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'We Do Have Breaking News Right Now: Facebook is Down' - Posted August 1, 2014
New York City's WNBC took a lighthearted approach to today's Facebook outage during its noon newscast this afternoon (video above). "Just to keep panic at bay here, we do have breaking news right now: Facebook i... [TVSpy]

'Today' Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower - Posted July 9, 2014
Savannah Guthrie's "Today" show colleagues -- Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and ... [TVNewser]

Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie - Posted March 21, 2014
ABC's Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA's Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fig... [TVNewser]

HLN Gets a New Name: Hysterical Ladies Network (and Dr. Drew) - Posted March 22, 2013
To say it's been a rough year for the "Today" show, would be an understatement. The once-dominant morning program is settling in to second place, as new top producers, on-air talent and show segments meld in the hopes of catching on with viewers and regaining the top spot. Meanwhile, star anchor ... [TVNewser]

Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis' Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter - Posted November 9, 2012
Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, "Diary of a Stage Mother's Daughter," she's on he... [TVNewser]

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Weds - Posted October 1, 2012
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts was married to longtime partner Patrick Abner in New York over the weekend. The ceremony and reception was held at the Gansevoort Park Avenue rooftop, with California Lt. Governor (and Current TV host) ... [TVNewser]

Media Turns a Reflective Eye Inward at Mirror Awards - Posted June 13, 2012
Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications held its sixth annual Mirror Awards ceremony at the Plaza Hotel this afternoon, honoring the year's best media reporting. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Media Turns a Reflective Eye Inward at Mirror Awards - Posted June 13, 2012
Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications held its sixth annual Mirror Awards ceremony at the Plaza Hotel this afternoon, honoring the year's best media reporting. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed... [FishbowlNY]

Media Turns a Reflective Eye Inward at Mirror Awards - Posted June 13, 2012
Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Communications held its sixth annual Mirror Awards ceremony at the Plaza Hotel this afternoon, honoring the year's best media reporting. CNN anchor Anderson Cooper emceed... [TVNewser]

A Kiss Before Flying. Jane Velez-Mitchell Has No 'Issues' at NLGJA Fundraiser - Posted March 30, 2012
Actual news got in the way of last night's annual New York fundraiser for the journalism group NLGJA. Soledad O'Brien, who was to co-host with her HLN colleague Jane... [TVNewser]

'Early Today' Celebrates 8 Years with 9 Originals - Posted January 5, 2012
"Early Today," which airs before the early morning news on NBC affiliates, is celebrating 8 years and more than 2,000 shows today. Nine staffers, including EP Andy Jones, have been with the show the entire time -- a lifetime in TV news, especially working the overnight/early morning hours. This morning, anchor... [TVNewser]

2011 TVNewser Challenge: The Results - Posted December 29, 2011
Time for the results of the TVNewser Challenge. One year ago, we asked, and you answered, making predictions for the Year in TV News. And just to let you, we'll publish our 2012 TVNewser Challenge tomorrow afternoon. Where will Katie Couric be working at the end of 2011? CBS News -- ... [TVNewser]

'Now With Alex Wagner' Debuts Monday on MSNBC - Posted November 11, 2011
"Now with Alex Wagner," the newest addition to the MSNBC daytime lineup, will debut on Monday, the network a... [TVNewser]

TV, Wall Street Bigwigs Fete Erin Burnett at CNN Launch Party - Posted September 28, 2011
[caption id="attachment_89793" align="alignleft" width="585" caption="Mark Whitaker, Jim Walton, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan and Ken Jautz"][/caption] Last night CNN feted its newest anchor, Erin Burnett, at Robert restaurant at The Muse... [morningmedianewsfeed]

TV, Wall Street Bigwigs Fete Erin Burnett at CNN Launch Party - Posted September 28, 2011
[caption id="attachment_89793" align="alignleft" width="585" caption="Mark Whitaker, Jim Walton, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan and Ken Jautz"][/caption] Last night CNN feted its newest anchor, Erin Burnett, at Robert restaurant at The Muse... [FishbowlNY]

