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News organizations -- particularly during these days of personnel cutbacks and closed foreign bureaus -- are regularly forced to scramble when a major event occurs over a weekend. Such was the case on Sunday following word that North Korean leader Kim Jong Il had died on a train Saturday outside Pyongyang, the North Korean capital. TheWrap.com noted that the two cable news channels that rely principally on commentary rather than journalism to attract audiences gave the event short shrift. On Fox's Huckabee , it noted, the former governor was accompanying the Marshal Tucker Band on his guitar as it performed "Merry Christmas Baby." The taped program was not interrupted. MSNBC merely offered updates between episodes of Caught on Camera . Only CNN mobilized its correspondents and analysts to cover Kim's death and its ramifications, calling in its former foreign affairs correspondent Christiane Amanpour, who recently left ABC's This Week and returned to CNN. But several news outlets appeared to be at a loss to describe the significance and possible consequences of Kim's passing, several of them referring to the spoof about him ( Team America World Police ) created by South Park's Trey Parker and Matt Stone, others discussing Kim's alleged fascination with Hollywood movies, and still others jabbering on about his son's idolatry of former basketball star Michael Jordan.
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ABC News and Yahoo! are teaming up to offer original news features from the network online, beginning today (Monday) with the launch of a new series called Newsmakers . The first webcast features ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos interviewing President Obama live from the White House. Terms of The Deal were not disclosed. The Newsmakers show will also be available on ABCNews.com. A statement by the two companies indicated that other ABC News programs will be appearing on Yahoo! (and probably on ABCNews.com as well). They include Around the World with Christiane Amanpour and This Could Be Big , highlighting new innovations and anchored by Bill Weir.
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In what today's (Thursday) New York Times described as "an apparently coordinated campaign that is intended to stifle the flow of news that could further undermine the government," reporters -- particularly TV reporters and their crews -- covering the demonstrations in Egypt came under increasing physical attack by Egyptian security forces and supporters of embattled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The attacks effectively prevented coverage of 100,000-strong anti-government demonstrations in Tahrir Square. Numerous television reporters told how they had been detained and how their equipment and recordings had been confiscated. U.S. broadcast networks and cable-TV news channels were forced to rely on grainy video taken with cell phones and Flip cameras. Fox News Channel reporter Greg Palkot and his producer Olaf Wiig were reportedly hospitalized after being badly beaten by protesters after a Molotov cocktail was thrown at their car and they were forced to flee. CBS correspondent Lara Logan described how she and her crew were not allowed to leave their hotel with camera equipment. "We can feel what dictatorship really means," she said in her report. CNN's Anderson Cooper was set upon -- twice -- by Mubarak supporters who threw punches at him and his crew. While Fox Business Channel's Ashley Webster and a cameraman were covering the protests from a balcony, security forces burst into the room behind them and ordered them to shut off the camera. Cairo offices of the Dubai-based al-Arabiya TV network and Qatar's al-Jazeera were stormed by the Mubarak mobs, who, wielding clubs and knives, attacked employees, forcing them to flee, smashed equipment and set fire to the offices. Mohamed Abdel Dayem of the Committee to Protect Journalists told The New York Times that the level of physical violence against journalists has been unprecedented -- exceeding anything that occurred under the regimes of Saddam Hussein in Iraq and Muammar Qaddafi in Libya. The CPJ released a list of more than two dozen incidents of attacks on journalists in Egypt. While Egyptian authorities called accusations that they had mobilized the attackers a "fiction" ABC's Christiane Amanpour, who herself came under attack on Thursday, said that the state news agencies have called the protests "a foreign conspiracy, led by international journalists" -- resulting in the violence against the media. In one instance, a woman, her face obscured, appeared on state television, confessed that she had been trained as an anti-government provocateur by "Americans and Israelis" in Qatar, the headquarters of al-Jazeera. (At least one reporter for the state-run Nile TV, Shaheera Amin, quit on Thursday, saying that she was "not allowed to report what was happening in Tahrir Square." While stopping short of accusing Mubarak and his cohorts of organizing the attacks, State Department spokesman Philip J. Crowley said "There is a concerted campaign to intimidate international journalists in Cairo and interfere with their reporting. We condemn such actions." Meanwhile, news executives at each of the U.S. broadcast networks maintained Thursday that drastic cutbacks to their budgets in recent years have had no effect on their ability to cover the events in Egypt. "When we have a big story, we ramp up to cover the story the way it needs to be covered. And then we go back to the level that makes sense for every day coverage," ABC News senior vice president Kate O'Brian told Broadcasting & Cable magazine. CBS News and Sports chief Sean Mcmanus also insisted that the cutbacks had not affected the network's coverage. "When it becomes the story that it is, I think [all of the networks] have stepped up and done a remarkably good job."
