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Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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Newtown 911 Tapes Released: ‘This is an Extraordinarily Difficult Story to Cover Today’

The cable news networks are proceeding with caution as they decide whether to air the 911 tapes of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which were released at 2pmET after a lengthy court battle.

“This is an extraordinarily difficult story to cover today. The release of the 911 tapes obviously extremely sensitive,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, who covered the shooting from Newtown, said at the top of the 2pmET hour. “We are fully aware of that at CNN. Behind closed doors right now, our editorial teams are evaluating whether these 911 calls are newsworthy for airing on television, which portions we will choose to air for you today.”

On MSNBC, Tamron Hall said NBC News is “choosing not to air them out of respect for the families and the sensitivity of the issue.” On Fox News, Gretchen Carlson said the tapes were being reviewed “to decide whether they are appropriate for air.”

In a strange twist of events, another school shooting — at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. — was reported during the 2pmET hour. Shepard Smith reported on the ongoing situation from the Fox News Deck moments after Carlson reported on the release of the Newtown 911 tapes.

>More: Fox News aired a portion of the recordings at the top of the 3pmET hour. “Fox News will not be airing the most gut-wrenching moments from those calls,” Smith said. “…We and our managers have listened to all the recordings that came in that day and out of respect for the victims we will be very sensitive with we do put on Fox News Channel and across all of our platforms throughout the day and in the days to come.”

On CNN, national correspondent Deborah Feyerick described some of the moments from the recordings.

ABC News and NBC News guidance for airing the recordings is after the jump. Read more

9/11 12 Years Later

On this 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the cable news networks are giving significant coverage to the remembrances in Lower Manhattan. Fox News and CNN began coverage around 8:40amET ahead of the national moment of silence led by Pres. and Mrs. Obama and Vice President and Mrs. Biden. FNC’s Rick Leventhal and Eric Shawn are reporting from Ground Zero. Deborah Feyerick is there for CNN and David Shuster is in Lower Manhattan for Al Jazeera America.

Once again, MSNBC is replaying the “Today” show from Sept. 11, 2001. It has become an annual tradition for the network. In earlier years, the rebroadcast was watched by a majority of tuned in cable news viewers. But you have to wonder how many more 9/11s MSNBC will replay the tragedy in full.

NBC News produced a network wide 4-minute special report at 8:45amET. That’s in contrast to NBC’s coverage at this time last year when the “Today” show was heavily criticized for not carrying the moment of silence and instead continued an interview with Kris Jenner. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored the report.

ABC and CBS incorporated the moment of silence into their morning shows. That being the case it did not air in many Central Time zone markets. Still in their own morning shows, many Mountain and Pacific Time Zone stations produced their own coverage — or chose not to.

 

Chaos Overnight as One Boston Blast Suspect is Dead, His Brother on the Loose

A holdup at a Cambridge 7-11 store around 10pm Thursday set off an all night pursuit for the suspects in the Boston Marathon blasts. By sunrise, an MIT police officer was dead, an MBTA officer was wounded, one of the suspects was dead  and another suspect remained on the loose, both have been identified as brothers, originally from Chechnya, living in the Boston area. With multiple crime scenes in multiple locations, one suspect still at large, and the area in virtual lockdown, the overnight events kept local and national news crews on the air nonstop.

The first reports began coming in after 1am. Networks were cautious of not connecting the shooting of the MIT officer with the search for the bombing suspects. CNN International broke in to CNN/U.S. at 1:13am. MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo broke in at 1:18 with the news along with correspondent Kerry Sanders. At 1:24am Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty broke in to a re-air of “On the Record” with news of the MIT shooting.

At 2:24am, as it was becoming clear the holdup, carjacking and MIT incident were related to the blast investigation, CNN’s Jake Tapper held up his iPad to show new photos of the suspects that he’d been emailed.

