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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.

NBC News Produces ‘Peter Pan’ Special

PeterPanNBC News’ Peacock Productions has produced a behind-the-scenes look at next’s week’s “Peter Pan Live!”

“The Making of Peter Pan Live!” airs tonight at 8pmET/PT and takes viewers behind the preparations the special, which stars Allison Williams, daughter of “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, as Peter Pan.

Williams and Christopher Walken prepare for the Dec. 4 television event by learning the art of swordplay and singing classics such as as “I’m Flying,” “I Won’t Grow Up,” “Never Never Land” and “I’ve Gotta Crow.”

When Allison Williams was cast back in July, Brian Williams said on “Nightly News,” “family members confirm she’s been rehearsing for this role since the age of three.”

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‘Today’ Lands Interview With Six Ebola Survivors

today-show-logoNBC’s “Today” show is scheduled to have some very special guest in the studio on Wednesday. Six American Ebola survivors will visit for their first-ever group interview.

Dr. Kent Brantly, Nancy Writebol, Dr. Rick Sacra, Ashoka Mukpo, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson will sit down with Matt Lauer for their first joint interview since being declared Ebola-free. The group will also be joined in studio by family members for a pre-Thanksgiving reunion.

Dr. Sacra, Mukpo, Pham and Vinson will discuss their special connection with Dr. Brantly, who donated his blood plasma to aid in their treatment.

Peter King Picks Wrong Time to Use ‘Indictment’ on Twitter

Peter King of Sports Illustrated, MMQB and NBC Sports had extremely bad timing on Twitter last night. At 9:20 pm ET, minutes before the grand jury decision that Darren Wilson would not be indicted was being announced in Ferguson, King sent the following tweet:

He would apologize four minutes later, claiming he did not mean to tie in the Ferguson news with football. Read more

Tom Brokaw Receives Medal of Freedom

BrokawMedalofFreedomCNN and MSNBC promoted they would be covering the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony from the White House this afternoon, but coverage from the grand jury Missouri changed those plans. “You’re going to want to see this Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony,” Wolf Blitzer, who was to anchor CNN coverage, teased around 1:20pmET. Even MSNBC, which had one of its own inducted — NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw — passed on taking the ceremony on the cable channel. FNC’s Gretchen Carlson dipped into coverage and mentioned it was livestreaming on FoxNews.com. Here’s how Pres. Obama introduced Brokaw at the ceremony:

At pivotal moments, Tom got it. He reported on Watergate, snuck a camera into Tiananmen Square, sat down for the first one-on-one with Mikhail Gorbachev by an American TV reporter, covered every presidential election since 1968. We have welcomed him into our homes at dinnertime and Sunday mornings. We’ve trusted him to tell us what we needed to know and to ask questions that needed to be asked. I know because I have been on the receiving end of some of those questions.

Other honorees including Ethel Kennedy, Marlo Thomas, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim and the late Alvin Ailey.

Shaq Makes Surprise Visit to ‘Today’

Retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal had an impromptu appearance on NBC’s weekend-edition of “Today” on Saturday. O’Neal was literally knocking on the window of Studio 1A and the “Today” anchors invited him in to kill some time before a meeting. During his visit, the seven-foot Shaq compared heights with Sheinelle Jones and even brought flowers for the ladies.

Networks Will Cover Chuck Hagel Resignation

abccbsnbclogosLess than a week after the White House got annoyed over major broadcast networks skipping President Barack Obama‘s address on immigration, networks will cover today’s special report on Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announcing his resignation.

ABC News is breaking into regularly scheduled programming today at approximately 11:10amET. George Stephanopoulos anchors for the network from New York with live reporting from Martha Raddatz and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl from Washington D.C.

NBC will provide a special report, anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. As part of NBC’s coverage, Jim Miklaszewski will be at the Pentagon and Chris Jansing at the White House.

CBS will not air a special report, but will cover the announcement on CBSN. The cable news networks — which have been covering the news since The New York Times broke the story just after 9am — will also cover Obama’s remarks.

Fox broadcasting is offering an optional special report for affiliates.

Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

Willie Geist and Carson Daly Undergo Live Testicular Cancer Exams

“Today” show hosts  Willie Geist and Carson Daly underwent testicular cancer exams on live TV this morning. The procedure was part of “No-Shave Today,” an initiative to heighten awareness of men’s health. Last year, it was Matt Lauer and Al Roker undergoing prostate exams.

“It’s a nerve-wracking thing because at any moment you’re afraid the doctor is going to say they’re discovering something,” Daly said.

White House Adviser Says ‘It’s 2014′; White House Doesn’t Need Broadcast Networks

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer laughed as CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asked him about the “snub” from the broadcast networks, who chose not to air President Obama’s address on immigration. Pfeiffer’s response was blunt: “this is 2014. We’re in a digital age.” In short, Pfeiffer was saying, having the networks break in to sweeps programming was just not essential to getting out the message:

It’s important to understand, this is 2014, you have to take a different approach to communications. We picked the time and place of this address knowing it was unlikely the networks would break away from the dramas and comedies they were showing in sweeps week, because this is the time when people would be most likely to be watching it on their smartphones, laptops and tablets.

Pfeiffer said a White House teaser video released on Facebook was watched by more than three million people ahead of the prime time speech.

Ayman Mohyeldin Moves to New York, Will Fill-In Anchor for MSNBC

Screen Shot 2014-11-20 at 3.56.13 PMNBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin announced via Instagram an expanded role at the network, moving to New York where he will do fill-in anchoring at MSNBC, while also continuing in his role as foreign correspondent for NBC News:

It’s official! Happy to announce that I’ve relocated to New York…Still a foreign correspondent for NBC News but will also be taking on additional roles as a news correspondent and anchor across MSNBC shows too.

Mohyeldin made news over the summer, when he witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite Mohyeldin’s presence at the scene, the story was reported for “NBC Nightly News” by Richard Engel. Mohyeldin was later pulled from Gaza by NBC, citing “safety concerns” only to have the decision overturned after a petition campaign.

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