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The Ticker: Wheelock, Crowley, Anderson…

  • Former ABC Newser Bob Wheelock has joined Al Jazeera English as executive producer for the Americas. Wheelock, who was senior producer of ABC’s special events unit, has also been a senior producer, broadcast producer and London bureau chief for NBC News.
  • Candy Crowley, CNN’s chief political correspondent, received the University of Kansas’ William Allen White journalism citation Friday. Previous recipients include Walter Cronkite, Bernie Shaw, Bob Woodward and Cokie Roberts.
  • WNET has hired Julie Anderson as executive producer of documentaries and development. Anderson, who is up for an Academy Award in the short documentary film category this year, starts tomorrow.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Wins John Steinbeck Award

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has won the John Steinbeck Award, Galleycat reports. She is the third female recipient and the first recipient under the age of 40.

The award is given “to writers and artists whose work captures the spirit of Steinbeck’s empathy, commitment to democratic values, and belief in the dignity of people who by circumstance are pushed to the fringes.”

“Listening to Rachel Maddow is like listening to Walter Cronkite,” Steinbeck’s son, Thomas, said in a statement. “We have that kind of trust in her.”

‘CBS This Morning’ Review: Mold Broken, Comfort Zones Stretched, ‘An A for Effort’

Today’s debut of “CBS This Morning” was worth the price of admission just for the pleasure of watching 70-year-old Charlie Rose look into the camera and say: “It’s a huge Twitter topic that Twitter friends have been Tweeting.”

PBS’s cerebral late-night host was probably thinking: #WTF?

As the producers no doubt instantly realized, Rose’s comfort zone does not extend seamlessly to pop-culture stories like Beyonce and Jay-Z’s new baby. Still, he gets an A for effort, and so does the show.

Given CBS’s unbroken record of failure dating back to the launch of its first morning broadcast in 1954, executive producer Chris Licht made good on his promise to break the mold. There was no goofy weatherguy, no raucous fans outside the studio and, most important, no phony chit-chat among anchors.

In fact, unlike Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s hit ‘Morning Joe,’ (Licht’s previous credit), Rose and Gayle King rarely appeared together on set. He fronted the hard news-driven 7 a.m. hour, with the affable King on the lighter stuff from 8 to 9. Erica Hill, lone holdover from CBS’s ‘Early Show,’ crossed over both hours.

Instead of the traditional couch, they sat around a round glass table – perhaps an homage to Rose’s wood model on PBS. The glass-walled Green Room, which does have a couch, is also on set, which may well turn out to be a short-lived experiment.

There were several live shots of rocker Melissa Etheridge and Julianna Margulies, star of CBS’s ‘The Good Wife,’ chatting on said couch. They may or may not have been noshing on bagels. Don’t be surprised if this novelty wears off quickly. Many celebs, particularly those outside the CBS family, are not eager to be seen behind the curtain.

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Christiane Amanpour Accepts ASU’s Cronkite Award

ABC’s Christiane Amanpour was presented with Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism this afternoon.

In her acceptance speech, Amanpour, the host of ABC’s “This Week,” called journalism “a great endeavor; it is a sacred endeavor. It is a public service.”

“It’s hard work,” she told journalism students during a question and answer session before the awards ceremony. “Stand up, grab the microphone and don’t be afraid to ask the questions.”

Amanpour is the 28th recipient of the ASU award, which has previously been given to fellow ABCers Diane Sawyer and Cokie Roberts, as well as Brian Williams, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw.

At CBS, Another Walter Cronkite In The Newsroom

Politico’s Patrick Gavin reports about Walter Cronkite wandering the halls at CBS News in Washington. No, not that Walter Cronkite (right), but rather his grandson, Walter “Walt” Cronkite IV.

Gavin notes that the young CBS News broadcast associate is the first person to have the surname “Cronkite” in the company’s email system. Of course, having such a well-known name can often result in some unusual reactions:

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Lloyd Robertson, North America’s Longest-Serving Evening News Anchor, Steps Down

Last night, CTV anchor Lloyd Robertson spent his last night behind the anchor desk at the “CTV National News.” As we reported last year, Robertson–CTV’s chief news anchor and senior editor for 35 years–decided to retire, and Thursday evening was his last night on the air for the network. He ended his final broadcast with his signature goodbye line: “And that’s the kind of day it’s been.”

Robertson outlasted most of his fellow evening newscast from the U.S., having served at the same time as Walter Cronkite, Dan Rather, Tom Brokaw and Peter Jennings. Now He will hand over the anchor desk to Lisa LaFlamme, who will start as the anchor of the “CTV National News” Monday.

Rick Kaplan named EP of ABC’s ‘This Week with Christiane Amanpour’

He’s not even out, and he’s already back in.

Rick Kaplan, whose final “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” production is set for tonight, is about to undertake his third tour of duty at ABC News as he joins the network to head up political coverage and executive produce “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.”

Kaplan announced Tuesday he was leaving CBS News. It was a return to CBS for Kaplan who worked for Walter Cronkite‘s CBS broadcast.

After CBS, Kaplan spent 18 years at ABC (1979-1997) first as senior producer of “World News Tonight,” then EP of “Nightline” from 1985-1989; creator and EP of “Primetime LIVE” from 1989-1994 and finally EP of “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” from 1994-1996.

Kaplan returned to ABC News in 2003-2004 as SVP responsible for the division’s hard news programs and political coverage. Insiders remember when he wrapped the ABC News bus for 2004 presidential campaign coverage.

Not only is this a return to ABC for Kaplan, who’s also a past president of MSNBC, but it reunites him with Amanpour with whom he worked in the late 1990′s when Kaplan was president of CNN.

Kaplan will be based in New York and, like Amanpour, commute to Washington for Sunday’s shows.

“This Week” has been without an executive since Ian Cameron departed the show last Fall.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood‘s note after the jump…

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Anderson Cooper’s Next Stop: Broadway

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has plenty of side projects other than his nightly news program. Whether he is hosting a New Year’s Eve special or appearing in “Saturday Night Live” sketches, Cooper has not let himself be restricted to the often monotonous world of serious news.

Now, Playbill reports that Cooper has landed a new gig… on Broadway.

Cooper will be providing the narration for the upcoming revival of how How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, starring “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe. Cooper’s voiceovers will be pre-recorded.

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Jon Stewart, the Modern Day Edward R. Murrow?

The New York Times picks up where we left off, and looks at “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart‘s efforts to help push the 9/11 first responders bill through Congress.


Along the way, it compares Stewart to two titans of broadcast news, Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow:

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Olbermann on Koppel Op-Ed: ‘The Kind of Television Journalism He Eulogizes, Failed this Country’

In a special comment last night, MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann addressed Ted Koppel‘s op-ed in the Washington Post last week. Olbermann praised journalists like Walter Cronkite and Edward R. Murrow, not for their objectivity, but for when they used their intellect to pursue truth-even if it rankled partisans or politicians.

The great change about which Mr. Koppel wrings his hands is not partisanship nor tone nor analysis. The great change was the creation of the sanitized mage of what men like Cronkite and Murrow and Kaltenborn and Davis and Daly and Baukhage and Smith and Sevareid and Rather and Jennings and Polk nd Koppel did.

These were not glorified stenographers. These were not neutral men. These were men who did in their day what the best of journalists still try to do in this one. Evaluate, analyze, unscramble, assess — put together a coherent picture, or a challenging question — using only the facts as they can best be discerned, plus their own honesty and conscience.

Olbermann went on to criticize Koppel for how he and many of his colleagues covered the lead-up to the war in Iraq. Update: Also, Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly weighs in on Koppel, after the jump.
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