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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and FNC’s Bill O’Reilly to Interview Bob Costas

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks with NBC’s Bob Costas tonight for Costas’ first television interview since his comments on gun control Sunday night following the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Tomorrow, Costas heads across Sixth Avenue for a sit-down with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

Costas went on Dan Patrick‘s radio show earlier today, telling Patrick: “My mistake is I left it open for too much miscommunication.”

What I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we could begin to talk about and think about. The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them. And that, I think, was my mistake, to be quite honest, Dan. A friend of mine in broadcasting pointed this out to me yesterday, and I agree with him. He said, ‘you violated your own rule.’

Costas’ comments have been front and center on cable news over the last 24 hours, including on Sean Hannity‘s show, as we pointed out earlier and on “The O’Reilly Factor” as O’Reilly discussed the matter with Bernie Goldberg.

Gun Control Fight on ‘Hannity:’ ‘Why don’t you shut up, just please shut up!’ ‘No, You Shut Up!’

The murder-suicide that rocked the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend, and Bob Costascommentary about it Sunday night, was fodder on cable news Monday.

On FNC’s “Hannity,” the discussion got heated between guests Erik Rush and Leo Tyrell when attorney, author and conservative Rush said the Jovan Belcher case is instigating “fear mongering” and “histrionics” from “the big government political leftists who want to disarm the public.”

Tyrell jumped in, charging, “That is an absolute lie!”

Rush began to say, “It’s particularly irksome to me to see a black man come out for all of this gun control with specious arguments.” “Don’t even use race here, because you are being used right now,” shouted Tyrell. “You can go ahead and cut my mic off!”

As both men talked over each other, including several “shut up… no you shut up” comments, Hannity finally ended it and moved on. Watch the fireworks after the jump…

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Bob Costas Uses NFL Halftime Commentary To Advocate For Gun Control

NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas used his weekly halftime commentary segment during “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for something that had little to do with sports: gun control.

The impetus was a tragic shooting in Kansas City, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, drove to the team’s training camp, and shot himself in front his coaches.

Costas used the words of sportswriter Jason Whitlock to argue that the “gun culture” in America undoubtedly had a role in the shooting, and needed to be changed.

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In Sports Illustrated, sports media ace Richard Deitsch critiqued the Belcher coverage on the NFL programs, reserving his harshest criticism for CBS’ handling of the situation. CBS opened with a shlocky live commercial for Garmin GPS devices before finally beginning the show:
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NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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News And Doc Emmy Awards: PBS, ABC, CBS Lead List Of Winners

The 33rd News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night in New York City. PBS led all networks with nine awards thanks to its documentary programming, while ABC and CBS News tied for seven awards each. NBC News took home three Emmys, CNN and CNN/I, Discovery Channel and HBO each took home two, with Nat Geo Channel, Science Channel, Showtime and The NY Times all taking home one Emmy.

Among the notable winners: ABC’s “Nightline” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” each took home five Emmys, leading their respective networks. ABC won Emmys for its Solyndra investigation, as well as Christiane Amanpour‘s interview with Gadhafi. Over the last three years, ABC News had won a combined four Emmys, so the seven this year are a big deal for the organization. CBS won an Emmy for its “Fast and Furious” investigative work. CNN won for “AC360″‘s bullying special and the network’s coverage of the Mubarak stepping down in Egypt. NBC won for its “Education Nation” summit and Bob Costas‘ devastating interview with Jerry Sandusky on “Rock Center.”

Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas were given lifetime achievement awards.

The full list of winners is available here.

NBC Sets More Olympics Ratings Records, But Not Without Tape Delayed Controversy

Every single night so far of NBC Olympics coverage has broken previous Olympics ratings records, this despite the controversy over tape delay. Through the weekend NBC averaged 35.8 million viewers in London, five million more than Beijing, and over a million more than the previous record-holder, Atlanta.

That isn’t to say everything else has been without issue. On last night’s primetime broadcast, Bob Costas teased the Women’s 200M freestyle race, which featured swimmer Missy Franklin. Unfortunately, just a few minutes before the race was set to begin, NBC ran a promo for “Today” touting an interview with Franklin, noting that she won gold. A new, spoiler-free promo ran on the west coast, but that wasn’t any solace to those in the east that wanted the results to be a surprise.

Another controversy brewed yesterday, when Twitter suspended a reporter for London’s Independent newspaper who was very critical of NBC’s coverage. The reporter, Guy Adams, was allegedly suspended for tweeting out the name and email of an NBC executive, and encouraging followers to email him to complain about its coverage.

