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Covering a Once-Every-600-Years Story

Unprecedented in modern times, the Papal departure was covered by a thoroughly modern media. From the complex (multiple live cameras and locations) to the simple (Twitter.)

As Pope Benedict XVI began his final day as the leader of the Roman Catholic church, the broadcast networks produced special reports early this morning, while the cablers went into rolling coverage for much of the morning. CBS broke in for their special report at 10:44amET as Benedict departed for the final time. ABC and NBC followed at 10:53 and FOX at 11:02am. Vatican TV provided a multi-camera, multi-vehicle production which was carried by all the networks. From the Papal residence, through the Hills of Rome to an awaiting helicopter, and the short flight to Castel Gandolfo, cameras followed, anchors commented, priests analyzed. As Norah O’Donnell explained on CBS, “19 high definition cameras carefully choreographed so that we can see this historic moment.”

On cable news, we saw the pairing of Chris Cuomo and Erin Burnett, perhaps a sign of things to come for CNN mornings. (As the Papal departure was unfolding, Jeff Zucker was introducing the new EP of the morning show, veteran producer Jim Murphy). On MSNBC, the news fell in Chris Jansing‘s hour. A veteran of Papal coverage, Jansing will return to Rome for the Conclave. Fox News had Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum anchoring in New York while Fr. Jonathan Morris, who has been with Fox since shortly after Benedict became Pope, gave analysis from Rome.

By 11:50am, the broadcast networks had returned to regular programming and by Noon the cable networks moved on to the other news of the day.

And as he was being driven away from the Vatican for the final time, a Tweet was sent from @pontifex, the Pope’s Twitter account:

Jim Murphy To EP New CNN Morning Show

CNN has named Jim Murphy the senior executive producer of its new morning block, including its still-unannounced morning show, which will be co-anchored by Chris Cuomo. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker made the announcement in today’s editorial meeting, TVNewser has learned.

Murphy is a morning veteran, having served as the senior executive producer of “Good Morning America” from 2006-2011, and EP of the “CBS Evening News” before that. Most recently he served as executive producer of Anderson Cooper’s syndicated show “Anderson,” though he left the program partway through the first season.

Before leading the “CBS Evening News,” Murphy served as a producer on “48 Hours” and the original version of “CBS This Morning” in the early 1990s.

It isn’t yet clear where Murphy’s addition leaves the morning program’s current EP Shannon High, though we hear she will likely leave the channel. We will update when we hear back. High joined CNN in November 2011 to revamp the morning show.

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ABC News Pours The Champagne to Celebrate First ‘GMA’ Weekly Win Since 1995


(l-r) ABC News SVP James Goldston, Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, ABC News president Ben Sherwood, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer, GMA EP Tom Cibrowski

More than 200 ABC News staffers packed the 5th floor newsroom this morning for a toast and celebration of “Good Morning America” breaking the “Today” show’s winning streak that lasted 16 years and 16 weeks.

ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who was executive producer of the show when it came within striking distance in 2005, gave two toasts: first to his colleagues at NBC, acknowledging the streak, and a second to his team and all those who came before, including former longtime executives David Westin, Jim MurphyPhyllis McGrady and Shelley Ross, who was EP of the show for more than five years, beginning in 1999.

One longtime ABCNewser emailed, “The energy in the building is electric.” Sherwood, who first joined ABC News in 1989 talked about how before the streak, “We’d win a week, they’d win a week, then we’d win.” The back-and-forth ended on Dec. 11, 1995 when “Today” began its until-now unbroken 852-week winning streak. Sherwood himself jumped to NBC News in 1997 working on “Nightly News” before returning to ABC to oversee “GMA” in 2004. Sherwood talked about how many of the the show’s current staffers were in junior high or high school in 1995. News anchor Josh Elliott had just graduated from college.

Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo, former anchors on the show were in attendance while the current team of Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Elliott said a few words.

James Goldston who oversees the show as SVP, as well as Senior EP Tom Cibrowski also spoke. There was a lot of hugging, an insider tells us.

More pictures after the jump…

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Jim Murphy Out at ‘Anderson’

“Anderson” EP and former “Good Morning America” EP Jim Murphy is leaving the syndicated program. With Murphy’s departure, Terence Noonan will oversee day-to-day operations at the program.

“I’m grateful for Jim’s help and his hard work launching the show,” host Anderson Cooper wrote in a memo to the staff. “He’s a good friend and will always be a friend of our show. We have a terrific team in place led by our executive producer, Terence Noonan, and I’m really excited about the momentum we’ve built and the future of the show.”

A Change at the Top At ‘Anderson’

CNN anchor Anderson Cooper‘s daytime show is getting a producer change at the top, according to B&C’s Paige Albiniak.

Lisa Morin, a former “Oprah” producer who joined the program as EP before launch, is departing. Terence Noonan, who has worked on “Dr. Oz” and “The Rosie O’Donnell Show” will come on board as EP in her place. Former “Good Morning America” EP Jim Murphy remains as executive producer of the program, along with Cooper.

