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News Networks Send Anchors to Cover Paris Attacks

14 November 2015 12:37 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The major U.S. broadcast networks are all sending their heavy hitters to Paris to anchor coverage of the terrorist attacks.

NBC’s Lester Holt will travel to Paris this weekend along with Savannah Guthrie. Holt will anchor a special report during halftime of the Notre Dame football game, then NBC Nightly News. Guthrie will anchor “Today” from Paris on Monday.

CBS is planning a live edition of “48 Hours” tonight, anchored by Norah O’Donnell in NY, with reports from Scott Pelley in Paris. That will lead into the net’s coverage of tonight’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa.

Fox News Channel’s Bill Hemmer is heading to Paris along with Geraldo Rivera to anchor their coverage from France, starting Monday at 9Am. Shepard Smith will continue to provide live coverage throughout the weekend. Sean Hannity and Bret Baier are both hosting primetime coverage tonight.

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- Debra Birnbaum

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Wins Weekly Ratings Across The Board

20 October 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Lester Holt’s NBC Nightly News won another week in total viewers, in the news demo, and among younger 18-49 crowd. NBC’s newscast clocked 7.84 million viewers, 1.9M news demo viewers and 1.3M 18-49 year olds. But Holt’s newscast only edged out David Muir’s ABC World News Tonight by about 0.5%, or 32K viewers. That’s approximately the size of the student body at the University of Colorado in Boulder – and ABC’s closest position relative to NBC in four months. Meanwhile, CBS… »

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John Williams To Receive 44th AFI Life Achievement Award

8 October 2015 3:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

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The American Film Institute (AFI) Board of Trustees announced today that esteemed composer John Williams will be the recipient of the 44th AFI Life Achievement Award, America’s highest honor for a career in film. For the first time in AFI history, the award will be bestowed upon a composer. Williams will be honored at a gala Tribute on June 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA.

The AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute special will return for its fourth year with Turner Broadcasting to air on TNT in late June 2016, followed by an encore presentation on its sister network, Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Most recently, the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute brought together the film community to honor Steve Martin.

John Williams has written the soundtrack to our lives,” said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair, AFI Board of Trustees. “Note by note, through chord and chorus, his genius for marrying »

- Melissa Thompson

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‘NBC Nightly News’ Logs Another Weekly Win

6 October 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt clocked another win, with its biggest audience since March and hit a five-week high in the news demo thanks to its 5% gain versus same week last year. Holt’s newscast clocked 8.6 million viewers, besting ABC World News with David Muir’s 8.5 million and CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley’s 7.2M In the news demo, Holt’s 2.04M edged out Muir’s 1.96M and Pelley’s 1.64M. ABC notes its newscast is delivering its strongest total-viewer start to… »

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NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Will Feature Joint Interview With Bill Cosby Accusers

6 October 2015 6:20 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBC’s “Dateline” on Friday will feature a joint interview with 27 different women who have accused comedian and actor Bill Cosby of sexual assault, a feat the network is billing as the first time nearly half of the people who have accused Cosby of the crime have gathered together in the same place to discuss the issue.

Kate Snow, the NBC News correspondent who was recently named to host the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News,” will conduct the discussion.

This edition of  “Dateline” will air Friday at 9 p.m.

Snow also sat down separately with a small group of women known as “Jane Does,” who came forward in 2005 and agreed to tell their stories of being sexually assaulted by Cosby under oath anonymously. She also spoke with attorney Gloria Allred, who represents many of Cosby’s accusers.

The report comes as “Dateline” producers have expressed a desire to do »

- Variety Staff

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Hillary Clinton's First National TV Ad Slams Gop Over Benghazi, Email Scandals

5 October 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The first national TV spot for Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy is addressing the Benghazi and deleted-email scandals head-on. The ad begins with the words, "The Republicans finally admit it," followed by footage from NBC Nightly News showing House majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-ca). According to the voiceover, McCarthy said that "the committee investigating Benghazi and Clinton's emails was created to destroy her candidacy." { "nid": 827489, "type": "news", "title": "Hillary Clinton Works to Boost Hollywood Ties at L.A. Fundraiser", "path": "", "relative-path": "/news/hillary-clinton-works-boost-hollywood-827489" }

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- Ryan Gajewski

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MSNBC to Undergo More Changes, NBC News Chief Andrew Lack Says

5 October 2015 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

NBCUniversal isn’t finished tinkering with MSNBC.

While the cable-news network’s daytime schedule has largely been reworked since February, there are likely more changes to come, said Andrew Lack, the veteran TV-news executive who rejoined the company in April to supervise both NBC News and MSNBC.

