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ABC News’ Kofman Interviews BP CEO

Kofman052010.jpg ABC News correspondent Jeffrey Kofman will interview BP CEO Tony Hayward today. Portions of the interview will appear on “ABC World news with Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” this evening.

Kofman has been in the gulf region ever since the explosion at the oil rig in late April.

“I was on the first flight I could get on to New Orleans [after the explosion],” Kofman told TVNewser. “I have essentially been here, with two small breaks, ever since.”

Kofman says the oil spill story is one of the most important he has ever worked on, with the long-term impact potentially catastrophic.

“The reality is that you can’t report on this story unless you get out and see it,” Kofman says. “As a reporter it has been incredibly challenging but it is also what we do.”

Meanwhile, the @NBCNewsCrew Twitter feed sent out the following Twitpic of their live location for tonight’s Nightly News as oil begins washing ashore in Grand Isle, LA.

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8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

Canadian-Born ABC Correspondent Becomes American Citizen

ABC News’ Miami-based correspondent Jeffrey Kofman, who was born in Toronto, Canada, officially became an American citizen yesterday. Kofman explained the process and his feelings about his new citizenship in this keynote address he was asked to deliver at the ceremony.

NBC News Pays for David and Sean Goldman Charter Flight to U.S.

Goldman3_12.24.pngNBC News has paid for a chartered flight from Brazil to the United States carrying David Goldman and his 9-year-old son, Sean. David Goldman has been fighting for 5 years to get custody of his son who was taken to Brazil by his mother in 2004.

In addition to David and Sean Goldman, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen is also on board. Rossen flew to Brazil, commercially, earlier this week as the story was heading toward a climax.

In a one-line statement, NBC News spokesperson Lauren Kapp tells TVNewser, “The Goldmans were invited on a jet NBC News chartered to fly home to the US.”

With tomorrow being Christmas, any exclusive video and interviews will most likely be held for the “Today” show on Monday. This also gives NBC an opportunity to promote the story throughout the weekend. NBC News has been covering the custody battle for nearly a year when David Goldman first appeared on Dateline on Jan. 30.

It’s not uncommon for networks to pay for the flights and hotel stays of guests when they appear in studio in New York, but this will once again, raise questions about networks paying for news, especially an emotionally charged story centered on a 9-year-old boy.

Goldman2_12.24.jpgThe 10-hour flight left Rio this morning about 3 hours after David and Sean were reunited at the U.S. consulate amid a scrum of television and still photographers. [A network insider tells us this could have been avoided by using the back entrance to the consulate.]

TVNewser reached out to a charter company to see how much a flight from Rio de Janeiro to New York would cost. A “heavy jet” which could carry 7-8 people on short notice would run between $50,000 to $70,000.

The Gulfstream G-IV NBC News chartered is registered to a Manhattan-based LLC.

• Click continued to see the “Today” show clip from outside the consulate this morning…

Update: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) who had been with David Goldman awaiting the reunion, said he was unable to travel with the two on the flight because the plane had been chartered by NBC and therefore he was prohibited from doing so under congressional rules.

goldmanWesh_12.24.jpgUpdate: The flight landed in Orlando around 6pmET, in time for Rossen to front a live shot from airport for “Nightly News” which included an on board interview with David Goldman. In his story, Rossen said, “The Goldmans were invited on a jet NBC News chartered to fly back to the U.S.”

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Expanded ‘World News’ Tonight

“World News with Charles Gibson” will air a special one-hour edition tonight focused on yesterday’s massacre at Fort Hood.

Bob Woodruff, Terry Moran and Ryan Owens will report from Texas on the investigation, the victims and the heroic first responders. Brian Ross will report on what is known about the alleged shooter and his motives. Martha Raddatz and Bill Weir will contribute reporting on the impact on the US military.

In addition, Charlie Gibson will have an exclusive interview with Army Chief of Staff General George Casey Jr. and his wife, Sheila.

