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NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

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A Tribute to Ann Curry, and a Rap From Lester Holt, at ‘Dateline’ 20th Anniversary Celebration

NBC News threw a party last night, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its primetime newsmagazine “Dateline.”

While the mood was celebratory, it was hard to escape the elephant in the room. In an address to guests at the event, senior EP David Corvo paid tribute to a number of former “Dateline” staffers, including former anchor Ann Curry who bid farewell to the “Today” show earlier in the day.

“Ann had her own sweet, persistent way of coming into my office, day after day, trying to push us to do certain types of stories that we weren’t doing,” Corvo said. “Her legacy probably on the show more than anything else is ‘America Now,’ which has gotten a lot of awards, was fun to produce and made a difference in some people’s lives, which is what Ann is dedicated to.”

Dateline EP Liz Cole likened the party to a “family reunion,” and it did feel that way. TVNewser spotted Hoda Kotb (who at one point danced in the DJ booth), correspondents Chris Hansen, and Keith Morrison, original anchor Jane Pauley (but not Stone Phillips) and former “Dateline” correspondent and current Fox News anchor Jon Scott. The event, held at Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District, was the second 20th anniversary party for the series in less than a year (see our report from the first one, here). Former NBC News president and “Dateline” EP Neal Shapiro was there, as was current NBC News chief Steve Capus, who praised the program:

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NBC News Celebrates 20 Years of ‘Dateline’

“Dateline,” formerly known as “Dateline NBC”, will mark 20 years on the air with a primetime special next week.

The show’s host, Lester Holt will present highlights of the last 20 years, including new interviews from some of the most memorable stories: Jane Pauley‘s 2003 chat with Michael J. Fox about his Parkinson’s and Tom Brokaw‘s 2005 profile of Aron Ralston, the hiker featured in the film 127 Hours.

From big interviews to murder mysteries, to hidden-camera investigations and documentaries, the show has seen many adjustments over the years.

“‘Dateline’ has gone through many changes,” says Senior EP David Corvo, “but one thing that hasn’t changed is the loyalty and enthusiasm of its audience. We are grateful for that.”

“Dateline NBC” made its debut in 1992 and suffered a serious black eye a few months in. In November 1992, Dateline aired a report titled “Waiting to Explode” about GM pickups allegedly exploding upon impact during accidents due to the poor design of fuel tanks. “Dateline” set up a low speed accident showing the the fuel tank explode. But, unbeknownst to viewers, NBC producers rigged the truck with an incendiary device. GM filed an anti-defamation/libel lawsuit against NBC which was settled. Dateline’s EP and two other producers were dismissed and NBC News president Michael Gartner resigned under pressure.

Dateline’s 20th Anniversary Special airs Tuesday at 10pmET/PT, 9pmCT Tuesday night.

A Comedian, a Governor and a Network Morning Anchor Walk Into a Bar To Toast a Cable News Host…

Last night at the Gramercy Park Hotel in New York City, MSNBC threw a party for “Hardball” host Chris Matthews, whose book Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero was released yesterday. Despite the chill outside, the rooftop terrace at the hotel was filled to the brim, with friends, family and admirers of Matthews.

Among the guests were former CBS News anchor Dan Rather (who led the crowd in a round of “hip hip, hooray!” for Matthews), PBS host and rumored CBS morning candidate Charlie Rose, NBC “Today” anchor Ann Curry, MSNBC anchors Willie Geist and Tamron Hall and former New York Governor George Pataki, whose presence Matthews used to generate a laugh line:

“Governor George Pataki is here, proving the bipartisan nature of all MSNBC activities,”  Matthews quipped. “He is here to lean forward, lean forward like the rest of us, ha!”

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Elizabeth Cole Named EP of ‘Dateline NBC’

Elizabeth Cole, who has been with NBC on and off for 20 years, has been named Executive Producer of “Dateline NBC.” Cole had been Executive Editor of “Dateline,” reporting to David Corvo who is Senior EP of “Dateline” and the new Brian Williams NBC News primetime newsmagazine.

Cole first joined NBC News in 1991, part of then-NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver‘s production unit. She went on to AP and segment produce at “Dateline” over the next 8 years. After a  brief stint at which went bust during the dot com bubble in 2000, Cole returned to “Dateline” where she’s been since.

Cole will oversee all aspects of “Dateline,” working closely with Corvo and anchor Ann Curry.

“Liz’s contributions to ‘Dateline’ have been tremendous,” says NBC News president Steve Capus. “She is not only a world-class producer, she’s admired by her peers and a true leader.”

