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Another Brian Williams Blunder? NBC News Probes ‘Daily Show’ Interview (Report)

16 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC News’ ongoing investigation of Brian Williams has expanded to a heretofore unknown incident involving comments he made on “The Daily Show” about what the anchor witnessed during the Arab Spring, The New York Times reported Friday.

The internal investigation that was ordered in the wake of Williams’ six-month suspension was already known to be focusing on at least five other questionable incidents.

In February 2011 Williams made an appearance on the Comedy Central show in which he described to host Jon Stewart an incident in which he witnessed on the ground in Tahrir Square a confrontation between protesters and government troops.

But the testimony potentially conflicts with evidence from NBC footage that places Williams in a balcony “overlooking Tahrir Square,” not in the middle of the protest.

The New York Times’ report noted that the internal investigation has yet to reach a conclusion about that incident, or about any of »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Brian Williams’ Return Was ‘Strongly Opposed’ by NBC News’ D.C. Bureau

23 April 2015 10:59 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

When Brian Williams was first suspended in February, NBC News’ D.C. bureau journalists expressed strong opposition to his return. According to The Washington Post, staffers in D.C. held a contentious meeting with network president Deborah Turness, wherein they told her Williams’ exaggerations of his Iraq reporting had harmed the credibility of NBC News, disqualifying him from returning to the anchor chair. Turness reportedly met with journalists in New York and Washington to answer questions and take the temperature of staffers. Also Read: Tom Brokaw Breaks Silence on Brian Williams: 'Really, Really Serious Case' The Post reports the »

- Jordan Chariton

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David Muir’s ABC Newscast Beats NBC ‘Nightly News’ for Third Consecutive Week

21 April 2015 9:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir won for the third week in a row in total viewers, beating NBC “Nightly News” with substitute anchor Lester Holt. “Wnt” attracted 7,891,000 viewers vs. NBC’s 7,737,000. CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley trailed with 6,780,000 viewers. Pelley’s broadcast saw the most year-to-year growth, up eight percent in total viewers. Nightly did re-take the coveted 25-54 demo, achieving a narrow victory with 1,795,000 viewers vs. ABC’s 1,788,000. Also Read: Gma vs. Today Deja Vu? ABC's David Muir Beats NBC's Brian Williams-Less Newscast Again The third-consecutive victory for Muir begins a trend; Lester Holt »

- Jordan Chariton

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ABC Can’t Keep Lester Holt Down; NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ Wins Ad Audience

21 April 2015 9:29 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Lester Holt isn’t giving up on the war to woo evening-news viewers.

After losing the battle to win more of the audience advertisers in news programming covet, the NBC “Nightly News” anchor lured a greater number of viewers between 25 and 54  for the five days between April 13 and April 17, than David Muir at ABC’s “World News Tonight”or Scott Pelley at CBS’ “Evening News,” according to data from Nielsen.

The numbers suggest the dust has yet to settle over the evening-news race in the wake of a six-month suspension doled out to longtime anchor Brian Williams. He disclosed earlier this year that he falsified accounts of an NBC News trip to Iraq in 2003. NBC continues to investigate Williams, and people seem divided over whether he ought to return to the “Nightly” desk.

Meantime, there’s still an intense push-and-pull going on between NBC and ABC, the latter of which »

- Brian Steinberg

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Espn's Britt McHenry Suspended After Bullying Parking Attendant on Camera

16 April 2015 3:20 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Espn reporter Britt McHenry has been suspended for one week, following the release of her shocking on-camera confrontation with a parking attendant.

RelatedNBC News Suspends Brian Williams for 6 Months, Continues Investigation Into His ‘Inappropriate’ Iraq War Report

In case you missed the initial news, footage of McHenry verbally abusing a parking attendant made its way around the Internet on Thursday morning — and it was ugly.

Among other nasty remarks, McHenry asked the attendant, “Do you feel good about your job? So I could be a college dropout and do the same thing?” She then proceeded to ask, “Maybe if »

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New Details Emerge in 2012 Kidnapping of NBC News’ Richard Engel and Crew

15 April 2015 6:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel has published new details about the 2012 incident in which he and five other NBC News staffers were kidnapped in Syria.

Engel and five crew members were held captive by armed gunmen for five days while covering the country’s descent into civil war in late 2012.

After they were released, Engel reported on-air and elsewhere that he believed his captors were Shiite militiamen loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The New York Times recently uncovered information indicating that the kidnappers were not Shiite but actually part of a criminal gang with shifting allegiances.

