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Separatists Seize Control of TV HQ in East Ukraine City (Reuters)
Pro-Russian separatists on Sunday seized control of the offices of regional state television in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk and said they would take it off air and broadcast a Kremlin-backed Russian channel instead. Sky News Four men wearing masks and armed with truncheons were standing at the entrance to the building in Donetsk, while more separatists could be seen inside wearing camouflage fatigues. The regional governor’s office and the city hall in Donetsk have already been seized by separatists. NBC News About 15 police officers were standing a short distance away but were not trying to resist the separatists. A crowd of around 400 people surrounded the building and shouted “Russia!” and “Referendum!,” a reference to a vote the separatists want to hold on seceding from Ukraine. The protesters later drifted away, but the separatist guards on the doors remained. One of the masked men at the entrance, who asked why the building had been seized, said: “They show lies; they try to influence the people and they broadcast misinformation.” The Guardian The station’s shaken director, Oleg Dzholos, emerged soon afterward to say that the separatists had brought with them a technician who was turning off Kiev television and replacing it with Rossiya 24. The Russian state channel calls Ukraine’s pro-western leaders “fascists” and frequently runs montages of them with footage of the Nazis. “We hope to continue broadcasting,” Dzholos said. His staff of 250 would be back at work on Monday morning, he said. WSJ Sunday’s incident marked an escalation in the struggle between pro-Russian protesters who want to turn Ukraine’s industrial heartland into a sovereign republic and Kiev’s interim government, which has tried, without success, to defeat a separatist rebellion that threatens the unity of the country. Ukraine accuses Russia of stirring up the separatist unrest by broadcasting strident anti-Kiev views on Russian television channels and by sending covert operatives to help organize the insurgency, particularly in Slovyansk, a city north of Donetsk that has been taken over by heavily armed gunmen. Moscow denies any role.

Chicago Mayor Helped Coordinate Scenes on CNN’s Chicagoland (Chicago Tribune)
If it seemed as though some scenes of CNN’s documentary series Chicagoland were coordinated by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s City Hall and the show’s producers, that’s because they were. More than 700 emails reviewed by the Tribune reveal that the production team worked hand in hand with the mayor’s advisers to develop storylines, arrange specific camera shots and review news releases officially announcing the show. TVNewser The emails between CNN producers and Emanuel’s office reportedly show producers seeking more on-air involvement from the mayor to showcase him “as the star that he really is.” Some emails show the mayor’s office preparing to send CNN storyline ideas for the series; the emails also suggests Emanuel’s office requested a private pre-screening of the series ahead of its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. HuffPost / Backstory A CNN spokeswoman said Friday that “the mayor’s office was never granted editorial control over the content or the press communications for Chicagoland, and no agency was ever granted authority to offer the mayor’s office editorial approval for the content or the promotional materials for the series.” Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin, the team behind Brick City, the Sundance Channel’s series about Newark and its mayor at the time, Cory Booker, gained access to Emanuel in February 2013 through the assistance of a Chicago public relations firm with ties to the mayor. In May 2013, CNN announced that it was collaborating with the filmmakers on Chicagoland, with Sundance Productions’ Robert Redford and Laura Michalchyshyn serving as executive producers. Deadline Hollywood Featuring an appearance from Windy City native Michelle Obama, the Chicagoland finale drew 325,000 total viewers Thursday — a series low — and 132,000 adults 25 to 54 in its 10 p.m. slot. Those numbers are well behind the 1.22 million total viewers and 244,000 in the demo that Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity drew in the time slot and behind the 648,000 total viewers and 202,000 adults 25 to 54 that MSNBC’s Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell pulled in.