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Savannah Guthrie Gets Exclusive with Stranded Nevada Family

GlantonThe “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie will interview the Nevada family that survived two days of sub-zero-temperatures last week. James Glanton, Christina McIntee, their two children as well as McIntee’s niece and nephew disappeared last Sunday. Rescuers found them inside their overturned Jeep on Tuesday. Guthrie will interview all six tomorrow on “Today.”

NBC says they did not pay a licensing fee — a practice some programs use to secure exclusive interviews. However, NBC is footing the bill for flights to and hotel stays in New York for more than a dozen people: the Glanton-McIntee family, their niece and nephew and their parents, as well as their attorney and his family.

“This is standard practice in television booking,” NBC News spokesperson Ali Zelenko tells the Washington Post, “and anyone who says otherwise is just disappointed they weren’t the outlet chosen by the family.”

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Turness Appoints Two at NBC News

Deborah Turness, (left) the new president of NBC News, has added two to her executive team.

Ali Zelenko has been named Senior Vice President of NBC News Communications. Zelenko, who joins from TIME, will be the chief spokesperson for NBC News and have oversight of the media relations strategy for all of NBC News. Kathy Kelly-Brown, the SVP of Communications for the NBCUniversal News Group had been overseeing the NBC News media relations team since the departure of Lauren Kapp in April, 2012.

Zelenko, who in the past headed up PR in CNN’s Washington bureau, starts Sept. 25.

Also joining NBC News, Nicolina O’Rorke who will be CFO for the news division. O’Rorke was previously CFO for MSNBC and NBC Newsgathering.