Engel said the Times’ information prompted him and several NBC News producers to re-report the story and circumstances of the kidnapping. He published the findings Wednesday evening in a lengthy post on NBC News’ website.

Questions about what happened to Engel and crew have undoubtedly taken on heightened urgency at a »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Tom Brokaw Breaks Silence on Brian Williams: ‘Really, Really Serious Case’

14 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tom Brokaw broke his silence Monday about his “Nightly News” successor Brian Williams, who is in month three of a six-month suspension. The Williams ordeal is a “really, really, serious case,” Brokaw said at a University of Chicago Institute of Politics event. “There’s a process underway,” he said. “And the important thing is that the process is very carefully constructed, and we owe it to everybody — including Brian and his family and certainly the people who work at NBC News who risk their lives everyday, and to the integrity of what NBC News has stood for all these years — to let the. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Tom Brokaw Comments on "Tricky" Relationship With Brian Williams

14 April 2015 8:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

If lengthy post-suspension articles are a guide, there's been no love lost between Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw since the Nightly News anchor's fall from grace for retelling a false Iraq helicopter war story for years.  But while anonymous quotes attributed to supporters/friends/confidants have graced the pages of revealing magazine features, there hasn't been much said by Williams' predecessor. Brokaw is now opening up  to clarify his standing.  "There's been way too much speculation about it," Brokaw was quoted saying by CNNMoney on Monday. "I want to say two things. One is that Brian and I had a cordial relationship. You know, it was tricky

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- Erik Hayden

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Brian Williams -- You Can Trust Me, America ... I Have a Puppy! (Photo)

14 April 2015 8:42 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Suspended NBC newsman Brian Williams did some serious damage control in New York City by strolling with his wife, his daughter Allison, and most importantly ... Allison's adorable new dog! Williams has been laying very low since NBC took him off the air back in February for lying about being shot at in a helicopter.   Brian had to know a few paparazzi shots of him snuggling Moxie -- a golden retriever puppy -- would look really good. »

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Gma vs. Today Deja Vu? ABC’s David Muir Beats NBC’s Brian Williams-Less Newscast Again

14 April 2015 6:57 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

This might be the start of a trend. “Gma” vs. “Today” show, anyone? For the second week in a row, ABC’s “World News Tonight” with David Muir won in total viewers over NBC News’ “Nightly News,” hosted by Lester Holt, who’s filling in for a suspended Brian Williams. Wnt attracted 8,250,000 viewers while Nightly drew 8,022,000 viewers—a 228,000 difference. Muir also won the 25-54 demo and the 18-49 demo: 2,032,000 viewers vs. 1,842,000 viewers in 25-54 and 1,410,000 viewers vs 1,298,000 viewers in 18-49. Also Read: David Muir’s ABC Newscast Breaks Brian Williams-less ‘Nightly News’ 5-Year Ratings Streak The victory in all three. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Lauren Conrad Unveils Her Minnie Mouse Collection at Kohl's

8 April 2015 1:35 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

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Reena Ninan Named ABC News’ ‘World News Now’ Co-Anchor

8 April 2015 9:24 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Reena Ninan has been named ABC NewsWorld News Now” co-anchor, the network announced Wednesday. Ninan joins T.J. Holmes as the overnight morning show’s co-anchor; she’ll also be co-anchoring “America This Morning.” “Reena is an accomplished and versatile journalist who has reported around the world and across the U.S.,” network president James Goldston said in a statement. Also Read: David Muir’s ABC Newscast Breaks Brian Williams-less ‘Nightly News’ 5-Year Ratings Streak Ninan will also report across the network and on on its digital platforms. It’s been a good week for ABC: on Tuesday, it »

- Jordan Chariton

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The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media 2015

8 April 2015 6:01 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This story first appeared in the April 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. It would be easy to look back at this whiplash year in media and think that the news business is in a state of crisis: Witness the fall of Brian Williams, the impending exit of Jon Stewart from The Daily Show and the untimely death of Bob Simon. Simon's 47-year career at CBS spanned from television news' halcyon days to the digital era, in which headlines are delivered with a hashtag — and 140 characters serve as an explanation. But even as technology and innovation

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5 Explosive NBC News Revelations From Vanity Fair: Brian Williams Can’t Say ‘I Lied,’ ‘Hot Mess’ Deborah Turness

7 April 2015 8:41 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Vanity Fair’s May issue pulls the curtain back on the drama behind the scenes at NBC News and it’s explosive. Among new revelations is everything from Brian Williams‘ sensational rationale for fibbing about his Iraqi helicopter being shot down to the Comcast conundrum that has spelled trouble for news division. As new NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack officially starts his job this week, he’ll have a full primer on what he’s getting into, courtesy of the magazine’s extensive expose. Here’s TheWrap’s 5 biggest takeaways: 1. Brian Williams‘ Brain Tumor? Brian Williams, currently in »

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ABC’s ‘World News’ Steals Most-Watched Crown From NBC’s ‘Nightly News’

7 April 2015 6:55 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s Brian Williams problem has developed into a problem involving Brian Williams’ absence.

