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Miles O’Brien Named Science Reporter for PBS NewsHour

Former CNN science and space correspondent Miles O’Brien is joining the “PBS NewsHour” as its science reporter.

O’Brien left CNN in December, 2008 when the network shuttered its science and technology unit. Since then he has appeared as host of the PBS miniseries “Blueprint America,” and as a guest expert in space and aviation issues on a  number of TV newscasts.

“I’m delighted to join the PBS NewsHour team,” said O’Brien in a statement.  ”Science is so important to our lives and the NewsHour has a reputation for giving thoughtful and in-depth coverage to all its reporting.  I look forward to producing work that helps people better understand the work being done by scientists today.”

The cable news channels have largely abandoned serious science reporting, leaving most of the coverage to the broadcast news divisions and PBS, which is home to programs such as “Nova.”

In recent months all three cable news channels have run spurious science stories, including a Fox News report on the supposed vaccine-autism correlation, an MSNBC report claiming that research proves that the chicken came before the egg, and a CNN report on a woman who magically “regrew” part of her finger by using a dubious product.

CNN also confirmed earlier this year that it had shelved its “Planet in Peril” documentary series.

More information about O’Brien’s hiring after the jump.

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Joe Theismann Joins NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

The NFL Network broadcast booth just got a little bit more crowded. Joe Theismann, he of the 1983 MVP, brutal leg break, and more than 20 years as a commentator, will join Bob Papa and Matt Millen in the Thursday night booth.

Theismann began his life as a broadcaster in 1985 after a successful, albeit abbreviated stint as a quarterback. He partnered with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith to call Super Bowl XIX before moving to ESPN’s Sunday Night Football three years later. He was off the air for most of last season, but returned alongside former coach Joe Gibbs for a game in January, which Awful Announcing called “the worst announcing team of all time.” (More from AA on Theismann here.)

At least one person is not pleased with the Theismann addition.

The NFL Network will broadcast eight games, starting with the Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons on November 11. The full schedule is after the jump. Read more