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Richard Huff Leaves the Media Beat, Joins the Media at CBS News

Richard Huff, with WCBS TV anchor Cindy Hsu, at the 2006 New York Emmy Awards

Richard Huff, the longtime TV writer and critic for the New York Daily News is moving to “the other side” and the communications arm of CBS News. Next month, Huff joins as a executive director overseeing PR for CBS News shows including “48 Hours Mystery, “CBS Sunday Morning” and CBS News Productions and Primetime Specials.

“Richard is a journalist of exceptional caliber, with a broad and substantial range of experience,” said Sonya McNair, SVP of Communications for CBS News, to whom he’ll report.

“This is the right move for me to the right place and surrounded by the right people,” said Huff in a press release — the kind he’s used to reading but will soon be writing.

Huff was most recently Deputy Features Editor at the Daily News. Huff joined the paper in 1993 and was promoted to TV editor in 2001. Before the News, Huff wrote for Daily Variety and The Hollywood Reporter.

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FNC, MSNBC Respond to CNN’s Sales Pitch

CNN logo.jpgAfter yesterday’s CNN “Newsmakers” upfront for advertisers, cable competitors MSNBC and Fox News Channel are weighing in.

During Tuesday’s presentation, CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton and CNN President Jon Klein defended the network’s ratings and advocated its journalistic approach. Klein stressed that CNN has “no bias, no agenda. Our traditional competitors have abandoned the field.”

Walton told the LA TimesMatea Gold that CNN’s ratings are “not as dire as maybe some people say…I’m not satisfied with the ratings, but I’m not concerned.”

In today’s New York Daily News, an MSNBC spokesman tells Richard Huff, “CNN thinks it’s still 1985, but the world has changed. Cable news viewers aren’t waiting until 8 p.m. to get their headlines: They want news, analysis and personality. That’s what MSNBC delivers and the viewers are abandoning CNN and flocking to us.”

An FNC spokesperson says, “If [CNN parent and Time Warner chairman] Mr. [Jeff] Bewkes is satisfied with Jim’s explanation for the dreadful performance of his cable news division, then who are we to judge?”

>Earlier: CNN Worldwide Pres: ‘Our fortunes, whether up or down, are news’

Robin Meade: Writing About Anxiety, Self-Esteem a “Freeing Experience”

Robin Meade.jpgHLN’s Robin Meade has written a book about her struggles with anxiety attacks and self-esteem issues. In Morning Sunshine!: How to Radiate Confidence and Feel It Too, out September 10, Meade says her first panic attack happened while she was a weekend anchor in Chicago and about to read some breaking news copy.

“I felt sweaty,” she writes in the book. “Just as I opened my mouth to speak, the set seemed to fade into a gauzy haze. My breathing was jagged.”

Meade tells the New York Daily News’s Richard Huff that “I dealt with it for two years before I got help.”

The book, Meade acknowledges, may come as a surprise for some. “I don’t think my bosses here, or the people I worked with, had any idea that I struggled with anxiety,” she says. “One of the most freeing experiences was when I handed in my manuscript.”

Morley Safer: “I Would Trust Citizen Journalism As Much As I Would Trust Citizen Surgery”

Morley Safer.jpg In a speech after receiving the 2009 Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University, Morley Safer discussed the impact on journalism of the troubled newspaper industry.

“The blogosphere is no alternative, crammed as it is with ravings and manipulations of every nut with a keyboard,” he is quoted in a Qunnipiac press release as saying yesterday. “Good journalism is structured and structure means responsibility…I would trust citizen journalism as much as I would trust citizen surgery.”

Safer, 77, is also profiled by the New York Daily News’ Richard Huff, who writes that despite Safer going to part-time status at 60 Minutes a few years ago (“which means he’s supposed to do about six pieces a year”), the program’s senior correspondent is still working on 8-10 stories annually.

Safer tells Huff he does not plan to retire from the show. “I’ve been a field hand all my life…I’m going to keep doing it until they say, ‘You can’t do it anymore,’ and there’s no indication of that. It’s the best job in the world.”

No Bull: Campbell Brown Moves From “Mold-Ridden” Apartment

brown_2-26.jpgThe New York Daily News’ Richard Huff writes about Campbell Brown‘s mold problem. “Just before the inauguration, and after months of struggling with her baby’s unexplained illness, Campbell, her child and her husband, Dan Senor, were forced to flee their mold-ridden apartment without their belongings,” he writes.