Contessa Brewer: 'This is a great time in my life to make some changes' - Posted August 26, 2011
As we reported yesterday, this is Contessa Brewer's final day anchoring on MSNBC. A change that -- after 8 years at the NBC cable network --... [TVNewser]

Contessa Brewer Leaving Daily Anchoring at MSNBC - Posted August 25, 2011
Contessa Brewer, who has been a fixture on MSNBC since 2003, will no longer be an anchor on the network, TVNewser has learned. For the last year-and-a-half Brewer has anchored the NoonET hour on MSNBC as well as hosting the weekend documentary... [TVNewser]

Testimony Temporarily Suspended After Rupert Murdoch Accosted - Posted July 19, 2011
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Telemundo Anchor crosses over on MSNBC - Posted June 21, 2011
Jose Diaz-Balart -- the Brian Williams of Telemundo -- is doing double duty on two NBCU networks this week. He'll anchor his nightly newscast "Noticiero Telemundo" at 6:30pmET as w... [TVNewser]

Contessa Brewer dealing with 'a very difficult reality' - Posted June 16, 2011
Sad news to report. On her Facebook page, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer announced that she lost the baby she was carrying. In April, her MSNBC colleague Martin Bashir... [TVNewser]

Palin and Cee Lo Create Spectacle at MSNBC After Party - Posted May 3, 2011
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Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media - Posted May 1, 2011
Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours -- not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie -- often the target of MSNBC's opiniona... [GalleyCat]

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Pregnant - Posted April 15, 2011
MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer is expecting her first child. Brewer formally announced the news with a post on her Facebook page: ... [TVNewser]

'I lost my virginity to Ann Curry' - Posted March 25, 2011
[caption id="attachment_59343" align="alignright" width="379" caption="MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts flanked by Fox News anchors Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jamie Colby"][/caption] TVNewser headed out last night to the annual NLGJA "Headlines & Headliners" fundraiser hosted by MSNBC anchor ... [TVNewser]

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts to host annual NLGJA event - Posted March 24, 2011
MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts will host the NLGJA's 16th annual Headlines and Headliners event in New York tonight. What makes this interesting is that Roberts is the first openly gay TV journalist to host the event which benefits the organization ... [TVNewser]

Some Network Reports Look Silly After it Appears 'Mystery Missile' Really Isn't - Posted November 10, 2010
Yesterday, the cable news channels were all aflutter over a mystery missile launch that happened off the California coast. ... [TVNewser]

MSNBC Asks Guests to 'Lean Forward' at Launch Party - Posted October 29, 2010
Last night MSNBC held a launch party for its "Lean Forward" branding campaign at 7 World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan. Held on the 49th floor of the building, the room had floor to ceiling windows that offered a beautiful unobstructed view of the midtown skyline and a more sobering one... [TVNewser]

15 Women Chosen to Serve as iVoices on iVillage - Posted September 28, 2010
NBC Universal's iVillage online destination for women announced its iVoices on iVillage, 15 community members chosen to weigh in on women-centric topics. M... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Talks Online Feedback and Web Comments - Posted July 7, 2010
In the final part of our interview with Contessa Brewer for mediabistro.com's ... [TVNewser]

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Says On-Air Miscues 'Make Me Crazy' - Posted July 6, 2010
We're back with Part II today of our sit-down with MSNBC's Contessa Brewer for mediabistro.com's Media Beat. We wanted to see how she felt about the viewer reaction to news anchor gaffes on live television, particularly her Jesse Jackson-Al Sharpton ... [TVNewser]

MSNBC's Contessa Brewer Describes Her Toughest Interviews - Posted July 5, 2010
TVNewser sat down with MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer recently for a chat about the TV news biz as a part of mediabistro.com's Media Beat interview series. In this first part, we asked Brewer to tell us about some of the most difficult interviews she's conducted as an anchor. "I do... [TVNewser]

