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NBC News Makes Pitch to Advertisers, As ‘Rock Center’ Hits New Viewership Low

Matt Lauer and Steve Capus at the NBC News/MSNBC upfront.

NBC Newsers always like to say they are part of one big family. But in a family that big, with several making millions of dollars a year — even a select few in the double-digit millions — there is bound to be sibling rivalry. And so it was on display Thursday as NBC News held an upfront presentation at the event space 583 Park Avenue. Matt Lauer tweaked Brian Williams for his run-on questions; Williams took a shot at Willie Geist: “I just found out he had a show;” who had fired first: “Brian is the caregiver for our parents and grandparents at 6:30 every night.”

 

Kidding aside, the event was all business: a gathering of sales teams, planners and agencies in an effort to get advertisers excited by what NBC News — the #1 news network — and MSNBC have to offer. At one point, Williams mentioned “the elephant in the room.” While some may have thought he was talking about his primetime newsmagazine’s ratings — “Rock Center” hit a new viewership low drawing just 2.6 million viewers Wednesday — the newsman-comedian was actually taking a jab Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

“Hods and Kathie Lee are just baked. Permanently hammered,” said Williams of the fourth hour “Today” team. He referred to Ed Schultz as “a big bowl of humanity. His head alone is bigger than my first apartment in New York.” And after Al Roker revealed he and Williams “spooned” in a tent

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Emotional Farewell to Rep. Gabby Giffords, For the Media Covering it Too

No one was crying over Pres. Obama’s “spilled milk” joke last night, but there were plenty of tears in the House Chamber this morning as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords resigned from Congress. With Giffords by her side, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz read a letter from the Arizona congresswoman who was shot by a deranged gunman in her home district in January, 2011.

“I will recover and will return, and we will work together again for Arizona, and for all Americans.”

A three and a half minute standing ovation followed. The event was carried live on the cable news channels. “Holy cow, cue the waterworks,” said CNN’s Kyra Phillips. “It is hard not be moved by what we’ve just seen in the House,” said Chris Jansing on MSNBC. “Not a dry eye in the House… or here either,” said Martha MacCallum on Fox News.


How TV and News Are Two Very Different Things

“J” schools can teach all they want, but nothing tops getting real-life experience in a newsroom. MSNBC’s Chris Jansing has spent spent time in radio news, local TV news and national TV news, as a writer, reporter, anchor. In Part III of our Media Beat interview Jansing has some words of wisdom for future TVNewsers.

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Veteran MSNBC Anchor Chris Jansing Talks About the Network’s Move to the Left

What do down-the-middle news anchors do when the cable network around them moves predominantly left? We asked MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, who anchors the network’s 10amET “Jansing & Co.” In Part II of our Media Beat interview, Jansing also tells us about her most meaningful assignment: a month spent in Rome in 2005 covering the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.

Chris Jansing on How to Make it in Cable News: ‘I Keep My Head Down and I Work Hard’

If there was a “Survivor: Cable News” Chris Jansing would get the $1 million and Jeff Probst‘s admiration. The anchor of MSNBC’s 10amET show “Jansing & Co.” has been with the network for most of its existence, and she’s seen a revolving door of anchors come and go since. She left daily anchoring a few years ago to cover the West Coast for NBC News. In our MediaBeat interview, Jansing says the assignment was like, “being reborn … I remembered what my roots were.” So, how has she survived?

  • Tuesday, Part II: How MSNBC has changed throughout Jansing’s 13 years
  • Wednesday, Part III: From national tragedies to disputed elections to a Papal change, Jansing’s front-row seat to history

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TVNewsers Wear Purple To Show Their ‘Spirit’

People across the country today participated in “Spirit Day,” wearing purple as a sign of support for LGBT youth. The movement, started by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, counted several visible people as champions of the anti-bullying cause: morning anchors, evening anchors and cable anchors on several networks were color-coordinated today.

On the morning shows:

On ABC’s “Good Morning America,” George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts participated, as did Ann Curry and Al Roker on NBC’s “Today.” All four co-hosts on “The View” — Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd and Elisabeth Hasselbeck — were decked out in purple as well.

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Cablers Plan Extended Weekend Coverage for Hurricane Irene

It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)

  • Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
  • CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.

And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.

Cablers Head to Iowa for Straw Poll Coverage

Yesterday we told you what the network Sunday morning shows were up to this weekend, now it is the cablers turn to put their focus on Iowa. With the Iowa Straw Poll slated for Saturday, the cable channels are sending some of their top talent to the state, and planning special coverage on Saturday.

Details after the jump.

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Casey Anthony Sentenced to 4 Years

Judge Belvin Perry sentenced Casey Anthony to the maximum for the four counts on which she was convicted in the murder case against her. HLN, FNC, CNN, and MSNBC carried the sentence hearing live.

NBC News produced a special coverage during the third hour of “Today.” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report for ABC News at 9:35amET, interrupting “Good Morning America” in the Central and Mountain time zones.

The early reporting showed a discrepancy of when she’ll be released, with ABC saying it could be next month and Fox News saying next summer. The decision is expected later today.

Prosecutor Jeff Ashton was not in court for the sentencing. He’s still in New York, and was to appear in studio on MSNBC with Chris Jansing in the 10amET hour. “He decided at the last moment not to join us,” said Jansing on air. Ashton was on “Fox & Friends” in the 6amET hour. Defense attorney Jose Baez was in court in Orlando, after returning from New York yesterday where he was interviewed by ABC’s Barbara Walters.

NBC News, MSNBC Launch Initiative to Cover Veterans, Military Families

NBC News and MSNBC today launched a new campaign and programming series that seeks to shed light on issues related to veterns and military families. Called “Making a Difference on the Homefront,” the series kicked off with a job fair on the USS Intrepid, with “NBC Nightly News” slated to air the first piece tonight.

On MSNBC this afternoon, Chris Jansing spoke to Peter Alexander, who as on-site at the job fair:

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There will be another job fair in July in Los Angeles, with programming for the series slated to continue for the next year.

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