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Why Are People Of Color So Often Overlooked For Anchor Slots?

Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans writes for Poynter about cable news and minorities. Specifically, he asks why whenever plum anchor jobs arise, journalists of color are so often overlooked. He uses the imminent departures of Soledad O’Brien and Roland Martin at CNN as an example, while noting that neither FNC nor MSNBC have made any effort to add diverse voices in a long time.

More than anything, the lack of diversity in some anchor shuffles may speak to a lack of development for anchors of color in general. Maintaining diversity in the face of shrinking resources and cost-cutting often requires specific effort; if people aren’t being groomed for bigger jobs, they may not be ready when those prime positions open up.

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Roland Martin Out At CNN

CNN’s new president Jeff Zucker continues to shake things up at the channel, particularly when it comes to the network’s political contributors. The latest news is that longtime contributor Roland Martin will be leaving the channel when his contract expires in early April.

Martin has been a regular on CNN since 2007, and also hosts “Washington Watch” on African American network TV One. FishbowlDC first reported that Martin’s tenure at the channel might be short lived back in January. He follows Erick Erickson, Mary Matalin and James Carville out the door at the channel.

Today In CNN News

Following the bombshell day on Tuesday, more rumors, news and opinions continue to trickle in regarding CNN.

FishbowlDC reports that the network will be pruning more political contributors from its lineup, naming Roland Martin and Donna Brazile as likely candidates:

Should the calls come down, Brazile likely wouldn’t be too shell-shocked. She’s already got a sweet gig with ABC. Martin, on the other hand, has his “Washington Watch” program on TV One and is a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner radio show.

Deadline reports that CNN has acquired a new weekend series from Ridley Scott called “Crimes of the Century.” The series will examine major news events using cinematic style:
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The Ticker: Wolf & Mitt, NBC eBook, Roland’s Watch

  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer interviews Mitt Romney in The Situation Room today, live at 6pmET. “Lots to discuss,” Blitzer tweeted.

  • NBC Publishing released its newest eBook today. Liberating Kosovo: Coercive Diplomacy and U.S. Intervention features more than an hour of NBC News archival reports and interviews and a video introduction by NBC’s Tom Brokaw.

  • The season four premiere of TV One’s Sunday public affairs show Washington Watch with Roland Martin was up 35% vs. last season’s premiere. While dwarfed by the network shows, its growth is reflective of a recent PEW report showing more Black viewers (50%) get their news from TV than Whites (34%) and Hispanics (27%).

The Ticker: Fox News, King, NBC News/TV One

  • Fox News and Time Warner Cable have struck a long-term affiliation agreement after weeks of negotiations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the Los Angeles Times reports Fox News will get upwards of $1 per subscriber for the first year, with subsequent increases to follow.
  • As the political conventions get closer, CNN national campaign correspondent John King is profiling the potential GOP vice-presidential picks. “The Contenders” series kicks off with former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty today on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”
  • NBC News is partnering with TV One, a news and entertainment channel for Black viewers, for special coverage of the election and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The “TV One: One Vote Matters” coverage, the first joint effort between the two organizations, will be anchored by NBC’s Craig Melvin, who will be joined by TVOne host and CNN contributor Roland Martin.

Kathie Lee Gives a Little RESPECT, and Apology, to Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin says she’d be a good judge on “American Idol,” despite what Kathie Lee Gifford thinks.

On Tuesday’s FHOT, Gifford suggested Franklin is too old to judge the FOX singing competition.

“If they are looking for a younger demographic, there are a lot of kids out there (who) actually don’t know who Aretha Franklin is. It’s sad, but they don’t,” Gifford said.

In an email sent to CNN’s Roland Martin, the Queen of Soul demanded a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and research.

While I enjoy Kathie Lee and Hoda daily, her assessment is totally wrong! I’m surprised Kathie Lee did not research my worldwide celebrity audience! She’s usually right on top of things with a great sense of humor, but she’s totally wrong this time. She should research me before she speaks about me. I’m sure she thought she was right; still enjoy Hoda and Kathie Lee!

So this morning Kathie Lee apologized and clarified, “There is nobody in the world like her. My point was there is a whole generation of kids, some kids don’t know who Barbara Streisand is, who Frank Sinatra is…”

“She’s still mad at you,” added Hoda Kotb.

The lesson here: next time Kathie Lee, “You better THINK!”

