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ABC’s Ben Sherwood, Univision’s Isaac Lee Talk New Cable News Channel

In a panel discussion at The Paley Center for Media in New York late last week, ABC News president Ben Sherwood and Univision News president Isaac Lee discussed the upcoming cable news channel the companies are launching with Paley CEO Pat Mitchell.

Mitchell pressed them on what the new channel will be called, and though they dodged her questions it sounds as though they are close to finalizing a name. I previously reported that among the top contenders are “Una,” “U&A,” “Accent,” “VZTA” and “POWR.” We hear that another finalist is the name “Fusion.”

In describing the venture, Sherwood talked about how “news” is more than just politics, but also includes entertainment and sports, among other things.

“We are expanding the definition of what news is because it means something very different to a 34 year old or a 24 year old,” Sherwood said.


Univision & ABC News Roundtable: Isaac Lee & Ben Sherwood from The Paley Center for Media on

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Vizio Tapped as Rose Bowl Presenting Sponsor

Consumer electronics company Vizio has signed on as the rpesenmting sponsor for the Rose Bowl, ESPN announced today.

The deal, which runs through 2014, will see the yearly game called “The Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio,” and also incldues the 2014 BCS Championship, which will be called the “2014 VIZIO BCS National Championship Game.”

Terms of the sponsorship were not disclosed.

“Taking an enhanced and major stake in college football will give VIZIO significant new opportunities to connect with the college football fan,” said Ed Erhardt, President, ESPN Customer Marketing and Sales in a statement. “Together with the Tournament of Roses, we look forward to working with VIZIO to maximize their new sponsorship throughout the season and especially with the Rose Bowl Game itself.”

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Selma ’65: “TV News Came of Age During That Time”

rather_10-21.BMPHDNet anchor Dan Rather joined a panel of activists and journalists at the Paley Center for Media to discuss the coming together of the two in 1965. As Rather and the others posed for pictures in the Dan Rather Gallery outside the theater, we caught up with the moderator for the panel, Paley Center president and CEO Pat Mitchell.

“It’s going to be a busy week,” she said — Mitchell will be inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame tonight.

Sitting on the panel were Amb. Andrew Young, Rep. John Lewis and Diane Nash on the activist side, and the journalist crew of Rather, former NBC correspondent Richard Valeriani, Haynes Johnson and Nick Kotz.

Some of the talk revolved around the role between the movement and the press at the time. Young said the press “was on our side,” while Lewis thought they were a “sympathetic referee.” Rather described the role as, “honest brokers of information.”

But there certainly was some collaboration. Young recalls a time when Valeriani told him, “If you want this on the evening news, you’ve got to be through with the demonstration by Noon so we can have it on a plane by 1:00.” Part of the reason for that early time was because local affiliates sometimes refused to feed the footage or “lost” the film.

Rather was on the ground as well, as his first CBS News assignment was, “to cover the civil rights movement, and get as close to Dr. King as possible.”

Johnson, a print reporter, credits TV as bringing about change. “Without that red light there, we wouldn’t have that outpouring,” he said. But also: “This was a great story.”

And, click continued to see one of the futuristic pieces of technology at the Paley Center…

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