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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’s Katy Tur Named London Correspondent

KatyTurKaty Tur has been named a correspondent for NBC News London. We hear the announcement was made this morning by NBC News president Deborah Turness during a visit to the London bureau.

Tur has been with NBC for 5 years, starting at the Weather Channel, then reporting for WNBC in New York before joining NBC News as a correspondent in 2012. Tur has TV news in the genes. Her father Bob Tur is a former local news chopper pilot in Los Angeles and her mother, Marika Gerrard, was a news photographer, who captured the iconic Reginald Denny footage during the 1992 LA riots. The couple co-founded Los Angeles News Service.

Turness also announced that longtime NBC News producer Paul Nassar has been promoted to London Bureau Manager, tasked with overseeing day-to-day editorial operations.

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Willie Geist’s Trip to the ER

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A dinner party at Savannah Guthrie‘s home over the weekend turned bloody for Willie Geist.

Geist split open his finger while trying to open a bottle of Bourbon.

“They come in, he is holding his hand, a big towel,” Guthrie sai this morning on “Today.” “Blood… it’s a gusher, and they say, ‘girls we’re going to urgent care.’” Geist and his family were visiting Guthrie, her husband Mike Feldman and their new baby. Willie ended up getting seven stitches. “It’s a long story…there were some problems with the wax,” Geist said.

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Savannah Guthrie and Baby Vale Make Surprise ‘Today’ Visit

New mother Savannah Guthrie brought a surprise guest to “Today” this morning.

Walking in with her seven-week old daughter Vale, the morning show’s co-hosts swarmed Guthrie, husband Mike Feldman, and the well-tempered infant. After a whole lot of fawning over baby Vale, Guthrie passed the baby over to co-host Matt Lauer. “She may be pooping,” he said. Later, Lauer interviewed Guthrie on her first weeks of motherhood. Guthrie also announced her return date: November 3.

‘Today’ Staffers Moved to Tears Over Hoda Kotb, Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles Video

“Today” show anchor Hoda Kotb, along with singers/songwriters Sara Bareilles, Cyndi Lauper are joining forces as part of the “Today” show’s “Shine a Light” outreach campaign.

With the song “Truly Brave,” a mashup of Bareilles’ “Brave” and Lauper’s “True Colors,” the trio hopes to raise money for the fight against pediatric cancer. The “Truly Brave” video features young cancer patients from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We’re told several crew members and staffers were moved to tears in the studio and control room when the video debuted on the show Thursday.

NBCNews.com Seeing Video, Social Growth

NBCNews.comDespite MSN referral traffic ending two months ago, NBCNews.com is on pace to have its strongest month of the year in video and page views, VP of News & Product for Digital Gregory Gittrich told staff in an email today.

Gittrich, who spoke with us last month about NBCNews.com’s strategy of driving video viewers, tells TVNewser the strong September is due to a variety of factors.

“We’re breaking significant stories, delivering in-depth coverage, and using video, animation, graphics and text to provide unique takeaways and perspectives,” Gittrich said. “We’ve recruited a great team from an amazing variety of backgrounds. And we’re experimenting as we go, both in how we tell stories and how we deliver them. All of that is fueling our growth.”

While acknowledging a loss in desktop visitors, Gittrich’s cites significant growth compared to January.

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Former ‘GMA’ Anchor Joan Lunden Named Special Correspondent for ‘Today’ Show

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Joan Lunden, appearing bald on the cover of PEOPLE magazine, will serve as a special correspondent for the “Today” show next week as the program kicks off Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Lunden, who was co-anchor of “Today” show rival “Good Morning America” for 17 years, from 1980-1997, is a breast cancer survivor. Lunden phoned in to the show this morning, a day after undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous tumor, and talked about going bald for the PEOPLE cover. “It wasn’t a comfortable decision, but I knew it was the right decision,” she told Matt Lauer.

Next Wednesday on “Today,” she’ll encourage women with breast cancer to take off their wigs on the plaza.

Lunden’s old home is also planning to “Go Pink” next Wednesday. All ABC News shows will devote a full day of coverage. It was during last year’s “Go Pink” initiative that “Good Morning America” anchor Amy Robach got her first mamogram. It turned out to be a life-saving move, as Robach was diagnosed with breast cancer and underwent a double mastectomy.

One year after the diagnosis, Robach will visit Charleston, South Carolina for an emotional meeting with Deborah Greig, just one of a number of women across the country who, as a result of Robach’s reporting, got tested, were diagnosed and are now being treated for breast cancer.

‘Today’ Kicking off Fall Concert Series

today logo“Today” will launch its monthlong fall concert series on Tuesday.

Country star Kenny Chesney will perform in the 30 Rock Plaza September 23 on the same day his new album “The Big Revival” debuts.

Other performers in the concert series are Lady Antebellum, Bastille, Fleetwood Mac, Ylvis, and Neil Diamond. And on November 17, One Direction will perform live from Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida as their album “Four” debuts.

This past summer, TVNewser followed “Alex on the Plaza” to get the first-hand production experience on the day of big concerts.

‘Today’ Anchors Get Fit

After this morning’s “Today” show, the anchors headed down the east coast to Baltimore for the Shine a Light Health and Wellness Expo. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake joined Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe, Dylan Dreyer and WBAL anchors Deborah Weiner and Stan Stovall.

A segment on the expo will air in the morning on “Today.”

Best of Behind the TV Scenes: Nash, Xu, O’Hearn, Capus, Schreier

Throughout the summer, we’ve spotlighted the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

Here are some of the best takeaways from our five-part series, “Behind the TV Scenes.”

Don Nash, “Today” EP                                                                                     Don Nash

“I never wanted to go anywhere else. I got out of college, I got a job as a page at NBC, and I never thought in a million years I’d ever work for a show as great as “Today.” I never thought in a billion years I’d ever be running the place. And I never had any desire to go anywhere else because I didn’t think it could get any better. It’s absolutely important to be loyal to whoever you work for, be it at a network or anywhere else. Loyalty is something I value in a big way; it’s something I value in the people who work for me, and it’s something I value in the people I work for.”

Susie Xu, “OutFront” EP                                                                                                                                                                                                   Susie-Xu

This one’s always tough. I think as a producer you never talk about yourself; it’s all about the anchor. What’s shaped me a lot is being the second child in a Chinese family after the one-child rule was imposed. From the beginning of my life, I was really not supposed to be born. The government came down on my parents and said, ‘you’re not supposed to have a second child, we have a one-child policy here, and you already have one daughter and you don’t need another.’ But my parents defied them, and I think that’s shaped a lot of who I am, and I always think, wow, I wasn’t even really supposed to be around and I’m so lucky to be where I am and have the awesome opportunities I have. It’s pretty cool.

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Brian Williams Checks Himself; Federal Investigation into Gov. Christie Still Ongoing

On “Nightly News” tonight, Brian Williams corrected an error he made on Thursday’s broadcast. “We may have added confusion to some complex legal reporting here last night,” Williams said. According to the Asbury Park Press, here’s what happened Thursday.

NBC outlets had several reports Thursday and Friday citing anonymous sources saying no Christie connection had been uncovered while noting the investigation is continuing. However, Williams on ‘NBC Nightly News’ Thursday night reported that “federal charges are now ruled out for Chris Christie in the affair that came to be known as Bridgegate.”

“An unscripted line of our Nightly News report was imprecise and implied that a final decision had been reached,” NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall told the Asbury Park Press. Here’s the explanation from tonight’s “Nightly News:”

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