“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.”
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.
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.
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
An 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.
In 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.
The Los Angeles Times‘ Stephen Battaglio reports the deal will keep Williams in the chair at least another half decade:
[I]nsiders at the network say it will keep him at the helm of the “NBC Nightly News” for at least five more years. He didn’t disclose his financial compensation, but it’s said to be more than $10 million a year.
“It’s probably time I admit that I am a one-trick pony,” Williams tells Battaglio. “I am, I think, designed and put on this Earth to do what I’m doing now — and that is to eat, sleep and breathe nonfiction and the news going on in the world. And then at 6:30 every night I get to deliver it, and I get to hear from the audience, and I get to know them.”
NBC News president Deborah Turness calls Williams “one of the most trusted journalists of our time.”
“Under Brian’s leadership, ‘Nightly’ has solidified its position as America’s most watched news broadcast, and is off to its best start of the season in nine years,” Turness writes.
Her full note after the jump…
Jake Gyllenhaal called into ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday to talk about his Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of a morally-challenged, seriously creepy TV news stringer in “Nightcrawler.”
Gyllenhaal, who was also nominated for a The Screen Actors Guild award for the performance, is up for Best Actor in a Motion Picture. The 2015 Golden Globes will air four weeks from tonight on NBC, once again be hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence’s report on CIA torture practices has been dominating news media since it was released. On the heels of massive cable and evening news coverage Tuesday, the reporting isn’t slowing down on the 525 page public summation of the still-confidential 6,000 page report.
CIA Director John Brennan’s news conference was live on all the cable news channels this afternoon. NBC even aired a special report anchored by Lester Holt.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds. On FNC’s “Special Report with Bret Baier,” Cheney called the report “full of crap,” and a “terrible piece of work.” Cheney will join Chuck Todd in-studio on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”
An interesting tidbit about Brennan’s presser is that cameras didn’t show which reporters were asking questions because clandestine members of the CIA were in attendance.
NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel is back in New York this week and last night was on “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” Engel talked about the Senate report on CIA torture, and his experience covering the Middle East for the last 10+ years.
Engel talked about a reporting trip to Iraq before the U.S. invasion when he “volunteered to be a human shield” for former dictator Saddam Hussein in exchange for a visa to enter the country. He got in, and told Meyers what happened next:
Glassdoor has announced its seventh annual Employees’ Choice Awards, ranking the Best Places to Work across the U.S. and the UK. Google ranks No. 1, with well-known companies such as Chevron and Facebook — which fell from 5th to 13th — throughout the list. NBCUniversal and ESPN made the list.
NBCUniversal, 31st on the list, is described as a “great company to work for” with plenty of opportunities to move around within the company and a great work/life balance.
ESPN ranks 48th and is described as an “enjoyable and exciting workplace.” TVNewser recently visited the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut and can confirm it seems like a nice place to work.
Both media giants fall behind In-N-Out Burger, the West Coast, cult-favorite burger chain which ranks eighth. TVNewser failed to make the list, but we like to think it would have been 51st.
Just announced on the “Today” show: The Ebola Fighters are the TIME Person of the Year. The magazine will have five covers representing hundreds of people who battled Ebola on the frontlines. Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly, who is on one of the covers, called in to the “Today” show. ”It’s an incredible honor to be part of the group that’s being recognized,” Brantly told Matt Lauer. “I think it’s fitting that we acknowledge most Ebola fighters and those who paid the highest price for their service are, themselves, West African.” The Ferguson protesters were #2. Russian president Vladimir Putin was #3. Here are the 5 covers of the 2014 TIME Person of the Year.
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