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Katie Couric, Andrea Mitchell Featured at Aspen Ideas

katie_couric_660The Aspen Ideas Festival continues this week, and this year, msnbc.com is using the occasion to partner with Bing for the first of a series of six interactive chats called “The Great Debate.” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell moderated the inaugural panel discussion this morning with former Director of the NSA, Gen. Keith Alexander. It streamed live on msnbc.com and will re-air later on MSNBC.

The additional five discussions in The Great Debate series will take place throughout the rest of 2014.

In addition to Mitchell taking part in the Festival, Yahoo’s! Katie Couric is there, and this afternoon will interview former Brithish Prime Minister Tony Blair on Yahoo’s homepage. That’s at 3:30pmET. Couric will take part in two conversations tomorrow, including a discussion on the legalization of marijuana with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Later today, Aspen Ideas CEO, and former CNN president, Walter Isaacson interviews Hillary Clinton.

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Surprise 50th Party for Joe Scarborough

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC.

According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. for a speech, instead, on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave., Scarborough was treated to a “this is your life” with friends and family. “We have your life covered here completely, from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida to New York to Washington. Everybody is here,” said Brzezinski.

“You can sit back and relax and just hang with your family because, actually, we are going to talk tonight — and you’re not going to say a word.”

Among the guests: NBC/MSNBC’s Willie Geist, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lawrence O’Donnell. “Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson and former EP Chris Licht and Licht’s boss’s boss at CBS, Jeff Fager. Also, Walter Isaacson, Dan Senor, Nicolle Wallace, Bob Woodward and more.

(h/t Playbook)

How Did the Steve Jobs ’60 Minutes’ do in the Ratings?

“60 Minutes’” much promoted interview with Walter Isaacson about his biography Steve Jobs was the 14th most-watched show of the week (12.6 million viewers). That may have disappointed some inside CBS. Sunday’s show included a two-part interview with Isaacson and a Lesley Stahl story on how the iPad is helping give a voice to autistic children. What makes “60 Minutes” a consistently Top 10 show — beyond its high quality content — is the lead-in of NFL football. This past Sunday, CBS did not have a football lead in. In fact, over on FOX, the Packers-Vikings game, which ran until about 7:22pmET was the most-watched show of the week, topping anything in primetime. The game drew 24.3 million Total Viewers vs. the #1 primetime show, NCIS, which drew 19.4 million. The Packers-Vikings game was followed by The OT (14.7M) and game four of the World Series (15.2M).

Increasingly, and especially with the Jobs interview, CBS can count on hundreds of thousands more views of the show on CBSNews.com.

This Sunday’s “60″ should fare better. The show, which will have a Morley Safer interview with Ruth Madoff and her son, will have the Patriots-Steelers game as its lead-in in much of the country.

Steve Jobs to Rupert Murdoch: ‘You’re blowing it with Fox News’

The new biography about former Apple CEO Steve Jobs continues to deliver anecdote after anecdote. In the book author Walter Isaacson –a former chairman of CNN — recounts the unusual friendship between Jobs and News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Despite being close, particularly over the last few years, Isaacson writes that Jobs was not a fan of Fox News Channel, and was sure to let Murdoch know his feelings on the matter:

“You’re blowing it with Fox News,” Jobs told him over dinner. “The axis today is not liberal and conservative, the axis is constructive-destructive, and you’ve cast your lot with the destructive people. Fox has become an incredibly destructive force in our society. You can be better, and this is going to be your legacy if you’re not careful.” Jobs said he thought Murdoch did not really like how far Fox had gone. “Rupert’s a builder, not a tearer-downer,” he said. “I’ve had some meetings with James, and I think he agrees with me. I can just tell.”

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’60 Minutes’ To Feature Steve Jobs Audio In Interview with Biographer

On “60 Minutes” this Sunday, Steve Kroft speaks to Walter Isaacson, the former CNN chairman and Time managing editor, who is releasing the only authorized biography of former Apple CEO Steve Jobs. More information on the biography, which was pushed up to October 24 for release, can be found at our sister blog GalleyCat.

