The first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news, “PBS NewsHour” anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, were guests on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” this week. “The PBS ‘NewsHour’ is an hour. Do we need an hour of news every night? I mean, the guys over on the networks — and the girls, and Diane Sawyer — are doing it in half an hour every night plus commercials, and boom, we’re watching ‘Jeopardy,’” Stephen Colbert joked. Watch:
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The new president of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, is in New York City for the annual UN General Assembly meeting.
Along the way, he has been holding something of a media tour for U.S. outlets, talking to NBC’s Ann Curry and CNN/ABC’s Christiane Amanpour. Rouhani is slated to appear on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” tonight, with excerpts airing tomorrow on “CBS This Morning.”
This morning, according to Politico’s Dylan Byers, Rouhani hosted a veritable “Who’s who” of the U.S. media establishment in New York. Rouhani addressed the question of why he did not meet with President Obama while he was at the UNGA.
Also in attendance at the meeting were ABC News president Ben Sherwood and anchor Diane Sawyer, Bloomberg News editor-in-chief Matt Winkler; CNN president Jeff Zucker and host Fareed Zakaria; Foreign Affairs editor Gideon Rose; Nation publisher and editor Katrina vanden Heuvel; New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., executive editor Jill Abramson, and columnist Tom Friedman; NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell; PBS host Gwen Ifill; POLITICO Magazine editor Susan Glasser; Reuters president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler; Time Magazine managing editor Nancy Gibbs; and Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron and columnist David Ignatius.
The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.
NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.
ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.
President Obama makes his case for military intervention in Syria today with interviews on six networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to ask why his network wasn’t a part of the media blitz:
Pres. Obama gives 6 interviews today. None of those to Univision. Why? Hispanics also care about Syria. Same mistake as presidential debates
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) September 9, 2013
150,000+ Latinos are serving in the U.S. military. But none of the 6 interviews given today by Obama include Univision #LessonsNOTlearned
— JORGE RAMOS (@jorgeramosnews) September 9, 2013
A Univision spokesperson told Politico’s Hadas Gold that the network “did everything possible” to get an interview with the President.
The New York-based network news anchors heading to Washington, DC this morning to interview Pres. Obama.
The interviews are back-to-back beginning at 3:55pmET. Each network gets 7 minutes. And the interviews are embargoed for air until 6pmET. Drawing from a hat, the order had been determined as this: NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, ABC and PBS.
ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley will anchor their shows from Washington today. Savannah Guthrie will conduct the interview for NBC as Brian Williams, still recovering from knee replacement surgery, cannot travel. DC-based Chris Wallace of Fox News and Wolf Blitzer of CNN will conduct the interviews for their networks. Gwen Ifill, who tonight becomes the permanent co-anchor with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” gets the PBS interview.
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) September 9, 2013
President Obama is sitting down with anchors from six networks Monday as he pushes his case for strikes on Syria. ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CBS’s Scott Pelley, NBC’s Brian Williams, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Fox News Channel’s Chris Wallace, and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will interview the president Monday afternoon. The Fox and CNN interviews are set to air in the 6pmET hour of “Special Report” and “The Situation Room,” respectively. President Obama is also planning to address the urgency of targeted strikes in a televised speech Tuesday.
Also today, CNN’s Jake Tapper got a hold of the videos that the Obama administration is showing lawmakers to prove their case for striking Syrian weapons sites. The videos, very graphic in nature, show the aftermath of a chemical attack, but still do not prove who was behind the Aug. 21 attack.
- NBCLatino has named Suzanne Gamboa political editor of NBCLatino.com. Gamboa joins NBC from the DC bureau of the AP, where she was most recently a race and ethnicity reporter. before joining the AP she worked a a reporter in Texas, working in Dallas, Austin and El Paso.
- The new weekday “PBS NewsHour” format will launch this coming Monday, the AP’s David Bauder reports. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. The new weekday show launches two days after the weekend edition debuts.
- David Ford joins the upcoming ABC News-Univision channel Fusion as Vice President for Corporate Communications. He will be based at the channel’s new headquarters in Miami. Ford currently oversees media relations for “World News with Diane Sawyer.”
- Following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, Pres. Obama sits down with “PBS Newhour’s” Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff at the White House. The interview airs tonight on Newshour.
- ABC News has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed a 2011 “20/20″ report was libelous. The Colorado man had sued ABC News as well as former “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, who is now with CNN.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills this afternoon, PBS named Gwen ifill and Judy Woodruff as the co-anchors and managing editors of the “PBS NewsHour,” making them the first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news.
Ifill and Woodruff will formally take the reins of the program in September, replacing the rotating anchor format that the program has utilized over the last few years.
Woodruff will anchor the program solo on Fridays, as “Washington Week,” which Ifill also hosts, tapes that day. The pair had been the most frequent anchors on the program since Jim Lehrer stepped down in 2011, and they also anchored the program’s debate, convention and election coverage.
PBS also added specific responsibilities to a number of correspondents. Hari Sreenivasan–who will be anchoring the upcoming weekend edition of the program–will serve as senior correspondent, with Jeffrey Brown becoming chief correspondent for arts, culture and society, Ray Suarez chief national correspondent and Margaret Warner chief foreign correspondent.
The changes come as the “NewsHour” seeks to reinvent itself for the 21st century. While it is adding a weekend edition produced by WNET, the show also saw a number of layoffs in June, including the shuttering of its U.S. bureaus.
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