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TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2011: It’s On

The time has come. The very first March Madness games are underway, and with them, comes the 2011 TVNewser bracket challenge.

Last year we had executive producers from across the TV news landscape make their picks, with “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman emerging victorious.

Hartman is back this year to defend his crown, but we opened the field up to all senior executives, executive producers and talent.

One thing we learned: “The Early Show” crew sticks together, and CNBCers love their college basketball.

Who are our players? Find out after the jump.

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‘World News America’ Heads to Rio

rio_5-22.jpg“BBC World News America” will be broadcasting from Brazil this Thursday and Friday. Anchor Matt Frei, who’s normally based out of Washington with Katty Kay, will be in Sao Paulo on the 27th and Rio de Janeiro on the 28th for the newscast.

BBC America plans to examine the country’s political and economic growth through a series of pieces that begins Monday and concludes with the broadcasts from South America at the end of the week.

Previously: TVNewser spoke with “World News America” EP Rome Hartman when the BBC America crew had their last adventure on the road in Havana, Cuba.

Rome Hartman Crowned TVNewser EP Bracket Challenge Winner

bossofbosseshartman_4-5.jpgThree weeks ago, we challenged executive producers from all the news networks to take part in our NCAA basketball tournament bracket challenge.

At the time, “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman told us that he was “constitutionally incapable of picking against Duke even if my head tells me not to.” As one of his staffers put it, “there rests the fate of BBC World News America pride.”

After nearly everyone lost their champion pick, Kansas, in the first few days, the competition remained tight. David Friedman (“The Early Show”) led for much of the way, until David Tabacoff (“The O’Reilly Factor”) took the lead.

While Hartman was out of the top five for most of the tourney, his stubbornness about sticking with his alma mater ended up launching him to first pace when all was said and done, which means he’s officially crowned the 2010 Boss of All Bosses champ. Congratulations, sir.

MSNBC’s Chris Licht (“Morning Joe”) is the first runner up followed by Tabacoff, Amy Sohnen (“O’Reilly Factor”) and a three-way tie for fifth between Bob Epstein (“NBC Nightly News”), Kim Rosenberg (“FOX Report”), and your TVNewser editor.

Here’s Hartman’s winning bracket and check out the full standings after the jump.

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Bracket Challenge Elite 8 Update

Well, this year’s TVNewser Bracket Challenge has gone from a “Boss of All Bosses” competition to a “Last Boss Standing” contest.

“Early Show” EP David Friedman, who has led the way since the first days of the tournament, slid back to 5th with losses by Kentucky and Baylor this weekend. “O’Reilly Factor” EP David Tabacoff jumps into first, while “Nightly News” EP Bob Epstein and your own TVNewser rocketed from outside the top ten into a three-way tie for second place with “FOX Report” EP Kim Rosenberg. MSNBC’s Chris Licht and “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer also made their way into the top ten.

With late-round wins carrying more weight, the sleeper right now is “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman who is the only competitor left with their National Championship selection, Duke, still in the running.

Here are the top half of the standings following the Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen games showing the current and best-possible scores:

Rank Name Score Correct Best
1 David Tabacoff 75 39 91 40 Kansas
2 Bob Epstein 68 34 84 35 Kansas
2 Kevin Allocca 68 35 84 36 Kansas
2 Kim Rosenberg 68 37 84 38 Kansas
5 David Friedman 67 41 67 41 Kansas
5 Gary Schreier 67 36 67 36 Kansas
7 Tom Cibrowski 66 37 66 37 Kansas
8 Chris Licht 65 35 81 36 Kansas
9 Betsy Fischer 59 33 75 34 Kansas
9 Stephanie Todd 59 35 75 36 Syracuse

> Update after the first two rounds
> List of competitors

TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2010: EP Edition

tvnchallenge_3-19.jpgIt’s time for some College Basketball March Madness and while you’ve been asking your colleagues (or are being asked by your colleagues) to join a bracket pool, we’ve been asking your bosses (or your favorite show’s bosses) to join ours. In this, the second annual TVNewser Bracket Challenge, we’ve asked executive producers from all networks to submit their picks. We’ll be keeping tabs on the results as the rounds go by and will eventually crown a 2010 TVNewser Champion, or, as we are unofficially calling it, a 2010 “boss of all bosses.”

