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When Barbara Walters Misses ‘The View,’ She Thinks of Margaret Thatcher


Barbara Walters admits, “I still have the feeling sometimes when I’m watching ‘The View,’ ‘I should be there! I should be participating…’ and then I think of Margaret Thatcher.”

Walters, honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Quinnipiac University Fred Friendly committee, reflected on a 1997 interview with Britain’s longest-serving prime minister, seven years after she resigned from office. Thatcher described her frantic, frenetic days, until one day she realized, “it’s no longer me anymore.”

“That’s the feeling I got this morning when I watched ‘The View,’” Walters joked.

Walters, who stepped aside from hosting the daytime show last month, remains an executive producer. She still has her office at ABC News headquarters, which now bears her name. And her resignation — she used air quotes around the word today — has already been interrupted. As we first told you yesterday, she’ll fly to California in the coming weeks to interview Peter Rodger, the father of Isla Vista killer Elliot Rodger.

Among those celebrating along with Walters: ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas and David Muir, ABC News president James Goldston, and executives Barbara Fedida, Susan Mercandetti and Jeffrey Schneider. From CBS, Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Troy Roberts, from FNC, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Hemmer and former anchor Alisyn Camerota and from CNN Christine Romans and Richard Roth.

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Richard Roth on 20 Years Covering the U.N. General Assembly: ‘It’s really getting to see the world’

As the U.N. General Assembly wraps up this afternoon, Richard Roth is reflecting on 20 years of covering the annual event for CNN.

“All the countries of the world come here, so I think of it as a combination: the World Cup of soccer meets the Super Bowl,” Roth told TVNewser Monday afternoon. “For us, it’s really getting to see the world.”

There are several moments over the past two decades that stick out in Roth’s mind, from then-President Bill Clinton shaking hands with Cuba’s Fidel Castro in the U.N. hallway in 2000 to Muammar Gaddafi ripping out pages of the U.N. charter during his 2011 speech. Through it all, he says he’s learned a few tricks to keep viewers engaged.

“[I try to] be as conversational as possible,” Roth said. “Don’t treat the viewer as an idiot, but don’t overwhelm them with U.N. jargon or unnecessary stats.”

And in his 20 years, Roth says the greatest lesson he’s learned is to always be prepared.

“The U.N. system will always surprise you. You’re often asked on air, ‘what will happen? What do you think will happen?’” Roth said. “It’s a crazy world, and when it’s all in your lap here at the U.N., you can’t predict what will happen.”

So, How’s Your UN Week Going?

It’s UN week here in New York, where diplomats tie up traffic and ring up tabs.

Eric Shawn has been covering the goings-on at the UN for Fox News. CNN’s man at the UN is Richard Roth, and NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell is reporting for “Nightly News” as well as anchoring her MSNBC show from New York.

While Pres. Obama had his say earlier this morning at the UN, there was one notable absence this year: the world leader who gave this 90-minute speech in 2009, is nowhere near New York this week … at least we don’t think so.

And this got us thinking about UN week 2008, when CBS’s Katie Couric caught up with GOP VP nominee Sarah Palin. Palin was in New York for meetings with several world leaders. Couric’s interviews with Gov. Palin two years ago this week were both harshly criticized and award-winning.

CBS News London Bureau Cuts Staff

In another example of international downsizing by American networks, TVNewser has learned CBS News is letting go four longtime camera/sound crews from the London bureau.

CBS News EVP Paul Friedman made the trip to London earlier this week — to a CBS News operation once headed by Edward R. Murrow — to deliver the bad news.

Gone are cameraman Siphiwo Ralo, a South African who, in the early ’90′s, helped the network get access to the ghettos as apartheid was coming to an end. He’d been with CBS since 1985. Also gone, Nick Turner, who learned of the changes via phone. He is undergoing cancer treatment and not working at the moment. Cameraman Massimo Mariani and sound man Andy Stevenson are also being let go. The men have covered war zones in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Bosnia and beyond.

While two photographers will remain on staff, London producers will be doing more shooting for correspondents Mark Phillips and Elizabeth Palmer. Separate from this week’s news, correspondent Richard Roth, who has been in CBS’ London bureau since 1998, is leaving the network.

The CBS News London bureau was shaken to the core on Memorial Day 2006 when camerman Paul Douglas and soundman James Brolan were killed in Baghdad while on assignment with former CBS News correspondent Kimberly Dozier.

The crews are being given a year’s salary and could freelance for CBS in the future, but sources tell us they don’t expect much work.

And CBS is not alone when it comes to international downsizing.

