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‘Either Do What’s Necessary, Or Admit You’re Not Up To It’: The Other ‘Today’ Manifesto

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The memo described in brutal detail the changes that needed to be made to NBC’s “Today.” Some of the show’s top talent were targeted: “this guy’s killing us and no one’s even trying to rein him in.” Of course, those words were written in 1989 by Bryant Gumbel, who was speaking of Willard Scott.

And yet it all sounds so much like this week’s dismissal of “Today” show GM Jamie Horowitz. Several insider accounts of the departure make reference to a “manifesto”, wherein the former ESPN producer described in detail what was wrong with “Today”, and how he intended to fix it. By all accounts, it was not warmly received:

A week ago, according to an informed source, Horowitz presented Turness with a written “manifesto” outlining his scheme; on reading it, she “took umbrage” and was horrified.

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Newsers, Family Gather to Toast John Palmer Memoir

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams.

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams. (photo: Francine Daveta)

Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Andrea Mitchell, and Norah O’Donnell were among guests joining the family of the late NBC newsman John Palmer in Manhattan last night to celebrate his life, as recounted in Palmer’s new memoir, Newscatcher.

Palmer began working on the book several years ago, daughter Molly Palmer Cowan tells TVNewser. The publication comes a year after the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2013.

“When it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it through his sudden illness last summer, I brought his book to the hospital,” Palmer Cowan recalls. “I did it in part to help my Dad celebrate all that he accomplished and experienced but if I’m being honest, I mostly did it for selfish reasons. My greatest fear as I watched my father’s life come to an end was having questions for him that he wouldn’t be able to answer or stories I couldn’t remember.”

Newscatcher recounts Palmer’s time covering the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as his reporting in earlier years while based in Chicago, New York, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and Paris.

“As we took turns reading the book to him, he would finish each story himself, often recounting new details,” Palmer Cowan says. “I’m so grateful we got to hear him tell those stories one last time and even more grateful they are documented for us to always enjoy.”

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Carl Quintanilla Joins HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’

carl quintanillaCNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla is joining HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent. He will continue to anchor his CNBC shows, including “Squawk on the Street” and newly-launched “Squawk Alley.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining REAL SPORTS,” Quintanilla said in a statement. “The quality of their reporting is as good as there has ever been on television, led by correspondents I’ve admired my entire career. I couldn’t ask for a better team on which to play a part.”

Quintanilla joins a stable of “Real Sports” correspondents including Soledad O’Brien, Mary Carillo and Bernard Goldberg. The announcement from HBO is after the jump. Read more

Longtime ‘Today’ Show Anchor Jane Pauley Joins CBS News

PauleySchiefferJane Pauley, who has spent her professional life at NBC News, is joining CBS News as a contributor to “CBS Sunday Morning.”

The news was revealed last night in Texas at the annual Schieffer Symposium, hosted by CBS Newsman Bob Schieffer where Pauley was a guest discussing her new best-selling book Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life.

“Jane is taking her own advice,” said Schieffer to the crowd. “She’s reinventing herself and is coming to work at CBS News.

After much applause, Pauley said, “I can’t tell you—my heart is doing strange things. Is there a doctor in the house? Actually there are all kinds of doctors in the house and on stage, but thank you. My pulse is absolutely racing at that news—CBS.”

“We’re really, we’re really really happy to have you,” said Schieffer. “And I can’t think of a better place for you to tell a story. Because you’re a great storyteller – and Sunday Morning is one of my favorite, favorite broadcasts.”

Pauley was the co-anchor of the”Today” show for 13 yeas starting in 1976, first with Tom Brokaw and later with Bryant Gumbel. She then anchored “Dateline NBC” from 1992 to 2003 and has been an on-and-off contributor to “Today.”

TVNewser caught up with Pauley in January as she and Brokaw spoke to a crowd at the 92Y about her book.  Of her early days at “Today,” she told us, “I’ve always been future-oriented, but in terms of my career, I felt like I was living minute-to-minute.”

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Matt Lauer Celebrates His Birthday With Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel and Just for Men

Just a few days after Savannah Guthrie celebrated her birthday on “Today,” it was Matt Lauer‘s turn to celebrate. Lauer, who anchored the show with guest hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel today, received a surprise phone call from Meredith Vieira — who also celebrates a birthday today — as well as a Just for Men kit from Al Roker. Watch:

Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley to Guest Host ‘Today’

lauer gumbel pauleyThe “Today” show is taking a page out of the history books on December 30: former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley will join Matt Lauer as guest co-anchors for the show.

Gumbel and Pauley anchored the show together for seven years from 1982 to 1989. The pair reunited on the show — along with several other former anchors — when “Today” celebrated its 60th anniversary last year. Pauley still appears on “Today” monthly with a recurring segment about older Americans starting new careers.

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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]

The AM Ticker: Wilson, Graduate Day, RTDNA

  • TV One has named Donna Wilson the EP of its daily news program “News One Now,” which is anchored by Roland Martin. Wilson is a former producer for CNN, as well as Dr. Phil and projects for Biography Channel.

Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel Remember John Palmer

On “Today” this morning, former anchors Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley stopped by to remember John Palmer, the NBC News anchor and correspondent who passed away over the weekend at age 77.

“John was a gentleman with a capital “G,” he was gracious in every respect,” Gumbel said.

“I would love to have his legacy,” Pauley added.

John Palmer Has Died

Longtime NBC News correspondent and anchor John Palmer has died at the age of 77 after a “short, sudden illness”, the network reported tonight.

Calling Palmer a “dear colleague and friend”, NBC Nightly News weekend anchor Lester Holt described a journalist “many of you welcomed into your living rooms for a good many years…’Been there, done that’ only begins to describe John’s career. There was no one better in the trenches, and as a colleague, no one more liked.”

A Tennessee native, Palmer long served as a foreign correspondent for NBC News before moving over to the White House beat in 1979.  He went on to cover five presidents.  In 1982 he joined the Today show, where for seven years he was news anchor alongside hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel.

The veteran newsman left NBC News in 1990, rejoining the division four years later. In a 2008 interview, Palmer shared with TVNewser that it was Tim Russert who gave him that second chance.

Palmer met his wife Nancy at NBC News, and currently two of his daughters are division journalists.  One of them, Today producer Molly Palmer Cowan, married CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan last year. At the time of their engagement, a delighted Palmer told TVNewser that he and Nancy were “not losing a daughter, just adding another journalist to the family, and a fine one he is!”

Update: The AP is reporting the cause of death as pulmonary fibrosis.

Full statement and bio from NBC News, after the jump… Read more

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