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TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean two things: March Madness and TVNewser’s 2012 bracket challenge.

Every March we have TV news talent, executives and producers fill out their brackets and make their picks, with the winner receiving the ultimate prize: bragging rights.

Last year’s champion–Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu–is back to defend his crown, but there is some steep competition from across the TV news spectrum.

Game on.

Here is your 2012 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

Team Bloomberg TV:

Returning champ: Dominic Chu, markets reporter, Bloomberg TV

Cory Johnson, editor-at-large, Bloomberg TV

Stephanie Ruhle, correspondent, Bloomberg TV

Team Fox News/Fox Business Network:

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Networks Slate Special Coverage of Super Tuesday

Voters in 10 states head to the polls tomorrow to weigh in on the next GOP Presidential candidate. Here’s the plan for Super Tuesday coverage on the broadcast and cable news and business networks.

The broadcast networks:

  • “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will helm a one-hour special on NBC News from 10-11pmET. Williams will also present live updates on the voting results between 7-10pmET as news dictates. “Nightly” will be updated for later feeds throughout the evening.
  • Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulous will anchor special reports on ABC beginning at 7pmET. “World News” will also be updated for later feeds. At 11:35pmET, Terry Moran will anchor a special edition of “Nightline.”
  • On CBS, Scott Pelley will provide live primetime updates throughout the night.
  • Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor a live “PBS Newshour” at 11pmET.
  • On FOX, Shepard Smith will anchor live updates from 8-11pmET.

The cable networks:

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Network Plans for the Arizona and Michigan Primaries

Voters in Michigan and Arizona go to the polls tomorrow. Polls close at 8pmET in Lower Michigan and most of the U.P. And and hour later, at 9pmET, in the Westernmost counties which are in the Central Time Zone. Polls close at 9pmET in Arizona.

Sarah Palin on ‘The Five,’ John Roberts anchoring ‘Special Report’

Sarah Palin made it The Six on Fox News’s “The Five” tonight.

“Just in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop by,” said Palin who talked about her son Trig getting new glasses, referred to Greg Gutfeld as “Gut” and demurred when Andrea Tantaros asked if she’d run again: “I don’t know…”

The drop-in also revealed that Palin seemed to be buttering up resident liberal Bob Beckel as she gave him a box of chocolates yesterday. “This young lady called me a doofus,” said Beckel to Palin. “But she was nice enough to own up to it. And I will say, once in a while I’ve used a few words about you. But we’ll put that all under the table won’t we?”

When “The Five” signed off, “Special Report” went on the air with Atlanta-based FNC correspondent John Roberts in for Bret Baier. This Is Roberts’ first time filling in on the 6pmET show.

Who #Answered and Who #Dodged? Twitter Releases Results From Fox News Debate

During last night’s Fox News debate, Newt Gingrich made sure to #answer, while Mitt Romney decided to #dodge. That is according to Twitter, which posted the results from its tracker, which asked viewers to tweet whether candidates answered or dodged questions using hashtags.

While Gingrich dodged a question about his attacks on Romney, he spent most of the rest of the debate firmly in the #answer category. Romney, on the other hand, spent most of the debate #dodging, especially following the question as to whether he will release his tax returns.

Fox News correspondent John Roberts shared instant results from the #answer #dodge board after last night’s debate.

You can see all of the results here.

What Does Google Say about Iowa?

The news networks continue to pair up with the data-rich online media companies, including Facebook and Google. Sunday, Facebook and NBC team up for a GOP debate in New Hampshire. And tonight, Fox News Channel — which teamed with Google for a GOP debate in September — will have John Roberts stationed at the Google Data Center at the Iowa Events Center with real-time voting data. Roberts gave a preview earlier on FNC, with former CBS Newser, now Googler, Daniel Sieberg.


After 10 Years, ‘American Morning’ Signs Off

This morning, at the end of the final CNN “American Morning,” anchors Alina Cho and Deborah Feyerick welcomed show staffers to the set.

“These are the folks who get up in the middle of the night when everyone is sleeping to bring you this show and they do it with a lot of enthusiasm and love and energy,” said Feyerick, as the director took shots of the studio as well as the control room.

“American Morning” launched on September 12, 2001, with original host Paula Zahn anchoring five months earlier than planned due to the 9/11 attack the day before. It has been without a permanent anchor team since John Roberts and Kiran Chetry departed at different points, earlier this year.

On Monday, CNN’s two new 2-hour morning shows, “Early Start with Ashleigh Banfield and Zoraida Sambolin” and “Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien” will launch beginning at 5amET.

CNN Prepares Morning Show Refresh

What we first reported in September, is about to happen at CNN. Soledad O’Brien who has been CNN’s lead documentary correspondent, will return to anchoring mornings. O’Brien anchored “American Morning” from 2003 to 2007.

The morning shuffle, which could be announced this week, will come nearly a year after the last permanent anchor team split. John Roberts moved to Atlanta and Fox News in January. Kiran Chetry left CNN in July.

CNN is expected to break up the mornings into two two-hour shows: 5-7amET and 7am-9amET, both produced from New York. O’Brien is expected to lead the 7am while Ashleigh Banfield, who anchored on MSNBC, CourtTV and most recently has been working for ABC News, is expected to co-anchor the 5am, likely alongside Zoraida Sambolin who, according to TimeOut Chicago is joining CNN from NBC station WMAQ.

The new shows are not expected to hit the airwaves until after the New Year. O’Brien is finishing up a new “Black in America” series for November and, as she told us last month, she plans to take a few weeks off after what’s been a busy 2011. Banfield’s contract with ABC runs through the end of the year.

Soledad O’Brien Back to CNN Mornings?

TVNewser has learned the current iteration of CNN’s “American Morning” may be in its final months of production and will likely be replaced by two new shows, one airing from 5am-7amET and another from 7am-9amET.

We’re hearing Ashleigh Banfield, who has been working freelance for ABC News for nearly two years, may be tapped to anchor the earlier hours, while former “American Morning” co-anchor Soledad O’Brien, is being mentioned as anchor of the second two hours.

Banfield, the former MSNBC and Court TV anchor, is under contract to ABC News until the end of the year. O’Brien has been spending the last several years working on documentaries for the “In America” unit. No comment from CNN.

“American Morning,” which airs from 6-9amET, has had a rotating cast of temporary anchors since the departures of John Roberts late last year and Kiran Chetry in July.

“American Morning” — once a solid #2 behind “Fox & Friends” — has fallen behind in the ratings. In August, “American Morning” finished behind MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” for the fifth straight month, with the politics-heavy MSNBC show up +21% year-over-year.

As has happened in the past when shows are canceled, the staff of AM will have to re-apply for jobs after Executive Producers of the new shows are named.

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Cablers Plan Extended Weekend Coverage for Hurricane Irene

It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)

  • Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
  • CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.

And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.

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