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Three Peabody Awards, In Three Very Different Genres, For CNN

The University of Georgia announced that CNN would receive three Peabody Awards, for its coverage of the Arab Spring, “CNN Heroes” and “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

For CNN, the three awards represented three different styles of television journalism, a fact not lost on executives there.

“When you look at some of the other award winners it is really the best of the best in television and radio, and we are obviously honored to be part of that company,” CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker told TVNewser. “I think it is particularly gratifying when you look at the three awards that we received.”

One was for CNN’s coverage of the Arab Spring. “CNN has continued to expand its international resources at a time when most other news organizations are cutting back, and we think that really paid off,” says Whitaker. “We also have shown a special commitment to covering the conflict in Syria which has been very difficult to cover because of the degree to which the government there is trying to keep journalists out.”

Whitaker says the award for Zakaria is gratifying in a different way.

Zakaria will be honored for his program “Restoring the American Dream: Fixing Education” as well as for his commentary on Iran. Whitaker says it shows that CNN “can go in-depth in coverage of various issues.”

CNN’s third Peabody goes to the CNN Heroes annual event. “It is always nice to win three awards, but when you win three awards that reflect three different parts of your mission and your brand and what you are capable of, it is even more gratifying.”

CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton‘s memo to staff, after the jump.

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CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners

The 2012 Peabody Award winners have been announced, and there are lots of winners from the world of TV news.

CNN is taking home three Peabodys, one for its coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprising, another for “CNN Heroes” and the last for “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

ABC News and Brian Ross received a Peabody for the investigative report looking into the Peace Corps, while the “CBS Evening News” and correspondent Clarissa Ward won a Peabody for her coverage of the Syrian uprising.

Al Jazeera English won a Peabody for its coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings, and the BBC won two awards, one for a documentary examining Somalia and a second for

As usual, plenty of entertainment programs won Peabodys as well, including “The Colbert Report,” “Portlandia,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones” and “Jeopardy!”

“The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards in a statement. “Local news organizations covered stories with international import as well as those significant within their communities. Documentaries and news reports on issues missed or overlooked by big organizations were available on websites. Comedians engaged in political actions. Radio proved again the power of the individual human voice. Drama took on issues of power and control. Images of disaster appeared alongside images of hope and freedom.”

The full winners list, after the jump.

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When Talent Gets Paid From Outside Sources, What Is a Network To Do?

Television news personalities are also celebrities, and as such are in high demand for appearances. Many times these appearances are free, but on occasion they may be reimbursed for expenses, or paid outright for appearing.

That issue, the issue of speaking fees, is covered in this month’s Columbia Journalism Review (h/t Inside Cable News).

Coincidentally, it has already been quite a month for controversial payments. Earlier this month news came out about MSNBC host Ed Schultz receiving $200,000 in speaking fees from unions. MSNBC responded by saying that the speeches received prior approval and that the money had to be donated to charity, although Newsbusters remains uncertain that all of the money was donated.

CJR cites the case of Fareed Zakaria, who pulls double-duty as a columnist for TIME, and as a host on CNN:

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Fareed Zakaria To Host Quarterly Specials For CNN

The first of Fareed Zakaria‘s quarterly specials airs tonight on CNN. The specials, with an accompanying essay in TIME, will focus on key to the American electorate: health care, immigration, jobs and energy.

Tonight’s is on health care.

“We Americans need to recognize that there are many areas where we could learn a lot from what other countries are doing,” said Zakaria in a statement. “America’s best companies routinely benchmark to global standards. What we’re trying to do in this series is just that – look around the world and ask, ‘what can we learn?’ In the process, we also found areas where we could teach the rest of the world a thing or two.”

More information, after the jump.

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The Ticker: Zakaria, Elliott, Obama…

  • CNN/TIME’s Fareed Zakaria is known for taking on issues of foreign policy. But for the next several months he’ll host specials focusing on pressing domestic issues, including health care, immigration, jobs, and energy. The first special, “Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care,” will debut Sunday at 8pmET/PT. A companion article for TIME will be in Friday’s edition.

  • “GMA” newsreader Josh Elliott (right) does a Q&A with TV Guide Magazine: What do you say to someone who asks, “Why should I watch Good Morning America instead of NBC’s Today?” Elliott: “[First] I pay proper respect to a phenomenal anchor team and production staff at Today that has done incredibly well. But I think our chemistry at GMA is unlike anything else on TV right now. There is a certain crackle to us.”
  • Pres. Obama did another round of local TV interviews Tuesday with reporters and anchors from stations in markets including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Austin. KCNC (Denver) reporter Karen Leigh asked the president about the mission in Afghanistan and the shootings there this weekend. Obama responded in part, “You can’t help but be proud, generally” of the troops. TVSpy has the story, and the clips.

