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The Morning Ticker: Meade, Spellman, Pegues

  • HLN’s Robin Meade sang the National Anthem ahead of the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 last night which was broadcast on FOX. Meade, whose second album comes out early next month, sang The Star-Spangeled Banner a cappella.
  • CNN Denver-based All platform journalist/correspondent Jim Spellman is leaving the network and taking a job with CCTV America. Spellman, who has been with CNN for 11 years, will be a Washington-based correspondent the network, which is China’s largest State-run broadcaster.
  • CBS News is also adding to its DC bureau. The network has hired Jeff Pegues who has been a correspondent for WABC in New York for the last 10 years. Pegues begins at CBS in July.

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Anchors Away to Joplin

With the devastation from Joplin, MO becoming the big story Sunday night, the network news organizations are sending some of their top anchors to the city.

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams–whose first TV job was at KOAM in Joplin–will return to the city to anchor his evening newscast tonight. Ron Mott and Al Roker traveled to the city last night, and reported from there this morning on “Today.” Kevin Tibbles is also en route.

Joplin also has another personal co0nnection to NBC: it is the hometown of NBC senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers.

On CBS, Harry Smith will anchor the “CBS Evening News” from there this evening, while Chris Wragge will co-anchor “The Early Show” from the city tomorrow morning.

ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer will anchor from Joplin tonight, and will be joined by David Muir. “Good Morning America”‘s Josh Elliott and Sam Champion reported for the program this morning, and will also contribute to “World News.”

Cable networks are after the jump.

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Plans for Fort Hood Memorial

This afternoon, broadcast and cable nets will be providing live coverage of the Fort Hood memorial service in Texas and President Obama‘s remarks. Here are some of their plans:

cnn120.jpg Wolf Blitzer (in D.C.) and John King (in Fort Hood) will anchor coverage for CNN starting at 1:30pmEt. Reporting from Texas: David Mattingly, Ed Lavandera, Samantha Hayes, and Jim Spellman. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is in Washington and Chris Lawrence is in Kabul.
fnc3120.jpg Trace Gallagher is anchoring “The Live Desk” and says that FNC will be presenting the service in its entirety.
msnbc120.jpg NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams anchors coverage on MSNBC starting at 2pmET.
abc120.jpg ABC will have a special report anchored by Charlie Gibson with live coverage of President Obama’s remarks.
cbsnews120.jpg CBS will broadcast portions of the memorial live while CBSNews.com will stream it in its entirety.
nbc120.jpg NBC’s broadcast is anchored by Brian Williams and simulcast on MSNBC.

We will update with additional information as we receive it.

In Full Page Ad, Fox Asks Where Were Other Media on 9/12. The Answer: They Were There

FNCAd_9.18.jpgToday, Fox News took out a full page ad in the Washington Post as well as the News Corp.-owned Wall Street Journal and New York Post asking, “How did ABC, CBS, NBC, MSNBC and CNN Miss This Story?”

Well, those other networks were there.

NBC News had crews on the mall and correspondent Tom Costello reported live for NBC Nightly News Saturday. A Nightly News spokesperson tells TVNewser, “and more than 5.2 million viewers watched our coverage.” It was Weekend Nightly’s best Total Viewer delivery since April. MSNBC covered the gathering Saturday morning getting live shots from a reporter from NBC-owned WRC-TV.

ABC News was there too with reports for Good Morning America Saturday and Sunday. Kate Snow interviewed GOP Sen. Jim DeMint who was a speaker at the rally. ABCNews.com even had to correct a report about the number of attendees which was erroneously attributed to the network. Matt Kibbe of FreedomWorks, the organizer of the event, made that claim. He would later say, “I regret misrepresenting the network as [ABC's] coverage that day was fair and honest.” And from NoonET Saturday to NoonET Sunday, ABC News Radio referenced the rally in 69 separate newscasts.

And CBS News was there — with multiple crews — TV and radio. Congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes reported it as the lead story on Saturday’s CBS Evening News. CBS Radio News provided hourly reports throughout the day and CBSNews.com reported the story as the rotating lead all day, using Cordes’ video before it appeared in her Evening News story.

CNN was there as well, their Radio correspondent even got up close with the crowds. CNN also tells us deputy political director Paul Steinhauser was live at Freedom Plaza, CNN correspondent Kate Bolduan was live from the West Front of the Capitol, CNN All Platform Journalist Jim Spellman provided live hits all day after traveling for weeks on the actual Tea Party Express and filing reports for CNN and CNN.com along the way. “We had camera crews at various additional locations: shooting live video of the marchers, live video of the rally speakers, live video from the CNN Express, and two robotic cameras were in spots around the city capturing the magnitude of the event,” CNN tells us.

Reached for comment about the ad, Michael Tammero, VP of Marketing for Fox News tells TVNewser, “Generally speaking, it’s fair to say that from the tea party movement … to Acorn … to the march on 9/12, the networks either ignored the story, marginalized it or misrepresented the significance of it altogether.”