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Networks, Cablers Rush to Cover Egypt Clashes

There is chaos in Egypt, as protesters are facing off against the police in a number of major cities, including Cairo and Alexandria. Egyptian President Mubarak has instituted a nationwide curfew, but it does not appear to be working.

The broadcast news divisions, as well as all three cable networks are covering the situation, with plans to continue coverage through the weekend.

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Newsers Return to Haiti Six Months After the Quake

cooper_gupta_7-7.jpgJuly 12 will mark the six month anniversary of the tragic earthquake in Haiti and newsers including CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Sanjay Gupta, who were both closely associated with their coverage of the disaster earlier this year, are returning to the country for the occasion.

Cooper and Gupta — along with Gary Tuchman and Ivan Watson — will anchor from Port Au Prince on Monday and Tuesday of next week and will revisit some of the stories they covered in the disaster’s aftermath. Cooper, who last reported there on February 12, was the first anchor in Haiti following the earthquake and spent nearly a month anchoring “AC360″ from the region. Cooper’s been on the road quite a bit in the first half of 2010, also anchoring from the Gulf Coast regularly over the past six weeks.

Additionally, David Muir will return to Haiti for ABC News starting tonight for a series of reports called “World News Returns to Haiti,” which continues through the anniversary on the 12th.

NBC News Chief Science and Health Correspondent Robert Bazell returned today to report on the anniversary for “Nightly News,” revisiting hospitals he profiled for the newscast.

Matt Frei returns for a “BBC World News America” special edition on Monday.

“PBS NewsHour” Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez returns for a multi-part series of reports from Haiti each day from Monday-Thursday.

> We’ll update with more info as it comes in…

For Anchors & Reporters The Stories of Life & Death in Haiti Can Take An Emotional Toll

This is an emotional story for the reporters covering the story in both Haiti and in the U.S. Fox News’ Bill Hemmer got emotional filing this report earlier today about a 70-year-old American man who was saved by a French rescue crew and choppered out by the U.S. military in Haiti after surviving serious amputations:

And for the last two nights, CNN’s Campbell Brown has gotten choked up on her show. Tonight she had to toss to a commercial break after Ivan Watson reported a follow-up story on an 11-year-old girl who’d been trapped in the rubble. She was freed yesterday, but died today.

Thursday night, Brown, the mother of two young sons, got choked up after Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s story on a 15-day old child who lost her mother. “I apologize. As a mother I’m having a really hard time watching a lot of this,” said Brown.

Newser Notes from Haiti

• Fox News correspondent Steve Harrigan, who’s covered wars and other international conflict, was overcome with emotion telling the story of a woman who lost 4 of her children in the quake, and her fifth child at a hospital: “That kind of loss is hoffific in any culture. But when you’re in a culture where …. where you’re alone …. it just makes it all the more difficult.” (VIDEO HERE)

IWatson_1.15.jpg• CNN’s Ivan Watson has been reporting from the scene of a rescue attempt of an 11-year-old girl. “She’s crying, she’s in a lot of pain right now and she’s terribly scared. This little girl – it’s kind of heartbreaking to hear this – because she’s pinned there. The right leg is underneath the concrete – her hands are free and her leg is free and she’s talking to us. They only discovered her today. They’re thinking about trying to cut her leg. They don’t know what to do right now.” (VIDEO HERE)

• CNN’s Anderson Cooper was #1 at 10pm in the A25-54 demo last night. Greta Van Susteren was #1 in Total Viewers.

• For Total Day coverage, Fox News came out on top averaging 1.5M Total Viewers (426K in A25-54) to CNN’s 942K (337K). MSNBC drew 449K (129K) and HLN drew 320K (137K).

• Reuters TV, which has been providing coverage for international broadcasters including Al Jazeera, Canal Plus, and ITN, was first with video of the devastation — about 4 hours after the quake Tuesday night. The service had the first TV facility set up at the airport – before NBC’s own dish was set up – Brian Williams, Al Roker, Ann Curry rushed to the Reuters dish so they could do a cross-talk on MSNBC. Williams even thanked Reuters at the beginning of “Nightly News” last night.