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As Egyptian protests turned increasingly violent and a rupture of relations between Western governments, including the United States, and the Mubarak regime became more pronounced, Mubarak supporters turned on Western journalists covering the tumult. Among those assaulted was Anderson Cooper of CNN who said that pro-Mubarak supporters attacked him and his crew. "The crowd kept growing, kept throwing punches, kicks. ... Suddenly a young man would look at you and punch you in the face," he said on CNN's American Morning. Neither Anderson, nor any member of his crew, was seriously injured, CNN said. ABC's Christiane Amanpour said that "an angry mob" chased her and her crew into their car, "kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away." Two Associated Press reporters were also attacked, and a Belgian correspondent, Maurice Sarfatti, said that he was punched by the Mubarak supporters, taken into custody by the military, and accused of espionage. Ahmed Bajano, a correspondent for Dubai-based al-Arabiya, and his crew were attacked by pro-Mubarak crowds in a Cairo square. And Danish TV reporter Steffen Jensen was attacked by Mubarak supporters with clubs while on the air. The club-wielding mobs were reportedly bused to the scene of the demonstrations by Mubarak loyalists. The attacks were denounced by New York-based the Committee to Protect Journalists. "The government has resorted to blanket censorship, intimidation, and today a series of deliberate attacks on journalists carried out by pro-government mobs," Mohamed Abdel Dayem, the CPJ's Middle East coordinator, said in a statement. "The situation is frightening not only because our colleagues are suffering abuse but because when the press is kept from reporting, we lose an independent source of crucial information." In an apparent effort to discredit coverage of the events, the government-run television networks reported that the anti-Mubarak protests were instigated by foreign media. Vodafone claimed that it was forced to send unattributed text messages to its Egyptian mobile customers attacking the "traitors" involved in the protests. Meanwhile, without explanation, the Egyptian government began restoring Internet service throughout the country today (Thursday), resulting in a flood of messages by protesters posted on Facebook and Twitter. And, on her TheWrap.com blog, Sharon Waxman, who was a Middle East correspondent for the Washington Post before writing about Hollywood, observed that it wasn't the traditional news media that brought out the crowds in Tunisia and Egypt, but the online social media. Although reserving "a nod for the emir of Qatar, who brought the world al-Jazeera," Waxman writes "The anti-democratic impulses of authoritarian regimes are threatened by the free flow of communication and expression that social media can provide. ... The revolutions brought on by social media are just beginning."
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Christiane Amanpour is the latest reporter to be chased by angry protestors in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR, the American ABC News reporter, has claimed in a latest broadcast that she was surrounded by an angry mob and chased into her car after reporting on the demonstrations in Cairo yesterday (2nd February 2011).
The 53-year-old said, "An angry mob surrounded us and chased us into the car shouting that they hate America. They kicked in the car doors and broke our windshield as we drove away". This is the latest in a string of attacks on American journalists and yesterday CNN's Anderson Cooper spoke of how he was punched in the head by pro-President Mubarak protesters. Katie Couric of CBS was also reported to have been "roughed up" in the Egyptian capital. The clashes follow several days of relatively peaceful demonstrations, however, after President Mubarak signalled his intentions to step down, angry supporters of the 82-year-old have since taken to the streets. Egyptian state television reported at least one death from yesterday's violence, with 400 wounded.
In describing the tense scene in Cairo, Amanpour told The Hollywood Reporter, "Every 50 to 100 yards our car was stopped and there were people with machetes, meat cleavers, swords, rifles, metal bars".
