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The Choice: The Trailer

The PBS News series “Frontline” is about to begin its 2012 election coverage in earnest, and to help kick things off the WGBH Boston-produced program released a trailer for a film that it is calling “The Choice 2012.”

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Former CBSer named news director of Murrow Public Media

Former CBS News London Bureau Chief John Paxson has been tapped as news director for Murrow Public Media which includes Northwest Public Radio and Northwest Public Television.

“As CBS London bureau chief and vice president for Europe, John, quite literally, held Edward R. Murrow’s old job,” said Lawrence Pintak, dean of The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State, which operates the network.

In his role as news director, Paxson will increase the amount of regional news coverage on the 15 NPR-affiliated radio stations and two PBS TV stations, as well as generate new locally-produced programs, all while integrating Murrow students into the operations.

“Local news is the bedrock of broadcasting. At a time when industry cutbacks are affecting the quality and quantity of news available at the local level, I relish the chance to help Murrow build a news operation that serves the people of this state and prepares students to hit the ground running,” Paxson said.

Paxson was CBS’s London bureau chief from 1997-2006. He is married to former ABC News correspondent Lucrezia Cuen.

Martin Savidge returns fulltime to CNN

After stints at NBC News and PBS, Martin Savidge has returned to CNN, fulltime. Savidge joined CNN the first time in 1996 as a reporter and later anchor.

He joined NBC News in 2004, as an Atlanta-based correspondent and reported extensively on the destruction and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for NBC Nightly News.

In 2008, his NBC contract was not renewed and he joined PBS to anchor the nightly Worldfocus news program. That lasted about a year, with the show being canceled in March, 2010. In late 2009, Savidge began reporting again for CNN on a freelance basis.

Savidge will be a correspondent and anchor, adding to the domestic newsgathering operation in Atlanta.

Miles O’Brien Named Science Reporter for PBS NewsHour

Former CNN science and space correspondent Miles O’Brien is joining the “PBS NewsHour” as its science reporter.

O’Brien left CNN in December, 2008 when the network shuttered its science and technology unit. Since then he has appeared as host of the PBS miniseries “Blueprint America,” and as a guest expert in space and aviation issues on a  number of TV newscasts.

“I’m delighted to join the PBS NewsHour team,” said O’Brien in a statement.  ”Science is so important to our lives and the NewsHour has a reputation for giving thoughtful and in-depth coverage to all its reporting.  I look forward to producing work that helps people better understand the work being done by scientists today.”

The cable news channels have largely abandoned serious science reporting, leaving most of the coverage to the broadcast news divisions and PBS, which is home to programs such as “Nova.”

In recent months all three cable news channels have run spurious science stories, including a Fox News report on the supposed vaccine-autism correlation, an MSNBC report claiming that research proves that the chicken came before the egg, and a CNN report on a woman who magically “regrew” part of her finger by using a dubious product.

CNN also confirmed earlier this year that it had shelved its “Planet in Peril” documentary series.

More information about O’Brien’s hiring after the jump.

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Turner Sports To Operate NCAA Digital Properties

Turner Sports has signed a 14-year deal with the NCAA to operate the digital properties for NCAA.com.

Turner plans to re-launch NCAA.com during the first quarter of 2011 with a focus on increased original programming, enhanced selection shows and live video for all 88 NCAA Championship tournaments across 23 sports. The deal also includes March Madness On Demand.

“Turner Sports is a perfect fit to manage the NCAA’s digital assets,” said Greg Shaheen, NCAA interim executive vice president for championships and business strategies. “The agreement will enable Turner and the NCAA to enhance the coverage of all 88 NCAA championships across multiple digital platforms. NCAA Digital will provide fans, student-athletes and their families with reliable, in-depth resources to engage with NCAA championship events both live and on demand.”

Earlier this year, Turner and CBS won a 14-year, $10.8 billion deal to broadcast the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Turner Sports and the NCAA first discussed digital rights during negotiations for a new college basketball deal.

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