Press release after the jump…

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NBC’s Kate Snow Moves Off ‘Dateline’ to New Brian Williams Newsmagazine

Brian Williams‘s new primetime newsmagazine continues to staff up.

On Monday, the network announced it had hired Harry Smith of CBS News to be a correspondent for the show. And today we learn Kate Snow will be moving from “Dateline” to join the team of correspondents for the new hour.

Smith and Snow will join “the talented correspondents and anchors of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC,” NBC says.

As the Williams show takes shape, NBC’s venerable newsmagazine “Dateline” — now in its 19th year — is also taking on a new vibe.

Episodes are now devoting the entire program to one criminal case, much like CBS’ “48 Hours.” This allows for the Williams hour to take on a more traditional newsmagazine format — two to three stories per episode with a more news-of-the-week focus: trends, interviews, features — much like CBS’ “60 Minutes,” but it will be produced live.

Both David Corvo, the Senior Executive Producer of NBC News magazines and Rome Hartman, who will helm the Brian Williams hour are CBS alum. Corvo has been with NBC since 1995. But during his time at CBS, as VP of public affairs programs, he had oversight of the network’s primetime newsmagazines, including “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.” Hartman, who joined NBC last month, was a prolific producer on “60 Minutes” and later held the title of senior producer of “60 Minutes II.”

“Dateline” continues to be anchored by “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry, but that too may soon change as her “Today” duties take up more of her time.

Rome Hartman joining NBC News; will oversee new Brian Williams primetime show

Rome Hartman is leaving BBC America and joining NBC News where he will be Executive Producer of the new primetime magazine hour anchored by Brian Williams.

Hartman joined the BBC in 2007 as the first EP of the network’s “World News America.” Before that he’d spent 24 years with CBS News, in his final year as the EP, overseeing the launch of “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Couric recently departed that show, and CBS News, after five years. Matt Frei, the original anchor of “World News America,” also left that post last month.

Also announced, NBC News veteran David Corvo has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer of Primetime News, overseeing the new newsmagazine as well as “Dateline.” Corvo joined NBC in 1995 after spending most of his career at CBS News, at times, working with Hartman.

Hartman will be responsible for the development and launch of the Williams hour, a live, weekly broadcast which NBC says “will be built around the week’s biggest and most interesting events, meaningful and in-depth stories, and timely newsmaker interviews.”

More in the press release after the jump…

Update: BBC statements after the jump as well…

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Brian Williams Going Primetime

FishbowlNY’s “Lunch” columnist Diane Clehane ran into NBC News executive David Corvo at Michael’s yesterday and got some dish on Brian Williams‘ upcoming primetime newsmagazine, and changes to come at “Dateline,” which Corvo oversees.

The still unnamed broadcast, which doesn’t have a time slot yet, will “give Brian a chance to do the long form interviews and longer pieces he loves to do but can’t on Nightly News,” says David. David, who said he’ll miss working with Ann Curry now that she’ll be busy as co-host of Today, assures me that the new show will complement Dateline, which will continue to explore one subject in depth.

New ‘Dateline’ Series Utilizes Digital Journalists

americanow3-26.jpgTonight, “Dateline NBC” introduces “America Now,” an Ann Curry-hosted special series that EP David Corvo says captures “the lives of Americans who are hurting, but still helping each other despite the tough economy.”

An interesting sign of the times in this industry: we understand the show tonight is shot and edited nearly exclusively by digital journalists, which will be the case with most of the new series.

The first installment is called “A Circle of Hands” about a family in Grafton, Wisconsin. It airs this evening at 7pm.

“You Tell Me if They’re Going to Watch Charlie Gibson at 10 O’clock on Monday or My Show?

Ebersol_7.20.jpgCharlie Ebersol, one of the co-executive producers of the new NBC News show “The Wanted,” says the show is aimed squarely at a younger audience. The 26-year-old son of NBC Sports & Olympics chairman Dick Ebersol tells the LA TimesMatea Gold, “I will face criticism for what my show looks like, but my belief is kids my age want to see production value.

You tell me if they’re going to watch Charlie Gibson at 10 o’clock on Monday or my show?,” asked Ebersol (left, in photo, with Adam Ciralsky another co-EP). By the way, “The Wanted’s” premiere at 10pm tonight is up against a new ABC reality show “Dating in the Dark,” not featuring Charlie Gibson, and pretty much that same “kids my age” audience.

Dateline EP David Corvo says “The Wanted’s” style “is “certainly out of the comfort zone of a traditional news program.” (Think: the Jason Bourne series of movies) “But to me it was an interesting way to grab people’s attention.”

“I wouldn’t do ‘Dateline’ that way. It’s just not our training and not our style. But I think it has value,” Corvo tells Gold.