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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.

NBC News Tweets About Americans’ World Cup Disinterest Before USA Faces Belgium

NBC News releases its polling information semi-frequently, but a tweet this morning with poll data regarding Americans’ interest in the World Cup could be perceived as ill-timed, but also highly competitive. Think of it as opposition research, via Twitter. NBC competitors ABC, ESPN, and Univision, have the U.S. rights to World Cup games.

Team USA squares off against Belgium at 4pmET on ESPN… not NBC, or NBC Sports Network, or Telemundo.

Ann Curry Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award from LA Press Club

NBC-annCurryNBC News anchor Ann Curry received The Joseph M. Quinn Award For Lifetime Achievement in Journalistic Excellence last night from the LA Press Club. Curry was honored along with Michael Bloomberg and Mathew Winkler of Bloomberg News, both of whom accepted the President’s Award for Impact on Media, and Maria Shriver who received the Public Service Award.

Curry worked as a reporter at KCBS in Los Angeles from 1984-1990. In her acceptance speech Curry talked about keeping TV news “pure.”

This new generation wants to laugh at hysterical YouTube videos, who doesn’t? But they also want journalism to be relevant, fathomless, and fearless and most of all, pure. Free from influences and motivations about things like where the money is coming from. So, while a lot is changing some things will remain, including that our credibility will be only as strong as the wall between the reporters and advertising.

Judge Dismisses George Zimmerman’s Libel Suit Against NBC Universal

NBCU304A Florida judge has dismissed George Zimmerman‘s libel suit against NBC Universal, the Orlando Sentinel reports.

Circuit Judge Debra S. Nelson ruled in favor of NBC Universal, throwing out Zimmerman’s suit accusing NBCU of trying to portray him as a racist by falsely editing 911 audio tapes he made to police the night Travyon Martin was killed.

“There exists absolutely no clear and convincing evidence that defendants knew that the information published was false at the time it was published, or recklessly disregarded the truth or falsity of those statements,” the Judge wrote in her ruling.

“NBC News is gratified by the court’s dismissal of this lawsuit, which we have always believed to be without merit,” an NBC News spokesperson said in a statement.

The edited tape in question aired on “Today” and featured Zimmerman saying, “This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.” The actual unedited version of the 911 call Zimmerman placed went as follows:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

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Why Was the ‘Today’ Show Preempted in New Orleans Friday?

Screen Shot 2014-06-29 at 8.56.34 AMThe fourth hour of the “Today” show was preempted on NBC affiliate WDSU in New Orleans Friday, because of who was co-hosting.

With Kathie Lee Gifford off, Hoda Kotb invited her best friend Karen Swensen to sit in. One problem: Swensen is the main anchor at WDSU rival WWL, the CBS affiliate in New Orleans.

Instead of seeing Kotb and Swensen together again, New Orleans viewers were treated to a repeat of Queen Latifah’s show on WDSU. Kotb and Swensen met 20 years ago when both worked at WWL. Swensen left to anchor at NECN for a few years, but returned to WWL in 2010.

The preemption did sit well with some hometown fans.

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For its part, WDSU responded on its Faebook page: “Our decision not to air the fourth hour of the “Today Show” follows a longstanding practice. WDSU does not enable the promotion of anchors on other local television stations through roles as hosts of programs on our television station. We regret the circumstances that required us to make this decision.”

(h/t WWL.com)

NBC News Boss Thanks Staff for ‘Extraordinary Week’

LauerMiddletonNBC News president Deborah Turness emailed her staff on Friday, thanking them for “driving the success we’ve seen for such great results.” Turness pointed to three big interviews by Matt Lauer last week, including Pippa Middleton, Mary Barra and Amy Van Dyken-Rouen as well as David Gregory‘s headline-making interview with Pres. Clinton, which will be played in its entirety this morning on “Meet the Press.”

“What a week! We should all be so proud of what has been achieved. Thanks to each and every person who made it all possible,” Turness writes. Read the note in full, after the jump…

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Lauer on Barra Question: I Would Have Asked a Male CEO ‘Exactly the Same Thing’

LauerBarraCNNMatt Lauer has been in the news the last couple of days — not just for his high-profile interviews with the sister of a duchess and an Olympic gold medalist — but for the way he phrased a question to General Motors CEO Mary Barra on Thursday: whether she can “do both well,” being a CEO and a mom. CNN, HLN and Fox News pounced, debating Lauer’s question. Lauer himself responded on Facebook.

I referenced this Forbes article where [Mary] Barra talked about the challenge of balancing work life and home life. It’s an issue almost any parent including myself can relate to. If a man had publicly said something similar after accepting a high-level job, I would have asked him exactly the same thing.

One of the commenters to the Facebook post was Joann Muller, who wrote the Forbes article. “I, too, am a working mother and Mary Barra and I have a lot in common. I never felt compelled to ask if a ‘mom’ could handle being CEO, because I already knew the answer. Of course, she could.”

What do you think?

Lauer’s full response after the jump…

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Tamron Hall’s Accidental First-on-TV Moment

Morning show hosts don’t always get a full night’s sleep, and “Today” co-host Tamron Hall‘s lack of snooze time last night resulted in a TV first for her this morning.

This morning, Hall tweeted about how her late night left her too tired to do her hair. And this morning on “Today,” she donned her natural hairdo for the first time on TV.

NBC News Incorrectly Tweets Missing Child Found Dead

NBC News’ Twitter account incorrectly tweeted this morning that the missing Detroit boy found alive in his father’s basement had been found dead.

“Missing boy found dead in Detroit father’s basement after 11 days missing,” read the the original tweet, which was taken down quickly, and replaced with:

“The @NBCNews account inadvertently tweeted incorrect information this morning,” an NBC News spokesperson tells TVNewser. “The correct information went out less than two minutes later and the original tweet was deleted to avoid confusion.”

‘Peacock Lounge’ Part of 30 Rock Upgrades

30RockefellerCenterComcast is looking beyond the top of the rock — it plans to replace the neon GE logo with the NBC peacock — to the inside of the art deco building. 30 Rock is about to get a comprehensive upgrade which will restore much of the original 1930s design of the NBC portion of the lobby.

The plans include the re-creation of a sweeping 16-foot-wide marble staircase, the re-creation of the Mezzanine Rotunda, and the creation of the Peacock Lounge, which will serve as a waiting area for audiences for “Saturday Night Live,” “The Tonight Show,” “Late Night,” and “The Meredith Vieira Show.”

The multi-year project will culminate in three new production control rooms for those three shows that, when completed, will play a starring role in the NBC Tour. The glass walls will provide visitors with an insider’s view of the technologies – and technicians – that go into producing the shows.

The NBCUniversal Store, which currently opens to the Plaza and 49th St. will be moved west, closer to Sixth Avenue, and will serve as home base for the NBC Tour.

(Image: Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

Can Matt Lauer Pull off the Shorts Suit?

Matt Lauer showed off his new summer threads Friday on “Today,” displaying his shorts suit outfit.

“I looked at myself a second ago, I don’t think I look quite as great,” Lauer said, saying he doesn’t look as good as musician Pharrell Williams does in shorts suit.

“That time you spent in the tanning booth…not wasted,” Savannah Guthrie told her co-host.

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