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Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Bill Hemmer to Host New Year’s Eve Special on Fox News

Fox News is changing things up for its New Year’s Eve coverage this year: after six years of hosting the network’s NYE special alongside Bill Hemmer, Megyn Kelly gets the night off to ring in 2014. “Fox & Friends” host Elisabeth Hasselbeck will be in Times Square with Hemmer beginning at 11pmET. >Update: the program has been expanded and will now begin at 9pmET.

The news was announced on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch, via J$P:

Hasselbeck and Hemmer will be joined by Kimberly Guilfoyle, Bob Beckel, Ainsley Earhardt and Rick Leventhal. The special will feature performances by Rodney Atkins, Blues Traveler and Susan Boyle.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

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Morning Shows Go Pink to Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and anchors and correspondents across the morning shows were decked out in pink this morning for the cause. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Charlie Rose and Nancy Cordes, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and ABC’s Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Jennifer Ashton all participated. On “Good Morning America,” which kicked off a monthlong series of ABC News reports on Breast Cancer Awareness this morning, Robach, 40, got her first mammogram (video is after the jump).

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Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt Named Permanent Anchors Of ‘Fox & Friends First’

Bug_and_bump_FNFF4_0_HWFox News Channel has named Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt the permanent anchors of “Fox & Friends First.”

The early-morning newscast airs from 5-6 AM, leading into FNC’s signature morning program “Fox & Friends,” and providing more fast-paced updates on what happened overnight and the evening before.

Childers has joined Earhardt on weekday mornings for the past few weeks, but FNC is now making their appointment official. Earhardt joined FNC in 2007 as a correspondent, while Childers joined the channel as a correspondent in 2010.

“F&F First” has had a number of guest hosts since it launched in March, 2012, but Earhardt and Childers were among the original hosts, alongside Anna Kooiman.

Two Conflicting Takes on the CBS News Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan Interview

Everyone agrees (even if their arguments are specious). The CBS News “60 Minutes” interview with Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan was totally biased. Don’t believe me? Politico’s Dylan Byers argues:

For the second time this cycle, Romney has given an exclusive, in-person interview to the CBS anchor and “Face The Nation” host, and once again Schieffer has rewarded Romney — and in this case, his running mate Paul Ryan — with softball questions and no follow-ups.

Sure, Brian Stelter at the NY Times reports that Romney’s camp actually gave the interview to “60 Minutes” specifically, and did not seek out Schieffer, but let’s not ruin the narrative. “60 Minutes” after all would guarantee the largest audience for the interview, especially with the PGA Championship as a lead-in. In addition, it attracts a more generalist audience, and not the wonky crowd that the Sunday shows often do.

Mr. Schieffer was not a part of the original pitch this time. The “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley had been the one courting the Romney campaign for the first running mate interview, but when the surprise announcement came on Saturday, Mr. Pelley was out of the country.

On the other hand, “Fox & Friends” this morning felt that CBS was totally unfair to Romney and Ryan:

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The Ticker: Mini-Morris, Lin, ‘Today’ Anchors

    • Fox News host and correspondent Clayton Morris and wife Natali Morris welcomed a mini-Morris into their family yesterday. Natali gave birth to a baby girl yesterday afternoon. “Fox & Friends First” host Ainsley Earhardt talked about the news on the program this morning.
    • Fox News campaign embed Joy Lin spoke to Allure magazine about life on the campaign trail. it ain’t pretty or glamorous: “You’re just this traveling entity. The call time for an event could be as early as 6:30 AM and we might not get back to the hotel until 2AM. If I was lucky, I’d get six hours of sleep.”
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    What Kathy Griffin Didn’t Say During CNN’s New Year’s Eve

    Is it news when something doesn’t happen? Kathy Griffin was not yanked off CNN last night. Griffin, who referred to her turn on CNN’s New Year’s Eve as “Yank Watch 2011,” kept it clean during her co-hosting gig alongside Anderson Cooper. Last year, Griffin dropped the “F” bomb and the year before she heckled an onlooker who’d been heckling her. This year Griffin got physical. She slugged Cooper a few times (above), tried to take off his clothes, and kissed his producer four minutes before midnight.

    TVNewser was there again on the press platform where CNN’s Cooper and Griffin broadcast from the west end, while on the east end of the riser, high above Duffy Square, Fox News’ Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer hosted FNC’s “All American New Year.” In between stood two rows of local and national news anchors broadcasting in multiple languages to networks around the world.

    Fox News hosts Ainsley Earhardt, Kimberly Guilfoyle and Greg Gutfeld roamed the Crossroads of the World talking with some of the 1 million revelers on a rare December night where, thanks to a 40-degree temperature, one couldn’t see their breath.

    Leading up to the main events on broadcast and cable news channels, E!’s Bill and Giuliana Rancic hosted festivities for the Times Square crowed. Leading up to midnight, we ran into CBS News “Early Show” EP David Friedman who spent seven New Year’s Eves here producing Carson Daly‘s NBC special. Friedman, who joined CBS in late 2009, is back at work today doing rehearsals with the new “Early Show” anchor team which debuts Monday morning. “We’ve changed the set a bit, so we want to be ready for Monday,” Friedman told us. On the NBC special this year, NBC News’ Natalie Morales and Amy Robach worked the crowd.

    Fox News host Ainsley Earhardt during FNC's New Year's Eve Special

    There was the occasional star sighting from the acts who appeared on Dick Clark’s ABC special: Ke$hia, and the combined New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys, to native New Yorker Gary Marshall who’s back in the city filming a new movie and the “Old Spice” guy, Isaiah Mustafa. Photos after the jump…

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    Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer to Host New Year’s Eve on Fox News

    Bill Hemmer & Megyn Kelly host UParty 2009, during a wind chill of -6 degrees. (Photo: Chris Ariens)

    Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer will be back in Times Square for Fox News Channel’s New Year’s Eve special.

    Kelly and Hemmer will go live from 11pmET to 12:30am from Duffy Square in the middle of Times Square.  Several local and national TV news crews, including CNN’s Anderson Cooper (and presumably Kathy Griffin, though CNN hasn’t made that official yet) originate from the same platform near the main stage which is used for performances for ABC’s New Year’s Special.

    On the FNC special, look for Rick Springfield, Katharine McPhee, Miss USA, and FNC talent, including Greg Gutfeld, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Rick Leventhal and Ainsley Earhardt.

    Arrest in Times Square Bomb Attempt

    Here’s how the cable news networks reported the overnight arrest of a suspect in the Times Square bomb plot.

    MSNBCArrest_5.4.jpgMSNBC reported the arrest at 12:06amET with NBC’s Pete Williams breaking the news, along with WNBC anchor Lynn Berry who has been filling in on MNSBC. Williams was first to ID the suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. WNBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst as well as reporter Ida Siegel in Connecticut joined in MSNBC’s coverage before and after the 1:30amET news conference from Attorney General Eric Holder.

    CNNArrest_5.4.jpgCNN interrupted a Larry King Live re-air at 12:21amET with the news, interestingly during an earlier interview about the plot with former DHS secretary Tom Ridge. CNN began a simulcast of CNN International with anchor Asieh Namdar and including CNN domestic correspondents Susan Candiotti and Deborah Feyerick at JFK, where Faisal was arrested around 11:45pmET, trying to get on a flight to Dubai.

    FNCArrest_5.4.jpgFox News reported the story at 12:25amET with Ainsley Earhardt, eventually being joined by anchor Gregg Jarrett just before 3amET. Correspondent Catherine Herridge and anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren contributed from Washington, D.C. by phone.

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