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Matt Lauer to Interview Sandra Bullock in NOLA

Bullock_8.25.jpgThe “Today” show’s Matt Lauer interviews actress Sandra Bullock for a segment airing Tuesday morning. The interview takes place at New Orleans’ Warren Easton Charter High School, which Bullock supports.

Bullock has spent time in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina. Earlier this year, she adopted a baby boy who was born there.

‘MTP’ Bringing Back Debate Series

greg_8-27.jpgStarting Labor Day weekend, NBC’s “Meet the Press” will host debates between candidates in competitive Senate races nationwide. David Gregory will moderate the in-studio debates, which begin with Florida candidates Kendrick Meek and Marco Rubio — no commitment from Charlie Crist (I) yet.

As we reported, CNN’s Candy Crowley will also be moderating a debate between the three candidates on October 24th for “State of the Union.” (Crist and Rubio previously met in a Sunday show debate on “Fox News Sunday” back in March.)

The network has also scheduled debates between Illinois candidates Alexi Giannoulias and Mark Kirk on October 10th and Colorado candidates Michael Bennet and Ken Buck on October 17th. Facebook will partner with NBC to allow users to submit questions online. The “Senate Debate Series” began back in 2002 with Tim Russert moderating.

TVNewser Reports from Inside Katy Perry’s Lip. Jealous?

To promote its Friday concert with singer Katy Perry this week, NBC’s “Today” show website posted an odd feature where, using a hashtag, users could try to add their Twitter photo to a big mosaic of the popstar.

If you happened to look closely at her upper lip…

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BAM.

More: We were not able to find evidence of Cherry Chapstick.

Newseum Opens Katrina Exhibit

newseumkat_8-27.jpgWashington D.C.’s Newseum today opened an exhibit focusing on the coverage of Hurricane Katrina. The unveiling of “Covering Katrina” is timed with the five-year anniversary of the disaster this weekend:

The exhibit chronicles the dramatic tale of the media’s reporting of the killer storm that shredded Mississippi’s coast… “Covering Katrina” examines the national media’s role in shining a spotlight on the horrific conditions facing residents and the difficulties in getting assistance into the ravaged region.

You can go here for more info and to see a video of emotional reporting from the disaster that the Newseum collected.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith appeared on a panel, which C-SPAN broadcast, coinciding with the new exhibit. “You prepare yourself mentally before you go to cover something, without thinking about it,” he said. “You don’t anticipate the collapse of society around you.” Video clip after the jump (via Mediaite).

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The Scoreboard: Thursday, August 26

25-54 demographic: (L +SD)

Total day: FNC: 319 | CNN: 117 | MSNBC: 119 | HLN: 107

Prime: FNC: 462 | CNN: 121 | MSNBC: 197 | HLN: 124

  5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p:
FNC Beck: Baier: Shep: O’Reilly: Hannity: Greta: O’Reilly:
  548 356 321 512 487 382 329
CNN Blitzer: Blitzer: KingUSA: RicksList: King: Cooper: Cooper:
  151 101 57 89 143 131 103
MSNBC Matthews: EdShow: Matthews: Olbermann: Maddow: Olbermann: Maddow:
  164 147 136 228 185 179 134
HLN Showbiz: Prime: Issues: Grace: Behar: Grace: Showbiz:
  76 62 174 165 110 111 68


Data by Nielsen Media Research. Live and same day (DVR) data.

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Bill O’Reilly Reviews a Porno

phoenix_bill_8-27.jpgAlt New England newspaper The Boston Phoenix went through its archives and discovered a few articles that Boston University grad turned reporter turned Fox News host Bill O’Reilly had written for the publication in the 1970s. One is a profile of legendary actor Eli Wallach and the other is from a screening of the adult film “The Devil in Miss Jones.”

The screening review was published April 30, 1974 — O’Reilly would have been 24 — and the young reporter/future “culture warrior” interviewed the director at a nearby restaurant afterward where they had an in depth discussion about the industry.

Unexpected. And a pretty good read too.

Anchors Report from the Gulf for Katrina Anniversary

As the official anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s Gulf Coast landfall approaches Sunday, the news networks have all sent anchors down to the region for the occasion. (You can see our full list of network coverage plans here.)

Here are some grabs from last night and this morning’s coverage:

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Some of the big morning show interviews: Robin Roberts sat down with Laura Bush on “GMA,” Harry Smith spoke with Ray Nagin on “The Early Show,” and Matt Lauer did a dual interview with Nagin and Michael Brown on “Today.” Check out videos from all three shows after the jump…

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Fox News Sued Over Brad Pitt Footage

Entertainment video provider Media2Air has filed a lawsuit against Fox News regarding some footage of Brad Pitt on a motorcycle that the network aired during “The O’Reilly Factor” last October, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Media2air claims it had been licensing the footage and that FNC used it illegally. Fox News is claiming fair use.

Sanjay Gupta in Pakistan

CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta — along with his senior producer Danielle Dellorto — completed the 30+ hour journey to southern Pakistan yesterday afternoon, where he’s reporting on the the flooding for CNN. He’ll also anchor his weekend morning program from there live. Here’s a shot he took from the air:

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After the jump, a photo sent to TVNewser that Gupta and Dellorto snapped after landing at the Islamabad airport…

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Westin Announces Leadership Rearrange at ABC News

westin_8-26.jpgABC News President David Westin sent a memo to staff, obtained by TVNewser, earlier today outlining the new/altered management responsibilities for leadership at the network. While most of the changes add responsibilities for various senior staffers, some are shifting their roles, including “Nightline” EP James Goldston who will now oversee “This Week with Christiane Amanpour” as well.

The announcements are a part of the restructuring of the news division that Westin began instituting earlier this year. Most of today’s changes stem from the departure of Dave Davis, who had a number of people reporting to him.

The biggest surprise might be that Goldston, who EPs the successful “Nightline” from New York, will now also oversee the Sunday program “This Week,” which is based in D.C., with EP Ian Cameron reporting to him.

With Davis’ departure, Westin appears to be getting more closely involved with the big NYC shows, telling the EPs of “World News,” “GMA,” “20/20,” and “Nightline” that they’ll be reporting directly to him.

And as longtime ABCer Phyllis McGrady shifts to a consultant role, David Sloan, EP of newsmagazines, will take responsibility of all long-form programming, though Goldston will oversee primetime programming featuring Amanpour whose arrangement with the network includes “primetime documentaries on international subjects.”

In addition, “World News” EP Jon Banner will now oversee the political and special events units. Special events EP Marc Burstein will now report to Banner.

The full memo with more specifics after the jump…

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