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CNBC Doesn’t Plan on Letting CNN, MSNBC Take Over Marijuana Programming

Marijuana304In the marijuana industry, you can’t just let the competition invade your turf.

CNN and MSNBC have recently joined the marijuana programming bonanza with “Pot Barons of Colorado” and “High Profits,” but the original pot network is back with a new show.

CNBC’s new program “Marijuana Country: The Cannabis Boom” premiers on Jan. 5 at 9 pm ET. Correspondent Harry Smith returns to Colorado to detail the rise of a new American industry, one year after the state legalized marijuana.

CNBC produced and repeatedly aired “Marijuana, Inc.” and “Marijuana USA” before weed programming was all the rage. It even updated “Marijuana in America” with Smith replacing original reporter Trish Regan, who is now with Bloomberg TV. As we’ve reported for years, pot documentaries have brought in big ratings for cable networks. With Colorado making the programming both easier and more interesting, this isn’t a trend that will die down anytime soon.

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Now MSNBC is Producing a Pot Show

PotBaronsAs two more states and the District of Columbia legalize marijuana, another cable news network is trying to catch the pot wave with a new documentary.

“Pot Barons of Colorado,” a 6-part series debuting Sunday, Nov. 30, is produced by MSNBC’s Long Form Unit and production company Triple Threat TV. The series follows Colorado-based ‘pot barons’ who are working to secure a foothold in the rapidly expanding world of legal recreational marijuana use.

“Pot Barons of Colorado” follows CNN’s announcement two weeks ago that it is producing “High Profits” an 8-part series which follows Breckenridge Cannabis Club owners Brian Rogers and Caitlin McGuire. CNN’s series will debut in 2015.

As we’ve reported for years, pot documentaries — first focusing on medical marijuana, now on legal weed — have brought big ratings to cable networks, including CNBC which produced the often-repeated “Marijuana, Inc.” and, later, “Marijuana USA” reported by Trish Regan, who now works for Bloomberg TV. Earlier this year, CNBC aired an updated “Marijuana in America” reported by NBC’s Harry Smith.

CNBC Goes to Pot, Again

Marijuana304CNBC is going back to the well, or the dispensary, for another documentary on marijuana.

“Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush,” reported by NBC’s Harry Smith debuts Wednesday night at 10pm.

The pot doc follows two other highly successful marijuana documentaries. The first, “Marijuana, Inc.” reported in 2009 by Trish Regan (now an anchor at Bloomberg) is the most-watched CNBC documentary ever. Regan followed up with “Marijuana USA” in 2010.

Now that the sale of marijuana for recreational use is legal in Colorado, Smith visits the state to report on the exploding legal pot market, projected to grow as large as $10 billion nationwide by 2018. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sums up the importance of this groundbreaking law when he tells Smith, “This is going to be one of the great social experiments of the next century.”

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Philippines Typhoon Coverage Enters Second Week

As coverage of Typhoon Haiyan enters its second week, some changes to ABC News’ and CNN’s correspondents in the Philippines. ABC News’ Gloria Riviera will file her final report from Manila for tonight’s “World News.” She will relocate over the weekend. Ditto CNN’s Anderson Cooper, who will anchor “AC360″ from the region tonight and travel back to the U.S. this weekend.

NBC News and CBS News will keep their correspondents on the ground at least through the weekend: Seth Doane is in the Philippines for CBS, and NBC has Dr. Nancy Synderman, Harry Smith and Ian Williams in the region. NBC also has a separate team of digital journalists there reporting for both NBCNews.com and the network’s broadcasts.

William LaJeunesse will continue to report from the region for Fox News throughout the weekend. CNN has a team of six correspondents in the region other than Cooper, including Nick Paton Walsh, Ivan Watson and Anna Coren. Another correspondent, Karl Penhaul, is en route to the Philippines.

Here’s Who’s Covering Typhoon Haiyan

SmithTyphoonThe networks have dispatched correspondents to the Philippines to cover the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Here’s a list we’ve compiled so far:

Harry Smith and Dr. Nancy Snyderman are covering for NBC News from Tacloban and Manilla.

