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Elizabeth Vargas Returns to Rehab

GerogeVargasABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas has returned to an alcohol rehabilitation center. Vargas says it was during her vacation this weekend that she decided to return to rehab. “As so many other recovering alcoholics know, overcoming the disease can be a long and incredibly difficult process,” Vargas writes in a statement. “I feel I have let myself, my co-workers and most importantly my family down and for that I am ashamed and sorry.”

“Nothing is more important than Elizabeth’s health and well-being,” ABC says in a statement. “We stand squarely behind her. Our thoughts are with Elizabeth and her family, and we look forward to having her back at ABC News when she feels ready to return.”

Vargas checked herself into a alcohol rehabilitation facility last November. Upon her return to ABC News in January, Vargas sat down with George Stephanopoulos to discuss her addiction and recovery. She says it all started with panic attacks as a child, which continued into adulthood. “Anchoring the evening news, I had to take beta blockers because I was so nervous and so anxious,” she said. “That’s exhausting to live like that and it becomes very easy to think, ‘I deserve this glass of wine. I’m so stressed out and I’m keeping it hidden.”

In her statement today, Varas says, “I am committed to battling and addressing this debilitating disease and want to thank everyone who has offered their unwavering support during this trying time.”

The New York Post first reported the news.

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Pres. Obama: ‘Police Should Not be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

In a press conference from Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, President Obama commented on the situation on Iraq and delivered his first public remarks on the escalation of violence in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday.

The President addressed the media’s role in Ferguson, which has which has been in the headlines today after two reporters were arrested and an Al Jazeera America crew was tear gassed last night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground,” Obama said.

NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a special report from New York with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard and Ron Allen reporting from Ferguson. Scott Pelley anchored a CBS special report, with Major Garrett reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. On ABC, David Muir anchored with Martha Raddatz in Washington, Jonathan Karl in Martha’s Vineyard and Steve Osunsami in Ferguson.

MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

Evening News Ratings: Week of August 4

EveningNewsNew“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” wins another week in total viewers; “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” wins another week (5 of the last 6) in the A25-54 demo; and “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is the only evening newscast to grow compared to the same week last year.

“Nightly” held a +441,000 viewer lead (+6%) on “World News,” while the ABC show’s lead on NBC in the demo was +77,000 (+5%). As for CBS, their broadcast was up +4% in viewers vs. the same week in 2013 but down -1% in the demo.

“World News” was down -1% in viewers and flat in the demo. David Muir was in for Sawyer all week. “Nightly News” was down -2% in viewers and down -16% in the demo.

Numbers for the week of August 4, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,464,000 7,023,000 5,953,000
• A25-54: 1,687,000 1,764,000 1,382,000

 

Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

RobinWilliamsThe death of Robin Williams has taken over as the lead story on cable news. Williams took his own life this morning at his home near Tiburon, CA in Marin County. He was pronounced dead at 12:02pmPT. The official cause of death is asphyxia. The actor and comedian had been battling severe depression, his representative said in a statement.

The news broke just before 7pmET. CBS News anchor Scott Pelley reported the news at 6:58pmET at the end of “CBS Evening News.” CBS produced special reports at 7:04 and 7:22. Fox News’s Ed Henry, sitting in for Bret Baier, also reported the news at 6:58. CNN reported the story at 7:06. Don Lemon, filling in for Erin Burnett, then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Richard Lui broke in to “Hardball” at 7:16pm.

ABC News’s David Muir anchored a special report at 7:13pm and NBC’s Brian Williams anchored a special at 7:14. All three evening newscasts will update for the leads of their west coast editions at 8:30pmET.

More: Shepard Smith will pre-empt “Hannity” at 10pm for a Fox News special on Robin Williams; ABC’s “Nightline” will devote tonight’s show to Robin Williams, and there will be a special edition of “20/20″ tomorrow night at 10pm, anchored by David Muir.

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Pres. Obama Makes Statement on Iraq Crisis

ObamaNBC News and ABC News offered special coverage this afternoon as President Obama made a statement on recent U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq. CBS News did not provide broadcast coverage.

Speaking from his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard, the president spoke about the limited U.S. mission in Iraq along with humanitarian aid being issued to men, women, and children stranded on Mount Sinjar in Iraq.

NBC News cut in at 5:08pmET with Brian Williams anchoring in New York and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. ABC News presented its coverage at 5:09pmET with David Muir anchoring from New York and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. The president didn’t take questions.

Presidential Primetime Address on Iraq Keeps Nets Up Late

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In a live primetime address, Pres. Obama announced he has ordered a humanitarian effort to help Iraqis threatened by the terror group ISIS and has authorized — though not yet ordered — targeted airstrikes against the group to protect U.S. personnel in Northern Iraq.

