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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.

Exclusives That Aren’t: Ashoka Mukpo Speaks With CNN, After Speaking With NBC

AshokaCNNCNN billed its interview with Ebola survivor Ashoka Mukpo today as an exclusive. But it’s not. Mukpo gave his first interview to NBC’s Kate Snow last week just after being released from the hospital. That’s not surprising since Mukpo, a freelance cameraman, was working for NBC in Libera when he was diagnosed with Ebola earlier this month. Don Lemon‘s interview with Mukpo airs on “CNN Tonight.”

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Lester Holt Thanks Jimmy Fallon For ‘Dateline’ Shout Outs

HoltLetter304“The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” has made a habit of mentioning fellow-NBC show “Dateline” whenever possible. For example, during a recent interview with Ben Affleck, Fallon mentioned that “Gone Girl is like ‘Dateline’, the best ‘Dateline’ episode you ever saw.” Well, “Dateline” host Lester Holt has returned the favor by writing Fallon a thank you note, with a special gift. Read more

Morning in Prime: Norah O’Donnell on ‘Blue Bloods;’ Al Roker Cut From ‘Mysteries’

RokerLauraIt’s corporate synergy at its finest, and just in time for November Sweeps.

Norah O’Donnell of “CBS This Morning” makes a cameo on an upcoming episode of CBS’ “Blue Bloods.” The result was some nice cross promotion, as “CTM” shot a segment about the scene which was filmed at Studio 57. That episode airs next Friday.

NBC had a similar approach when the “Today” show’s Al Roker filmed a scene for an upcoming episode of “The Mysteries of Laura.” Unfortunately for Roker fans, the scene was left on the cutting room floor. “You were cut?,” Willie Geist asked this morning. “I was cut,” Roker confirmed, “My cameo never made it into the show.”

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Josh Elliott Fills in on ‘Today’ Show

Josh Elliott Today 304Now that his non-compete with ABC News is up, Josh Elliott is making his first on-set appearance on NBC’s “Today” show this week.  ”Josh Elliott is in for Natalie this morning. We’re happy about that,” Matt Lauer said on Tuesday’s show. Elliott was back this morning for what will be a two-day stint, insiders tells us.

Elliott made his first appearance on the show last month, teeing up NBC’s NFL coverage.

After helping “GMA” overtake long-dominant “Today” in the ratings in 2012, Elliott left the network in March for a role with NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.

Brian Williams Leads NBC News Election Night Coverage

brian-williams-dncNBC News will provide two one-hour primetime specials on election night, led by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET, and continues online at 11 p.m. with a live “digital-exclusive” program through midnight.

NBC will also provide brief special reports on the broadcast network throughout the evening, and “NBC Nightly News” will update its broadcast for the West coast. A second live hour of election coverage will air in the West at 10 p.m. PT.

Williams will anchor from a new elections desk at NBC News headquarters in New York, joined by Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, Tamron Hall, “TODAY” co-host, Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News senior political analyst and host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.


Chris Jansing on ‘Risk’ and Reward of Traveling to West Africa Covering Ebola Outbreak

JansingAfricaNBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing has landed in the epicenter of the Ebola crisis: Guinea, in West Africa. Jansing is the only TV journalist traveling with U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, the highest ranking U.S. official to travel to Africa since the crisis began.

“I am on the Ambassador’s plane and we will have a health expert with us at every stop,” Jansing tells TVNewser. “I feel completely comfortable that every possible precaution has been taken to assure our health and safety.”

While in Africa, Jansing will travel to remote parts of Liberia where she’ll interview members of the U.S. military as well as doctors, nurses and other medical professionals from NGOs who are fighting the pandemic on the front lines.

Jansing’s NBC News colleagues, including Dr. Nancy Snyderman, finished a 21-day quarantine Thursday following their reporting trip to Liberia earlier this month. Ashoka Mukpo, an NBC News freelancer working with Snyderman was diagnosed with the disease on Oct. 2. He was declared Ebola-free last Tuesday.

Jansing’s previously planned reporting trip covering President Obama’s upcoming meetings in Asia and Australia is off. China, for one, wouldn’t allow her entry within 21 days of traveling to West Africa.

“I’ll have a front row seat, witnessing why Ebola is still winning in West Africa,” Jansing says. “Yes, there is always some risk. But there’s an incredible and important story to be told.”

‘Today’ Gears Up For 20th Halloween Celebration

NEWToday-Show-HalloweenThe “Today” show is gearing up for its 20th Halloween celebration. You can expect elaborate costumes, pop-culture references and quite possibly, Matt Lauer in drag this Friday.

With the exception of 2012, when the Halloween celebration was canceled due to Hurricane Sandy, the “Today” cast has been dressing up every year in extravagant costumes since 1994. From “Star Wars” characters in 2009, the Royal Family in 2011 to “The Flintstones,” the NBC morning show spares no expense when it comes to original Halloween costumes.

Remember Lauer and Al Roker dressing up as Jennifer Lopez and Sean “Puff Daddy” Combs back in 2000.

The “Today” show’s official website takes a look at all 20 years of outrageous costumes.

What should the “Today” cast dress as this year? Tweet us your ideas @TVNewser

Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Will Lead Skating Coverage for 2018 Olympics

Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski announced on the “Today” show Wednesday that they’ve been named NBC Sports’ lead figure skating announcer team for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The duo joined Tamron Hall in the Orange Room and Weir jokingly announced, “we’re pregnant” before announcing the real news.

Newsers, Family Gather to Toast John Palmer Memoir

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams.

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams. (photo: Francine Daveta)

Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Andrea Mitchell, and Norah O’Donnell were among guests joining the family of the late NBC newsman John Palmer in Manhattan last night to celebrate his life, as recounted in Palmer’s new memoir, Newscatcher.

Palmer began working on the book several years ago, daughter Molly Palmer Cowan tells TVNewser. The publication comes a year after the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2013.

“When it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it through his sudden illness last summer, I brought his book to the hospital,” Palmer Cowan recalls. “I did it in part to help my Dad celebrate all that he accomplished and experienced but if I’m being honest, I mostly did it for selfish reasons. My greatest fear as I watched my father’s life come to an end was having questions for him that he wouldn’t be able to answer or stories I couldn’t remember.”

Newscatcher recounts Palmer’s time covering the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as his reporting in earlier years while based in Chicago, New York, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and Paris.

“As we took turns reading the book to him, he would finish each story himself, often recounting new details,” Palmer Cowan says. “I’m so grateful we got to hear him tell those stories one last time and even more grateful they are documented for us to always enjoy.”

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Ebola Survivors Suddenly All Over Television

While New York city is busy dealing with its first Ebola case, recent survivors of the deadly disease are popping up all over our televisions.

Nina Pham, the first Dallas nurse diagnosed while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, spoke at a news conference this morning. Pham addressed at the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, after doctors announced that she was free of the Ebola virus. She asksed for privacy as she returns to Texas “to get back to a normal life and reunite with my dog Bentley.”

Pham’s colleague Amber Vinson, who also was infected while treating Duncan, is still being cared for at Emory University Hospital near Atlanta.

Dr. Richard Sacra, declared Ebola-free on Oct. 5, was interviewed by CBS News Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook on “CBS This Morning.”

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