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A Fulltime Job and Twins, CNN’s Kyra Phillips Now Adds a Podcast to Her Routine

MomSquadIncreasingly, TV news anchors and hosts are going extra-curricular as they expand their “brand.” A few years ago, former CBS “Early Show” and local TV anchor Rene Syler launched parenting site Good Enough Mother while still continuing TV appearances. When she left CNN, Soledad O’Brien started her own production company and can now be seen on CNN, Al Jazeera America and other outlets. Then there are the TV news anchors who do double duty on radio, FNC’s Brian Kilmeade among them.

CNN anchor Kyra Phillips is getting into the multi-tasking fray. Phillips and two friends started “The Mom Squad Show,” a 3-times-a-week podcast which, in its first week on iTunes, was downloaded 7,000 times. The podcast is hosted by Phillips in Atlanta, and fellow moms Christine Eads in Washington, DC and Chaz Kelly in Connecticut. Kelly’s husband “Seton” O’Connor is a sidekick on the Dan Patrick show. Eads co-hosts a show on SiriusXM.

Phillips will continue her day job in the CNN Investigative unit, while recording the podcast in her off hours. She’s not allowed to pitch products, or otherwise overstep her CNN contract. Phillips and her husband, Fox News Atlanta-based correspondent John Roberts, are the parents of 3-year-old twins.

“The Mom Squad Show” already has distribution. It went live on iHeardRadio today, and will soon be carried on TuneIn.

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Will The Third Time (in a year) Be the Charm for CBS Morning News?

When CBS recently announced that Charlie Rose and Gayle King would headline its revamped ‘Early Show,’ Rene Syler got slammed with tweets asking for her reaction.

“It’s interesting that people think I’m interested,” says Syler, an ‘Early Show’ anchor from 2002 to ’06. “I’m not in that world anymore. To be honest, I don’t have much of a reaction.”

She may be the only one. Most observers predict that the unlikely combination of the cerebral Rose, who turns 70 next month,  and the chatty King, 56, will do nothing to break CBS’s unabated string of failures in a franchise that dates back to 1954, with host Walter Cronkite.

“It has no shot, in the slightest,” says network-news analyst Andrew Tyndall.

“I don’t get it…. Charlie Rose won’t play in the morning. Of all the timeslots for TV news, morning shows skew the youngest. It’s completely counter-intuitive to hire someone that old.”

When the show launches Jan. 9, the plan is for Rose to handle the 7 a.m. hour and King the 8 a.m., with holdover Erica Hill contributing to both. CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager says the new broadcast will do nothing less than “redefine the morning television landscape.”

Is that all? Heady stuff for a show in its third incarnation since last December; its eighth since ’99.

Having essentially two different programs will be too disruptive to morning viewers accustomed to a more discernible flow, according to Tyndall. “There is such a sharp break between what Rose

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Shelley Ross, Rene Syler Talk Sexism in the Media

Former “Good Morning America” and “CBS Early Show” EP Shelley Ross appeared on Joy Behar‘s HLN show last night to discuss sexism in the media, specifically the recent flap with ESPN’s Tony Kornheiser. Former “Early Show” anchor Rene Syler also took part in the conversation.

Former CBS Anchor Rene Syler Eyes The Web

Gail Shister
TVNewser Columnist

RSyler_1.6.jpgMost celebs make headlines for coming out of the closet. CBS exile Rene Syler goes into one.

Syler, one of three anchors for BET’s inauguration coverage, shoots all the video for her motherhood blog in the quietest place in the house – her walk-in closet.

“It’s world headquarters for goodenoughmother.com,” she says. “I laugh when I tell people I take all my videos from my closet.”

Cut loose from CBS’s “The Early Show” in December 2006, Syler launched the site three months later in tandem with “Good Enough Mother: The Perfectly Imperfect Book of Parenting.”

BET exec Kevin Brown, a friend of Syler’s, pitched her the inauguration gig in November. It was an easy sell. She’ll join BET host Jeff Johnson and Hill Harper of “CSI: New York,” a Harvard Law classmate of President-elect Obama’s, on the four-hour block.

“I never, ever thought I would see this in my lifetime,” says Syler. “I’ll have a ringside seat to history. BET coverage will be as much fact-driven as inspirational. I can’t deny that the audience will be predominantly black.”

Still, with 20 years in mainstream news, “I probably lean more toward, ‘Just the facts, m’am.’ My training is about being objective, and that’s what I will try to do.”

Nothing objective about ivebeenlaidoff.ning.com, a social-networking site Syler started about a month ago for anyone who’s lost their job. She describes it as “a clearinghouse to vent.

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What Some TV News Moms Think of the Incoming Mom-in-Chief

TVNewser contributor Diane Clehane writes in Vanity Fair about Michelle Obama dubbing herself ‘Mom in Chief.’ Clehane asked a few working TV News moms to weigh in:

Soledad O’Brien: “Working mothers will absolutely be watching her to see the decisions she’ll make. She epitomizes the modern mom-a woman who is well educated and had an important job-and yet she is making that choice to step away from full-time work to be home with her girls because her husband is going to be president of the United States.”

Barbara Walters: “All First Ladies are encouraged to have a platform. Michelle Obama has made it very clear her daughters will be her first priority.”

Rene Syler: “When I was a cub reporter and didn’t have children, I’d look at the women in the office that were making sacrifices for their families and think, ‘You’re selling yourself short. Why would you do that?’ I didn’t understand. It’s my hope that she stands up there as the ‘Mom-in-Chief’ and says, ‘Listen, I’m doing this for my family’ and people like me 20 years ago say, ‘Oh, I get it.’”