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David Chalian Named CNN Political Director

david_chalian_jt_120728_wgCNN producer David Chalian has been named Political Director for the network, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced today.

The former ABC News political director joined CNN last summer as “Crossfire” supervising producer. He replaces Mark Preston as political director, who was promoted to executive editor of CNN Politics last month.

Before CNN, Chalian served as POLITICO’s VP of video programming and Yahoo News’ Washington Bureau Chief; he was terminated by Yahoo! after a negative comment he made about Mitt Romney and the Republican Party was caught on a hot microphone.

FishbowlDC has the full memo sent to staff from Feist.

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CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

Mark Preston Named Executive Editor for CNN Politics

Preston Mark Preston has been named Executive Editor for CNN Politics, SVP and Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist announced today.

In his new role, Preston will oversee CNN’s political events, including presidential debates. Preston will continue his political reporting, covering campaigns and events across CNN’s platforms, while also serving as an on-air analyst during election and primary coverage.

“Mark’s new role will put CNN in a terrific position heading into the mid-term elections and beyond,” Feist said. “Mark’s relationships in the political world are among the strongest in journalism and we look forward to Mark leveraging these connections as he organizes events and reports on the upcoming campaign.”

Before the promotion, Preston had been CNN’s political director since 2011. He’s been with the network since 2005.

CNN’s press release after the jump.

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Ed O’Keefe Named VP of CNNMoney & Politics

cnnmoneyAs CNN prepares to take control of CNNMoney, the network is bringing on Ed O’Keefe to the new position of VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

As Time Inc. prepares to be spun off from Time Warner, CNNMoney stays in the Time Warner fold and, as of June 1, becomes a part of CNN. (Money magazine and Money.com remain with Time Inc. Money made its own internal moves yesterday). O’Keefe will be tasked with growing the CNNMoney brand as well as expanding political coverage on CNN Digital. He’ll work alongside DC bureau chief Sam Feist in that capacity.

O’Keefe joins from NowThisNews where he was editor-in-cheif. Before that, he spent 12 years at ABC News, lastly as executive producer at ABCNews.com.

In addition, CNN Digital is promoting Lex Haris to Executive Editor of CNNMoney. Haris has been with CNNMoney since 2001, and has been the site’s managing editor since 2007.

Michelle Kosinski Leaves NBC for CNN, Named White House Correspondent

michelle kosinskiCNN is making changes in the Washington bureau ahead of the 2014 midterms and 2016 Presidential elections. Michelle Kosinski is joining the network as White House correspondent and Dana Bash and Pamela Brown will add new responsibilities, bureau chief Sam Feist has announced.

Kosinski joins CNN from NBC News, where she has worked since 2005, most recently as a London-based foreign correspondent.

Bash, CNN’s chief Congressional correspondent, will also serve as the network’s lead reporter covering the 2016 field of Republican Presidential candidates. Brown, who joined CNN last year, has been named Justice correspondent, replacing Joe Johns, who was promoted to senior Washington correspondent last month.

“We have put together a powerhouse team of outstanding journalists whose reporting is second to none,” Feist said in a statement. “With Michelle, Dana, Pamela, Brianna [Keilar] and Suzanne [Malveaux] as well as our large roster of accomplished journalists, CNN is positioned to deliver the most in-depth, high caliber and informative political coverage anywhere.”

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Brianna Keilar Named Senior Political Correspondent at CNN

Brianna KeilarBrianna Keilar has been named CNN’s senior political correspondent. In her new role, which begins next month, Keilar will serve as the lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the Democratic field of 2016 Presidential contenders, as well as the primary fill-in anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

“Brianna has distinguished herself as one of the top political reporters in the field,” Washington bureau chief Sam Feist said in a statement. “She possesses a strong understanding of both the White House and the congressional beat, and we’re thrilled she’ll be taking on this new assignment as the campaign season heats up.”

Keilar, who has been CNN’s senior White House correspondent since 2013, joined the network as a general assignment correspondent in 2006. CNN’s press release is after the jump.  Read more

CNN to Relaunch ‘Inside Politics’ With John King

John KingCNN is bringing back “Inside Politics” with John King as anchor. The revamped show, which will feature a rotating panel of political reporters, will debut this Sunday at 8:30amET.

