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Hillary Clinton: ‘Definiton of Talking to Americans’ Not Confined to Sunday Shows

clintonPOLITICO reports exclusive excerpts from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton‘s upcoming book “Hard Choices,” specifically the chapter on the 9/11/12 attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Clinton addresses criticism that she didn’t appear on Sunday morning shows several days after the attack.

Clinton takes aim at people who “fixate on the question of why I didn’t go on TV that morning, as if appearing on a talk show is the equivalent of jury duty, where one has to have a compelling reason to get out of it. I don’t see appearing on Sunday-morning television as any more of a responsibility than appearing on late-night TV. Only in Washington is the definition of talking to Americans confined to 9 A.M. on Sunday mornings.”

The potential presidential candidate writing about her lack of responsibility to appear on Sunday shows adds to previous statements she’s made about the platform: last year during her Benghazi testimony, she “confessed” that going on Sunday shows “is not my favorite thing to do.”

For her book, Clinton is seemingly more favorable to weeknights and weekday mornings. Her first interview goes to Diane Sawyer in a primetime special on June 9; her second to Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” June 10. She’ll also do a joint interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren on June 17.

The Ticker: Clinton/ABC, Ifill/ANWC, CNBC/FNC

  • Hillary Clinton‘s first interviews to promote her new book, “Hard Choices,” go to ABC News. Diane Sawyer will interview Clinton for a primetime special that will air June 9 and Robin Roberts will interview her live on “GMA” June 10.

  • PBS anchor Gwen Ifill was honored with the Excellence in Journalism Award Monday at the American News Women’s Club Annual Roast. Richard Prince has details in his Journal-isms newsletter.

  • Joe Kernen revealed on CNBC recently that he watches Fox News’ “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 6pmET, calling the newscast “good, balanced, not one way or the other.” Video after the jump.

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Robin Roberts on ‘GMA’: ‘By No Means Are We Going Around Thinking We’re Top Dog’

In an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend, Robin Roberts talked to Brian Stelter about her health, her recent decision to publicly acknowledge her longtime girlfriend and Barbara Walters‘ retirement. Roberts also talked about how “Good Morning America” holds on to its top spot in the mornings, saying “we’re still the underdog, because we still act that way.”

“We’re not going around saying, ‘we’re number one.’ We’re doing exactly the same thing as we have done all along, from the moment I have gotten here, and that’s trying to produce the best show that we possibly can,” Roberts said. “And it’s very gratifying that the public is responding and making us — they’re making us number one. So by no means are we going around thinking we’re top dog.” Watch:

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Barbara Walters on ‘Paving the Way’ for Women: ‘That’s My Legacy’

DIANE SAWYER, BARBARA WALTERS and ROBIN ROBERTSIt was a celebratory atmosphere tonight at ABC News Headquarters when the network’s Upper West Side New York City building was officially renamed the “Barbara Walters Building.”

“It’s not the interviews with presidents, nor heads of state, nor celebrities, nor even the Sterlings,” Walters said about her career legacy. “I hope that I played a small role in paving the way for so many of you fabulous women who are here tonight,” she continued, adding how pleased she is when women approach her about their achievements. “That’s my legacy” she said to a rousing applause.

Standing beside many ABC News colleagues, including Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, and Lara Spencer; along with Walt Disney Company Chairman Bob Iger, Disney/ABC TV President Ben Sherwood, and ABC News President James Goldston, Walters joked about having a building named after her in a city where Kennedy Airport and the Lincoln Tunnel reside: ”It may not be a landmark, but a couple of pigeons have already staked it out.”

“It makes me feel wonderful,” Walters told TVNewser after the ceremony in response to taglines that say, “she didn’t just report history, she made history.”

“The fact that my career turned out this way, it’s still an amazement to me,” she told us, highlighting her start as a writer at NBC’s “Today” which wasn’t clamoring to “put me on [air].” When she started out in the business, there “were almost none [women in TV news],” Walters told us.

