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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

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After a Quick Transition, James Goldston Gets Down to Work at ABC News

GoldstonSherwood Ben Sherwood, recently named co-president of the Disney/ABC TV Group, handed the ABC News reins to James Goldston this morning, calling him the “brilliant architect” of some of the most successful ABC News shows of the last decade.

Goldston, (near right) a London native, joined ABC News in 2004. He took “Nightline” to new heights in late night and later helped take “Good Morning America” to No. 1 in the mornings. Sherwood’s mantra to the 1,000 global staffers of ABC News has been consistent: PYG, or Play Your Game.

“The secret,” says Sherwood, “is that the game that we’ve played for the last three years is the game that we devised as a team: ["GMA" senior EP] Tom Cibrowski and James and I, with the great anchors there and the staff. And [EP] Michael Corn and the whole staff at ‘World News.’”

“The key is the consistency of the approach,” says Sherwood. “And I know that James has more plans up his sleeve.” TVNewser chatted with Sherwood and Goldston about the challenges ahead as both take on new roles:

TVNewser: First, congratulations to you both. James, what’s the first order of business?

Goldston: We’re going to work out a transition period. I’ve worked very closely with Ben these last three years. I’m going to be talking to the team a lot in the days and weeks ahead. Ben has been a fantastic, inspirational figure in the news division and I still have much to learn from him.

TVNewser: Ben, how much do you think you’ll be in New York in the coming weeks or months as you transition to your new job?

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Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.

NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45pmET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46pmET.

On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44pmET. MNSBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45pmET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46pmET.

>More: President Obama will speak at 5:20pmET.

> “NBC Nightly News” will be expanded to an hour tonight.

> Anderson Cooper will anchor on CNN from 8pm-11pmET tonight. He will be joined by Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Robyn Curnow in Johannesburg.

>Fox News will preempt “The Five.” Shepard Smith will anchor from the Fox News deck. Juan Williams, who covered Mandela’s release from prison for The Washington Post, contributed to the breaking news coverage. Fox News senior correspondent Greg Palkot is headed to to South Africa and will report for FNC beginning this weekend.

>ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. ABC will also have a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to Mandela’s life tonight. The show will be live on both coasts.

>Al Jazeera America will stay in breaking news coverage through midnight. Ali Velshi will join Tony Harris and John Siegenthaler, followed by “America Tonight” at 9pmET.

>ABC News has canceled the “Good Morning America” holiday party scheduled for tonight. “In light of tonight’s events and the death of Nelson Mandela, we will postpone the party tonight. We will reschedule,” senior EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to “GMA” staffers. “Now let’s make a great GMA tribute to an incredible man who changed the world.”

As Fusion is Born, a Morning Party for Parents ABC and Univision

Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, Raul Gonzalez, Karla Martinez and George StephanopoulosWith just hours to go until the official launch of Fusion, ABC News and Univision put their partnership on display this morning, joining top-rated morning shows “Good Morning America” and “Despierta America” for an elaborate crossover event.

Producing two distinct shows, on two networks, in two languages, was “tricky,” as one ABC producer said in the understatement of the morning.

Miami-based Univision sent producers and talent to New York, while several members of the “GMA” team were in Miami. As we watched from the “Good Morning America” control room, producers from both programs scanned each show’s rundown for opportunities to simulcast. Updates were relayed in both English and Spanish to keep staffers in New York and Miami on the same page. On one of the dozens of control room screens, a Univision feed showed Lara Spencer and Sam Champion dancing wildly on the “Despierta America” set in Miami, leading senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski to joke that the pair may never return to New York.

“The show’s been on the air about 18 minutes and I think I’ve lost three pounds,” Champion joked during his first weather report.

On the “GMA” set, Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez sat with Honey Berry, the “Despierta America” chihuahua named after actress Halle Berry, and, during commercial breaks, chatted with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. The five anchors were on the go throughout: juggling segments in the ground-floor studio, an outdoor cooking segment, and a performance from Enrique Iglesias upstairs.

This morning’s frenetic pace is just another day at the office for Martinez and Gonzalez.

“I was making fun of George. I saw he was so concentrated, reading and everything (during commercial breaks),” Martinez told TVNewser after the show. “I told him: you guys are so serious. In our studio … we’re so loud!” Read more

‘Good Morning America’ Poised to Win First Season in 19 Years

GMAThe last time “Good Morning America” won a full TV season, “Fraiser” and “Picket Fences” were the top TV programs, Andre Agassi was the U.S. Open champion, and just-married Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley shared a kiss at the MTV Awards.

That was Sept. 1994. Charlie Gibson, Joan Lunden and Spencer Christian presided over “Good Morning America” from an Anywhere, USA living room set at ABC’s uptown studio.

These days the ABC breakfast show overlooks raucous Times Square, an outer reflection of the show’s inner energy. Gibson, Lunden, and Christian have been replaced by a cast of five: Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Josh Elliott, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer.

They chat and tease each other mercilessly through commercial breaks, so much so that it’s often not clear whether they’re on the air or not. During down moments in between segments, they shuffle through upcoming scripts, respond to tweets and mingle with guests and fans, some of whom are invited in from outside.

The anchors deflect questions about the ratings race by saying something obvious to anyone watching at home, or visiting behind the scenes, as TVNewser did Tuesday morning: we don’t think about that, because we’re just having so much fun. What’s not said is just how much the two go hand-in-hand.

