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That Time Carson Daly Started a Meme Called #Rokering

With every awkward morning show moment, a viral meme can’t be far behind. It all started when Jeff Rossen took Al Roker‘s seat at the “Today” anchor desk on Friday, forcing Roker to lurk awkwardly in the background. Carson Daly spotted Roker next to a lamp with a half-bored, half-grouchy look on his face and saw the viral potential: he posted an Instagram picture replicating the pose, and #Rokering was born

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Woman Arrested After CNN, NBC Reports Expose Newtown Charity Scam

A woman who was the subject of reports on CNN and NBC has been arrested after allegedly soliciting donations by posing as a relative of a Sandy Hook Elementary School victim.

Bronx resident Nouel Alba was the subject of a December 20 report by Drew Griffin on “Anderson Cooper 360″ and a December 21 report by Jeff Rossen on “Today.” Both Rossen and CNN investigative producer David Fitzpatrick paid a visit to Alba’s house in the Bronx, where she denied posing as the aunt of Noah Pozner, one of the children killed in the Newtown shooting.

Alba was arrested Thursday and charged with lying to FBI agents, who visited Alba to investigate the fraudulent fundraising scheme after the CNN and NBC reports aired. Watch the CNN report below and the NBC report after the jump:

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Jeff Rossen Has His Most–Touchy–Investigation Yet

NBC “Today” investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen is a serious newsman, who investigates serious issues. This morning, at the top of the 8 AM hour of the program, he decided to throw all that out the window, and investigate something nefarious, insidery, and not at all serious.

Rossen investigated a “butt slap” by Willie Geist. The victim: Matt Lauer. They even brought in Dustin Hoffman for analysis.

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Ratings for ’20/20,’ ‘Dateline’ Friday Sandy Specials

ABC and NBC aired dueling Superstorm Sandy specials last night. “20/20″ branded theirs “Heroes Among Us” while Dateline’s was “Sandy: Rescue and Recovery”

TVbytheNumbers has the overnight ratings which show “20/20″ drew 5.42 million viewers (1.5 rating in 18-49) while “Dateline” drew 3.83 million (1.1 rating in 18-49). “20/20″ won the hour among the younger demo. But both shows were beaten by CBS’s “Blue Bloods” which pulled in 11 million viewers. ABC and NBC both lost viewers from the 9pm lead-in: “Shark Tank” on ABC and “Grimm” on NBC.

As it turns out, last night’s “Dateline” almost didn’t air. As of Friday morning “Revolution” was in the Friday 10pm timeslot. That decision, replacing the news show with an entertainment show, didn’t sit well with NBC News staffers who had been working on Hurricane Sandy aftermath stories for several days. Lester Holt reported in depth from Breezy Point, Dennis Murphy from the Jersey Shore and Jeff Rossen reported on a crackdown on unlicensed contractors. At some point, NBC executives put “Dateline” back on at 10pm (my cable guide still had “Revolution” on at 10).

Earlier in the night, NBC’s “Come Together” telethon aiding Sandy survivors tied for second in 18-49 viewers with a 1.5 rating, and third in total viewers drawing 6.26 million.

ABC Producer’s Father, NBC Correspondent’s Father-in-Law Killed While Hailing a Cab

The father of ABC News senior producer Danielle Baum Rossen, and father-in-law of NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen was killed Saturday night as he and his wife tried to hail a cab on Manhattan’s East Side.

80-year-old Rubin Baum was run over by a car that ran a red light, that also crashed into a minivan reportedly carrying a diplomat from Pakistan.

Baum pushed his wife Denise, 62, out of the way, saving her life. Denise Baum talked with WABC on Sunday. That report is after the jump.

WABC reports Denise and Rubin Baum met 40 years ago while they were both hailing a cab and ended up getting in the same one.

Danielle Rossen is the senior producer of “What Would You Do?” on ABC while Jeff Rossen leads the “Today” show investigative unit.

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Joy Bauer Feted For ‘Joy Fit Club’ Book

Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford along with author and 'Today' contributor Joy Bauer and EP Jim Bell

TVNewser dropped by the Eventi Hotel the other evening for a book party thrown by “Today” show EP Jim Bell in honor of “Today’s” health and nutrition guru Joy Bauer on the publication of her new book, “The Joy Fit Club.”

