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Bryant Gumbel: ‘Today’ Had ‘A Lot of Missteps’ With Ann Curry Transition

Among the topics that came up when former “Today” host Bryant Gumbel appeared on Katie Couric‘s talk show this week was the drama surrounding Ann Curry‘s exit from the “Today” show. Gumbel said “there were a lot of missteps,” noting that in his opinion, Matt Lauer shouldn’t have gotten the blame.

“I don’t get why it’s such a big deal when somebody in this business is let go. As you know, it happens to all of us at some point,” Gumbel said. “It’s a big boy league and you move on.” Watch:

[h/t Huffington Post]

Iran Nuclear Deal Keeps Cablers Up Late

The cable news networks went into overtime last night as a multi-national deal requiring Iran to temporarily halt its nuclear program came together.

NBC’s David Gregory anchored for MSNBC. The network also produced a special report for NBC stations and had Ann Curry in Geneva where, as Gregory put it, she had “exclusive access to these talks.” Harris Faulkner anchored for Fox News. She too anchored a special report for FOX stations, also seen on FBN, during the president’s remarks just after 10:30pm. Wolf Blitzer was in for CNN. Blitzer wrapped up at 11pmET. MSNBC remained in breaking news coverage until 11:07 and FNC stayed with the story until 11:25pm.

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 Show Ratings: Week of September 30

AMShowAnchorsIt was around this time last year that the “Today” show bottomed out. The NBC morning show was already looking in the rear-view mirror at its 16-year unbeaten streak. That was followed by the departure of Ann Curry from the anchor desk, then months of negative publicity which hastened a loss of viewers.

New anchors, an emboldened production team, and a shiny new set seem to be working, as “Today” saw the most growth among younger viewers last week among the three network morning shows.

For the second week in a row, “Today” saw the biggest growth among the morning shows. “Today” was up +20% in the A25-54 demo compared to same week last year and up +14% in total viewers. No.1 “Good Morning America” was up +15% in the demo and also up +14% in total viewers. “CBS This Morning,” which was up +3% in the demo, showed the biggest growth among total viewers, up +17%.

1.71 million more people tuned into one of the three mornings shows last week, than last year.

The averages for the week of September 30, 2013:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.607M / NBC: 4.878M / CBS: 2.969M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.153M / NBC: 2.044M / CBS: 1.039M

CNN, Iranian News Agency in Translation Spat

Amanpour-and-Iran-Pres-RouhaniCNN and Iran’s Fars News Agency are in something of a spat over comments made by Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani. In Christiane Amanpour‘s interview with Rouhani, he seemed to acknowledge that the Holocaust had happened, and condemned it as such. That comment, as Brooke Baldwin noted, was “explosive,” given previous comments by Iranian leaders.

Fars, which is a “semi-official” news agency, with ties to the government there, took issue with the translation that CNN aired, arguing that Rouhani said something quite different. On its site, Fars also pointed to the response Rouhani gave to NBC’s Ann Curry just a few days earlier, saying that his comments then were translated more precisely.

The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple reports that CNN says the translator in question was provided by the Iranians. Fars responds that Amanpour is fluent in Farsi, and should have caught the alleged mistranslation.

Update: Politico talks to a Farsi speaker, who seems to confirm that the translation CNN used was correct, save for one word (albeit an important word): Holocaust.

But according to Arash Karami, a journalist with Al-Monitor who speaks Farsi, CNN’s English transcript appears to match the live interpretation of the interview provided by the Iranian translator — with one minor exception.

That exception: the use of the word “holocaust.”

“Live translation is a difficult thing and I don’t think it was done intentionally by the translator but Rouhani didn’t use the word ‘holocaust.’” Karami told POLITICO on Thursday. “That appears to be the only major distinction.”

Iran’s President Woos U.S. Media Outlets

rouhaniThe new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.

Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”

This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.

Also in attendance at the meeting were  ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.

Ann Curry on How She Got the Interview with New Iranian President

Ann Curry‘s interview with Iranian Pres. Hassan Rouhani this week was a year in the making. In fact, the process started long before Rouhani was elected. But the toughest part came last week, when Curry and her team waited for Visas to enter the country. WATCH:

Ann Curry Scoops Christiane Amanpour in Interview with Iranian President

NBC’s anchor-at-large Ann Curry is in Tehran at this hour, where she got the first U.S. interview with newly-elected Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. CNN has already been promoting an interview Christiane Amanpour will get with Rouhani when he travels to New York later this month for the annual gathering at the U.N. Curry’s interview, conducted at the presidential compound a few hours ago, will begin airing tonight on “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” The conversation touches on the crisis in Syria, Iran’s nuclear program, and Rouhani’s recent communication with President Obama.

The Afternoon Ticker: Curry, Claman, BBC

  • NBC’s Ann Curry sat down today for a “wide-ranging” interview with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani. Politico reports the interview will air tonight on “Nightly News.”

  • Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman talks to Gotham Magazine about the best places to get financial advice, revealing that she found her financial planner by asking colleagues for recommendations.

  • The BBC will dedicate the month of October to “100 Women,” a series of reports on women’s lives around the world. The series will end with a global women’s conference at New Broadcasting House in London.

Matt Lauer on Curry, Cruise & Cocktail Parties

In an Esquire What I’ve Learned, “Today” anchor Matt Lauer talks about being a father, being a son, fishing, his interview style and what happens “when you punch a guy with four Budweisers in him.” He also talks about the media coverage of him and his colleague, Ann Curry.

Over the course of twenty years that I’ve been at NBC, I have never seen the amount of money I make reported correctly by the media.

The way the media treated what happened with Ann Curry was a disappointing learning experience. I was disappointed by the laziness of the media, the willingness to read a rumor, repeat that rumor, and treat it as a fact. And yet, what were my options? Does anyone want to see a person who’s making the money that the newspapers say I’m making complaining, “Woe is me, my life is terrible, and people are being unfair”? No one would’ve had any patience for that. I wouldn’t have any patience for that. So you just shut up and go about doing your job and hope that people who know you well — your friends and your family — know what’s true.

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