With the final ratings to be released tomorrow, “Good Morning America” is poised to win its first full TV season since 1993-1994 in total viewers and the first since 1992-1993 in the A25-54 demo. And “GMA” continues to enjoy its largest season lead over “Today” in more than 21 years, since before Nielsen’s electronic database started in 1991. Season-to-date, “GMA” leads NBC’s “Today” show by +679,000 total viewers and +86,000 demo viewers. “Today” had a lock on American mornings for more than 16 years.

“We know our competition is strong and bringing it every day,” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski told TVNewser. “We will never stop playing from behind and every day is a new battle. We know we cannot blink and we welcome the daily fight.”

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Robin Roberts Celebrates Her ‘First Birthday’

On “Good Morning America” this morning, Robin Roberts celebrated her “first birthday,” the one-year anniversary of her life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Roberts cut into a birthday cake (delivered by “Live!”‘s Michael Strahan), flanked by her “GMA” colleagues Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopoulos. After the show, “GMA” and ABC News staff walked to the upstairs studio for a “Venice”-themes party. Diane Sawyer, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, “GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski, senior VPs James Goldston and Barbara Fedida and Roberts’ friends all joined in on the fun.

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As promised, Roberts also unveiled her PSA for “Be The Match. You can watch it after the jump.
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Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 12

“Good Morning America” marks one year as the No. 1 network morning show. With the week of August 12 in the books, “GMA” has not lost a week among total viewers in the last 52 weeks.

“It is an amazing accomplishment and a fantastic ride,” says “GMA” Senior EP Tom Cibrowski. “We are only just beginning.”

“GMA” snapped the “Today” show’s 16-year winning streak in April, 2012. The programs see-sawed at No. 1 for the next several months. Then, following “Today’s” coverage from the London Olympics, “GMA” took the number one spot, and hasn’t looked back (while always looking over its shoulder).

Compared to the same week last year “GMA” increased its audience +9% in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. While “Today” was down -3% in viewers and down -5% in the demo. But it is No. 3 “CBS This Morning” showing the most growth in the morning up +13% in total viewers, while remaining flat among younger viewers.

The averages for the week of August 12:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.078M / NBC: 4.270M / CBS: 2.676M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.902M / NBC: 1.703M / CBS: 863K

David Friedman Joins ‘GMA’ as Creative Executive

David Friedman is joining ABC’s “Good Morning America” as Creative Executive.

Friedman started his career at NBC’s “Today” and went on to be executive producer of CBS’ “The Early Show.” This new job means Friedman has worked for all three network morning shows.

He’s the son of veteran network executive Paul Friedman who also worked for all three networks. He was EP of “NBC Nightly News” (1976-79) and ABC’s “World News Tonight” (1988-93 and 1997-2000). So this makes it a double-triple, in TV news.

David Friedman’s sister — Paul’s daughter — Emily also works for ABC as a digital reporter

Since leaving CBS, Friedman has worked on a number of special projects, including a talk show pilot hosted by Jenny McCarthy and the live finale of NBC’s “The Biggest Loser.”

“Having produced everything from news to entertainment to major specials will help all of us on a daily basis,” “GMA” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski says of Friedman. “I’m thrilled that he is joining our team as we all take GMA to new heights.”

Cibrowski’s full note is after the jump. Read more

The Ticker: Cibrowski, Day, White House

  • The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone talks to a number of White House correspondents, who say that while they are troubled by the actions of the Administration with regard to journalists, they won’t be staging a protest or walkout anytime soon.

Morning Show Battles to Heat Up with Summer Concerts

“Good Morning America” is out with its Summer concert lineup, complete with #hashtags. The 2013 Summer Concert Series kicks off May 24 at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield with:

May 24 – Mariah Carey – #GMAMariah
May 31 –Pitbull – #GMAPitbull
June 7 –Little Mix and Emblem3 – #GMALittleMix / #GMAEmblem3
June 14 – Carly Rae Jepsen – #GMACarlyRae
June 21 – John Legend – #GMALegend
June 28 – Demi Lovato – #GMADemi
July 5 – Imagine Dragons – #GMADragons
July 12 – OneRepublic – #GMAOneRepublic
July 19 – Jennifer Lopez – #GMAJLo
July 26 – Selena Gomez – #GMASelena
August 2 – Ne-Yo – #GMANeYo
August 9 – Kenny Chesney – #GMAKenny
August 16 – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – #GMAMacklemore
August 23 – The Wanted – #GMATheWanted
August 30 – Alicia Keys – #AliciaGMA

The “Today” show, which has yet to release its lineup, originated the concept of televised concerts on Summer Fridays 18 years ago. “GMA” began its concerts in 2002, setting off a booking and ratings battle. Here’s an email I received from a morning show executive when the Summer concerts kicked off in 2011: “Lady Gaga failed to deliver the goods for GMA last Friday… in an epic battle of summer concert kickoffs, Rihanna & TODAY were victorious.”

In “Top of the Morning,” Brian Stelter reveals that last Spring “GMA’s” concert booker departed, leaving the show with “B- and C-level acts like Robin Thicke and the Beach Boys and a lot of blank space on its schedule. While Usher was kicking off the summer concert series on Today, GMA unveiled a summer lineup with six Fridays listed as ‘TBA.’ “They really must love this band ‘TBA,’” [Today EP] Jim Bell said in a email.”

“We are proud and excited about this incredible lineup,” Senior Executive Producer Tom Cibrowski tells TVNewser about the 2013 series. “Our entertainment team worked unbelievably hard to set up the best Summer ever on GMA.”

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