Over the weekend, celeb chef and “Today” contributor Giada De Laurentiis was participating in a live Food Network Thanksgiving special when she sliced into her just-cooked Turkey, and into her finger. She ran over to the sink to see how bad it was. And it was bad. She sliced into the nailbed of her left index finger which required several stitches. She talked about it this morning on “Today.”
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.
Earlier this week TVNewser caught up with real Piers Morgan and talked to him about his year-long coverage of the gun debate and his firmly held beliefs on the subject: “My position is purely based on trying to stop so many Americans from being killed by guns, that’s all it’s about.”
We’ll have more from Morgan on the subject next month, first WATCH the SNL clip from last night:
iVillage, one of the earliest websites for women, will be folded into Today.com next spring, TVNewser has learned. The news of the dissolution of the standalone site is the second such move today. As TVNewser reported earlier, NBCLatino.com will be folded into NBCNews.com, eliminating three positions.
The iVillage changes will results in the loss of up to 12 jobs.
“Combining these strong lifestyle brands under the ‘Today’ banner will give iVillage much bigger reach and will further integrate it with NBC News,” a spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We are actively trying to find roles for those affected elsewhere in the company.”
iVillage was founded in 1995 by Candice Carpenter, Nancy Evans, Robert Levitan, and Tina Sharkey as one of the first Silicon Alley startups and one of the first websites targeted to women. The company had a high-flying IPO in 1999, when shares reached $100, only to crash in the dot com bubble two years later.
NBC Universal acquired iVillage in 2006. In 2007-2008 NBC produced two successive but unsuccessful iVillage-themed TV shows for local stations. Last year, the site moved from the NBC Entertainment digital group to the NBC News digital group.
Under new NBC News president Deborah Turness there is more emphasis on integrating digital and broadcast assets. The iVillage and NBCLatino moves come as the head of NBC News digital Vivian Schiller departs NBC for Twitter.
NBC is shutting down NBCLatino.com with coverage moving to NBCNews.com when that site relaunches next year, TVNewser has learned.
A source tells us three positions will be eliminated, but those staffers may be offered positions in other parts of NBC.
NBCLatino.com has only been around for 16 months. It launched with resources from MSNBC.com and NBC News programs as well as some original reporting.
A NBC News spokesperson tells us redirecting NBCLatino.com to NBCNews.com “will allow its content to reach a much larger audience and it will further enhance NBC News’s commitment and ability to cover news and issues that matter to the Latino community.”
The broadcast networks all produced special reports for the moment of silence marking the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy this afternoon.
In the Washington Post today, Melinda Henneberger asks how journalists would report the news of JFK’s assassination. Very differently, is the answer. Henneberger talks to several reporters who were in Dallas that day, including Bob Schieffer and Jim Lehrer.
You’ve heard the story about how Bob Schieffer drove Lee Harvey Oswald‘s mother to the Dallas Police department. But did you know he did it in a shiny new Cadillac that was on loan to the newspaper he worked for:
Schieffer says his buddy who was the paper’s car reporter had a new loaner he would test-drive until it was time to trade it in for the next one. Then he’d kiss his car of the week goodbye and send it off with a glowing review in the Sunday paper. “The mores,” the longtime CBS newsman says dryly, “were a little different in those days.”
Henneberger surmises, “as the media have become more educated and elite, journalists have lost something.”
“The quotes were better” before we lost so much access, Schieffer adds. Even with technological advances and 24/7 deadlines, he’s convinced that “we got the news out a lot faster” without all the layers of lawyers and image-makers in between them and the facts.
The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.
Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.
Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:
- NBCU is close to acquiring part of All Things D, the tech news and event company that is leaving its home at Dow Jones. The WSJ reports NBCUniversal will have a minority stake in the new Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher venture.
- October marked the 21st straight month that for the Yahoo-ABC News Network as the No. 1 news site. The sites had 82 million unique visitors, a +16% advantage over No. 2 CNN with 70 million.
- CNN Digital’s mobile platforms had their biggest month ever in September. The sites brought in more than 32 million users making CNN the No. 1 mobile news source for 67 consecutive months.
50 years later, there’s still great interest in the assassination of Pres. John F. Kennedy. The networks and news shows have been producing special reports all week. And viewers are tuning in in big numbers:
- A special edition of “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” generated the broadcast’s largest audience since February 4, 1996 drawing 6.23m viewers. As a comparison, that’s more than the weekday averages of the morning shows.
- CBS’s Bob Schieffer anchored “Face the Nation” from Dallas last Sunday. The show had its biggest viewership in 12 years — since Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001. 4.57m viewers watched the broadcast making it the No. 1 public affairs show last Sunday.
- Saturday night, CBS News broadcast “As it Happened: John F. Kennedy: 50 Years,” also hosted by Schieffer. The show was first in viewers and households at 9pm drawing 4.56m viewers.
- Sunday night CNN aired “The Assassination of President Kennedy.” Back-to-back airings at 9pmET and at 11pmET won the cable news ratings in both total viewers and the demo. The 9pm airing drew 720,000 viewers / 201,000 in the demo; and at 11pm, 648,000 viewers watched with 238,000 in the demo.
Coverage will culminate tomorrow, the actual anniversary. Tom Brokaw and Dan Rather will be live in studio on NBC’s “Today” while Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” and Scott Pelley will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Dallas.
Bashir called Palin a “dunce” and suggested she was a candidate for being urinated and defecated on. He apologized earlier this week, saying his remarks were “wholly unacceptable … neither accurate, nor fair.” Bashir continues to host his show today.
Palin, a Fox News contributor, was most recently on “Today” for an in-studio interview on November 11. For the upcoming Christmas-season interview, Lauer was slated to travel to Wasilla to speak with the former Alaska governor, Kurtz reports.
Following interviews with Fox News and CNN over the weekend, followed by more public antics yesterday, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford appeared on both “Good Morning America” and “Today” this morning. Matt Lauer traveled to Toronto to interview Ford last night. While he says he’s “not perfect,” he did say he plans to run for re-election: