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NBCU News Group Chief Adds to Executive Ranks

Pat Fili-Krushel, named chairman of the NBCUniversal News group in July, which oversees NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC and The Weather Channel is adding to her executive team — including three women and three top CNBC executives to new roles. Kathy Kelly-Brown joins as SVP of Communications. She had been SVP of Corporate and Media Relations for NBCUniversal. Joanne O’Brien joins as SVP of Human Resources. She had been SVP of HR CNBC. Elisabeth Sami joins as SVP of Strategy & Business Development. Sami also joins from CNBC where she was SVP of Global Business Development. And another CNBCer, K.C. Sullivan, joins as SVP and CFO. He was CFO at CNBC.

In other transition news, Kevin Lord who had been EVP of Human Resources for NBC News has joined Gannett as Chief Human Resources Officer. A longtime NBC/GE employee, Lord led the Human Resources transition when Comcast acquired NBCUniversal. Lord joins another NBC alum at Gannett, Jeremy Gaines who left his job as head of media relations at MSNBC for head of Corporate Communications at Gannett in April.

Fili-Krushel’s note to staff after the jump…

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The Ticker: Skowronski, O’Brien, Pirro

  • MSNBC has officially upped Lauren Skowronski to VP of media relations. Skowronski had been director of media relations for MSNBC, and took over the department on an interim basis when PR chief Jeremy Gaines left the cabler earlier this year. “Lauren gets MSNBC,” said MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement. “She’s creative, a strategic thinker, whose proven track record has earned the trust and respect of our talent and management.”
  • Speaking of PR, our sister blog PRNewser attended a Paley Center event featuring CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien. “The anchor said her upbringing “shaped her as an outsider, which was a challenge at times.” But from that experience she also learned “your bosses don’t have to love you, and you can still succeed if your work is good. It’s not a popularity contest,” she added.”
  • Fox News host Jeanine Pirro is profiled in the New York Daily News as her semi-autobiographical novel Sly Fox (get it?) is released. “So then, is it likely that Dani will some day follow her creator’s footsteps into the political arena? And if so, will real-life characters find their way into her fiction again? ‘Yes, she will,’ promises Pirro. ‘And all I can say is that it will be an interesting book.’”

Jeremy Gaines Leaves MSNBC for Gannett

After 14 years with MSNBC, Jeremy Gaines is leaving the NBC News channel and joining McLean, VA-based Gannett where he will head up corporate communications for the 30,000-employee company which includes 82 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations, CareerBuilder.com, HighSchoolSports.net and more.

Gaines has been VP of communications at MSNBC for the last 9 years. His departure coincides with that of Lauren Kapp who leaves her post as head of marketing and communications for NBC News for the Huffington Post Media Group where she joins as SVP of global strategy.

Before joining MSNBC, Gaines spent five years in the Clinton White House in various media relations roles and served as assistant press secretary for the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign.

“Gannett is unique in its passion for serving the community, history of innovation and determination to execute its well-defined plan to create a brighter future,” says Gaines in a press release. “This is a perfect time to be joining this great company. I am looking forward to being a part of Gannett’s future success.”

Full release after the jump…

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POLL: Al Sharpton ‘Playing Both Sides’ as Host and Activist

Tampa Bay Times TV critic Eric Deggans, raised this question on “Reliable Sources” yesterday about the Rev. Al Sharpton both covering and participating in the Trayvon Martin story.

Is [George Zimmerman] going to feel like he can talk to NBC News or MSNBC and be treated fairly when one of their signature on-air personalities has spent weeks talking about how he should be arrested and he should be in jail?

After his segment, Deggans emailed MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines about, as Howie Kurtz puts it, “playing on both sides of the camera.” Gaines:

“When Rev. Sharpton joined MSNBC, it was with the understanding that he would continue to do his advocacy work. We’re fully aware of that work and we have an ongoing dialog. His participation in these events is very public and our audience is completely aware of where he stands on the issues. It’s because of this work and his decades of activism that Rev. Sharpton brings such a unique perspective to our line up.”

