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Erin Burnett: Miles O’Brien is ‘Inspirational’

MilesErinCNNErin Burnett recently choked up while interviewing new CNN colleague Miles O’Brien; moved by his account of bouncing back mentally after losing part of his arm during a freak accident reporting in the Philippines.

“I think Miles is inspirational,” Burnett told TVNewser earlier this week at CNN’s upfront presentation.

“And you really can’t imagine how you would be able, after a few weeks, to be up, and out, and positive, and motivated,” she continued, adding that she was touched O’Brien cited his work as the inspiration to stay positive, even while dealing with pain.

“He’s been doing it despite the physical pain he’s in. Miles still feels pain in his arm where he doesn’t have arm, and he’s working until midnight every night…it’s incredible that he’s able to do that. It puts life in perspective.”

After being signed as an aviation expert by CNN after the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 story broke, O’Brien, who is a licensed pilot, and spent 16 years with CNN, has been contributing on a daily basis during the network’s near nonstop coverage of the missing airliner.

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CNN Signs Miles O’Brien as Aviation Analyst

MilesOBrienCNNCNN is beefing up its lineup of aviation experts signing former morning anchor Miles O’Brien as an analyst, a CNN spokesperson confirms to TVNewser. O’Brien, who is a licensed pilot, spent 16 years at CNN, lastly as chief technology and environment correspondent, also covering the space program.

O’Brien has become the story in recent weeks following a freak accident that resulted in the amputation of his left arm.

Appearing on “Outfront with Erin Burnett” Wednesday, O’Brien acknowledged he momentarily fell into a “dark place” after the accident.

“To me there’s two choices: you can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

Miles O’Brien: ‘I Didn’t Like the Dark Place When I Went Down That Road’

MilesErinCNNFormer CNN anchor Miles O’Brien was back on the network tonight talking with Erin Burnett. about missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. O’Brien, who is also a pilot, said he’d like to hear the “full air traffic control recordings from takeoff to the point where they say ‘good night.’” He thinks that would shed light on what might have happened.

Burnett also asked O’Brien how his getting along since losing his left arm in a freak accident while on assignment in the Philippines last month.

“I talk with my hands and I have lost half my vocabulary,’” O’Brien joked, before getting serious about the depression he felt in the immediate aftermath. “What happens in these cases, Erin, and until you’re presented with this kind of thing you don’t know what you’re going to do.

To me there’s two choices: you can either look at it as yet another challenge in life, something you need to overcome, or you end up in a very dark place. I didn’t like the dark place when I went down that road briefly. So I’m going to stay on this road.”

O’Brien says getting a specially-fitted prosthetic arm that will allow him to pilot a plane and shoot video, are his priorities at the moment.

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The Evening Ticker: O’Brien, Lockerbie, Fusion

  • Miles O’Brien will be on the “Today” show tomorrow morning. The former CNN anchor and current PBS Newshour contributor will talk about his recovery following the amputation of his left arm while on assignment in Asia.

  • Tomorrow night at 9pmET, Al Jazeera America airs a new documentary, “Lockerbie: What Really Happened?,” providing evidence to support what many have suspected for years – that Iran was behind the Pan Am 103 atrocity over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

  • Fusion’s morning show is now an evening show. Starting tonight at 8pmET, “Fusion Live” debuts. “We kind of see it as a Tumblr page coming to life,” Javier Guzman, the executive producer of the show, tells Capital New York.

The Ticker: Chicagoland, O’Brien, Canning

  • “Chicagoland” was the most-watched show on CNN Thursday, debuting in second place in the demo at 10pm on cable news, averaging 227,000 viewers. The 8-episode docuseries was third among total viewers drawing 629,000 viewers. That’s down -7% in viewers but up +58% in the demo vs. last Thursday’s CNN documentary, “And the Oscar Goes To…”

  • Miles O’Brien discusses the accident that resulted in the amputation of his left arm in an interview with Judy Woodruff, tonight on PBS NEWSHOUR. O’Brien’s accident happened during a reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines last month.

  • New mom, for the fourth time, Andrea Canning reports tonight’s hour-long “Dateline” with an exclusive interview with the parents of of murdered teen Skylar Neese. Last week, Skylar’s friend, 17-year-old Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her death.

