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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At her book party for “Shift: How I Finally Lost Weight and Discovered a Happier Life,” “Good Morning America” contributor Tory Johnson told the story about what set her on the path, once and for all, to shed unwanted pounds. It was a conversation she had with Barbara Fedida, SVP of talent development and one of her bosses at ABC News.
The advice was so meaningful, that Johnson dedicates the book to Fedida: “For telling me what I needed to hear.”
Fittingly, Fedida hosted the party the East Side home she shares with husband ESPN Radio’s Andrew Brill. Always cheerful in her “Steals & Deals” segments, Johnson says she hasn’t been truly this happy in a long time. In 20 months, she’s lost 72 pounds — equivalent to two dogs, so said her teenage twins Jake and Emma. (The family beagle Marly weighs in at 35 lbs.) And Johnson did it on the sly, without telling her “GMA” family, until it became clear she was on a mission.
Before heading to the US Weekly event where she was honored, “GMA” anchor Robin Roberts toasted Johnson for the dedication she showed. ABC News president Ben Sherwood also raised a glass, praising Johnson for her determination and her penchant for giving really BIG GIFTS, including the two giant stuffed animals she’s given to his kids over the years. Sherwood gave Johnson her “GMA” job when he was EP of the show in the mid-2000′s Johnson’s first job in TV was as an intern at ABC’s “20/20.”
TVNewser also spotted ABC News anchors Lara Spencer, Cynthia McFadden, Amy Robach and Josh Elliot; correspondents Byron Pitts, Deborah Roberts and Gio Benitez; execs Susan Mercandetti, James Goldston, David Sloan, Morgan Hertzen, Jeffrey Schneider, Eric Avram and Sandy Cannold. Former “GMA” EP Jim Murphy, now senior EP of CNN’s “New Day.” Also, David Zincenko, Dr. Richard Besser, Deborah Norville, and Barbara Corcoran, who assisted Sherwood in presenting a gift to Johnson: a box full of zero-calorie pickles — a favorite snack on her journey.
WABC anchors David Navarro, Lee Goldberg Rob Powers and Lori Stokes also attended. We had a nice chat with meteorologist Amy Freeze (her real last name) about the science behind the weather — and also raising four kids in a two-bedroom apartment in New York City. Freeze also told us she has benefited from the “Fedida plan,” as it’s become known in the halls of ABC.
Royal baby mania has not subsided, simply because the future monarch has been born.
A number of specials about the birth are still set to air today and through the week.
Tonight ABC News will air a special “20/20″ at 10 PM, with Barbara Walters anchoring. “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” will also feature Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and London correspondent Lama Hasan.
The BBC is planning stateside coverage as well. BBC World News, the 24-hour cable news channel operated by the BBC, will air a documentary called “Born To Be King” a number of times today, anchored by Sophie Raworth. The BBC special will air at 8:30, 14:30 and 20:30 (Greenwich mean Time). There is also special coverage on bbc.com/royalbaby.
Last night NBC aired a special hour-long ”Dateline,” anchored by Natalie Morales.
It is worth noting that so far CBS News has avoided any special baby coverage, instead choosing to cover it as part of its normal news programming.
The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a new royal heir. Princess Catherine and Prince William are parents to a baby boy, weighing in at eight pounds, six ounces.
Although the news was scheduled to be announced via an official document posted to an easel in front of Buckingham Palace, royal officials sent a press release with the news at 3:31 pmET. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all reported the news as soon as the press release arrived, with Max Foster reporting on CNN, Amy Kellogg on Fox News and Jim Maceda on MSNBC.
NBC News and ABC News both produced special reports beginning at 3:30 p.m. Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Natalie Morales at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and Keir Simmons at Buckingham Palace. David Muir anchored on ABC, with Amy Robach at St. Mary’s and Barbara Walters and Dr. Jennifer Ashton contributing from the New York studio.
>Update: Morales will anchor a “Dateline” special from London at 10pmET tonight.
The Great Kate Wait is (almost) over. The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London in the early stages of labor this morning, Kensington Palace officials announced around 2:30amET.
CNN was the first cable news channel to report the news, simulcasting CNN International beginning at 2:38 a.m. Robert Gray anchored a special report on Fox News at 2:42 a.m. MSNBC reported the news on “First Look” at the top of the 5 a.m. hour.
Diana Perez and John Muller reported on the royal baby at 2:37 a.m. on ABC News’ “World News Now.” The story also led NBC’s “Today,” ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS This Morning.” Natalie Morales reported from St. Mary’s for NBC. Amy Robach was there for ABC and Elizabeth Palmer was there for CBS.
The networks also have reporters at Buckingham Palace, where the birth announcement will be posted on an easel in public view. The document will be the first official notification of the baby’s gender, weight and time of birth.
The morning show anchors, who have few details to report at this hour, joked on Twitter about the Royal Baby:
— Savannah Guthrie (@SavannahGuthrie) July 22, 2013
Wait…Kate’s pregnant? Hadn’t heard.
