Morning Reading List, 04.05.07

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  • FOX News tells us that they were the first cable news outlet to report that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will release the 15 British sailors being held hostage. “At 9:10 AM ET, FNC’s Bill Hemmer reported from London that the hostages will be released as a pardon gift to Britain. Hemmer, who has been headquartered in London this week to cover the standoff, broke the news with FNC’s Amy Kellogg, who was the only major US tv correspondent in Iran at the press conference with Ahmadinejad and who was able to ask a question directly of Ahmadinejad on Iran’s relations with the rest of the world. Kellogg continues to report live from Iran and Hemmer from London as the situation unfolds. CNN and MSNBC reported the news at 9:12, almost a full two minutes after FNC’s Hemmer broke in with the report.”

  • Cousin TVNewser tells us that the thirty-five recipients of the 66th Annual Peabody Awards were announced yesterday. ABC received two, NBC received one, and CBS received one.

  • SmartBrief, Inc. is seeking a full-time copy editor.

  • Connection Newspapers has openings for reporters to cover Northern Virginia beats with openings in Mount Vernon and Springfield/Lorton/Laurel Hill.

  • Politico reports that Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele, “is in talks with CNN to become a regular CNN contracted contributor, we hear. Nothing is finalized yet but, as they say, stay tuned…”

  • TVNewser has an “hour-by-hour cable news ratings comparison for the first quarter of 2007, versus the same quarter in 2006.” They also have March vs. March.