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Natalee Halloway’s Jaw Bone Found in Aruba?

Cablers anxiously waited today for the results of a DNA test on a jaw bone found in Aruba, which was presumed to be that of Natalee Holloway, the Alabama teenager who was last seen on the island in 2005.

The jaw bone was said to be human, but alas, not Halloway’s.

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ABC News Pulls Out Checkbook for Van Der Sloot Photos; Gets Exclusive Interview

vandersloot061710.jpgTomorrow night, ABC News will present a special edition of “20/20,” featuring an exclusive interview with Melony Granadillo, the ex-girlfriend of Joran van der Sloot. Van der Sloot is the alleged killer of a Peruvian woman, and is also wanted in the United States on charges related to the death of Natalee Holloway.

While news organizations maintain that they do not pay for interviews, they routinely pay “licensing fees” for photos, videos or other materials. Often the people licensing the content will then give “exclusive” interviews to the news organization that bought them.

In the case of Friday’s “20/20″ special, ABC News licensed photos and text messages from Granadillo, and will feature them on-air. An ABC News spokesperson tells TVNewser it will disclose that it had licensed the material during the broadcast.

The exact amount of money that ABC News paid for the photos and texts is unclear.

In March, lawyers revealed that ABC News had paid the family of Caylee Anthony $200,000 for rights to use photos and home videos. While ABC News featured another interview with the Anthony family this week tied to the anniversary of Caylee’s disappearance, a network spokesperson tells us they did not license any new photos or video from the Anthonys this time.

In addition to licensing fees, news orgs will occasionally offer other perks, such as paying for hotel rooms or flights. We don’t know if Granadillo was extended those perks as well.

“If You Offered Joran $10,000 Tomorrow And Asked Him To Tell You a Fifth Story, He’ll Do It”

greta_11-26.jpgFNC’s Greta Van Susteren and TV lawyer mainstay Joe Tacopina got into a heated exchange last night in the wake of Van Susteren’s interview with Tacopina’s client Joran van der Sloot.

During Monday’s On the Record, van der Sloot had a new story about what happened to Natalee Holloway: he sold her to human traffickers and even produced a recording of phone conversations backing up the claim. Van Susteren went on to report that eight hours after the interview, which actually took place in July, van der Sloot called her and told her it was all a lie.

“You paid him for a tape that he made and wound up getting an hour interview with him,” said Tacopina. “Great TV, great ratings…If you offered Joran $10,000 tomorrow and asked him to tell you a fifth story, he’ll do it. Clearly, he’s a sick kid.”

Van Susteren said the network did pay a licensing fee for the tape, and said the reason they waited more than four months to air the interview was they were corroborating some of the names mentioned, and, “Then we went into, what you may have noticed was a presidential election, so we’ve been busy doing that.”

During TVNewser’s live chat with Van Susteren at the DNC in August, she said, “I have something coming up on Natalee Holloway and don’t ask me anymore since I won’t tell you.”

The van der Sloot interview has gotten a lot of reaction on Gretawire, from commenters and the host herself.

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Anthonys Fire Spokesperson For Making Money Off TV Appearances

today_11-13.jpgIn the latest twist to the Caylee Anthony disappearance story, George and Cindy Anthony (grandparents of Caylee) have fired their spokesperson after it was found he profited from their TV appearances, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

We reported that ABC News in September and NBC News in October paid licensing fees for pictures of the Caylee and Casey Anthony.

According to the couples attorney Mark NeJame, spokesperson Larry Garrison was taking the money for himself.

vargas_11-13.JPG“I never agreed to go on any shows for money,” Cindy told the Sentinel. “I was told numerous times that nobody was making any money.”

Garrison denies the claim, saying he resigned “due to the erratic behavior of the Anthony family over the last two months.” He says he was the “story broker” and negotiated payment with the news agencies.

In news that should surprise no one, Garrison was part of the last major mainstream media story of a missing person, the Natalee Holloway investigation.

Guess Who’s Back in the News?

Was anyone really worried the networks wouldn’t have enough to cover after the presidential election?

Beginning Monday morning on Fox & Friends and during various other FNC programs, and on HLN’s Nancy Grace and Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, Natalee Holloway returned to the cable news rotation. (CNN and MSNBC have yet to touch the subject, according to TV Eyes, but it’s only Wednesday).

This time the story is less about Holloway and more about Joran van der Sloot, and his connections to a sex worker ring in Thailand. Grace even has the exclusive sting operation video.

For those who didn’t watch cable TV at all in 2005, here’s the backstory.