TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Willow Bay’

Erin Burnett: My First Big Break

mediabistrotv_1

Erin Burnett‘s first big break came in a very old school way. She wrote a letter to someone in the TV news business whom she admired. But it went beyond just letter-writing. “I was essentially a Willow Bay stalker,” Burnett tells us. But her desire to work in broadcast news began much earlier in life and involved Dan Rather. “I kissed Dan Rather every night. I’d go over and give him a peck on the lips on the TV.” Here’s Erin Burnett’s First Big Break:

Dan Rather was one of the first people we profiled in our “My First Big Break” series back in 2012. For that, and more videos, check out our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!
 

Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

Read more

Bloomberg TV Launches ‘Women to Watch’ Series

Bloomberg TV is launching a new series, “Women to Watch,” that profiles the women that are closing the gender gap in the tech industry.

The first report is slated for tomorrow night. Willow Bay, who is a Bloomberg special correspondent and the wife of Disney CEO Bob Iger, profiles several high-powered women in tech — including Carolyn Everson of Facebook and Theresia Gouw Ranzetta of Accel Partners — and then hosts a roundtable discussion on the industry’s gender gap.

I want to shine a spotlight on a new generation of women, who are creating, funding and managing some of the hottest companies in tech today,” Bay told Glamour. “But I wanted to do more than share their professional stories. I wanted to share their personal journeys, too.”

Watch a preview of the series here:

Media Moguls Well Represented at White House State Dinner

Last night the White House hosted a state dinner for Chinese Premier Hu Jintao. Only one TV news anchor was in attendance as a guest, but plenty of media moguls made the list.

ABC News “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour attended with her husband James Rubin. Amanpour’s boss, Disney CEO Bob Iger, also attended, with his wife Willow Bay.

General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt, having closed the deal to sell a majority stake in NBC Universal to Comcast, was in attendance, as was Wendi Deng Murdoch, the wife of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. Rupert, however, was not there.

Some other media types, after the jump.

Read more

Long Knives out for Amanpour. Insiders Fire Back: ‘Christiane has survived real sniping in real war zones’

A Page Six report claims “the knives are out” for ABC’s Christiane Amanpour.

“Amanpour flies into Washington on Friday and anchors the show on Sunday,” an insider tells the Post. “She reads about Washington from her Central Park apartment. It’s not like other war zones that you can parachute into. She is very cold and distant with the other bureau staff.”

In response to the story, an ABC News insider tells TVNewser, “Christiane has survived real sniping in real war zones so she’s not too concerned with anonymous sniping in a gossip column.”

The Page Six story goes on:

Some resent Amanpour’s friendship with Disney honcho Bob Iger and his wife, Willow Bay. Disney owns ABC. Other staffers gripe that despite her reputation as a top foreign correspondent, she doesn’t have enough experience reporting on US politics.

Says our insider of the item, “Christiane understands it’s part of the game and frankly laughed it off for the nonsense it is.”

Among her guests this morning on “This Week”, Amanpour talked with retired Gen. Hugh Shelton about his new memoir:

Read more

Willow Bay to Bloomberg

BayIger_4.20.jpgFormer ABC News and CNN anchor Willow Bay will be working for Bloomberg TV covering a west coast business conference next week. But NYT’s Brian Stelter thinks there might be something more here:

The short-term hiring of Ms. Bay, the wife of the Disney chief executive Robert Iger, is bound to renew speculation about a potential pairing between Bloomberg and Disney’s ABC News division. A partnership of some sort has been the subject of widespread speculation in the television news business recently.

David Rhodes, the head of U.S. TV operations for Bloomberg, noted in an interview Wednesday, that “we have relationships with a lot of different networks,” and said Ms. Bay’s stint on the business news channel is unrelated to that.

“This is about what she’s able to do for us in covering this event. We’re hoping to break some news there and put on some interesting programs,” he said.

Disney Boss on ABC News Cuts: ‘Extremely Proud of the Way They’ve Stepped Up and Faced Those Challenges’

Iger_3.11.jpgDisney CEO Bob Iger, who’s married to tvnewser Willow Bay, told investors he’s “extremely proud” of ABC News. “We’re proud of their efforts, we’re proud of their products,” he told participants at a shareholder meeting yesterday.

But the headline of several write-ups yesterday was what Iger said just prior to that.

Answering a shareholder’s question about Disney possibly spinning off ABC, Iger answered, “There are no guarantees in terms of what will remain part of our company and what will not.”

So, for context, the entire question and Iger’s answer after the jump…

> Earlier on TVNewser: Massive Cuts at ABC News; 300-400 Positions to be Eliminated

Read more