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Jenna Wolfe Gets New ‘Today’ Show Role

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Jenna Wolfe (far left), currently news anchor for “Weekend Today” will be named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show, TVNewser has learned. In addition to covering topics like health and wellness for “Today,” Wolfe has also been named NBC News National Correspondent reporting for all shows and platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.”

Wolfe announced last month that she and her partner, NBC News correspondent Stephanie Gosk, are pregnant with their second child. NBC has not settled on a replacement for Wolfe on “Weekend Today.”

More: Matt Lauer made the announcement at 8:45amET. “We’re going to be seeing you a lot here. That is the good news. The bad news is you’re going to be leaving your fam on the weekend show,” said Lauer. We hear NBC will announce Wolfe’s replacement next week.

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Steve Capus: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy To Have This Be My Professional Home These Days’

Capus_CBS_LowThis summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

After 20 years at 30 Rock, which saw him rise from producer, to executive producer to president of NBC News, Steve Capus took a break from the business last year. Not long after entering the world of academia, Capus was pulled back in to TV news signing on as EP of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Capus, who is one of only a few people to have overseen flagship newscasts on two networks, says the evening news is alive and well: “I’m so sick of seeing articles written about how these broadcasts are going to die off,” he tells us.

TVNewser: You’ve been in the TV news business for almost 30 years. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Capus: There are a number of changes and yet the more things change, the more they stay the same. The technological changes are obvious and the ease that our audiences can consume our content has obviously been the biggest change. On the technological side, it’s so much easier these days to do a broadcast from a place like Iraq [where Scott Pelley reported from this week]. And yet, the reason I say things stay the same, what still comes into play is the fundamentals: a commitment to outstanding journalism, enterprise reporting, investigative reporting, strong storytelling; those things will never go out of fashion. If anything, the people who make those commitments to all of of those things are going to continue to stay relevant to the audience in a world where so much news information is commoditized. Making those commitments to doing those things in a unique manner is how you end up standing out from the crowd.

TVNewser: You were President of NBC News in your last 8 years there. What made you want to return to the business an an EP?

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Obama: ‘America Will Lead a Broad Coalition to Roll Back this Terrorist Threat’

ObamaISISIn a 14-minute address tonight, President Obama announced the U.S. will “lead a broad coalition” to defeat ISIS.

In his address, which comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the president mentioned by name, two journalists killed by ISIS in recent weeks.

“They execute captured prisoners, they kill children, enslave, rape and force women into marriage… and in acts of barbarism they took the lives of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.”

“I have made it clear, we’ll hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.”

FOX finished its special report first, at 9:16pm, with Shepard Smith promoting analysis on Fox News. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up next after brief analysis with Martha Raddatz; CBS’s Bob Schieffer wrapped few seconds after that, and NBC’s Brian Williams finished his special report with Chuck Todd at 9:17. The cable networks continued with analysis.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

The Morning Ticker: NBC, ABC, CBS

  • Brian Williams filled in for Savannah Guthrie on “Today” this morning, and he played hurt. “I have the thing — the cold. The summer into fall cold,” he said at the start of the show.

  • “World News Tonight’s” David Muir will anchor live from Cupertino, CA this evening with exclusive access behind the scenes following today’s Apple announcements.

  • “CBS This Morning” debuted a new, faster-paced show open Monday. Here it is:


Evening News Ratings: Week of Sept. 1

evening news_2014In David Muir‘s first week at the helm of “World News Tonight,” the ABC newscast once again took the younger demo while “NBC Nightly News” with Brian Williams” led among total viewers. This is ABC’s 5th consecutive weekly win and 9th of the last 10 weeks in the demo. And this was a milestone week for Williams as well. “Nightly News” marks 5 years straight at No. 1.

