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Andrea Mitchell ‘Thrilled’ With MSNBC Show’s Move to Noon

andrea mitchell_304x200In addition to Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid‘s upcoming MSNBC debuts, is the timeslot change for MSNBC’s long-running daytime host Andrea Mitchell. Starting Monday, her show will start at NoonET.

“I’m thrilled about the change,” Mitchell told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. Mitchell, who has hosted a show on MSNBC since 2000, sees the move as an opportunity to get an earlier jump on newsmaking interviews with fewer interruptions from White House press briefings and speeches that would often cut into her 1pm show.

The new time slot also means more interviews with lawmakers from Capitol Hill, as they can appear before their 1pm caucus meetings.

Mitchell, who also serves as Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC News, says she likes the new MSNBC lineup. “It clusters the harder news broadcast shows together” earlier in the day, then starting with Farrow at 1pm evolves into more conversation, opinion, and advocacy. She calls Farrow “brilliant” and thinks he will “wow” his audience.

The move an hour earlier means she’ll also have more time to focus on NBC News reporting. In 2013, Mitchell was third of all evening news correspondents when measured in minutes on-air. Only her NBC colleague Tom Costello and ABC’s David Muir were used more. “I’ll finish my show at 1, and be able to be more personally involved for an extra hour in preparing my ‘Nightly News’ reports,” she says.

With strong reporting from Richard Engel in Ukraine and Brian Williams in Sochi—along with the leadership of new NBC News President Deborah Turness—Mitchell feels NBC News is on a roll.

“Deborah has energized everyone,” says Mitchell, who has been with NBC News since 1978. “I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger.”

With Elizabeth Vargas’s Return, ’20/20′ Hits 4-Year High

“20/20″ drew its biggest audience in nearly 4 years last night. 8.3 million watched the return of co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas after completing rehabilitation for alcohol.

“It’s great to be back,” Vargas said at the top of the show to co-anchor David Muir. ‘Thank you for all your support and thank you to all our viewers, as well, it really meant a lot to me.”

The ABC News magazine, airing at 10pmET/PT had the highest A18-49 and A25-54 numbers in close to two years, since Feb. 5, 2010 and March 30, 2012, respectively.

ABC’s Friday primetime tied a season high on the night. The network won Friday among Adults 18-49 for the 3rd week in a row. The other Friday night newsmagazine, NBC’s Dateline drew 7.7 million viewers at 8pmET/PT.

“20/20″ closed the show with Vargas’s story.

N.S. Bienstock Acquired by United Talent Agency

BienstockN.S. Bienstock, one of the nation’s biggest and most well-known agencies for TV news talent, has been acquired by United Talent Agency (UTA). Bienstock agents represent more than 600 TV news anchors, reporters and producers including Bill O’Reilly, Anderson Cooper, Robin Roberts, Megyn Kelly, Bob Scheiffer, Norah O’Donnell, David Muir, Glenn Beck, and Lara Logan.

N.S. Bienstock founders and co-presidents Richard Leibner and Carole Cooper will remain co-presidents of the company, managing day-to-day operations.

“Aligning with UTA and utilizing their global reach and resources while still retaining our personal touch is a significant step forward in the growth and evolution of N.S. Bienstock,” says Leibner.

UTA represents talent from the worlds of movies, television, digital media, video games, books, music and theatre. UTA will now be the largest agency in the TV news space.

Nate Bienstock started N.S. Bienstock in the 1940s as a life insurance business. His client list included a number of journalists, including Walter Cronkite and Eric Sevareid. Richard Leibner’s father Sol, bought into (and later bought) the business and, as TV news began to take off, Richard Liebner began negotiating contracts for clients. Liebner married Carole Cooper in 1964. She joined the firm and became an agent in 1976.

Full news release after the jump…

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The Top Correspondents and Stories on Network Evening News in 2013 Were…

Tom CostelloNBC News correspondent Tom Costello got the most airtime on the evening newscasts in 2013 with 303 minutes on “NBC Nightly News.” David Muir was next with 296 minutes on “ABC World News,” and NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell was third with 275 minutes on “Nightly.”

The numbers come from Andrew Tyndall‘s 2013 review of the most-covered stories and most-used correspondents.

The Boston Marathon bombing led the way in coverage, drawing 432 minutes across the three networks. CBS and NBC led the way with 157 and 156 minutes, respectively, with ABC presenting 119 minutes of coverage.

Tyndall was critical of ABC in this year’s report, suggesting 2013 was the year “ABC World News” “finally rejected” presenting a serious newscast.

ABC News is firing back: “Our mission is to give our viewers information that is relevant to their everyday lives,” ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider tells TVNewser. “Winning the Murrow for Best Newscast in 2013 and enjoying our best season in 5 years is far more meaningful than Tyndall’s method that confuses quantity with quality. ”

Tyndall, it should be noted, charges clients $15,000 for his subscription service. ABC News stopped subscribing about 10 years ago. CBS and NBC are still clients.

Rounding out the top five correspondents with the most airtime:

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Networks Schedule Weekend Specials on Nelson Mandela

ABC News Mandela speical reportThe broadcast and cable networks are scheduling special coverage on the death of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Here’s what they have planned so far.

NBC’s Lester Holt will anchor the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News” from Soweto this weekend.

