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Networks Pivot From Ukraine to Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Offensive

Shortly before 4pmET, cable and broadcast networks turned from Ukraine — where they have spent most of the day reporting on Malyasia Airlines flight 17, which was shot down near the Russian border this morning — to Gaza, where Israel has just launched a ground offensive after several days of violence there.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only broadcast anchor still on the air when news of the ground invasion broke. “We’re just getting reports now from our Hamish MacDonald that Israeli military confirms to ABC news that the ground phase of the war in Gaza has indeed begun,” Stephanopoulos said. “Another huge crisis escalating at the same time as we’re getting all of these reports of the downed airliner.”

On cable, Shepard Smith continues to anchor from the Fox News Deck, joined by John Huddy from Gaza. Jake Tapper is anchoring on CNN, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem. CNN’s Ben Wedeman and Karl Penhaul also reported from Gaza during the 4pmET hour. Alex Wagner is anchoring on MSNBC.

MSNBC and CNN have mostly focused on the plane during the 4pmET hour, while Fox News has stayed with the Gaza story.

>Update: As an out of breath John Huddy voiced a running eyewitness account on Fox News, describing what he sees and hears, Smith said, “John Huddy is giving us a view like you won’t see on any channel in this world. I’m watching all of them. And nobody has this view, and nobody has this eye on this, except John Huddy.” Watch here.

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Rubber Bullet Hits CNN’s Ben Wedeman in the Head

CNN’s Ben Wedeman didn’t let a rubber bullet keep him from reporting on the flare-up of violence in Jerusalem. On Friday he Tweeted:

As a seasoned war reporter, Wedeman is no stranger to getting in the middle of a conflict. In 2011 he and his crew were caught in a firefight in Libya. Last week, an NBC News crew also found itself caught up in the current Israeli-Palestinian violence following the murder of three Israeli teens and the possible revenge killing of a Palestinian boy last week.

CNN Crew Roughed Up at Hamas Protest

CNN senior international correspondent Ben Wedeman and his cameraman, Joe Sheffer, were roughed up by Palestinian security forces at a Hamas demonstration in the West Bank. Wedeman said on CNN this morning that they are fine minus “a couple bruises, a few scratches.”

“The Palestinian authority does not like it when the press covers groups of protesters that are affiliated with Hamas that are protesting essentially against the Palestinian authority,” Wedeman said. “At a certain point I heard one of these plainclothes policemen saying in Arabic, ‘grab the camera, grab the cameraman.’ So I ran up to Joe Scheffer, our cameraman, and I told him, ‘They’re coming for you. Let’s go, let’s go.’” Watch:

More Correspondents Travel to Ukraine

fox ukraineMore correspondents are up and running from Ukraine as Russian and Ukrainian forces remain in a tense standoff in the country’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Kiev overnight, meets with government officials there today.

Several correspondents are traveling to Kiev with Secretary Kerry, including NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, ABC chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is in Kiev, where he will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” from Kiev and report across all Fox News’ programs today. Tomorrow he will anchor and report from Crimea.

CNN has a number of correspondents in the region, including Matthew Chance, Anna Coren and Claudia Rebaza in Kiev and Diana Magnay and Ben Wedeman in Crimea.

Also in Ukraine, as we told you yesterday: Terry Moran and Alex Marquardt for ABC, Bill Neely and Ian Williams for NBC, Elizabeth Palmer, Clarissa Ward, and Charlie D’Agata for CBS, Anderson Cooper for CNN, Amy Kellogg for Fox News, and Nick Schifrin, Jennifer Glasse, and Phil Ittner for Al Jazeera America.

CNN Crew Has Camera Taken Away by Egyptian Officer

On “Reliable Sources,” hosted by John Avlon, CNN correspondent Ben Wedeman talked about covering the chaos in Cairo over the last week, which has included a crackdown on — and, in once case, violence against — journalists. Wedeman talked about how he was setting up for a liveshot late last week when an Army officer took away his camera — including a day’s worth of footage.

Papal Conclave Coverage: Broadcast and Cable Networks

The conclave to elect the next Pope will begin Tuesday after morning mass. Here’s what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for coverage.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will broadcast “World News” from the Vatican beginning this evening. Sawyer is joined in Rome by Terry Moran, Josh Elliott, David Wright, Cokie Roberts, Rob Claiborne and Cecilia Vega. The network plans to broadcast special reports for the cardinals’ twice-daily votes.

