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President Obama Authorizes Sanctions on Russian Officials

Speaking from the White House press briefing room shortly before 11amET, President Obama announced he is authorizing sanctions against Russian officials over this weekend’s Crimea vote.

“As I told President Putin yesterday, the referendum in Crimea was a clear violation of Ukrainian constitutions and international law and it will not be recognized by the international community,” Obama said. “Today I am announcing a series of measures that will continue to increase the cost on Russia and those responsible for what is happening in Ukraine.”

The broadcast networks offered special reports, with Matt Lauer anchoring for NBC News, Josh Elliott for ABC News and Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell for CBS News. Fox News, CNN and MSNBC also had coverage of the President’s remarks, with Bill Hemmer anchoring on FNC, Wolf Blitzer anchoring on CNN and Chris Jansing anchoring on MSNBC.

Cable News Networks Cover NYC Explosion

The cable news networks turned to breaking news in their backyard this morning as a building explosion near Park Avenue and 116th Street rocked Harlem.

Fox News was the first to report the explosion at 9:54 a.m. For a few minutes, FNC dipped into local coverage provided by Fox-owned WNYW and anchored by Greg Kelly. Kelly, the son of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, is a former “Fox & Friends” anchor.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was next to report the explosion at 9:56 a.m., turning it over to Chris Jansing when her show began at 10 a.m. MNSBC also simulcast coverage from its local affiliate, NBC owned WNBC.

CNN reported the news at 10:05 a.m., interviewing CNN senior producer Adam Reiss, who was on his way to the scene along with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow.”We haven’t seen this kind of smoke in a fire here in New York City in a very long time,” Reiss said.

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Chris Jansing Answering Fan Questions From Sochi

JansingReporting from her seventh Olympics, MSNBC host Chris Jansing is taking some time for Q and A with fans on MSNBC.com.

Inside Cable News asked Jansing if her living arrangements are as bad as the reports circulating from other journalists:

Most of the problems that have been reported have been in the mountain village; I’m down in town at what’s called the “Coastal Cluster,” and the hotels where NBC folks are staying are all new. While the shower curtains are missing and there are no dressers in the rooms, the design seems more European than unfinished to me. And honestly, when you’re working 16 hour days and on TV live until 4 a.m. Sochi time – you fall into bed, and as long as it’s clean and warm, you’re pretty happy!!!

Fred Orth asked if heightened security is dampening the spirit of the game.

The consensus of athletes I’ve talked to is absolutely not. They’re used to travel and adjusting to new conditions. So this is — they tell me — another thing to deal with toward a goal of keeping their focus on being ready to perform. Also, this is the most accessible athletes’ village to the actual venues — maybe ever.

Joy Reid: ‘Fascinated’ by Conservative POV, ‘Cable Should Be a Debate’

Joy_Reid-304From her early career working in radio and TV in Miami, to running the African-American site TheGrio.com, to most recently serving as one of MSNBC’s go-to guests and fill-in hosts, Joy Reid says she’s ready for “The Reid Report.” And she has some MSNBCers to thank.

“When I first started off, my ultimate goal was to get on ‘Hardball, ‘” Reid told us during an interview at 30 Rock Thursday. “I love Chris Matthews. We sort of have a mutual admiration thing going on,” Reid says. She is also proud to be one of a handful of African-American hosts in cable news and praises MSNBC for having the most diverse audience. “Providing that is not niche marketing, it’s just smart business,” she says.

Taking a page from most other cable news shows, Reid says “The Reid Report,” debuting at 2pmET on Feb. 24, will play to a specific audience that wants more than headlines.

“The cable landscape is difficult. You have a polarized audience. You have an audience that is looking for alternatives to television and cable, including the internet and social.”

CNN is still trying to do “voice of God news,” while Fox News has carved out ownership of a “very Republican” audience, Reid says.

MSNBC’s tilt to the left, which began in the waning days of the George W. Bush administration, doesn’t mean her show will be all liberal, all the time. As Reid tells us in the video portion of our interview, she’s looking forward to bringing on conservative voices: Read more

MSNBC Changes ‘Will Strengthen the Flow of our Programming,’ Says Griffin

msnbclogo_304x200News in the morning. Opinion in the afternoon. That sums up the changes coming to MSNBC’s daytime schedule.

The network’s progressive turn, which is a proven success in the evenings, will now begin much earlier, at 1pmET as diplomat and writer Ronan Farrow joins the schedule. Joy Reid, who often filled in for Martin Bashir, follows at 2pm. “The Cycle,” a politics and pop culture chat show remains at 3, and Alex Wager‘s “Now” stays at 4pm.