ABC’s overnight show World News Now kept viewers up to date throughout the night with help from affiliates. George Stephanopoulos anchored his first special report for ABC at 4:30am. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report around 3:30amET and CBS News broadcast a special report at 4:40am with Anne Marie Green.

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More, 8:27am: CNN’s Jake Tapper and John Berman, anchoring coverage, are talking to a Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School friend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect still on the loose: “To think he’s capable of something like this is beyond belief.”

More: 8:35am: A Fox News is trained on a home in Watertown, MA where local and FBI officials have guns drawn. “Our cameraman is being told to back off,” said Brian Kilmeade.

FNC’s Griff Jenkins was near the firefight last night and this morning explained his rental car “is in the middle of the crime scene.”

More, 9:12am: On CNN, via an interview with CBS owned station WBZ-TV, the uncle of the brothers says his 19-year-old nephew had called another relative last night after his older brother was killed and said, “Forgive me and from now on we will be together.” After reporters apologized to him, the uncle added: “I’m sorry too, if he did this, I’m sorry too. I can’t believe it. It’s so crazy. It’s not possible. When I heard this on TV news, I was thinking how can it be like this?”

Update: ABC and CBS have expanded their morning shows beyond 9am as the manhunt for the 19-year-old suspect continues. NBC’s 9am hour of “Today” is also devoted to the breaking news. At one point, new ABC News correspondent Byron Pitts was reporting live as police officers moved him and other reporters away from an active location. A police officer could be heard telling the reporters: “Come on. Let’s go. Off the sidewalk, please. Around the corner.”

More, 9:35am: ABC showed what it called exclusive video of a bullet-riddled SUV being taken away by investigators. Brian Rossreported: “Our cameraman caught a shot of that car being towed away, a Mercedes SUV that the two brothers hijacked — carjacked at a gas station in Cambridge near Memorial Drive.” Explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The driver was released by the brothers, unharmed.

More, 10:50am: All networks have their cameras trained on a neighborhood in Watertown, MA. CNN has said it is putting programming on a 5-second delay as local and federal authorities have their guns drawn imploring media to stay back.

More, 12:24pm: On CNN, correspondent Deborah Feyerick reported that, after being pushed back from an area in Watertown, police are now allowing reporters to return to their original positions closer to the search scene.

More, 1pm: CBS special report ends. Diane Sawyer continues on ABC; Brian Williams picks up across NBC.

More, 1:45pm: ABC’s Bianna Golodryga, who speaks fluent Russian, spoke to the father of the two bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, on three separate occasions today. Tsarnaev, who lives in Russia, tells Golodryga that neither the U.S. government nor the Russian government has contacted him at that time.

More, 2:09pm: Anderson Cooper cuts away from remarks from the suspects’ aunt in Toronto, who claims her nephews are innocent. “Clearly she is in a state of denial or not really aware of the whole impact of what has happened here, what is going on,” Cooper said. Megyn Kelly comes to the same conclusion on Fox News: “That’s the aunt,” she said.

After 10 Years, ‘American Morning’ Signs Off

This morning, at the end of the final CNN “American Morning,” anchors Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerick welcomed show staffers to the set.

“These are the folks who get up in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show and they do it with a lot of enthusiasm and love and energy,” said Feyerick, as the director took shots of the studio as well as the control room.

“American Morning” launched on September 12, 2001, with original host Paula Zahn anchoring five months earlier than planned due to the 9/11 attack the day before. It has been without a permanent anchor team since John Roberts and Kiran Chetry departed at different points, earlier this year.

On Monday, CNN’s two new 2-hour morning shows, “Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin” and “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” will launch beginning at 5amET.

Arrest in Times Square Bomb Attempt

Here’s how the cable news networks reported the overnight arrest of a suspect in the Times Square bomb plot.

