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Media Execs Crack Forbes ’400 Richest’ List

Forbes released its annual list of the 400 richest Americans, and a number of media power players made the cut.

Finishing toward the top of the list:

New York City Mayor and Bloomberg LP founder Michael Bloomberg came in at number 12 with a net worth of approximately $19.5 billion, Anne Cox Chambers, who is the primary owner of Cox Enterprises (including Cox Communications) placed 26th with $12 billion. News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch placed 37th with $7.4 billion.

Farther down:

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Hurricane Irene Coverage Pushes Back Network News in New York

A rarity in the New York TV market tonight. All three network evening newscasts, which normally air at 6:30pm, ran at 7pm instead, as all the local newscasts continued coverage of Hurricane Irene. Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a news conference during the 6:30 half hour, pushing back the network newscasts.

New York City has not seen a storm like the one that could hit Sunday since 1821.

Sunday’s dedication ceremony for the Martin Luther King National Memorial has been postponed. The cable news networks had planned extensive coverage of the event. All now canceled.

Get used to seeing a lot of this in the next few days:

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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.

  • More pictures after the jump…

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Joe Scarborough, Al Jazeera Reporter Ayman Mohyeldin Make ‘Time 100′

This year’s “Time 100″ list is out, and a number of TV and media figures made the cut.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is on the list, and gets profiled by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg:

As a group, cable-television talk-show hosts are not exactly known for independent political analysis that is free of partisan favoritism, but that is exactly what makes Joe Scarborough, 48, so refreshing — and so important.

The only other TV news personality to crack the list was Al Jazeera English reporter Ayman Mohyeldin, whose coverage of the uprising in Egypt was widely regarded as second-to-none. Mohyeldin was profiled by Dan Rather:

By dint of his experience, persistence and talent, he lifted the profile and reputation of the al-Jazeera network. And for one brief, shining moment, he was the best in the world.

Other media moguls profiled include:

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TVNewsers Help Push ‘James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act’

New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says Jon Stewart, among others, are to thank for the passage of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health & Compensation Act. In a statement after the bill passed last night, Bloomberg said, “We would not be where we are today without the hard work of so many others who are too many to name, but include Representatives Maloney, King, and Nadler; responders, survivors, and their family members; labor and civic leaders; and great New Yorkers like Rudy Giuliani and Jon Stewart.”

Stewart’s entire final show of the year, which aired last Thursday, was dedicated to the bill. He first mocked the media for their lack of coverage. He then followed with a panel of 9/11 first responders, and topped it off with an interview with supporter of the bill and FNC host Mike Huckabee. Most of the show was spent attacking Congressional republicans who opposed of cost of the bill.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs also credited Stewart. “If there’s the ability for that to sort of break through in our political environment, there’s a good chance that he can help do that,” Gibbs told reporters Tuesday. “I think he has put the awareness around this legislation. He’s put that awareness into what you guys cover each day, and I think that’s good.”

Gibbs’ statement didn’t sit well with the hosts of “Fox & Friends” who are adamant that it was their colleague who really was the impetus behind the act being passed.

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Rupert Murdoch to Testify on Behalf of Immigration Reform

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, and International Law Membership will hold a hearing on the “Role of Immigration in Strengthening America’s Economy.” Among those testifying, News Corp. Chairman & CEO Rupert Murdoch, who is an immigrant himself.

Murdoch, along with fellow media mogul and New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, have formed a new coalition to push for immigration reform. Bloomberg will be testifying as well.

Education Nation Soaked

Downpours in New York City this morning soaked Day 2 of NBC News’s Education Nation. The conference, some of which has been carried on MSNBC and NBC, is being held on Rockefeller Plaza, including a tented space over the area that is the skating rink in the Winter months.

The worst of it began around 8:50amET. NBC crews, concerned about safety of participants, evacuated the area bringing a halt to the conference for about 45 minutes just as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was about to speak.

Bloomberg went on with the speech from MSNBC’s studio, giving the mayor 14 minutes of national airtime to talk about his city’s education initiatives. The cable channel then aired a discussion with Tom Brokaw and Newark, NJ major Cory Booker, whose city schools just received $100M from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The rest of the day’s panel discussions have been moved to studios inside the GE building. The Weather Channel’s Stephanie Abrams, anchoring her show from New York, covered the news via Twitter (picture above):

Had to stop show, because they are worried about the Education Nation tents leaking! Headed to tent to chk it out!!!

Education Nation continues tomorrow, and there is more rain in the forecast.

Media Executives Make The Vanity Fair 100

vf100090310.jpgVanity Fair has released its Vanity Fair 100 list, which purports to count down the 100 most influential people of the information age. Not surprisingly, plenty of boldface media names make the cut.

Among them:

#4: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who oversees Fox News Channel.

#7 Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City and the founder of Bloomberg LP, which owns the Bloomberg business network.

#13: Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, who oversees CNN.

#14: Disney CEO Bob Iger, who oversees ABC News

#21: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who is in the process of acquiring NBC Universal, which includes NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC.

#59: Sony CEO Sir Howard Stringer, the former president of CBS News and executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”

#62: PBS host Charlie Rose.

More names, as well as a pair of notable non-inclusions, are 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.”

Bloomberg Race Called, Retracted by MSNBC, Others

bloomberg_11-4.jpgMSNBC was among a handful of news outlets that prematurely called the New York City mayor’s race for Michael Bloomberg last night. At 9:39pmET, Rachel Maddow, hosting on MSNBC said, “NBC News can project Michael Bloomberg was re-elected mayor of New York City. He’s the projected winner having spent in excess of $100 million to win himself a third term over Bill Thompson. 7% precincts reporting, but we can project Michael Bloomberg winning.”

Insiders tell TVNewser, Maddow got the information from NBC News’ internal alert system, but that NBC News did not call the race. Rather, the information came from Edison Media Research (EMR), which conducted exit polling for the news media.

Twenty minutes after that first call, Maddow explained, “NBC News, relying on a local election monitoring service called EMR to call tonight’s race — that call has been retracted.”

About an hour later, at 11:02pmET, Maddow made the call, again for Bloomberg, but this time based on an NBC News projection. Bloomberg won the race 51% to Thompson’s 46% — a difference of less than 51,000 votes in a city of 8.3 million.

> Update: According to several NBC News and MSNBC sources, the news was communicated to Maddow via the internal NBC News political unit which called the race for Bloomberg, based on the EMR data. So, while Maddow said it on the air, the erroneous early call, although not an official NBC News call came from the network’s political unit.

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