U.S. television broadcast news operations and cable news networks, which have drastically curtailed or closed down their overseas bureaus, have been forced to depend on al-Jazeera for coverage of the Tunisian and Egyptian protests. Ironically, al-Jazeera's own Arabic and English networks have effectively been banned by cable operators in the U.S. But its websites have seen an enormous upsurge in traffic. "The revolution is not being televised, it's being streamed," a spokesman for al-Jazeera said over the weekend, noting that it had seven teams covering Cairo as well as "multiple" reporters in Alexandria, Suez and Ismailia. It has continued to report from those locations despite a decision on Sunday by the Egyptian government to revoke its licenses. Al-Jazeera is making its content available free to other broadcasters so long as they give appropriate credit. On ABC's This Week , veteran ABC newsman Sam Donaldson thanked Abderrahim Foukara, al-Jazeera's Washington bureau chief, for its coverage of the North African turmoil. "Thank you for what you're doing," Donaldson said. "People say al-Jazeera fanned the flames here by bringing the fact that democracy is in existence and that people are being suppressed. That's what we need. We need more communication in the world. It's not al-Jazeera's fault that Mubarak is Under Siege now." ABC's Christiane Amanpour and CNN's Anderson Cooper were the first high-profile U.S. television journalists on the scene in Cairo, but coverage of the earth-shaking events in Egypt was spotty at best. On Thursday night, CNN's Piers Morgan Tonight featured an hour-long interview with the Kardashian sisters, drawing fewer than 500,000 viewers. On Sunday, while CNN was finally focusing its attention on Egypt, rival MSNBC was airing reruns of Dateline 's "To Catch a Predator."
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British TV came out top at the International Emmy Awards in New York last night (20NOV06), scooping a staggering six of the nine programming prizes.
Foul-mouthed chef Gordon Ramsay was given something to smile about when cooking show RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES won in the non-scripted entertainment category while SUGAR RUSH, a British series about a lesbian schoolgirl, won in the children/young people category.
The BBC's LIFE ON MARS was named Best Drama while LITTLE BRITAIN was hailed Best Comedy for the third year running.
Other UK wins saw Sexy Beast star Ray Winstone grab the Best Actor prize for his performance as a long-suffering private eye in VINCENT but the female category went to MARYAM HASSOUNI for playing a Palestinian terrorist in the Dutch TV movie OFFERS.
A French made-for-TV movie NUIT NOIRE nabbed the top prize for TV movie or mini-series.
The star-studded ceremony at the New York Hilton Hotel was hosted by Irish comedian and talk-show host Graham Norton while Katie Couric, Susan Sarandon and Christiane Amanpour were among the presenters.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are just the latest in a string of celebrity couples to marry in the picturesque lakeside town of Bracciano, Italy.
Cruise, 44, and Holmes, 27, will marry on Saturday (18NOV06) in the town's 16th century medieval Castello Odescalchi after a 19 month courtship.
CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour married former US State Department spokesman JAMES RUBIN in the castle in August 1998, which was attended by the late JOHN F KENNEDY JR and his wife CAROLYN BESSETTE.
Italian pop heart-throb EROS RAMAZZOTTI and new wife MICHELLE HUNZIKER also had their wedding reception in the castle.
Twenty-eight years ago (79), legendary filmmaker Martin Scorsese made Isabella Rossellini the third Mrs Scorsese in the town. Rossellini grew up in Rome and had fond memories of Bracciano as a child.
As far back as the 1940s, celebrities were tying the knot in the town - original ZORRO star Tyrone Power wed Mexican beauty LINDA CHRISTIAN there in 1949.
However, Bracciano may not be a good luck charm for Holmes and Cruise - three of the four previous famous stars to marry in the town have divorced within four to six years later.
The 18 November is also the wedding anniversary of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas; Queen guitarist Brian May and actress ANITA DOBSON; and late author Jack Kerouac and his third wife STELLA.
The CHICAGO star studied journalism in her native Texas before coming an actress and still keeps a close eye on the news, particularly when CNN's Amanpour is on the screen.
She says, "Christiane Amanpour has been a familiar face for as far as I can remember... She's putting her life on the line to bring us the information that she feels is essential. She has this desire to be in the middle of it and is drawn to the chaos, and you can't do that without having a lot of courage.
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