16 items from 2014
Kevin Bacon embraces Six Degrees, Dan Gillespie-Sells slams closeted celebrities, a clown car of basset hounds
Out soccer star Anton Hysén has been signed to the Myrtle Beach Mutiny, a National Premiere Soccer League club, which puts them about fourth tier in U.S. soccer. The team says that despite Anton Hysén’s youth, his experience playing in Europe will be invaluable to the team. And yes, that’s an out professional soccer player in the Deep South.
Meanwhile in South Carolina, the House will be considering the bill that will strip thousands of dollars in funding from two universities for offering gay interest books for their summer reading programs because, well, gay literature = porn or something. We’re talking about a state that requires you to swear an oath of loyalty to the United States to receive your college diploma.
Kevin Bacon went to SXSW to celebrate the 20th »
- Ed Kennedy
Meet the Press host David Gregory grilled Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken on Sunday morning about why the U.S. lacked the ability to forestall Russia's aggression, rather than simply react to them. "Since this started, the president has issued line after line, and Putin has crossed them all," Gregory said. "Why has this president, and the United States in general have so little influence over him?" »
- Evan McMurry
Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace was not pleased that National Security Advisor Susan Rice's first appearance on the Sunday shows since September 2012, when she said that the attack on the American compound in Benghazi was due in part to a spontaneous response to an anti-Islam video, came only on NBC's Meet the Press, rather than his own show. »
- Evan McMurry
Garrick Utley, former NBC News anchor and “Meet the Press” moderator, is dead at 74, the “Today” show reported Friday morning. The news veteran started his career at NBC News in 1963, and worked for three decades with the network. Besides “Meet the Press,” he also anchored “Weekend Today” and the Sunday “Nightly News.” Also read: Maria Shriver to Rejoin NBC News as Special Correspondent Utley left NBC in 1993 to be the chief foreign correspondent for ABC News and then later served as a reporter for CNN from 1997 to 2002. “He was an imposing figure physically,” Matt Lauer said of Utley Friday on “Today. »
- James Crugnale
Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, has died of cancer at 74, NBC said Friday.
Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press.
In between, Utley anchored Weekend Today and the Sunday Nightly News, as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles.
“I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type »
- Associated Press
Former NBC News anchor Garrick Utley has died after a long battle with cancer, the network reported on Friday's Today, with Tom Brokaw also confirming the news that his longtime friend and colleague had died in a note to NBC News staffers. After reporting from Vietnam and from throughout Europe as a foreign correspondent, Utley served as host of Meet the Press and Sunday's edition of Today. He first joined the network as a researcher on The Huntley-Brinkley Report before serving as NBC's first Saigon bureau chief and running the network's London and Paris bureaus, Brokaw wrote. Q&A: NBC
- Hilary Lewis
Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley has died following a long battle with cancer, NBC News said today. He was 74. Utley began his career at NBC News in 1963, reporting for the next 30 years for the network. In the early years he reported on Vietnam and later went on to moderate Meet The Press. He also anchored Weekend Today and Sunday Nightly News. He eventually left NBC to become the chief foreign correspondent for ABC News and later reported for CNN from 1997-2002. Here’s a clip from the Today show, which announced Utley’s death this morning.
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- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Veteran TV journalist Garrick Utley, whose far-ranging career included anchoring duties as well as reporting from more than 70 countries, died of cancer in New York on Thursday. He was 74.
Utley began at NBC News in 1963, and for three decades handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated “Meet the Press.”
In between, Utley anchored “Weekend Today” and the Sunday “Nightly News,” as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles.
“I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type of programming as host or anchor,” he told the Associated Press in 1993, adding that his versatility may have led to the network taking him for granted. “There’s a risk in being the utility infielder.”
That was shortly after he had left NBC to be the chief foreign correspondent for ABC News. »
- Associated Press
NBC News says veteran reporter Garrick Utley has died of cancer. He was 74. Utley began at NBC News in 1963, where for three decades he handled a wide variety of assignments. Early on, he reported from Vietnam on the escalating conflict. In later years, he moderated Meet the Press. In between, Utley anchored Weekend Today and the Sunday Nightly News, as well as two different newsmagazines in two different decades with four different titles. "I may have been the only person at NBC News who did every type of programming as host or anchor," he told the Associated Press in 1993, adding »
- Associated Press
We’re embarking on a bit of an experiment with Meme beginning today. The format hasn’t changed much since I started writing this column three years ago– one giant post with snippets of information for you about pop culture, politics, my fear of cats (and why you too should fear them), cute animal stories, and the occasional Nsfw tidbit that I was afraid to print anywhere else.
