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NBC’s Kentucky Derby Plans

This afternoon thousands of dapper people will file into Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. They will sip mint juleps, wear funny hats and make “trifecta” wagers after pretending to read the book on handicapping.

Yes, the Kentucky Derby is here, and NBC, which paid good money for the TV rights, is planning wide-ranging coverage, including contributions from NBC News and The Weather Channel.

Al Roker was at Churchill Friday for a “Today” segment, as well as “Wake Up with Al” on Weather Channel. His colleague Stephanie Abrams will continue coverage on Weather Saturday morning. “Today” correspondent Dylan Dreyer will report from the hallowed grounds on Saturday and Sunday, previewing and recapping the event, respectively. Brian Schachtman, CNBC’s sports business reporter, filed reports from Churchill Friday, and will continue all day today.

E! news is also planning coverage. The fancy hats may cover people’s heads, but they won;t cover themselves, you know.

Bob Costas will lead the coverage, along with:
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Bob Costas Criticizes CBS For Not Covering ‘Augusta’s history of racism and sexism’ During The Masters

The Masters golf tournament is currently being played at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. CBS Sports has the exclusive TV rights for all the late-round action.

NBC Sports’ Bob Costas–admittedly not a neutral bystander–took aim at CBS’ coverage on Dan Patrick‘s radio show. Deadspin has some of the key quotes:

What no CBS commentator has ever alluded to, even in passing, even during a rain delay, even when there was time to do so, is Augusta’s history of racism and sexism. Even when people were protesting just outside the grounds—forget about taking a side—never acknowledging it. So not only will I never work the Masters because I’m not at CBS, but I’d have to say something and then I would be ejected.

TV News Dominates THR ’35 Most Powerful’

The Hollywood Reporter released its 2013 “35 Most Powerful People In Media” list, and TV news dominates the winners. The list looks at the most dominant media personalities in New York.

The list includes (in alphabetical order) Roger Ailes, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Anderson Cooper, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Jeff Fager, Pat Fili-Krushel, James Goldston, Phil Griffin, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, the “60 Minutes” team, the “Today” team, Rachel Maddow, Piers Morgan, Bill O’Reilly, Scott Pelley, David Rhodes, The “Good Morning America” team, the “CBS This Morning” team, Diane Sawyer, Ben Sherwood, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Jeff Zucker.

Some of the recipients gave interviews, others did not. You can see the full list here.

NBC’s ‘Interview’ With Jerry Sandusky Isn’t What It Seems

Tomorrow NBC’s “Today” will feature former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky speaking “in his own words.” Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse last year. As we noted when we reported about the interview on Friday, Sandusky has not spoken out since the conviction, and prior to it only gave a phone interview to NBC’s Bob Costas.

However, NBC’s “interview” isn’t really what it seems. Documentary filmmaker John Zieglerbest known for his 2009 film Media Malpractice: How Obama Got Elected And Palin Was Targeted–is the one who secured the footage of Sandusky, and is using it for a new film “The Framing of Joe Paterno.” Ziegler will be a guest on “Today” tomorrow, where he will reveal some of the footage. In other words, while NBC certainly left the impression that someone from the network would be interviewing Sandusky, it is in fact footage from Ziegler and his team, and NBC had no control or say in it.

“In an exclusive interview airing Monday on TODAY, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will speak out for the first time since he went to prison,” the show wrote in an article on Today.com. That probably leaves readers with the impression that NBC journalists were involved, even though it technically never says NBC conducted the interview.

Ziegler, perhaps getting ahead of his “Today” appearance, wrote a blog post called “An Open Letter to the News Media: How to Do a Hit Piece on John Ziegler.”

NBC’s ‘Today’ Secures Jerry Sandusky Interview For Monday

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky–who was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse last year–is speaking out for the first time since the conviction. Sandusky will be appearing on NBC’s “Today” show Monday, where “he will explain in his own words what he says happened on the Penn State campus,” Matt Lauer said on the program today.

Sandusky was interviewed in prison. Leading up to his trial he only granted one interview to a TV outlet, and that was to NBC’s Bob Costas, over the phone on “Rock Center.”

That interview was damning to Sandusky, and resulted in Costas being heaped with praise, even as it became extremely controversial later on when it was revealed that some other damning responses had been left on the cutting room floor.

