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Why Bill O’Reilly Won’t Be the Next Anchor of the Evening News

Tonight’s “Rock Center” led off with a two-part Ted Koppel report looking at partisan news media, its rise and why it may be here to stay, whether you like it or not.

The hugely popular and wildly profitable Fox News Channel — in the form of Bill O’Reilly — participated in the NBC report, but MSNBC did not. “The presidents of Fox and our sister network, MSNBC, wanted no part of this conversation,” said Koppel. “And also declined on behalf of their on-air talent.” O’Reilly was the exception. Koppel also talked with Ann Coulter and Bill Maher. Also:

  • Koppel posed this hypothetical to O’Reilly: “Diane Sawyer is retiring, they want you to be the next anchor. Money is not going to be a problem. What do you do?” O’Reilly: “I don’t do it. Too boring. It would not be nearly as much fun as teeing the world off every night here and having all the reaction and being able to do all the things I could never do in a hard news broadcast.”
  • Koppel, showing his own bias (journalistic, not political), describes Fox News this way: “A partisan news network with the mocking slogan ‘Fair and Balanced.’”
  • New York Times media columnist David Carr thinks a partisan outlet as primary news source is, “an existential threat to our perfect union.”

Full segments after the jump…

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The Ticker: Alexander, Al Jazeera, Rock Center

  • NBC’s Peter Alexander is hosting a special for Travel Channel called “Travel Like a President.” Produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions, the special will look at what goes into the travel arrangements of the president, from clearing hotel rooms to flying on Air Force One. The special airs on Travel Channel Tues., Oct. 2 at 8 PM.
  • NBC’s “Rock Center” is dedicating a segment this week to controversial and partisan media personalities. Ted Koppel will interview FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, HBO’s Bill Maher and conservative pundit Ann Coulter. From the logline: “On the left and on the right, are they speaking for America, or are they bad for America?”

Former ‘Nightline’ Producer: ‘The better the listener you are, the better the product you’ll end up with’

Former ABC “Nightline” producer Dana Wolfe is interviewed as part of Mediabistro’s “Hey How’d You Do That?” series. Wolfe now runs the U.S. version of the Rosenkranz Foundation’s “Intelligence Squared” debate series. If you are an AvantGuild member, you can read the entire interview here.

How did your experience as a producer for Nightline prepare you for producing debates? 


I was highly influenced by Ted Koppel, who always tried to make Nightline a forum for civil discourse. I remember working, way back when at the Madrid Summit, where I used to see the Israelis and the Palestinians talking to one another, and that was never done publicly until then. At Nightline, I was always involved with all of the big town meetings around the world — that usually involves bringing two sides of a topic together to try to come away with some common balance. This idea of distinctive division and a passion for story telling is something that seems to be a thread throughout my career.

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The Ticker: CNN, Koppel, The Grio

  • An investigative report on CNN’s “AC360,” has sparked an investigation from the U.S. Senate. The report examines the tax-exempt Disabled Veterans National Foundation, which claims to raise money for veterans, but has not appeared to give any money directly to veterans. CNN’s Drew Griffin was unable to secure an interview with the group’s founder, even after showing up at her house. Now Senators Max Baucus (D – Mont.) and Richard Burr (R – N.C.) are launching an investigation into the organization.

  • Former ABC News anchor and current NBC contributor Ted Koppel is the inaugural inductee into the WAER-FM Hall of Fame. WAER is a public radio station licensed to Syracuse University, where Koppel was a student. He served as program director of WAER in 1959.
  • NBC News website TheGrio.com has relaunched with a new site design. There are now a handful of key news topics, such as politics, business and entertainment, with text, video and other multimedia reports surrounding those subject areas. The site now also operates on the WordPress platform.

ABC’s Martha Raddatz to Receive First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University

Martha Raddatz of ABC News will receive Qunnipiac Unversity’s 19th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award next month.

Raddatz has been ABC’s senior foreign affairs correspondent since 2008. In a statement, Lee Kamlet, dean of Quinnipiac University’s school of communications, said Raddatz’s reporting is “accurate and fair, the two elements that are indispensable to a journalist’s credibility.”

Past recipients of the award include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Peter Jennings and Christiane Amanpour. Raddatz will be presented with hers on June 7.