Here are this year’s entrants:

Amy Sohnen, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Betsy Fischer, “Meet the Press”
Bill Wolff, “The Rachel Maddow Show”
Bob Epstein, “NBC Nightly News”
Carin Pratt, “Face the Nation”
Chris Licht, “Morning Joe”
David Friedman, “The Early Show”
David Tabacoff, “The O’Reilly Factor”
Gary Schreier, Fox Business Network
Jon Banner, “ABC World News”
Kim Rosenberg, “FOX Report”
Matt Quayle, “Squawk Box,” “Squawk on the Street”
Alex Crippen, CNBC and
Michael Kane, CNN Money Unit
Ramona Schindelheim, CNBC Business Day
Regina Gilgan, “Mad Money”
Rome Hartman, “BBC World News America”
Sanford Cannold, “Power Lunch,” “Street Signs”
Stephanie Todd, “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell”
Tom Cibrowski, “Good Morning America”

And now, to get you in the mood:

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‘World News America’ Live from Cuba

bbchavana_2-25.jpgTonight, Matt Frei will anchor “BBC World News America” from Cuba, a rare opportunity for an American based-newscast. TVNewser spoke with “World News America” EP Rome Hartman about the special broadcast, something he and BBC News’ Kevin Bakhurst have been working on since last year.

“It’s something we’d talked about for months,” said Hartman, former EP of “CBS Evening News.” “I think that Cuba has long been the subject of great fascination, and that applies whether your working at BBC or CBS,” he said. “This seemed like the right stretch of time to take stock of the Cuba-America relationship.”

There’s a reason live newscasts from Cuba are rare, and Hartman admits that travel restrictions and the embargo “add complexity to the issue” of broadcasting from the country, even for an international news organization like the BBC.

“Having someone on the ground helps obviously, because he can talk to government officials,” adds Hartman, pointing out that BBC correspondent Michael Voss is permanently stationed in Havana. “I think clearly, the Cubans know that we are committed to covering Cuba as an ongoing story.”

Hartman recalls that Dan Rather was particularly passionate about reporting on Cuba, but says that “all of the American networks including CBS paid less attention to Cuba in recent years.”

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Did You Hear? Anchor Changes Are Coming to ABC News


Diane Sawyer, Charlie Gibson and Barbara Walters at the memorial service for Walter Cronkite in September. Photo: Kevin Allocca

Next Friday, Dec. 18, Charlie Gibson signs off as anchor of ABC’s “World News.” The following Monday, Christmas week, the broadcast will carry they name of Diane Sawyer. If you read this blog, you already know that. But the transition from Gibson-Sawyer is about as low-key as these rare transitions get.

The AP’s David Bauder writes about the relative quietness of the changes, and talks to an unnamed ABC executive who says, “The idea is that Charlie and Diane want the focus to stay on the news and not on them and their transition. Diane is an extremely well-known journalist who does not need to be introduced to other people.” Bauder writes:

The obvious contrast is late summer 2006, when CBS trumpeted the arrival of Katie Couric at the “CBS Evening News.” And the Couric hype is exactly what’s kept Sawyer under the radar. ABC officials believe the attention paid to Couric’s move from the “Today” show backfired, leaving CBS a distant last in the evening news ratings. Instead of a big splash, ABC hopes for a steady swim.

Bauder examines the many differences between 2006 and 2009. He also talked with Couric’s first EP at Evening News, Rome Hartman who now heads up BBC World News America.

“We could have launched [the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric] in an underground bunker in Siberia, and it still would have been as hot a spotlight,” he said. “We knew there was a danger that our beginning would be treated as our end,” Hartman said. “Frankly, it was, and it was unfair.”

• We’ve still got our poll open: If George Takes the GMA Job, Who Should Host “This Week?”. We’ll keep it open until Monday night at Midnight PT and bring you the results Tuesday.

BBC’s Hartman Describes ‘Road to Ruin’ for News Orgs

hartman-11_16.jpgCurrent “BBC World News America” EP and former CBS “Evening News” EP Rome Hartman has an an editorial at Multichannel News on the direction of television news.

