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MTV Airs Ferguson PSA During VMAs

Sunday night during the MTV Video Music Awards, the network aired two commercials as part of its Look Different campaign to end racial, gender, and anti-LGBT bias, created with the Anti-Defamation League, NAACP, National Council of La Raza, and Southern Poverty Law Center.

One of the two 15 second PSAs featured the quote, “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” by James Baldwin overtop an image of a sign at an entry point to Ferguson, Mo., a town that’s gripped national headlines after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown, earlier this month.

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Chuck Todd and NBC President Deborah Turness on Future of ‘Meet the Press’

Meet the Press - Season 67Recently named “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd was a guest on NBC’s “TODAY” show this morning and addressed expectations of him as moderator of the iconic Sunday morning public affairs and longest running television program.

“I think the job for all of us, particularly in political reporting, is to demystify Washington for the American public but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people,” said Todd.

Todd’s comments follow NBC president Deborah Turness‘ in a Sunday New York Times piece on her first year at the network and planned growth across its morning and evening – weekday and weekend – programming. Read more

40 Year DC TV Veteran Arch Campbell to Leave WJLA

arch-campbellDCRTV reports that WJLA and News Channel 8′s Arch Campbell is set to leave local news and his Thursday and Friday evening hosting gig of the entertainment and comedy program “The Arch Campbell Show.”

Campbell has reported on movies, theatre and entertainment in Washington for more than 40 years, with WJLA since 2007, and NBC4 for 32 years prior. Campbell’s departure comes weeks after the completed sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 from Allbritton Communications to Sinclair Broadcasting Group.

Campbell shared with DCRTV that he’s headed to his hometown of San Antonio and will continue to post movie reviews at ArchCampbell.org. DCRTV reports that Campbell shared on Facebook, “The new owners of 7 and 8 have graciously asked me to let them know if and when I want to return. But right now I’m taking a break. I have a couple of exciting projects ahead and a few personal things to do.”

Campbell’s last day on air in Washington will be August 28.

President Obama: ‘The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley’

NBC-James-Foley-300x168President Obama Wednesday afternoon delivered a statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday was confirmed authentic by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Wednesday. In it, Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has written for TIME that was kidnapped in August 2013 is also shown, and threats on his life made.

In remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day…People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” Read more

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Deliver 12:45pm Statement

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 12:45pm Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed the video’s authenticity on Wednesday, after it was posted, and soon after removed, from YouTube.

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New Uber SVP David Plouffe and Uber CEO Join Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 18.31.15Shortly after today’s announcement that David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, would join Uber next month as SVP of policy and strategy, Plouffe and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg Television contributor, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.

The anchor then transitioned the focus to accusations from competitor Lyft that Uber ordered and canceled nearly 5,000 rides and that drivers have been upset with ‘changing discount rates.’

Watch the clip, after the jump.

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Bret Baier and Andrea Mitchell Both Nominate Chuck Todd for ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Days after being named the new host (effective Sept. 7) of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Chuck Todd has already been called out twice by his colleagues.

Yesterday, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, who guest hosted “MTP” this past Sunday, and FOX News’ Bret Baier nominated Todd to get wet for ALS.

Baier dumped a bucket of ice water on himself overlooking the Capitol and Mitchell did so seated outside NBC’s Washington bureau.

Mitchell confirmed that Todd is on vacation through next week but has accepted the challenge.

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CNN’s Don Lemon Presents Tuesday Town Hall on Race in America

CNN’s Jake Tapper and Don Lemon reported from Ferguson, Mo. Monday night, amid clashes between protesters and police. Earlier in the evening, Tapper questioned the level of police involvement given the number of protesters in the vicinity.

“Now I want you to look at what is going on in Ferguson, Missouri, in downtown America, okay? These are armed police, with — not machine guns — semi-automatic rifles, with batons, with shields, many of them dressed for combat. Now why they’re doing this? I don’t know. Because there is no threat going on here. None that merits this. There is none, okay? Absolutely there have been looters, absolutely over the last nine days there’s been violence, but there is nothing going on, on this street right now that merits this scene out of Bagram. Nothing.”

As the evening progressed, the scene changed. Tapper and his crew retreat after a tear gas canister was shot in their direction following objects being thrown at police. CNN’s Lemon then interviewed Leo York, a freelance photographer whom Tapper came across minutes earlier after York was hit with a can of tear gas. By day’s end, two protesters were shot and 31 people were arrested.

Tuesday night at 10pm, Lemon will host a live town hall on the topic of race in America following the August 9 shooting death by police officer Darren Wilson of Michael Brown in the Missouri town.

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NBC News President Confirms Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory as ‘MTP’ Host

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News president Deborah Turness announced to staff in an internal memo this hour that Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press.”

“His unique ability to deliver that passion with razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm makes him the perfect next generation moderator of this beloved broadcast,” said Turness. “Chuck will ensure that Meet the Press is the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set.”

Turness also confirmed that after 20 years with NBC News, Gregory bids farewell, which he announced earlier in the hour on Twitter.

Todd will take reigns of the program on September 7. Andrea Mitchell will moderate this weekend.

See the full memo after the jump. Read more

David Gregory Tweets Farewell to NBC

Less than three hours after CNN’s Brian Stelter reported that NBC’s Chuck Todd will replace David Gregory as host of “Meet the Press,” Gregory tweeted his farewell and thank you to viewers.

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