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Debating Anderson Cooper’s Twitter Fight

Anderson Cooper‘s Twitter backlash toward a viewer was a topic on the “Today” show’s third hour this morning.

“Cooper,” explained Willie Giest, “has been reporting from Gaza for the last several days, very busy dodging bombs quite literally… but taking to Twitter to respond to some critical and some even hateful tweets.”

Geist and co-hosts Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie and Jenna Wolfe — with a combined 432,000 Twitter followers (Cooper’s got 3.33 million) — debated whether news personalities should “engage people who attack you on Twitter.”

“You want to,” said Wolfe, “Believe me, you want to, and the thumbs start going like this.”

Morales and Roker agreed, “There’s no way to win. It’s a no-win situation.” Morales then added, “He’s been reporting 12 to 18 hour days, tirelessly, bombs going off, so his nerves are on edge and I can imagine that, you get these attacks, and some of them very personal — one even talking about his sexual orientation — and you can’t help but want to go after those people so, I do kind of see where he’s going.” How Cooper responded to @Pamela_Weiss, after the jump.

Cooper tweeted this morning that he’s leaving Gaza and will be anchoring his show tonight, from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv.

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It’s Official: Erica Hill Named ‘Weekend Today’ Co-Anchor

NBC News has made it official: former “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Erica Hill will be joining Lester Holt as the co-anchor of “Weekend Today.” Hill will also serve as a national correspondent for NBC News, reporting for all of its platforms.

In addition, NBC has named Jenna Wolfe newsreader for “Weekend Today,” and she will continue to contribute as a correspondent to the weekday edition of the morning program. Wolfe had been co-anchor of the Sunday edition of the program. Dylan Dreyer will remain in her role as weather anchor for the program.

“I couldn’t be happier to have such a strong team in place with Lester, Erica, Jenna and Dylan,” said Dee Dee Thomas, executive producer of ‘Weekend Today’ in a statement. “We just celebrated 25 years of weekends here at TODAY, and this is the perfect ensemble to lead us towards our next milestone.”

Behind The Debates: Style Over Substance

NBC’s “Today” this morning examined what goes on behind the scenes at the debates. Rather than focus on politics, the focus was on the stagecraft. Everything from the ties the candidates wear to the meal they eat beforehand to the zingers that they say “off the cuff” are plotted out in advance.

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Elsewhere, the St Louis Post-Dispatch writes about Anheuser-Busch, which plays a key role as the corporate sponsor of the debates. What’s that? You didn’t know that these stalwart elements of democracy had corporate sponsors? Well, they do:

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Report: Erica Hill to Join NBC as Co-anchor of Weekend ‘Today’

After two years at CBS News, Erica Hill is reportedly jumping to NBC News. The New York Post is reporting that Hill, who was recently replaced by Norah O’Donnell on “CBS This Morning,” is expected to be named the weekend co-anchor of “Today”:

CBS said it has been trying to find a new job for Hill … Now, it appears the network has let her out of her contract so she can jump to NBC.

Hill became the weekend anchor of “The Early Show” in 2008, splitting her time between CBS and CNN. She left CNN in 2010 when she was named weekday anchor of “The Early Show.”

The weekend edition of “Today” is anchored by Lester Holt and, on Sunday, by Jenna Wolfe. In May, Saturday co-anchor Amy Robach left NBC for ABC where she has been recently been filling in for Robin Roberts on “GMA.”

Earlier this year, Hill gave MediabistroTV a tour of CBS News for an episode of “Cubes.” Watch it after the jump. Read more

Jodi Applegate, Soledad O’Brien, Campbell Brown Help Celebrate Weekend ‘Today’ 25th Anniversary

Sunday morning, NBC’s Weekend “Today” will celebrate a quarter century of being on the air. “Today” made its Sunday debut in 1987 and five years later, the Saturday edition premiered making it a 7-day a week franchise.

Former anchors Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, Scott Simon, Jackie Nespral, Mike Schneider, Giselle Fernandez and Jodi Applegate will be in studio, while the show has assembled taped pieces from other former anchors including Campbell Brown, Maria Shriver, Jack Ford and Soledad O’Brien.

