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CNN Viewers in China Blocked From Watching Story about Chinese Dissident

CNN viewers in China were blocked from seeing Anderson Cooper‘s report on Chen Guangcheng, the blind Chinese activist who escaped house arrest. AC360 airs on CNN International at 8am in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and other parts of the country. But three minutes into this interview, Cooper announced, “China just blocked us out. They just blocked our broadcast on CNN International, right now as we were speaking.”

Here’s the story. Not sure if TVNewser is blocked in China. If you’re there, let us know

> Update: We heard from former Headline News anchor Chuck Roberts who writes, “I can confirm. I have been to six cities in 18 months. TVNewser, YouTube, Facebook & Twitter are blocked even in large US chain hotels and Starbucks.”

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HLN Revamps Dayside Anchor Line-Up


First on TVNewser: With the recent departures of both Chuck Roberts and Richard Lui, HLN has revamped its dayside anchor line-up with the shuffling of some talent.

Mike Galanos, who had been anchoring “Prime News,” will now anchor five four hours of HLN’s afternoon news programing (12-4pmET) with Richelle Carey, Susan Hendricks, and Christi Paul, among others, forming a Mon-Fri supporting ensemble. (Carey will continue anchoring 4-5pmET.)

TruTV’s “In Session” anchor Vinnie Politan will do double duty with the two Turner networks, hosting HLN’s “Prime News” at 6pmET while continuing with “In Session.” Also from “In Session,” Ryan Smith, who will be a contributor on “Morning Express.”

For Christi Paul, the HLN duties are tacked on to her “In Session” gig. An HLN spokesperson tells us, “In Session,” “will remain true to its core mission as the only place on TV for real-life courtroom coverage.”

Finally, Natasha Curry becomes the solo anchor of HLN Weekend News. She will continue to be the back-up for Robin Meade and will rotate with Hendricks and Carey as anchors of the 10amET hour.

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28 Years as a Cable News Anchor

HLN_7.31.bmpAs we reported yesterday, one of the original HLN (formerly Headline News, and before that CNN2) anchors signed off yesterday.

Chuck Roberts joined the network before it went on the air in 1982. One of his colleagues, Bob Parker who worked at HLN for 24 years and is now at The Weather Channel, uploaded the first CNN2 broadcast from January 1, 1982 co-anchored by Roberts … without a TelePrompTer, apparently.

Also listen closely at the beginning of the YouTube clip to hear who was covering the Times Square ball drop. Before Anderson Cooper there was….

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Chuck Roberts Departing HLN

chuck_roberts_7-30.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Long-time anchor Chuck Roberts is leaving HLN after 28 years TVNewser has learned. Roberts has been anchoring for the network since Headline News launched in 1982 and is the longest-serving anchor there. His final broadcast will be from 3-4pmET this afternoon.

The parting, we’re told, was amicable. In a note to colleagues — which you can read in full below — Roberts thanked his coworkers saying, “We’ve created something from nothing,” adding:

Remember, I’ll still be there with you. Every pit maneuver that ends a chase on the ’101′, and whenever a barricaded suspect prompts a school lockdown, I’ll be there. Every time a bombshell starlet checks into re-hab, I’ll be there. When a packed airliner lands in the icy Hudson River – and they all get out o-k – you better know I’ll be there. It won’t be the adrenaline rush of turning three or four known facts into twenty minutes of air, but I’ll be there.

More: In her toss at the end of the 2pmET hour, an emotional Christi Paul said, “I speak for the whole team, you are our captain, you always will be our captain.”

More: “You know what? It’s entirely appropriate to take the half minute we got left on the show to tell you how much I appreciate your decades of support for me and the team,” Roberts said at the close of his broadcast. “The people who put this particular block of shows together and on the air are veterans…They’re dedicated professionals. I’m in their debt as I’m in yours. So thanks, everybody. Goodbye. Thank you very much.”

Chuck’s full note as well as Paul’s remarks after the jump.


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Students Name Dorm after Chuck Roberts

HLN anchor Chuck Roberts, who’s been with the network since it started in 1982, recently returned to his alma mater, the University of Missouri, for the dedication ceremony of “Roberts House.” The Mizzou journalism school asked first and second year students to name each floor of the residence hall after someone, and they picked Roberts.

Here’s a photo. (COLLEGE!!)


Cablers Cover Shooting at Fort Hood

In the 3pmET hour, the cable networks all covered breaking news of a shooting at Fort Hood in Texas near a soldier readiness processing center. (AP story)

Early reports had casualties at 7 dead and 20 injured.

One suspect was in custody and two others were at large.

> Update: As of an Army news conference at 4:50pmET, reports are now 12 dead and 31 injured. One gunman was killed and two suspects are in custody, all are U.S. soldiers. The shooting took place around 2:30pmET.





> Update: MSNBC’s David Shuster reported the news at 3:13pmET with assistance from KCEN, the NBC affiliate in Waco/Killeen/Temple, Texas. Shepard Smith reported it on FNC at 3:16pmET. CNN’s Rick Sanchez reported at 3:18pmET as the network came out of a commercial break. HLN’s Chuck Roberts reported the story at 3:26pmET.

> Update: At 3:30pmET, Charlie Gibson delivered a special report for ABC News. Katie Couric delivered a report for CBS News at 4:00pmET.



> Update: At 4:49pmET Brian Williams began anchoring what would be a 20-minute special report for NBC stations which included remarks from Pres. Obama. CBS’ Couric and ABC’s Gibson also anchored special coverage of Obama’s remarks.


> Program Note: At 5pmET on Fox News, Shepard Smith began anchoring in place of Glenn Beck’s program (Beck is off recovering from surgery.)

> More: At 5:01pmET Pres. Obama, speaking to a summit of American Indian tribes, called the incident “a horrific outburst of violence,” adding, “My immediate thoughts and prayers are with the wounded and with the families of the fallen.”


> Program Note: We’re told Couric is doing a Skype interview with an Army spouse at Ft. Hood who works with PTSD soldiers. The interview will air on “Evening News.”

> Update: At 5:09pmET ABC’s Brian Ross identified the suspect as Army Major Malik Nadal Hasan, who is 39 or 40 years old. NBC’s Pete Williams reported the name at 5:27pm. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer reported the name at 5:35pm, making the point that the suspect is an Army Major. His guest at the time, Lt. Gen. Russel Honore said, “My jaw just dropped when you mentioned that.”

> Program Note: ABC’s Chris Cuomo is en route to Texas for “Good Morning America.”