One Last Question... - Posted July 4, 2010
We recently sat down with anchor Contessa Brewer for mediabistro.com's interview show, Media Beat, and, considering some recent MSNBC goings on, we thought we should clear up one last thing before she left the studio: ... [TVNewser]

The Place for Pelicans - Posted June 15, 2010
Also stopping in to chat with Contessa Brewer earlier this afternoon: a crocodile and a bobcat. For serious. ... [TVNewser]

David Shuster Suspended Indefinitely - Posted April 6, 2010
Just In: MSNBC's David Shuster has been suspended from MSNBC "indefinitely" according to a spokesperson. The action was taken this morning by MSNBC president P... [TVNewser]

Contessa Brewer Hosts Karaoke Fundraiser for Red Cross - Posted April 1, 2010
MSNBC's Contessa Brewer threw a karaoke fundraiser for the Red Cross of Greater New York last night and TVNewser stopped by. "It combines a couple things I love: helping NYC's vulnerable communities with emergency preparedness and singing S... [TVNewser]

Kathie Lee: 'Once in a while, Hoda I feel like we're the only two white, straight women left in the world' - Posted March 26, 2010
The Today show's Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford hosted the 15th Annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit last night in New York City. The event brings out the biggest names in TV... [TVNewser]

Contessa Brewer Meet-Up with Jesse Jackson - Posted March 26, 2010
Remember a few months ago when MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer mistakenly introduced Jesse Jackson as Al Sharp... [TVNewser]

Whose Shoes: Revealed - Posted March 8, 2010
Our first "Whose Shoes?" feature reeled in a variety of guesses this afternoon. Among them, were MSNBC's Contessa Brewer, CNN's Dana Bash and NBC's ... [FishbowlDC]

Amy Robach and Andrew Shue Tie the Knot - Posted February 7, 2010
Weekend Today co-anchor Amy Robach had a pretty special birthday yesterday -- she got married. Robach married "Melrose Place" actor Andrew Shue. The ceremony and reception, at The Lighthouse on Manhattan's west side, was attended b... [TVNewser]

MSNBC Dayside Changes: Return to Single-Anchor Shows; Themed Hours Go Away - Posted January 26, 2010
MSNBC is streamlining its dayside schedule and doing away with the themed hours focused on the economy and politics. It's a back-to-basics approach for the network's daytime news hours which slipped to fifth place in December, behind FNC, CNN, HLN and CNBC between 9am-4pm. TVNewser has learned that eff... [TVNewser]

Brian Williams Describes the Scene in Port-au-Prince - Posted January 13, 2010
Here's where having a cable news channel can help your broadcast network anchor get on the air first. NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and his team arrived in quake-ravaged Port-au-Prince, Haiti around 2:45pmET. Minutes later he was patched into the MSNBC cont... [TVNewser]

Guthrie Reacts to "Daily Rundown" - Posted January 11, 2010
MSNBC's Savannah Guthrie was on air with host Contessa Brewer this afternoon when Brewer asked about the first day of the new "Daily Rundown" show that Guthrie hosts with ... [FishbowlDC]

Jay Leno's Media Mentions: ESPN, Fox News, MSNBC - Posted October 27, 2009
In his monologue last night, Jay Leno talked up several media stories, including fired ESPN analyst Steve Phillips, declining newspaper circulation, and the White House war on Fox News... complete with a presidential prop: ... [TVNewser]

Late Reading List 10.22.09 - Posted October 22, 2009
What we know and what we're reading this Thursday (besides "Goatee Gamble" and "Karaoke in the Capital")... TV | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS TV Whoops! MSNBC's Contessa Brewer called Jesse Jackson Al Sharpton on... [FishbowlDC]

