And Tuesday at 8pmET, 1 Year Later: Road to Recovery (8pm ET) looks at the industries and sectors most impacted and where the investment opportunities lie in this new environment.

BBCAmerica_9.9.jpgMeanwhile, BBC World News America has special programs planned this week too. Matt Frei anchors from New York Monday and Tuesday featuring newsmaker interviews and reports from Washington and Beijing. Then on Tuesday, following BBC World News America, Frei hosts “Aftershock: A Global Economic Debate” a one hour special examining the impact of the global economic recession one year after the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

ABC News is also planning special coverage next week on ‘World News.’ More on their plans Monday on TVNewser.

The Ticker: Schieffer, Frei, Wilson…

> Bob Schieffer‘s younger brother has officially kicked off his run for governor of Texas. Tom Schieffer, a Democrat and a former ambassador to Australia and Japan during the administration of President George W. Bush, announced his candidacy in Fort Worth this morning.

> Tonight, BBC World News America begins three days of “extensive coverage looking at the issues facing Pakistan and Afghanistan”, according to a press release. For two of those days — today and tomorrow — the show will be co-anchored by Matt Frei live from Pakistan and Katty Kay in Washington.

> The Radio-Television News Directors Association has announced its 2009 RTNDA/UNITY Awards winners. Among the four news organizations honored: MSNBC, for “Meeting David Wilson“. The documentary tells the story of the meeting of two men: one a descendant of the family that owned the ancestors of the other as slaves in the antebellum South.

The Ticker: Williams, Simon, Wapner…

> “Welcome to the Nantucket Film Festival — where Jews come to be honored,” cracked NBC’s Brian Williams, as he emceed the annual Film Festival this weekend. The event honored actor/director Harold Ramis. “I never thought I’d say this but how do you follow Brian Williams?,” joked Ramis.

> NPR’s Scott Simon will guest anchor BBC World News America tonight sitting in for Matt Frei. Frei is in Pakistan preparing reports for a special series later this week.

> Wednesday, July 29, CNBC debuts “Ultimate Fighting: Fistful of Dollars.” Scott Wapner travels to Germany and goes inside the UFC Octagon with controversial front man Dana White, and billionaire backers Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta.

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