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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.

Sunday Show Hosts React to Chuck Todd Hosting ‘Meet the Press’

chuck todd mtp 2Like other news timeslots, the Sunday morning shows are fiercely competitive. But before Chuck Todd takes the reins of “Meet the Press” September 7, his soon-to-be competitors are welcoming him into the fray.

Here’s what a few of them tell TVNewser about Todd’s ascension to “MTP.”

George Stephanopoulos: “Chuck’s been preparing for this his whole career. Great to have him in the Sunday morning mix.”

Chris Wallace: “I welcome Chuck to the Sunday morning wars. Enjoy the last few Saturday nights out you’ll have for a long time. I expect Chuck to be solid competition, which will only make the game more interesting.”

Bob Schieffer: “David and Chuck are both friends of mine so I wish both of them the very best.”

Last night, Todd tweeted his feelings on landing in the coveted “MTP” moderator chair.

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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.

Pres. Obama Holds News Conference From U.S./Africa Leaders Summit

ObamaPresident Obama held a news conference this evening as the three-day U.S./Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC drew to a close. The president spoke about progress being made in both the economies and governance of many African nations.

The press event was delayed more than an hour. As the start times of the live editions of the evening newscasts approached, all three broadcast networks streamed the President’s remarks online rather than carrying them on air.

On cable news Fox News preempted “The Five” for an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” which aired from 5-7pmET. CNN and MSNBC covered the newser in its normal programming, anchored by Wolf Blitzer and Ed Schultz, respectively.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace, followed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, then Margaret Talev of Bloomberg; NBC’s Chris JansingDavid Ohito of The Standard, a Kenyan publication; and the last question went to Jerome Cartillier of Agence France-Presse. The president concluded the nearly :45 minute press briefing at 6:54pmET.

From George Stephanopoulos’ Assistant, to EP of ‘This Week’

Jonathan Greenberger, the 31-year-old executive producer of ABC’s “This Week,” just got his Disney Pin for one year of employment with the company. But his association with ABC goes back several years, to when he first got out of college and was George Stephanopoulos‘ assistant. For his “Open Mike” series, Politico’s Mike Allen talks with Greenberger about how he’s putting his stamp on the long-running ABC News program. “There are so many interesting things happening around the country and around the world about important issues, and we’re trying to get out there, spend more time in the field and tell the stories in that way.” WATCH:

Networks Pivot From Ukraine to Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Offensive

Shortly before 4pmET, cable and broadcast networks turned from Ukraine — where they have spent most of the day reporting on Malyasia Airlines flight 17, which was shot down near the Russian border this morning — to Gaza, where Israel has just launched a ground offensive after several days of violence there.

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos was the only broadcast anchor still on the air when news of the ground invasion broke. “We’re just getting reports now from our Hamish MacDonald that Israeli military confirms to ABC news that the ground phase of the war in Gaza has indeed begun,” Stephanopoulos said. “Another huge crisis escalating at the same time as we’re getting all of these reports of the downed airliner.”

On cable, Shepard Smith continues to anchor from the Fox News Deck, joined by John Huddy from Gaza. Jake Tapper is anchoring on CNN, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem. CNN’s Ben Wedeman and Karl Penhaul also reported from Gaza during the 4pmET hour. Alex Wagner is anchoring on MSNBC.

MSNBC and CNN have mostly focused on the plane during the 4pmET hour, while Fox News has stayed with the Gaza story.

>Update: As an out of breath John Huddy voiced a running eyewitness account on Fox News, describing what he sees and hears, Smith said, “John Huddy is giving us a view like you won’t see on any channel in this world. I’m watching all of them. And nobody has this view, and nobody has this eye on this, except John Huddy.” Watch here.

Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 30

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings in both viewers and the younger demo, but NBC’s “Today” posted its closest total viewer gap with “GMA” since the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“Today” cut the gap, which still gives “GMA” a +311,000 viewer lead, by 59% vs. the same week last year. Both “GMA” and “Today” lost viewers vs. last year. ABC was down -11% in viewers and down -7% in the A25-54 demo, while “Today” was down -2% in viewers and down -5% in the demo.

Only “CBS This Morning” saw year-over-year growth: up +7% in total viewers but down -7% in the demo.

The weekly averages for all three programs are based on 4 days (Mon-Thurs) because of the July 4th holiday.

The averages for the week of June 30, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.605M / NBC: 4.294M / CBS: 2.921M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.703M / NBC: 1.625M / CBS: 841K

 

Who Will Be the Next Hosts of ‘The View’?

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The results are in from last week’s TVNewser poll on who the next hosts of “The View” will be: Ann Curry led the way with 29.01% of the vote, followed by Meghan McCain with 19.95%, S.E. Cupp with 15.17%,  Anderson Cooper with 14.48%, and Alicia Menendez with 9.63%.

11.76% of you answered “other,” filling in the blank with candidates like Matt Lauer, Diane Sawyer, Don Lemon, and Ali Wentworth, George Stephanopoulos‘ wife.

Pres. Obama Announces New Executive Action on Immigration Reform

ObamaNBC News and ABC News provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on immigration reform this afternoon, where the president announced new executive action he will take. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

“America can not wait forever for them [House Republicans] to act,” the president said before announcing he is moving available resources from America’s interior to the Mexican border. The president said he’s also instructing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to formulate additional recommendations for executive actions he can take.

NBC News broke in at 3:01pmET with “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams anchoring in New York and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing reporting from the White House. ABC News cut in at 3:01pmET with recently-named “World News” anchor David Muir anchoring in New York and senior national correspondent Jim Avila reporting from the White House.

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