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Barbara Walters to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara WaltersThe Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.

This is just the second time the Lifetime Achievement Award is being presented. It was awarded to first amendment attorney Floyd Abrams, father of ABC’s Dan Abrams, in 2008.

“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”

The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.

Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.

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Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

CBS, PBS and HBO Lead News And Documentary Emmy Winners

emmy-statue-slice-01The 34th News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center. “Frontline” EP David Fanning accepted a lifetime achievement Emmy, with presenters including Ted Koppel, Sharyl Attkisson, Candy Crowley, Katty Kay, David Muir and Alex Wagner.

CBS News was the night’s big winner, taking home 12 Emmy statues, more than CNN, ABC and NBC combined. PBS took home nine Emmys, HBO took home six, CNN took home three, Nat Geo and NBC News took home two, while ABC News, AXS, BBC News, History Channel, Discovery Channel, the NY Times and Science Channel all took home one.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” took home six of the 12 Emmys, honoring stories about the Bin Laden raid and violence in Syria. The “CBS Evening News” secured three Emmy statues, with “CBS Sunday Morning” drawing three Emmys, and “CBS This Morning” one.

Seven of PBS’ Emmys were for “Frontline,”not counting the lifetime achievement award, with the others for “American Experience” and “Nature.” All of HBO’s Emmys were for its long-form documentaries.

CNN won for its 2012 election coverage, Nick Walsh‘s reporting from the Middle East and an “AC360″ special on kids and race. NBC News won for its election coverage and its Syria coverage, while the sole ABC News Emmy went to “Nightline.”

All the winners can be seen here. You can also see the laudatory spin from the winning networks, after the jump.
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The Evening Ticker: Woodruff, MSNBC.com, Walters

  • ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is planning a series of reports for “Nightline,” highlighting “the most dangerous and extreme places across the globe.” The debut segment airs tonight, and features a look at child coal miners.

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Scott Pelley: ‘We’re Getting the Big Stories Wrong, Over and Over Again’

Accepting his Fred Friendly First Amendment award this afternoon at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Club, CBS News anchor and managing editor Scott Pelley delivered an impassioned speech about the sorry state of journalism in 2013.

“Our house is on fire,” Pelley said of the business at large. “Never before in human history has more information been available to more people. But at the same time never before in human history has more bad information been available to more people.”

Pelley took “the first arrow,” recalling his own mistake over some of the early reporting out of Sandy Hook Elementary in December. Then he recounted early errors after the Boston Marathon was bombed. “We were attacked by terrorists on that day, and amateur journalists became digital vigilantes.”

Pelley joins 19 other TV journalists including Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings, Dan Rather, Ted Koppel, and, last year, Martha Raddatz, as Fred Friendly honorees. He told the crowd, which included his CBS News colleagues past and present, that “disruptive technologies” are partly to blame.

“Twitter, Facebook and Reddit: that’s not journalism. That’s gossip. Journalism was invented as an antidote to gossip.”

Pelley also took on the chest thumping that goes on in local and national newsrooms around the nation every day.

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Ted Koppel: NBC ‘Not Helpful’ By Shuffling ‘Rock Center’ Around

Former ABC News anchor and current NBC “Rock Center” contributor Ted Koppel talks to the AP about a report he has on young adults serving time in adult prisons.

Along the way he has a few words about NBC’s shuffling of “Rock Center” in its lineup. The primetime newsmagazine anchored by Brian Williams has been shuffled across NBC’s lineup a number of times, before settling in on Fridays earlier this year.

“Just when you think somebody might figure out when it’s on and want to see it the next week, they move it to another place,” said the former “Nightline” anchor. “That’s not helpful, and I think Brian deserves more support than that.”

He said Williams is “a powerhouse of a guy, and I think he’s going to emerge triumphant in the end.”

Final 11:35 ‘Nightline’ Is Tonight

It’s not very often a number show is moved out of its timeslot by network execs, but that’s what’s happening at ABC as “Nightline” moves from 11:35pm to 12:35am beginning tomorrow night making room for “Jimmey Kimmel Live” after the late local news.

“Nightline” was born out of the Iranian Hostage Crisis. The temporary program “America Held Hostage: The Iran Crisis” launched November 8, 1979 — four days after the Americans were taken. Frank Reynolds was the original anchor. Ted Koppel, then ABC’s chief diplomatic correspondent, was a contributing reporter and would take over anchoring duties in March 1980 when the show became known as “Nightline.”

“[Former ABC News president] Roone [Arledge] had decided a long time before that any time a big news story [broke], ABC News was going to do a special broadcast at 11:30 at night,” Koppel told TVNewser in 2009. “And one day, it was his dream that there’d be a story that had such legs to it, that was so enduring, that he would actually be able to seize the time period.”

Koppel would anchor the program for 25 years, until late 2005. After Koppel left, the show began a three-anchor format with Terry Moran, Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir, later replaced by Bill Weir, with a much — in Koppel’s words — “frothier” format. Indeed, tonight’s final 11:35 show includes Barbara Walters‘ sitdown with Mariah Carey. Tomorrow’s first show at 12:35 includes McFadden’s sitdown with the stars of Django Unchained.

But the formula worked. “Nightline” has been the #1 late night show for the last three seasons.

Still, with the move to even later night, “Nightline” producers will be as busy as ever as the network has promised an hour in primetime every week beginning Friday, March 1.

Bernard Goldberg Trashes Ted Koppel’s Report On Partisan Cable News

On last night’s “O’Reilly Factor,” Bernard Goldberg appeared in one of his typically meta segments to talk about last week’s rumble between Bill O’Reilly and Ted Koppel. O’Reilly claimed that he pressed Koppel on anchors like Bret Baier and Shepard Smith, but Koppel was more interested in the primetime opinion shows.

“This is embarrassing for someone who is about to do a story on television cable news, and it shows a tremendous gap in his journalistic knowledge, and a tremendous gap in his journalistic curiosity, incuriousity in this case,” Goldberg said.

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Greta Van Susteren: Network News Anchors ‘Delusional’ If They Think They Aren’t Biased

Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren took to her blog to respond to Ted Koppel‘s “Rock Center” piece about bias in cable news. Van Susteren argues that broadcast news anchors “are delusional” if they really believe their broadcasts are completely free of bias.

When broadcast networks present what they think is the all that is important in the world in the 22 minutes of a half hour news program or 44 minutes of an hour program – it starts with its bias. When you pick and isolate what YOU think is news, you are making YOUR decision of WHAT is important and HOW to present it the viewers. That is bias.

Broadcast news people may have deluded themselves into thinking that they are pure because they often show no passion in their voices or volume in the talk. A modulated voice and soft volume does not mean no bias. It only means modulated voice and soft volume.

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Ted Koppel Swaps Interviews With Bill O’Reilly

As we noted last night, NBC “Rock Center” correspondent Ted Koppel had a two-part report exploring partisan media, which included an interview with Bill O’Reilly. Koppel taped the “Rock Center” interview in O’Reilly’s studio, then, the tables were turned and O’Reilly interviewed Koppel. That interview aired a couple hours before “Rock Center” on “The O’Reilly Factor.”

O’Reilly frequently swaps interviews with other media personalities, most notable Comedy Central host Jon Stewart.


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