ABC’s “World News Tonight,” anchored by David Muir, was the most-watched evening newscast for the five days between March 30 and April 3, according to Nielsen, marking the first time since September 7, 2009, that NBC’s “Nightly News” has not held that distinction, and the first time NBC has lost the most-watched title to ABC since Brian Williams was suspended from anchor duties on the show.

ABC’s newscast was also the most watched in the period by viewers between 25 and 54, the audience most coveted by advertisers in news programming. ABC’s newscast has edged out NBC’s in that measure for four weeks in a row.

ABC’s victory comes while the NBC broadcast has been in flux. Williams, the longtime anchor of “Nightly News,” is serving a six-month suspension following the disclosure that he lied about »

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ABC's 'World News Tonight' Snaps NBC's 'Nightly News' 288-Week Winning Streak

7 April 2015 6:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

After 288 consecutive weeks as the most-watched of the three broadcast evening newscasts, NBC Nightly News has fallen to ABC's World News Tonight. It is Nightly's first total viewer loss since September 2009 and comes as anchor Brian Williams remains on a six-month suspension for embellishing his proximity to danger during a 2003 reporting trip to Iraq. ABC's World News Tonight with David Muir bested Nightly News by 84,000 viewers for the week ending April 3, according to Nielsen. World News pulled in 7.997 million viewers to Nightly's 7.913 million. Lester Holt is currently filling

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- Marisa Guthrie

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Brian Williams’ Explanation to NBC News Honchos: ‘Maybe I Had a Brain Tumor’

7 April 2015 5:44 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In the face of much incoming fire, Brian Williams couldn’t muster up the admission to his bosses that he lied about being shot down by RPG fire in an Iraqi helicopter, Vanity Fair reported. “He couldn’t explain what had happened. ‘Did something happen to head? Maybe I had a brain tumor, or something in my head?” the magazine reports Williams said right before he made what critics called a half-hearted apology on air. Williams had aparently also gone rogue on NBC News’ PR department, who thought he would be talking to Stars and Stripes—the military outlet that broke. »

- Jordan Chariton

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Brian Williams Blamed Possible Brain Tumor for Inaccurate Helicopter Story: Vanity Fair Report

7 April 2015 4:00 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Just when Brian Williams' fall from grace couldn't seem to get any worse, new details have emerged about the anchor's now-infamous inaccurate helicopter story and just how the aftermath was handled.  Vanity Fair published a massive expose on the subject this week, diving into the structure of NBC's news division, the story that forced Williams, 55, to issue an on-air public apology earlier this year, and what he blames for the confusion. The story involved a 2003 incident in Iraq, in which Williams has long maintained that [...] »

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Edward Snowden Teaches John Oliver How the Government Can Get Your ‘Di*k Pic’ (Video)

6 April 2015 5:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brian Williams got the first interview with Nsa-leaker Edward SnowdenJohn Oliver conducted the second, and perhaps tougher interview, Sunday. “All I’m saying is a 10-hour flight for an empty chair—I’m going to lose my shit,” Oliver joked as he waited for Snowden to show up for the interview. Snowden said he missed America, his family, and hot pockets (the latter provoked by an Oliver question). Also Read: First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden (Photo) The interview got more serious when Oliver asked Snowden why he did what he did. Snowden said the Nsa has a role to play, »

- Jordan Chariton

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HBO-Vice Deal Should Scare the S*** Out of TV News

26 March 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Leave it to an audacious company like Vice Media to strike a ballsy deal with HBO.

The expanded pact announced Thursday between the two companies would have been impressive in its own right were it just contained to their existing weekly series and a whole new channel to be launched as part of the pay cabler’s new a la carte service, HBO Now.

But the doozy of this deal with a new-media dynamo is a decidedly old-media move: creating a daily TV newscast on HBO’s linear channel. While details of what exactly this newscast will be are sparse beyond an expected premiere in the fourth quarter of the year, it’s hard not to interpret this move as an invasion into one of TV’s most sacred wheelhouses: the evening newscast.

Even before Brian Williams’ career went up in flames at NBC last month, the 6:30 p.m. »

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