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Chris Ariens

Chris joined Mediabistro in July 2007 as editor of and executive producer of the blog network and was promoted to editorial director in June 2009. Before joining mediabistro, Chris spent seven years at MSNBC, as a producer, coordinating producer for the Olympics, and lastly as executive producer of daytime programs., Chris worked as a producer in local TV news in Green Bay (WLUK) and Tampa (WFTS). Email and follow @ChrisAriens on Twitter.

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tonight

tvnshowsmallIs Aereo the future of TV, or will it be shut down before it really takes off? Are drones a safer way to capture news from the sky? How are broadcasters adapting to Web TV? Are newsrooms diverse enough? Is social TV a complement or a distraction?

We’re less than three weeks to the TVNewser Show where we’ll ponder those questions and many more.

So join NBC News anchor Tamron Hall, Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more on April 29. And if you sign up before midnight tonight, you’ll get $150 off the price at the door.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today.

TVNewser Show Price Break Ends Tomorrow

tvnshow304The TVNewser Show is coming together. As part of the lineup we’ve got Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, Tribune Broadcasting president Larry Wert, NBC SVP Julian March, CNN VP Geraldine Moriba and many more joining us on April 29. And we’d love for you to join us as well.

We’ll be talking about Aereo, a service that broadcasters want to see shut down and the Supreme Court will be taking up just a week before the TVNewser Show. Also, the use of drones in newsgathering: revolutionary but controversial. The growth of Social TV, which is changing the way we all produce and watch our favorite shows. Plus, we’ll introduce you to new Web TV experiences and we’ll get to the bottom of why Millennials are the hot new audience.

Check out the full program and speaker list for more details, and don’t forget to register today to save $200!

Shepard Smith, ‘What’s Your Show?’


Shepard Smith has been a part of Fox News since there has been a Fox News. But the longtime anchor took on a new challenge late last year: hosting a high-octane newscast from a futuristic (yet functional) studio without compromising the mission: report the news, first and fair. Oh, and keep the show No. 1 in the ratings.

In the first edition of the new MediabistroTV series “What’s Your Show?” Smith and his team take us behind the scenes of “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Look for upcoming episodes of “What’s Your Show?” from MSNBC, Al Jazeera America and more. And to watch more MediabistroTV videos, subscribe to our YouTube channel and follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV.

Robin Meade Returns to Chicagoland

RobinMeadeChicagoHLN anchor Robin Meade returned to Chicago last night for the premiere of CNN’s original series CHICAGOLAND. In an interview with TVNewser contributor Alissa Krinksy, Meade talked about her years anchoring at NBC-owned WMAQ.

“I was a whopping 26 when I arrived here and now when I look back, I’m like, ‘Gosh, I was such a baby!’ I thought I was ready for it, but it was the school of hard knocks for a young reporter. But you learn fast. [Chicago] is a place where you gotta learn fast! It’s sink or swim!”

CHICAGOLAND debuts on CNN tomorrow night. For more coverage of the event, including an interview with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, click over to TVNewser.

Former Milwaukee, Dayton Anchor Found Dead

A former anchor for CBS affiliate WDJT in Milwaukee has died. Asa George was found dead at her home in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis. WDJT had a story on George’s death last night reporting that the medical examiner’s office has “put a seal on all documents relating to her case,” so they could not reveal the cause of death. “We wish to express our condolences to her family and friends and broadcasting colleagues,” said anchor Michele McCormack.

George was a morning anchor at WDJT from March 2010 to February 2011. She had also freelanced at Fox affiliate WITI.

George had previously worked at Sinclair duopoly Fox45 and ABC22 in Dayton, OH.

Bonnie Bernstein Takes Over Oprah’s Studio

Back in the day, Oprah Winfrey would give away new cars from her Harpo Studios in Chicago. Well, part of the iconic studio has turned a corner and was recently taken over by, a site devoted to college sports. The face of the venture is Bonnie Bernstein, the veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter. Beginning next week, she’ll host a new daily show from Harpo Studios.

How will this sports show be different from everything else out there? In part II of our Media Beat interview, Bernstein tells us it’s all about the insiders.

NBC Stations to Air 1963 ‘Meet the Press’ Featuring Dr. Martin Luther King

NBC News is digging deep into its archive from the longest running show on television, “Meet the Press.”

This weekend the 10 Owned NBC stations, as well as Comcast-owned New England Cable News and several NBC affiliates will air the August 25, 1963 edition of “Meet the Press,” featuring interviews with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and NAACP executive secretary Roy Wilkins.

Dr. King was interviewed for the show just three days before delivering his “I Have a Dream” speech. The special airing comes ahead of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

“This program is such a unique glance into history unfolding just days before the 1963 March on Washington,” said Valari Staab, President of the NBCU Owned Television Stations group. “To see an interview with Dr. Martin Luther King is a rare opportunity that I know our viewers will greatly appreciate and want to share with their families.”

In most markets, the 30-minute program will air just before or after the regularly-scheduled broadcast of “Meet the Press with David Gregory.” Check local listings for exact times.

Dr. King made several appearances on “Meet the Press” in the 1960s. What would have been his second appearance in July, 1962 was canceled because he was arrested and jailed in Albany, Georgia. His next appearance was the August, 1963 interview.

Sports Reporter Bonnie Bernstein’s Double Play

A gymnast throughout her youth, sports reporter Bonnie Bernstein has a new balancing act.

The veteran CBS Sports and ESPN reporter joined earlier this year, but not as just a host. She’s also VP of Content and Brand Development for the site, which places insiders on campuses across the country, reporting on college athletics. Bernstein’s half-hour daily show launches next week — from Oprah Winfrey‘s Harpo Studios, no less. She tells mediabistro how this new-style sports gig won her over.

Van Tieu, Former Co-Anchor of A.J. Clemente, Leaves KFYR

She was the co-anchor from Bismarck, seen around the world. Van Tieu, the weekend anchor at KFYR in Bismarck, has left North Dakota to return to her native San Francisco Bay Area. Tieu counted A.J. Clemente among her co-anchors at the station — for all of 30 minutes. You know the story by now. He uttered an expletive during the first few seconds of his first newscast back in April, was fired for it, then took his story to “Today” and “Late Show with David Letterman.” At last check Clemente was bartending in Delaware. Tieu, who’d been with KFYR for 8 months, departs the station without another TV job lined up.


CBS Pulled from Time Warner Cable, Again

WCBS-TV New York via Time Warner Cable. 5:10pm 8/2/13

Time Warner Cable has pulled the plug on CBS. The 5pm deadline, which had already been extended once, came and no deal was struck. Viewers of WCBS are seeing this screen (above). We’ve made calls to determine the status of KCBS in Los Angeles and KTVT in Dallas, which were also part of the CBS/Time Warner Cable negotiation, but have not heard back. Update: KCBS and KCAL are blacked out on Time Warner Cable in Los Angles. TWC customers make up about 35% of the market there. In Dallas, KTVT and KTXA are blacked out. Also affected CBS O&Os WBZ and WSBK in Boston, WBBM in Chicago, KCNC in Denver, WKBD in Detroit, and KDKA/WPCW in Pittsburgh.

CBS Corp. channels were pulled from Time Warner Cable briefly Tuesday night, but were quickly restored. At the time CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves stated, “We are now at war,” with TWC. Both sides then set today’s 5pmET deadline.

CBS Corp. and Time Warner Cable both reported profitable Q2 earnings this week. Revenue at CBS increased 11%, while TWC posted a 6% growth in earnings.

More: CBS statement after the jump… “We deeply regret this ill-advised action…”

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