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tvnshowsmallThe TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way shows are produced and watched. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200 off the full price.

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Alicia Menendez Takes on Bill O’Reilly Over Beyonce Comments

Fusion’s de facto media critic, Alicia Menendez, didn’t like what her old friend Bill O’Reilly said about Beyonce on “The O’Reilly Factor” this week, so she “went on his show” (aired clips edited to look like she was part of the conversation) last night to address the comments in question. At issue: O’Reilly says Beyonce “glorifies having sex in the back of a limousine,” while Menendez says the singer “empowers young women to be whatever they want to be.” Watch:

Fusion Added to Dish Network, Shifts Programming

Jorge RamosFour months in, Fusion, the joint venture between ABC News and Univision, is shaking up its programming while adding 14 million more homes. Dish Network will now carry the news and lifestyle channel geared toward millennials, making it available in about 35 million homes, well on the way to its goal of being in 60 million homes in its first 5 years.

Among the programming changes: the morning show moves to the evenings and two daily programs will scale back to weeklies. The changes come on the same day Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos signed a contract extension keeping him with Fusion through the 2016 election. “Even though Jorge has been on television longer than Walter Cronkite, many Americans are discovering Jorge for the first time now that he has a program in English,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a note to staff.

Ramos, who co-anchors the evening newscast on Univision, will scale back his nightly Fusion show “America” to Tuesday nights, allowing more time for field interviews and transforming the program from a daily newscast to a weekly news magazine. Leon Krauze‘s “Open Source” will also scale back from nightly to weekly. The move comes as Krauze, who is also the main anchor at Univision’s LA station KMEX, gears up for Fusion’s coverage of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

“The Morning Show,” which Lee says “has exceeded our expectations,” will be rebranded and will now air at 8pmET and ”AM Tonight” anchored by Alicia Menendez moves to 9pmET.

More details in Lee’s note, after the jump…

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‘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.

Bret Baier to Keynote TVNewser Show, April 29

BretBaierFox News “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier will be the morning keynote speaker for the TVNewser Show, April 29 in New York City. This being an election year, we’ll talk with Baier about what’s ahead for Washington, and about media coverage of policy, politics and politicians.

Baier will join decision makers and thought leaders from NBC News, ABC News, and CNN for the day-long conference. You may have seen the ads running on TVNewser and our other sites which explain the agenda, but what we’re trying to do with the show is bring the leading minds in the business in one room on one day to discuss where the business is going.

Just a week before the conference the Supreme Court will take up the case of Aereo. So we’ll talk about that. We’ll also talk about media consolidation, the second screen, newsroom diversity, how broadcasters are adapting to the growth of TV everywhere, and more. Other speakers include Tribune broadcasting president Larry Wert, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, CNN executive Geraldine Moriba and NBC News executive Julian March.

We’re also pleased to present the TVNewser Job Fair which will tap the resources of Mediabistro’s leading job service, bringing together the nation’s top media companies in one place, allowing attendees to meet one-on-one with hiring managers.

We’ll bring you updates about speakers and attendees in the coming weeks. We hope you’ll join us on April 29.

Alicia Menendez: ‘Piers Morgan is Making a Story That Was Never About Him … About Him’

alicia menendez fusionOn the recurring “Not Judging, Just Observing” segment of her Fusion show last night, Alicia Menendez criticized Piers Morgan over his continuing spat with transgender activist Janet Mock, who has appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” twice this month.

After Mock was interviewed on “The Colbert Report” Monday — and Colbert ridiculed Morgan’s reaction to the negative Twitter comments directed his way — Morgan tweeted, “Shame that @StephenAtHome bought into @janetmock’s ‘victim’ BS last night. He’s a smart guy, better than that.”

“By tweeting his outrage over Colbert giving Mock another platform, Piers Morgan is making a story — that was never about him — about him. Again,” Menendez said. “And that is why everyone hates cable news, and why I check the classifieds every morning.”