“When they said, ‘You need to get your baby and get out now,’ we were able to get out,” said Brown.

The CNN anchor, who takes maternity leave for baby #2 in April, says work “was a diversion” during the ordeal. “That’s the beauty of our jobs…you have a deadline every day,” she said. “Was it a challenge? On certain days, certainly. But we have a great team of people and they’ve been really supportive.”

After living in a hotel since January, the couple plan to a new, mold-free apartment as soon as this weekend.

Sawyer’s “Hidden America” — and ABC Contract

sawyer_2-11.JPGABC’s Diane Sawyer hosts “Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” her latest prime time special, Friday night at 10pm.

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff talks to Sawyer. “All you have to do is look at these kids and how alive their dreams are,” she says. “They don’t have people encouraging them. They can’t walk into town to a support team standing by for them. Yet they still wake up in the morning and still imagine someday they will have a house.”

The Los Angeles Times’ Matea Gold also writes about the upcoming special, and talks to Sawyer. At the end of her article she describes Sawyer’s contract, which “is reportedly set to expire sometime this year, and she confirmed that she has not yet renewed her deal.”

“At some point I’ll get to it,” she said, while a “network source” said there was “plenty of time” left on her contract.

“As long as it’s still fun and surprising and our team is as linked at the elbows as we are, I can keep doing it,” said Sawyer.

The Ticker: King, Jakes, Folbaum…

> CNN’s premiere “State of the Union,” anchored by John King, will be live from the Newseum and feature interviews with Obama adviser David Axelrod, Bush WH press secretary Dana Perino and WH counselor Ed Gillespie. King’s interview today with Obama airing on The Situation Room will also be shown Sunday.

> Broadcasting & Cable reports MSNBC has agreed to run a series of specials with evangelical preacher T.D. Jakes. The three roundtables will take place in March.

> New York Daily News’ Richard Huff reports former FNCer and current anchor at WNYW FOX 5 in New York, Rick Folbaum, “anchored his final show at Ch. 5 last night.” In December we reported possible cuts coming at WNYW in early 2009.

The “Silly and Serious” Morning Show

fandf_12-10.jpgThe New York Daily News’ Richard Huff profiles FNC’s morning mainstay, Fox & Friends — a show that, love it or hate it, has topped all cable news morning shows in Total Viewers for the last 85 months.

Brian Kilmeade says what makes Fox News Channel’s ‘Fox & Friends’ work each day is that it easily bounces between silly and serious,” writes Huff.

But Huff also describes the “airtime to fight Fox battles” part of the show.

“When someone takes a shot at us, this show, because it’s so light at times, we do on occasion take some shots. It’s never in an over-the-top way,” says co-host Steve Doocy.

(image courtesy of the New York Daily News)

Paula Zahn — Participating in, and Talking About, the Arts

zahn_11-18.jpgFormer FNC and CNN anchor Paula Zahn has a new gig, as co-host of WNET/Channel 13′s (New York’s PBS station) program, “Sunday Arts.”

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff reports Zahn starts in her new role this Sunday at NoonET, co-hosting with Philippe de Montebello.

She also talks about experiencing her first presidential campaign “in three decades” as a viewer. “It’s an entirely different experience,” she tells Huff. “When you’re in the trenches and covering the daily campaign, you’re privy to information you don’t have on the sidelines.”

Besides just talking about the arts, Zahn will be participating — Huff reports she will play Carnegie Hall on December 2 with the Sejong Soloists (Zahn is an accomplished cellist).

Zahn left CNN in July 2007.

The “Five Minute” News Cycle

palin_9-4.JPGIs the 2008 election coverage “new”?

The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff talked to many in the media and who cover it regarding the evolution of politics/press.

“I’ve been covering campaigns for a lot of years,” said FNC EP of political coverage Marty Ryan. “There was the simple 24-hour news cycle. Now, with 24-hour cable — this is where the game is now — plus the blogs, there are news cycles that don’t even last five minutes.”

Huff cites the addition of multiple outlets, blogs and even Twitter with changing the coverage.

Tom Rosenstiel, head of the Project for Excellence in Journalism, makes the case to be wary of politicians giving press advice. “Their goal is getting elected, not improving the press,” he said.

Related: What the media was saying after the Palin speech.

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