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Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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TV Newsers Featured in ESPN Film ‘SEC Storied’

SmithProfessional and college football season is inching closer, and some TV Newsers were recently featured in an ESPN documentary “SEC Storied” on the SEC Network.

Shepard Smith, Willie Geist, Amy Robach, and James Carville were all part of “The Stars Are Aligned,” which premiered on the new SEC Network last week. Smith talks about “groving” at Ole Miss. “You want your space, you want your friends around you; we grove with the same people every week.”

Geist described the greatest moment he and his friends had at a Vanderbilt football game: the team’s kicker fake punting at the end of the game and then running 81 yards down the field for the touchdown. “What’s up now, Alabama!” Geist recounted shouting.

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‘Reclaiming the Morning Television Crown is Nothing Short of a Mania Inside NBCUniversal’

GMA TodayVariety’s Brian Steinberg takes an inside look at the behind-the-scenes battle between first-place “Good Morning America” and second-place “Today.” Although reclaiming the top spot has become “nothing short of a mania inside NBCUniversal,” Steinberg writes the two shows are not as different as the talent and executives may say:

Just as Coke and Pepsi sell a similar fizzy brown liquid, so too are “GMA” and “Today” pouring from the same pot of coffee into different mugs. “GMA” can be equally as serious as “Today” in its first hour when news warrants. For every trip that “Today’s” Guthrie makes to interview Secretary of State Kerry, there is a sojourn by “GMA’s” Robach to Nigeria to explore the plight of captive schoolgirls. For every “GMA” report on two sisters who survive being knocked off their paddleboards and drifting out to sea, there is a “Today” interview with a young man who shed 550 pounds. “GMA” recently featured a contest among local firefighting squads; after Lauer was doused in ice water on a charity dare from golfer Greg Norman, “Today” dispatched Guthrie and Lauer to Howard Stern’s XM Satellite Radio show to get the shock jock to take Lauer’s challenge.

“I know we’re doing something right,” says “Today’s” Roker, “because two or three months later, we’ll see it on ‘GMA.’ We have our ‘Orange Room,’ and oh my gosh, look at that, they’ve got a ‘Social Square!’ ” One could argue that “GMA” began showing the entire on-air team on camera well before “Today” took a similar approach. Read more

American General Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Broadcast and cable networks reported this morning on an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan that killed a two star major general and wounded 15 other soldiers. About half of the 15 wounded are said to be Americans, and the general is reportedly the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war.

Amy Robach anchored a special report on ABC News at 10:30amET. Robach was joined by Jonathan Karl at the White House and Martha Raddatz by phone. NBC News presented a special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York, with Jim Miklaszewski reporting from the Pentagon, at 11amET. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell updated the West Coast feed of “CBS This Morning.”

On cable news, Chuck Todd reported the attack at 9amET on MSNBC, Bill Hemmer reported it on Fox News at 9:03amET, and Carol Costello reported the news on CNN at 9:16amET.

Pres. Obama Makes Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 Investigation

Obama UkraineThis morning, broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 investigation.

The president called for investigators to gain immediate and full access to the crash site, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to help facilitate an open investigation.

CBS News cut in at 11:13amET with Norah O’Donnell anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett anchoring from the White House.  NBC News cut in at 11:14amET with Savannah Guthrie anchoring from New York and chief foreign correspondent Andrea Mitchell reporting from Washington, DC.  ABC News cut in at 11:14amET with Amy Robach anchoring in New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

Amy Robach on Interviewing Malala, Parents of Kidnapped Girls: ‘Not a Dry Eye in the Room’

Amy Robach and MalalaAmy Robach is in Nigeria today to interview Malala Yousafzai as she lends her voice to the cause of bringing back the 223 young girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria more than three months ago. The interview coincides with Malala’s 17th birthday and Malala Day, which is celebrated around the world today.

The assignment is also Robach’s first major trip since she completed eight rounds of chemotherapy for breast cancer in April. In addition to a one-on-one interview with Malala, Robach covered a meeting between Malala and parents of the missing girls, many of whom traveled 15 hours to meet with her in northern Nigeria.

“Physically, I am feeling great, but this is an emotionally taxing assignment,” Robach tells TVNewser. “Today I watched courageous fathers, who traveled for hours through dangerous territory to be here, cry as they spoke to Malala about their missing daughters. There was not a dry eye in the room.” Read more

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 30

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings in both viewers and the younger demo, but NBC’s “Today” posted its closest total viewer gap with “GMA” since the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“Today” cut the gap, which still gives “GMA” a +311,000 viewer lead, by 59% vs. the same week last year. Both “GMA” and “Today” lost viewers vs. last year. ABC was down -11% in viewers and down -7% in the A25-54 demo, while “Today” was down -2% in viewers and down -5% in the demo.

Only “CBS This Morning” saw year-over-year growth: up +7% in total viewers but down -7% in the demo.

The weekly averages for all three programs are based on 4 days (Mon-Thurs) because of the July 4th holiday.

The averages for the week of June 30, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.605M / NBC: 4.294M / CBS: 2.921M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.703M / NBC: 1.625M / CBS: 841K

 

‘Today’ Anchors Throw Savannah Guthrie a Baby Shower

Savannah Guthrie‘s “Today” show colleagues — Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Tamron Hall and Natalie Morales — threw the expecting mom a baby shower last week at The Glass Houses in Chelsea. Although Morales didn’t attend because she was in Brazil covering the World Cup, Guthrie was feted by NBC’s Jenna Bush Hager, Cynthia McFadden, Contessa Brewer, Dylan Dreyer and Erica Hill, as well as CBS’ Gayle King, ABC’s Amy Robach and Deborah Roberts, and CNN’s Kate Bolduan, who is also expecting

“I have never felt in my life so much genuine joy,” Guthrie said in a speech with her husband, Mike Feldman. “Because when you say that you’re happy for us and you give us a hug or you rub the belly, I know you really mean it.” Watch:

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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