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Tom Shales Apologizes To Alison Stewart

Washington Post television critic Tom Shales apologized to PBS “Need To Know” co-host Alison Stewart in a Q&A with readers today.

Kathy Lee never whimpered about the reviews, I don’t think friends of the “Need to Know” gang should claim grievous bodily harm either. I do however want to apologize to cohost Alison Stewart for the line about her looking as tho she’d have been more at home in Bill Clinton’s lap. That was seen by some as a graphic sexual reference (it was not meant that way, but c’est la vie); I was talking about cozying up, nothing more sinister than that.

Shales panned “Need To Know” in his review, saying that Stewart “looked as though she would have been much more comfortable in [show guest Bill] Clinton’s lap.”

That drew a sharp rebuke from Stewart, who told TVNewser:

Mr. Shales’ is certainly entitled to his own views about our program but in most work places it would be simply unacceptable to make this kind of public suggestive insinuation about a colleague. I’m surprised it got by his editors.

Shales also responded to accusations that he is sexist.

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Jeremy Hubbard Leaving ‘World News Now;’ Rob Nelson to Join

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First on TVNewser: “World News Now,” ABC’s middle-of-the-night news program, is about to see another change at the anchor desk. TVNewser has learned that Jeremy Hubbard, who joined the broadcast in 2008, is departing “World News Now” for a promotion to digital correspondent for ABC News. (Welcome back to daylight, Jeremy)

ABC News is hiring Rob Nelson, morning news anchor at CBS-affiliate WWL-TV in New Orleans, to co-anchor the program with Vinita Nair. No word yet on his official start date.

“World News Now” has been something of a revolving door for young, promising talent. Since the show’s launch in 1992, the newscast’s seen Anderson Cooper, Juju Chang, Alison Stewart, Aaron Brown, Kevin Newman, David Muir, and others pass through the anchor chair.

Need To Know’s Alison Stewart Reponds To Tom Shales

anchors-alison_5-13.jpgWe linked to a review of the new PBS public affairs show “Need to Know” by WaPo’s Tom Shales on Monday.

Today, TVNewser heard from the show’s co-host, Alison Stewart, who wanted to respond to Shales, including his comment that she “looked as though she would have been much more comfortable in [show guest Bill] Clinton’s lap.”

Dear TV Newser,

Since you posted Tom Shales’ crude, crass and sexist comment about me that I’d be “more at home in President Clinton’s lap”– I feel I should respond, for myself and for other hard working female journalists. Mr. Shales’ is certainly entitled to his own views about our program but in most work places it would be simply unacceptable to make this kind of public suggestive insinuation about a colleague. I’m surprised it got by his editors. Jon Meacham and I are really hoping to raise the level of discourse with our new PBS program, “Need to Know.” It’s a new show. We’re the first to admit we have some bugs to work out. And we will. And we welcome constructive criticism but not a raunchy rant.”

Shales has been criticized for his views on women in the media on more than one occasion.

Tom Shales: PBS’ Need To Know a ‘Streamlined Tripe Dispenser’

ntk_5-7.jpgTelevision critic Tom Shales of The Washington Post tuned into the premiere of the new PBS program Need to Know on Friday and, uh, he was not impressed.

Shales compared the new program’s tone and content to that of its predecessor Bill Moyers Journal, which ended its run April 30. He also took issue with PBS’ claim that the show “empowers audiences to tune in anytime and anywhere.”

Funny thing — after watching about two-thirds of “Need to Know’s” first edition, which is actually more than I could stand, I didn’t feel “empowered” at all. I felt embittered — angry that Moyers, with his contentious controversies and honest attempts at insight, was gone and this specious, streamlined tripe dispenser was sitting there in his place.

Yikes.

Shales also held nothing back when discussing Need To Know‘s hosts, Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham and NPR’s Alison Stewart.

The show’s at best semi-competent anchors were Jon Meacham and NPR veteran Alison Stewart. He looked forlorn, as if having been left out in the rain, and she looked as though she would have been much more comfortable in [show guest Bill] Clinton’s lap

Double yikes.

PBS ombudsman Michael Getler wrote a column in defense of the program Sunday, before Shales’ piece hit the web. Getler pointed out that the first episode of any TV show is not necessarily going to be indicative of future quality, and that the new show would have its work cut out for it having to follow in Moyers’ footsteps.

Getler declined to offer criticism of the program, save for two things:

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PBS’ ‘Need to Know’ Debuts Tonight

ntk_5-7.jpgPBS’ new series “Need to Know,” anchored by Alison Stewart and Jon Meacham premieres this evening on PBS. The show replaces “NOW on PBS” and “Bill Moyers Journal” on Friday evenings.

