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New Poker League Signs Television Deal with CBS

A new poker league has signed a television deal with CBS, with seven hours of programming planned for the league’s first year, or roughly how many hours of poker were aired on ESPN in the last seven hours.

Epic Poker League is angling to become “the equivalent of professional tennis or golf to card sharks.”

The shows will be hosted by Pat O’Brien, who’s covered the Olympics, Super Bowls and a lot of news programs featuring the Kardashians.

Epic Poker League officials said the deal will include 20 hours of programming from five poker tournaments, including a $1 million freeroll no-limit Texas Hold ‘em championship planned in February in Las Vegas. Most of the Epic tournaments will air on Velocity, a Discovery Communications network launching in October.

“Epic Poker is proud to partner with CBS Television and Discovery Communications in our inaugural season,” said Jeffrey Pollack, executive chairman of the Epic Poker League and its parent company, Federated Sports + Gaming. “Both companies share our commitment to providing a world-class stage and significant new exposure for poker’s most talented live tournament players.”
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Rick Sanchez and Anti Defamation League’s Abe Foxman Break Bread At Yankees Game

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez and the Anti Defamation League’s Abe Foxman were guests of New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez at Yankee Stadium last week. Sanchez lost his job last October after a radio rant in which he called “Daily Show” host Jon Stewart a “bigot” and went on to say, “a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart.”

Many people took Sanchez’s comment as being critical of Jews, including Foxman, who wrote at the time:

As often is the case with these situations, it took an unguarded moment for Sanchez to reveal his own bigotry, ironically, in awkwardly fashioning the same accusation against another media type. And there it was again: the age-old conspiracy theory about Jewish control of the news media, this time brought to the fore by a well-known television personality with a loyal audience following on CNN.

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‘Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic, because a Fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head’

If you missed it, here it is: Seth Meyers‘ remarks at last night’s White House correspondents dinner. He had plenty of one-liners directed at the news networks including:

“Fox News is having a party, security is tight, so make sure you bring your driver’s license and your long-form license. But if you’re blond don’t worry about it, just bring that dynamite smile.”

When pool cameras flashed Bill O’Reilly, he didn’t react much. And about MSNBC:

“I am contractually obligated to attend the MSNBC party tonight. Everyone knows how that works. President Obama makes the Kool-aid, and everybody there drinks it.”

By the way, we were at the MSNBC party, and while many of Meyers’ SNL colleagues including Fred Armisen, Bill Hader and Andy Samberg were there, we didn’t see Meyers. Meyers also took some jabs at Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Piers Morgan and Rick Sanchez.

Suzanne Malveaux Tapped to Anchor ‘CNN Newsroom’

CNN has tapped White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux to anchor the 11 AM to 1 PM block of “CNN Newsroom.” Malveaux will start her new assignment January 31, and will relocate to CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

She is replacing Tony Harris, who left CNN after six years at the end of the year. No word on who will be replacing Malveaux on the White House beat.

“Suzanne is a welcome addition to the “CNN Newsroom” lineup, adding a depth of experience as well as fresh perspective to our daytime coverage,” said CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz. “We are very pleased to expand Suzanne’s role so that we can showcase her political expertise as well as her broader strengths as a journalist.”

In addition, CNN has confirmed that Brooke Baldwin is the permanent anchor of “CNN Newsroom” from 3-5 PM. Baldwin had been filling in during that time period since Rick Sanchez was let go from the network in October.

The new “CNN Newsroom” lineup, as well as the full release from CNN, after the jump.

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The First Police Chase of the New Year

Fox News and MSNBC both carried a high speed pursuit in South Florida around NoonET. Both used the signal from Fox affiliate WSVN (which counts among its alumni Shepard Smith, Robin Meade, Rick Sanchez and Mike Tobin). NBC, which has an owned & operated station in South Florida, WTVJ, went with the WSVN signal. An insider says WSVN “graciously made the feed available” to MSNBC.

CNN still has a policy of not carrying car chases, leaving that to sister network HLN. WSVN is a CNN affiliate which is why HLN also carried the signal from that station. The pursuit wrapped up after the suspects, implicated in a bank robbery,  jumped out of the car, into some woods and then into a neighborhood where police caught up with them. They were taken into custody without incident.

David Shuster, Officially Gone from MSNBC, Returns to the Airwaves

MSNBC anchor David Shuster, whose contract with the network ran out earlier this month, is now free to return to the airwaves. And he will on Wednesday when he subs for Jim Bohannon on his syndicated radio program on Westwood One. MSNBC it ain’t, but a broadcasting job is a broadcasting job.

MSNBC suspended Shuster indefinitely last April after it was revealed he took part in the taping of a pilot for CNN.

