Anderson Cooper will anchor his CNN show from Dallas tonight following the latest on the case of nurse Nina Pham, who was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend. She’s the first person to contract Ebola within the United States.
Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The honor, bestowed on only a handful of AMS members, is in recognition for his contribution to the atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences.
As Nielsen continues to restate ratings data following a software error, CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” moves from second place, to first place in the ratings for Sunday, Sept. 28. We expect to get updated data for Sunday, Oct. 5, later this week.
FNC’s Bill ShinetellsLloyd Grove how “Outnumbered” came to be. Earlier this year, Roger Ailes suggested, “‘How about [a show] with four women versus one guy?’ Apparently it was an idea he’d had for a long time. So we talked about that, and at some point along the way, Roger said, ‘the guy would be outnumbered.’ And boom! That’s where the title came from.”
NBC News’s Peacock Productions is expanding its Los Angeles office where Melody Shafir, late of BBC Worldwide, joins as VP overseeing all U.S. development. Sharon Scott continues as president and GM of Peacock Productions based in New York.
CNBC has updated its graphics package today, switching to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation. CNBC HD’s sidebar graphic has been removed as a result. Below at the left is Friday morning. Below, right is this morning.
Greg Gittrich is leaving NBC where he was VP of NBC News Digital. “Right time for me to move on to a new thing,” Gittrich tweeted. NBC News SVP Julian March will oversee digital in the interim. Gittrich joined NBC in 2008 heading up the digital platforms for NBC’s O&Os before moving to NBC News in 2012.
Jon Tower is leaving MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and joining “CBS This Morning” where he’ll be supervising producer. “Even though he’s not moving on to a better place,” Joe Scarborough joked, “he is getting a wonderful opportunity. I’d be sad except for the fact that I know that Jon, Mika, and I are going to work together again soon,” Scarborough added.
CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and chairman Jeff Fager will be each be honored by the New Canaan, CT library next week. Schieffer will receive the Salant Integrity Award while Fagar, a New Canaan resident, will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award, part of the the Richard Salant Lecture Series. Dick Salant, a past president of CBS News, was also a longtime New Canaan resident.
NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman was spotted out and about in Hopewell, NJ, near Princeton yesterday. Dr. Snyderman is under a self-imposed, not government-mandated, quarantine after working with NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo who was diagnosed with Ebola in Africa last week.
Tamron Hall got dunked in a giant tank of water this morning by her “Today” show colleague Natalie Morales, and helped raise $14,000 for breast cancer research in the process. ”It went up my nose!” Hall said as she emerged from the tank.
Former NPR CEO and NBC News head of digital Vivian Schiller has left Twitter after less than a year with the company. Announcing the news, @Vivian wrote, “Stepping down from Twitter so new global media lead @katies can reorganize as she sees fit. Wish everyone at twitter nothing but best.”
Vice Media will remain independent, but CEO Shane Smith is still looking for a cable partner for the company’s video news content. Talks to turn HLN into the Vice channel ended in August. Smith says Vice will use $500 million raised last month to produce more video stories and expand into mobile.
The Weather Channel is the cover story of the latest BloombergBusinessweek: “How did the Weather Channel migrate from forecasts to tabloid clickbait and viral marketing?” the magazine asks. Ironically, while calling out the Weather Channel’s urge to pack its website with clickbait, the online version of the Businessweek story is complete with cat-as-weather-pattern GIF.
CBS’s Clarissa Ward continues her reporting from inside Syria tonight on the “CBS Evening News.” Last night Ward spoke with a Dutch man turned Syrian rebel. Tonight, she’ll speak with a Somali-American who recently joined Al-Nusra.
Jay Leno is close to a deal that would not only land him back on television, but also back with the NBCUniversal family, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Leno’s new show would air on CNBC in primetime and focus on his longtime love of cars.
Alexis Madrigal is joining Fusion as Silicon Valley Bureau Chief. Madrigal, who joins from TheAtlantic.com, will oversee technology coverage across the digital and TV platforms as well as through live events.
“60 Minutes” made the Nielsen Top 10 this week. With an audience of 14.2 million viewers, “60″ was No. 7 on the list. Sunday’s show featured the first of a two-part Scott Pelley interview with FBI director James Comey.
Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making the TV rounds for his memoir “Worthy Fights.” His first morning interview went to Matt Lauer for “Today,” his first cable interview was with Gloria Borger on CNN, the first online interview is with Katie Couric for Yahoo! and his first primetime interview is with Bill O’Reilly tonight on Fox News.
Former CNN staffer Stanley Wilson has filed a $5 million wrongful termination lawsuit against Turner Broadcasting and his former boss. The 17-year CNN veteran, a Los Angeles-based field producer and writer, says he was discriminated against, defamed and retaliated against. Deadline has more.
ABC’s Barbara Walters is the featured speaker tonight at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Walters, who celebrated her 85th birthday last week, was born in Boston. In her autobiography Audition, she wrote about having an affair in the 1970s with then-married Massachusetts Senator Edward Brooke.
Fresh off his “Today” show appearance, Piers Morgan will be a guest on “Hannity.” Morgan and Sean Hannity formerly competed head-to-head when Morgan hosted “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN and Hannity’s show aired on FNC at 9PMET.
The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” launches a multi-platform series tonight following high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller got access to the Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, a program for at-risk teens.
Fox News meteorologist Maria Molinaannounced her engagement on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Molina will marry storm chaser Reed Timmer. Fittingly, Timmer popped the question while they were out chasing storms.