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Robin Roberts, ‘Morning Muse’

robin-robertsThe New York Times’ Jacob Bernstein profiles “the morning muse of television,” Robin Roberts. The “Good Morning America” anchor talks about her battle with MDS as well as her decision to come out in December. “It became increasingly difficult for Ms. Roberts to keep her sexual orientation private, when so much of her life was now public,” Bernstein writes:

“I have a lot of respect for Ellen DeGeneres,” she said, referring to Ms. DeGeneres’s “Yep, I’m Gay” proclamation on the cover of Time magazine in 1997. “She took the bullet for us. But I remember saying to my family, I just would never do that, because my siblings would never get on the cover of a magazine saying I’m straight.”

Times had also changed. Unlike the media hoopla that greeted Ms. DeGeneres, the Facebook post was just the latest example of a newscaster coming out nonchalantly and having it barely register as newsworthy (See: Cooper, Anderson).

“I think it’s an indication of what’s going on in society that there was a big shrug of the shoulders,” Ms. Roberts said. “It’s a huge sign of progress.”

Katie Couric Heading Back to the ‘Today’ Show?

katie-couric-and-matt-lauer-together-againThe New York Post reports Katie Couric is having informal conversations about filling in on the “Today” show for Savannah Guthrie when Guthrie goes on maternity leave in late Summer.

“With the Today show in a good place, we are blessed with great talent and many options to temporarily fill Savannah’s chair while she’s on leave, but there’s no plan yet,” an NBC spokeswoman tells the Post.

Merrill spotted Couric and Guthrie chatting at the NBC cocktail party ahead of the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday night. They are said to have struck up a friendship recently.

When we interviewed Couric for “My First Big Break,” in March she recounted the last time she filled in on the “Today” show for a pregnant co-anchor. It was early 1991 when Deborah Norville, who’d been co-host of “Today” for 14 months, gave birth. Couric would go on to be named co-anchor where she’d remain for 15 years.

Couric left NBC for the “CBS Evening News” in 2006 and left CBS to host her daytime talk show produced by ABC in 2011. The association with ABC led Couric to fill in on “Good Morning America” in April 2012, when Robin Roberts went on medial leave. Couric wraps up production of her talk show next month. She continues to staff up her reporting unit at Yahoo where she is global news anchor.

TVNewser’s 2014 Guide To Graduation Speakers

Class-of-2014. jpgAs is TVNewser tradition, here now is our seventh annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at the nation’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

CNBC’s Guy AdamiQuinnipiac University (CT), May 10

CNN’s Brooke Baldwin: University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication (NC), May 11

ABC’s Richard Besser: University of Michigan School of Public Health (MI), May 1

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: Cansius College  (NY), May 17

Bloomberg’s Michael Bloomberg: Harvard University (MA), May 29… Williams College (MA), June 8

CNN’s Gloria Borger: Colgate University (NY), May 18

FNC’s Dr. Ben CarsonRegent University (VA), May 3

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TVNewsers on Gotham, Variety Power Lists

Gotham and Variety were both out this week with power lists featuring female television personalities and executives.

In Variety‘s “Power of Women” issue, the “New York Impact” list featured Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo, NBC Universal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Al Jazeera America president Kate O’Brian, ABC’s Robin Roberts and CAA television agent Olivia Metzger.

Bartiromo and Roberts are also on Gotham’s “50 Most Powerful Women in New York” list, along with NBC’s Deborah Turness and Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

Amy Robach Completes Chemotherapy

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“GMA” news anchor Amy Robach completed her 8th and final round of chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer yesterday. This morning she was back on the show filling in for Robin Roberts, who’s had her own well-documented medical battles. “I started out strong, and it gets harder as it goes along,” said Robach of the chemo treatments.

Last October, Robach had a routine exam as part of a “GMA” breast cancer awareness initiative. Little did she know doctors would find cancer, that she would undergo a double mastectomy, then go through months of grueling chemotherapy. “If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own,” she said at the time.

This morning she told viewers, “I’m here today. Happy to share my story and encourage others.”

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