The Ticker (CNN Edition): Acosta, Abler, Zakaria…

  • Jim Acosta has been promoted to national political correspondent for CNN. The suburban DC native has mostly been covering politics since joining CNN in 2007. In 2009, Cuban-American Acosta traveled to Havana where he reported on US-Cuban relations and met his own long-lost relatives. From 2003-2007 Acosta was a correspondent for CBS News. Before that he had stints in local TV news in Knoxville, Dallas and Chicago.
  • Maribel Aber is joining CNN Newsource as a correspondent for a new multi-platform financial news service produced in conjunction with From the floor of the NASDAQ, Aber will present “CNN Money Matters” reports for CNN and its affiliates. Earlier in her career Aber was VP of NASDAQ MarketSite overseeing operations at the Times Square studio.
  • The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund presents its 2012 Justice in Action Awards to CNN’s Fareed Zakaria on Wednesday. ABC’s Juju Chang and Sree Sreenivasan of Columbia University will emcee the event. The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi is a special guest. Go here for more information.

CNN’s Zakaria Grabs Ahmadinejad Exclusive

TVNewser hears that CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has snagged an exclusive interview with Iran’s President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Zakaria is currently in Tehran, Iran.

The interview will be the first Ahmadinejad has given to a U.S. outlet since the recent reports of an Iranian assassination plot against the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S., as well as the release of two American hikers. Both topics are said to come up in the interview.

The interview is expected to air live on CNN International at 10:30 PM ET this evening, and on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” on CNN Sunday morning.

Fareed Zakaria: ‘CNN Is Getting Smarter, and You Can Feel It In The Stories’

CNN executive VP Mark Whitaker gets profiled by NPR’s David Folkenflik. Whitaker explains CNN’s newsgathering prowess, while acknowledging that when there isn’t major breaking news, the network often struggles to retain an audience.

“A big challenge for CNN now is to really decide who its audience is,” he says, “and to really focus on doing the best job possible for that audience and not think it can be all things to all people.

Some of the most interesting quotes come from Fareed Zakaria, who Whitaker champions as an example of what a good interviewer looks like. Zakaria has no qualms talking about where he sees CNN’s place in the newsgathering world:

“The people who watch Fox are not going to watch CNN. Let’s be honest,” Zakaria says. He says people watching Fox are the faithful of a specific religion attending a particularly devout church. “Our competitors should properly be The New York Times, the BBC and NPR.”

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Cable Coverage plans for Obama’s Middle East speech

President Obama is making his way to the State Department to deliver a highly-anticipated speech on Middle East affairs.

CNN’s Ed Henry Tweeted this picture of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, writing parts of the President’s speech at a Starbucks last Friday.

CNN is going big on the coverage with a CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast beginning at 11:30amET. Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani anchor coverage with Fareed Zakaria in Egypt, and Gloria Borger, John King, Henry and Jill Dougherty in DC as well as multiple correspondents in several North African and Middle Eastern countries.

FNC’s Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchor with Mike Emanuel at the White House. Wendell Goler will anchor a special report for any Fox affiliates who choose to take it.

NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors on MSNBC with a panel that includes Chuck Todd and Richard Engel.

Pres. Obama will only be doing one TV interview after the speech, and it’s not with an American broadcaster. BBC gets the sit-down with Obama at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving an interview to Katie Couric. This is Couric’s last day with the CBS Evening News. She’ll return to New York this afternoon to anchor her final broadcast.

(h/t Playbook)

Fareed Zakaria clarifies: ‘The characterization that I have been advising President Obama is inaccurate’

CNN’s Fareed Zakaria has taken to today to clarify the characterization that he is advising Pres. Obama on matters of foreign policy. Earlier this week on “In the Arena” Zakaria told Eliot Spitzer that he’s had “face to face meetings” with Pres. Obama on the so-called Arab Spring, specifically the situation in Egypt. Here’s what Zakaria wrote this afternoon:

The characterization that I have been “advising” President Obama is inaccurate. Over the last few months I’ve had a couple of conversations with the president, off-the-record. At no point did President Obama ask me for advice on a specific policy or speech or proposal, nor did I volunteer it. I know that he has had similar meetings with other columnists.

Spitzer, who was leading in his characterization of Zakaria “advising” the president said during their conversation this week, “It makes my heart warm that the president is calling you for wisdom and advice.”