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Savannah Guthrie Gets Exclusive with Stranded Nevada Family

GlantonThe “Today” show’s Savannah Guthrie will interview the Nevada family that survived two days of sub-zero-temperatures last week. James Glanton, Christina McIntee, their two children as well as McIntee’s niece and nephew disappeared last Sunday. Rescuers found them inside their overturned Jeep on Tuesday. Guthrie will interview all six tomorrow on “Today.”

NBC says they did not pay a licensing fee — a practice some programs use to secure exclusive interviews. However, NBC is footing the bill for flights to and hotel stays in New York for more than a dozen people: the Glanton-McIntee family, their niece and nephew and their parents, as well as their attorney and his family.

“This is standard practice in television booking,” NBC News spokesperson Ali Zelenko tells the Washington Post, “and anyone who says otherwise is just disappointed they weren’t the outlet chosen by the family.”

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Is NBC Entering Into ‘Potentially Dicey Ethical Territory?’

HannahAndersonNBCThe Washington Post‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether NBC is wading “into potentially dicey ethical territory” with a deal to produce a documentary about a sensational murder and kidnapping story that played out over the summer.

Hannah Anderson, the California teen kidnapped by a man who had murdered her mother and brother, is reportedly in negotiations for a documentary produced by NBC’s Peacock Productions.

Anderson has only done interviews with NBC News, which, the network says, it did not pay for. “NBC News never pays for interviews,” an NBC News spokeswoman tells Farhi.

If the deal goes ahead, Peacock Productions would compensate the Anderson family to license footage and personal materials for the documentary. ABC News stopped paying license fees for interviews in 2011. At the time ABC News president Ben Sherwood said the practice was something of a black eye on the news division.

“No matter how they couch it, they’re offering money in exchange for an exclusive story,” says Kevin Z. Smith, the chairman of the ethics committee of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The networks have figured out new and different approaches” to paying sources, he says.

It’s not clear when or where the doc will air. Peacock Productions often sells programs to non-NBCU networks.

Meahwhile, a new book on the tragedy is critical of Hannah Anderson’s story. The author, criminal profiler Chelsea Hoffman, says there are inconsistencies in Hannah’s NBC interviews and how the crimes occurred.

Big Morning for ‘Today:’ Manning, Anderson, Jenner and One Direction

NBC’s breakfast show had an outsized helping of news this morning, including an interview with kidnapped Hannah Anderson, a revelation from just-sentenced WikiLeaker Bradley Manning, and the Kardashian mom (Kris not Kim) made some news too.

Plus, the the area outside “Today’s” Rockefeller Center studio is packed with fans of One Direction ahead of their concert tomorrow. (And it’s pouring rain right now.)

The big news was revealed half-way through the first hour — half-way through an interview with Manning’s lawyer, when Savannah Guthrie read a statement from the disgraced Army private:

“I am Chelsea Manning. I am female. I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible. I hope that you will support me in this transition. I also request that, starting today, you refer to me by my new name and use the feminine pronoun (except in official mail to the confinement facility).”

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for his part in leaking more than 700,000 documents to WikiLeaks.

The two-part interview with Anderson was her first since being freed from a kidnapper she knew, a man who killed her mother and brother. She is still under scrutiny, but in her interview today, thanked those who rescued her. “In the beginning, I was a victim.  But now knowing everyone out there’s helping me, I consider myself a survivor instead. My mom raised me to be strong.”

And in a bit of incestuous booking, Kris Jenner phoned in to talk about her upcoming daytime talk-show interview with her sort-of son-in-law Kanye West. “Tough booking,” Matt Lauer joked. “Well, he is my roommate,” said Jenner. It wasn’t a very tough booking for “Today” either since both NBC and E! where the Kardashians rule, are both owned by Comcast. Jenner’s show, however, is produced by 20th Television, a 21st Century Fox company and airs, mostly, on Fox affiliates.