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TV News Coverage of the Death of Whitney Houston

The news of the death of Whitney Houston broke at 7:57pmET, when the Associated Press sent a breaking news alert and Tweet announcing the news. The cable news networks began covering the story moments later, without yet knowing a cause of death or where she was when she died. Houston was 48 years old.

MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 8:07pmET. Paige Hopkins anchored live coverage which included additional information from entertainment reporter Courtney Hazlett.

CNN broke into “Black in America” at 8:11pm, with Don Lemon anchoring. Larry King phoned in and gave his thoughts, comparing Houston to Judy Garland who died at the age of 47, a year younger than Houston. “People should not die young,” said King. King also mentioned he’s attending Clive Davis‘s Grammy party tonight and would report tomorrow on reaction from guests. Davis was Houston’s mentor.

Fox News Channel ran a lower third graphic with the news as the pre-taped “Huckabee” aired. Update: Harris Faulkner broke in to “Huckabee” at 8:28pmET and began continuing coverage. After running an obituary story on Houston’s life, the newschannel took live shots from LA station KTTV FOX11, which hovered over the Beverly Hilton hotel, reportedly where Houston died and where the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party is to be held tonight. Judge Jeanine Pirro is covering the story in the 9pmET hour and Faulkner returns for live coverage from 10pm-1amET.

> More: ABC News aired a special report at 8:12pm, which, in the Eastern and Central time zones interrupted a Charlie Brown special. Anchor David Muir told viewers, “we want to alert parents who might have children in the room,” before reporting Houston’s death. Muir then updated the “World News” broadcast for the West Coast leading with the news at 5:30pmPT. “NBC Nightly News” updated with Jinah Kim in the Los Angeles bureau at 5:43pmPT. The “CBS Evening News” updated the West Coast versions of their newscast at 5:45pmPT and ran a crawl across the network earlier, at 8:12pmET.

> More: MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton phoned into the network to share his thoughts as he’s known Houston for 20 years. He phoned into CNN later, around 9:30pm.

> More: Piers Morgan joined CNN’s coverage just before 10pmET and interviewed Simon Cowell who said he was “very upset” by the news. He also cleared up rumors that Houston was being considered for a spot as a judge on the “X-Factor.” “When people want to be on one

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“This Is It”: Cablers Cover Michael Jackson’s Comeback

Michael Jackson gave a (very short) news conference today, and the cablers were there to cover the commotion. MSNBC and CNN took live shots of the bus as it approached the arena in London throughout the morning. “The man loves an entrance,” said MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett. On CNN, Gawker noted anchor Tony Harris‘ obvious aversion to the story (although he did make time for an impression — video after the jump). All three cablers took a part of the short press conference live. “This is it“:

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Click continued to see Harris’ Jackson impression…

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Blitzer: We Have “Some New Technology.” Cooper: “Is This A Hologram?”

The cable nets are filling time today leading up to the big day on Tuesday. Several correspondents are standing on a empty, cold National Mall. Here are some other notes:

Garret_1.17.jpg• Two of the three weekday Fox & Friends were in this morning (Doocy & Kilmeade); Neil Cavuto anchored a special live business block heavy on Obama/Biden train trip news, including Major Garrett live on the Obama express.

• CNN’s BPTOT (Blitzer, Cooper, King) are atop the Newseum where only Soledad O’Brien and (Texan) Roland Martin are wearing hats. Here’s what happened when Wolf Blitzer tried to talk up “The Moment.”

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Blitzer: In just a moment, some new technology that we have developed for the moment. The moment being noon, roughly noon on Tuesday when Barack Obama is sworn in…

Cooper: Is this a hologram?

Blitzer: ah, it’s going to be something very, very exciting. David Bohrman our Washington bureau chief. I don’t know if you know this, but he is a technological genius…

Cooper: Yes, he himself is a hologram.

MSNBC_1.17.jpg• MSNBC will be going live into the afternoon today and tomorrow. And while their morning anchor, Tamron Hall, is on the Mall, she’s inside a studio. Smart. Who needs an anchor with pneumonia? MSNBC.com’s Courtney Hazlett, staying at the same hotel as the Jonas Brothers, is even going sleeveless for her reports.

Thanksgiving at the Olbermanns? Joe & Mika On Diner Life and the MSNBC Family

RNC Logo8.pngWe stopped off at Key’s Cafe this morning in downtown St. Paul, just a few blocks from the site of the RNC. It’s been the home of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which, during the conventions, is xpanded from three to five hours on the network’s schedule. EP Chris Licht tells us the free flowing format works for guests as well the anchors — drop in at the cafe, get on the show.

AMJoe_9.4.jpgThat includes pundits, campaign reps, elected officials and the NBC/MSNBC regulars of Brokaw, Matthews, Buchanan and Barnicle. Also along for the ride in Denver and St. Paul, TV’s Willie Geist and Scoop columnist for msnbc.com, Courtney Hazlett.

We talked to Joe & Mika after the show about the early hours, the cafe concept and what’s really behind those reports of a fractious MSNBC family. Also, click continued to see the Hollywood type who showed up at the diner today.

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msnbc.com Expands Brand Offline

Geist_Hazlet_7.29.jpgTVNewser was on hand last night for the opening of the new msnbc.com digital cafe. The sleek new interactive space at Rockefeller Center is an expansion of msnbc.com’s new trademark “fuller spectrum of news.” The cafe brings news consumption to a whole new level, the second level, in fact, of the NBC Experience Store.

The interactive activities include Spectra, which allows visitors to interact with the day’s headlines on a soon-to-be mounted 108″ monitor, and Newsware which is a series of news-related tools and games. There are several Newsware terminals set up throughout the cafe.

There’s Chock Full o’ Nuts coffee, Garrett’s Popcorn (a Chicago staple now in New York), free WiFi, and a couple of vintage arcade games (which may have played Pac-Man in a former life) now tricked-out into the msnbc.com News Arcade.

“We wanted to bring the msnbc.com experience offline to create an environment that expands the brand,” says MSNBC.com’s VP of marketing Catherine Captain. “What better place than right here at Rockefeller Center.”

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In attendance, Morning Joe’s Willie Geist and Courtney Hazlett. In addition to their work on MSNBC cable, Geist and Hazlett have a presence on msnbc.com; Hazlett writes the Scoop column, and Geist writes the Zeitgeist blog. Also, Bob Sullivan who is the senior writer for msnbc.com’s science & technology section.

Captain tells TVNewser the cafe was more than a year in the making. “And there’s a lot more ahead,” she adds.

The night included a giveaway for those in attendance with prizes ranging from popcorn to a 32″ TV. Guess who would have won a Zune player, if he’d been in attendance?

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The Ticker: Watts, Hazlett, Wilson…

> Politico’s Helena Andrews has a Q&A with Black Television News Channel founder J.C. Watts. Says Watts: “The mission for us…is to create a venue that the African-American community, or anybody for that part, that they can come to a certain venue and get reliable, credible information and resources.”

> MSNBC entertainment correspondent Courtney Hazlett‘s web site, The Scoop, has been re-designed, and it sure is pink. The site puts a bigger emphasis on the video elements.

> Yes, that was Emmy-nominated The Office cast member Rainn Wilson doing the weather on CNN this afternoon. Missed it? Click continued

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