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Morning Shows Go Pink to Kick Off Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Today is the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and anchors and correspondents across the morning shows were decked out in pink this morning for the cause. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CBS’ Charlie Rose and Nancy Cordes, Fox News’ Ainsley Earhardt and Elisabeth Hasselbeck and ABC’s Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos, Amy Robach and Jennifer Ashton all participated. On “Good Morning America,” which kicked off a monthlong series of ABC News reports on Breast Cancer Awareness this morning, Robach, 40, got her first mammogram (video is after the jump).

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Royal Baby Arrives: Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a new royal heir. Princess Catherine and Prince William are parents to a baby boy, weighing in at eight pounds, six ounces.

Although the news was scheduled to be announced via an official document posted to an easel in front of Buckingham Palace, royal officials sent a press release with the news at 3:31 pmET. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all reported the news as soon as the press release arrived, with Max Foster reporting on CNN, Amy Kellogg on Fox News and Jim Maceda on MSNBC.

NBC News and ABC News both produced special reports beginning at 3:30 p.m. Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Natalie Morales at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and Keir Simmons at Buckingham Palace. David Muir anchored on ABC, with Amy Robach at St. Mary’s and Barbara Walters and Dr. Jennifer Ashton contributing from the New York studio.

>Update: Morales will anchor a “Dateline” special from London at 10pmET tonight.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton Joins ABC News Medical Unit

Dr. Jennifer Ashton has been named senior medical contributor to the ABC News Medical Unit, ABC chief health and medical editor Dr. Richard Besser announced today.

“You’ve likely seen firsthand her ability to explain clearly complex medical topics – from c-sections to psychiatry and mammograms – and relate to viewers,” Besser wrote. “We are truly fortunate to add her thoughtful perspective and expertise to the talented medical unit at ABC News.”

Ashton jumped to ABC from CBS last year to c0-host “The Revolution,” which was canceled in July to make way for “Good Afternoon America.”

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‘Good Morning America’ Expanding to the Afternoon

ABC’s “The Revolution” is being canceled and replaced by an extra hour of “Good Morning America,” in the afternoon. The hour will broadcast live at 2pmET/1pmCT and will be hosted by members of the GMA team. TVNewser hears Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will likely be the lead hosts along with Sam Champion and other GMA anchors and contributors. The existing GMA staff will produce the third, afternoon hour.

The show will run for at least 9 weeks this summer beginning in mid-June, ending its run around the time Kate Couric‘s syndicated show hits the airwaves on many ABC stations. Couric is not part of the expanded “GMA,” but insiders say don’t be surprised if she turns up from time to time.

Deadline, which first reported the story, also reports ABC’s lone daytime drama “General Hospital” is also being renewed.

“The Revolution,” which launched in January, is a lifestyle, encouragement and support show hosted by design expert Ty Pennington, style guru Tim Gunn, celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, and therapist Dr. Tiffanie Davis Henry.

Dr. Jennifer Ashton Leaves CBS News for ABC Daytime

Dr. Jennifer Ashton has left CBS News and has been named a co-host of the new ABC Daytime show, “The Revolution.”

“My nearly 3 years at CBS News has been a true gift for me,” Ashton writes in a note to her colleagues and obtained by TVNewser. “Working with so many brilliant, talented and kind people (from cameramen, editors and stylists to producers, directors and anchors) has been a privilege. I hope to stay in touch and wish you all the best, professionally and personally.”

Announced in April, and launching in January, the show is a health and lifestyle transformations-themed program, with lead host Tim Gunn. “The Revolution” replaces soap opera “One Life to Live” on ABC’s daytime schedule.

Team of CNN iReporters and CBS’s Jennifer Ashton Compete in NYC-Area Triathlons

Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman will have some familiar competition in tomorrow’s New York City triathlon — CNN’s chief medical correspondent, Sanjay Gupta.

Gupta has been training for six months with a group of six CNN iReporters from around the country. The group — who are pictured here at their halfway-point training session in Kona, Hawaii — have been documenting their training experience on CNN”s Fit Nation website.

