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Kelly Cobiella Named NBC News London Correspondent

KellyCobiellaKelly Cobiella is joining NBC News as a network correspondent based in London, TVNewser has learned.

Cobiella has been London-based foreign correspondent for both ABC News and CBS News since moving to London in 2011. Most recently, she’s been freelancing for CBS News, but before that was on staff for ABC News. Before the move to London, Cobiella was a CBS News correspondent based in several bureaus including New York, Dallas, and Miami.

Cobiella joined CBS Newspath in 2003 and CBS News a year later.

> More: It’s official. NBC News SVP David Verdi‘s note to staff after the jump…

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NBC Promotes Madeleine Haeringer to EP of International News

madeleine haeringerMadeleine Haeringer has been promoted to executive producer of international news at NBC News, SVP of newsgathering David Verdi announced today.

“In this expanded role, Madeleine will manage the overall editorial agenda for the network’s foreign news coverage, and identify and develop our long-range international story planning. She will also continue to lead Richard Engel’s production unit as well as maintain oversight of our Olympics news coverage,” Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Haeringer has been the executive producer of Engel’s production unit since it was created last year. Before that, she was the senior producer of NBC worldwide newsgathering.

Verdi’s full note, after the jump. Read more

Hallie Jackson Joins NBC News

HallieJacksonHallie Jackson has joined NBC News as a correspondent, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi announced today. She comes to NBC from Hearst Television, where she has been a national correspondent based in DC for two years.

“Hallie is sure to be a dynamic addition to our team. Not only is she a talented on-air reporter who is well versed in the biggest national issues facing this country, but she also has valuable experience working in digitally-integrated environments, and has an instinct for engaging audiences on all platforms,” Verdi wrote in a note to staff this morning.

Jackson will begin reporting from the Los Angeles bureau later this month, but is expected to rotate to other bureaus before her permanent assignment is announced.

Read Verdi’s full note after the jump. Read more

The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Joe Fryer Named NBC News Correspondent

joe fryer nbc newsJoe Fryer is joining NBC News as a West Coast correspondent, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi and Los Angeles bureau chief Polly Powell announced today.

Fryer, a special projects reporter for Seattle NBC affiliate KING, has been filling in as a part-time NBC News correspondent, covering the Hannah Anderson kidnapping and the Colorado floods for the network. “His work impressed us so much, we hired him full time,” Verdi and Powell wrote in a memo to NBC News today.

Fryer will officially join NBC News on October 21. Before joining KING, he worked at stations in Minneapolis, Nashville, Green Bay and Lexington.

The note from Verdi and Powell is after the jump. Read more

NBC News Gives Richard Engel His Own Production Unit

NBC News is handing chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel his own production unit, which will produce both short-form and long-form pieces for all NBC News broadcasts and platforms.

The company has also named Madeleine Haeringer as the EP of the unit. Haeringer worked closely with Engel for years, and was most recently senior producer of NBC worldwide newsgathering.

“The Engel unit will not only deliver robust, real-time coverage of breaking international news such as the chaos currently unfolding in Egypt — but also pursue longer-lead reporting, carry out investigations, secure newsmaker interviews, and uncover stories of human interest and global significance,” wrote David Verdi, senior VP of newsgathering in an email to staff obtained by TVNewser. “The unit will combine speed, access, and analysis to bring our viewers and readers to the front lines of international developments wherever they take place.”

NBC is in the process of staffing up the unit. More details in Verdi’s email, below.
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NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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London Olympics Opening Ceremony Underway

The Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics is underway. But if you’re in the U.S., you’ll have to a wait a couple more hours to see the broadcast on NBC. The Openings will still be going on when “Nightly News,” with Brian Williams in London, and the other evening newscasts go on the air at 6:30pmET. As NBC has the rights to the games, you can bet you’ll see more coverage tonight, and for the next two weeks, than on their competitors.

The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi breaks down the numbers of how past Olympics have been covered differently by the News divisions of NBC, which as the rights, and ABC and CBS which don’t. One critic calls what we’re about to see on NBC “shameless cross promotion.”

“There’s no journalistic fig leaf to hide behind,” says Andrew Tyndall, the publisher of the Tyndall Report, which tracks the network news business. “It’s free advertising for the prime-time programming.”

NBC’s VP of newsgathering David Verdi disagrees: “You might see a little more coverage [of the event] on our broadcasts,” he said. “We’re proud of it. It generates greater interest in the news,” adding “if the question is, is our editorial process corrupted by an event like this, then the answer is no. We use the same editorial checklist to determine coverage [of the Olympics] as we would for any news event.”

News Executives Talk Syria

The situation in Syria continues to evolve, even as western news organizations evacuate their correspondents from the country. B&C’s Andrea Morabito spoke to TV news executives and correspondents (subscription required) to get to the bottom of what goes into covering such a difficult story. While it is extremely difficult and dangerous, getting a correspondent into the country assures substantial coverage on all of the news platforms.

The shortage of compelling live video footage affects how much the Syria story can be covered on television, with reporters often having to stand on the border of neighboring countries, in stark contrast to the images of ABC’s Christiane Amanpour and CNN’s Anderson Cooper getting roughed up in Cairo’s Tahrir Square a year ago during the unrest in Egypt.

“If Richard [Engel] were to get in, just by virtue of being there in a place that we don’t have normal access to and the danger that it poses to our people for being there would probably force its way high up into our network shows,” David Verdi, NBC News VP of worldwide newsgathering, says of the network’s chief foreign correspondent.

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Network Rivals Come Together for Common Cause

ABC, CNN and CBS news executives all headed to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters yesterday to discuss the safety and well-being of freelance journalists who increasingly serve the network news divisions worldwide.

NBC News president Steve Capus — the dean of network news executives — invited his colleagues, from ABC News, Ben Sherwood, CBS News’s David Rhodes and CNN’s Bart Feder to the gathering.

NBC’s Brian Williams wrote on his blog yesterday, “Because competition stops at the water’s edge, and because some things — like the safety of journalists — are more important, I’m proud to say we hosted a great luncheon here.”

The presentation was by Tina Carr the director of the Rory Peck Trust, an organization named in memory of Rory Peck, a New York-born freelance cameraman, killed in Moscow in 1995.

Other attendees included, Jeffrey Schneider of ABC, Barbara Levin of CNN; NBC News EPs Jim Bell and Bob Epstein, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News execs Alex Wallace, David Verdi, Cheryl Gould, Chris Hampson, Stacy Brady and Lauren Kapp. Fox News was invited to, but did not participate in the luncheon.

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