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Behind the TV Scenes: Yahoo! News’ Tony Maciulis

YahooTony Maciulis, Head of News, Yahoo Studios, has been Katie Couric‘s right hand since 2007. In fact,  Couric often says that they “share a brain.”

Couric is now the Yahoo Global News Anchor, so Maciulis has moved into the digital space where he is making a significant impact after only six months.

TVNewser caught up with Maciulis during a busy week, as Couric prepared for an exclusive interview with embattled actor Stephen Collins. 

TVNewser: You’ve been with Katie at various locations, three to be exact. How did you team up in the first place?

Tony Maciulis: I was a senior producer at MSNBC and I worked very closely with Rick Kaplan, who was then the president of MSNBC and he left to go and become Katie’s executive producer for “Evening News.” When he left, and took that position to replace Rome Hartman he started working with [Katie] and felt I would be a good match, so he introduced us and we hit it off and have been working together ever since.

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The Ticker: Isikoff, Hammer, Cooper

  • Anderson Copper is buying a 10,127-square-foot, 116-year-old Tudor revival mansion in Litchfield County, Connecticut, Page Six reports. The price for the 18-room home and 280-acre grounds is in “the mid-to-high seven figures.”

Michael Isikoff Out at NBC News

IsikoffFirst on TVNewser: This is Michael Isikoff‘s last day at NBC News, TVNewser has learned.

Isikoff joined NBC News in 2010 as a Washington, DC-based investigative correspondent, after 16 years with Newsweek.  The news comes three months after fellow NBC News investigative reporter Lisa Myers left the network, and just two weeks after NBC hired Cynthia McFadden away from ABC, naming her senior legal and investigative correspondent.

“Michael has done terrific work for NBC News on stories ranging from revealing which government official leaked the US Stuxnet virus attack on Iran’s nuclear program to a groundbreaking examination of the Obama Administration drone strike program,” Richard Esposito, senior EP for NBC News’ Investigative Unit, tells TVNewser. “We’re grateful for all he’s done and wish him the very best.”

The Iraq War: 10 Years Later

10 years ago, “Shock and Awe” kicked off the Iraq War. It was a made-for-TV war, with explosions rocking the skies above Baghdad, and correspondents reporting live on cable news from their hotel balconies.

TV news not only covered the war, but promoted it as well, regularly featuring guests who beat the war drum, and ignoring those that had opposing views. Sometimes, as The Huffington Post’s Jack Mirkinson notes, it was a vicious circle:

Perhaps the most notorious example of the Washington-media nexus over Iraq came when Dick Cheney appeared on “Meet the Press” in September of 2002. He cited the lead story in that morning’s Times as he talked to Tim Russert (“I want to attribute it to the Times,” he memorably said). The story, by Miller and her colleague Michael Gordon, said that Hussein was busy using aluminum tubes to help build nuclear weapons. The Bush administration had leaked that story to Miller. The circle was complete.

The war has not been forgotten. With the President making his first mideast trip of his second term, cable news is finding time to look back at Iraq. Throughout the week a number of segments about the war are on tap at the “big three” cable news channels, nestled in between the other day’s coverage.

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Bill O’Reilly To Address Controversial NBC Drone Strikes Comment Tonight

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly will address a comment he made about NBC News coverage of drone strikes on tonight’s “O’Reilly Factor,” TVNewser has learned.

If you aren’t caught up on the matter: during a segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” last night, O’Reilly decided to criticize NBC News for its lack of reporting on President Obama’s drone strike program. He asked Bob Beckel whether he had seen any reports on NBC about the program. When Beckel said that he had not, O’Reilly said he hadn’t either “and neither has my staff.”

Why would they go crazy over waterboarding, but ignore the drone strikes?” O’Reilly said. Adding that he thought the network was “protecting the president.”

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The problem was that NBC news was the outlet that brought drones back to the news cycle earlier this week, when Michael Isikoff revealed the Justice Department memo outlining why and when it was legal to kill American citizens using drones. Isikoff appeared on a number of NBC and MSNBC programs to talk about his scoop, and it was referenced many more times in other segments.

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As Alaska Releases Palin Emails, Cable News Channels Choose What to Cover

This afternoon the state of Alaska released thousands of pages of emails sent by former Governor Sarah Palin. The release of the documents was requested by a number of news organizations, including CNN and the AP, back in 2008.

All three of the cable networks have covered the release of documents today, though with decidedly different takes.

CNN and MSNBC both have correspondents in Juneau, Alaska reporting on what they are finding in the documents. Michael Isikoff is reporting for MSNBC and Drew Griffin for CNN.

Fox News is in the unusual position of having Palin on its payroll. It has not featured any correspondents from Alaska as of yet (Update: Te network says it has Anita Vogel in Juneau to report on the emails), and its discussions of the emails have focused on the crowd-sourcing effort being undertaken by the Washington Post, New York Times and others.

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NBC News Ups Dembo For Investigations Role

NBC News has tapped a 14-year NBC veteran Robert Dembo to head up the investigative unit. As Senior Broadcast Producer, NBC News Investigations, Dembo will coordinate all of NBC’s investigative resources. In June, the network hired Michael Isikoff from Newsweek as its national investigative correspondent.

In his time at NBC News, Dembo has been Director of National News Coverage, Senior Producer of NBC Nightly News and Project Manager of large-scale news events.

More in a memo from NBC News president Steve Capus after the jump…

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Michael Isikoff Leaves Newsweek for NBC News

MI_6.7.jpgNBC News president Steve Capus just announced that Michael Isikoff is joining the network as National Investigative Correspondent.

Isikoff, who spent 16 years with Newsweek, will rejoin his old boss — Mark Whitaker, who is now chief of NBC’s Washington Bureau. Whitaker was editor of Newsweek from 1998 to 2006. Last month, parent company Washington Post announced it was putting Newsweek up for sale.

Isikoff will report for all platforms of NBC News, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and MSNBC — on which he has made countless appearances over the years.

“Michael is one of the most respected and distinguished investigative journalists in the business,” said Capus. “I am extremely proud of our investigative team and having Michael join the ranks of Lisa Myers, Chris Hansen and Pete Williams makes our investigative unit the strongest in the industry.”

Press release after the jump…

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Behind-The-Scenes at “Largest Live Operation” on the Web

dnc_8-24.gifTammy Haddad left her post as Washington VP at MSNBC over a year ago, and is back covering the conventions in 2008 in a very unconventional way.

As one of the executive producers of the Convention live webcasts for washingtonpost.com/Newsweek last week in Denver and next week in St. Paul, Haddad is looking to make the web the newest way to bring TV news to an audience hungry for political coverage.

washpo_8-29.jpgWe stopped by Thursday’s web cast as it went live at 6:00pmET. “We are on the internet,” assistant managing editor for news video for washingtonpost.com Chet Rhodes tells TVNewser. “We’re not trying to be NBC News.”

Rhodes, who also serves as an executive producer on the show, says the staff consists of people within the company. “We take people inside the company and train up on video,” he says. “This is the largest live operation of any newspaper.”

“We have what everyone else wants,” says Haddad.

What features distinguish it from the cablers and networks?

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