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‘Dateline’ Takes ‘The Road Home’ to Columbine

SamGranilloNBCTomorrow marks 15 years since the massacre at Columbine, when two deranged students murdered 13 people and injured 24 others, including 17-year-old Sam Granillo.

“Dateline” takes a look back at the tragedy with Granillo in a special called “The Road Home.” Granillo, now 32, travels with NBC’s Lester Holt meeting students, parents and teachers who have been victims of other school shootings. The road trip brings the pair from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Red Lake, Minnesota to  Dekalb, Illinois, to Virginia Tech.

The journey concludes as Granillo returns to Columbine, confronting many long-held fears. The special airs tomorrow night at 8pmET on “Dateline”

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The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

Pat Shevlin Leaving ‘CBS Evening News’ for ’60 Minutes’

Patricia Shevlin produced her final “CBS Evening News” tonight and she’s moving across the street, to CBS’s “60 Minutes.” Shevlin got the final credit on tonight’s show, as well as applause in the newsroom and control room. Following the broadcast, Shevlin tweeted, “I’m looking forward to spending more time working w/ @ScottPelley on the greatest news program of our time.”

Shevlin joined “Evening News” in May 2011 from the weekend edition of the program, where she had been EP since 2000. Shevlin has been with CBS News since 1973.

 

The Scoreboard: Thursday, April 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 224 | MSNBC: 108 | CNN: 130 | HLN: 79
  • Primetime: FNC: 352 | MSNBC: 158 | CNN: 196 | HLN: 127

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

160

TheFive:

291

Baier:

225

Greta:

250

O’Reilly:

426

Megyn:

357

Hannity:

273

O’Reilly:

231

Megyn:

212

MSNBC
Wagner:

95

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

144

Matthews:

130

Hayes:

142

Maddow:

191

O’Donnell:

142

Hayes:

78

Maddow:

102

CNN
Tapper:

122

Blitzer:

132

Blitzer:

152

Burnett:

149

Cooper:

201

Tonight:

227

Chicago:

159

SpcRpt:

113

CNNI:

122

HLN
News:

52

Files:

39

Files:

24

Jane:

64

Grace:

124

DrDrew:

124

Files:

133

Files:

153

Files:

132

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Lara Spencer Named Co-Host of ‘Good Morning America’

LaraSpencer Lara Spencer has been promoted to co-host of “Good Morning America,” joining George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts, ABC News President James Goldston announced today.

“Lara is clearly an essential ingredient in the success we have enjoyed and I am so pleased to announce that Lara has been elevated to co-host of the program along with Robin and George,”  Goldston wrote in an email to staff marking the two-year anniversary of “GMA” snapping “Today’s” reign as TV news’ number-one morning show.

Spencer re-signed with “GMA” last month. “This was a simple decision,” Spencer said then. “I love what I do and I adore the people I work with. I am thrilled to be on this team and look forward to many more years.”

Goldston’s full email to staff after the jump.

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What is Greta Van Susteren’s TV News Dream?

Greta Van Susteren made headlines yesterday for implying White House Press Secretary Jay Carney might be dreaming in suggesting the Obama administration is the most transparent in history; the other night she described her own dream as a TV news host.

“Do you know what my dream in this job is?” Van Susteren said. “I’d love to make that call to a grieving family, and say, ‘They found her, she’s alive.”

The “On the Record” host was previewing her Fox News special airing tonight at 7pmET, which reexamines the 2006 disappearance of then-24-year-old Jennifer Kesse, a case Greta covered then.

“I wish we could cover every missing person–we can’t,” Greta added. “You may think that we drop these stories–we don’t.”


Fox at the White House… Not that Fox

The Wall Street Journal‘s Carol E. Lee has an A1 story about a Fox at the White House. Not Ed Henry, Wendell Goler, or Mike Emanuel, but a red Fox, which, according to Lee has been roaming the White House lawn since the shutdown last fall when groundskeepers were on furlough because of the government shutdown.

“He’s been tripping off alarms in the middle of the night,” Lee reports. “And one time he was spotted by the president himself.” We’re not sure whether the president’s reaction to this Fox, was anything like the other Fox.

(h/t Playbook)

Sunday Show Ratings: April 13

CBS’ “Face the Nation” won in both ratings measurements on April 13. ABC’s “This Week” came in second in total viewers and NBC’s “Meet the Press” came in second in the A25-54 demographic.

Compared to the same week last year, only “Fox News Sunday” was up in both ratings measurements, +25% in total viewers and +26% in the A25-54 demographic. “This Week” was down -5% in total viewers and up +5% in the demo, while “Meet the Press” was down -19% in total viewers and flat in the demo. “Face the Nation” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were down across the board.

Cable replays of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,893,000 total viewers and 462,000 A25-54 viewers. Rebroadcasts of “Meet the Press” delivered an additional 913,000 total viewers and 352,000 demo viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

The numbers for April 13:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 3.03M 894K
ABC
“This Week” 2.29M 638K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.23M 677K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.27M 420K
Univision “Al Punto” 563K 236K

 

NBC News Crew on Mt. Everest As Avalanche Hits

EverestTodayNBC News had a crew in place at a Mt. Everest base camp this morning when an avalanche struck killing at least 13 Sherpas who guide climbers to the summit of the world’s highest peak.

Jonathan Fierro is a producer with NBC’s Peacock Productions and Ed Wardle is a cameraman with the group. They are working on next month’s Everest Jump Live that will air on Discovery Channel, but is being produced by Peacock, and hosted by Willie Geist.

“It’s a pretty regular occurrence here, nobody was shocked by that,” Wardle told Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” adding, “When radio reports started coming off the mountain that people were stuck in the avalanche, everybody came out and started getting organized for the rescue.” Guthrie reports that the rest of the NBC News team there preparing for Everest Jump Live is okay. (The interview is after the jump.)

Over on the Weather Channel, anchor Sam Champion spoke with his former colleague, WABC anchor and avid mountaineer, Diana Williams, who was live in Katmandu. Williams had just descended from Mt. Everest after reaching base camp. The rest of her climbing group was still up on the mountain.

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