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Cable Nets Go Live as Final U.S. Convoy Leaves Iraq

At 11:28pmET, U.S. cable news networks broke into coverage as the final U.S. combat troops crossed from Iraq into Kuwait, creating a lasting image for the end to the 8-and-a-half-year war, which was officially declared over on Thursday. CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast coverage with Hala Gorani and Don Lemon co-anchoring. Michael Holmes reported from Kuwait, Arwa Damon from Baghdad and Martin Savidge, who traveled the 5-and-a-half hours with the American convoy, reported by phone (and later, around 12:27amET, via livestream from inside an MRAP vehicle) after crossing into Kuwait. CNN/U.S. stayed live until MidnightET (CNNI until 12:30amET) and included interviews with soldiers at Camp Virginia, Kuwait.

On Fox News Geraldo Rivera and Greg Palkot reported live from Kuwait, with the final MRAP truck crossing over at 11:38pmET / 7:38am along the Kuwait/Iraq border. “I have tears in my eyes, so emotional,” said Rivera, who is on his 11th trip to the region. Fox News wrapped coverage at 11:46pm.

MSNBC produced a 4-minute special report with Richard Engel live in Kuwait. Engel too, traveled with the U.S. convoy. “So much has transpired when they crossed this berm in 2003 going North,” said Engel. “They were on their way to topple a dictator. Now they are crossing this berm again. The dictator has been toppled and the troops are going home.”

Rare Get-together for CNN’s Foreign Correspondents as They Reflect on 2011

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hosts a year end special with CNN’s foreign correspondents, including (l-r) Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon and Nic Robertson

It’s a good thing today was a relatively quite international news day because most of CNN’s foreign correspondents were gathered in New York talking about about the incredible year that was. From the Arab Spring to the triple tragedy in Japan, reporters Nic Robertson, Ben Wedeman, Arwa Damon, Hala Gorani, Matthew Chance, Sara Sidner, Kyung Lah and Ivan Watson crowded into Piers Morgan‘s studio at Time Warner Center where Anderson Cooper, who’s also reported from many of the world’s hotspots this year, lead the discussion.

CNN International EVP Tony Maddox tells TVNewser the get-together, which happens once every few years, “was the greatest gathering of foreign journalists on the planet.”

Before the taping we asked Robertson what is his most remarkable moment of this remarkable year. Robertson, who started as an engineer with CNN in 1990, says it was the uprising in Bahrain in February. “We were approaching Pearl Square and all hell was breaking loose.” Robertson used his iPhone to report live on CNN. Later, as he was rushed out of the area, he used the phone to record more video and his audio for a package that was edited in Atlanta. “That’s a far cry from 36 boxes of equipment we used to use,” added CNN EVP Ken Jautz

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Covering the Imminent Fall of Tripoli

CNN is going into overdrive tonight covering what Libyan rebels hope is the imminent fall of Tripoli. CNN is simulcasting CNN International programming anchored by Hala Gorani and Michael Holmes with Wolf Blitzer in D.C. Correspondent Matthew Chance is reporting from inside a hotel in Tripoli where Gadhafi government minders had been monitoring the foreign press, but have left. During one short report, Chance said to Gorani, “At the moment we really don’t know what’s going to happen next. Hala, I think I’m going to have to leave it there.” Meanwhile, Sara Sidner is reporting from the road on her way to Tripoli. The plan is to stay live throughout the night and into the morning.

Fox News is also providing extended coverage with Harris Faulkner anchoring, preempting “Huckabee,” with contributions from Sky News.

MSNBC is covering the news during updates of regular programming.

On the broadcast evening newscasts, only NBC News had their own correspondent in Tripoli. Richard Engel appeared live with a group of Libyan rebels, some of whom walked up to 15 miles to the capital earlier today. CBS News used a reporter from Sky News and ABC had a phoner from a BBC reporter while ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman reported from the Tunisia/Libya border.

As News Prepares to Break In Yemen, Only CNN, Al Jazeera English Have Correspondents In-Country

Sometime in the next 48 hours, the embattled president of Yemen will make his first public appearance since being wounded by shrapnel when his compound was attacked. Elsewhere in the region, Syria continues to face daily demonstrations and demands for reform from citizens.

2011 has seen an enormous amount of change in the Middle East and North Africa, including protests that led to the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

As the world watches, only two cable news channels are in-country to cover the news, CNN and Al Jazeera English.

CNN, which has a much larger international presence than its cable news competitors, now has two reporters in Yemen in Nic Robertson and Mohammed Jamjoom, both in the capital city of Sanaa.

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CNN/U.S., CNNi Plan Netanyahu Congressional Address Simulcast

While many CNN anchors remain in Joplin, MO, including John King, Ali Velshi, Anderson Cooper and T.J. Holmes, whose first TV job was in Jopin — the network is planning another CNN/U.S., CNNi simulcast of  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress this morning. Wolf Blitzer, Hala Gorani and Suzanne Malveaux anchor the special report beginning at 10:45amET with Dana Bash on Capitol Hill.

Cable Coverage plans for Obama’s Middle East speech

President Obama is making his way to the State Department to deliver a highly-anticipated speech on Middle East affairs.

CNN’s Ed Henry Tweeted this picture of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, brother of CBS News president David Rhodes, writing parts of the President’s speech at a Starbucks last Friday.

CNN is going big on the coverage with a CNN/U.S. and CNNI simulcast beginning at 11:30amET. Wolf Blitzer, Suzanne Malveaux and Hala Gorani anchor coverage with Fareed Zakaria in Egypt, and Gloria Borger, John King, Henry and Jill Dougherty in DC as well as multiple correspondents in several North African and Middle Eastern countries.

FNC’s Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchor with Mike Emanuel at the White House. Wendell Goler will anchor a special report for any Fox affiliates who choose to take it.

NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell anchors on MSNBC with a panel that includes Chuck Todd and Richard Engel.

Pres. Obama will only be doing one TV interview after the speech, and it’s not with an American broadcaster. BBC gets the sit-down with Obama at the White House. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be giving an interview to Katie Couric. This is Couric’s last day with the CBS Evening News. She’ll return to New York this afternoon to anchor her final broadcast.

(h/t Playbook)

Cameras Continue to Roll as Situation in Cairo Deteriorates Rapidly

As a cameraman trained his lens from a Cairo high-rise, NBC News anchor Brian Williams and chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel gave a play-by-play of what was happening below. The scene, adjacent to the frontlines of a battle between protesters and pro-Mubarak forces outside the Egyptian Museum, showed a pickup truck with its driver having been pulled out of the front seat, kicked, beaten, then put in the bed of the pickup.

It’s 4:55 in the morning in Cairo, and Williams and Engel are describing just another incident in the increasingly deteriorating situation in the Egyptian capital.

Williams and Engel began this evening’s coverage during “The Rachel Maddow Show” and continued into “The Ed Show” at 10pmET. When Ed Schultz asked Williams about their safety, Williams said no one was interested in the American TV crew looking on, “We’re absolutely almost, perversely safe looking over this gunfire,” he said.

Anderson Cooper, one of several TV correspondents roughed up by protesters today, anchored his show crouched low, with just a few lights, along with CNNI anchor Hala Gorani and correspondent Ben Wedeman as Ivan Watson phoned in from nearby Tahrir Square. “This is not exactly how we planned to bring you tonight’s program,” said Cooper. “But the situation changes here minute by minute in Cairo. We’ve been advised to turn down our lights, get down on the floor and try to barricade ourselves in the area we’re in. So that’s why we’re doing this program like this tonight. It’s not going to look very good over the next hour, but bear with us.”

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

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