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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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News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

How Juan Williams Landed His Nelson Mandela Interview

Juan WilliamsJournalists from around world pulled out all the stops to land an interview with Nelson Mandela upon his release from prison 23 years ago. And Fox News Channel’s Juan Williams was among them.

Williams, then a reporter with The Washington Post found that going the extra mile for the future South African president paid off.

On Roland Martin‘s radio show, Williams said he was able to land the interview, by helping Mandela write thank you notes.

“They were throwing me out when [Mandela] said, ‘No, if you can handle some mail and want to write some letters for me…’ because he was getting all his congratulatory mail for getting out of prison.”

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The Morning Ticker: Norton, Clift, Martin

  • Erle Norton joins ABC as EP of ABC News Digital. Norton joins us from Thomson Reuters, where he was editorial director of Reuters Digital Video. Previously, Norton worked for NYPost.com and The Wall Street Journal.

  • “The problem I have with discussions in traditional cable news is they are trite, tired and weak conversations,” so says former CNN contributor, Roland Martin, now a host and managing editor for TV One.

The AM Ticker: Wilson, Graduate Day, RTDNA

  • TV One has named Donna Wilson the EP of its daily news program “News One Now,” which is anchored by Roland Martin. Wilson is a former producer for CNN, as well as Dr. Phil and projects for Biography Channel.

The Ticker: Zinczenko, NAMIC, Martin

  • ABC News is adding former NBC News contributor and Men’s Health editor David Zinczenko as health and wellness editor. Zinczenko, a good friend of ABC News anchor Dan Abrams, will appear on all programs and platforms.

  • The National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC) Vision Awards have been handed out, and CNN was the big winner, taking home four awards. Oprah Winfrey and ESPN were also winners.

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The Ticker: Al Jazeera, Martin, Pavia

  • TV One is launching a daily news program hosted by former CNN contributor Roland Martin. “News One Now” will air weekday mornings, and will be simulcast online and on TV and radio, when it debuts in September. More information after the jump.

  • CNBC Digital has named Jim Pavia senior editor at large. Pavia will report to Steve Lewis, Senior EP of strategic content & news partnerships. He joins CNBC from InvestmentNews, where he was editorial director.

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Jeff Zucker on Diversity, His Golf Game and What He Wants CNN to Be

In his first public comments since taking over as president of CNN Worldwide, Jeff Zucker spoke at a packed Atlanta Press Club luncheon Monday. Of CNN, Zucker says the network needs to be more than “a spare tire in the trunk,” according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution‘s Rodney Ho, who is a board member of the Press Club.

“You only take it out when you really need it. It’s not one of the four tires on the car all the time. The challenge for us is how to make CNN more essential, how to make it one of the four tires on the car.”

Zucker chose Atlanta for a very good reason: “I did not make my first luncheon with the press club in New York,” he said. “Atlanta will continue to be the home for CNN and continue to be the backbone of CNN.” On the issue of diversity, Ho writes:

A questioner noted the departures of Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin: “In the three months I’ve been at CNN, we’ve hired five correspondents and four of them have been diverse.” He meant non-white. (Former longtime WSB anchor) Monica Pearson asked him how many were black. He said two.

Zucker, who has not done any interviews since taking over, says, “I want our work to speak for itself.”

Roland Martin Criticizes ‘White Male’ CNN Executives

CNN contributor and TV One host Roland Martinwho is leaving the channel after a number of years as a contributor–unleashed some criticism at his soon-to-be-former bosses on HuffPost Live today.

Martin told Marc Lamont Hill that when he joined CNN he intended to get his own show at some point. He noted that whenever he would guest host hours, the ratings would hold up. Instead, he now finds himself walking out the door at the channel.

“You have largely white male executives who are not necessarily enamored with the idea of having strong, confident minorities who say, ‘you know, I can do this. I am simply saying ‘give folks a shot,” Martin said. “We deliver, but we never get the big piece, the larger salary, to be able to get from here to there.”

The Morning Ticker: Al Jazeera, Profits, Martin

  • The London Evening Standard reports that staffers in Al Jazeera’s London office are being forced to relocate to Doha, Qatar, or lose their jobs. “They had thought that they would be moving from Knightsbridge to The Shard — not the desert.”

  • SNL Kagan has posted its annual look at media company revenues and profits. Winners include Disney, which remains number one, Time Warner and Thomson Reuters. News Corp., Discovery Communications and McGraw Hill were down.

  • The National Association of Black Journalists has named Roland Martin its “journalist of the year.” Martin will be ending his run at CNN in a few weeks, but also hosts “Washington Watch” on TV One and contributes to a number of other media outlets.

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