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Moment of Silence Marks First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

The first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings was marked with a moment of silence at 2:49pmET, the time that the two bombs exploded near the finish line in 2013, killing three people and injuring hundreds more.

The broadcast networks presented special reports during the moment of silence: Brian Williams anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos on ABC and Scott Pelley on CBS. Pelley is in Boston, while Williams and Stephanopoulos anchored from New York.

Williams was joined by Ron Mott in Boston. ABC’s special report featured Dan Harris from Boston and former New York Police commissioner Ray Kelly, making his first appearance since joining the network.

The cable networks, which also provided live coverage of the moment of silence, have been dipping in and out of a tribute ceremony at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston since it began at noon. Fox News, MSNBC and CNN all aired Vice President Joe Biden‘s remarks live around 1:30pmET.

Read more about what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for Boston coverage this week here.

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Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

More after the jump. Read more

TVNewser’s March Madness Bracket Challenge is Back

NCAA-March-MadnessMarch Madness is back on TVNewser, as our 2014 NCAA college basketball tournament bracket will launch this week.

Last year, CBS VP of Programing and EP of “CBS This Morning” Chris Licht took home the prize, narrowly beating out CNN’s Tom Foreman by three points.

Invites have been sent to the entire TV news world, and there’s still time to get in.

Just shoot your humble TVNewser editor—who’s embarking on his first-ever bracket—an email if you’d like to be included in this year’s competition (jordan@mediabistro.com).

And be on the lookout for our first-round bracket post later this week.

Mark Heisler, Jerry Crowe Laid Off At LA Times

One of the best NBA writers in the business, Mark Heisler of the Los Angeles Times, was laid off Wednesday.

Also getting the boot during this latest round of layoffs was sports columnist Jerry Crowe.

Both men had been at the Los Angeles Times for more than 20 years.

SB Nation Minnesota Discovers Timberwolves Draft Pick Lied About Age, Name

The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Targuy Ngombo with the No. 57 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Timberwolves scout Pete Philo discovered the 21-year-old from Qatar and convinced general manager David Kahn to draft him.

One problem – - Targuy Ngombo is not his real name and he’s not 21, according to SB Nation Minnesota:

Except Targuy Ngombo is actually Tanguy Alban Harrys Ngombo, a soon-to-be 27-year-old forward who apparently duped everyone on his way to hearing his name called by Adam Silver on Thursday night.

Ngombo was first brought to the mainstream’s attention by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express earlier in the week when he mentioned there was a good chance that the Congolese native could get drafted out of Qatar (stay with me now). Timberwolves scout Pete Philo apparently discovered Ngombo and convinced Kahn he was worthy of a draft pick while assuming the small forward was only 21 as it says on his NBA.com page. Read more

U.S. Open Ratings Down 26 Percent

Rory McIlroy‘s 16-under par at the U.S. Open set a tournament record for most strokes under par and helped make the 22-year-old the youngest Open winner since Bobby Jones in 1923. But his domination of the field may have deterred viewers from tuning in to Sunday’s coverage, as NBC posted a 5.1 overnight rating for Sunday’s program, a 26 percent dip over last year’s numbers. If McIlroy had wavered on Sunday and treated fans to a replay of his Masters implosion, when he shot 80 on Sunday, perhaps more people would have tuned in. Alas, McIlroy was quite selfish and only thought of himself and winning his first major tournament.

 

 

Michelle Beadle Filling In For Kelly Ripa On Live!

ESPN SportsNation co-host Michelle Beadle is filling in Thursday for Kelly Ripa on the Live! with Regis & Kelly show.

Check local listings for when the syndicated show airs.

 

 

 

Erin Andrews Tweets About CWS Assignment Going to Jenn Brown

Yesterday we reported that ESPN sideline reporter Jenn Brown had gone on Twitter and announced her glee about getting the assignment to cover the College World Series, a gig that had long been the province of ESPN personality Erin Andrews.

“Guess who’s working the sidelines for the College World Series in Omaha?!? I am super psyched and can’t wait!!” Brown wrote.

If people suspected Andrews was getting snubbed by the Bristol brass in lieu of a fresher face, well, Andrews paints a different picture, saying on Twitter “Thx for all the tweets about CWS & the Bee…yes, everything is OK..It was time for me to pull back and have down time before (college football) and (college basketball).”

In reply to a question from a follower, she said of the College World Series, “sorry..been doing it for 8 yrs..time for a change..”

As Darren Rovell of CNBC reported yesterday, Rob Stone is replacing Andrews for next week’s Scripps National Spelling Bee.

 

 

Audio: Reds Announcer Brennaman Rips Cardinals

During the Monday broadcast of the Reds-Phillies game on 700 WLW, Reds announcer Marty Brennaman called Cardinals pitcher Chris Carpenter a whiner and excuse-maker and said it’s always something with the Cardinals, whom he said might be the most disliked team in baseball. Of course this largely stems from the Albert Pujols hit-by-pitch contretemps during Sunday’s game with the Reds, when Cardinals players and coaches (most notably pitching coach Dave Duncan) took issue with Pujols getting plunked in the ninth inning, a development that put the tying run on base for the Cardinals and yet seemed nefarious to Duncan and others.

Here’s the link to the audio of Brennaman’s rant:

 

MLB Network Airing Triple-A Games During 2011 Season

The MLB Network will feature live telecasts of select Triple-A games during the 2011 season along with the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 13.

Triple-A coverage on the MLB Network starts April 19 when the Rochester Wed Wings (Triple-A Minnesota Twins) travels to the Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A New York Mets) at 12:05 pm ET.

Below is the entire schedule for the 2011 season:

  • Tuesday, April 19, 12:05 p.m. ET, Rochester Red Wings (Triple-A Minnesota Twins) at Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A New York Mets)
  • Monday, April 25, 12:05 p.m. ET, Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A Philadelphia Phillies)at Buffalo Bisons Read more

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