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:
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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.
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:
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- 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.
- Tomorrow, PBS stations across the country will host American Graduate Day 2013, designed to inform viewers about education. Among those participating: NBC’s Brian Williams, Bryant Gumbel, Campbell Brown, Bianna Golodryga, Juju Chang, Rebecca Jarvis and Deborah Norville.
“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.
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.
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.
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Nate Silver’s migration from the New York Times to ESPN represents more than a new URL – it augurs a sea change in the news business itself, experts say.
Silver’s acclaimed political blog, fivethirtyeight, will expand to sports, weather and entertainment, among other areas, as part of its analytics-driven venue at espn.com, he told reporters yesterday in a conference call.
Though the focus at this point is the blog, expect to see Silver on ESPN and ABC News, especially at election season. Regardless, the blog itself has the muscle to alter the paradigm in news reportage, says Jane Hall, an associate professor in American University’s School of Communication.
“The new buzzwords in the future of journalism are ‘data driven’ and ‘visualization of data,’” Hall says. “Silver brought tremendous credibility and proved himself with his political blog. To branch out to other areas could be very exciting.
“You can do a lot of analysis of data that is credible, if you do it right. A new paradigm could be a very good thing, but I still believe in shoe-leather reporting. You still need to talk to people, face to face, to see what’s on their minds.”
Alex S. Jones, director of Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy – and a loyal Timesman – says Silver’s methodology will become a trend because “he’s not the only genius in the world. There will be a lot of people trying to out-Nate Nate.”
Using metrics for weather is a great thing, Jones says, but applying it to sports would be “depressing. If you knew, at the beginning of the season, that the Yankees would lose, it takes away the mystery, the uncertainty.”
Moreover, if Silver, a former baseball numbers wonk, is as accurate with sports prognosticating as he is with politics, “he’ll make it impossible for bookies to make a living,” Jones warns. “People will be less likely to make stupid bets.”
Bryant Gumbel, host of HBO’s “Real Sports,” isn’t convinced that Silver, whom he labels as “a smart guy with a lot of talent,” will be an actual handicapper.
As TVNewser first reported was in the works last week, Al Jazeera America has signed former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien to a development deal, and will feature her as a “special correspondent” for its primetime newsmagazine, “America Tonight.”
O’Brien’s company, Starfish Media Group, will produce longform documentary specials for AJAM when the channel launches in August, with O’Brien appearing on-air for shorter-form reports on AJAM’s newsmagazine.
“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” O’Brien said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism.”
The deal with AJAM gives O’Brien three development deals since she signed off from CNN’s “Starting Point” at the end of March. She has a “first-look” deal with CNN (ncluding for the “In America” series) and HBO (which includes scripted fare), and appears on-air for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
AJAM continues to staff up with talent even as it lacks a chief executive to run the day-to-day operations of the channel. We hear that a decision on who that person may be is imminent, and could happen as soon as this week.
On Tuesday, HBO will debut the new season of ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”
It will also mark the show’s debut of former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. O’Brien first report for “Real Sports” is called “The Fight Club,” and profiles an Iraq war veteran who organized a club to help veterans with PTSD alleviate their issues through mixed martial arts.
O’Brien also explained what she is looking for in her stories in a “Real Sports” video interview.
For former CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien, HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” is something of a reunion. A former low level staffer at NBC News, O’Brien recalls producing segments with then “Today” anchor Gumbel.
“I was terrified,” O’Brien tells TVNewser. “[Gumbel] was one of the smartest and best interviewers in the business, and it was kind of an overwhelming prospect to be in his space.”
Now O’Brien will be on-air contributing to Gumbel’s HBO program, widely regarded as one of the best sports journalism programs on television. O’Brien will join a correspondent team that includes Mary Carillo, Bernard Goldberg and Andrea Kramer.
“I will do what I do, interviews, and to really tell stories, more about the human struggle to overcome something, to get through something,” O’Brien says of her “Real Sports” role. “It is longer form, but for me it is often under-told stories about the human condition.”
Her deal with HBO also includes a “first look” clause, giving the pay cabler first dibs on scripted programming and “long-form programming concepts” from O’Brien’s production company Starfish Media Group. HBO is known for taking real stories and turning them into dramatic films, most recently with the critically-acclaimed Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” and also for “Game Change.”
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