All three newscasts were up among total viewers compared to the same week last year, with “Nightly” up the most (+9%). “Nightly” was also the only newscast down in the demo (-2%). “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was up the most in the demo (+11%) and up +7% in viewers. “World News Tonight” was up +8% in viewers and up +10% in the demo.

On Tuesday, Muir’s first official day as anchor and the first day NBC and ABC were rated head-to-head “Nightly” topped “World News Tonight” by +529,000 total viewers and +111,000 A25-54 viewers.

Because of Labor Day and sports coverage, NBC is based on three days: Tue, Wed, Fri. CBS is based on thee days: Tue, Wed, Thu. ABC is based on four days: Tue-Fri.

Numbers for the week of Sept. 1, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 8,471,000 8,265,000 6,497,000
• A25-54: 1,967,000 2,040,000 1,613,000

The Afternoon Ticker: Pelley & Iraq, Williams & ‘Nightly,’ Costas & Kelly, Dunn & Big Bird

  • Scott Pelley is in Iraq on assignment for CBS News. On the “CBS Evening News” this week he’ll report on the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the state of ISIS.

  • NBC News will begin a promotional push this fall marking Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor. Williams took over the show from Tom Brokaw Dec. 2, 2004.

  • Jeffrey Dunn has been named CEO of Sesame Workshop, producer of “Sesame Street.” Dunn succeeds Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.

It’s Homecoming Week at ‘Today’

Pauley Brokaw 304As Savannah Guthrie continues her maternity leave, “Today” is calling up some other NBCNewsers to fill in. As we’ve reported, Meredith Vieira subs tomorrow, the same day her syndicated show debuts.

Brian Williams pulls double-duty on Tuesday anchoring in the morning and “NBC Nightly News.” On Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will have an earlier call time as they join Matt Lauer. On  Thursday, Tom Brokaw returns to the “Today” anchor chair. Brokaw (above, with Jane Pauley) co-hosted the show from 1976-1981.

On Friday, Maria Shriver will be behind the desk. Shriver co-anchored the “Today” Sunday edition from 1987-1990. NBC is calling this “Homecoming Week” on “Today.”

President Obama: We’re Going to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Defeat ISIS’

Broadcast networks provided special coverage this morning as President Obama held a press conference from the NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

The president first made a statement about the 28 NATO countries sending more resources to Ukraine including security assistance, body armor, and medical care. He also announced the U.S. and Europe are finalizing increased sanctions against Russia’s financial and energy sectors. Obama also spoke about NATO countries uniting against ISIS in Iraq.

“There was unanimity over the last two days that ISIS poses a significant threat to NATO members and there was a recognition that we have to take action,” the president said. “We’re going to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIS the same way we have gone after Al-Qaeda.”

ABC News cut in at 11:44amET with  George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from from the NATO Summit in Wales. NBC News cut in at 11:44amET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and Chuck Todd reporting from Washington, DC . CBS cut in with Scott Pelley anchoring in New York and “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer reporting from Washington, DC.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second to Bloomberg’s Angela Greiling Kane; the next to  the New York TimesJulie Davis; the next to the Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson. The president spoke for 24 minutes.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 25

EveningNewsNewIn Diane Sawyer’s final week, which was actually a half-week since her last day was Wednesday, “World News” came within 40,000 viewers of No. 1 “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” with Lester Holt sitting in for the vacationing Williams.

That’s the closest ABC has come to NBC in 5 years, since the week of September 7, 2009, which was the last week ABC topped NBC in the total viewer measurement. Brian Williams has been on a winning streak since.

“World News” took the younger viewer demo for the eighth time in nine weeks, with a +272,000 lead on “Nightly,” its biggest gap in 7 years, since the week of July 2, 2007. Compared to the same week last year only “World News” showed growth.

NBC’s average is based on four days, with Monday excluded because of the Emmy awards. ABC and CBS are based on five days.

Numbers for the week of August 25, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,423,000 7,383,000 6,116,000
• A25-54: 1,671,000 1,942,000 1,448,000

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