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Amy Robach Cut Her Hair to ‘Take Control’ of Cancer

Amy Robach's New HaircutABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, debuted a new short haircut on “Good Morning America” this morning. Robach noticed her hair was falling out and decided to preemptively cut it to “take control,” she writes on the “GMA” website:

Waiting and watching my hair fall out made me once again feel so powerless and so I decided to take control.  I made my appointment and then after receiving so many letters, cards, emails and tweets from women who were in my exact same position, I decided to record the cut. I wanted other women to know they are not alone.  I wanted my sisters to know that being brave is the only way to live with cancer… and today I feel powerful.

Robach debuted her new haircut and shared an update on her health on “GMA” this morning. Watch after the jump. Read more

The 10 Biggest TV News Stories of 2013

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How to describe a year in which TV news had more turnovers than Pepperidge Farm? Business as usual.

The dramatic departures and arrivals of A-List talent weren’t the only big story of 2013, of course. Two new networks launched. Fox News made some major changes in its prime-time lineup. Serious health issues affected at least three anchors. And CBS’s venerable ‘Sunday Morning’ continued to kick ass on the Sabbath.

Herewith my choices for TV news’ Top 10, in no particular order:

Open mouth, insert foot.

Hosts Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin both left MSNBC after making what could charitably be called offensive comments.

On his November 15 broadcast, Bashir suggested that someone should defecate in the mouth of ex-vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin because of remarks she had made about slavery. Instead, it was Bashir who was forced to eat doo-doo. He resigned Dec. 4.

Actor-activist Baldwin hit the bricks Nov. 26, two weeks after he was caught on video calling a paparazzi a ‘cocksucking fag.’ His weekly show, ‘Up Late,’ lasted exactly five episodes. Maybe replacing ‘Lockup’ was bad karma.

Lara’s theme.

Ace ’60 Minutes’ correspondent Lara Logan was forced to take a leave of absence after her October 27 piece on the Benghazi attack was discredited. Politico says she’ll return early next month. CBS isn’t talking.

A CBS internal inquiry labeled Logan’s report ‘deficient in several respects.’ Among them: Over a full year’s reporting, she and her team somehow missed the fact that her major source, security contractor Dylan Davies, was a liar. Oops.

In a dubious distinction, Logan’s story led to ‘60’ winning Poynter’s Error of the Year award. If you call that winning.

A pair of newbies.

While other networks endured layoffs, two new cable channels debuted — Al Jazeera America on August 20 and Fusion on October 28.

AJA hired hundreds of journalists and staff – including many from U.S. networks. Among them: CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi, its first big-name hire; CNN International’s Joie Chen; MSNBC exile David Shuster and NBC’s John Seigenthaler.

AJA, whose corporate parent is based in Qatar, boasts 12 domestic bureaus and three broadcast centers. It reaches about 48 million homes.

Fusion, a joint production of Disney-ABC and Univision, features news and pop-culture fare targeted at English-speaking millenials. Based outside of Miami, it represents Univision’s first major foray into English-language programming.

Would you like your anchors scrambled or poached?

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Amy Robach Will Undergo Chemotherapy

Amy Robach visited “Good Morning America” this morning, three weeks to the day after she underwent her double mastectomy, for an update on how her breast cancer treatment is going. “Physically, I feel remarkably well,” she said. “Mentally, it’s another challenge, because that was phase one … that’s the first step, but the next couple ones are going to be tougher.”

During the first surgery, Robach’s doctors found a second malignant tumor. They also discovered the cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, which is why she will undergo four months of chemotherapy starting December 16. “I’m going to work through it,” she said. “I saw Robin [Roberts] do it. I know how strong you were and you give me strength, Robin, because it is important to get up and have something to do each day.” Watch:

During Amy Robach’s Double Mastectomy, Doctors Find a Second Cancerous Tumor

AMY ROBACHWhen ABC News anchor Amy Robach underwent a double mastecomy last week, her surgeon found a second malignant tumor.

In a note to the “Good Morning America” staff, obtained by TVNewser, Robach writes that her prognosis is good, adding, “I got very lucky finding the cancer through our ABC sponsored mammogram and I got lucky choosing an aggressive approach, bilateral mastectomy, because while in surgery last week my surgeon found a second, undetected malignant tumor.” The cancer also spread to Robach’s sentinel lymph node, so more treatments are planned.

Robach had gone in for a mammogram — her first — in late September. It was recorded for a “GMA” story as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. The results detected a tumor and within days, Robach was in surgery.

“The unbelievable outpouring of support from ABC began from the first moment I received my diagnosis,” Robach writes. “It brought so many tears of joy to my eyes and warmed my heart more than you’ll ever know to see what my ABC family did for me and for my entire family.”

Robach plans to return to ABC Dec. 2.

“Physically and emotionally I have been through the ringer, but I am emerging on the other side so much stronger.”

Amy’s full note after the jump…

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ABC’s Amy Robach Diagnosed With Breast Cancer After On-Air Mammogram

AMY ROBACHABC News correspondent Amy Robach will have a double mastectomy this week to treat breast cancer, she revealed on “Good Morning America.” Robach, 40, was diagnosed after she had her first mammogram as part of ABC’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Robach writes on ABCNews.com she was reluctant to have a mammogram. “If several producers and even Robin Roberts herself hadn’t convinced me that doing this on live television would save lives, I would never have been able to save my own. So, on October 1st, I had my first mammogram, in front of millions of people,” Robach writes. “After breathing a big sigh of relief once it was done, my breath was taken away only a few weeks later.”

Robach says that she and her family are “gearing up for a fight.”

“While everyone who gets cancer is clearly unlucky, I got lucky by catching it early, and there are so many people to thank for making sure I did. Every producer, every person who urged me to do this, changed my trajectory,” Robach writes. “The doctors told me bluntly, ‘that mammogram just saved your life.’”

Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

CBS

A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

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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Toasting Tory Johnson for Making the ‘Shift’ and Shedding 72 Pounds

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.

More Royal Baby Specials Planned

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.

Royal Baby Arrives: Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

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.

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