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More Correspondents Travel to Ukraine

fox ukraineMore correspondents are up and running from Ukraine as Russian and Ukrainian forces remain in a tense standoff in the country’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Kiev overnight, meets with government officials there today.

Several correspondents are traveling to Kiev with Secretary Kerry, including NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, ABC chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is in Kiev, where he will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” from Kiev and report across all Fox News’ programs today. Tomorrow he will anchor and report from Crimea.

CNN has a number of correspondents in the region, including Matthew Chance, Anna Coren and Claudia Rebaza in Kiev and Diana Magnay and Ben Wedeman in Crimea.

Also in Ukraine, as we told you yesterday: Terry Moran and Alex Marquardt for ABC, Bill Neely and Ian Williams for NBC, Elizabeth Palmer, Clarissa Ward, and Charlie D’Agata for CBS, Anderson Cooper for CNN, Amy Kellogg for Fox News, and Nick Schifrin, Jennifer Glasse, and Phil Ittner for Al Jazeera America.

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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.

TV News crews in Japan on the move with radiation fears mounting

With dozens of U.S. TV news journalists now on the ground in Japan, the bosses back home are becoming increasingly concerned about the potential for radiation poisoning due to the deteriorating conditions at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

ABC’s David Muir, who was in the area of the plant yesterday and moved south after the explosion. During “Nightline” he held up a radiation meter which was not detecting anything out of the ordinary. This morning, that changed Diane Sawyer and her crew began heading back to Tokyo, explaining to George Stephanopoulos on “GMA” that radiation levels had increased through the day. “We came down this highway, the 7 1/2 hour trip,” said Sawyer. “We’re about midway through it now.” Correspondent Clarissa Ward has also moved out of the area. Her Japanese translator left the ABC News team yesterday, fearing radiation poisoning.

Weather becomes an important factor in this story as correspondents and crews watch the wind while covering the story.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, moment by moment,” David Verdi, VP of worldwide news gathering for NBC News tells TVNewser. “We are constantly consulting with our experts and tracking the wind patterns.” In addition to Lester Holt (right), Ann Curry, Chris Jansing, Ian Williams and Lee Cowan are covering for NBC/MSNBC.

CBS’s Harry Smith was in Northern Japan this morning for “The Early Show,” but he and all other CBS staffers have left. “We have moved our teams out of Sendai, Japan and we continue to reassess deployments, as the situation warrants,” says CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews.

CNN has 12 on-air and dozens more off-air staffers in Japan. Anderson Cooper has left the area of the nuclear plant and is heading north and will anchor from Akita, Japan, north of Sendai. “The situation is under constant review and the safety and well-being of our reporters in the field is our top priority,” says a spokesperson.

Fox News says it is constantly evaluating the situation, and has pulled its correspondents back to Tokyo. Shepard Smith, Adam Housley and Greg Palkot are in Tokyo, while David Piper is at Yokota airbase.

Who the networks are sending to Japan

Christiane Amanpour is among the network anchors packing their bags and heading for Japan. Amanpour will host “This Week” from Tokyo on Sunday, the only Sunday show host to do so. ABC News says “World News” weekend anchor David Muir, and correspondent Clarissa Ward are also en route to Japan to report on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami.

For NBC News Weekend “Today” and Weekend “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt, is on his way as is “Today” news anchor Ann Curry. Correspondent Lee Cowan, and Ian Williams are in route as well.

For CBS News, anchor Harry Smith will lead coverage for the network. Correspondent Lucy Craft continues her reporting and correspondents Bill Whitaker and Charlie D’Agata are also en route.

For Fox News, correspondents Adam Housley, David Piper and Greg Palkot are en route.

And here’s who is going, or already there, for CNN.

But it’s Amanpour who gives real meaning to the term globetrotter.

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Special Climate Change as Copenhagen Conference Begins

tricktruth_12-7.jpgAs scientists and world leaders head to Copenhagen this week for the Climate Conference, you can expect some special coverage from the networks.

Tonight, Campbell Brown anchors special coverage in her CNN program at 8pmET titled, “Global Warming: Trick or Truth,” which will feature special reports, expert panels, and interviews discussing the conference and the “climate-gate” controversy. She will continue to report on developments throughout the week.

Also, NBC “Nightly News” will be airing a series of international reports throughout the week on climate change from Ian Williams in Bangladesh, Anne Thompson in Peru, and Martin Fletcher in Kenya. On Wednesday, Al Gore is sitting down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell during “Andrea Mitchell Reports” to discuss recent developments.

As we reported over the weekend, ABC News has Bob Woodruff in Copenhagen for special reports this week also.

A special edition of “BBC World News America” will be co-presented live tonight from Copenhagen by environment correspondent David Shukman.

NBC News London to Move In With ITV

NBCNewsLogo_8.28.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Sources tell TVNewser that over the next two months, NBC News London staffers will move out of their current facility and move in with ITV News, the news division of British broadcaster ITN. We’re told the networks will share a new, state of the art digital workspace.

NBC’s London move is just the latest in what has been series of moves, both domestically and internationally, as American networks face the rising costs of newsgathering with the growing demand of content on more platforms, including the Web and mobile.

NBC News spokesperson Allison Gollust tells TVNewser some NBC News employees will be re-assigned to ITN, while there have been “some voluntary buyouts” over the last six months. “We don’t expect there will be anything additional connected to the move,” Gollust says.

While ABC has long partnered with the BBC. NBC has had an arrangement with ITN for more than 10 years. ITN reporters often show up on NBC News broadcasts. NBC News even hired ITV’s Ian Williams when it opened a Bangkok bureau in October, 2006.

Says Gollust, “Moves like this enable us to dedicate resources in growth areas — making us stronger and better positioned to face the future.”

Chris Hampson remains NBC News London bureau chief.