MSNBC Anchor Introduces Rev. Al Sharpton When She's Really Interviewing Rev. Jesse Jackson - Posted October 21, 2009
Around 2:30pmET this afternoon, MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer was introducing a segment on unemployment and brought in her guest: "Joining me now to talk about this and the nation's real problem of joblessness, the Rev. ... [TVNewser]

Fox News, MSNBC Accused of Creative Editing - Posted August 20, 2009
Media Matters and Hot Air have accused Fox News and MSNBC, separately and respectively, of misidentifying key facts on-air regarding a town hall meeting and a health care reform rally. First, MM claims "Fox & Friends" co-host Steve Doocy misrepresented an exchange Rep. Barney Frank had at a recent town hall meeting... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List 06.29.09 - Posted June 29, 2009
Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Happy Birthday to ... [FishbowlDC]

MSNBC Tests New Graphics Look Ahead of Monday's HD Debut - Posted June 27, 2009
This morning, MSNBC's live programming is using the new HD-ready graphics look, which is very different than what the network had been using. I'm not a graphics expert so indulge me -- they are using a brighter cream-colored background and have added an upper bar with the networks' "The Place for... [TVNewser]

RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up - Posted June 21, 2009
We think the President said it best- "The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list." There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California ... [FishbowlDC]

More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove - Posted June 18, 2009
Ok, we're kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year's MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening's RTCA dinner... • CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and... [FishbowlDC]

Contessa Brewer's John Ziegler Interview Ends in "Cut The Mic, Please" - Posted June 10, 2009
MSNBC had "Media Malpractice" filmmaker John Ziegler on last hour, and it went pretty much ... [TVNewser]

Media in the Mirror: Arianna Huffington and More - Posted June 9, 2009
"Now more than every, it is important for our media professionals to look themselves in the mirror and ask the tough questions." This is how Lorraine Branham, Dean of Syracuse University's Newhouse School, began today's Mirror Awards luncheon in New York. The room was packed with "media professionals," and many SU alum,... [WebNewser - SocialTimes.com]

With Future Of Media Uncertain, Mirror Awards Honor Journalists Covering Media - Posted June 9, 2009
Today's Mirror Awards luncheon at the Harmonie Club uptown was swarmed by all manner of media types. Media critics who were nominated for Mirrors like Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff, ... [morningmedianewsfeed]

With Future Of Media Uncertain, Mirror Awards Honor Journalists Covering Media - Posted June 9, 2009
Today's Mirror Awards luncheon at the Harmonie Club uptown was swarmed by all manner of media types. Media critics who were nominated for Mirrors like Vanity Fair's Michael Wolff, ... [FishbowlNY]

Rush Limbaugh "Resigns" As Head of Republican Party - Posted May 20, 2009
On his radio show a few minutes ago, Rush Limbaugh "resigned" as head of the Republican party. "I have been anointed to this position by members of the drive-by media, and of course, the Obama White House," said Limbaugh. "I am resigning as the titular head of the Republican Party." So who did... [TVNewser]

Rush: MSNBC Trying to "Build Its Ratings on My Back" - Posted May 20, 2009
Rush Limbaugh is challenging MSNBC to go 30 days without saying his name. "I challenge you, MSNBC! 30 days without anything mentioning me. No video of me, no guests commenting on me. See if you can do it." Limbaugh says the cable network is trying to "build its ratings on my back.". L... [TVNewser]

MSNBC's Dayside Anchors Debate Carrie Prejean : "Can I Vomit Right Now?" - Posted May 12, 2009
After the wall-to-wall coverage of the Donald Trump/Carrie Prejean news conference, MSNBC's dayside anchor team of ... [TVNewser]

WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion - Posted May 11, 2009
Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete. Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soir... [FishbowlDC]

"Rude? I Wasn't Being Rude" - Posted February 20, 2009
A TVNewser reader asked us this morning, "Do you think this Santelli thing has legs?" "Yes" was our answer. About a half hour after the White House press secretary said, "I feel assured that Mr. Santelli doesn't know what he's talking about," the Ch... [TVNewser]

