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Barry Diller on Aereo: ‘If We Lose, We’re Finished’

barry diller aereo interviewIAC chairman Barry Diller says he “can’t see any path forward” for Aereo in the event the Supreme Court rules against the service.

“If we lose, we’re finished,” Diller told  Bloomberg TV’s Erik Schatzker. “It’s very possible that there’s some salvage. But Aereo would probably, as I say probably just because I can’t — I can’t see any path forward.” IAC is the major backer of the streaming service which takes the signals of local TV stations and distributes them to paying subscribers who watch via their internet service provider, not over the air. “It probably would not be able to continue in business,” Diller added.

The case goes before the Supreme Court on April 22. A week later, at the TVNewser Show, we’ll be discussing the future of Aereo. Among our panelists is Tom Taylor, the Assistant Managing Editor of Bloomberg BNA’s United States Law Week, who will be monitoring the arguments. Click here for more information and to register.

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Tina Brown to Howard Kurtz: ‘Didn’t I fire you for serial inaccuracy?’

Over the weekend Newsweek was sold to IBT Media, thus ending a less-than-prestigious run under the leadership of Barry Diller and Tina Brown. Now, the analysis has started, with a number of reporters diving in to try and figure out what went wrong.

Former Newsweek/Daily Beast DC bureau chief Howard Kurtz, who is now Fox News Channel’s media correspondent, shared a NY Times article about Brown’s leadership of the magazine on Twitter, while adding that “this captures the chaos, waste and dysfunction.”

Tina Brown did not take the comment kindly:

When Kurtz parted ways with The Daily Beast (he left CNN in June), he said it “was in the works for some time.” Brown’s comment seems to put that in doubt.

Related: Check out our video tour of the Newsweek/Daily Beast offices (then under the leadership of Brown and Diller), here.

Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

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Jeff Zucker On Competitors, New Viewers And The ‘Human Drama’ Of The Cruise Coverage

CNN president Jeff Zucker appeared on a panel with IAC’s Barry Diller at the AllThingsD conference yesterday evening. While Diller’s broadcast network-challenging company Aereo dominated the conversation, Zucker still weighed in on his plans to expand CNN’s programming, the future of digital news and the channel’s coverage of the Carnival Triumph cruise ship story.

With regard to the cable news competition:

“While they are covering events in Washington from a political point of view, that leaves the news for us to cover,” Zucker said. “That doesn’t mean we can’t cover politics, but politics is just one part of the news. We are covering politics and much more, and I think that is the opening for us.”

He again noted that CNN wants to add programming that would typically be found on channels like Discovery, Nat Geo and A&E. He also praised “Parts Unknown” for epitomizing that ethos.

“Four and a half million new viewers who have not watched CNN have now watched CNN because they watched Anthony Bourdain’s show,” Zucker said. “In order to be successful going forward, we need to do that, we need to bring new viewers to CNN.”

Zucker said that he was “very pleased” where CNN was digitally, and noted that while TV is the most important platform now, it may not be in 10 or 20 years. Still, regardless of the platform, maintaining CNN’s brand is vital.

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Here’s This Aereo Thing You’ve Been Hearing About

You may have been reading about Aereo, the Barry Diller-backed service that allows you to watch local broadcast TV from a mobile device. Even as the site is the subject of two lawsuits filed by local broadcasters, Aereo rolled out in New York last week.

In this mediabistroTV video, TVSpy’s Andrew Gauthier takes a closer look at how Aereo works.

Mika Brzezinski shows her value at book party

Mika Brzezinski and "Morning Joe" EP Chris Licht

Monday night, Michael’s Resaturant was the scene of a party for Mika Brzezinski and her new book “Knowing Your Value.”

Miles Nadal, the CEO of MDC Partners and The Daily Beast/Newsweek‘s Tina Brown hosted the night. Guests included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Arianna Huffington, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly, NBC News “Today” co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, former CNN host Kathleen Parker, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CBS News’s Lesley Stahl, IAC chairman Barry Diller, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., MSNBC/The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capeheart, and Daily News‘s Mort Zuckerman.

Mika’s “Morning Joe” partner Joe Scarborough was not in attendance following the death of his father last week. EP Chris Licht, who is expected to announce in the coming days he’s leaving the network for an executive position at CBS News, was on hand.

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Katie Couric Shows Us All that CBS Cares

Most New York City tvnewsers had to dig out their car this morning, but media mogul Barry Diller had some extra help from CBS “Evening News” anchor Katie Couric


@katiecouric tweeted this morning:

Only in New York: helping Barry Diller push his Maserati out of the snow in Central Park on my way to work!http://twitpic.com/3tw7fh

Piers Morgan’s Bill O’Reilly Story, And More From The ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ Launch Party

Last night TVNewser ventured to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown hosted a party for CNN’s new 9 PM host, Piers Morgan.

In welcoming the guests, Morgan shared a remarkable (if it’s true) story about an encounter he had with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly at a recent New York Knicks game.

Morgan and O’Reilly were in the VIP suite, and having never met the FNC host, Morgan naturally wanted to say hello.

“Obvisouly I marched up, expecting him to shower me with praise about this glorious resurrection of CNN, and he comes up to me and goes, ‘ah, yea, I know you,’” Morgan recalled.

“So I shuffled off meekly,” Morgan said. “Not only is he #1 but he is intimidating, he sort of shooed me away.”

It was Morgan, however, who would get the last laugh a few minutes later, when O’Reilly returned with his teenage daughter:

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Internet Week’s High-Speed Connections

If you haven’t heard, it’s Internet Week in New York City, put on by Mayor Bloomberg and the IADAS.

NYC companies, including ours, are putting on events, hosting parties and otherwise celebrating New York’s Internet community. There’s even an awards show Monday night. (We’ll be there to cover).

It’s a busy week. So busy, in fact, Page Six reports husband and wife Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg are throwing competing parties tonight with guest lists filled with tvnewsers.

While Diller is hosting a bash on a private roof garden overlooking Rockefeller Center to welcome new AOL boss Tim Armstrong and News Corp.’s chief digital officer Jonathan Miller to New York’s digital community, von Furstenberg will be at her downtown headquarters celebrating “Womenomics,” a new book by “Good Morning America” host Claire Shipman and the BBC’s Katty Kay. While Diller’s expecting Jeff Zucker, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Myers and Mike Ovitz, von Furstenberg is drawing Katie Couric, Charlie Gibson and Charlie Rose.