White House Slams CNN over Potomac . What About the other Nets?

CNN1_9.11.jpgPerhaps this was not the best day to be conduct a training exercise on the Potomac River, not far from the Pentagon which was attacked eight years ago this morning. Still, when reports began to surface that a suspicious vessel had been spotted on the Potomac, CNN went into high gear. They got their Homeland Security, Pentagon and White House correspondents on the case, even discussing the situation with former Homeland Security adviser, now CNN contributor, Fran Townsend to help with their coverage — coverage that has since drawn the ire of the White House.

At 10:05am CNN interrupted live remembrances of the 9/11 memorials to report on the situation. “We have seen at least one boat try and challenge” a security zone set up around the Pentagon, said Homeland Security correspondent Jeanne Meserve. “A cat and mouse game going on there,” she added. Shots were fired, they claimed.

While the observations may have been accurate, it was all a drill. A fact CNN would not report until 10:32am. There were no shots fired. Live or blank. The report claiming 10 rounds had been fired came from Coast Guard audio transmissions CNN aired — again, all part of the exercises.

At an off-camera, on-the-record briefing as the truth was being revealed, CNN White House correspondent Elaine Quijano asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs whether the public should have been told about a training exercise happening on the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. “If we set aside the media coverage, would you be asking this question? My only caution would be that before we report things like this, checking would be good,” Gibbs said.

NBC News Chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd took to his Facebook page to call out CNN, writing, “Weird to hear others blame the government for their own bad reporting,” and later, “Not only were there no gunshots, CNN reports what they heard on the radio scanner was someone SAYING ‘bang bang; they didn’t HEAR shots”

While CNN was in full breaking news mode, MSNBC remained with a re-broadcast of the “Today” show from 9/11/01. MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines tells TVNewser, “We chose to do what is always prudent in these situations and gather the facts. Once we had the facts, we broke into our 9/11 tape and reported the news of the training exercise.” That happened at 10:37am.

FNC1_9.11.jpgFox News, meanwhile, began reporting on the incident at 10:12am. At 10:23 they began speculating that it might be an exercise. By 10:30 they’d confirmed it. TVNewser has obtained notes from FNC’s urgent queue including details from Bret Baier and Catherine Herridge in Washington, before information got on the air:

10:18am – “Caution in reporting per baier — it could be that if a boat wasn’t responding warning shots could be fired in the air or near the boat. so we should be careful about saying that the coast guard fired at or on the boat on the potomac.”

10:42am Herridge: “Dhs Spox Matt Chandler ‘No shots fired on the Potomac. Boats were part of a Coast Guard Exercise. Coast Guard will be taking all inquiries.’”

As for CNN, the network released a lengthy statement late this afternoon explaining their side of it: “CNN staff were monitoring law enforcement activity this morning given the 9/11 anniversary. After hearing a U.S. Coast Guard radio transmission that a boat had breached a security zone on the Potomac River a short distance from the Pentagon where the President had just attended a 9/11 anniversary ceremony, CNN contacted the Coast Guard public affairs office at the agency’s headquarters. The Coast Guard spokeswoman said she was unaware of any activity taking place on the Potomac River.

After hearing a further radio transmission about 10 rounds being expended, and after reviewing video of rapid movement by Coast Guard vessels as the President’s motorcade crossed the Memorial Bridge, CNN reported the story. Simultaneously, during a second phone call, the Coast Guard spokeswoman informed us that its National Command Center and other command posts knew nothing about any activity in the area.

Given the circumstances, it would have been irresponsible not to report on what we were hearing and seeing. As with any breaking news story, information is often fluid and CNN updated the story with the official explanation from the Coast Guard as soon as it was provided.”

