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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 David Gregory” is the longest-running television series in American broadcasting history, debuting on November 6, 1947. Deborah Turness is the president of NBC News.

Here’s What Happens When a News Magazine Uses Unauthorized YouTube Clips

DatelineTFMA YouTube content creator has produced a YouTube video (after the jump) taking aim at “Dateline NBC” for using his clips without proper attribution.

Last Friday, “Dateline” aired a story about a California man who was killed by an explosion that used a rat trap as its triggering mechanism. For demonstration purposes, “Dateline” producers used several rat trap videos from the YouTube creator TAOFLEDERMAUS. But not only did the show not contact him to request permission to use them, but, in what TAOFLEDERMAUS calls, “another dirty thing they did,” producers cropped out his watermarks.

“I’m a little disgusted with the producers of the show and NBC for their lack of professional courtesy,” the YouTuber says in his video.

A “Dateline” spokesperson says the clips fall under the fair use doctrine. “Some of the material was used as evidence at the trial that was the subject of the Dateline report,” spokesperson Monica Lee tells TVNewser. “The brief excerpts were a legally permissible fair use.”

But this bring up a larger question. How often do news broadcasts argue “fair use” when using originally-produced YouTube clips? And what happens when the video is used to demonstrate a heinous crime, as was the case here? As TAOFLEDERMAUS found out, commenters began accusing him of somehow being an accessory to the murder.

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David Gregory’s ‘Meet the Press’ Seat Continues Getting Hotter

david gregory_304x200Another new report suggests David Gregory‘s run as “Meet the Press” moderator is drawing to a close.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove expands on a New York Post report, writing that Gregory is “toast,” with either Chuck Todd or the Joe Scarborough-Mika Brzezinski tandem in line to replace him.

In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the [Page Six] item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast. According to my sources, Scarborough, 51, a Washington-savvy former Republican congressman from Florida, and Brzezinski, 47, the supremely well-connected daughter of former White House national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski, have been aggressively angling for the job in the event of Gregory’s all-but-certain demise. The 42-year-old Todd, who has occasionally clashed with Scarborough on the air, leading some to believe that there’s little love lost between them, has slimmed down in recent weeks to fighting trim. Todd, who wears a goatee, is also deeply knowledgeable about politics and Washington folkways.

This afternoon, Scarborough addressed the rumors on Twitter.

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S.E. Cupp: ‘Discipline Was Necessary’ for NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin, CNN’s Diana Magnay

CuppWhile guest hosting on “The View” this morning, S.E. Cupp chimed in on last week’s temporary removal of NBC’s Ayman Mohyeldin and complete removal of her CNN colleague, Diana Magnay, from Gaza.

“Even reporters get into problems when they discuss this conflict,” Cupp said, pointing to social media posts both Mohyeldin and Magnay penned while covering the conflict. “You’re a reporter, and your job–no matter how passionate you are about this issue, everyone has strong feelings–your job is to be objective. Discipline was necessary.”

It should be noted, in the case of Mohyeldin, NBC never publicly acknowledged disciplinary reasons as the catalyst for pulling the veteran foreign correspondent from Gaza (following widespread pushback, the network reversed its decision and sent Mohyeldin back to Gaza over the weekend). Last Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported Mohyeldin had been pulled by executives for security reasons. That report came a day after we reported some NBC staffers were angered by the network’s decision to have Richard Engel report for “Nightly News” Wednesday night on the Gaza port airstrike that killed four children since Mohyeldin witnessed the strike and reported on it throughout the day.

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Ayman Mohyeldin To Return to Gaza for NBC

Following public pressure, including a petition signed by more than 15,000 people, NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin will return to Gaza to continue reporting on the conflict there.

On Wednesday, Mohyeldin witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four Palestinian boys. Despite reporting throughout the day on the tragedy, “NBC Nightly News” chose to use chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel to report on the day’s news from the region. Engel had just arrived in Tel Aviv.

As we reported Wednesday night, the perceived snub led to some anger within the NBC ranks. On Thursday, Glenn Greenwald reported that NBC had pulled Mohyeldin from Gaza due to “security concerns.” The group Jewish Voice for Peace went so far as to assemble a petition requesting NBC re-instate Mohyeldin immediately.