ABC’s Terry Moran is in Manila, and Gloria Riviera is reporting from Tacloban.

CBS News correspondent Seth Doane is in the region.

CNN’s Senior international correspondent Ivan Watson, CNNI anchor Andrew Stevens and correspondent Paula Hancocks are in Tacloban, while CNNI anchor Kristie Lu Stout reports from Manila. Anna Coren is in Cebu. And Anderson Cooper will anchor his show from the Philippines tonight.

Fox News has correspondent David Piper reporting from Bangkok.

Marga Ortigas of Al Jazeera English is in Manilla.

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Maria Bartiromo Testing The Market

CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo is quietly putting out feelers to gauge the interest in her services, a source in the agent community confirms to TVNewser. Bartiromo’s contract with CNBC is believed to expire later this year, either in November or December, so now is the time to start talking to other channels to try and develop interest.

The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson reported this morning that Bartiromo is now being repped by CAA, and she talked to a source who discussed the most likely alternative stop for the original “money honey,” Fox Business Network.

“It would be good news for Fox if she came over, but bad news for her,” one business news source said, explaining that FBN’s freer debate style is very different from CNBC’s more organized teleprompter approach.

Bartiromo is arguably the most high-profile anchor on CNBC, so losing her would be a big deal for the financial news channel. That said, CNBC has been looking to shake up its lineup, and is currently talking to Harry Smith about hosting a program at the channel.

Harry Smith Heading to CNBC?

A TVNewser tipster tells us Harry Smith is in talks to join CNBC.

Smith joined NBC News two years ago as a correspondent for “Rock Center.” That show aired its final broadcast last month. Smith, who spent 25 years at CBS News, has also reported for other NBC News shows and has filled in for Brian Williams on “Nightly News.”

CNBC isn’t saying one way or the other if Smith is entertaining an offer, but a spokesperson tells us: “Harry Smith is one of the truly great TV journalists and fortunately already a member of the NBCUniversal News Group so if we could figure out a way to utilize his skills to serve our viewers and users I’m sure we’d be interested.”

Here’s The Rundown For The Final Edition Of NBC’s ‘Rock Center’

Friday evening is the final episode of NBC’s “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” the primetime newsmagzine that launched in late 2011. “Rock Center” was shuffled across multiple timeslots on multiple nights over the course of its one and a half year run, and never really found a groove.

For the final edition of the program, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Dr. Nancy Snyderman and Chelsea Clinton will have reports, along with the final edition of the “Rock Bottom” segment with Williams himself. Details on those reports are in the rundown after the jump.

A wrap party for the show is set for next Wednesday, insiders tell us.

NBC announced that it would be canceling “Rock Center” right before its upfront presentation in May, and layoffs followed soon thereafter, although many staffers were able to be placed elsewhere in NBC News.
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Broadcasters Plan Extended Evening Newscasts, Special Coverage Of Tornado Aftermath

The broadcast networks are planning to give their news organizations extra space tonight to update viewers on the aftermath of the devastating tornado that ripped through a suburb of Oklahoma City. In addition to expanded evening newscasts, NBC and ABC will have dedicated programming to coverage of the devastation and recovery.

NBC: NBC News will have a special from 8-9 PM live from Oklahoma, anchored by Brian WilliamsLester Holt, Ann Curry, Harry Smith and Kate Snow will be among the contributors. “NBC Nightly News” will also offer an hour-long newscast to affiliates this evening.

CBS: CBS News will not have a primetime special, however Scott Pelley will host a special edition of the “CBS Evening News” from 6:30 PM until 8 PM, offered to affiliates.

ABC: ABC News will be offering a one hour edition of “ABC World News” to affiliates. Diane Sawyer will be in New York, with David Muir in Moore. In addition at 12:35 AM “Nightline” will be special edition dedicated to Oklahoma.

Also: Muir, Ginger Zee and Mike Boettcher will reportfrom Oklahoma this afternoon on “Katie.”

President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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