• Click continued to see CNN’s original reports, including Coast Guard audio, and the follow-up reporting…

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Chris Matthews Recovering From Diabetes Tests

Matthews_9.9.jpgNoticeably absent from today’s coverage leading up to the President’s address to Congress is MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. Matthews was on the schedule to host Hardball leading in to tonight’s 8pmET address, but TVNewser has learned health problems are keeping him at home.

MSNBC spokesperson Jeremy Gaines tells TVNewser Matthews had some follow-up tests Tuesday related to his diabetes. “He’s going to take the rest of the week off to rest, but he’s feeling fine and will be back on Monday,” says Gaines.

MSNBC Criticized For Staying in Taped Programming During Iran Breaking News

The LATimes’ Scott Collins lays in to MSNBC for its lack of Iran coverage last weekend, writing that the channel “has a precedent for giving short shrift to major stories that have erupted on weekends.”

Over the weekend, with its cable rivals devoting generous airtime to demonstrations convulsing Tehran and online viewers transfixed by amateur video of a young woman apparently felled by a sniper’s bullet, MSNBC stuck to its usual diet of taped documentaries…

“We were monitoring the situation closely and decided that we would cover the situation with hourly updates,” MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines tells Collins. “We had an anchor and crew standing by.”

About the documentaries, Gaines says, “these programs generate higher viewership for us on weekends.” In fact, MSNBC came in first in the primetime demo Sunday night, but third in Total Viewers.

“I was surprised they did not break into their air for Iran coverage,” said Marvin Kalb, a former CBS newsman and a senior fellow at the Joan Shorenstein Center at Harvard University. “It’s one of the great stories of our time, and something the American people need to know about.”

With Meet the Press, Gregory Gives up MSNBC Anchoring

PAAve_12.7.jpgAs he takes over moderating duties at Meet the Press, David Gregory gives up anchoring his 6pmET MSNBC show, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines tells TVNewser, “David Shuster will anchor the show this week. We’ll have an announcement about a permanent new host soon.”

“MSNBC Would Be Well Served to Air Morning Joe for 12 Hours a Day”

So, “F” bombs notwithstanding, Morning Joe has become a daytime hit for MSNBC. Washington Whispers crunched the numbers and found Joe is doing better than the show it replaced amid a crisis more than a year ago.

Imus, booted for making racially insensitive comments in mid-2007, averaged 358,000 viewers; Morning Joe just hit 547,000.

And the show is a success with friends from both sides of the aisle. Says incoming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs (a regular), “Doing Morning Joe is the most fun I have all day on the campaign. And former McCain campaign spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace adds, “MSNBC would be well served to air Morning Joe for 12 hours a day.”

As for the “F” bomb dropped on today’s show, MSNBC spokesman Jeremy Gaines says, “Joe made a mistake this morning and apologized to his viewers immediately. As he noted, the language he used was completely inappropriate.”

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“Maddow to Fox?”…And Other Recent Storylines

maddow_8-21.JPGWas Rachel Maddow being shopped to Fox News? That’s what Radio Equalizer hinted at, and Jossip confirms from a “reputable insider” today.

“Maddow’s agent, Jean Sage at TV Talent (also Keith Olbermann‘s agent), asked to send her tapes over to FNC’s head of programming, Bill Shine, we’re told by a reputable insider,” writes Jossip. “But Shine declined.”

Jossip does point out this very easily could have been, “negotiating tactics”…but FNC?

Meanwhile, a throwaway line during Maddow’s Tuesday night appearance on Countdown echoes a tactic employed by CNN. Of Maddow’s 9/8/08 premiere, Olbermann said, “it probably will start at like 9:02 or something like that. Your show and my show will sort of be indistinguishable for a couple of minutes there.”

As TVNewser reported last week, Lou Dobbs Tonight frequently employs this method leading into Campbell Brown: Election Center. This marks a major change at MSNBC, however, as Olbermann currently, “refuses to introduce,” the 9pmET program.

For reaction (Update: and more reaction) from various media writers to the Maddow move, click continued

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