“Ayman Mohyeldin has done extraordinary reporting throughout the escalation of the conflict in Gaza, filing 25+ reports over the past 17 days,” an NBC News spokesperson says. “As with any news team in conflict zones, deployments are constantly reassessed. We’ve carefully considered our deployment decisions and we will be sending Ayman back to Gaza over the weekend. We look forward to his contributions in the coming days.”

‘Dateline’ Having Strong Ratings Run

dateline logo_304x200NBC’s “Dateline” has been on a strong ratings run over the last few weeks.

In the last six weeks, “Dateline” Friday has had at least one of its hours rank in the broadcast top 25 among primetime total viewers.  And since early March, Dateline’s “Saturday Night Mysteries” has also seen success. With the exception of sports, it’s ranked number one or tied for number among the big four broadcast networks’ Saturday primetime shows in the A18-49 demo eight times, including the last six episodes in a row.

On tonight’s episode, airing at 8pmET, Keith Morrison reports on two close-knit California families “torn apart by money and greed.”

Ayman Mohyeldin Witnesses Gaza Airstrike, but Richard Engel Reports for ‘Nightly News’

EngelNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed the Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a Gaza port earlier today. But hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for “Nightly News.”

“Today, sadly our cameras were there when disaster struck,” Brian Williams said at the beginning of tonight’s broadcast. Those cameras came from Mohyeldin’s crew, who witnessed the attack, and called in to the west coast edition of “Today” this morning to report on the “chaotic scene” produced by the airstrike. But it was Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv, who Williams went to for the report. Engel tossed to a package on the airstrike that included footage shot by Mohyeldin’s crew and an interview Ayman did with a wounded boy in the hospital. Almost two hours after “Nightly News,” MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” went to Mohyeldin on the story in a pre-recorded interview. Tomorrow, a five-hour cease-fire goes into effect at 10am local time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for “Nightly” instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.  NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike

NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza earlier today. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jersusalem earlier this month, called in to the west coast edition of “Today” to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” Watch:

‘Nightly News’ Also Producing In-Break Teases

NNAds“NBC Nightly News” is the latest network evening newscast to experiment with in-break teases.

Following the first block of “Nightly News” last night, as Brian Williams took viewers to a break, commercials for the drug Eliquis and Publishers Clearing House were pushed back to reveal one-sentence teases for upcoming stories, including: “Could an Eye Exam Detect Alzheimer’s?” and “Big Scare at the Beach. Caught on Camera.” This was the first time “Nightly” has done this, but we’re told the idea has been in the works for a while and has the full support of the ad sales team.

Earlier this month, we told you about “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” which began using in-break teases in early May. We’ve reached out to CBS News to determine if “CBS Evening News” might also introduce the tactic, but we have not heard back.

In recent weeks, “World News” has been gaining on “Nightly News.” The ABC broadcast just won back-to-back weeks in the younger demo. “Nightly” has been the most-watched newscast for nearly 5 years. David Muir takes over as “World News” anchor in early September.

Matt Lauer Dares Brian Williams to Take Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s 81 degrees in New York City today, but on this morning’s “Today” show, Matt Lauer was likely quite a bit colder. Responding to a challenge issued by Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, Lauer participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which has fairly simple rules: record yourself getting a bucket of ice dumped on your head and call out the next three challengers. If you don’t, you have to donate $100 to charity.

Lauer went with the first option, with a little help from Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly. After it was over, he passed the challenge on to Martha Stewart, Howard Stern and “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. We’re guessing we won’t see Williams take an ice bath on “Nightly,” but stay tuned…

At least one of Lauer’s challenges will likely go unmet: Stern, interviewing Lauer and Guthrie on his SiriusXM radio show today, said “If someone poured ice on me, I would behead them.”

Hallie Jackson Joins NBC News

HallieJacksonHallie Jackson has joined NBC News as a correspondent, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced today. She comes to NBC from Hearst Television, where she has been a national correspondent based in DC for two years.

“Hallie is sure to be a dynamic addition to our team. Not only is she a talented on-air reporter who is well versed in the biggest national issues facing this country, but she also has valuable experience working in digitally-integrated environments, and has an instinct for engaging audiences on all platforms,” Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Jackson will begin reporting from the Los Angeles bureau later this month, but is expected to rotate to other bureaus before her permanent assignment is announced.

Read Verdi’s full note after the jump. Read more

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