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CBS Evening News Talking Wikileaks With Mahmoud Ahmadinejad


CBS News correspondent Richard Roth interviewed Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran, the network says. The interview will air on tonight’s “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” According to CBS, Ahmadinejad discusses the documents leaked last night by Wikileaks, including allegations that the Iranian government is supporting the Taliban in Afghanistan. He also talks about his efforts to meet with the Obama Administration.

‘The Hindenberg Got off the Ground’

The NY Daily News’ Richard Huff profiles Will King, CNN International’s senior director of news operations and one of the CNN originals who joined the network in 1980. King reflects on the launch of the network — when employees feared their paychecks would bounce — and how it eventually changed the industry, “How many people in the profession they want to work in can do something that’s truly revolutionary?”

More: TVNewser caught up with another CNN original, United Nations correspondent Richard Roth, last month at the UN.

CNN’s Richard Roth Marks 30 Years of Being ‘Shot Out of a Cannon’

richroth1_4-1.jpgThe day before his 30th anniversary at CNN, senior United Nation’s correspondent Richard Roth was doing his first live shots from his new (temporary) studio at the UN. It’s a cramped space down the hall from Al-Jazeera English, BBC, CBC, and NHK that the network is using while the UN completes reconstruction on the wing where the studio was formerly housed.

Roth’s cameraman tells senior producer Terence Burke to squash himself against the wall to get his reflection out of the shot while another staffer trips over some wires as Roth prepares to go on air. Between the four men, almost 90 years at the network are represented. “The way things are going, this is rare,” Roth says.

In addition to the studio switch, the morning TVNewser visited Roth was a particularly hectic one with Bill and Hillary Clinton attending a special conference on Haiti. On a busy day, Roth will do 12 live segments between CNN and CNNi. “Every day you’re shot out of a cannon in the morning,” Roth says. “That’s how 30 years can pass.”

With that many years under his belt, Roth has a unique perspective on TV news. “Competitors called CNN ‘chicken noodle news’ and it was thought that we were going be an instant failure,” he says. “There are very few CNN originals left and I feel good that maybe I’m carrying the flag for the original goals of our founder, Ted Turner,” stressing that “the news is the most important aspect of CNN bar none that we should be constantly focused on what is news.”

Roth says “it’s disappointing to see” the recent articles about ratings woes. “But I remember the days when we were in Times Square and we were trying to stop people for man-on-the-street interviews and they would say, “C-N-what? Is that an HBO thing?’ I can remember looking at a woman right in her eyes and saying, ‘No no, you know Ted Turner? He owns the Atlanta Braves, the baseball team…?’ So I look at where we’ve come, and we’re a brand name…CNN means news.”

“Richard’s a great guy, a great friend and a great journalist,” Turner tells TVNewser. “His reporting over the years has been superb and his passion for the UN speaks volumes. The media world wouldn’t be the same without the likes of Richard Roth.”

Only a few “CNN originals” have been with the network longer than Roth, and in the past year, he’s seen two long-time colleagues take their leave.

Lou Dobbs also started at CNN in 1980 and over the years, Roth admits they often butted heads on how the UN should be covered.

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USAirways Crash: Broadcast News Notes

CouricPlane_1.15.jpgCBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric is reporting live from the scene where USAirways flight 1549 crashed into the Hudson River a few hours ago. Couric is having to deal with honking horns along the West Side Highway while talking with correspondent Randall Pinkston and interviewing the last passenger who made it off the plane.

Brian Williams and Charlie Gibson are anchoring from their studios.

GMA’s Robin Roberts, who witnessed the crash from her balcony is reporting for World News and Mike Taibbi is reporting from the west side for NBC Nightly News.

NBC and ABC each went until about 6:41pmET with their coverage before taking a break. CBS reported on the cold in the Midwest (while Couric stood in the cold in the east), reported a story on the cold weather expected for the Inauguration, then pitched to a Richard Roth story on the situation in Gaza before taking a break around 6:44pmET.

> And here in New York (at 7pmET) WABC-7, WCBS-2, WNBC-4 & WNYW Fox5 are all live covering the aftermath of the crash.

Seminude Semi-News

There are going to be some odd interviews taking place today, as networks are using all their resources to put correspondents around the country and the globe. Here are a couple from this morning (and send in tips and emails about anything else you see):

CNN’s Richard Roth interviewed The Naked Cowboy this morning in Times Square, who is supporting Sen. John McCain. “I’m a long way from the United Nations,” said Roth. Best line of the interview: “Have you engaged with people about the elections who come here and stick dollars in your underwear?”


On The Strategy Room on, FNC correspondent Phil Keating finished a report from Florida and tossed it back to anchor Heather Nauert. But then he noticed another group to interview — the PETA girls! After a short interview, Nauert joked, “Let us know if you get a date out of that.” “I’ll let you know,” said Keating.