Roland Martin on CNN Suspension: ‘You Deal With It and You Move On’

Today on mediabistro.com, we ask CNN contributor Roland MartinSo What Do You Do?” From Twitter dust-ups, to diversity in newsrooms, to the ability of journalists to be objective, Martin doesn’t hold back:

Looking back, what are your thoughts now on your month-long suspension from CNN for your Super Bowl tweet about David Beckham?

First of all, my thoughts were the same then — I was cracking on soccer and that’s what I talked about. It happened, you deal with it and you move on. My deal is, if you spend significant amounts of time freaking out and going nuts, you’ll simply go crazy. My philosophy is very simple: You keep it moving.

Are you surprised by the lack of diversity on the Sunday morning news shows? Which minority talking heads should the networks be targeting for their programs?

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CNN Goes ‘Beyond Trayvon,’ Searches for Solutions

More than 12 hours after “Starting Point,” CNN’s Soledad O’Brien finished her Thursday moderating a town hall on the Trayvon Martin killing.

TVNewser attended the taping in front of a live studio audience at Time Warner Center. The more than two-and-a-half hour town hall will be condensed into a one hour program airing tonight. Among the panelists were Martin family lawyer Benjamin Crump, New York streetfighter Curtis Sliwa, former NAACP president C.L. Bryant and HLN host Jane Velez-Mitchell.

While many of the panelists seemed to take the side of Trayvon Martin, it was left to O’Brien to challenge her guests about George Zimmerman‘s side of things. Zimmerman, the armed neighborhood watchman, has not gone public with his story, leaving that to his lawyer, friends and family members.

One of the night’s most vocal audience reactions came during a discussion of the media’s role in the case, when Geraldo Rivera‘s hoodie comments were played for the crowd. Although O’Brien noted Rivera has since apologized, the panel — including Roland Martin, no stranger to controversy himself — took the Fox News anchor to task for his remarks.

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Trayvon Martin and the Coverage of the Coverage

As the national media intensified its coverage of the Trayvon Martin killing last week, the coverage of the coverage is also going under the microscope.

Geraldo Rivera‘s conclusion on Friday that “the hoodie is as much responsible for Trayvon Martin‘s death as George Zimmerman was,” resonated all weekend long. Rivera went on with Bill O’Reilly Friday night and doubled down: “My thesis is, parents don’t let your kids go out wearing these damn hoodies because they could attract not only the attention of  the cops but of nut jobs like this George Zimmerman.”

“Fox News Watch” and CNN’s “Reliable Sources” discussed the coverage with “Watch” spending about seven minutes talking about the racial undertones, Pres. Obama’s entry into the discussion and whether it met the threshold of being a national story. The show did not mention their colleague Rivera’s comments.

Rivera’s hoodie thesis did make news on CNN and MSNBC. CNN analyst Roland Martin (among the first to bring the story to the national stage via his voluminous Twitter stream) wore a hoodie during his segment. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry created a tongue-in-cheek “dress code for black safety.” “If you follow these simple rules, you too, can be safe, and even be considered safe to be around,” said Perry.

Howard Kurtz discussed Rivera on “Reliable Sources.” “It’s so ridiculous it almost doesn’t bear commenting on,” said guest Derek McGinty, former ABC News anchor now with WUSA.

And both “Fox News Watch” and “Reliable Sources” mentioned competitor MSNBC and its show host Al Sharpton who is both covering the story and working as an activist on behalf of Trayvon Martin’s family. “How on Earth can Al Sharpton go there, be an activist and stand with the parents and ask people to contribute money and then he does his show and then he speaks at the rally again? How can MSNBC allow that?” asked Kurtz.

The answers after the jump…

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Roland Martin’s CNN Suspension is Over

FishbowlDC scoops that Roland Martin‘s suspension from CNN has been lifted.

Martin, a CNN contributor, has been off the air since early February following a series of Tweets that some say were homophobic.

Martin has been spending much of his time off CNN on Twitter. This afternoon he’s been Tweeting about Tweeting about the case of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black Miami teenager who was shot and killed by a white crime watch volunteer in an Orlando-area gated community on Feb. 26. Outrage is growing because the police chief in Sanford, FL held a news conference today saying they do not have enough evidence to charge the shooter, who is white.

While the case has been getting a lot of media attention in the Orlando and Miami markets, the cable news networks have not covered it much. To date, HLN has spent the most time reporting it.

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