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GQ thinks Ed Schultz is one of ‘The Least Influential People Alive’

Wow. Is it that time of year all ready?

Well, yes it is. When publishers come up with end of the year lists. Here’s one from the December GQ: the magazine’s list of “The 25 least Influential People Alive” MSNBC’s Ed Schultz comes in at #3. Ouch.

…Then there pundits like Ed Schultz. Do you watch “The Ed Show” on MSNBC? Of course you don’t. No one does. The only reason people watch “The Ed Show” is they’re working out in a hotel gym and they can’t find a staff member to change the channel to ESPN.

Also on the list: Tia and Tamera Mowry (#4). (Tamera married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley over the summer); also Tina Brown (#17), John Boehner (#24) and Pres. Obama (#25). Topping the list former GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty.

Tina Brown Returns to TV with ‘Daily Beast TV’

Tina Brown is eying original video productions with the launch next month of Daily Beast TV, reports AdWeek.

The venture has been described as an online talk show. A rep for the Newsweek Daily Beast Co. said Daily Beast TV would be a mix of original videos like the “Ask Andrew Anything” feature that Andrew Sullivan launched in September. The rotoscope-style videos feature the Beast blogger answering reader questions like “When did you truly feel American?” and “When will pot be legalized?”

CNN and ABC veteran producer Kathy O’Hearn, who joined the Beast in December will oversee Daily Beast TV. O’Hearn was the creator and executive producer of Brown’s last foray into TV, “Topic A with Tina Brown,” which ran for two years on CNBC, going off the air in 2005. O’Hearn then went to ABC News, where she was EP of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

No word whether the Beast’s Howard Kurtz, who hosts weekly media criticism show “Reliable Sources” on CNN, will be a part of Daily Beast TV.

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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Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer to Lead ABC News Royal Wedding Coverage

ABC News has slated its coverage plans for the upcoming Royal Wedding. Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer will lead the network’s coverage, which includes almost 20 hours on ABC, in addition to other platforms.

On Friday, Walters and Sawyer will anchor live starting at 4 AM ET, joined by “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts, who will be anchoring from London all week.

Contributors to the broadcast will include: Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, former Royal press secretary Colleen Harris, Royal Historian Robert Lacey; and Royal Editor for the Sun Newspaper, Duncan Larcombe. Also appearing will be one of Princess Diana’s bridesmaids, India Hicks.

“ABC World News” will be broadcast from London Wednesday, April 27 to Friday April 29, while Cynthia McFadden anchors “Nightline” from London all week.

Even Disney Channel is getting into the game, with Juju Chang hosting a short form series about the Royal Wedding for kids all week long.

Much more information, including where to watch online, after the jump.

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ABC News producer jumps to DailyBeast/Newsweek

WebNewser reports one of Diane Sawyer‘s producers has left ABC and is joining DailyBeast.com/Newsweek. And she’s not the first tvnewser to join the Tina Brown publication.

This is How Christiane Amanpour Rolls

Some network anchors get chauffeured around the city in company-provided town cars.

Not ABC “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Amanpour, along with a bevy of powerful women in the media–including Tina Brown and Barbara Walters–toasted Arianna Huffington at midtown media hotspot Michael’s yesterday.

As Amanpour was leaving, Huffington tweeted a picture of her mode of transport:

“After the lunch, @camanpour took off on her bicycle!”

So how does Amanpour roll? Find out after the jump.

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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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Howard Kurtz Joining The Daily Beast

Washington Post media reporter and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz is joining The Daily Beast. He will become Washington bureau chief for the IAC-backed website, which was founded by Tina Brown.

Kurtz will continue to host his CNN program.

“I’ve wanted to work with Tina Brown forever—well, for a long time—and I’m incredibly impressed by the energy and creativity of The Daily Beast staff,” said Kurtz in a statement. “After a lifetime in newspapers, I’m ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism.”

Earlier this week the site announced it had hired David Kirkpatrick as technology columnist, and has also poached some big name reporters from outlets like the Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

Women in TV News Take On Women in the World

The Daily’s Beast’s Tina Brown has gathered up some of the most influential women in the world this weekend for an event in New York with many of the discussions moderated by some of the most influential women in TV News. Barbara, Katie, and Diane to name just a few.

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Barbara Walters challenges former Secy. of State Madeleine Albright.

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Katie Couric interviews Queen Rania of Jordan.

Here’s The Beast’s coverage so far. More photos after the jump…

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Women in the World Gather in NYC

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