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‘I lost my virginity to Ann Curry’

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts flanked by Fox News anchors Kimberly Guilfoyle and Jamie Colby

TVNewser headed out last night to the annual NLGJA “Headlines & Headliners” fundraiser hosted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts. More than 400 attendees packed the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams store in Soho for the event.

The primetime outing pulled in the morning show anchors including NBC’s Ann Curry, CBS’s Erica Hill and Marysol Castro, ABC’s Sam Champion and MSNBC’s Chris Jansing. We caught up with NBC’s Natalie Morales and Chris Wragge as they swapped stories about their early morning wake-up calls.

We chatted with ABC’s Andrea Canning, about getting the first of the Charlie Sheen interviews, and about her competitor and friend, NBC’s Jeff Rossen who got the second, and third and fourth. Canning told us even as the story has died down, she’s still getting press requests to talk about it.

FNC’s Jamie Colby, who anchors weekends for Fox, told us about her news-filled Saturdays of late — Libya last weekend, Japan the weekend before. “And the Gabrielle Giffords shooting happened on our watch.”

Curry shared with us her experience in Japan last week, which turned dangerous for those covering the story as the threat from the Fukushima nuclear plant grew. “I’ve taken our crews

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NBC News, CBS News, Fox News Execs and Talent To Talk The Future of Media on Paley Center Panel

Where can you find Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren, CBS News correspondent Jeff Greenfield, NBC News senior VP Alex Wallace and former CBS News president Andrew Heyward all at the same table?

On Friday, the Paley Center for Media will host a lunchtime panel discussion “to consider the impact of digital media on recent news events and the implications for democracy.”

Heyward will moderate the panel, which will run from 12:30 PM-2 PM ET.

The discussion will be streamed live at

The full list of panelists is after the jump.

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Changes at NBC Nightly News

Longtime NBC Nightly News senior producer for foreign news ML Flynn is taking on a new role at the news network — Senior Producer of Editorial Planning. Flynn, who has been Nightly News’s lead foreign producer for the last two decades, will now report to News division VP Alex Wallace. We’re told the search is on for Flynn’s replacement at Nightly News. The internal email sent by News president Steve Capus, after the jump.

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NBC News Prepping Cross-Network Immigration Series

BrianWilliams.jpg Following the passage of a controversial immigration law in Arizona, NBC News is preparing a cross-network examination at the state of immigration in America for May 26. The series will be spread across NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and CNBC, and will be called by the (sadly cliche) title “A Nation Divided.”

NBC’s “Today” will examine how immigration affects families, while “NBC Nightly News” will focus on the Arizona law and similar laws being considered in other states. Newsmagazine “Dateline” will preview a special episode on migrant children in the U.S.

Spanish language network Telemundo will focus on immigration in every national and local newscast it produces, and will broadcast reports from Phoenix.

MSNBC will talk about immigration each hour, from “Morning Joe” through the network’s primetime lineup, while CNBC will look at the economics of immigration reform

“With the volume of news and headlines about immigration coming out of Arizona and from all over the nation, it’s the perfect time for us to spend a day examining these issues and their affect on this country,” said Alex Wallace, Senior Vice President of NBC News in a statement. “We are committed to exploring the immigration issues in our nation further, and delivering our viewers informed discussion and insightful investigation. These are all subjects NBC News has and will continue to cover extensively.”

The press release is after the jump.

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Nightly EP’s Note to the Staff

Bob Epstein, who took over the EP job of Nightly News last week, has sent a note to his staff thanking them (and his predecessor, Alex Wallace) for their work in ’08 and while acknowledging “some challenges” in the new year.

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Bob Epstein Takes Over at Nightly News

Last week, THR reported that NBC Nightly News EP Alex Wallace would return to the front office. NBC announced today that Wallace will also have expanded duties: “Wallace’s responsibilities will include overseeing ‘Nightly News,’ news production, staffing, and in partnership with NBC News VP David Verdi, newsgathering. At the same time, Bob Epstein takes the top job at Nightly news.

Says NBC News president Steve Capus in the release, “Alex has been one of my closest advisors for years and will bring to the front office a great depth of knowledge, respect and her trademark dedication, at time when our industry needs such true leadership. She leaves Nightly News in the capable, steady hands of a true professional. Bob Epstein and I worked closely on the launch of MSNBC and through the years together on countless big assignments. He’s the right person to lead Nightly’s next chapter of success.”

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Alex Wallace Returns To Front Office, Epstein To Take Over Nightly News

AWallace_12.4.jpgTHR’s Paul J. Gough scoops that NBC Nightly News EP Alexandra Wallace is returning to the job she once held with NBC News — front office VP. Longtime Nightly News senior producer Bob Epstein will be named executive producer.

Wallace stepped aside from the VP job, which was essentially #2 to news president Steve Capus, and took on Nightly in March 2007. Capus has been without a #2 since the summer when Mark Whitaker was named Washington bureau chief.

Nightly News has won the ratings race in Total Viewers eight of the last nine weeks, and won the 2007-08 season in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo.

Inside CNBC During the “Most Critical Times” In Its History

williams_9-17(2).jpgThe New York Observer’s Meredith Bryan spent Monday at CNBC HQ in Englewood Cliffs, NJ for today’s front page story, taking in what CNBC president Mark Hoffman called, “Among the most critical times in the history of the network.”

She reports how NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams ended up broadcasting from CNBC. “I called my executive producer Alex Wallace last night at, like, 11 Eastern and I said, ‘I know where we need to be,’” said Williams. “We talked about being live from the New York Stock Exchange, Lehman Brothers — you can throw a rock at it from 30 Rock, that would’ve been easy — but this, to me, is the coverage of the American economy.”

Bryan details the control room scrambling and behind-the-scenes action. But she also catches up with Charlie Gasparino. “Just so you know, I went out of my way to make sure I got it confirmed, because I was worried that if you say something, even if it’s a little wrong, you spook the markets,” he said.

In that context, Bryan asks him about the Vanity Fair story placing some of the Bear Stearns collapse blame on CNBC. “Complete nonsense,” he says.