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CNN Won’t ‘F*cking Forget’ Cate Blanchett’s Post-Oscars Press Conference

Cate BlanchettFresh off a Best Actress Oscar for her role in “Blue Jasmine,” Cate Blanchett felt pretty free with her words live on CNN.

“And don’t you f*cking forget it,” Blanchett answered an Australian journalist during a post-show press conference on what it means to be the first Australian actress to win over two Academy Awards.

CNN’s Piers Morgan came out of the press conference swiftly moving to entertainment correspondent Nischelle Turner, who was outside the Governors Ball interviewing Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o.

(h/t Mediaite)

‘Good Morning America’ Heading to The Oscars

GMA OscarsThe 86th annual Academy Awards will air on ABC Sunday night at 8:30pmET, with red carpet festivities beginning at 7pmET.

Sunday morning’s “Good Morning America” will air reports from ABC News entertainment correspondents Chris Connelly and Rachel Smith from the red carpet outside the Dolby Theatre.

On the big night, Robin Roberts and Lara Spencer will co-host “Oscar’s Red Carpet Live” alongside PEOPLE and Entertainment Weekly Editorial Director Jess Cagle and TV host Tyson Beckford.

The morning after, “Good Morning America” will air live from Los Angeles, recapping the night’s highlights and big winners. Musician John Legend will be performing live on the show.

ABC’s sister-network Fusion is also getting in on the Oscars action, with Alicia Menendez hosting Vanity Fair’s Oscar Party red carpet.

Not to be outdone, NBC’s “Today” will be covering the big awards ceremony, with Al Roker and Kathie Lee Gifford split hosting from Los Angeles on Monday morning. The duo will highlight the night’s biggest moments and best fashion as well as air their interviews with celebrities from the red carpet.

Joining them will be the Olympic duo of Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinsky, who will also be contributing to NBC’s “Access Hollywood” from the red carpet. Weir and Lipinsky just got back from contributing to NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage.

CNN Takes Home Two RTS Awards; Deborah Turness Wins Judges’ Award

article_imgThe Royal Television Society, the UK’s organization for all things media, held its annual awards tonight in London. NBC News President Deborah Turness received the Judges’ Award while CNN International was named News Channel of the Year for the second year running, beating out the BBC and Sky News. CNN also won the News Coverage award for their reporting on Typhoon Haiyan.

Turness, above, was honored for her work as head of ITV News as well as at NBC News, which she joined as president last summer. In a note to NBC News staffers, obtained by TVNewser, Pat Fili-Krushel, head of the NBCU News Group, says the judges “recognized Deborah’s energy, competitiveness and popular news sense, all qualities that have quickly become the hallmark of her leadership of NBC News since joining us six months ago.”

See all the winners on the RTS Twitter feed.

(Photo: ITV)

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Chris Wallace to Host RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Chris-Wallace2Fox News’ Chris Wallace will host the RTDNF’s 2014 First Amendment Awards, held in Washington D.C. in March. Wallace, who recently celebrated 10 years as the host of “Fox News Sunday,” was last year’s recipient of the RTDNA Paul White Award.

NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the honorees this year. Holt will be presented with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Sproul wins the First Amendment Service Award and Plante is the recipient of the RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award.

CNN International Honored at Asian Television Awards

CNN International Europe copyCNN International took home three awards at the Asian Television Awards, held this week in Singapore. CNNI won for Cable and Satellite Channel of the Year, as well as Best News Story and Best Social Awareness Program.

In the Best News Story category, Anna Coren‘s “Afghanistan Taliban Firefight” was honored. Coren was reporting with U.S. Special forces in Aghanistan when they came under enemy fire for more than 90 minutes. Sara Sidner won in the Best Social Awareness category, winning for her CNN Freedom Project documentary “Operation Hope.”

“These awards stand as a testament to the excellence and dedication of our people in Asia and around the world, with both Anna and Sara’s remarkable reports demonstrating their tenacity and fearlessness in bringing vital stories to our global audience,” CNNI EVP and managing editor Tony Maddox said in a statement.

CNN’s ‘Inside Man’ Wins IDA Award

morgan_spurlockhedCNN’s “Inside Man” was named “Best Limited Series” at the 29th annual International Documentary Association awards Friday night.

Honored for their work on the series were host/writer/producer Morgan Spurlock, EPs Jeremy Chilnick and Matthew Galkin and producers Kristen Vaurio, Lisa Kalikow, Shannon Gibson, Suzanne Hillinger, and Lara Benario.

“Inside Man is an integral part of CNN’s schedule and we are so happy that the industry has recognized the superb work by Morgan, Jeremy and the Warrior Poets team,” said Amy Entelis, CNN’s SVP of talent and content development.

Season two of “Inside Man” debuts  in spring.

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill planteNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the 2014 winners of the RTDNF’s annual First Amendment Awards.

Holt, the weekend anchor of “Nightly News” and “Today” as well as the anchor of “Dateline,” is the winner of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, given annually to someone who has made a”major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.” Sproul, the longtime vice president and Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, wins the First Amendment Service Award, given to someone who works in an off-air, behind-the-scenes capacity.

“It is a tremendous privilege to work every day in a field that treasures our first amendment rights, and I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the terrific team working with me at ABC News,” Sproul tells TVNewser.

Plante will be honored with the organization’s lifetime achievement award for his “outstanding contributions to journalism and press freedom.” Plante has worked at CBS since 1964 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968.

The Associated Press and Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee will also be honored with First Amendment Awards. The group will be presented their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in March.

CNN, Bloomberg TV Win AIB Awards

CNN AIB awardsCNN and Bloomberg TV were honored with Association for International Broadcasting awards at the AIB gala in London this week.

CNN took home awards in the Live Journalism and Short Feature categories. The network’s coverage of the anti-government protests in Turkey won for Live Journalism, with the judges calling it “great live, on-the-ground reporting in challenging circumstances.” The network’s “Damascus Undercover: Daraya” was praised for its “moving and gripping report” in its win for Short Feature.

Bloomberg TV’s Francine Lacqua was the winner in the International TV Personality” category. She was lauded for her “excellent, direct style, coupled with a warmth for her guests that belies a steely determination to find answers.”

[CNN staffers pictured from left to right: senior director of London Coverage Tommy Evans, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa Deborah Rayner and photojournalist Alex Platt]

TCU Names College of Communication for CBS’s Bob Schieffer

SchiefferSchoolTexas Christian University’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted today to name the University’s College of Communication the Schieffer College of Communication in honor of legendary newsman and 1959 graduate Bob Schieffer.

“I am deeply honored,” says Schieffer. “This is a terrific vote of confidence and recognition from the Board and the TCU leadership of the great things that have been happening in the college.”

Schieffer’s name had already been affiliated with the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication, which is located within the College of Communication. The Schieffer College of Communication naming will take effect immediately.

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Andrea Mitchell to Receive National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Award

andrea mitchellNBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell will receive the 2013 Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s prize for a journalist “who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence,” tonight in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell recently celebrated her 35th anniversary with NBC News. In a statement, she said receiving the award is “an incredible honor, made even more meaningful because this award began with the late Walter Cronkite and has subsequently been conferred upon my friend and colleague Tom Brokaw. I am humbled to have been selected to join such giants of our profession.”

In addition to Cronkite and Brokaw, previous winners include Bob Woodward, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour and David Broder.

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