Will Amy Robach who left the show earlier this year and is now with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” make an appearance? Stay tuned. A permanent Saturday co-anchor has not been named. Jenna Wolfe and Lester Holt, who has anchored the show for 9 years, lead the anniversary broadcast Sunday morning.

Bob Costas and ‘Today’ Lead NBC’s Kentucky Derby Coverage

NBC has announced its programming for the Kentucky Derby on Saturday. As usual, Bob Costas will be leading the charge for the network, while a number of other NBCU properties get in the game as well.

NBC News will participate through its morning news program “Today.” “Today” correspondent Jenna Wolfe will be representing the program at Churchill Downs on Friday’s program, and over the weekend. Wolfe will interview NBC’s on-horse reporter Donna Brothers (“they will both be on horses for the interview,” NBC assures us) on Saturday, will participate in Derby coverage, and will interview the winning jockey and trainer on Sunday.

Other synergistic opportunities: CNBC’s Darren Rovell will also be reporting from Churchill Downs for that network, and Costas will interview Giants quarterback Eli Manning during the pre-race show. Manning is hosting “Saturday Night Live” that evening.

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Game On! NBCU to Smother Super Bowl

It’s more than just a game… it’s an opportunity to absolutely blanket TV viewers with the spoils of your consolidated company. Call it Super Bowl everywhere.

NBC TV may have the rights to Super Bowl XLVI, but if you turn on just about any NBCU channel or watch any NBC-produced program you will see Super Bowl-themed programming next week.

NBC, CNBC, Golf Channel, Bravo, Weather Channel, E!, Telemundo, and G4 will all be taking part. The newly named NBC Sports Network (formerly OLN, formerly Versus) will air more than 18 hours of live programming ahead of the game.

The “Today” show starts next Friday, a split show with Al Roker and Ann Curry from Pan Am plaza in downtown Indianapolis. Jenna Wolfe is there for Saturday “Today.” And Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie will join coverage Sunday morning. It hasn’t been announced yet, but Matt Lauer will likely get a pre-game interview with Pres. Obama at the White House, which has become an annual event.

Absent from NBC’s listings is “Meet the Press.” The last two years, when the game was on FOX and CBS, “Fox News Sunday” and “Face the Nation” originated from Cowboys Stadium and Sun Life stadium, respectively.

And there’s more…

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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)

‘Weekend Today’ Team Goes Into the Wild

The “Weekend Today” team packed their bags and headed west last week, spending a night at a survival camp in the desert for a segment that will air this weekend.

Lester Holt, Amy Robach and Jenna Wolfe left their creature comforts — and their BlackBerrys — behind for a trip to southern Utah, where they spent a night at an overnight survival camp with no tents, sleeping bags or stoves. The trio navigated the desert, cooked dinner over a fire and even slept in a cave (reportedly with little more than a blanket). Watch a clip of the segment, which will air in two parts on Saturday and Sunday, here:

 

Meredith Vieira’s ‘Today’ Show Sendoff

Meredith Vieira‘s final “Today” show was filled with laughs, tears, surprises — and a lot of music.

Bruno Mars‘ “Just the Way You Are” was a sort of theme song for the two hours. Vieira also got a serenade from Carole King singing “You’ve Got a Friend,” then, in the following segment, Matt Lauer led Vieira and the entire “Today” show team for a show-stopping, live rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” in which members of the “Today” family: Al Roker, Ann Curry, Natalie Morales, Kathie Lee Gifford, Hoda Kotb, EP Jim Bell, Amy Robach, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe — as well as Abe Vigoda and Jimmy Fallon on guitar — led Vieira through the studio, into the control room, onto Rockefeller plaza — dancing and singing, wearing t-shirts proclaiming their love for Meredith.

  • Here’s the show open. We’ll post more videos later.

Viewers are leaving comments on Today’s Facebook page and via Twitter with the #goodbyemeredith hashtag.

  • Here’s the retrospective video…

  • And here’s the “Today” team saying goodbye at the end of the show…

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