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‘Katie’ Shakes Up Leadership Team, as Co-EPs and Director Exit

After just a few weeks running Katie Couric‘s syndicated talk show “Katie,” Rachel Miskowiec is shaking up the leadership team there.

Two of the program’s co-executive producers, Kathy Samuels and Ethan Nelson, are departing. Samuels joined the program before it launched last year, while Nelson came on board earlier this year.

Also departing is director Joe Terry, Oprah Winfrey‘s old director, who joined the program at launch. B&C’s Paige Albiniak has more on the departures.

Syndicated TV is rife with staff turnaround, particularly at the top of the food chain. “Katie” debuted to a successful first season, but the numbers were not as high as the studio was hoping, resulting in the addition of Miskowiec, the former EP of “The Tyra Banks Show.”

Diane Sawyer, Greta Van Susteren Make Forbes Most Powerful Women List

Diane Sawyer and Greta Van Susteren have made Forbes’ 2013 list of the World’s Most Powerful Women. Sawyer comes in at #73 and Van Susteren is #97. Forbes features Van Susteren for being “the most-watched woman on cable news” while Sawyer is singled out for being “a trailblazer for female journalists and one of the most recognized and respected faces in news.” Greta has nice words for Sawyer on her blog: “She has stayed on top of the news business for a long time and she continues to set goals for the rest of us to try to meet.”

And while it’s nice to see a couple TV news names on the list, it seems to us Forbes overlooked one female tvnewser: ABC’s Robin Roberts. Not only is she the most-watched woman in morning news but during her highly-publicized battle with MDS she was able to muster more than 50,000 people to sign up for a bone marrow registry. Seems pretty powerful to us. But, then, getting a Peabody is a far higher honor than making a Forbes list.

Other notable TV names on the list: Oprah Winfrey is #13, Disney/ABC TV group president Anne Sweeney is #24, and NBCU Cable Entertainment chairwoman Bonnie Hammer is #61.

Women in the World, Brought to you by Women in TV News

NBC News special correspondent Chelsea Clinton was among the tvnewsers leading panels at today’s Women in the World conference. But it was her mother who got a thunderous applause and shouts of “2016!” when she took the stage at the fourth annual event. Hillary Clinton called women’s rights “a core imperative for every society.”

Clinton’s speech kicked off the day’s events, which featured an impressive roster of women from the television news industry: ABC’s Cynthia McFadden, Deborah Roberts and JuJu Chang and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell all moderated panel discussions on topics ranging from women in the tech industry to fostering female leaders.

Before moderating a spirited panel discussion about the epidemic of sexual abuse in India, McFadden (pictured above) talked with an Indian woman who was the victim of a rape. She sat with her back to the audience in order to conceal her identity. The woman, whose case is still pending in the Indian high court, described how she was raped by a male friend of hers four

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Willie Geist, Natalie Morales Will Host Nik Wallenda Walk Across Grand Canyon

In June, daredevil Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, live on Discovery Channel. NBC News’ Peacock Productions will be producing the jump, and so NBC “Today” co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will be serving as the hosts of the event.

Wallenda announced the addition of Geist and Morales while walking on a tightrope above the audience at Discovery’s upfront presentation in New York yesterday (see the photo to the left). For insurance purposes, he was wearing a harness, “don’t worry though,” he said yesterday. “I won’t be wearing one when I walk across the Canyon.”

Last year ABC aired Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls, with “Good Morning America’”s Josh Elliott and “SportsCenter’”s Hannah Storm hosting. The event drew record ratings for ABC. ABC and Discovery were in a bidding war for the Grand Canyon stunt, with Discovery simply making the better offer. NBC, as the producer of the show, will also benefit.

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The Evening Ticker: Kent, Dobbs, Beast

  • Fox Business Network has hired Jo Ling Kent as a business reporter, based in New York. Kent joins FBN from NBC O&O WVIT in Hartford, CT. Kent previously worked for ABC News, CNN and as an embed for NBC News during the 2012 election.

Barbara Walters, Suze Orman Make Forbes List of Influential Celebrities

ABC’s Barbara Walters and CNBC’s Suze Orman have been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of influential celebrities.

Oprah Winfrey tops the list, with 48% of people surveyed rating her as influential. Walters, at #7, and Orman, at #9, both have an influential rating of 37%. Walters notable asset is “classy,” while Orman’s is “good energy.” Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ron Howard, and George Lucas are also included.

The list is assembled using E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity service, which ranks more than 7,000 celebrities based on 46 attributes.

The Afternoon Ticker: Bob/NAB, ‘Time’/CNN, Debate/Candy

  • CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will be receiving the 2013 NAB Distinguished Service Award at this year’s NAB show in April. The award honors “members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to broadcasting.” Previous recipients included Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Ronald Reagan and Oprah Winfrey.

  • Time magazine is unveiling its longest cover story ever today, and is partnering with sister company CNN to talk about it. The story, about medical costs in the U.S., will be discussed on “AC360″ tonight, with segments on “The situation Room” and “Starting Point” tomorrow.

Katie Couric Gets First On-Camera Interview with Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o has granted his first on-camera interview following revelations of a hoax involving a fake girlfriend to ABC’s Katie Couric. The interview will air on Couric’s syndicated show “Katie” on Thursday with previews airing on all ABC News programs.

Couric will sit down with Te’o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, who are speaking out for the first time and say they were also victims of the hoax.

In an off-camera interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap Friday, Te’o reiterated that he’s the greatest victim of the hoax, while admitting he’d made mistakes, including telling his father he met “Lennay Kekua.”

Given that the interview is for Couric’s show, but that she also contributes to ABC News, one might wonder if Te’o and his family were paid for their appearance. ABC News tells us no money changed hands. Couric’s PR man Matthew Hiltzik was hired by the Te’o family in recent days.

The Te’o interview comes a week after Oprah Winfrey got a big “get” in Lance Armstrong for her network, OWN.

The Ticker: Brian & Oprah, 60 & AFC, Soledad & Sonia

  • “Rock Center with Brian Williams” drew 4.4 million viewers last night, topping Oprah Winfrey‘s Lance Armstrong interview. “Rock Center” also had its best A18-49 and A25-54 delivery since November 1.

  • “60 Minutes” will be preempted Sunday for the AFC Championship game. Last Sunday, up against the Golden Globes and with a boost from the AFC Divisional game, “60 Minutes” was the 9th most-watched show of the week with 14 million viewers.

  • Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor sits down with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about her experience with the Court so far. A preview will air on ”The Situation Room” today with the full interivew on “Starting Point” Monday.

3.2 Million People Watch Oprah Winfrey-Lance Armstrong Interview On OWN

3.2 million people watched Oprah Winfrey interview Lance Armstrong on a special edition of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” last night on OWN, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. It drew an additional 1.2 million viewers in its re-air at 10:30 p.m.

While it was an extremely good night for Oprah and OWN, it was not a record-breaking one ratings-wise. The highest-rated program in OWN’s history was the interview with Whitney Houston‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina, as well as other members of the Houston family, following the singer’s death. That episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” drew 3.5 million viewers in March, 2012. In August of 2012, an interview with singer Rihanna drew 2.5 million viewers to the program.

It is worth noting that OWN also streamed the interview live on Oprah.com, something that it has not done previously for any interviews. That may have cannibalized some of the viewership.

Tonight OWN will air part two of the interview. Given the fact that Armstrong has already made the confession, and that it is a Friday night, expect the ratings to slide considerably.

For Oprah, the interview is big only by comparison. Back when she had her syndicated network talk show in the 1990s, her big interviews would routinely garner more than 10 million viewers.

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