2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony Most Watched Ever For NBC, More Than 40 Million Tune In

NBC’s coverage of the Opening Ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics was the most watched opener ever, with an average of over 40 million Americans tuning in.

This was despite (or due to?) a tape delay that meant that U.S. viewers would see the events unfold hours after they actually happened in London.

Regardless, the 40.7 million average is higher than the 1996 Atlanta games, which had held the previous ratings record with 39.8 million viewers. Beijing 2008 drew 34.9 million viewers, and Athens 2004 drew 25.4 million.

The Ceremony was anchored by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and Bob Costas, with Jim Bell serving as EP. Filmmaker Danny Boyle directed the Ceremony

Bob Costas Talks Olympics, Sandusky

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie profiles Bob Costas–the face of NBC’s Olympics coverage–in a wide-ranging cover story.

Among the topics of discussion, Costas’ interview with Jerry Sandusky, which netted him and “Rock Center” an Emmy nomination. Guthrie adds that since the Sandusky interview, NBC News has been making a concerted effort to have Costas on more often.

As Amendola was en route to New York — on an NBC-chartered plane — executives began to see promos for a CNN interview with him. “I expressed my displeasure in fairly colorful terms,” says executive producer Rome Hartman, adding that he does not know if Amendola made the last-minute and now-infamous suggestion to get Sandusky on the phone with Costas out of a misguided effort to make amends. “He knew, and we kept reiterating, that what we really wanted was an interview with his client.”

The segment on the Brian Williams-hosted newsmagazine ran for eight minutes, but Costas pushed for more. “I felt like they should have blown out whatever segment was after it,” he says. (It was a piece about Alabama’s controversial immigration law.) “They did make more time for it than they had originally formatted. Let’s put it this way: They had a big inning but left a few men on base.”

In retrospect, Hartman agrees, though he points out, “There was no shortage of damning stuff” in those eight minutes. “It was a phoner, and it was one of the most gripping interviews that any of us will ever see,” he says. “Bob was pitch-perfect. He was respectful on a human level, but he didn’t give a single inch.”

The discussion also touches upon the Olympics, and what Costas has planned for the Opening Ceremonies:
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CBS News Leads The Way In 2012 News And Doc Emmy Nominations

For the second straight year, CBS News led the way in nominations for the 2012 News and Documentary Emmy Awards. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the nominations this morning.

CBS News secured 43 nominations (34 of which were for “60 Minutes”), easily the most of any network. PBS was second with 37 nominations, followed by NBC with 20 and ABC with 17.

Among the cable networks, HBO led the way with 15 nominations, followed by CNN and CNN International, which combined for nine, Discovery Channel and Nat Geo Channel, which each had five, BBC America with three, MSNBC with two, HDNet with two and Al Jazeera English, Bloomberg, CNBC and Current TV, which each had one nomination.

In addition, NATAS says it will present “Noticias Univision” anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas with lifetime achievement Emmys.

Some notes on the nominees: “60 Minutes” alone secured more nominations than NBC, MSNBC and CNN combined. NBC’s “Rock Center” secured a number of nominations, not only for its shiny new set, but also a number of features and interviews, including Bob Costas‘ now infamous interview with former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. Current TV’s nomination came for “Vanguard,” the critically acclaimed documentary series it is cutting back on to add more political commentary programming.

All the nominees are in the official announcement, below.

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Cash, Cramming and Ann Curry During NBC London Olympics Press Conference

We are 30 days from the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, and in a press conference held in the “Saturday Night Live” studio in New York, and on a conference call with reporters today, network executives and Olympics primetime host Bob Costas explained what they have planned for games.

“If you work in television, particularly in sports television, this is really the pinnacle and this is really the time everyone starts feeling the butterflies and starts getting amped up for the challenge ahead,” said Jim Bell, the EP of the London Olympics, as well as NBC’s “Today.”

Some statistics from NBCU: There will be 5,536 hours of live coverage across nine TV channels and online via authenticated streaming. NBCU has 75,000 square feet of space in the International Broadcast Centre in London, and will have 3,000 staffers to cover the games, produce “Today” and “Nightly News,” etc. Around 200 million Americans are expected to tune in to part of the games over 17 days, which underscores just how big a deal the games are for NBCU owner Comcast. Comcast spent $30 billion to secure the U.S. TV rights to the Olympic games through 2020.

That massive deal means that, at least for the upcoming games, the Olympics will be a loss leader.

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