“I’m confident the changes and additions to our lineup will strengthen the flow of our programming, ” MSNBC president Phil Griffin writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The afternoon additions will also create flow in the mornings where “Morning Joe” leads into Chuck Todd‘s DC-based politics hour, following by Chris Jansing‘s newscast. Tamron Hall‘s “NewsNation” follows at 11am with Andrea Mitchell moving back an hour to Noon. “Andrea Mitchell is so critical to msnbc and I’ve always thought her show should be at noon,” Griffin says. “Andrea brings on the biggest newsmakers of the day and the new time slot will help showcase her work.”

As previously reported, former CBS, ABC, and CNN executive producer Kathy O’Hearn will oversee Farrow’s show. MSNBC original Omnika Thompson will be joining as senior producer. Thompson had overseen Thomas Roberts‘ show before he moved to the mornings.

Griffin’s note to the staff after the jump…

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Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

‘Is That The Weirdest Thing You’ve Ever Heard?’

Roberts Jansing“The Sound of Music Live!” starring Carrie Underwood scored huge ratings for NBC Thursday night, but MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts scored his own memorable performance earlier that day.

During Thursday’s show “toss” between Chris Jansing and Roberts, he jokingly told Jansing he was upset to not be included in her show’s discussion of “Sound of Music.”

“I’m very upset I was not apart of your ‘Sound of Music’ conversation,”Roberts said, adding that he played Friedrich Von Trapp in the eighth grade.

So, Jansing prodded him to sing a little…which he obliged. Jansing responded with utter bemusement. “Is it me or is that the weirdest thing you’ve ever heard?”

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Lester Holt Celebrates 10 Years on ‘Today’

HoltHallJansingHe didn’t get the knickname iron pants for nothing.

NBC’s Lester Holt who does triple duty as anchor of “Dateline” and the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News,” is celebrating 10 years at “Today.”

“You can stay with a company for 10 years,” Holt tells the Daily News. “But 10 years in the same job? No way.” Holt joined NBC as an anchor for MSNBC in 2000.

Holt, who also fills in for Brian Williams and Matt Lauer during the week, was feted by colleagues at “30 Rock” Thursday. MSNBC anchor and Nightly News correspondent Chris Jansing tweeted this picture with Holt and Tamron Hall.

Lester, if you’re reading this, stop now…

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Carson Daly: News Anchor

Most TV watchers probably know Carson Daly as the host of NBC’s “The Voice,” or in his longtime role as host of MTV’s “Total Request Live.” This morning however Daly put on a new hat: news anchor. Daly filled in for Matt Lauer as co-anchor of “Today.”

Daly had been filling in as a guest co-host during the third hour, which skews heavily toward entertainment and lifestyle segments, but this morning was the first time that he served as a news anchor during the 7-8 AM hour.

Update: Daly had filled in on Saturday, July 20 alongside Chris Jansing, though this morning was the first time sitting in on the significantly more popular weekday edition.

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George Zimmerman Found Not Guilty in Shooting Death of Trayvon Martin

The broadcast news divisions and cable news channels had been waiting all day for a verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. It finally came just before 10pmET, leading the broadcast networks to produce rare, live, primetime special reports for the not guilty verdict. But one network, ABC News, began their special report too late and missed the verdict. ABC joined as the jurors were being polled. The network was showing the canceled “666 Park Avenue,” and even promoted the live verdict in a crawl.

On NBC, Lester Holt anchored a special report, interrupting the final seconds of a made-for-TV movie based on the American Girl doll Saige. Holt took viewers to the verdict, seconds before it was being read. NBC’s report lasted until 10:08.

CBS was first on the air at 9:58, joining during the closing credits of “48 Hours” in the Eastern and Central time zones. The Jim Axelrod-anchored special also went off the air at 10:08.

Despite missing the verdict live, the timing for ABC could not have been better. The network already had “20/20″ on the schedule. The live special report anchored by David Muir began with the verdict then recounted the 16-month long case through the 10pm hour.

The cable news channels had been on verdict watch all day, following 15 hours of deliberation by the six female jurors. By the time the verdict came Don Lemon anchored for CNN, Harris Faulkner on Fox News, Chris Jansing anchored on MSNBC and Nancy Grace was on HLN. “It’s a stunner, Nancy!” said a breathless Jane Velez-Mitchell. “Shock and awe… It’s just…uh.”

Coverage continues on the cablers with news conferences, live chopper shots and other remote cameras on the lookout for verdict reaction.

> More: CNN’s Martin Savidgewho was in the courtroom, said the notice of a verdict came less than 10 minutes before it was read. “It was a race to get to the elevators. Probably 36 reporters and on top of that the legal teams and family members that had to get into place. We barely got into the courtroom.”

Will we hear from the jurors? Here’s what the judge said to them following the verdict:

The law gives you a unique privilege not to speak about the jury’s work. Although you are at liberty to speak with anyone about your deliberations, you are also at liberty to refuse to speak to anyone. A request to discuss either your verdict or your deliberations may come from those who are simply curious from those who might seek to find fault with you, from the media, from the attorneys or elsewhere. It will be up to you to decide whether to preserve your privacy as a juror.

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