Shuster made the announcement of his return via Twitter. His account had been dormant since July. For TV news reporters and anchors who find themselves out of work, Twitter has become a way to reach out directly to viewers who enjoyed watching them.

Look no further than Rick Sanchez and Miles O’Brien.

Jeff Zucker at his Roast: ‘I haven’t felt so much love since I sat down with Steve Burke’

Outgoing NBC CEO Jeff Zucker was roasted at the Center for Communication’s annual luncheon today by tvnewsers Katie Couric and Brian Williams. Alec Baldwin, Mark Feuerstein and Lorne Michaels also told jokes about the CEO leaving NBC and his involvement in the whole Conan-Leno incident.

Couric joked that Zucker was at least “walking away with Conan O’Brien money.” While she talked about Rick Sanchez being fired from CNN, Couric pointed out that Zucker is proof that Jewish people control the media, but aren’t always that good at it.

Given that the 30th annual luncheon “has a certain kiss of death” about it for tvnewsers, Williams suggested that Couric and Diane Sawyer should be nominated for the 2011 honor.

“I can’t believe that Katie Couric and Brian Williams are the funniest people at this lunch,” Baldwin said in an effort to make fun of the other roasters.

“I haven’t felt so much love since I sat down with [Comcast COO] Steve Burke a few weeks ago,” Zucker joked.

Brian Williams on Juan Williams, Rick Sanchez: ‘Media Organizations are Exerting Their Own Right to Employ or Not Employ These Folks’

NBC’s Brian Williams is in the Windy City today, anchoring Friday’s Nightly News from along the Chicago River on a balmy October night.  Williams, who serves on the Board of Directors of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, came to town to host a Pritzker Military Library fundraiser honoring Medal of Honor recipient and NBC/MSNBC military analyst Col. Jack Jacobs.

TVNewser caught up with Williams as he departed Chicago’s NBC Tower on his way to the event.

TVNewser: The NBC Nightly News seems to devote special attention to those who serve in the military and to military veterans, and you are personally involved in honoring those who’ve served. Did this start with Tom Brokaw and “The Greatest Generation” – are you carrying the torch, so to say, or is this a particular interest of yours?

Brian Williams:  No, I think this is an interest of mine. I’m the son of a World War Two captain. I didn’t serve myself – my own cause is that, you gotta remember, every time I go to Iraq and Afghanistan, the reason I come home alive and in one piece, is that when we get there we get handed over to the U.S. Armed Forces.  And they keep us safe…

I cherish the time I’ve been with them overseas…People say this, but I mean it, it’s a privilege to be around them. To eat what they eat. For short bursts, to live how they live – though unarmed among them. They’re the reason I’m alive today.

TVNewser:  It’s been an interesting month for the TV business, with Rick Sanchez let go by CNN, and now FNC’s Juan Williams fired by NPR.  What do you think of all this, and what do you think of the media coverage of these controversial developments?
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FBN’s Gerri Willis Celebrates 100 Shows

FBN’s “The Willis Report” anchored by Gerri Willis celebrates its 100th episode today at 5pmET. TVNewser hears it’s one of the best performing shows on the network, and she is FBN’s top female anchor. This morning TVNewser got a chance to speak with Willis about her transition from CNN to FBN.

TVNewser: You moved from CNN to FBN in March. How has the transition been?

Gerri Willis: It’s been so much fun starting up this show. We’re having a ball. We just have so much freedom to do what we want to do, and I feel like this has been just a gift. The way I’m interpreting consumer news now includes you as a taxpayer too. We’re also really looking into what Washington is doing as they spend your tax dollars and run up record deficits and debt. We have a segment at the back of the show that is a round table where we discuss some of the fun stories of the day. It’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a lot of lighthearted fun. And then there’s a lot of tactical, ‘how do you fix this financial problem? How do you overcome this hurdle?’ We try to give a lot of “How to” in the show as well. I am just bringing our viewers information in a way that’s easily consumable.

TVNewser: When you were hired, Roger Ailes said, “Most of the CNN talent have been restrained from showing what they can do. We’re looking forward to providing Gerri with a platform at Fox Business to showcase her financial acumen and television expertise.” Have you been able to do that on FBN?

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Rick Sanchez Tweeting Again

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who once declared on-air “My Twitterboard’s about to explode,” is back Tweeting this morning.

Sanchez has brought his 145,702 followers from his @RickSanchezCNN to a new account: @RickSanchezNews. The account was moved Wednesday and this morning Sanchez began using it:

In a Media Beat interview a few weeks before he was let go from CNN, Sanchez told us about Twitter, “It’s going to be the wave of the future, but not just in our business. I think it’s going to be a very important part of what business people do. Whether they’re in journalism or running a drug store in their hometowns.”