CBS medical correspondent Jennifer Ashton has also caught the triathlon bug: the 42-year-old mother of two placed sixth overall in her age group at the Pequannock Triathlon in New Jersey last weekend. Ashton, who competed with her husband, had been training since January. They are currently training for another triathlon — this time with their two children — that takes place early next year.

>Update: Gupta has been sent out on assignment for CNN and will not compete in tomorrow’s race. The CNN iReporter team will still compete as planned.

KCBS Reporter Serene Branson Tells Erica Hill What Really Happened the Night of the Grammys

The video of KCBS-TV reporter Serene Branson talking jibberish Sunday night during a report on the Grammys had viewers and doctors alike wondering what happened.

Well this morning, Branson sat down with CBS “Early Show”‘s Dr. Jennifer Ashton and Erica Hill to explain what really happened: it was complex migraines. The KCBS reporter said she was “terrified.”

“I knew something wasn’t right as soon as I opened my mouth.”

The rumors of a stroke were put to rest as Dr. Ashton explains that complex migraines can mimic a stroke. As TVSpy reports, this is just one of Branson’s TV explanations. She went on her own station yesterday to talk about what happened. Before, and after the “Early” appearance, Branson’s story was also news on WCBS-TV in New York during the morning and Noon shows.

Barbara Fedida out at CBS News

As part of the management changes at CBS News, TVNewser has learned the division’s VP of talent and development, Barbara Fedida is leaving the network.

Fedida was brought to CBS News from ABC News in 2006 by then-News president Sean McManus. Today is also McManus’ final day with the news division as he moves solely to CBS Sports where he will be chairman.

Fedida began her career at ABC News in 1989 as a production associate for “Peter Jennings Reporting.” She remained with ABC for 17 years where she held positions including talent recruitment and development director, director of Standards and Practices and as a producer for several ABC News programs including “Day One,” and “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.”

At CBS Fedida recruited talent including correspondents Terry McCarthy and Nancy Cordes from ABC, Erica HillSeth Doane and Elaine Quijano from CNN, Rebecca Jarvis from CNBC, “Early Show” weatherperson Marysol Castro, also from ABC and Dr. Jennifer Ashton from Fox News.

‘Early Show’ EP on Gulf Coverage and ‘The Best Job in Television with the Worst Hours Ever’

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Today marks the 50th day since the BP oil leak began in the Gulf of Mexico, and CBS’s Harry Smith anchored “The Early Show” from Grand Isle, Louisiana. “We’ve been covering it,” executive producer David Friedman told TVNewser, “But when you put an anchor there, it makes it feel more important to people.”

For Monday’s broadcast, Weather anchor Dave Price as well as contributing doctors Jennifer Ashton and Deb Turner Bell were dispatched to the region.

“This was a story we spent so much time covering and we felt like day 50 was something that we should be there for,” Friedman said, explaining that plans had been put into motion over the weekend with Smith flying out after Monday’s show. CBS announced Monday that the network’s evening and morning shows would be anchored from the region weekly. “Our feeling is that the story is such a big story, everyone is watching and caring about it, as they should, and we felt like we’re going to give it as much attention as possible.”

Friedman says he’s been working closely with “Evening News” EP Rick Kaplan to coordinate, but admits that the morning show format “does present some challenges.”

“The difference is– in evening news, it’s a little bit easier to cover your broadcast: it’s only 30 minutes and most of the broadcast is designated to that coverage,” Friedman explains. “With the morning shows, they’re two hours long. And you start with oil and end with cooking. It’s a weird thing. You have Harry Smith in the Gulf, but then you still have to do the lifestyle, fitness, cooking segments. And yes, you have Harry in a place where he’s out of pocket for those, but we have the people to cover us. ”

CBS named Friedman EP late last year, and he started in January, going from producing Lady Gaga performances and NBC’s New Years Eve broadcast to producing CBS’ morning coverage of the earthquake in Haiti just a few weeks later.

We chatted with the new boss about how “The Early Show” is changing and his transition to what he calls “the best job in television with the worst hours ever.” Read our Q&A after the jump.

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