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ABC News ‘Has Lost Its Way As a Hard News Organization’

LOGO_Nightline_2013_1280A former local radio and television news director and producer has posted a blistering analysis of ABC News, arguing ABC “has lost its way as a hard news organization.” Frank Gottlieb wrote on Facebook “gravitas is what Ted Koppel brought to ‘Nightline’. With Roone Arledge at the helm and Peter Jennings anchoring, ABC became a well regarded news organization. They have become Disneyfied to the public detriment.”

Gottlieb said he was disgusted by Tuesday’s “Nightline’, which aired hours after the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture–which dominated network newscasts. “There was not a word about the report on the broadcast. It would have been the only story during the Ted Koppel era.”

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George Stephanopoulos Sees His 21-Year-Old Self on ‘GMA’

StephanopoulosGMA“Good Morning America” went into the way-back machine and dug up some videotapes of the show’s hosts, some going back decades. In the sweeps segment called “Raiders of the Lost Tapes,” Lara Spencer and Amy Robach were taken back to their first reporting jobs, Robin Roberts‘ clip came from a bizarro segment on “Wide World of Sports.” And the show didn’t need to go far — just far back — into the archive to find a 21-year-old George Stephanopoulos appearing on “Nightline” with Ted Koppel talking about international arms control and looking like Chachi Arcola.

CNN’s In-Depth Look at the Iran Hostage Crisis

With the 35th anniversary of the Iran Hostage Crisis approaching, the Americans who were beaten, tortured and humiliated during their 444 days of imprisonment tell their story of anguish and hope to CNN.

“Witnessed: The Iran Hostage Crisis” airs tomorrow at 9pmET and will also examine what has been called America’s first conflict with militant Islam. It features insiders from the Carter administration and veteran newsman Ted Koppel, who in 1979 anchored a late night ABC newscast providing the latest news out of Iran. That program still exists today as “Nightline.”

Syracuse Cuts Ribbon on Upgrades At S.I. Newhouse School

LichtControlRoomCBS News VP Chris Licht now has a TV news control room named for him. It’s one of the new control rooms at Syracuse University’s new Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

The $18 million upgrade at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications includes five studios, replacing two studios, built decades ago and used by countless Syracuse alum including Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, Jeff Glor, Contessa Brewer and Licht.

Oprah Winfrey was the featured guest at today’s celebration. The two major donations of $5 million each, came from the Dick Clark estate (Clark is a 1951 Syracuse graduate) and Alan Gerry, the founder of Cablevision Industries.

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.

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.”

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