Last night on the broadcast, Gibson reflected on his time in the military, discussing the location of the massacre with correspondent John Quinones: “I go back to my time in the military, John. This is a processing center. And I remember, we used to line up to get shots and whatever just before we were about to do anything.”

ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman will also be reporting live form Orlando on the mass shooting there.

The ABC’s of Hurricane Season

Over a 36-hour period this weekend the first three named storms of the 2009 hurricane season formed — Ana, Bill and Claudette. It was the third storm, Claudette, that was first to make landfall just after midnight. ABC sent Jeffrey Kofman to the Florida panhandle for coverage, The Today show used The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore in St. George Island, FL, and CBS had Kelly Cobiella in Miami for The Early Show.

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The A and B storms, Ana and Bill, are still out in the Atlantic, meaning there will be several more days and weeks of Hurricane coverage ahead of us.

‘How To Get An Interview With the Post-Coup President,’ By Jeffrey Kofman

Kofman_7.1.bmpWho says there’s no world news on World News?

Today, ABC’s Jeffrey Kofman, who covers Latin America for the network, walked right up to the presidential palace in Tegucigalpa, Honduras to get an interview with the new, but internationally unrecognized, president Roberto Micheletti. All Kofman had to do was go to the palace, show his ID and about five minutes later, he entered the inner sanctum and sat down for an interview with Micheletti, his first with an American network.

Micheletti told Kofman he’d like to be called “Mr. President.”

“You have to because I am the President,” he said, adding, “or you can call me Roberto if you want.”

Here’s Kofman’s World News report

Curse of Nightline Strikes Again

Moran_4.29.jpgFirst it was Cynthia McFadden, then Martin Bashir, now TVNewser has learned the third member of the Nightline troika, Terry Moran, injured himself badly enough that it kept him off the air last night.

Moran sprained his ankle last night and Bashir – who was celebrating his wedding anniversary – rushed in to anchor the show (which included a fascinating story from Jeffrey Kofman from La Gloria, Mexico, the presumed ground zero of the swine flu.)

It was April of last year that McFadden, returning from covering a primary debate in Philadelphia, fell down some stairs at New York’s Penn Station. So Bashir was called in to anchor, but around 8:30 that night, as he stood up from the anchor desk, he cut his head. He was rushed to the ER to get stitches and Moran came in to anchor.

Paging Ted Koppel.

Earlier: Nightline’s Rough Night

Could a Population of Ecuadorian Dwarfs Help Researchers Find Important New Drugs To Prevent Cancer?

…that’s the headline of a press release we just received from ABC’s Nightline. Correspondent Jeffrey Kofman travels “to the remote villages of southern Ecuador with scientists who are studying this extraordinary group of people who are just three or four feet tall,” says the release. Kofman reveals that throughout its existence, the community has yet to experience an instance of cancer or diabetes.

Kofman’s report will air tomorrow night on Nightline with a preview airing on World News with Charles Gibson.

Gibson Staying in NY This Week

bus_10-1.jpgABC News is revising its plan to have Charlie Gibson anchor World News from seven different cities beginning tomorrow as part of the ABC News/USA Today “50 States in 50 Days” initiative.

Gibson apologizes to Orlando and Valdosta, GA — the two cities he won’t be traveling to — on his blog today. “Because of the financial crisis that has consumed Washington and Wall Street, and the entire country, we have had to cancel the first leg of the trip that would have had us broadcasting from Orlando Thursday night and Valdosta on Friday,” he writes. “We will go ahead with the four state Midwestern trip next week. But the vote in the Senate tonight on the financial relief package and the likelihood that the bill will come up for a House vote Thursday or Friday requires us to stay in New York.”

This also means that, just as for Friday’s debate, Gibson will anchor tomorrow’ VP debate from New York.

Jeffrey Kofman and Steve Osunsami will report from the cities tomorrow and Friday for World News.

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