CBS News has slated a special “48 Hours” on Mandela’s death for Saturday night. Scott Pelley will anchor “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation” at 9pmET. The show will feature historical CBS News footage as well as reports from Bob Simon, Martha Teichner and Wynton Marsalis.

ABC News will have a special “20/20″ tonight anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts. “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World” will air at 10pmET. Tonight’s “Nightline” will also feature additional coverage of Mandela’s death.

“Fox News Sunday” will air an interview former South African foreign minister Pik Botha, who served near the end of the apartheid era. Senior correspondent Greg Palkot, who is reporting from South Africa for the network, conducted the interview.

Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary, “The Making of Mandela,” Sunday at 12pmET/PT.

MSNBC will air a special on Mandela’s life at 9pmET.

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a round of interviews about Mandela’s death, sitting down with NBC’s Brian Williams, Fox News’ Ed Henry, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CBS aired Pelley’s interview with Clinton on “Evening News” last night.

Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.

NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45pmET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46pmET.

On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44pmET. MNSBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45pmET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46pmET.

>More: President Obama will speak at 5:20pmET.

> “NBC Nightly News” will be expanded to an hour tonight.

> Anderson Cooper will anchor on CNN from 8pm-11pmET tonight. He will be joined by Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Robyn Curnow in Johannesburg.

>Fox News will preempt “The Five.” Shepard Smith will anchor from the Fox News deck. Juan Williams, who covered Mandela’s release from prison for The Washington Post, contributed to the breaking news coverage. Fox News senior correspondent Greg Palkot is headed to to South Africa and will report for FNC beginning this weekend.

>ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. ABC will also have a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to Mandela’s life tonight. The show will be live on both coasts.

>Al Jazeera America will stay in breaking news coverage through midnight. Ali Velshi will join Tony Harris and John Siegenthaler, followed by “America Tonight” at 9pmET.

>ABC News has canceled the “Good Morning America” holiday party scheduled for tonight. “In light of tonight’s events and the death of Nelson Mandela, we will postpone the party tonight. We will reschedule,” senior EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to “GMA” staffers. “Now let’s make a great GMA tribute to an incredible man who changed the world.”

Networks Plan Special Coverage of JFK Moment of Silence

The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.

Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:

Elizabeth Vargas Leaves Rehab

ABC News anchor Elizabeth Vargas is out of rehab and back home. This afternoon she tweeted:

Vargas began treatment for alcohol addiction last month. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming,” Vargas said in a statement midway through her treatment. “I am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often fills in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America.”

She is expected back on the air as early as next week.

ABC’s Elizabeth Vargas in Rehab for Alcohol Abuse

ElizabethVargas“20/20″ co-anchor Elizabeth Vargas is in a treatment facility for alcohol abuse, the Daily news reports.

“Like so many people, I am dealing with addiction,” Vargas says in a statement. “I realized I was becoming increasingly dependent on alcohol, and feel fortunate to have recognized it for the problem it was becoming. I am in treatment and am so thankful for the love and support of my family, friends and colleagues at ABC News.”

Vargas, who has been with ABC since 1996, has been in treatment for a few weeks and will be in rehab for a few more.

“We are proud of the steps Elizabeth has taken and are pulling for her recovery,” an ABC spokesman says. “We look forward to having her back home at ABC News where she has done so much distinguished work over the years. Elizabeth is a member of our family and we will support her in every way we can.”

Vargas co-anchors “20/20″ alongside David Muir and she often filled in for Robin Roberts on “Good Morning America” when Roberts was on medical leave for her bone marrow transplant. In January 2006, she was paired with Bob Woodruff to co-anchor “World News Tonight.” That was cut short when Woodruff was seriously injured while on assignment in Iraq.

“Like so many others, I will deal with this challenge one day at a time,” says Vargas. “If coming forward today gives one other person the courage to seek help, I’m grateful.”

Shots Fired at LAX

A gunman opened fire this morning at Los Angeles International Airport, injuring at least three people and prompting a terminal evacuation and a ground stop at LAX.

Fox News was the first to report the news at 12:42pmET. CNN was next at 12:44pmET and  MSNBC followed at 12:46pmET. For the first several minutes, both Fox and CNN focused on the terminal’s evacuation and “reports” of shots, while MSNBC’s Alex Wagner reported there was an “active shooter at Terminal 3,” sourcing a senior government official.

>More: ABC News’ David Muir anchored a special report starting at 1:05pmET. NBC and CBS both produced a special reports beginning at 1:13pmET. Lester Holt anchored for NBC and Jeff Glor anchored for CBS. Muir went on the air with a second special report at 1:52pmET.

>More: The business networks are also reporting on the shooting.  CNBC and FBN both reported the news at 12:47pmET and Bloomberg TV was next at 12:55pmET.

>More: Shepard Smith has taken over anchoring FNC’s coverage from the Fox News Deck. Fox Sports reporter Bill Reiter, who was an eyewitness to the shooting, told Smith, “I called my wife to tell her goodbye, perhaps, and certainly tell her that I loved her and our kids. I think someone asked me to get off the phone and be quiet. People were screaming. A short time later, I don’t know how long — time sort of both sped up and slowed down — we pushed our way through an exit door, ran onto the tarmac.” Read more

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