— Lara Spencer (@LaraSpencer) July 22, 2013
ABC News correspondent Amy Robach gets the first television interview with professional soccer player Robbie Rogers since he revealed he was gay earlier this year. Robach traveled with Rogers to California, for his first visit to see his family since coming out. Rogers lives in London where he played for Leeds until retiring in February at the age of 25.
“I think the same things that made it difficult for me to come out also gave me the strength,” Rogers told Robach in an interview that airs tonight. “I was raised to be a voice, to be myself, to be unique, not to follow a pack.”
Rogers, a former member of the U.S. National soccer team, is considering a return to the sport. He would be the first openly gay professional player in any men’s team sport.
Anderson Cooper also interviewed Rogers for his CNN program, airing tonight at 8pmET.
To say it’s been a rough year for the “Today” show, would be an understatement.
The once-dominant morning program is settling in to second place, as new top producers, on-air talent and show segments meld in the hopes of catching on with viewers and regaining the top spot. Meanwhile, star anchor Matt Lauer continues to find himself in the unenviable position of taking the licks — and the responsibility — for the show’s woes.
But last night, Lauer didn’t want to dwell on the downside. Instead it was a night to celebrate with his co-anchor Savannah Guthrie, and hundreds of other media luminaries, at the 18th annual National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association Headlines and Headliners benefit. “Today” national correspondent and news anchor Natlie Morales was the host for the evening which raised more than $75,000 for scholarships and program activities.
Morales delivered a few zingers during her speech, including giving a new name to HLN — “the hysterical ladies network.”
HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell, who hosted this event last year, missed the joke as she was still taping her show. But she took it in stride when we told it to her later. They may be hysterical, but HLN ratings of late, thanks to coverage of the Jodi Arias trial, are nothing to laugh at.
We chatted with ABC’s Amy Robach, whose star has risen at “Good Morning America” since leaving NBC News last year. Robach and husband Andrew Shue are leaving today for a Caribbean vacation. Gayle King represented for “CBS This Morning,” while CNN’s Christine Romans, John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin chatted with guests. We caught up with MSNBC’s Alex Witt, FNC’s Rick Reichmuth and CNBC’s Mandy Drury, who’s heading home to Australia next week to catch up with family. On the local news scene, WABC’s Lori Stokes and WNBC’s Contessa Brewer worked the room. And we couldn’t pass up the chance to talk with The Weather Channel’s Bryan Norcross, the father of the named Winter storms. “Everything needs a hashtag now,” says the longtime meteorologist. “What better way than to name the storms?” Of course, an unending Winter helps. Did you hear Winter Storm Virgil is on the way this weekend?
(l-r) “Today” show publicist Megan Kopf Stackhouse, Andrew Shue, CNN’s Javier Morgado, NBC’s Natalie Morales, ABC’s Amy Robach
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The strange murder case involving Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius continues to garner serious news coverage two weeks after he killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Pistorius, on the cover of the current issue of TIME magazine, is the focus of specials on three TV networks in the coming days.
On Friday at 10pmET/PT, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “The Fast Times of Oscar Pistorious,” dedicating the hour to coverage of what happened the night Pistorious shot Steenkamp. Amy Robach leads the coverage from South Africa.
NBC’s “Dateline, which airs from 8-10pmET/PT on Friday, will be dedicating the 9pm hour to the Pistorious case. Keith Morrison reports.
NBC’s Peacock Productions is producing “Beauty & The Bladerunner” for the Investigation Discovery channel. The special will air Sunday at 8pmET/PT on ID, and features some footage from the “Dateline” report, as well as other material.
At around 11:45 AM, president Obama is scheduled to make a statement to the press announcing that Vice President Biden will be leading the administration’s response to the tragic shooting in Newtown, CT last Friday. He is also expected to outline some basic measures to ensure that it does not happen again.
Obama will make the statement from the James Brady briefing room, which is named after Ronald Reagan’s press secretary James Brady, who was paralyzed after being shot during an assassination attempt on the former President.
The “big three” broadcast networks will all be breaking into regular programming to cover the statement live.
For ABC, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor from New York with Jake Tapper reporting from the White House and Amy Robach In Newtown, Connecticut For CBS, Scott Pelley will anchor from New York. NBC will be covering the statement as well.
Coverage of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue into Sunday on the broadcast and cable networks.
On CNN, Candy Crowley will anchor “State of the Union” from Newtown. Don Lemon, Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will anchor from Newtown Sunday, and the network will air a weekday primetime schedule. Fox News will again have an expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” beginning at 6amET Sunday, and MSNBC will have live programming until 6pmET. HLN will cover the shooting beginning at 7amET and going through 1pmET.
On the broadcast networks, the shooting will be the main topic of the Sunday public affairs shows. Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy will appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.”
On CBS, Jeff Glor will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Newtown. “CBS Sunday Morning” will also feature three segments on the shooting.
We’ll continue to update this post as the networks set coverage plans.
>Update: The cable networks have added Sunday night programming to cover President Obama’s visit to Newtown:
MSNBC will be live through 9pmET with coverage of Obama’s visit.
>More: ABC News will also broadcast a special report during Obama’s remarks at the vigil, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and Diane Sawyer. Muir will contribute from Newtown. NBC News will also have a special report anchored by Lester Holt in Newtown.