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Brian Stelter to Guest Host ‘Reliable Sources’

New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter will host an upcoming edition of CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple reports. As CNN looks for a permanent replacement for Howard Kurtz, who recently joined Fox News, Stelter will host August 11. In the meantime, he will avoid covering CNN, as well as Fox News and MSNBC.

Wemple speculates on what the guest-hosting gig might mean for Stelter:

Whatever the outcome of Stelter’s tryout, it’s unlikely to advance the story of the New York Times’s brain drain to television outlets. Earlier this year, the paper lost reporters Jeff Zeleny and Susan Saulny to ABC News and just last week lost statistician Nate Silver to ESPN-cum-ABC News. That’s not a trajectory for Stelter. “I would not leave the Times for a television job,” says Stelter. Perhaps that wouldn’t be an issue: Over his time hosting “Reliable Sources,” Kurtz held down full-time work covering the media and Washington, first at The Post and later at the Daily Beast/Newsweek, and contributed to the Daily Download. Over the years, he occasionally drew fire from critics for conflicts of interest stemming from his various loyalties.

This week’s guest host of “Reliable Sources” will be former CNN Washington bureau chief Frank Sesno, who currently works as director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Stelter is the author of “Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.” In a MediaBeat interview earlier this year, we asked him if he’d be interested in hosting his own media criticism show. Watch his answer after the jump.  Read more

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ABC News Ups Rick Klein To Political Director

Another day, another change in ABC’s political unit. ABC has promoted Rick Klein to the role of political director. Klein joined ABC in 2007 from the Boston Globe and was named Washington editor of “ABC World News” in 2010.

“Rick was a key member of the editorial team that produced two of the most-watched debates of the Republican primaries,” wrote ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a memo to staff this morning. “And when Martha Raddatz was picked to moderate the Vice Presidential debate, Rick enthusiastically took on a leading part in debate prep as a very convincing Paul Ryan. In fact, in the mock debates, he captured virtually every rhetorical point and personal mannerism — except for gulping water.”

The Klein announcement follows the arrival of Susan Saulny and Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times earlier this week.

ABC News Adds Another New York Times Reporter to Ranks

For the second time in as many days, ABC News has hired a reporter from the New York Times. This morning we got word that Susan Saulny will join ABC’s Washington bureau as a correspondent.

Saulny has spent the last 12 years at The Times as a national reporter. She’s also contributed to the paper’s digital video efforts.

Says ABC News president Ben Sherwood: “A superb reporter and writer, Susan helped chronicle the race to the White House in 2012, breaking news and writing features, traveling across the country through Election Day.”

Saulny spent four years in the Times’ Chicago bureau covering politics, breaking news, and weather in the Midwest. The New Orleans native reported extensively on Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.

On Monday, ABC announced it had hired Jeff Zeleny to report on politics and Capitol Hill. In an interview Monday, Zeleny told TVNewser the Times’ move into video will make his jump to TV a bit easier: “The web has prepared me a lot for this new fast-paced tempo of reporting from morning to evening,” he says. “I think it’s just an interesting moment in our reflective businesses that we’re doing more TV at The Times and ABC is doing great reporting.”

ABC News Adds Jeff Zeleny To Politics Beat

ABC News is adding New York Times political reporter Jeff Zeleny to its lineup of correspondents. Zeleny will be covering Congress and politics for ABC. As ABC News president Ben Sherwood noted in an email to ABC staff this morning, Zeleny routinely breaks big news stories at the Times.

Earlier this month Jeff revealed that Karl Rove is starting a new group to focus on recruiting seasoned Republican candidates to run in the next round of Congressional races – a story that drove the news cycle for days. During the 2012 campaign he broke the news that President Obama would support a Democratic Super PAC, a reversal from his strongly held position in 2008.

Zeleny may not be the only Timeser to be heading to ABC News. Politico’s Dylan Byers also reports that Susan Saulny is also having discussions with ABC, though Times editor Jill Abramson notes that they are interested in keeping their talent in-house of they can.

ABC is trying to replenish its political lineup, which took a hit with the departure of Jake Tapper and Virginia Moseley in the last few months.

Sherwood’s note is after the jump.
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