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NBC News is the news division of NBC, a division of NBCUniversal LLC, a Comcast company. Programs include “Today,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” and “Dateline.” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, debuting on November 6, 1947. Deborah Turness is the president of NBC News.

Amy Adams ‘Really Confused’ by ‘Today’ Show Decision to Cut Interview

1297644952550_LARGE_BOXAmy Adams tells USA Today she is still “really confused” about having her live interview on NBC’s “Today” pulled minutes before it was set to take place Monday. Adams told the paper she was “surprised” to have the interview canceled after she objected to talking about the Sony hacking scandal. She had been booked on “Today” to promote her film “Big Eyes:”

“I expressed that I was uncomfortable. I said I would rather not add my voice to this conversation,” Adams said. “But it was clear they were drawing a hard line. That this would be part of the conversation.”

Informed the interview would not happen, Adams said Tuesday night I was confused and definitely frustrated. I still don’t understand.”

NBC told USA Today “the Today show doesn’t allow guests to put restrictions on interviews. In this case, after hours of discussion we felt uncomfortable with the demands being made and we determined the best course of action for all parties involved was to cancel the interview.”

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Keith Morrison Does a Special Reading of ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’

“Dateline” correspondent Keith Morrison recorded a special reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and quite frankly, it’s awesome. Morrison’s dramatic rendition of the Dr. Seuss classic will get anyone in the holiday spirit.

Matt Lauer Speaks with NYPD Police Commissioner on ‘Today’

This morning NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat down with Matt Lauer live on the “Today” show to speak out against the recent NYPD officer slayings. Bratton believes that Mayor Bill de Blasio has lost the respect of “some officers,” telling Lauer the city finds itself in a “change moment.”

Tom Brokaw Reports His Cancer Is In Remission

tom_brokaw_01NBC special correspondent and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw has told colleagues he’s headed into 2015 on a high note–his cancer is in remission.

In February, Brokaw revealed he’d been diagnosed in August, 2013 with multiple myeloma and was undergoing treatment. Brokaw sent a note to share his news Sunday morning, saying he will begin a regimen of drug maintenance to keep the cancer in remission.

Read the full note, after the jump:
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How two Former NBC News Producers Figured Out How to Successfully Skimm the News

SkimmTwo former associate producers at NBC News have founded a daily email that is generating buzz, millions of dollars and celebrity fans.Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin founded theSkimm to give readers “everything you need to start your day.” Their slogan? “We read. You Skimm.”

According to The New York TimestheSkimm has raised $6.25 million in financing. Investors include Chelsea Handler, investment firms RRE, Homebrew and Greycroft Partners and former chief executive of Ticketmaster Irving Azoff.

Weisberg and Zakin told The Times they were news junkies who dreamed of working at NBC. Zakin even mentioned idolizing Katie Couric. After fulfilling their goals of producing news at NBC, the pair quit after four years and began writing the daily newsletter from their NYC apartment. Read more

Willie Geist Renovates Homeless Shelter on the ‘Today’ Show

“Today” show co-host Willie Geist visited the Bushwick Family Residences in Brooklyn this morning, where he renovated the shelter to help it feel more like home… just in time for the Christmas. The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children and celebrity designer Elaine Griffin helped Geist transform the shelter’s outdated recreation room into an special space for the children to use after school. Geist is working to raise awareness of the troubles of 2.5 million U.S. kids affected by homelessness.

‘Caught on Camera’ Comes to NBC Primetime

CannonCaught“Caught on Camera,” a staple of MSNBC weekends and hosted by Contessa Brewer, is getting an NBC primetime run hosted by Nick Cannon. Like the MSNBC version, the two-part series, airing tonight and next Friday at 8pmET/7pmCT, is produced by NBC News’s Peacock Productions. NBC says the “high-octane series” will feature “everything from extreme rescues and white-knuckle car chases to merry pranksters, colossal crashes and viral sensations.”

Megyn Kelly on White House Christmas Party: ‘Boy oh Boy Did I See a Lot of MSNBC Anchors’

Two primetime Fox Newsers turned up in late night last night.

In a coincidental booking, Megyn Kelly was on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, while Bill O’Reilly dropped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. Both Kelly and O’Reilly were first time guests on Kimmel and Meyers, respectively.

Over on CBS, NBC’s Tom Brokaw paid a visit to “Late Show with David Letterman.”

With Meyers, O’Reilly talked politics, specifically Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and O’Reilly declared victory in the war on Christmas. With Letterman, Brokaw talked about his Presidential Medal of Freedom honor, his new NBC Sports Network show and his health: “Things are going along as well as they possibly could be. And I’m at a stage now where I really worry about other cancer patients because I’m on a good track.”

With Kimmel, Kelly talked about her experience at the White House Christmas party Tuesday night. “Is there a separate section for Fox News,” Kimmel joked. “You mean somewhere other than outside in the rain?,” Kelly said, adding, “Boy or boy, did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I think they got a few more invitations than we got.” WATCH: Read more

NBC News Producer’s Sons Were Inside Peshawar School During Attack

jibran_f600bf42a80f7dc47ee5370f425c7c54.nbcnews-ux-640-360An award-winning NBC News producer, Mushtaq Yusufzai, has detailed his personal experience as the father of two boys who were inside the Army Public School in Peshawar when it came under Taliban attack Tuesday. He was confronted with two challenges: caring for his family, and covering the story. “It was the most difficult day of my career.”

Yusufzai has covered Pakistan for NBC News, working from his base in Peshawar. His sons, Jibran, 8 (pictured), and Daniyal, 13, were unhurt in the attack. But Yusufzai didn’t know that for hours, as he tried to get answers on their fate–and provide NBC News with on-the-ground reporting:

For five hours we had no idea where my sons were and couldn’t speak to them. I had to console my wife who was weeping on the telephone. But I’m a journalist, too, so I was calling to learn about my kids and on the other hand had to inform my colleagues and the desk about developments.

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Everyone is a Newser with NBC News’ Stringwire App

stringwireIn the final season of HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the ACN senior staff can’t stand the thought of crowed-sourced video taken by anyone who whips out a smart phone at the opportune time to record news.

Well, a real-live news organization is giving users the ability to do just that.

TVNewser attended an exclusive look at the NBC News-owned Stringwire at 30 Rock in NYC Monday, where  founder and product lead Phil Groman and SVP/GM Mark Graham demonstrated the product for a small group of media.

Stringwire is a live video streaming service that crowdsources user-generated content from eyewitnesses at the scene of breaking news. Users can whip out a smartphone and record live, breaking news footage in a matter of seconds. All videos are monitored, and a seven-second delay helps ensure only factual, appropriate video makes the service.

Charlie Skinner would not be pleased, but millennials could see this at the future of news. Read more

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