Bauer was joined by her two familes — her biological one and the “Today” show gang, including Savannah Guthrie, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, Jeff Rossen, Tamron Hall, Barbara Corcoran and Jean Chatzky. “It’s just us! This is all you get,” joked Gifford as she greeted Bauer. Main anchors Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and Al Roker could not attend as Roker and Lauer were still in London covering the Queen’s Jubilee and Curry was on vacation.

The author of several books, Bauer told us “Joy Fit Club” is different in that it’s her first in conjunction with “Today” and her segments of the same name.

The cookbook and diet plan “comes from 6 years of ['Today' show segments] trying to show people how to eat well and stay healthy,” Bauer tells us.

We caught up with Bell who has personally benefited from Bauer’s wellness tips, shedding 50 pounds, and keeping it off. The “Today” show frontman is about to turn his attention to the Olympics where he’ll be taking over for legendary Olympics showrunner Dick Ebersol producing NBC’s primetime. That means a lot of long days ahead.

“It’ll be Midnight London time, 7pm on the east coast until 5am every night,” says Bell. “I’ll get a few hours of sleep, and then go check out the ‘Today’ show.” The time difference means the morning show will start at Noon London time, each day.

NBC may want to bring along Bauer just to make sure everyone’s eating healthy.

(Photo: Heidi Gutman/NBC)

NBC News Nabs First Interview with Sean Goldman, Two Years After His Return to the U.S.

Eleven-year-old Sean Goldman, the subject of an international custody battle which ended in 2009, will speak out for the first time since his return to the U.S. NBC’s Meredith Vieira interviewed Goldman for a story airing Friday.

Goldman’s Brazilian mother abruptly cut off communication with his father, David, when he was four. His mother died four years later, sparking a legal custody battle between David Goldman and the child’s Brazilian family.

When David Goldman was granted custody of his son in 2009, the pair returned to the U.S. on a private jet chartered by NBC News (pictured). Jeff Rossen, who covered the case for NBC from Rio, flew back with them and interviewed David during the flight. Vieira conducted a more extensive interview with David the following week.

Although Vieira is a special correspondent for “Rock Center,” the Sean Goldman interview will air Friday at 1opmET/PT on “Dateline.”

NBC News Makes Pitch to Advertisers, As ‘Rock Center’ Hits New Viewership Low

Matt Lauer and Steve Capus at the NBC News/MSNBC upfront.

NBC Newsers always like to say they are part of one big family. But in a family that big, with several making millions of dollars a year — even a select few in the double-digit millions — there is bound to be sibling rivalry. And so it was on display Thursday as NBC News held an upfront presentation at the event space 583 Park Avenue. Matt Lauer tweaked Brian Williams for his run-on questions; Williams took a shot at Willie Geist: “I just found out he had a show;” who had fired first: “Brian is the caregiver for our parents and grandparents at 6:30 every night.”

 

Kidding aside, the event was all business: a gathering of sales teams, planners and agencies in an effort to get advertisers excited by what NBC News — the #1 news network — and MSNBC have to offer. At one point, Williams mentioned “the elephant in the room.” While some may have thought he was talking about his primetime newsmagazine’s ratings — “Rock Center” hit a new viewership low drawing just 2.6 million viewers Wednesday — the newsman-comedian was actually taking a jab Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford.

“Hods and Kathie Lee are just baked. Permanently hammered,” said Williams of the fourth hour “Today” team. He referred to Ed Schultz as “a big bowl of humanity. His head alone is bigger than my first apartment in New York.” And after Al Roker revealed he and Williams “spooned” in a tent

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Jeff Rossen to Lead New Investigative Unit for ‘Today’

NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen is getting a promotion. He’s been named National Investigative Correspondent for the “Today” show. Rossen will lead the newly created investigative unit, “Rossen Reports,” for the morning program. Robert Powell will be the senior producer of the unit.

Rossen and his team will also report investigative stories for “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “Dateline.” An insider draws a parallel between Rossen’s unit and the work of ABC’s chief investigative correspondent: “You have not seen a unit like this since the glory days of Brian Ross.”

Rossen joined NBC News in September 2008 from ABC’s New York station WABC.

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A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

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