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Mayor Bloomberg on How Bloomberg (The Company) Would Stay Prepared

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been front and center over the last few days updating New Yorkers in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. One message that has been consistent in his news conferences is how Sandy’s destruction will make the city and surrounding areas more prepared the next time — like not locating generators in the basements of buildings and testing those generators on a regular basis. This morning he discussed his private sector role, as CEO of Bloomberg, which includes the powerful Bloomberg terminals, news service and Bloomberg TV: “My company… I would have a note to check [the generators] — when I left, the last time I talked to them about it — when we ran on generator power every month.” Bloomberg gave up any operational role in his company when he became mayor in 2002.

Bloomberg also scolded the assembled reporters a bit saying the recovery workers, police and fire personnel “need support rather than to read about criticism all the time.”

Bloomberg’s predecessor, Rudy Giuliani, who was also Mayor during a time of crisis, will be on Larry Kudlow’s show tonight on CNBC to give his perspective.

In New York City, Big Sugary Sodas are Banned, Polkas Are Not

Barry Mitchell, (center) the resident polkameister at ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” reacts to the news that the New York City Board of Health approved a ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. The measure, championed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, will take effect in 6 months. Set your DVRs, we see a soda-themed polka coming.

Diane Sawyer’s Subway Series

Diane Sawyer interviewed NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg — aka New York secretary general Ban-ki everything — yesterday about the mayor’s proposal to ban city sales of sugary beverages in 16 ounce, or larger, containers. Sawyer Tweeted this picture on her way back to ABC’s Upper West Side studios, along with her assistant who, with a smile basically said, “FU Bloomberg. Just try prying this 32 ouncer from my kung fu grip!” (actually they were props in Sawyer’s “World News” story)

“Subway = still fastest way to get anywhere in this city,” Sawyer Tweeted.

The Ticker (Super Bowl Edition): MTP, Wragge, Elliott

  • The mayor of New York and the governor of Massachusetts will be on “Meet the Press” tomorrow, ahead of the Super Bowl. Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick will be joined by Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels on site at Lucas Oil stadium.
  • Former “Early Show” anchor and lifelong New York Giants fan and season ticket holder Chris Wragge is in Indianapolis covering the game for WCBS-TV. Wragge tells FishbowlNY, “I made myself available. I said [to management], ‘If you want totally biased coverage, I’m your guy!”
  • Former ESPN guy-turned GMA guy Josh Elliott is covering the Super Bowl for ABC News. So far his Twitter dispatches have included a run-in with his former ESPN colleague: “Sitting next to @ErinAndrews, enjoying a seltzer.” He also took in the NFL experience:

 

Media Execs Crack Forbes ’400 Richest’ List

Forbes released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans, and a number of media power players made the cut.

Finishing toward the top of the list:

New York City Mayor and Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg came in at number 12 with a net worth of approximately $19.5 billion, Anne Cox Chambers, who is the primary owner of Cox Enterprises (including Cox Communications) placed 26th with $12 billion. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch placed 37th with $7.4 billion.

Farther down:

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Hurricane Irene Coverage Pushes Back Network News in New York

A rarity in the New York TV market tonight. All three network evening newscasts, which normally air at 6:30pm, ran at 7pm instead, as all the local newscasts continued coverage of Hurricane Irene. Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a news conference during the 6:30 half hour, pushing back the network newscasts.

New York City has not seen a storm like the one that could hit Sunday since 1821.

Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King National Memorial has been postponed. The cable news networks had planned extensive coverage of the event. All now canceled.

Get used to seeing a lot of this in the next few days:

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Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

  • More pictures after the jump…

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Joe Scarborough, Al Jazeera Reporter Ayman Mohyeldin Make ‘Time 100′

This year’s “Time 100″ list is out, and a number of TV and media figures made the cut.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is on the list, and gets profiled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

As a group, cable-television talk-show hosts are not exactly known for independent political analysis that is free of partisan favoritism, but that is exactly what makes Joe Scarborough, 48, so refreshing — and so important.

The only other TV news personality to crack the list was Al Jazeera English reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, whose coverage of the uprising in Egypt was widely regarded as second-to-none. Mohyeldin was profiled by Dan Rather:

By dint of his experience, persistence and talent, he lifted the profile and reputation of the al-Jazeera network. And for one brief, shining moment, he was the best in the world.

Other media moguls profiled include:

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TVNewsers Help Push ‘James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act’

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says Jon Stewart, among others, are to thank for the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. In a statement after the bill passed last night, Bloomberg said, “We would not be where we are today without the hard work of so many others who are too many to name, but include Representatives Maloney, King, and Nadler; responders, survivors, and their family members; labor and civic leaders; and great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani and Jon Stewart.”

Stewart’s entire final show of the year, which aired last Thursday, was dedicated to the bill. He first mocked the media for their lack of coverage. He then followed with a panel of 9/11 first responders, and topped it off with an interview with supporter of the bill and FNC host Mike Huckabee. Most of the show was spent attacking Congressional republicans who opposed of cost of the bill.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also credited Stewart. “If there’s the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, there’s a good chance that he can help do that,” Gibbs told reporters Tuesday. “I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He’s put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that’s good.”

Gibbs’ statement didn’t sit well with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” who are adamant that it was their colleague who really was the impetus behind the act being passed.

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Rupert Murdoch to Testify on Behalf of Immigration Reform

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership will hold a hearing on the “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America’s Economy.” Among those testifying, News Corp. Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch, who is an immigrant himself.

Murdoch, along with fellow media mogul and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, have formed a new coalition to push for immigration reform. Bloomberg will be testifying as well.

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