Curry’s representative, Washington lawyer Robert Barnett, has made NBC News’ competitors, including CBS News, aware she will be available. (He declined comment.) A CBS News executive tells THR he respects Curry’s journalistic chops but that there really isn’t a place for her at that division. Sources say Curry, 57, also has not had talks with CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, her former Today producer. Al Jazeera America, the Qatar emirate-backed network that launched in August and has struggled to lure viewers, did express interest in Curry this year when executives reached out to numerous anchors and producers to gauge availability … But sources there say there are no current discussions with Curry or her reps.
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During a conversation about the appropriateness of the smiling “selfie” taken by Denmark’s Prime Minister with President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial, Natalie Morales defended First Lady Michelle Obama‘s “resting face” outside of the picture.
“How many of us have photos taken of us…you just have that bitchy resting face, as we say,” Morales giggled.
“With all due respect to the First Lady,” a surprised Willie Geist interjected.
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A former cameraman for MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” with Chuck Todd is suing NBC, claiming he was fired as a result of age discrimination.
In a federal lawsuit, George Hyatt, 60, alleges he was fired by an NBC News Washington Bureau supervisor who he overheard talking about the need to bring “young blood in here.”
“A sack full of lying weasels,” Hyatt described NBC News to The Daily Caller, telling them he’s worked for Todd since the “Daily Rundown” host started with NBC News.
Hyatt tells TVNewser he first took his case to the Office of Human Rights in Washington, but that case was dismissed.
“I initially filed a complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights for age discrimination, after exhausting every effort to regain employment at a company I have devoted 30 plus years of my life,” Hyatt said. “I believe that the DC OHR dismissed the case due to understaffing and needed to clear the docket. OHR did not speak to any of my witnesses or make any attempt to contact them albeit, they did recommend filing with EEOC.”
Todd denied knowing anything about the lawsuit, and pointed out Hyatt’s treatment wasn’t his responsibility.
In a brief conversation with The Daily Caller, Todd alternately expressed ignorance and incredulity about Hyatt’s claims.
Todd said he knew nothing about the lawsuit and Hyatt’s dismissal but is anyway not responsible for how NBC treats the men and women who put his show on the air. “Actually, I don’t supervise them,” Todd told TheDC.
When asked about the case, an NBC News spokesperson told us, “NBC News does not discriminate on the basis of age in making employment decisions.”
TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs revealed the magazine’s Person of the Year, Pope Francis, on the “Today” show this morning. The top five finalists included Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), gay rights activist Edith Windsor and Edward Snowden, who was the runner-up. Watch:
SI.com reports the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist, a Russophile who is fluent in Russian, will offer commentary during coverage of the opening ceremony February 7 and also contribute to NBC News in other select spots.
On why he’s adding his voice to the Olympic games, Remnick cited an 18th century writer/philosopher turning down an invitation… to an orgy.
Asked why he decided to join NBC’s coverage of the Sochi Games next February, David Remnick recalled a famous Voltaire quote about turning down an invitation to an orgy, having attended one the previous night for the first time.
“You know the expression once a philosopher, twice a pervert?” said Remnick, in a phone interview on Saturday. “I think in life you ought to try something once if it is honest work and does not interfere with your main job.”
Bell thinks Remnick will bring value to the news surrounding the Olympics.
An actor-turned-fake news anchor and a minister-turned-real cable host joined Paul Rudd and One Direction on Saturday Night Live last night. Keenan Thompson played pre-weight loss Al Sharpton while Will Ferrell and his “Anchorman” co-stars were part of the monologue and a final sketch where, playing printer salesmen, not anchormen, they get liquored up at a Chuck E Cheese.
During Thursday’s show “toss” between Chris Jansing and Roberts, he jokingly told Jansing he was upset to not be included in her show’s discussion of “Sound of Music.”
“I’m very upset I was not apart of your ‘Sound of Music’ conversation,”Roberts said, adding that he played Friedrich Von Trapp in the eighth grade.
So, Jansing prodded him to sing a little…which he obliged. Jansing responded with utter bemusement. “Is it me or is that the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard?”
With 9.87 million viewers, the show came in second in the hour, and for the night, to CBS’s “Survivor” which had its most-watched show of the season.
With a 2.3 rating in A18-49, the tree lighting special was up +10% from last year and putting up its best numbers since 2006. The 2.3 rating is also NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period since a “Voice” Wednesday edition on May 8 drew a 2.8.
In his time at CBS, Plesser worked as a producer on “60 Minutes” and “Evening News.” Most recently, he has been a producer for CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward, who frequently reports from the same places Engel and his team travel. In 2011, he was the first Western journalist to report from Tripoli during the uprising in Libya.
Verdugo has been the senior producer for “Meet the Press” since 2011. Before that, he worked at NBC News as a producer and as an assignment editor. His departure marks the second major leadership change for “Meet the Press” this year: in June, Betsy Fischer Martin left her role as senior executive producer to focus on her role as managing editor of NBC News political programming. As our sister site FishbowlDC notes, Martin called Verdugo “the BEST Sr. an EP could ever ask for” in response to news of his CBS hire this afternoon.
Verdugo’s start date has yet to be announced. Licht’s note to “CBS This Morning” staffers is after the jump. Read more
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