Scott Pelley, Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and More Turn Out to Remember Lane Venardos

Longtime CBS News executive Lane Venardos was fondly remembered Wednesday in a moving service at the Paley Center in New York City.

Venardos who died August 19 at his home in Maui, spent 30 years at CBS News producing live news, special events and documentaries. He would go on to produce the “Survivor” live finales for Mark Burnett on CBS.

More than 200 luminaries from across the television industry attended the memorial, including CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, News president David Rhodes; Charles Osgood, Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, and Rita Braver; current “CBS Evening News” EP Pat Shevlin, CBS News VP Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews (who currently has the job Venardos once held) and “Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison.

Also Diane Sawyer, now with ABC News, who worked with Venardos during her time at CBS and from NBC: Brian Williams, News president Steve Capus and former CBSer, now EP of “Rock Center” Rome Hartman, were there, as was former CBS News president Andrew Heyward. ABC’s “This Week” EP Rick Kaplan, and former “GMA” boss Jim Murphy, both former CBS Newsers, attended.

Former CBS News and CBS, Inc. president Howard Stringer, who worked closely with Venardos during his years at CBS and who is now CEO of Sony, spoke via video. Other speakers included Pelley, Stahl, Williams and Venardos’s daughter Kelly who is a producer for “NBC Nightly News.” CBS News “48 Hours” EP Susan Zirinsky presented a video tribute (after the jump). The service concluded with a vocal solo performed by Venardos’s son, Kevin.

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‘Oprah’ Veteran named an EP of Anderson Cooper’s Daytime Show

Lisa Morin, who spent the last 15 years with “The Oprah Winfrey Show” has been named an executive producer of “Anderson,” the daily syndicated show hosted by CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

Morin, who was Senior Supervising Producer of “Oprah” will work alongside former “Good Morning America” Senior EP Jim Murphy on “Anderson.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Anderson and I think there are sides to him that most people will be surprised to see,” says Morin in a press release. “Anderson is going to bring a breath of fresh air to daytime.” “Anderson” launches September 12.

Press release after the jump…

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What Anderson will look like: ‘We’ll use all the tricks of the trade. We’ll shoot stuff. We’ll go places.’

If Anderson Cooper were a car, he’d be a classic American convertible.

“Maybe it’s the silver hair. Maybe it’s the kind of work he does. I don’t think he’d be a Porsche,” says Jim Murphy, executive producer of Cooper’s upcoming daytime show. “He’s going to cover a lot of space and be very open to people watching.”

Murphy knows about covering space. Prior to joining ABC in 2006 as senior executive producer of ABC’s ‘Good Morning America,’ he did two e.p. stints at CBS, with ‘Evening News’ under Dan Rather, then Bob Schieffer; and ‘CBS This Morning.’

Murphy jumps to the syndicated ‘Anderson’ in mid-March. The talk show launches Sept. 12, replacing Oprah Winfrey in some markets. (No pressure.)

Though Murphy and Cooper barely know each other, in Murphy’s words, they have several mutual friends. “The funny thing is, they’ve said to both of us over the years that we’d make a really good team,” Murphy says. “I’ve admired the guy for a hell of a long time.”

As it turns out, the timing was perfect. Murphy, who turned 50 last year, was burning out and needed a change. He went to new ABC News president Ben Sherwood, who had been Murphy’s predecessor on ‘GMA.’

“I was honest with him and he was honest with me,” Murphy says. “Morning TV is very hard, very competitive, very high pressure. You can only do this job for a certain amount of time – it’s definitely like dog years.

“This [‘Anderson’] was out there. Nothing else at ABC was as interesting or challenging. We agreed to part amicably.” Murphy was released from the remainder of his contract.

Given that Cooper will continue his nightly show at CNN as well as his occasional pieces for CBS’s ’60 Minutes,’ the big question is this: What happens to ‘Anderson’ when Cooper is called away for big breaking news anywhere on the planet?

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New GMA Senior EP to be announced soon

Developing: TVNewser has learned that ABC News boss Ben Sherwood has made his decision on a replacement for Jim Murphy at “Good Morning America.” The announcement is expected any minute and could involve more than just the GMA move. Murphy, as we first reported on Wednesday, is moving to Telepictures to be the EP of Anderson Cooper‘s syndicated show.

Breaking: Jim Murphy Leaving ‘Good Morning America’

First on TVNewser: ABC’s “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Jim Murphy is leaving ABC News and will soon be named executive producer of Anderson Cooper‘s upcoming syndicated show “Anderson”, TVNewser has learned.

Murphy has been at the helm of “GMA” since 2006.

Before joining the ABC morning show he was the executive producer of the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather,”  and before that worked at CBS’ “The Early Show.”

Update: Murphy will stay on at “GMA” through mid-March. ABC News president Ben Sherwood says in an email to employees that ABC will announce “a new leader who will work closely with Tom [Cibrowski] and the whole team at GMA” in the coming days. Sherwood’s full email is after the jump, as is the release from Telepictures.

“I am really excited to work with Jim. He has a wealth of experience and I look forward to collaborating with him to create a program that is fun, informative and entertaining for daytime viewers,” said Cooper in a statement.

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