- Venezuela’s President is threatening legal action against CNN en Espanol, among other news outlets, for spreading what he said were false health rumors. Nicolas Maduro has ordered an investigation into coverage of a possible outbreak of a tropical disease.
- Secretary of State John Kerry sits down with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today as the U.N. General Assembly begins in New York. Secretary Kerry will be live in studio at 7:30am to discuss Iraq, Syria, and how to handle ISIS.
- There won’t be a “Meet the Press” next Sunday because of the Ryder Cup, but on yesterday’s show Chuck Todd announced, “With a bit of luck, we’re going to have a shiny new set,” when the show returns Oct. 5.
CNN’s Tony Maddox, who oversees international newsgathering and programming, went on the network’s “Reliable Sources” this morning to talk about why CNN chose not to air the latest hostage video. ISIS released a video Thursday showing British journalist John Cantile who spoke about being “abandoned by my government” and that his “fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State.”
Maddox called the video a kind of torture. “For me the editorial returns were not worth the ethical compromises involved in showing that film and that’s why CNN took the decision not to show it.” So why show two other videos of American ISIS hostages who were murdered by the terror group? Brian Stelter asked Maddox:
Former “Meet the Press” host David Gregory is still in touch with the Sunday Shows, at least on Twitter. Gregory re-tweeted Daniel Silva’s tweet about his segment on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.” Silva, a New York Times best-selling author, was Wallace’s Power Player featured on today’s show. He is married to longtime NBC News DC-based correspondent Jamie Gangel.
— Daniel Silva (@danielsilvabook) September 21, 2014
“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.
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.”
It was an unusual Saturday morning following an equally precarious Friday evening at the White House.
Just before 8:30amET, the White House pool reporter for the day sent a note that they were not being allowed into the White House. “The plaza in front of White House is shutdown. The AP Photographer uploaded photos of a shoulder to shoulder sweep of the north lawn at 7:30 am and then the uniformed officers moved to do the same shoulder to shoulder search across the plaza and into Lafayette park,” the pool note read. “There appear to be dozens of officers in the search”
About 15 minutes later, the Secret Service allowed the pool access to the White House. Even longtime members of the press corps say this morning’s activities were out of the norm.
They follow last night’s incident in which a Texas man jumped the fence around the North Lawn and made it through the door of the White House portico. In another incident this afternoon, a New Jersey man approached a White House gates on foot. He later drove up to another gate and pulled into the vehicle screening area. When he refused to leave, he was arrested and charged with unlawful entry.
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.”
“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.”
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.
As the “48 Hours” team has been hard at work on a new season of shows, the CBS News marketing department put together a promo with a look at some of the stories ahead this fall. The cases run the gamut from a 20-year-old cold case, to the death of a Wall Street millionaire who walked away to live in an elaborate home in Costa Rica, and the bizarre case of a Florida mother who shot dead her husband more than 20 years ago. She walked free based on the testimony of her son at the time. Two decades later she shot the son – with the same gun. The new season begins one week from tonight.
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:”
The Associated Press reports the cable news network, which launched last year after buying Current TV from Gore, is suing over money being held in an escrow account.
The parties are fighting over money that is being held in escrow. Al Jazeera America says it is entitled to the money because Gore and Hyatt agreed to indemnify the network for claims made against Current TV, but didn’t live up to their promise. It accuses the pair of “misrepresentations” and says they received hundreds of millions of dollars from the sale.