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Robin Meade Returns to Chicagoland

RobinMeadeChicagoHLN anchor Robin Meade returned to Chicago last night for the premiere of CNN’s original series CHICAGOLAND. In an interview with TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinksy, Meade talked about her years anchoring at NBC-owned WMAQ.

“I was a whopping 26 when I arrived here and now when I look back, I’m like, ‘Gosh, I was such a baby!’ I thought I was ready for it, but it was the school of hard knocks for a young reporter. But you learn fast. [Chicago] is a place where you gotta learn fast! It’s sink or swim!”

CHICAGOLAND debuts on CNN tomorrow night. For more coverage of the event, including an interview with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, click over to TVNewser.

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‘It’s a Free Over The Air Signal’: Diller Defends Aereo at D11 Conference

Speaking at the D11 executive conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, IAC founder and chairman Barry Diller defended his new venture Aereo as a way to open up what he says is a closed system. Sitting next to CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, Diller explained his motives for being the primary backer behind the technology, “I don’t want to go beat up broadcasters. I want to help move the centricity from fixed line or satellite closed systems to open internet systems. That’s what my interest is.”

But when asked by the moderator what he thought about the service, Zucker told Diller, “I think the key thing is that Broadcasters are going to continue to want to be paid for their intellectual property,” said Zucker. “If you’re offering that in a way that they’re not going to get paid for it I think that’s the issue.”

Diller’s Aereo technology allows subscribers to record over the air broadcast stations for $8.00 a month. The reason Aereo is so controversial is that it does so without paying broadcasters for the right to retransmit their content. Read more

NBC Affiliates Post Story About Ann Curry’s Struggles with the Mothership

In what may be more of a sign of the times than a break with protocol, at least two NBC affiliates have posted the recent story about former “Today Show” co-anchor Ann Curry allegedly begging to be let out of her NBC contract so she can work for her old boss Jeff Zucker at CNN.

Spokane NBC Affiliate KHQ posted a version of the story attributed to British publication the Daily Mail (click here to view). While the story on the website of West Palm Beach NBC affiliate WPTV (click here to view) has a byline from the station’s online content producer.

Steven Wasserman, vice president and general manager of WPTV told TVSpy, “I suspect this story will be on our air tonight on “ET” or “The Insider”. Why wouldn’t we put it on our website?  I don’t think it’s a good idea to not run a legit, talk about story just because it has to do with our network.”

You can view screen grabs of the stories after the jump. Read more

‘Katie’ Slotted for September 10 Debut

Katie Couric‘s new syndicated talk show, “Katie,” is set to premiere on Monday, September 10th.

Executive producer Jeff Zucker made the announcement this week in an internal webcast with the stations that will air “Katie.”  Zucker also unveiled the show’s logo (right), and announced a couple of key additions to its staff.

Joe Terry, who spent 14 years as the director of “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” has been named director, and Kathy Samuels has been hired as co-executive producer.  Samuels had a hand in launching “Rachael Ray” and “Access Hollywood.” Read more

‘Katie’ Finds a Home in Minneapolis, St. Louis and Nashville

Katie Couric’s nationally syndicated talk show, “Katie,” has now been cleared in more than 80% of the nation.

Disney-ABC Domestic Television announced it has gotten clearances for early fringe time periods from broadcast groups including Granite, Griffin, Media General, Meredith, Raycom and Sinclair.

The most recent “Katie” clearances include KSTP (ABC) Minneapolis, WEWS (ABC) Cleveland, KMOV (CBS) St. Louis, KGW (NBC) Portland, WSMV (NBC) Nashville, WCMH (NBC) Columbus, KSL (NBC) Salt Lake City, WLOS (ABC) Greenville/Asheville, KSAT (ABC) San Antonio, WZZM (ABC) Grand Rapids and WBMA (ABC) Birmingham, among others.

The one-hour daily daytime talk show debuts in September. “Katie” will be produced in conjunction with Disney-ABC, and former NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker will be the executive producer.

ABC Announces Deal with Couric that Includes O&Os’ 3 p.m. Time Slot

It’s official: Katie Couric has signed a new deal with ABC to host and produce her own syndicated talk show as well as join the ABC News team.

In announcing the multi-year, multi-platform agreement, ABC said that Couric’s new talk show, which will be helmed by Jeff Zucker, has already been cleared in the 3 p.m. time slot at the eight stations owned and operated by ABC, which reside in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh-Durham and Fresno.

“Katie Couric is one of television’s iconic figures and we are thrilled to have forged such an exciting partnership with her,” said Anne Sweeney, president of the ABC Television group, in making the announcement. “We look forward to having Katie join the best News team in the business, and to working with her to create a dynamic and successful talk show franchise.”

Couric’s daytime talk show is set to premiere in September 2012. Clearing the show in a coveted time slot was a major factor in Couric’s negotiations with networks this spring. According to The New York Times, the former “CBS Evening News” anchor tried to get NBC to clear its stations’ 4 p.m. spot for her.

In Talks with NBC, Couric Demanded a 4 p.m. Guarantee at Stations

ABC is expected to announce a deal with Katie Couric today that hinges on the former “CBS Evening News” anchor’s potential as a syndication star.

Couric and her team, which includes her former “Today” cohort Jeff Zucker, believe that she can fill the daytime hole left by Oprah and this was a key part of the negotiations with ABC, as well as CBS and NBC.

According to The New York Timesdetailed account of Couric’s network negotiations, her team went as far as to demand that NBC have its stations hold Oprah’s longtime 4 p.m. time slot for her. When NBC wouldn’t provide this guarantee, Couric bumped CBS and ABC to the top of her list.

Eventually ABC won out with a pitch that included both its syndication experience and an offer for Couric to regularly contribute to its news division. By all accounts, the deal does not include any time slot guarantees on behalf of ABC stations.