Hartman writes, “It is almost impossible to over-estimate the degree to which U.S. news organizations have surrendered editorial judgment to market testing, audience research and the relentless pursuit of eyeballs.” Hartman believes this has led to a situation in which wall-to-wall coverage of a celebrity funeral or “playing to one end or the other of the opinion spectrum” has become too common.

“There’s a price to be paid for this pandering, of course,” he claims, pointing to an ominous Pew Research study of public respect for the media.

“People are smart enough to know shamelessness when they see it,” notes Hartman. “They know that stories are chosen and highlighted because someone has decided they’ll grab the greatest attention or appeal to a particular point of view.”

He adds, “I honestly believe that this trend is the road to ruin for news organizations.”

Related: Rome Hartman on the “Fox News-ization” of Media at mediabistro’s UGCX.

Rome Hartman on the “Fox News-ization” of Media

hartmanugcx10-21.jpgRome Hartman, current “BBC World News America” EP and former EP of “CBS Evening News,” said earlier this year that he’d been branded the “Howard Beale of Twitter” for his criticisms of it.

Well today, he was moderating a panel discussion about social media and its impact on news at UGCX, mediabistro’s user-generated content summit in New York.

Hartman was joined by Scott Karp of Publish2, Michael Meyers from Now Public, and Rachel Sterne from Ground Report as the group talked about trends in news gathering, producing, and publishing in an increasingly interactive news environment.

But the democratization of news coverage may not always be a good thing, Right Rome? “Crowds typically like crap,” Hartman says, asking his panelists, “How do you moderate that instinct towards junk?”

“It will probably be something in the middle,” said Karp.

Calling it the “Fox News-ization of the media landscape,” Hartman says “public cynicism” is due to “a widespread feeling that news organizations — partly because they have such economic challenges — have decided that…the chase for audience is more important than an objective decision about which story is worthy.”

One attendee asked if Fox News’ strategy and users have created the recent “groundswell.” More after the jump.

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Safer, Sawyer, Gibson, O’Reilly Turn Out to Remember Don Hewitt

Hewitt_10.19.jpgThis morning the Rose Hall at the Time Warner Center was packed with friends and colleagues of legendary CBS Newsman Don Hewitt, who died in August.

In attendance, Hewitt’s “60 Minutes” correspondent corps including Morley Safer who spoke at the service. Andy Rooney sat in the third row, just across the aisle from Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly. A few seats from Rooney sat “Good Morning America” anchor Diane Sawyer, who was “60′s” first female correspondent. And one of the “60 Minutes’” originals, Mike Wallace, now 91 and in a wheelchair, attended this celebration of life for his former boss and friend.

Also in attendance ABC’s Charles Gibson, and former CBS News producers Jon Klein, now president of CNN/U.S. and Rome Hartman, now EP of BBC World News America.

“60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager, who took over for Hewitt in 2004, opened and closed the event which included clips from the CBS News special, “Tell Me a Story,” a retrospective of Hewitt’s life named for the guiding principle of his work.

Calling Hewitt, “The writer’s best friend,” Morley Safer said his boss of more than 30 years, ran either hot or cold as he paced the office on West 57th St. “Lukewarm was not our Don.”

“Don was utterly incapable of small talk,” said Safer. “Don liked to boast he could cut the Lord’s prayer in half and make it better.”

CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves said he was humbled when he first met Hewitt, a giant at CBS News. “’60 Minutes’ made us the Tiffany network,” said Moonves. The actor Alan Alda, a personal friend said, “Don was a fountain of ideas and a torrent of hard work.”

Hewitt’s son-in-law Bill Cassara, who worked with Hewitt on “60 Minutes” and his great-nephew Robert Fishman also spoke, as did Joan Ganz Cooney the founder of the Children’s Television Workshop and a friend of Don and his wife Marilyn Berger Hewitt, a former White House correspondent for NBC News.

Many of those who remembered Hewitt talked of his beloved Mecox Bay. It was here, at his home in Bridgehampton, that Hewitt died from complications of pancreatic cancer August 19.