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Who is Filling Oprah’s Shoes?

The AP’s David Bauder wonders who is getting the “gets” since Oprah Winfrey left the daily TV airwaves. The answer, increasingly, is Oprah, for her OWN show, “Oprah’s Next Chapter.” Bauder also says Katie Couric “could be Winfrey’s true heir as an interviewer in daytime.” But also, don’t count out the news organizations, particularly ABC.

While “Today” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” are able to land strong interviews, no television organization has been as aggressive as ABC News in seeking the big “gets.”

“There’s more to ABC’s efforts than filling a void left by Winfrey, said Eric Avram, who runs the network’s interview bookings. Still, he doesn’t miss her. “Oprah obviously had an enormous presence and her iconic show was one of our biggest competitors,” he said.

Bauder talks with ABC News consultant, publicist to the stars Howard Bragman who says NBC News should not be underestimated. “They are both working very hard now,” he said. Just last night on “Rock Center,” Kate Snow, formerly of ABC now with NBC, interviewed an Ohio man who is the first to speak publicly about the sexual abuse he endured under former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

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