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Today’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

Networks remain on-scene in Ferguson today after a violent night produced tear gas, gunshots, and more clashes between police and protesters (and some violence toward journalists). As a grand jury might start hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as soon as tomorrow,  here’s an update on who’s in Ferguson today and tonight.

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Pres. Obama Announces New Executive Action on Immigration Reform

ObamaNBC News and ABC News provided special coverage of President Obama’s statement on immigration reform this afternoon, where the president announced new executive action he will take. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

“America can not wait forever for them [House Republicans] to act,” the president said before announcing he is moving available resources from America’s interior to the Mexican border. The president said he’s also instructing Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to formulate additional recommendations for executive actions he can take.

NBC News broke in at 3:01pmET with “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams anchoring in New York and senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing reporting from the White House. ABC News cut in at 3:01pmET with recently-named “World News” anchor David Muir anchoring in New York and senior national correspondent Jim Avila reporting from the White House.

Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

As Fusion is Born, a Morning Party for Parents ABC and Univision

Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, Raul Gonzalez, Karla Martinez and George StephanopoulosWith just hours to go until the official launch of Fusion, ABC News and Univision put their partnership on display this morning, joining top-rated morning shows “Good Morning America” and “Despierta America” for an elaborate crossover event.

Producing two distinct shows, on two networks, in two languages, was “tricky,” as one ABC producer said in the understatement of the morning.

Miami-based Univision sent producers and talent to New York, while several members of the “GMA” team were in Miami. As we watched from the “Good Morning America” control room, producers from both programs scanned each show’s rundown for opportunities to simulcast. Updates were relayed in both English and Spanish to keep staffers in New York and Miami on the same page. On one of the dozens of control room screens, a Univision feed showed Lara Spencer and Sam Champion dancing wildly on the “Despierta America” set in Miami, leading senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski to joke that the pair may never return to New York.

“The show’s been on the air about 18 minutes and I think I’ve lost three pounds,” Champion joked during his first weather report.

On the “GMA” set, Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez sat with Honey Berry, the “Despierta America” chihuahua named after actress Halle Berry, and, during commercial breaks, chatted with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. The five anchors were on the go throughout: juggling segments in the ground-floor studio, an outdoor cooking segment, and a performance from Enrique Iglesias upstairs.

This morning’s frenetic pace is just another day at the office for Martinez and Gonzalez.

“I was making fun of George. I saw he was so concentrated, reading and everything (during commercial breaks),” Martinez told TVNewser after the show. “I told him: you guys are so serious. In our studio … we’re so loud!” Read more

‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

CBS

Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

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ABC News ‘Pink Slime’ Lawsuit Sent Back To State Court

The “Pink Slime” lawsuit is moving back to state court, much to the chagrin of attorneys for ABC News, whoa argued that its proper jurisdiction was in federal court.

The case, if you aren’t caught up, involves an ABC News story that referred to a certain processed beef product as “pink slime.” The manufacturer of the product, BPI, argues that the report was defamatory, and that calling it pink slime” misled consumers into think it was unsafe and unhealthy.

ABC News, Diane Sawyer, Jim Avila and David Kerley were all named as defendants in the suit, which is seeking more than $1 billion in damages.

“This is purely a decision on what court will hear the case,” says ABC News in a statement. “The federal court was very clear that in sending this case to state court it was not expressing any opinion on the merits of the case.  The court stated that ABC and the other defendants have the right to move to dismiss the case in the state court, and ABC intends to do just that.”

The AP has details on the latest move.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier ordered the case back to the circuit court in Union County.

Erik Connolly, a lawyer for BPI, said the company is looking forward to presenting its case.

“We originally filed the case in state court because that was the proper jurisdiction,” Connolly said in an email. “The Court’s decision confirms we were correct.”

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Expanded Evening Newscasts After Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

All three evening newscasts were expanded Monday after a pair of explosions killed at least two people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The newscasts began shortly after President Obama addressed the nation from the White House press briefing room at 6:10pmET. NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley had been anchoring coverage on their respective networks since the news broke shortly after 3pmET. ABC News and NBC News took brief breaks from their respective special reports just before the official start of the evening newscasts at 6:30pmET.

CBS News had Terrell Brown reporting from the scene and Don Dahler reporting from Massachusetts General Hospital. At the beginning of “Evening News,” correspondent John Miller took a few minutes to “clarify all these reports we’re seeing about a suspect in the media.” Saying he wanted to “proceed very carefully from here on out,” Miller reported that the person who was detained is a Saudi national who was seen running from the scene. “That may mean a lot, that may mean nothing at all,” Miller cautioned, noting that many people were running away from the blasts.

On NBC News, Williams was joined by Katy Tur in Boston, Chuck Todd from Washington D.C. and Pete Williams on the Boston police investigation. Williams interviewed an eyewitness, Serdar Ozturk, who saw the explosion from the finish line. “People’s faces instantly changed from smile to tears, and fear,” he told Williams. “People started running for their lives.”

ABC News had reports from senior national correspondent Jim Avila, senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and Linsey Davis from the scene. Sawyer also checked in with Alex Perez in Chicago and Cecelia Vega in Los Angeles about security precautions in place in those two cities. “World News” ended with a montage of still photos from the scene. “We thank you so much for watching tonight,” Sawyer said. “Boston, as you know, is one of America’s great cities, filled with resilience and spirit. So on this day, when something terrible happened, we wanted to remind you of all those who rushed to help.”

All three networks have more extended coverage planned. Williams will anchor a special report at 10pmET on NBC, Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” live at 12:35amET on ABC, and Pelley remained on the air with “Evening News” through 8pmET.

State of the Union Coverage: ABC News

Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor ABC News’ coverage of the State of the Union from Washington, DC beginning at 9pmET Tuesday. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl from the White House and Martha Raddatz from the Capitol as well as senior national correspondent Jim Avila and special correspondent Matthew Dowd.

Tuesday’s “World News” and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” will both be live from Washington. Terry Moran will also anchor “Nightline” from the capital after the speech and the Republican response.

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Jim Avila Moves To White House Beat For ABC/Univision

The ABC/Univision venture continues to staff up, and today’s addition is a big one. Jim Avila, who had been ABC’s senior national correspondent, will join Jon Karl on ABC’s White House team. Once the still-unnamed ABC/Univision cable news channel launches, he will become its first White House correspondent.

He will continue to contribute to “20/20″ and will also become ABCs go-to correspondent for issues related to “Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community,” the network says.

The hiring is significant, and really underscores how seriously ABC and Univison are taking the new joint venture. The last big cable news JV, MSNBC, borrowed its White House correspondent from NBC News, as it still does now. In Avila, the ABC/Univision channel will have a correspondent who can ask questions directly related to its audience.

In his memo to staff, ABC News president Ben Sherwood also announced a new role for political contributor Matthew Dowd (more on that here). The full memo, after the jump.
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The Most Covered Stories And Most Utilized Correspondents Of 2012

The Tyndall Report has released its analysis of the network evening newscasts in 2012. As usual, it provides insight into the differences between the newscasts on ABC, CBS and NBC, as well as who the “most valuable players” are, so to speak.

The top story of 2012 on both “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” and “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” was coverage of Mitt Romney‘s Presidential bid. On the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” the top story last year was the rebellion in Syria. CBS spent more time on Syria than NBC and ABC combined.

ABC spent more time than NBC or CBS on soft news stories, like holiday shopping and the British Royals, with NBC dedicating more time to natural disasters than its competitors. CBS spent far more time covering news stories abroad.

The most-utilized correspondent of 2012 was ABC’s David Muir, who spent 426 minutes on-air last year.

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