The staff made the final adjustments today over at WNET’s studios in New York, where the show is produced. “We’re super busy in the edit room putting it all together,” “Need to Know” EP Shelley Lewis tells TVNewser. “Everything’s falling into place beautifully and we’ve eaten a lot of pizza in the last 18 hours!”

“We have more information from many different sources than ever before,” Meacham recently said ahead of the launch. “We hope the show will help break through the extemporaneous information and leave the viewer with what they really do need to know.”

Stories tonight will include the 50th anniversary of the birth control pill, gun control, the gulf oil spill, and the first guest interview: a sit-down with President Bill Clinton.

This morning, Stewart was at the NASDAQ opening bell ceremony. The two anchors also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” earlier today. Video after the jump.

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‘World News Now’ Stage Manager to Give his Final Cue

GrimmBlake.jpgFriday morning on World News Now (yes, you’ll either have to stay up really late, or wake up really early) the show will say goodbye to Peter Grimm who has been World News Now’s stage manager for the past 17 years.

Grimm, who we hear will sleep in until Noon on Monday, has been floor director with virtually every host in the early morning show’s eclectic anchor history. And as a tribute 21 of them will wish him off. That includes Ryan Owens 2007-2008, David Muir 2003-2004, Tamala Edwards 2003-2005, Alison Stewart 2000-2002, Liz Cho 2002-2003, Kevin Newman 1994-1996, Thalia Assuras 1993-1997, Bill Greenwood & Sheilah Kast 1993-1996, Derek McGinty 2001-2003, Asha Blake (pictured with Grimm) 1997-1998, Heather Cabot 2005, Ron Corning 2004-2006, Mark Mullen 1996-1998, Anderson Cooper 1999-2000, Andrea Stassou 2003, Taina Hernandez 2005-2007, Hari Sreenivasan 2006-2007, Melinda Wittstock 1998 and Juju Chang 1999-2000.

Also, Barry Mitchell will be in to do a special live polka for Peter, with the original “Mitchellettes” his back-up singers on the first WNN polka back in 1993. Set your DVRs kids! Or look for video tomorrow, which will include a certain creator of the show who has gone on to bigger, magic-er things at another network.

Video after the jump…

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Rather, Colbert, Bloomberg Celebrate Bill Moyers

moyers_4-27.jpgBill Moyers and his PBS program “Bill Moyers Journal” hit the airwaves for their final broadcast this Friday after almost 40 years after Moyers launched the initial “Journal.”

New York’s THIRTEEN has posted messages from a number of big names as a tribute to Moyers in his final week. Among the well-wishers are Stephen Colbert, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Tavis Smiley, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Jon Meacham, Alison Stewart, and PBS President Paula Kerger.

HDNet’s Dan Rather writes: “He and [his wife] Judith formed a team that became a national treasure. Take a long, thoughtful look. We may not see the likes of it again anytime soon.”

‘NOW on PBS’ Concludes Run This Month

NOW_3-7.jpgFollowing the cancellation of “Worldfocus,” “NOW on PBS” will be the next PBS program to end its run this spring.

“PBS made a strategic decision to reallocate resources as part of a broad effort to reinvigorate public affairs coverage on the network,” writes “NOW” EP and creator John Siceloff in a personal note to viewers.

The news first came of the program’s demise in late 2009 when PBS announced it would launch the new program “Need to Know,” which is set to launch May 7th and will feature co-hosts Jon Meacham and Alison Stewart.

First broadcast in January of 2002, “Now,” which was hosted by David Brancaccio and featured reporting from Maria Hinojosa, has already taped its final show. It will air on April 30th.

The last episode features some highlights from the program’s reporting and has already been posted online. You can see it after the jump.

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Alison Stewart, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham in Talks for PBS’ ‘Need to Know’

The new PBS public affairs series “Need to know,” which launches May 7th and is produced by WNET in New York, is in discussions with Newsweek editor Jon Meacham and former MSNBCer Alison Stewart to co-anchor the program, according to Elizabeth Jensen at Media Decoder.

Previously: PBS’ New ‘Need to Know’ Gets an EP

Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot

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Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday — she got married. Robach married “Melrose Place” actor Andrew Shue.

The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan’s west side, was attended by about 120 friends and family.

Some of the tvnewsers in attendance, Robach’s “Today” show colleagues Meredith Vieira, and Ann Curry, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, who Twitpic’d the night away, Alison Stewart and husband MSNBC VP Bill Wolff. Robach’s former MSNBC anchor Randy Meier flew in for the ceremony, while her “Today” co-anchor Lester Holt was already in Vancouver for the Olympics. Also, “Today” show senior producer Don Nash, publicist Megan Kopf and former supervising producer Javier Morgado attended.

Shue’s sister, actress Elisabeth Shue was also in attendance.

Robach and Shue met last Spring and got engaged in September.

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