• B&C’s Marisa Guthrie talks to Williams, ABC’s VP of news Kate O’Brian, and CBS News SVP Paul Friedman about the logistical difficulties of feeding and housing the news crews as well as keeping them safe as they cover the disaster.

TVNewsers Heading To Haiti

haitimap_1-13.jpgContinually Updated: We’ll update this post as we hear more about who is heading to Hispaniola, either the Dominican Republic or Haiti (if the airport is reopened) to cover yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake.

Anderson Cooper is the first anchor on the ground and is already reporting.

CBS “Evening News” and NBC “Nightly News” are planning to broadcast from the region tonight. Katie Couric arrived in Santo Domingo just before 12pmET, and in Port-au-Prince at 2:30pmET.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer heads there from Afghanistan, so she likely won’t be on air from Haiti until tomorrow.

FNC WH correspondent Wendell Goler was first on Hispaniola because…he was already there. Goler was on vacation in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck. He reported for “FOX Report” via phone last evening.

At 2:54pmET, Brian Williams did a live phone interview from Haiti. We’ve also learned that “Nightly News” will be one hour tonight.

On Thursday, Sawyer will anchor “World News” and Robin Roberts will anchor “GMA” from Haiti. George Stephanopoulos will anchor “World News” this evening from New York, which is as previously scheduled due to Sawyer’s Afghanistan trip.

Couric will anchor an hour-long broadcast of “Evening News” for CBS this evening.

ABC “World News” will also be one hour.

> Wednesday Evening Additions: FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will head down during the day Thursday and will host “On the Record” from Miami Thursday night.

CNN and FNC Go Wall-To-Wall With Iran Protest


After last weekend’s criticism over a lack of U.S. cable news coverage of the post-Iranian election protests, at least two of those networks – CNN and Fox News – have been going wall-to-wall with coverage today.

CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield anchored much of the afternoon coverage getting reports from correspondents Christiane Amanpour in London, Susan Candiotti at a protest in New York at Ivan Watson at the “Iran Desk” in Atlanta. Why Atlanta? Watson explained: “It’s because we received this fax – our team in Tehran – from the Iranian government, banning us from working in Iran. From sending any dispatches without prior approval of the Iranian authorities.”

Fox News also remained in continuing coverage through the afternoon preempting taped programs “Fox News Watch” and “Journal Editorial Report” during the 2pmET hour. And weekday anchor Shepard Smith was in to host the Saturday edition of his Fox Report at 7pmET.

With a multitude of new YouTube videos from today’s protests in Tehran in favor of Mir-Hossein Mousavi, and up-to-the-moment Tweets (reliable information or not) the cable networks were able to keep the Iran protest programming going.

Smith summed up how this story has changed how networks report what’s going on. “The Associated Press is reporting at least one dead in Iran today,” said Smith. “And I’m sad to say that we’ve seen videos of at least three dead people. So for us to go forward and say ‘one dead’ would really not be as close to the truth as what we’ve seen.”

MSNBC stayed with its afternoon taped programming, producing bottom-of-the-hour updates on the protests.

> Update: Smith, still anchoring live at 8:42pmET says, “This is Fox News Channel – proud to be the only network of news in America with live and continuing coverage of a seminal moment of…what could be a seminal moment in world history. Fox News Channel is live tonight for you. The competitors are not.” CNN is airing a “Money Summit.” MSNBC is airing “Lockup.”

> Update 2: CNN’s Christiane Amanpour anchored a live hour at 9pmET while Geraldo Rivera anchored from 9-11pmET and included guest Mike Huckabee whose FNC show was preempted.

Ivan Watson Rejoins CNN

watson_1-26.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Ivan Watson will be joining CNN as an international correspondent based in Istanbul, Turkey, according to an internal memo obtained by TVNewser.

Watson previously was a producer at the network, based in Moscow. He most recently was a correspondent for NPR.

“You can ‘see’ his reports on radio, and now we will be able to watch him do his excellent storytelling on CNN,” writes Parisa Khosravi, senior vice president for international newsgathering, in the note to staff.

Earlier on “Hey, How’d You Cover the World’s Political Hotspots, Ivan Watson?

Click continued to see the memo…

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