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The Ticker: Frei, Maddow, Diamond…

> BBC World News America, anchored by Matt Frei, posted a .14 rating in the A25-54 demo on Monday, tying CNN’s Lou Dobbs Tonight, reports Broadcasting & Cable. Last week the broadcast averaged a .10.

> Food & Wine Magazine editor Kate Krader has dinner with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow for the “Mouthing Off” blog. Topics of conversation: “Gitmo detainees going to Palau” and “ice cubes in Ssam’s excellent Old-Fashioned.”

> FBN’s Happy Hour co-host Rebecca Diamond appeared today on The Tyra Banks Show. Diamond explained how to “invest in yourself” and more. Click continued to see the clip…

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The Ticker: Brokaw, Koppel, Maddow…

> NBC’s Tom Brokaw interviews President Barack Obama from Dresden, Germany tomorrow morning ahead of Saturday’s 65th anniversary of D-Day. It airs tomorrow on Today and Nightly News. Brokaw also interviewed Pres. Bush on the 60th anniversary of D-Day from Normandy.

> Ted Koppel gives his thoughts and analysis on Pres. Obama’s speech tonight on BBC World News America at 7pmET. Also on the show will be an interview between Matt Frei and U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice.

> The TCA Award nominations were announced today, and the only cable news program nominated was MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” Also nominated — CBS’ 60 Minutes and PBS’ Frontline.

Frei: From The “Stiff Upper Lip” To “A Quivering Lower Lip”

frei_4-9.jpgBBC World News America anchor Matt Frei is a European in D.C. — and from this perspective he weighs in on the Emo-anchor rise in a column today on BBC’s Website.

“The traditional stiff upper lip of newscasters has morphed into a quivering lower lip,” he writes.

He brings up the usual suspects — Glenn Beck, Jim Cramer, Keith Olbermann — but also a new one: Ed Schultz. Of Schultz’ opening segment Monday: “By the end of it I felt so physically exhausted I had not taken in a single coherent sentence of what he had to say. I think he was angry at the people who were angry with the President.”

Frei does note the ratings these cable hosts bring in. “I wish I had that many viewers,” he writes. “I am just not willing — or able — to froth at the mouth to get them.”

Frei’s conclusion: Americans (“more aspirational, optimistic and polite” than Europeans) use these hosts to “exorcise our demons” while staying even-keeled themselves. “When my children see another child crying, bawling and whining in public, they immediately stop their antics. They look on in silent awe,” writes Frei. “We do the same.”

Ted Koppel To Contribute to BBC World News During G20

koppel_3-31.jpgTed Koppel will contribute to BBC World News America’s coverage of the G20 Summit today and tomorrow, joining anchors Matt Frei and Mishal Husain.

Frei anchors in D.C. and Husain in London. Katty Kay contributes to the broadcasts as well. BBC World News America airs at 7pmET on BBC America and BBC World News.

Koppel joined BBC World News in July 2008.

Earlier: The three evening news anchors broadcast live from London.

The Ticker: CNN, FBN, BBC…

> CNN’s Ali Velshi interviews Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner today during the network’s “Road to Rescue” week. It airs during the 5pmET hour of The Situation Room, “Campbell Brown: No Bias, No Bull” and “Anderson Cooper 360.”

> Mediapost writes about a new weekend show coming to Fox Business Network (not “News”). CareerTV.com, which produces a monthly half-hour job related Web series, will begin a “Saturday afternoon show…expected to make its debut on Fox in early April.”

> BBC World News America is going to Japan. Looking at the global economy from a variety of locations, Matt Frei anchors from Tokyo tonight and tomorrow with Katty Kay in D.C. Preview videos are on BBC’s Website and after the jump…

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Inauguration : BBC and C-SPAN

• BBC America and BBC World News begins convention coverage on Tuesday at 11:00amET. Huw Edwards of the BBC will anchor live from Capital Hill with Matt Frei. The newscast will air on BBC services around the world, reaching more than 280 million households.

• C-SPAN will cover all major 2009 inaugural events, beginning Saturday through Tuesday’s inauguration. Coverage on Tuesday starts at 6:00amET with a special “Washington Journal” and continues each day until MidnightET.

