“Early Today,” which airs before the early morning news on NBC affiliates, is celebrating 8 years and more than 2,000 shows today. Nine staffers, including EP Andy Jones, have been with the show the entire time — a lifetime in TV news, especially working the overnight/early morning hours. This morning, anchor Veronica De La Cruz gave a shout out to the original staffers. “Early Today” has been in its present form since 2004, originating from MSNBC studios, first in Secaucus, NJ and since 2007, at 30 Rock. From 1999-2004 the show originated from CNBC headquarters and before that it was known as “NBC News at Sunrise” and anchored by Ann Curry. Past anchors of “Early Today” include Natalie Morales, Amy Robach, Contessa Brewer, Kristine Johnson, Dan Kloeffler and Christina Brown.
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News broke very early this morning of the passing of West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, 92, who died at approximately 3amET. (Story)
CNN was first with the news, sending out its wire alert at 5:22amET. The AP alert went out shortly after at 5:29amET. CNN, notably, dropped the AP for its own wire service just a week ago. (Note: the CNN-AP contract will officially expire June 30.)
On-air, CNNI’s Monita Rajpal broke in and reported the news at 5:25amET, MSNBC’s Christina Brown had it at 5:26amET during “First Look,” and Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty delivered a breaking news alert at 5:38amET.
TVNewser hears the Capitol Hill security guards were at it again for CNN and correspondent Dana Bash. It seems a CNN photog overheard some chatter among the guards early this morning and called it in to the assignment desk, which had Bash calling the Byrd staff to confirm before she’d made it out the door for the day. Bash was also live for the top of CNN’s “American Morning.”
The usually quiet holiday season was interrupted this year by breaking news of the attempted terrorist attack on Northwest flight 253.
CNN devoted almost the entirety of its primetime to the story, and it attracted the viewers. From 8-11pmET, CNN averaged 1.16 million total viewers (318k in the A25-54 demo), just enough to top Fox News, which averaged 1.10 million viewers (301k demo). MSNBC averaged a far fewer 337k total viewers (148k demo).
The AP’s David Bauder writes about the criticism MSNBC is now facing for its lack of comprehensive coverage of the incident:
Competitors CNN and Fox News Channel gave much more extensive attention to the story on Christmas night as MSNBC stuck with taped programs on a murder mystery and environmental issues, along with an “undercover” report on the teenage sex trade.
Bauder also writes, “For its part, MSNBC has noted that its long-form taped programming have been successful in the ratings during weekends.”
On Saturday, Fox News and CNN continued major coverage of the story in primetime. Greta Van Susteren cut her vacation short to anchor a special two-hour “On the Record” Saturday evening, which returned FNC to the top of the total viewer ratings with 841,000 watching during primetime. CNN’s primetime, which featured re-airs of the network’s exclusive with Jasper Schuringa, averaged 692,000.
In the demo, however, MSNBC’s documentary programming drew more A25-54 viewers (266k) than both those networks.
Over the weekend ICN was first to report that someone posted the new MSNBC schedule — supposedly “effective January 11, 2010″ — on Wikipedia:
Among the alleged changes “It’s the Economy” is canceled, Norah O’Donnell returns to anchoring at 2pm, Andrea Mitchell Reports moves to 3pm, and Page Hopkins and Christina Brown will be sharing anchoring duties on “First Look/Early Today.”
But a spokesperson for MSNBC tells TVNewser that the line-up posted on Wikipedia is incorrect and that the network has not completely finalized a 2010 schedule.
So what happened?
Wikipedia is a user-generated site, which means anyone can make changes to a majority of the pages with either a username or just an IP address, making them susceptible to false or simply wishful information.
The user who originally posted the new schedule is identified by an IP address whose only other activity was editing the page for the FOX affiliate in Hartford, CT. The schedule went through a series of edits by different users. Another IP address later added Hopkins’ name to the schedule.
Hopkins has been anchoring news updates for MSNBC recently, and has filled-in on “First Look” during the holiday week.
As of this afternoon, the schedule had been removed from the network’s entry, likely by someone at MSNBC.
Considering the flux of MSNBC’s dayside schedule of late, it’s not surprising that fill-in work like that of Hopkins would fuel some speculation.
CNN and Fox News are continuing with live coverage of an attempted terror attack on a Northwest flight from Amsterdam as it was about to land in Detroit. Here’s the AP brief on the story:
As this is Christmas, the cable news networks were all in taped programming when the news first broke. CNN’s T.J. Holmes reported the story at 2:19pmET when the initial incident was attributed to a passenger setting off firecrackers. FNC reported the details at 2:22pm and MSNBC reported the news at 3:31pm in a scheduled news update during documentary programming. As the details continued to come in, and the White House declared it an attempted act of terrorism, FNC and CNN increased their live coverage with Jamie Colby anchoring on Fox News and Ali Velshi anchoring for CNN. MSNBC continues to air updates on the half hour during documentaries anchored by Christina Brown.
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