“It’s just the beginning. We are early days. These were important steps, the first few steps, but there is a lot more we are thinking about. It’s a long game, as I have said, and we are just at the beginning of it,” he said in an interview about MSNBC last week. “We have got a lot of parts and pieces we have got to fit into this puzzle.”

His remarks indicate the final form for MSNBC, devoted over the past few years to presenting the news through a progressive lens, has yet to be achieved. MSNBC’s ratings have dropped »

- Brian Steinberg

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Lester Holt Hangs On To No. 1 Ratings Status As Brian Williams Returns To Air On MSNBC

29 September 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt was No. 1 in total viewers and in key demos for the first week of the 2015-16 season, marking the broadcast's 9th straight across-the-board win and 13th in the 14 weeks since Holt was named anchor. That’s good news for the program, because it also was the week of Pope Francis' visit to the United States and the week former Nightly News anchor Brian Williams returned to the air to cover the Pope’s visit, but for MSNBC. Williams’ MSNBC… »

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News & Documentary Emmys: PBS and CBS win most

29 September 2015 7:17 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

PBS won a leading 17 races while CBS was second with nine when winners for the 36th annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys were announced Monday. (See the full list of winners Here.) The pubcaster had led with 57 nominations while the Tiffany net was second with 44 bids.  -Break- A dozen PBS programs had been singled out for nominations. Among those that won multiple awards were "Frontline" (6) and "Pov" (2) CBS's Sunday night staple "60 Minutes" claimed six Emmys while "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" picked up a pair.  NBC landed four, including a pair for "NBC Nightly News" (in the post-Brian Williams era).  These awards -- spread across 45 categories including Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, Outstanding Interview, and Best Documentary -- were presented during a ceremony at Gotham's Lincoln Center in the newly renamed David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fishe »

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Ted Turner Talks Getting ‘Fired,’ PBS, CBS Lead News & Documentary Emmy Awards

28 September 2015 9:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

PBS and CBS led the winners at the 36th annual News and Documentary Awards, held Monday night at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall. But lifetime achievement honoree Ted Turner stole the show with an emotional acceptance speech that recounted his “firing” in 2001 from the company he founded.

“I got phased out,” the CNN founder told the crowd. The management of Time Warner, which acquired Turner Broadcasting in 1996, came to him as his contract was about to end.

“They said your contract is going to be up but we want to give you another one,” Turner said. “They said ‘We’ll give you a million dollars a year.’ I said ‘What will my duties be?’ They said ‘nothing.’ I said ‘you take the million dollars and shove it you know where,’ ” he said.

Turner told the crowd that he misses being part of CNN; “I really enjoyed every moment of it, »

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PBS Dominates News & Documentary Emmys; CBS Leads Broadcast Nets

28 September 2015 8:55 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

PBS dominated the 36th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, which were doled out tonight at at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in Manhattan. The pubcaster lapped the field with 17 trophies, nearly doubling runner-up CBS’ nine. NBC was third with four. Univision (three) and The New York Times (two) were the only other outlets to score more than a single statuette. Amid a rocky 2015, NBC Nightly News took home the plum Emmy for Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News… »

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Brian Williams’ Return to TV Mocked with #BrianWilliamsPopeStories

23 September 2015 12:23 PM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Newly-minted MSNBC anchor Brian Williams wasn’t even on the air for an hour before a new hashtag on Twitter went viral. Around the same time that the former NBC Nightly News anchor went on the air to cover Pope Francis‘ historic arrival in the United States, #BrianWilliamPopeStories popped up on Twitter. BuzzFeed points out that most of the joke tweets […] »

- Andrew Husband

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Brian Williams' Return to TV News Mocked on Twitter With #BrianWilliamsPopeStories

23 September 2015 3:15 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Brian Williams is not living down his mistakes anytime soon. The disgraced former NBC Nightly News frontman returned to an anchor desk, this time at MSNBC, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, offering live coverage of Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States.  The gig was Williams’ first since his suspension earlier this year. And though he didn’t make any big announcement about coming back to TV news after seven months away, people on Twitter certainly noticed, starting the hashtag “#BrianWilliamsPopeStories.” Using the trending topic, tweeters joked [...] »

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Watch Brian Williams' Return to MSNBC for Pope Francis' Arrival in the U.S., His First Time Anchoring the News Since His Suspension

22 September 2015 1:32 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Brian Williams returned to TV today, his six-month suspension from NBC News at an end. "Good day. I'm Brian Williams at MSNBC headquarters here in New York," Williams began his first day once again anchoring breaking news for the cable network, where he hosted his own program before becoming anchor of NBC Nightly News in 2004. "In a short time, Pope Francis will arrive in this country for the first time." And as viewers waited for the arrival of Pope Francis at Andrews Air Force Base, where he was to be greeted by President Barack Obama, Williams kept to the task at hand and did not address the reason for his absence from TV, during which Lester Holt replaced him as anchor of NBC Nightly »

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Brian Williams Returns to MSNBC, Anchors Coverage of Pope Francis' Arrival in U.S.