MSNBCArrest_5.4.jpgMSNBC reported the arrest at 12:06amET with NBC’s Pete Williams breaking the news, along with WNBC anchor Lynn Berry who has been filling in on MNSBC. Williams was first to ID the suspect as Pakistani-American Faisal Shahzad. WNBC investigative reporter Jonathan Dienst as well as reporter Ida Siegel in Connecticut joined in MSNBC’s coverage before and after the 1:30amET news conference from Attorney General Eric Holder.

CNNArrest_5.4.jpgCNN interrupted a Larry King Live re-air at 12:21amET with the news, interestingly during an earlier interview about the plot with former DHS secretary Tom Ridge. CNN began a simulcast of CNN International with anchor Asieh Namdar and including CNN domestic correspondents Susan Candiotti and Deborah Feyerick at JFK, where Faisal was arrested around 11:45pmET, trying to get on a flight to Dubai.

FNCArrest_5.4.jpgFox News reported the story at 12:25amET with Ainsley Earhardt, eventually being joined by anchor Gregg Jarrett just before 3amET. Correspondent Catherine Herridge and anchors Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren contributed from Washington, D.C. by phone.

Media — Old and New — Gather at The Plaza for Mediaite Party

Katie Couric, Meredith Vieira, Hoda Kotb, Ann Curry, Deborah Feyerick, and Ali Velshi were among the guests at last night’s Mediaite launch party at the Plaza Hotel. We whipped out the Flip and spotted Mediaite founder and former MSNBC G.M. Dan Abrams chatting with Couric. [Lower the volume before you hit play, it was loud in there].

• WebNewser has more on the party, including video of Abrams welcoming the crowd…

CNN Unveils New Site

cnndotcomsmall_10-23.jpgThe CNN talent and brass turned out for a TV-style debut of the new CNN.com last night at the One Time Warner Center in NYC.

Some guests were greeted as they arrived by anchor Campbell Brown and “American Morning” anchor John Roberts, “Newsroom” anchor Kyra Phillips, and correspondent Deborah Feyerick all came to see the new design as did many of the top executives from CNN including President of CNN/US Jon Klein, EVP of CNN Worldwide Ken Jautz, EVP and COO of CNN Ad Sales Greg D’Alba, and EVP of CNN News Services Susan Grant.

Kenneth “KC” Estenson, SVP and GM of CNN.com, walked the crowd through the new design that its 38 million visitors a month will get to experience starting Monday. The site was in development for over six months, and we hear that executives from the television end were regularly updated on the plans and progress.

Some CNN employees were surprised that details of the design didn’t leak during the development process. Not that there’s anything particularly controversial or revolutionary. In fact, one of the main goals of the redesign was to highlight the content that was already on the site and to improve the user experience with enhanced video and some customization, not to reinvent things.

CNN Worldwide President Jim Walton told us that they were very careful not to tinker too much with the things that work well about the site. Estenson joked that Walton’s personal request was that it be “easy to use.” Walton told us that he wanted the visitor experience to be the top priority, adding, “Having the video right in the middle is a good thing for the user.”

There are some departures, like a CNN Entertainment section taking advantage of content from EW and People, an Opinion section, special partnerships with Oprah and TED, and a new service in beta called “NewsPulse.”

WebNewser has the details on the new design and more from Estenson.

Want to Dress Like a TV Anchor?

CNN’s Jeanne Moos goes into Kiran Chetry‘s closet sifting through clothes to give to a new Web site called TVNewsCloset.com. And there’s a cameo from cow-birther, CNN correspondnet Deborah Feyerick.

Embedded video from CNN Video

Did CNN Just Show a Cow Giving Birth? Yes.

TVNewser was (past tense) eating our lunch, when we looked over and noticed a cow giving birth on CNN. Apparently, while doing a story about the economy and dairy farms, CNN reporter Deborah Feyerick was approached by a local farmer to help deliver a calf, as though this were the plot of “City Slickers.” CNN put the story together in a Friday “Back Story” segment about what goes on behind the scenes in the field.

Here’s a snapshot.

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We’ve posted the full video after the jump along with a kinda hilarious rushed transcript from the segment.

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