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May 24

Gretawire Continues to Dominate Forbes Power Lists

John Coale, Greta Van Susteren, Kevin Spacey, Rep. Darrell Issa

Gretawire makes a comeback on the annual Forbes power list. Ranking in near her first spot from six years ago, Greta Van Susteren proves she’s still got it after fifteen years. The list of World’s Most Powerful Women runs from television, production and into global trade rather than the usual Washington politics.

Which means that she continues to dominate the airwaves and Twitter alongside ABC’s Diane Sawyer. It doesn’t come as a surprise after she stopped at the Garden Brunch to pose with “House of Cards”‘ resident rep Kevin Spacey or actual Californian Representative Darrell Issa above. As always, she keeps Gretawire humming faster than Hotline when it comes keeping touch with Capitol Hill.

May 13

Barbara Walters Announces Her Retirement…

…next summer? Ok!

The mainstay anchor and reporter of ABC has announced her plans to retire in 2014.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” she said. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

“There’s only one Barbara Walters,” says ABC News President Ben Sherwood. “And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. Barbara will always have a home at ABC News and we look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.”

As for the rest of the release–ok? Back in March Walters suffered from a fainting spell, which turned out to be the Chicken Pox. But now we’ve got a year to honor and praise “The View” co-founder including her last series of specials to air later this year.

May 1

Allbritton Communications Shakes Up Its Airwaves

Robert and Elena Allbritton with Sarah Palin

In an announcement this morning, Allbritton Communications’ CEO and Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton announced the company would explore selling their television properties.

“The Company has retained Moelis & Company LLC as its financial advisor and Paul Hastings and Dow Lohnes as its legal counsel,” according to the release. There is currently “no timetable for the strategic review process” and the release goes on to stress it will not effect Politico, which is handled as a separate company.

Obviously, the best place to look for actual quotes is Mike Allen’s Playbook, which runs selections from Robert’s email to the Politico staff:

“This is the Golden Age of new media innovation, and I intend to stay on the leading edge of it…So, I will be looking to invest in or launch media companies that follow the POLITICO model of dominating targeted coverage – and then using multiple revenue streams to profitably fund it. I see a very bright future for media companies like this and plan to show this with substantial investment in coming months and years.”

The potential sale affects eight channels, two of which are local favorites WJLA and NewsChannel 8 (formerly the TBD channel for 45 seconds). The announcement hasn’t yieled any other information except a massive shot across the bow of Washington media, especially as NBC has reupped their contract with Maria Shriver and Chris Matthews–and killed off “The Chris Matthews Show.”

Apr 30

White House Correspondents Garden Brunch Honors 99 Years of White White House Correspondents

Tammy Haddad,Steve McMahon,Mark Ein,Ed Henry,Franco Nuchese,Tony Goldwyn,Hilary Rosen,Ted Greenberg

The White House Correspondents Association finally met a scandal that actually rewarded it! The group’s 2013 president Ed Henry received an award from another–albeit fictional–president Tony Goldwyn at the 20th Annual Garden Brunch. Henry was honored again today during a White House press conference by the actual POTUS.

The brunch, honoring The Miss America Foundation and CURE Epilepsy, also provided a notable donation from the co-hosts to the White House Correspondents Association Scholarship Fund.

Goldwyn appreciated his entrance from “an alternate universe” where everyone else in Washington knows him as President Fitzgerald Grant. The crowd quieted down with the announcement from Haddad Media CEO Tammy Haddad that the President had arrived–although it happened to be a fictional one. Ed Henry took his award to a hardy round of applause and spoke briefly about Tom Brokaw’s comments on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Ed Henry accepted the award on behalf of the thousands of reporters over the White House Correspondents Association’s 99 years.

You can see the response below:

Apr 30

New CNN Morning Show Parallels “Morning Glory”

It seems like Jeff Zucker is a huge fan of the 2010 film “Morning Glory.” You know, the film where the plucky young producer (Rachel Adams) has to save a struggling morning show and decides to pair up a curmedgon news anchor (Harrison Ford) with an amaglamation of every female anchor ever on TODAY?

Because the new CNN morning show replacing Soledad O’Brien’s Starting Point may as well exist in a movie. “New Day with Chris & Kate” will start June 10th and run from 6 am to 9 am according to TV Newser. This puts it against the big dogs at Fox and Friends and Morning Joe.

The show will be hosted by the eponymous Chris Cuomo, a recent ABC News transplant, Kate Bolduan and recent hire Michaela Pereira. So where does the doe-eyed Rachel Adams metaphor come in? Production heads stemming from Good Morning America and CBS Nightly News.

Will this new morning show be the hit that CNN needs to finally dethrone the morning market? Will Jeff Goldblum cameo? Who knows. In fact, another morning show could be the perfect counterweight as long as it can establish a voice like Morning Joe or Fox and Friends.

Hopefully on the premiere they’ll be making breafkast frittatas.

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