22 September 2015 1:14 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Brian Williams is back. Before Pope Francis even set foot in the U.S., the demoted MSNBC anchor returned to the airwaves more than six months after he was suspended and ultimately lost his job as NBC Nightly News anchor because it was discovered that he repeatedly embellished his accounts of field reports. Wearing a navy blue suit jacket, light blue shirt and blue striped tie, Williams appeared rested as he began anchoring MSNBC's coverage of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. at 3 p.m. Et on Tuesday. Indeed, the pontiff had not yet arrived on U.S.

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Brian Williams Quietly Returns to Anchor Desk After Scandal to Cover the Pope's U.S. Visit: Watch Now

22 September 2015 1:01 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Back to work. Without any pomp and circumstance, former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams made his return to television news on Tuesday, Sept. 22, more than seven months after his suspension.  Williams, 56, stepped in, providing live coverage on MSNBC of Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to the United States. He wore a navy suit with a blue shirt and striped tie for the appearance.  Williams seemed calm and back to his old self while interviewing several relevant guests for the program.  He was initially suspended in February [...] »

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'Good day, I’m Brian Williams': anchor returns to TV to cover pope's Us visit

22 September 2015 9:12 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After taking seven months of ‘private time’ following a scandal over his on-air embellishments, Williams returns to NBC’s cable outlet to ‘do news’

Brian Williams, the television anchor whose career at NBC Nightly News crumbled into scandal over his on-air embellishments, went missing from the airwaves for seven months.

Then, suddenly on Tuesday afternoon, he was back.

Related: Pope Francis en route to Washington as Us hopes for message of change – live

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Murder And Depth: NBC’s ‘Dateline’ Wants To Focus On Serious Stuff

21 September 2015 11:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Josh Mankiewicz has worked his way through so many murder cases that he could probably write a book on how to get away with one of them.

During a recent conversation, he was quick to rattle off some hard-won wisdom.”Police are much better at spotting liars than you think they are. Planning a murder is much harder than you think it’s going to be,” he advised. “Lying is something people are not as good at as they think they are.”

Mankiewicz is not a prosecuting attorney, career criminal or hard-bitten gumshoe – though he is a detective of sorts. He’s a correspondent for NBC’s “Dateline,” the Friday-night (and, during some TV seasons, multiple-night) newsmagazine that makes its greatest bones off deep looks into intriguing murder mysteries. This season, its 24th on the air, offers the sort of twist that helps propel its viewers to stay tuned in »

- Brian Steinberg

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‘Girls’ Star Allison Williams Stuns in Flowing Gown at Star-Studded Wedding

20 September 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Girls” actress Allison Williams is a married woman. The 27-year-old star tied the knot Saturday with longtime love, College Humor co-founder Ricky Van Veen. Williams, who is the daughter of former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, shared a photo from her big day Sunday morning on Instagram, along with the simple caption “9.19.15.” Also Read: 'Little People, Big World' Star Zach Roloff Says 'I Do' The picture shows the smiling bride walking hand-in-hand with her new husband. She wears a flowing Oscar de la Renta gown with lace sleeves, and has her hair pulled back. Van Veen is dressed in a black suit with. »

- Wrap Staff

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MSNBC’s Re-Do Will Make it Look More Like NBC News Channel

17 September 2015 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When MSNBC viewers tune in to the network next week during daytime hours, they might not be faulted for thinking they’re watching a longer “special report” from NBC News.

On camera will be veterans like Andrea Mitchell and Brian Williams, “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and Kate Snow, just named anchor of the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News.” Behind the scenes: Pat Burkey, who has been executive producer of the weekday edition of  “Nightly” for the past four years, will take over leadership of MSNBC’s afternoon coverage. And Izzy Povich, who like Burkey, was working at MSNBC when it launched in 1996 and was focused more on breaking-news coverage and less on a progressive take on the stories of the moment, will move to run morning coverage. Mark Lukasiewicz, a senior vice president of specials at NBC News, was named to coordinate coverage between NBC and MSNBC during big, »

- Brian Steinberg

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