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‘The PBS Newshour has an audience that is larger than anything you see in the cable news universe’

In Part III of this week’s Media Beat interview, MacNeil-Lehrer Productions CEO Simon Marks talks about the new PBS Newshour: “We wanted the program to look a little bit more engaging, to give it added impact.” Marks also talks about his time with Fox News Channel as a contributing correspondent which included “co-anchoring with Brit Hume and Catherine Crier the funeral of Princess Diana.”

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Simon Marks on ‘Doing more with Less’

In part two of our Media Beat interview, Simon Marks, the President and CEO of MacNeil-Lehrer Productions talks about merging the broadcast and online newsrooms of the PBS Newshour. “The broadcast benefits from the fact that there are more people in the field with a multi-disciplinary approaches: they’re able to shoot, they’re learning to edit on final-cut pro.”

Are the Nets Doing Enough to Cover Foreign News?

Before he left TVNewser a couple months ago, Kevin Allocca sat down with Simon Marks for our Media Beat series. Marks, the president and CEO of MacNeil-Lehrer Productions and a veteran international reporter, talks about the current coverage of international news by American TV networks, and how technology has changed the way foreign news is reported and broadcast.

PBS NewsHour’s Simon Marks Talks WikiLeaks

We had the opportunity to sit down with “PBS NewsHour” associate EP Simon Marks on Friday. Marks, who was recently promoted to President and CEO of MacNeil-Lehrer Productions, has traveled the world as an international reporter for several networks including Fox News. We asked him for his thoughts on the WikiLeaks debate.

“It changes the way you look at what in the past might have been a direct relationship between a whistle-blower and a newsroom:”

• Watch for the full MediaBeat interview with Marks coming soon…

Marks Replaces Crystal at MacNeil Lehrer

“NewsHour” associate EP Simon Marks will take over as president of MacNeil Lehrer productions starting September 1st. He replaces PBS veteran and former NBC News President Lest Crystal, who announced his retirement in May. Marks launched Feature Story News, an independent broadcast news agency, in 1992. FSN has provided international news coverage to Fox News Channel and a dozen other news outlets over the years. Full release after the jump.

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Iranian Court Sentences Roxana Saberi to 8 Years For Spying

Saberi_4.18.bmpAfter a five-day trial held behind closed doors, an Iranian court has sentenced Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi, to eight years in prison. The former Miss North Dakota, who’d been working in Iran as a freelance reporter, was convicted of spying for the United States.

31-year-old Saberi has reported for NPR, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”, and Fox News Channel, among others as the Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News. Her press credentials were revoked in 2006.

The Obama administration has called the charges against Saberi baseless and is demanding her release.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KVLY-TV in Fargo.

> Update from an NPR interview with Saberi’s father: “In the beginning…under pressure, she had made some statements. And later, when they questioned again, she denied, said that those things that she had said were not right. But they apparently, in the case, they didn’t consider her denial. She is very weak and frail, last time we saw. And she wanted to go on hunger strike, but we persuaded her not to do so. And after this, most probably she will.”

> More: Statement from NPR president Vivian Schiller – “We are deeply distressed by this harsh and unwarranted sentence. Ms. Saberi has already endured a three month confinement in Evin Prison, and we are very concerned for her well-being. Through her work for NPR over several years, we know her as an established and respected professional journalist. We appeal to all of those who share our concerns to ask that the Iranian authorities show compassion and allow her to return home to the Untied States immediately with her parents.”

> More: Statement from ABC News – “We are distressed by the sentence of espionage delivered to our colleague Roxana Saberi today. There was no evidence of espionage made public and her trial was conducted in secret. Roxana’s friends and colleagues at ABC News are extremely concerned for her well-being and our thoughts have been with Roxana and her family throughout this ordeal. We urge the Iranian government to release Roxana to her family immediately.

> More: Statement from Feature Story News president and chief correspondent – FSN’s President and Chief Correspondent Simon Marks issued the following statement: “Roxana’s conviction is an appalling miscarriage of justice – or what passes for justice in modern Iran. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to Roxana and her family at this extremely difficult time. We once again urge the Iranian authorities to release Roxana immediately into the custody of her family, so that she can make plans to return to the United States where she was born and raised”.”

American Reporter Detained in Iran

Roxana_3.1.bmpA former Miss North Dakota, who’s been working in Iran as a freelance reporter, is being detained in undisclosed location there.

31-year-old Roxana Saberi has reported for NPR, “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer“, and Fox News Channel, among others as the Tehran bureau chief for Feature Story News. Her press credentials were revoked by the Iranian government more than a year ago, but she was being allowed to file short stories until her arrest about a month ago.

NPR reports the Saberi family decided not to go public with Saberi’s arrest until yesterday. Her father, who still lives in Fargo, last spoke to her on February 10 and said he doesn’t know where she’s being held or what the charges are.

RSaberi_3.1.jpg“Roxana Saberi is one of the most courageous people I have ever met”, said Simon Marks, FSN’s President and Chief Correspondent. “It is imperative that the authorities in the Islamic Republic of Iran now divulge her whereabouts, and explain to both her family and her legal representatives the reasons for her detention”. Saberi served as FSN’s Tehran Bureau Chief from February 2003 to July 2006.

Saberi grew up in North Dakota and graduated from Concordia College. She was Miss North Dakota 1997 and worked briefly at KLVY-TV in Fargo.

(photos: FSN/Saberi Family via KFYR-TV)