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Katie Couric Brings Several CBS Staffers to ABC

This is Katie Couric‘s first week at ABC. And she’s brought a few former CBS colleagues along with her.

Bob Peterson, who was creative director at CBS News and before that worked with Couric at NBC News is joining Couric’s syndicated show in the same capacity. Matt Lombardi, a producer who also made the move from NBC to CBS with Couric, now joins Buena Vista, the Disney unit producing the show. Also, Lori Beecher, a longtime Couric friend and colleague from the NBC and CBS days is now working at ABC. Peterson, Lombardi and Beecher all finished up at CBS in the last couple of weeks.

Also joining Couric, Tony Maciulis who produced many of Couric’s webcasts at CBS News, and before that worked as a senior producer at MSNBC. He left CBS in mid-June.

The team is working out of the former ABCNews.com offices at ABC headquarters in New York.

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Behind the Scenes at CBS News, CNN on Election Eve

TVNewser stopped in to the election headquarters of CNN and CBS News in advance of Tuesday’s midterm coverage.

At CNN, we spoke to CNN political director Sam Feist, who explained the technology the network was using on election night. At CBS, we spoke to “CBS Evening News” producer Tony Maciulis, executive producer of special events Al Ortiz and Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons.

B&C’s Next Wave of TV Leaders

Broadcasting & Cable’s list of the Next Wave of Leaders is out. One newser made the list, which B&C calls “a rising group of leaders who understand that sameness no longer leads to success.” CBS Evening News producer Tony Maciulis oversees Katie Couric‘s online work, including her YouTube channel and the @katiecouric web show. “You’ve got to love it,” Maciulis says of his job. “You’ve got to get in there and really want to make it work.”

Katie Couric: Health Care Debate “Depresses Me”

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Katie Couric joined producer Tony Maciulis for a live facebook video chat this week. They discussed her interview with Glenn Beck, what it’s like to sit down with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, social media, and the fact that she often does the evening news barefoot.

She also shared her opinions on the health care debate and how it’s covered. “To be honest with you, the whole debate has kind of depressed me,” she said. “The idea of kind of sitting down and working things out…is a really necessary part of the political process, but it seems increasingly difficult to do that in this day and age.” She told the facebook audience, “The one thing I really don’t like are opinions without portfolio or judgments without knowledge or basic information, and I think we have a lot of that. And then there are people fanning the flames, encouraging that.”

Couric has had a busy week with the launch of @katiecouric and high profile interviews with Ahmadinejad and First Lady Michelle Obama. And, as the Columbia Journalism Review notes, she’s compensated well for it. Michael Massing says network salaries like hers are inviting a new set of questions about the news industry:

Katie Couric’s annual salary is more than the entire annual budgets of NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered combined. Couric’s salary comes to an estimated $15 million a year; NPR spends $6 million a year on its morning show and $5 million on its afternoon one. NPR has seventeen foreign bureaus (which costs it another $9.4 million a year); CBS has twelve. Few figures, I think, better capture the absurd financial structure of the network news.

“I’m Such A Shameless Hussy For Intel, Aren’t I?”

Katie Couric‘s YouTube Channel includes a new video — the best of Election Night ’08. The compilation was put together by Evening News producer Tony Maciulis who also produced Couric’s debate night, convention night and election night Webcasts.