TVNewser’s 2012 Guide To Graduation Speakers

‘Tis commencement season, and so without further ado, we present TVNewser’s fifth annual list of who’s-speaking-where-and-when at America’s colleges and universities (in alphabetical order):

ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour: University of Southern California - Annenberg School of Journalism,  May 11

NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Arizona State University , May 3…Vanderbilt University (TN) – Senior Class Day, May 10

FNC’s SVP of News Editorial Michael Clemente: Warren County Community College (NJ), May 19

ABC’s Katie CouricUniversity of Virginia, May 20

NBC’s Tom Costello: University of Colorado, Journalism & Mass Communication, May 10.

NBC’s David Gregory: Emerson College (MA), May 14

CNN/CBS’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan, previously on April 28

NBC’s Savannah GuthrieHobart and William Smith Colleges (NY), May 13

MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry: Wellesley College (MA), May 25

PBS’s Maria Hinojosa: Simmons College (MA) – Morning Commencement, May 18

NBC’s Lester Holt: Pepperdine University (CA), previously on April 28

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: Holy Names University (CA), May 12… Bates College (ME), May 26

More after the jump, including Koppel, Lehrer, Sawyer, Schieffer, and three Williamses (Brian, Juan, and Pete)

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Chris Wallace Honored By National Press Foundation

Fox News Channel anchor Chris Wallace is the winner of the National Press Foundation’s Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcast Journalism.

Wallace accepted the award at the NPF’s annual dinner last night in Washington, DC. In his speech, he named his father Mike Wallace, his stepfather Bill Leonard, and Fox News CEO Roger Ailes as the greatest influences on his journalism career, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Wallace also spoke with Boston.com about the honor. “’60 Minutes’ has won it — and Ted Koppel, Charlie Gibson, Brit Hume,” he said. “Quite frankly, some of the people I admire most in the business. To be invited to stand with those heavyweights means a lot. It really means a lot to me.”

Chelsea Clinton, Ted Koppel on ‘Nightly News’ and ‘Rock Center’ Tonight

At the close of Friday’s “Nightly News,” and again during his tease on “Today,” Brian Williams announced two new members of the NBC News on-air team would be joining him on the show tonight ahead of their stories on tonight’s “Rock Center.”

We’ll look for you right back here Monday night when we’ll be joined by Ted Koppel and Chelsea Clinton prior to their reports “Rock Center.”

On Friday, Clinton wrote a blog post about her story:

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Ted Koppel, Al Gore Argue For Independent and Focused Media, Criticize Cable News in the Process

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, Broadcasting & Cable magazine asked a number of high-profile TV executives and personalities to weigh in on the business. In addition CBS CEO Les Moonves, NFL commentator Al Michaels, Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, the magazine asked former ABC anchor and current “Rock Center” contributor Ted Koppel to weigh in on the state of TV news, and former Vice President and current Current TV chairman Al Gore to weigh in on independent media (subscription required).

Koppel has often spoken about his distaste with the current state of media, and his essay focused on the impact of social media, and the polarization of news. As he has done in the past, he called out Fox News and MSNBC for harming the public discourse:

Thirty or forty years ago, I used to tell audiences, with a mixture of pride and chagrin, that while doctors and lawyers needed a license to practice, that while everyone needed a license to drive, or hunt, or fish; nobody needed a license to be a journalist. Of course, back then, the only way to communicate with a national audience was to get a job with a national news magazine, like Time or Newsweek, or with a national broadcasting network, of which there were only three. So, the opportunity was more theoretical than real. Still, with the advent of the Internet, I used to tell college students that the capacity to communicate globally was now, literally, in their hands.

I never actually expected them to do it.

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Tom Bettag joins ‘Rock Center’

Tom Bettag is the latest hire at NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” Bettag, who spent much of his 40 years in TV news working with Ted Koppel — recently named special correspondent for “Rock Center” — will be a segment producer on the show.

Bettag worked with Koppel at ABC News on “Nightline” and later for “Koppel on Discovery”

The award-winning Bettag is also a past executive producer of “The CBS Evening News” and mostly recently helmed CNN’s “State of the Union with Candy Crowley.”

“Tom Bettag has one of the best reputations in television news,” said Rome Hartman, executive producer of “Rock Center.” “You can’t work in network television news without knowing the work — or the legacy of Tom Bettag,” adds Brian Williams.

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