The Fusion segment comes just a day after “Piers Morgan Live” had its second-lowest ratings in the demo ever, delivering 50,000 A25-54 viewers on February 18. Morgan’s program also had its lowest-ever total viewer delivery earlier this month, averaging  235,000 viewers on February 7.

Watch Menendez’s commentary after the jump. Read more

The Ticker: Strickland, Tapper, Menendez

  • NBC News DC bureau chief Ken Strickland is the newest member of the Gridiron Club, the oldest journalistic organization in Washington, D.C. Strickland joined NBC in 1995 and was named vice president and DC bureau chief in 2012.

  • Jake Tapper‘s book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” is headed to the big screen. The Oscar-nominated screenwriters of “The Fighter” have acquired the rights to the CNN anchor’s book, our sister site FishbowlDC reports.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Cable Networks

obama state of the union 2 Here’s what the cable news networks have planned for President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

Fox News: Bret Baier will take over from Bill O’Reilly at 8:55pmET. Baier will be joined by chief White House correspondent Ed Henry, chief Congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel and Shannon Bream, who will report on Bing Pulse results throughout the night. Baier will anchor until 11pmET, at which point Megyn Kelly will take over with a live edition of “The Kelly File.”

CNN: Chris Cuomo will host “New Day” live from Capitol Hill Tuesday morning. For the network’s evening coverage, Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will anchor beginning at 7pmET. They will be joined by a host of CNN correspondents, including Jim Sciutto from Iran, Tom Foreman from the virtual studio and Suzanne Malveaux, who will moderate a focus group in Des Moines. Tapper will helm late night SOTU coverage solo. CNN en Español will also broadcast the address with anchor Fernando del Rincón and correspondent Juan Carlos López.

MSNBC: Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews will host beginning at 9pmET. They will be joined by Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton, Steve Schmidt and Ed Schultz, who will be live from Washington, D.C. Matthews will anchor an additional hour of live coverage from 12am-1amET.

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News Pro Names ’12 to Watch in TV News’

12 to watch in TV NewsTV Week’s News Pro magazine is out with its forward-looking “12 to Watch in TV News” list. Unsurprisingly, HLN president Albie Hecht is on the list, as he’s expected to make major changes to the network early on in the new year.

Other network executives featured are NBC News President Deborah Turness—who is rumored to be eyeing major shakeups, including cutting on-air talent and possibly even making changes to “Meet the Press”—and Al Jazeera America President Kate O’Brian, who told TVNewser AJAM aims to become the top news division in America. Whether she can lift the new network from its ratings woes in an interesting storyline to watch in 2014.

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly made the list after she was moved to the 9pmET primetime slot earlier this year. Kelly has generated both strong ratings and holiday controversy on FNC. Read more

Fusion CEO Lauds Network’s First Month, Tells Staff to Reach ‘Beyond the Conventional’

Fusion304x200Fusion launched one month ago today, and TVNewser has obtained an internal email network CEO Isaac Lee wrote to the staff praising while urging continuing innovation.

“Our content continues to drive a national conversation,” Lee wrote. “Fusion is already playing a prominent role in shaping our nation’s dialogue.”

Fusion, which is not in enough homes to be publicly rated by Nielsen, is depending on Web traffic. Lee’s email highlights Fusion.net’s traffic—half of which comes from mobile devices—as well as Fusion TV’s headline-grabbing interviews.

Some of those interviews Lee refers to were “Glee” star Alex Newell taking on Bill O’Reilly for calling him “dopey” and an on-air feud between hosts Alicia Menendez and Leon Krauze over who gets to interview actress Jennifer Lawrence first — neither has so far.

He also warned employees to not pat themselves on the back too much:

“We must remember we are one month into a very long journey and we cannot stop here.  The challenges we faced in the days and weeks leading up to launch have not gone away, but the last month has shown me that we are more than ready to tackle them.”

Lee’s email after the jump.

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