The interview will feature audio clips from some of Isaacson’s 40 interviews with Jobs. Among the topics of discussion will be Jobs’ views on religion, as well as why the CEO initially refused a potentially life-saving surgery:

TV News Reflects on 9/11/2001: ASU’s Aaron Brown, ABC’s David Muir

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks approaching, TVNewser reached out to anchors, reporters, producers and executives for their thoughts on that day, and what they believe has changed in the last 10 years.

Arizona State University’s “Walter Cronkite Professor of Journalism” Aaron Brown, who anchored on CNN that day. It was first day on-air at CNN:

I did a lot of television that day, emotionally I think I ran the gamut from a feeling of total stupidity, along with shock and horror when the first tower fell. There I was just trying to hold this broadcast together, hold myself together, the broadcast seemed to be doing fine. This huge thing happened, one of the things an anchor needs to do in those moments is to be one step ahead of what is happening, try and anticipate what is happening. And here is the biggest thing that could possibly happen and I didn’t anticipate it at all. There were a lot of scenarios, but I didn’t think that. And then you start to hear a clock ticking because you know that at some point, a minute, 10 minutes and hour who knows, the second tower is coming down too.

One of the weird memories of the day was Walter Isaacson, who ran CNN at the time and was my boss, and was incredibly smart guy and a great news guy. The only time I remember a boss coming up on the roof, he came up and said “this isn’t a story, this is history. And I thought that was spot on, that is exactly right. This is so beyond anything any of us had other done, I thought that was a great way to put it. We really were doing history that day, history is the kind of event where you say ‘where were you when you heard? And we were all going to remember where we were when we heard.

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DCNewsers Beat the Heat by Heading to Aspen

Mitchell_7.7.bmpWith temperatures topping 100 degrees in Washington and New York, Aspen sounds awfully nice right about now. And that’s where a bunch of tvnewsers are this week for the annual Aspen Ideas Festival.

Moderators and participants include NBC’s Andrea Mitchell (pictured during a session today with NOAA administrator Dr. Jane Lubchenco) and CBS’s Bob Schieffer. Mitchell, along with her colleague Chuck Todd are anchoring their MSNBC shows from the Colorado mountain city.

Tomorrow, Schieffer tapes a “Face the Nation” interview with Attorney General Eric Holder (airing Sunday).

We’re told Bloomberg and CNN also have live shots from the festival and that Arianna Huffington will be a guest on “John King USA” tonight.

The Aspen Institute is headed by former CNN Chairman and CEO Walter Isaacson.

By the way, it’s a sunny 72 degrees in Aspen right now.

Fmr. CNN Head to Chair Pres. Obama’s Broadcasting Board of Governors

The White House named four people to the Broadcasting Board of Governors, including the chairman of the group, Walter Isaacson, who is President of the Aspen Institute and former chairman and CEO of CNN. Isaacson, who ran CNN for 18 months from 2001-2003, is also the former editor of Time Magazine.

The other appointees are named in a press release from the White House, after the jump…

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Why The Traditional Newsgathering Model “Is No Longer a Successful One”

Politico’s Patrick Gavin is covering the Ideas Festival at the Aspen Institute this week. During a panel last night, a group of old media types discussed — what else — the future of journalism. The panel included the Institute’s president/former CNN president Walter Isaacson, ABC News president David Westin, and Washington Post scion Katharine Weymouth.

“The most important thing is, if you do journalism that people really want, you can find a way to get paid for it,” said Westin.

Westin also talked about the newsgathering model of multiple crews covering the same story, using ABC’s coverage of Hurricane Gustav as an example:

Basically, news organizations have had a strategy of covering the same news that everyone else does but trying to do it better. That strategy is no longer a successful one.

We spent over a million dollars and sent 20 people [to cover Gustav]. And to be honest, we could have played the same footage from the last hurricane and no one would have noticed.

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Hurricane Gustav as it approached the Gulf Coast last August. The storm made landfall on Sept. 1 near Cocodrie, Louisiana.