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Robin Roberts’ ‘Thank You America!’ Features Unsung Heroes

ABC News anchor Robin Robertsnew special, “Thank You America!” premiers tonight at 8 pm ET. Roberts searches for America’s unsung heroes and celebrates them with life-changing surprises.

Roberts essentially goes around the country and thanks people who typically go unrecognized. A family that has fostered over 90 children and a man who cashed in his 401K to help the homeless are among the heroes featured in the special.

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George Stephanopoulos Sees His 21-Year-Old Self on ‘GMA’

StephanopoulosGMA“Good Morning America” went into the way-back machine and dug up some videotapes of the show’s hosts, some going back decades. In the sweeps segment called “Raiders of the Lost Tapes,” Lara Spencer and Amy Robach were taken back to their first reporting jobs, Robin Roberts‘ clip came from a bizarro segment on “Wide World of Sports.” And the show didn’t need to go far — just far back — into the archive to find a 21-year-old George Stephanopoulos appearing on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel talking about international arms control and looking like Chachi Arcola.

Sunday Ticker: Iger, Roberts, Velshi

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger landed at number six on Fortune‘s list of 2014′s “Business Person of the Year”, ahead of all other media executives: “While its media networks division (which includes ABC and ESPN) is still Disney’s biggest moneymaker, its smaller film business helped rake in a record $48.8 billion in total revenue in fiscal 2014, up 8% from the year before,” writes Fortune.

  • ABC’s Robin Roberts hosts a Thanksgiving Eve special called “Thank You America!” Produced by her production company, the special, ABC says “recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” In addition to celebrity cameos, there will be a special tribute to members of the military who are separated from their families and loved ones during the holidays.

  • Al Jazeera America’s Ali Velshi traveled across Eastern Europe and into the Arctic for a five-part series that begins Monday. In “The New Cold War,” Velshi examines increasing tension between Russia and the West, speaking with leaders across the continent, including Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa. The series airs on “Real Money with Ali Velshi” beginning tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.

TV News Halloween Costumes: Who Wore It Best?

The morning shows went all out for their Halloween episodes this morning, dressing up as everything from classic TV characters to 21-year-old pop stars.

This is the 20th Halloween celebration for NBC’s “Today” show and we have seen the cast dress up in some elaborate costumes over the years. NBC went with another example of cross promotion, having the “Today” anchors dress up various “Saturday Night Live” characters.

Willie Geist and Tamron Hall did their best impersonations of Will Ferrell and Cheri Oteri, dressing up as the Spartan Cheerleaders. Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb dressed at Wayne and Garth from “Wayne’s World.”

As for Matt Lauer, who usually uses the occasion to dress in drag, we can’t be certain… as he dressed as the legendary gender-challenged “Pat.” Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Bush Hager and Meredith Vieira gave new meaning to the term “Mom Jeans,” although Vieira looked a little too comfortable recreating the “SNL” digital short.

Cooperate synergy was also in full effect on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” with its anchors dressed as celebrities vying for a spot on “Dancing With the Stars.” Robin Roberts dressed as the “Frozen” character Elsa, who was joined by her pal Olaf played by ABC’s T.J. Holmes. Read more

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ABC News anchor Robin Roberts, NBC Sports chairman Mark Lazarus, CBS chief research officer David Poltrack and Televisa CEO Emilio Azcárraga are among the newest members of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame. Their honors came Monday night at a black tie event at the Waldorf Astoria co-hosted by Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas. MediabistroTV caught up with several TV news luminaries to find out what success means to them. WATCH:

Bob Costas Isn’t a Fan of Derek Jeter’s Website

RobinTeamBCMediabistroTV caught up with several TVNewsers at the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame awards last night. Megyn Kelly and Bob Costas co-hosted the event, which included Robin Roberts (at left with her “Good Morning America” family) among the inductees.

On the red carpet, we got interviews with Costas and former New York Yankees manager Joe Torre who have differing opinions about Derek Jeter‘s new sports site called The Players’ Tribune.

“If that’s going to be the only way that the public ever hears from public figures, in this case ballplayers, then I think in the long run, it’s not a good thing,” Costas tells us. WATCH:

Robin Roberts Receives Walter Cronkite Award

RobinRobertsCronkite“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts accepted the 2014 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism today.

The award, presented by Arizona State University, recognizes a journalist who embodies the values of the school’s namesake.

Instead of giving a speech, Roberts was interviewed by Cronkite students Analise Ortiz and Megan Thompson (below) in front of 1,100 luncheon attendees. On Sunday, Roberts toured the Cronkite School and spoke to 200 students during a Q&A session.

“I had a quick tour of the facility — wow — you are so blessed, so fortunate. I hope you know that,” said Roberts who also watched part of the school’s newscast. “To have the hands-on experience that you are receiving is paramount,” she said.

Cronkite was a fixture at the luncheons until his death in 2009. Previous honorees include CBS’s Bob Schieffer, CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, NBC’s Brian Williams, and Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, longtime anchors of PBS’s “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.”

Morning Shows Go Pink for 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Several network morning shows broke out the pink as Breast Cancer Awareness month begins. The “Today” show has former “Good Morning America” co-anchor Joan Lunden as special correspondent this week. Lunden, who recently went bald for the cover of “People” is undergoing chemotherapy to treat breast cancer. The “Today” plaza was packed with breast cancer survivors who, in an effort to destigmatize chemo-caused baldness, were encouraged to take off their wigs.

Over on “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts donated one of her wigs to eBeauty. Roberts, who donned the wig during her 2007 cancer battle, wore it during an interview with former Pres. Clinton. Amy Robach, who underwent her first mammogram for last year’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and was later diagnosed with the disease, joined the Delta Airlines’ “Pink Plane,” — as a fill-in flight attendant.

And on “Fox & Friends” Danica Patrick unveiled her pink NASCAR car to raise awareness for breast cancer research.

Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

(Photos: Heidi Gutman/ABC)

The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

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The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

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