CBS’ Scott Pelley will also be live from Vatican City starting today. Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose will host “CBS This Morning” live from Vatican City, with CBS News correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips contributing to coverage.

Chris Jansing and Lester Holt will lead coverage for NBC News and MSNBC from Rome.  Anne Thompson, Keir Simmons, Claudio Lavangna and George Weigel will also contribute to NBC-MSNBC coverage. Both networks will provide special reports for the cardinals votes. Jansing and Holt also led coverage of the last papal conclave in 2005, which Jansing talks about in a lengthy Q&A with Inside Cable News.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith will anchor from Rome. He will be joined by correspondents Amy Kellogg and Lauren Green to cover the conclave. Bryan Llenas will be reporting for Fox News Latino.

Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage from Rome. Ben Wedeman, Miguel Marquez, Dan Rivers and Becky Anderson will report, along with CNN en Español’s Adriana Hauser and Jose Levy. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen will also contribute to coverage.

Pope Benedict Coverage: CNN

CNN will be dedicating nearly all of its dayside programming to coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s resignation tomorrow.

Coverage will begin at 4 AM, with “Early Start.” John Berman and Zoraida Sambolin will anchor until 7 AM.

From 10AM-12PM, CNN will air special coverage “The Pope’s Last Day,” anchored by Erin Burnett and Chris Cuomo in new York, and simulcast on CNNI. That program will feature Christiane Amanpour interviewing Cardinal Timothy Dolan live from Rome around 10 AM.

CNN will also cover a Cardinal press conference around 12:30 PM, and the Pope’s ceremonial departure sometime around 2 PM. CNN has analyst John Allen and correspondents Jim Bittermann, Ben Wedeman joining Amanpour in Rome, along with CNNI anchor Becky Anderson and CNN en Espanol’s Jose Levy.

Amanpour has been in Rome reporting for a few days, even drawing praise from one of the Cardinals (see below).
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Who’s Going to Rome to Cover the Pope?

Fox News’s Shepard Smith will soon be on his way to Rome, reporting from the Vatican on the resignation of Benedict XVI and upcoming Conclave and election. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot will be there tomorrow while Amy Kellogg should be on the ground by this afternoon. Smith, Palkot and Kellogg all covered the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Benedict in 2005.

NBC News correspondent/MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who also covered the last Papal transition will be leaving this afternoon for several days of reporting/anchoring and will also cover the election of the next pope. In a Media Beat interview, Jansing told us covering the death of John Paul II and election of Benedict was the most fulfilling assignment of her career: “It was just an extraordinary global event and also had some personal meaning to me.” Jansing will join NBC Rome correspondent Claudio Lavagna already on scene. Richard Engel will also report.

CBS has Allen Pizzey in Rome and London correspondent Mark Phillips will be joining him.

“GMA” Weekend Anchor Dan Harris, along with David Wright, Jeffrey Kofman, and Nick Schifrin will be reporting from the Vatican. Wright covered the 2005 transition. ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide a historical perspective.

CNN’s Rome-based correspondent Ben Wedeman will cover and will be joined by Jim Bitterman, Max Foster and Jose Levy for CNN en Español are all en route.

Correspondents Still Putting Life On The Line To Report From Syria

The revolution continues in Syria, and TV news correspondents continue to put themselves at risk to report from the country.

On Fox News, Steve Harrigan had some close calls with the Syrian military when he was in Syria this week, and later on told anchor Shepard Smith “I’m not going to put up another satellite antenna in Syria until Assad is out of power,” because of the danger.


On CNN, Ben Wedeman and his team were worried that a war plane flying overhead might attack the building they took shelter in:

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Syria Still A Big Story, But Reporting Dangers Remain

The ongoing revolution in Syria continues to be a big story on the network evening newscasts, and on cable news. Earlier this year we noted that Syria may be the most dangerous country yet for foreign journalists to report from, as ABC’s Alexander Marquardt recently experienced firsthand.

CNN’s Ben Wedeman, in a behind the scenes report, looks at what foreign correspondents have to deal with in order to get around Aleppo, currently a hotspot in the revolution.

NBC’s Richard Engel is also in the region, and appeared on “NBC Nightly News” from the Turkey/Syria border:

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