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• BBC America and BBC World News begins convention coverage on Tuesday at 11:00amET. Huw Edwards of the BBC will anchor live from Capital Hill with Matt Frei. The newscast will air on BBC services around the world, reaching more than 280 million households.

• C-SPAN will cover all major 2009 inaugural events, beginning Saturday through Tuesday’s inauguration. Coverage on Tuesday starts at 6:00amET with a special “Washington Journal” and continues each day until MidnightET.

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BBC World News America Goes Outside, and Inside, the Box

BBCBox_12.3.pngTonight and tomorrow night, BBC World News America will broadcast live from Los Angeles and take a close look at international trade in a global economy.

Anchor Matt Frei will broadcast portside as The BBC Box, a branded shipping container, arrives at the port of Los Angeles. The Box is criss-crossing the globe with various cargoes in an experiment to lift the veil on the global economy. The Box then begins a cross-country journey.

Frei will talk to officials about the impact of the global economic downturn on the shipping industry. Tomorrow, Frei reports from the port at Long Beach where imported cars have been piling up due to dwindling demand.

Cabler Connections to the Mumbai Attacks

fbn_11-27.jpgAs networks were looking for correspondents on the ground to cover the attacks in Mumbai Wednesday, FBN had someone to talk to — reporter Jeff Flock‘s daughter, Elizabeth Flock. Flock is in Mumbai working for Forbes Magazine, and called in with reports of the situation.

At the end of the segment, anchor Liz Claman told her, “We just got word from your dad, who’s reporting from O’Hare…He wants you to know that he loves you.”

cnbc_11-27.jpgWhen news of the terror attacks broke, CNBC’s Erin Burnett had flashbacks. Burnett was in India in May, when bombs went off in the city of Jaipur. In fact, Burnett reported from and stayed at two of the places attacked on Wednesday.

BBC World News America was one of the first networks with a reporter on the ground in Mumbai yesterday. Anchor Matt Frei also spoke with one of the hotel guests hiding at the Taj Mahal hotel.

According to a TVEyes search, Fox Business was first to report the story at 1:06pmET Wednesday. Anchor Stuart Varney attributed the news to The Wall Street Journal; MSNBC went into rolling coverage at 1:26; Bloomberg reported the news at 1:31; CNBC at 1:40 and CNN at 1:41 and FNC at 1:46.

BBC is no CNN. “At Some Point It’s Almost Parody”

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

Hartman_11.1.jpgIf you’re looking for bells and whistles on Election Night, the BBC is not your cuppa tea.

“I don’t think the BBC will ever be, or aspire to be, the bells-and-whistles network,” says CBS exile Rome Hartman, executive producer of “BBC World News America.”

“Fundamentally, we’re about great stories. Graphics help, and they’re cool. I have a lot of admiration for David Borhman and what he’s doing at CNN. But at a certain point, it’s almost parody.

“If the technology is just there as a ‘Gee whiz!’ it’s probably not the right thing. If it helps tell the story in a clear and understandable way, it’s perfectly fine.”

The BBC’s “U.S. Election Night” will be broadcast live from the network’s Washington bureau to more than 200 countries around the world beginning at 6pmET. In the Colonies, it will be seen exclusively on BBC America and BBC World News.

Former ABC Newsman Ted Koppel will join co-anchors David Dimbleby and Matt Frei in the studio “to step back and paint the big picture,” in Hartman’s words.

In a cheeky twist, contributors will include Ricky Gervais, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Schiff, Jay McInerney and Gore Vidal.

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Election Night: PBS & BBC

The big four broadcasters and cable news networks will keep us waiting a bit longer before they reveal what’s in store on election night. As one insider told TVNewser last week, “you think we want to give our play book to the other guys?” “No,” was our answer.

Anyway, we do have the plans for PBS and BBC.

Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ election coverage with political analysis from Mark Shields & David Brooks. Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Ray Suarez, Jeffrey Brown, and Margaret Warner contribute. Coverage begins at 9pmET and will continue until midnight or until a winner is announced.

• BBC has tapped British-born but red-blooded American Ted Koppel to join them on the set of the Washington Bureau. Coverage begins at 6pmET and will be anchored by David Dimbleby along with Matt Frei, anchor of BBC World News America.

The press releases are after the jump…

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