This week we’re going to try breaking this unweildy behemoth up a bit, literally. In addition to a (shorter) grab bag morning post you’ll be getting several stories each day tagged as “Meme” — each as a standalone post.
The benefits to readers, I think, are we can be much more timely with news, provide more context when required, be more searchable, and allow you to share, say, a call to action about a protest with your mother, who may be gay supportive, »
- Ed Kennedy
So sad! NBC newsman Tom Brokaw revealed in a statement on Feb. 11 that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma.
Former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw found out he had cancer in August, 2013, but just went public with his diagnosis on Feb. 11. Doctors are optimistic about his treatment, and so is Tom, who says, “I remain the luckiest guy I know.”
Tom Brokaw Has Cancer — Former NBC News Anchor Diagnosed With Multiple Myeloma
Tom, 72, has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow, NBC reports.
Tom On Chris Chistie Tom’s Proudest Accomplishment
“With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come,” Tom says in a statement released by the network.
“I am very grateful for the interest in my condition »
Tom Brokaw gives optimistic statement following cancer diagnosis.
Veteran television journalist Tom Brokaw has revealed that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
The NBC News special correspondent, 74, released the following statement on Tuesday:
"With the exceptional support of my family, medical team and friends, I am very optimistic about the future and look forward to continuing my life, my work and adventures still to come.
"I remain the luckiest guy I know.
"I am very grateful for the interest in my condition but I also hope everyone understands I wish to keep this a private matter."
According to NBC News, Brokaw was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which affects bone marrow blood cells.
Brokaw, who has reportedly begun treatment already, has continued to work on NBC News projects through this ordeal, including appearances on Today, Nightly News with Brian Williams, Meet the Press and contributing to NBC Sports coverage of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. »
Martin Luther King Day is a national holiday, which means plenty of people have time to sit at home and watch YouTube videos today. YouTube has provided a playlist of ten essential selections that honor Mlk's legacy on what would've been the week of his 85th birthday. The playlist includes footage of a young Mlk during the Montgomery Bus Boycott as well as a behind the scenes look at the 'I Have A Dream' script. It features a speech from Oprah in his honor and a tour of the DC memorial created in his likeness. Music videos from U2 and Common made the list, as did an Mlk-themed entry from the AllTime10s channel. The most important videos in the playlist, however, are three videos starring Dr. King himself: His Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, his 1965 appearance on Meet The Press, and of course, his legendary, world-shaping 'I Have A Dream' speech, »
- Sam Gutelle
2014 is getting off to a tough start for NBC News. No sooner does the division announce its priority is getting Today back up on its feet with a new tagline Rise To Shine that will help viewers forget its bungled dumping of show co-anchor Ann Curry, than a report surfaces that NBC News will not renew Curry’s $12 million contract — the one she got when she was shoved off Today. The network has denied the Radar report, noting Curry has been given an actual big assignment which, presumably, is what happens when you pay someone $12 mil a year. Meanwhile, the division’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press got its fourth quarter numbers, and they’re the franchise’s worst in its history in the news demo. Mtp also suffered its smallest fourth quarter total viewer crowd since ’91. This news forced the news division to have to insist to Politico »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
CNBC host Jim Cramer and White House advisor Gene Sperling appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday where he was asked for their takes on the debate over extending long-term unemployment insurance. During the segment, Cramer tore into how Democrats go about pursuing job creation policies and offered the party some messaging advice which will allow them to gain public support for their existing policies. »
- Noah Rothman
A panel of politicians and commentators on NBC’s Meet the Press sized up the political issues that will dominate 2014 heading into the midterm elections on Sunday. The panel largely agreed that the Affordable Care Act is the most pressing issue of the day today, but they were not sure if that dynamic would still be in place by November. PBS anchor Judy Woodruff said that the issue of “inequality” is compelling and could speak to more Americans’ lives than the Aca’s implementation woes. »
- Noah Rothman
16 items from 2014