The president’s remarks began at 9:30pmET, pre-empting the summer filler sitcom “Working the Engels” on NBC and “Rookie Blue” on ABC. FOX and CBS did not offer a special reports. Some CBS stations on the West Coast produced their own special reports, while some Fox affiliates simulcast Fox News Channel.

The president ended his remarks at 6:38pmPT, eight minutes in to the network evening newscasts’ West Coast editions. NBC’s Brian Williams rolled into a live edition “Nightly News” with breaking updates from correspondents at the Pentagon and White House. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up ABC’s special report which then joined ABC “World News,” anchored by David Muir in progress.

Evening News Ratings: Week of July 14

EveningNewsNewWith two international crises happening in Gaza and Ukraine, ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” widened its A25-54 demo lead with a +123,000-viewer victory over “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” (David Muir was in for Sawyer all week).

The demo win marks three weeks in a row for ABC, its longest winning streak since March, 2008. Williams led Sawyer’s broadcast by 327,000 among total viewers extending its No. 1 streak to 253 weeks.

Compared to the same week last year “World News” is the only broadcast to grow in the younger demo, up +5%. “Nightly” was down -6% while “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” was down -5%. For total viewers year-over-year, ABC was up +6%, CBS was up +2%, and NBC was flat.

Numbers for the week of July 14, 2014:

NBC ABC CBS
• Total Viewers: 7,767,000 7,440,000 6,176,000
• A25-54: 1,794,000 1,917,000 1,477,000

 

One American Killed on Downed Malaysia Airlines Flight 17

obama cbsAll three broadcast networks provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 that killed all 295 aboard.

The president announced that at least one American citizen was killed when the Boeing 777 was shot down. Dutch-American Quinn Schansman was going to Malaysia to join family members on vacation there. Calling it a “global tragedy” that calls for a credible international investigation, the president said, “Evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile that was launched by an area that is controlled by Russian-backed separatists inside of Ukraine.”

ABC News cut in at 11:50amET with David Muir anchoring in New York and chief white house correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 11:50amET with Scott Pelley anchoring from New York and national security correspondent David Martin reporting from Washington, DC. NBC News cut in at 11:51amET with David Gregory anchoring from Washington, DC and chief white house correspondent Chuck Todd reporting from the White House. Fox broadcast cut in at 11:51am ET with Bill Hemmer anchoring in New York and correspondent Molly Henneberg reporting from the White House.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace. The second went to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

Evening Newscasts Juggle Dueling Breaking News Stories

The three evening newscasts were each expanded to an hour tonight following a busy news day that included the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border, and the launch of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza following 10 days of heavy violence there.

NBC’s Brian Williams began with a report from Tom Costello on the Malaysia Airlines jet. “Nightly” stayed with the plane crash news until 6:47 p.m. when Williams went to Richard Engel in Gaza for a live report on the ground war.

Nightly Newscasts

ABC also began with the plane crash, leading with a report from chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. With David Muir anchoring, “World News” turned to Gaza at 6:43 p.m. with a report from Hamish MacDonald.

On CBS, Scott Pelley began with a brief synopsis of the Malaysian jet crash before bringing in a team of correspondents, including David Martin, Bob Orr, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett and Jeff Pegues. “CBS Evening News” turned to Gaza at 6:42 p.m. with a report from Holly Williams.

The cable and business networks also have continuing coverage of both stories tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Expanded Evening, Morning Newscasts for Malaysia Flight 17, Israeli Ground Offensive

NBC News plane crashAs wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines flight 17 and the launch of the Israeli ground offensive in Gaza continues, the broadcast and cable networks are planning special coverage for the evening newscasts tonight and the morning newscasts tomorrow.

All three evening newscasts will be expanded to an hour tonight. “ABC World News” will be anchored by David Muir, while “CBS Evening News” and “NBC Nightly News” will be helmed by their respective regular anchors, Scott Pelley and Brian Williams.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-10pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 10-12pmET. After that, CNN will simulcast four hours of CNN International. In the morning, “Early Start” will be live at 4amET. CNN has several correspondents en route to Ukraine, Moscow and Amsterdam.

All three Fox News primetime shows — “The O’Reilly Factor,” “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” — will be live tonight. After “Hannity,” Megyn Kelly will host another live hour of “The Kelly File” from 11-12pmET. Steve Harrigan is en route to Ukraine for FNC. Jennifer Griffin will report from Washington and Amy Kellogg will report from London. Tomorrow morning, “Fox & Friends First” will be live an hour early at 4amET. Read more

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