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Jodi Applegate, Soledad O’Brien, Campbell Brown Help Celebrate Weekend ‘Today’ 25th Anniversary

Sunday morning, NBC’s Weekend “Today” will celebrate a quarter century of being on the air. “Today” made its Sunday debut in 1987 and five years later, the Saturday edition premiered making it a 7-day a week franchise.

Former anchors Boyd Matson, Garrick Utley, Mary Alice Williams, Scott Simon, Jackie Nespral, Mike Schneider, Giselle Fernandez and Jodi Applegate will be in studio, while the show has assembled taped pieces from other former anchors including Campbell Brown, Maria Shriver, Jack Ford and Soledad O’Brien.

Will Amy Robach who left the show earlier this year and is now with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” make an appearance? Stay tuned. A permanent Saturday co-anchor has not been named. Jenna Wolfe and Lester Holt, who has anchored the show for 9 years, lead the anniversary broadcast Sunday morning.

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Happy Sweet 16 MSNBC!

MSNBC is celebrating its 16th birthday today. The cable network launched July 15, 1996 as a joint venture of NBC News and Microsoft. Interestingly, the celebration comes on the same day that Microsoft and NBC News have dissolved their co-ownership of msnbc.com. NBC News gets full control and has already rebranded the site NBCNews.com. Microsoft’s stake in the cable channel was dissolved in 2005.

Check out this clip from the first day on air — technical glitches and all. Host Jodi Applegate, who now anchors the 10pm news on WPIX in New York, talks presidential politics (Clinton v. Dole) with her “friends” (an early programming technique). In this segment, Applegate chats with Laura Ingraham, who would later host a show on MSNBC called “Watch It!,” and is now with Fox News, and Lawrence O’Donnell, who now hosts “The Last Word” weeknights on MSNBC.

A Kiss Before Flying. Jane Velez-Mitchell Has No ‘Issues’ at NLGJA Fundraiser

Actual news got in the way of last night’s annual New York fundraiser for the journalism group NLGJA. Soledad O’Brien, who was to co-host with her HLN colleague Jane Velez-Mitchell, couldn’t as she moderated CNN’s Trayvon Martin town hall which airs tonight.

Don Lemon jetted up from Atlanta to co-host with Velez-Mitchell, who mixed and mingled before making a beeline for Time Warner Center herself to participate in the town hall.

Velez-Mitchell made the biggest splash of the night when, during her welcome remarks to the crowd, she pulled her girlfriend on stage and planted a big kiss on her. “I won’t be doing that!” Lemon joked. “Ben doesn’t like that kind of thing,” he said glancing over to his partner, Ben Tinker, who is a producer in CNN’s medical unit.

CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker talked about his network’s commitment to diversity in the ranks and on the air. CNN was the lead sponsor for the event which was held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in SoHo.

Also spotted in the crowd: NBC News VP Alex Wallace, former “Today” show co-anchor Meredith Vieira, “CBS This Morning” co-host Erica Hill, MSNBC’s Willie Geist, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth.

We chatted with FBN’s Gerri Willis who told us she has a new appreciation for the work of the Supreme Court after anchoring her show from Washington during oral arguments on the health care law. We also caught up with Fox News’s Alisyn Camerota and new Fox News political analyst Sally Kohn, who is settling in to her role as progressive pundit both on air and online, which

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MSNBC Celebrates 15 Years With Fireworks Over the Hudson

Last night, people on the west side of Manhattan were surprised by fireworks on the Hudson River, starting around 9:45 PM. The fireworks were not for Bastille Day, as one passerby speculated, but rather they were to celebrate the 15th anniversary of MSNBC. To commemorate the occasion, MSNBC held a star-studded affair at the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District, with the grand finale being the fireworks.

It was 15 years ago this hour that MSNBC went on-air (and online, as they made clear in network promos). Jodi Applegate, now an anchor at WPIX New York, was the first anchor to appear:

New Anchor Gigs for Jodi Applegate & Lauren Sivan

JAp.jpgFormer MSNBC/NBC News anchor Jodi Applegate is on the move again.

After stops at FOX stations in Boston and New York and a layover at News12 Long Island, the anchor is moving to WPIX, the Tribune-owned CW station in New York, reports the Daily News’ Richard Huff.

Applegate was the first voice heard on MSNBC when it went on the air on July 15, 1996. Applegate went on to anchor “Later Today” before leaving NBC News for local news anchor jobs.

Huff reports that Applegate will be replaced — temporarily, we hear — at News 12 by former Fox News anchor Lauren Sivan starting Oct. 5.

The Ticker: Velshi, Applegate, Claman…

> CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi leads his second “Money Summit” tonight at 11pmET. The AC 360 special focuses on the stimulus package, and will be repeated Friday at 11pmET.

> Former MSNBC and Weekend Today anchor Jodi Applegate (most recently of WNYW in New York) is joining News 12 Long Island. Applegate begins anchoring the 5pmET newscast on February 24.

> FBN anchor Liz Claman was back on CBS’ The Early Show this morning to talk stimulus. Harry Smith ended the segment by giving Claman a copy of the complete 1,100-page stimulus and a tarp (in honor of TARP).

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Greg Kelly Moving to Good Day New York

kelly_7-9.JPGFishbowlNY reports FNC correspondent Greg Kelly is moving to FOX’s broadcast outlet in New York to co-anchor “Good Day New York” with Jodi Applegate.

Since Ron Corning was let go in April, several co-anchors have filled in, including Kelly and former FNCer Rick Folbaum.

Kelly has seen several roles during his six years with the network, recently as White House correspondent and Fox & Friends Weekend co-anchor.

Kelly is certainly familiar with the market — his dad is NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly. And we know Richard Huff of the New York Daily News approves.