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Who’s Going to Rome to Cover the Pope?

Fox News’s Shepard Smith will soon be on his way to Rome, reporting from the Vatican on the resignation of Benedict XVI and upcoming Conclave and election. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot will be there tomorrow while Amy Kellogg should be on the ground by this afternoon. Smith, Palkot and Kellogg all covered the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Benedict in 2005.

NBC News correspondent/MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who also covered the last Papal transition will be leaving this afternoon for several days of reporting/anchoring and will also cover the election of the next pope. In a Media Beat interview, Jansing told us covering the death of John Paul II and election of Benedict was the most fulfilling assignment of her career: “It was just an extraordinary global event and also had some personal meaning to me.” Jansing will join NBC Rome correspondent Claudio Lavagna already on scene. Richard Engel will also report.

CBS has Allen Pizzey in Rome and London correspondent Mark Phillips will be joining him.

“GMA” Weekend Anchor Dan Harris, along with David Wright, Jeffrey Kofman, and Nick Schifrin will be reporting from the Vatican. Wright covered the 2005 transition. ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide a historical perspective.

CNN’s Rome-based correspondent Ben Wedeman will cover and will be joined by Jim Bitterman, Max Foster and Jose Levy for CNN en Español are all en route.

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ABC News Celebrates 50 Years

No one can put a precise date on when ABC News started. But it was in 1962 that the network established an assignment desk and newsgathering capabilities: the guts of a TV news organization. And so today, ABCNewsers celebrated 50 years of providing news and information to American homes (and now workplaces and mobile devices).

Employees packed ABC’s TV Studios 1 (former home of “Who Wants to Be Millionaire” and 2 (current home of “The Chew”) which were festooned with images of ABC News anchors and reporters past and present. In addition to hundreds who packed the studio, employees from bureaus around the country and the world were patched in for the celebration.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood was the emcee and was joined by two former ABC News presidents: Bill Sheehan (1974-1977) in Washington, DC and David Westin (1997-2010) in New York. Kaycee Freed Jennings, widow of Peter Jennings, also attended.

The celebration included a video lookback, as well as the first (and probably last) Meatball Awards, presented by Lara Spencer. (The award for tightest t-shirt worn during a natural disaster was a three-way tie going to David Muir, Jeffrey Kofman and Matt Gutman.)

The highlight, insiders say, was John Berman‘s “50 Ways.” With his own lyrics, set to the tune of Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover,” Berman belted out the best of ABC News.

“I think the opportunities at ABC News for our youngest and brightest are nearly limitless and our best days are ahead of us,” said Sherwood at the close of the event.

Miguel Marquez Leaving ABC News

Miguel Marquez has parted ways with ABC News, TVNewser has learned.

An ABC spokesperson confirmed the departure saying “Miguel is an incredibly talented journalist and we wish him all the best.”

Marquez has been ABC’s London correspondent for the last three years. Before that he was in ABC’s Los Angeles bureau.

Last week, ABC announced it had hired former CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella to work from the London bureauy. Jeffrey Kofman is also London-based having moved from the Miami bureau last November.

Covering the Imminent Fall of Tripoli

CNN is going into overdrive tonight covering what Libyan rebels hope is the imminent fall of Tripoli. CNN is simulcasting CNN International programming anchored by Hala Gorani and Michael Holmes with Wolf Blitzer in D.C. Correspondent Matthew Chance is reporting from inside a hotel in Tripoli where Gadhafi government minders had been monitoring the foreign press, but have left. During one short report, Chance said to Gorani, “At the moment we really don’t know what’s going to happen next. Hala, I think I’m going to have to leave it there.” Meanwhile, Sara Sidner is reporting from the road on her way to Tripoli. The plan is to stay live throughout the night and into the morning.

Fox News is also providing extended coverage with Harris Faulkner anchoring, preempting “Huckabee,” with contributions from Sky News.

MSNBC is covering the news during updates of regular programming.

On the broadcast evening newscasts, only NBC News had their own correspondent in Tripoli. Richard Engel appeared live with a group of Libyan rebels, some of whom walked up to 15 miles to the capital earlier today. CBS News used a reporter from Sky News and ABC had a phoner from a BBC reporter while ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman reported from the Tunisia/Libya border.

More correspondents make their way into Libya

As the State Department works to get American citizens out of Libya, more western TV journalists are going in. And because flying is not a safe option, most reporters are entering Libya by car from the Eastern border with Egypt.

NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reported on “Nightly News” last night and again this morning on “Today” from the port city of Tobruk, about 75 miles west of the Egyptian border — one of the Eastern areas that has abandoned the rule of Moammar Gadhafi.

ABC News has correspondents on either side of the Libyan border, Alexander Marquardt in Egypt and Jeffrey Kofman in Tunisia. Says ABC spokesman Jeffrey Schneider, “Like everyone, we’re assessing the security situation on a minute-by-minute basis, looking to see if there are places within Libya from which we can report, keeping in mind that the safety of our correspondents and crews is our highest priority.”

It is for security reasons that CBS News is not revealing the names of two correspondents now in-country. CBS News foreign editor Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews tells TVNewser the two correspondents entered from Egypt. Expect to see reports from them tonight on “Evening News.” A third CBS News correspondent is traveling from Bahrain to Tunisia at this hour.

CNN’s Ben Wededman has been in Libya since Monday, also arriving from the Egyptian side.

FNC’s David Lee Miller entered Libya today, and did his first liveshot from the country this morning.

ABC News Rejiggers Correspondent Assignments

ABC News has made a number of changes to its correspondent assignments, both domestically and abroad.

Some of the more notable moves:

Jeffrey Kofman will move to ABC’s London bureau, he had been based in Miami. Kofman was front and center during two of 2010′s biggest news stories: the Chilean miner rescue and the BP oil spill.

Matt Gutman, whose reporting for ABC News Radio during the BP oil spill drew praise from executives, will now be a correspondent for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, and will be based out of Miami. Gutman is currently in Haiti reporting on the cholera outbreak there.

Jim Sciutto will return to Washington from London, where he has served as senior foreign correspondent since 2002.

A number of other moves, after the jump.

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Tyndall: Chilean Miner Story Energized Diane Sawyer

The Chilean miner rescue was covered almost non-stop by the cable news channels and the broadcast news programs. As analyst Andrew Tyndall points out, however, no evening newscast dedicated more time and resources to the event that ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

Tyndall says that her program’s coverage of the rescue shows where her focus and interest is: human nature, rather than public policy.

Her enthusiasm for the Chilean story–and the lessons she learned from it–vindicates this analysis. It is a commonplace shorthand in discussions of television journalism to refer to FOX News Channel as the conservative network. Yet FNC is as committed as any liberal to the concept that human governments and institutions are both the causes and the potential solutions of society’s problems. FNC is passionately involved in the political, partisan struggles over who controls those institutions and how they are run. A conservative is skeptical that the human condition is susceptible to social engineering.

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ABC Plans Primetime Special on Chile Mine Rescue

As the cable news channels continue rolling coverage of the Chile mine rescue, (so far 18 of 33 pulled out) ABC News has announced it will produce a primetime special tonight at 10pmET/PT about the rescue operation.

“20/20: Miracle at the Mine,” will be anchored by Diane Sawyer, and will feature the most up-to-date reporting from Bill Weir, John Quinones on what the miners went through for the 69 days underground and Jeffrey Kofman on the engineering that went into the rescue. Dr. Richard Besser will also discuss the health and psychological concerns of the miners.

A special edition of “Nightline” at 11:30 PM will continue with the coverage of the rescue.

The ABC “20/20″ special will be replacing an episode of legal drama “The Whole Truth.”

So will the other broadcast networks follow suit?

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It’s No Quick Trip to Cover the Oil Spill

ABC News has posted a video of correspondent Jeffrey Kofman and the elaborate modes of transportation required for a reporter to get out to the NOAA boats that monitor the sea floor for oil leaks. Kofman rides a Coast Guard chopper, which had to be landed on a moving cutter, then switches from that boat to a smaller boat to get to a bigger boat. And all set to some funky, budget-spy-movie jazz. Check it out after the jump.

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‘GQ Brigade’ Deployed to the Gulf Coast

Daily Beast’s Rebecca Dana writes today about ABC News’ crew of male “talent” covering the oil spill in the gulf:

This summer, the network has sent a boy band’s assemblage of bright-eyed, sharp-tongued correspondents to the Gulf Coast, where they’ve broken news, landed big-get interviews and done it all in impossibly tight T-shirts. Other outlets fielded their own formidable crews to cover the oil spill, but only ABC fielded a lacrosse team.

Based on this TVNewser collage, that could be hard to argue:

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Dana singles out David Muir, Matt Gutman, Jeffrey Kofman, Ryan Owens, Sam Champion and Chris Cuomo, but what about the men from other networks that got left out?

After the jump, see the other male correspondents and anchors rocking the smoldering GQ look.

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