After Making TV Rounds, Carlos Watson Settles in at MSNBC, For Now - Posted February 1, 2009
The NYDaily News talks with Carlos Watson, who has been anchoring on MSNBC lately. For the past few years, Watson has appeared... [TVNewser]

Israel-Gaza Ground War Changes Cable Plans - Posted January 3, 2009
The cable news channels have been covering breaking news from Gaza for much of the afternoon. The official word of Israeli Defense Force ground troops moving in to Palestinian territory was reported around 1:40pmET this afternoon, but had been expected for days. Fredricka Whit... [TVNewser]

Curry-Warren Interview Already Drawing Reactions - Posted December 19, 2008
With Rick Warren in the news this week, Ann Curry sat down with the pastor for a Dateline inte... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List, 10.22.08 - Posted October 22, 2008
Good morning Washington. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. We've got your morning mix of media Muesli after the... [FishbowlDC]

Daytime Changes For MSNBC - Posted October 19, 2008
MSNBC will be moving to a three-anchor daytime line-up beginning tomorrow, featuring Tamron Hall, Contessa Brewer and ... [TVNewser]

Dow Drops, Crisis Upped - Posted October 6, 2008
Week four of the financial crisis focus on the cablers and networks began with more bad news. As the Dow dropped to quadruple-digits for the first time in almost four years, a new angle to the turmoil took form. ABC News was the only network to produce a special r... [TVNewser]

NBC's Gustav Plans: Brian Williams to the Gulf, Tom Brokaw at the RNC - Posted August 31, 2008
This time, no one is taking any chances. With the potential of being as severe or even worse than Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Hurricane Gustav is challenging network executives like no story in recent memory. Just like RNC planners, themselves facing a scaled back gathering, news executives, too, have been huddled... [TVNewser]

Technical Difficulties in Denver - Posted August 25, 2008
With 15,000 journalists, many of the TV variety, descending one city, technical difficulties will arise. NBC has had its share. During Brian Williams' 1pmET hour on MSNBC, Contessa Brewer... [TVNewser]

When Does The Opening Ceremony Start? - Posted August 7, 2008
For the past couple days, MSNBC has been using a lower third that says, "Opening Ceremony Begins at 7:30pm ET/6:30pm CT Tomorrow" (seen here from this afternoon during a report from correspondent Jeff Ranieri — getting in the Olympic spirit with a USA swimming T-shirt, which Contessa Brewer just said makes... [TVNewser]

Morning Reading List, 07.28.08 - Posted July 28, 2008
Good morning Washington. At what D.C. restaurant/lounge was the above photo taken? Let us know. Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below. ... [FishbowlDC]

Andrea Mitchell, On the Air and On The Road - Posted July 25, 2008
As chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell is charged with reporting on the diplomatic beat for all NBC News platforms. This week, that has meant covering Sen. Barack Obama's overseas trip and his meetings with heads of state. She has appeared on the Today show and Nightly News every day this... [TVNewser]

"Caught on Camera" Catching On - Posted July 17, 2008
MSNBC's doc block last weekend propelled the network to some of its best recent prime time weekend figures in the A25-54 demo. During Saturday and Sunday in prime time, MSNBC aired "Caught on Camera," hosted by Contessa Brewer, and some of the "Lockup" series. ... [TVNewser]

Where the Hell is Matt? In the MSNBC Studio - Posted July 10, 2008
So have you heard of Matt? The New York Times gave him 1,300 words on Tuesday. He's been seen more than five million times on YouTube. And this afternoon, he ended up in the MSNBC studio, dancing with anchor ... [TVNewser]

Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style - Posted July 26, 2007
For a couple hours, the back room at Michael's was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, 'Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inq... [morningmedianewsfeed]

Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style - Posted July 26, 2007
For a couple hours, the back room at Michael's was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, 'Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inq... [FishbowlNY]

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