Miles O’Brien’s Report from Japan Airs Tonight

MilesObrienJapanThe first of Miles O’Brien‘s reports from Japan airs tonight on “PBS NewsHour.” O’Brien, the program’s science correspondent, was packing up from the reporting trip on Feb. 12 when one of the equipment cases fell on his left arm. A seemingly innocuous accident resulted two days later in the amputation of his arm, above the elbow.

In tonight’s report, O’Brien, covered head to toe in protective gear and wearing a respiration mask, offers viewers a rare look inside the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He reports on the on-going efforts to contain radiation-tainted water that continues to leak from the plant into the sea. Two more reports will air next Wednesday and Friday.

On “NewsHour” Wednesday co-anchor Judy Woodruff mentioned the accident, adding, “All of his colleagues here at the NewsHour are awed by Miles’s determination to soldier on, despite his life-changing accident. He is a very brave man and a cherished friend.”

After Freak Accident, Miles O’Brien Has Arm Amputated

milesobrienMiles O’Brien, the former CNN anchor, was on assignment in Asia earlier this month when a freak accident led to an emergency surgery that resulted in the amputation of his left arm, above the elbow. On his blog, he writes about what happened:

I had finished my last shoot after a long reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines and was stacking the Pelican cases brimming with TV gear onto my cart. As I tried to bungee cord them into some semblance of security for movement, one of the cases toppled onto my left forearm. Ouch! It hurt, but I wasn’t all “911″ about it. It was painful and swollen but I figured it would be okay without any medical intervention.

That was on February 12. By the morning of the 14th the swelling had increased. He went to a doctor who, upon seeing his arm, admitted him to the hospital and recommended an emergency procedure to relieve the pressure. By then, it was too late.

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A Tough Road Ahead For Jeff Zucker, Chris Cuomo And CNN In The Morning

The day he was announced as CNN’s new worldwide president, Jeff Zucker and his new boss Turner Broadcasting chairman Phil Kent held a conference call with reporters.

Kent, never one to mince words, said that one of the reasons Time Warner hired Zucker was his experience in morning news.

“It is not lost on any of us that occasionally HLN’s morning show beats CNN’s morning show,” Kent said. “One of the hundred other reasons I wanted [Zucker] was because of his experience in the morning.”

Now, barely a week into his new job, Zucker is planning to shake up the mornings, replacing “Starting Point” with a new program anchored by Chris Cuomo, and possibly another anchor such as Erin Burnett. It is far too soon to speculate about what the new program will look like, but it is worth noting that Cuomo and Burnett have extensive experience in the mornings, although not exactly on the most-watched programs.

Zucker, of course, changed the morning show game when he rose to the top of “Today” in 1992, at the age of 26.

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AP: TV News ‘Didn’t seem to fully recognize’ Significance of Neil Armstrong’s Death

The AP’s David Bauder writes about the television coverage–or lack thereof–following the death of Neil Armstrong. Bauder explains the factors that he thinks were at play:

First, Armstrong died in Cincinnati on a Saturday. Not just any Saturday, when news organizations have a skeletal staff, but a late August weekend. Half the country is at the beach…

His death came as somewhat of a surprise, too. Everyone dies, of course, and most news organizations have prepared material on hand to mark the passing of famous people. In many cases, though, there is advance word that someone is very ill, giving the media a chance to prepare and plan.

While NBC News originally broke the story, MSNBC went back to its taped prison programming relatively quickly, popping in once an hour for one minute to remind viewers. Fox News made an effort to re-air its Armstrong obituary a few times Saturday afternoon, but in primetime it was back to politics as usual, save for some news break-ins. CNN, embarrassingly, didn’t report the news til nearly 45 minutes after NBC did. When CNN did first report the news, it relied on former CNNer Miles O’Brien to talk about Armstrong’s significance.

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CNN Planning New Weekend Program, ‘The Next List’

CNN is planning to launch a new weekend program called “The Next List,” focusing on individuals “who are setting trends and making strides in various fields,” according to two people familiar with the show’s concept. Each edition of the program will profile extraordinary individuals from a wide variety of fields, from science and engineering to education and sports.

Former “American Morning” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight” executive producer Jim McGinnis is expected to serve in the same role for the new show. Potential hosts and correspondents were not immediately known.

In addition, no window has been given for a debut date, and it is not yet clear in what time period the show will air on the weekend.

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