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Colorado Shooting: News Show Changes, Primetime Specials Planned

Reporter Amanda Kost from Denver station KMGH Tweets this photo from outside the Aurora, CO theater

The tragic shooting in Colorado is forcing many TV news programs to throw out their plans for the day, what would likely have been a slow Summer Friday.

As we noted earlier “CBS This Morning” is going live into a third hour of programming, a first for the network morning show. CBS also says that Scott Pelley will anchor the ‘CBS Evening News” from Aurora, Colorado this evening.

> Update: Pelley will also anchor a special edition of “48 Hours” in primetime tonight at 8 PM. Jeff Glor is also going to Colorado. He’ll anchor a split edition of “CBS This Morning Saturday” and anchor “Evening News” Saturday and Sunday and stay for Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

> More: On ABC, David Muir will report from Aurora for “ABC World News,” with Chris Cuomo anchoring a live “20/20″ from Colorado at 10 PM ET. Diane Sawyer–who was supposed to be off today–will come in and anchor “World News” from New York.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor from Aurora, and “Dateline” will have an hour on the shooting in primetime.

On cable news, Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” is forgoing what was supposed to be a taped special on the economy at 10pmET and will instead cover the shooting. Van Susteren will anchor from Colorado. Also, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott–a Colorado native–is en route and will report from Aurora for “Fox Report.”

> More: NBC’s Chris Jansing was supposed to be traveling to London today for Olympics coverage. Instead she is heading to Colorado where she will anchor a 4pmET and 10pmET specials on MSNBC. Coincidentally, one of the athletes she profiled for the Summer games is from Aurora.

> More: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be anchoring from Aurora, Colorado tonight as well.

On HLN this afternoon Kyra Phillips will make her debut on the network during “Evening Express” from 5-7 PM ET.

Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald says on Twitter that they will be covering the shooting:

We will update this story with more changes in coverage, as we get them.

CNN, FNC Fail in Early Reporting of Health Care Ruling

The expediency of TV news is not meeting well with the depth involved in the ruling on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, more commonly known as Obamacare.

“Be cautious with us, we’re trying to do the best we can,” said Bill Hemmer on Fox News, at 10:11am. “We may need to update our lower third, which may not be correct,” added Megyn Kelly, which stated the court had ruled the individual mandate unconstitutional.

At 10:07, CNN’s Kate Bolduan reported the same: “It appears as if the Supreme Court justices have struck down the individual mandate.”

“Wow, that’s a dramatic moment, if in fact the Supreme Court has ruled the individual mandate is in fact unconstitutional,” said Wolf Blitzer.

In fact, they didn’t and it was more complicated than that.

At 10:11am, a breathless NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams got it right in an NBC/MSNBC simulcast, “They have said that it can’t be upheld under the commerce clause, the individual mandate can’t. But [Chief Justice John Roberts] said it can be upheld under the court’s taxing authority. So the bottom line here is the Supreme Court has upheld the health care law. It is a penalty, not a tax.”

That clear enough?

Probably not. Our suggestion: see how the three evening newscasts report it, or read the New York Times.

As for the broadcast networks:  Matt Lauer anchored on NBC until 10:26am, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, with Terry Moran at the court also aired their special report until 10:26. On CBS, Scott Pelley was in Washington along with Jan Crawford at the court with their special report running until 10:30. And FNC’s Jon Scott anchored on FOX stations until 10:27

HLN, CNBC, Fox Business, Bloomberg and C-Span, are also giving the decision extensive coverage.

‘One of the Hardest-Working Women in Television Journalism’

MSNBC’s Chris Jansing, is profiled in today’s Wall Street Journal. Ralph Gardner declares Jansing is “one of the hardest-working women in television journalism.”

Ms. Jansing, who lives in Chelsea, grew up in Fairport Harbor, Ohio, on Lake Erie, the youngest of 12 children. She remembers sitting at the dining room table as a child when she heard a woman who visited regularly refer to her mother as “Mom.” “I said, ‘Why are you calling her mom?’ She said, ‘Because I’m your sister.’ She’d moved out of the house when I was a baby. I learned early on you need to ask a lot of questions.”

Jansing turned that inquisitiveness into a career. First in radio, then local TV in Albany, NY and for the last 14 years at MSNBC and NBC News. She talks about the big stories she’s covered: the Columbine shootings, the Bush/Gore recount, and 9/11. “For weeks after I was basically seven hours a day on MSNBC,” she said. On a related note, during our recent MediaBeat interview, Jansing told us about her most fulfilling assignment.

(Photo: Natalie Keyssar for The Wall Street Journal)

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.

After the jump, see who on the evening news and who on cable participated. Read more

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.

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