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Miss America Returns to ABC, With TV News Anchors in Tow

DCProductionsGretchen Carlson, Robin Meade, Phyllis George, and Paula Zahn are just a few of the TV news names who owe some of their early success to the Miss America Organization.

As the Pageant returns to ABC Sunday night, the organization is looking ahead to next year and a new partnership with dick clark productions. The collaboration will include work on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and distribution elements for the organization.

TVSpy spoke with Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, to get his take on the new deal, plus what’s in store for Sunday’s 60th anniversary show.

What made you want to collaborate with dick clark productions?

Sam Haskell: Well, they’re one of the leading suppliers of live TV coverage in the country. Also, I represented Dick Clark 25 years ago when I was an agent, and I’ve worked with the company on many different types of programming. When Mark Bracco left ABC to join dick clark productions, I knew we’d be in good hands.

What changes can we expect for next year’s Miss America pageant?

Haskell: There won’t be very many changes to the actual broadcast. The changes will be behind the scenes, it will be more about the brand and using multiplatform programming to spread the word. We’ll be going on college tours, promoting our education issues like getting young women involved in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math). Miss America is so much more than a two hour telecast. Our partnership with dick clark productions will focus primarily on year- round branding work. Of course, we’ll be working very closely with them on the telecast as well, which I’m sure will be full of surprises.

Will there be any surprises on this Sunday’s show?

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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.

VIDEO: Robin Meade Remembers Making Jump From Local TV to HLN on September 11, 2001

After working as an anchor in several markets around the country, including in Chicago at WMAQ, Robin Meade landed at CNN Headline News in 2001. Her first day on-air at the network: September 11th.

In the second part of mediabistroTV’s three-part “Media Beat” interview with Meade, the HLN anchor remembers what it was like working on 9/11, and also talks about the rise of opinion journalism since that historic day.

HLN’s Robin Meade Offers Career Advice: ‘Don’t Make the Mistake of Always Looking for the Next Job’

In the first part of mediabistroTV’s three-part “Media Beat” interview with HLN’s Robin Meade, the former WJW, WCMH, WSVN, and WMAQ anchor offers advice about making it in TV news.

“Don’t make the mistake of always looking for the next job,” Meade warns, “so much so that you’re not learning in your current position.”

Meade also talks about her music career and describes how she’s been able to maintain her 18-year marriage while working the crazy hours of a morning anchor.

HLN’s Robin Meade: In Local TV, ‘There is Something to Learn at Every Stage’

Robin Meade has come a long way from the beginning of her television career at WFMD in Mansfield. The Ohio native, who worked her way up through local markets before landing her national gig on HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” launched her music career this week with the release of her debut country album, “Brand New Day,” and an Independence Day concert today at Robins Air Force base in Georgia.

Meade grew up in New London, OH. “At the beginning, I think my goal was just to end up in Cleveland,” she told TVSpy. “That was the market I grew up watching. I idolized the on-air people — Robin Swoboda, who is still there today — I watched her in high school. She used to laugh out of turn. She was very authentic, especially for those times, in the sort of stuffed-shirt era of news anchors.”

Meade did eventually make it to Cleveland, where she was an anchor at WJW, but she was only there for nine months before WCMH in Columbus came calling. “They offered me twice as much money and two shows a day,” she said. “So I went there.” Meade would also anchor in Miami and Chicago before landing as the morning anchor at HLN. “By the time I left Ohio, I had seen the value of larger markets and new experiences. So I had learned to be prepared to move.” Read more