“Inside Politics” ran for more than 20 years on CNN. It ended in 2005 when then-host Judy Woodruff decided not to renew her contract with the network.

“I’m honored to be part of bringing Inside Politics back to CNN, with a focus on ahead-of-the-curve political reporting,” King said in a statement. “It’s a fascinating time in American politics, in Washington and across the country, and we have a remarkable group of journalists committed to sharing their reporting and their insights each week.”

King joined CNN in 1997 and was named chief national correspondent in 2005. Before anchoring “John King USA,” which was canceled in 2012, he anchored “State of the Union,” CNN’s Sunday public affairs program.

This is the second show that CNN has revived after several years off the air. “Crossfire,” also canceled in 2005, was relaunched in September at 6:30pmET.

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Joe Johns Promoted to Senior Washington Correspondent at CNN

joe johns cnnJoe Johns has been promoted to senior Washington correspondent at CNN, Washington bureau chief Sam Feist announced this morning.

Johns, who marks his tenth anniversary with CNN this month, has most recently been the network’s Justice correspondent.

“It has become clear that with a midterm election campaign and a presidential campaign on the horizon, we will need Joe’s storytelling and reporting in areas that extend far beyond the Justice Department,” Feist wrote in a note to the Washington bureau. “And Joe Johns is the perfect correspondent to fill this need.”

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Jay Shaylor Named EP of ‘The Situation Room’

logoCNN has named Jay Shaylor executive producer of “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.”

Shaylor joins CNN from ABC News, where he served as senior producer on “Good Morning America.” He starts at CNN in a few weeks.

“While at GMA, Jay was part of the leadership team that brought the morning program to number one,” wrote CNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist and VP of DC programming Eric Sherling in a note to staff obtained by TVNewser. “He is an Emmy, Peabody, and Murrow Award-winning journalist who brings to CNN extensive experience managing breaking stories from the control room and the field.”

Shaylor replaces Patricia DiCarlo, who had been EP of “The Situation Room” since 2010. DiCarlo is now director of CNN’s investigations unit.

Feist and Sherling’s note, after the jump.
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Turning Down the Volume for ‘Crossfire’ 2.0


New “Crossfire” hosts (l-r) Stephanie Cutter, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp and Newt Gingrich.

When last we saw CNN’s “Crossfire,” it resembled a scene from “Animal House,” minus the togas.

Eight years later, “Crossfire” has learned its manners, according to CNN. Hosts will use their indoor voices, and will allow each other to finish sentences. The experiment begins at 6:30 tonight, with Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter on set with two guests.

“You have to wait for someone to finish, then make your point,” says CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist, who began his CNN career as a “Crossfire” intern in 1989. “We get that. Obviously, it’s something to be mindful of. At the same time, we want to have passionate conversations.”

Even with what’s being billed as a kinder, gentler “Crossfire,” the question remains as to whether the conservative-vs.-liberal roundtable, launched in 1982, matters anymore in a radically altered cable topography.

Given that Fox News and MSNBC have become so polarized, a political program with both sides equally represented is more important than ever, says Charles Bierbauer, Dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Mass Communications and a CNN correspondent for 20 years.

“Whatever happened to the guy in the middle?” he opines.  “I, as a viewer, like more than one point of view on issues. We’ve evolved, or devolved, to the notion that tuning into Fox gives you a right wing, conservative perspective and tuning into MSNBC gives you a left wing, liberal perspective.”

Going a step further, Feist says CNN “is the only cable-news channel that is capable of hosting “Crossfire” in an authentic way…. We’re bipartisan. Our job is to represent all points of view. It’s hard to imagine viewers would trust other channels to offer a debate program with equally balanced hosts and guests.”

“Balance” often leads to a deafening decibel level. Toward the end, this was “Crossfire’s” hallmark, fueled even more by a vocal studio audience. In his infamous 2004 appearance, Jon Stewart decried the cacophony, which led, in part, to ex-CNN chief Jonathan Klein’s decision to euthanize the show.

“Crossfire’s” approach was emblematic of the time’s ‘argument culture,’ says Amy S. Mitchell, new director of Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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