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Networks Cover Announcement: ‘MH370 Ended in the Southern Indian Ocean’

The broadcast networks all interrupted their programming around 10amET to cover the Malaysian Prime Minister’s announcement that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 “ended in the southern Indian Ocean.”

ABC News aired a special report with “Good Morning America’s” Josh Elliott anchoring along with correspondent David Kerley, anchor Bob Woodruff in Kuala Lumpur, correspondent David Wright in Australia, correspondent Gloria Riviera in Beijing, and contributor Steve Ganyard.

NBC News aired a special report on the broadcast network with “Today’s” Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York, correspondent Bob Hager, correspondent Tom Costello in Washington, foreign correspondent Kier Simmons from Kuala Lumpur, and chief global correspondent Bill Neely in Australia.

CBS News also aired a special report with Charlie Rose and Clarissa Ward anchoring. Correspondent Holly Williams reported from Australia, correspondent Seth Doane from Kuala Lumpur, and correspondent Bob Orr from Washington, D.C.

The cable news networks also carried extended coverage of the news.

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Reporters Caught in the Middle of Deadly Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela

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Tensions between protesters and police in two parts of the world intensified overnight.

U.S. cable news networks kept cameras trained on Kiev, Ukraine as a fresh round of violence has left dozens dead, despite a ceasefire called hours earlier. Holly Williams is reporting from Kiev for CBS News, Richard Engel is there for NBC News, Nick Paton Walsh for CNN.

And in Venezuela, social and economic problems have fired up protesters for days in several cities. On Wednesday student and beauty queen Genesis Carmona died after being shot in the head at a protest in Valencia.

Venezuelan-born Fusion anchor Mariana Atencio, has been reporting from the country all week on the growing protests. Wednesday she tweeted a picture of her cameraman who was hit by the plastic bullets being fired by national police. Read more

CBS’ Holly Williams on Winning George Polk Award: ‘It’s a Story That’s Close to My Heart’

Holly Williams may be a relative newcomer to CBS News, but her experience as an international reporter is already bringing attention to the network. Williams was recently honored with a George Polk award for her coverage of Chinese human rights campaigner Chen Guangcheng.

Receiving the award for this particular story was especially rewarding for Williams, who tells TVNewser Guangcheng’s escape to the U.S. embassy in Beijing  was “the most exciting story” she covered during the time she was based in China. Williams met Guangcheng before he went to prison and was “very impressed” with him as a person, she says.

“It’s a story that’s close to my heart. It was wonderful to be honored for it,” Williams says. “I tend to think history isn’t about big, broad trends. It’s about individuals that make a difference. I think the great escape was a great example of that.”

To cover the story, Williams and her cameraman snuck into Guangcheng’s hometown at night when the village was unprotected. After being spotted by a local official during their first attempt to enter the village, the pair made a “hasty escape.” They were subsequently tailed by the official for several miles.

“I thought really that we’d blown the story,” Williams recalls.  Read more

The Evening Ticker: ESPN & Roberts, CBS & Polk, Weather & Winner

  • Robin Roberts is not only back on “GMA” tomorrow, she’s also working with her old network, ESPN, as executive producer of Nine for IX, a series focused on women in sports.

  • The CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley has won the George Polk Award for Television News Reporting for Holly Williams‘ coverage of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng.

  • Ted Winner has been promoted to director of content development at the Weather Channel. He’ll oversee all segment development across all hours of live programming.

CBS News Adds Holly Williams To Correspondent Ranks

CBS News has brought on Holly Williams as a correspondent. Williams, who had been based in China and now lives in Turkey, is a veteran foreign correspondent, most recently for SKY News. She has been reporting freelance for CBS for a few months now.

Williams was also interviewed by Abigail Pesta in The Daily Beast. It is a fascinating read, and Williams explains clearly the challenges of reporting across the globe, while simultaneously having to deal with family obligations.

“I should have been enjoying being a new mother. We were in the jungle, in bamboo huts, no electricity; I’d finish an interview and say, ‘I’m going off to pump milk.’ It was horrible.” Later, while on “stakeout” waiting for Suu Kyi to be freed, she recalls, “I was sitting in the back of a taxi with a breast pump. I was weeping and telling myself, ‘Don’t cry—that’s dehydrating.’”

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