Bob Costas Talks Gun Control On ‘Reliable Sources’

Just a few weeks before the awful shooting in Newtown, CT, NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas dedicated his NFL halftime commentary to the issue of gun control. The impetus was the murder suicide of NFL player Jovan Belcher and his wife.

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning, Costas talked to Howard Kurtz about those comments, in his first TV interview addressing his comments since the week the controversy erupted.

The Evening Ticker: CNBC Alarm Clock, New Costas Show, Zakaria Special

  • CNBC has released a new app for Apple and Android devices. The app, the CNBC Alarm Clock, lets users wake up to the voice of CNBC anchors or hosts (like the soothing Jim Cramer), and immediately get the latest financial information. More info on the app after the jump.

  • On Sunday evening, CNN will air a special edition of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” dubbed “Memo to the President.” The special will feature a number of prominent officials, like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, James Baker and Kay Bailey Huthinson offering advice and guidance to the President in advance of his second term.

  • Bob Costas is getting a new show, “Costas at the Movies,” on MLB Network. The series will feature Costas hosting in-depth interviews with actors and directors about baseball in film. After each episode, MLB network will air the film discussed. Tommy Lee Jones and Penny Marshall are among those appearing.

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Female Debate Moderators Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz Make THR’s ‘Rule Breakers’ List

CNN’s Candy Crowley and ABC’s Martha Raddatz were the female moderators of this year’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, landing the pair on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual year-end “Rule Breakers” list. Crowley and Raddatz reflect on the experience:

Crowley, 63, maintains she didn’t think too much about breaking the decades-long dry spell, but when the letters from women — young and old — came pouring in, “It hit me,” she says. “The optics matter.” And when in pre-debate interviews on CNN and elsewhere Crowley said she would attempt to get the candidates off of their talking points by pressing them with follow-up questions, both campaigns privately protested — a move criticized as defensive and vaguely sexist.

So would the women subject themselves to the debate ringer again? “In a heartbeat,” says Crowley. Raddatz agrees. “You walk off the stage, and you say, ‘Oh, thank God it’s over.’ And then you think, ‘That was fun.’ I used to say about summer in Iraq [where she has traveled 21 times]: ‘It’s so horrible; I’m never going back in the summer.’ And then you forget, and you go back.”

Also on the list: NBC’s Bob Costas and Jim Bell, who helmed NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics, and ABC’s “Good Morning America” team, who overtook “Today” to become the top morning show in 2012. The list was a topic of conversation on “GMA” this morning, with Lara Spencer calling the show “the bad boys of morning TV.”

NBC Sports Cuts Deal With Yahoo!

Yahoo! keeps cutting deals with media companies in an effort to diversify its content portfolio. The latest partner is NBC Sports, which will bring its sports reportage and expertise to Yahoo! Sports. The deal is similar to the wide-ranging deal Yahoo! cut with ABC News in late 2011, as well as the deal Yahoo! cut with CNBC earlier this year for financial news and analysis. Both CNBC and ABC News had partnered with Yahoo! previously, only to see those deals end when the contracts in place ended.

As with the ABC and CNBC deals, the two companies will split what they offer, with Yahoo! offering a powerhouse digital site and technology, and NBC providing top-notch content, including original videos featuring talent like Bob Costas. Yahoo!’s fantasy sports platform–already the market leader–will power NBC’s own fantasy product Rotoworld.

The two companies will maintain separate websites and talent, with some sharing, particularly around big games and premium digital content offerings. It still isn’t entirely clear what new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer‘s views on content are for the company, but so far, she has not only kept the company’s partnership deals intact, but continues to add to them, as with the rebranding of the CBS entertainment newsmagazine “The Insider” to “OMG! Insider,” named after Yahoo!’s gossip site.

More information on the deal, after the jump.
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Bob Costas Talks To Bill O’Reilly, And Dedicates Show To Guns

As promised, last night NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about his commentary during the “Sunday Night Football” game this week. Costas is also dedicating a large portion of his NBC Sports Network show tonight to gun violence. Guests, including Charles Barkley and John McEnroe talk about guns and gun violence.

Costast told host Bill O’Reilly:

“I don’t back up on anything I said, but I think it might’ve been more effective if I said, ‘Look, if we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have a serious discussion within sports, an ongoing discussion… about domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns, about steroids, drugs and alcohol.’”

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