The first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news, “PBS NewsHour” anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, were guests on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report” this week. “The PBS ‘NewsHour’ is an hour. Do we need an hour of news every night? I mean, the guys over on the networks — and the girls, and Diane Sawyer — are doing it in half an hour every night plus commercials, and boom, we’re watching ‘Jeopardy,’” Stephen Colbert joked. Watch:
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- Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan will host “Poker Night on Wall Street” Wednesday at 9pmET. Six Wall Street executives will play for charity with a $50,000 buy in. Watch a preview after the jump.
- Reuters looks at the first jobs of several journalists, including CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, PBS’ Judy Woodruff and NY1′s Pat Kiernan. For more media personalities’ First Big Breaks, visit MediabistroTV.
- CNN’s “Crossfire” is “not about real debate and civic discourse. It’s about conflict, show-biz and what passes for celebrity in Washington in these sad and sorry days of the Republic,” David Zurawik writes in The Baltimore Sun. “…It’s not a real debate between the guests in any way, shape or form.”
This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.
The “PBS NewsHour” will likely be getting new owners in the coming weeks. The public-TV stalwart, which has had some troubling months, even as it expanded to the weekend, is in talks with Washington DC public TV station WETA about assuming control of the program, the New York Times reports.
The last six months have been extremely important for the program. In June, it laid off staff and closed down its domestic bureaus, citing a slowdown in corporate revenue and changing technologies. In August, it named Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill co-anchors of the program, the first time two women have helmed a network evening newscast. Last month it launched a weekend edition of the program, anchored by Hari Sreenivasan, and produced by New York public TV station WNET.
The “NewsHour” was founded as “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” by Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer, whose names adorn the production company that produces the program. Lehrer was involved in the program into this year, even as he officially retired in 2011.
The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.
NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.
ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.
The New York-based network news anchors heading to Washington, DC this morning to interview Pres. Obama.
The interviews are back-to-back beginning at 3:55pmET. Each network gets 7 minutes. And the interviews are embargoed for air until 6pmET. Drawing from a hat, the order had been determined as this: NBC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, ABC and PBS.
ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’s Scott Pelley will anchor their shows from Washington today. Savannah Guthrie will conduct the interview for NBC as Brian Williams, still recovering from knee replacement surgery, cannot travel. DC-based Chris Wallace of Fox News and Wolf Blitzer of CNN will conduct the interviews for their networks. Gwen Ifill, who tonight becomes the permanent co-anchor with Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” gets the PBS interview.
— Diane Sawyer (@DianeSawyer) September 9, 2013
- NBCLatino has named Suzanne Gamboa political editor of NBCLatino.com. Gamboa joins NBC from the DC bureau of the AP, where she was most recently a race and ethnicity reporter. before joining the AP she worked a a reporter in Texas, working in Dallas, Austin and El Paso.
- The new weekday “PBS NewsHour” format will launch this coming Monday, the AP’s David Bauder reports. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. The new weekday show launches two days after the weekend edition debuts.
- David Ford joins the upcoming ABC News-Univision channel Fusion as Vice President for Corporate Communications. He will be based at the channel’s new headquarters in Miami. Ford currently oversees media relations for “World News with Diane Sawyer.”
- Following his speech at the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, Pres. Obama sits down with “PBS Newhour’s” Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff at the White House. The interview airs tonight on Newshour.
- ABC News has settled a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed a 2011 “20/20″ report was libelous. The Colorado man had sued ABC News as well as former “20/20″ anchor Chris Cuomo, who is now with CNN.
At the Television Critics Association Summer Press tour in Beverly Hills this afternoon, PBS named Gwen ifill and Judy Woodruff as the co-anchors and managing editors of the “PBS NewsHour,” making them the first all-female co-anchor team in broadcast news.
Ifill and Woodruff will formally take the reins of the program in September, replacing the rotating anchor format that the program has utilized over the last few years.
Woodruff will anchor the program solo on Fridays, as “Washington Week,” which Ifill also hosts, tapes that day. The pair had been the most frequent anchors on the program since Jim Lehrer stepped down in 2011, and they also anchored the program’s debate, convention and election coverage.
PBS also added specific responsibilities to a number of correspondents. Hari Sreenivasan–who will be anchoring the upcoming weekend edition of the program–will serve as senior correspondent, with Jeffrey Brown becoming chief correspondent for arts, culture and society, Ray Suarez chief national correspondent and Margaret Warner chief foreign correspondent.
The changes come as the “NewsHour” seeks to reinvent itself for the 21st century. While it is adding a weekend edition produced by WNET, the show also saw a number of layoffs in June, including the shuttering of its U.S. bureaus.
The “PBS NewsHour” is laying off staff in a significant reorganization, TVNewser has learned.
According to an internal memo obtained by TVNewser, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions–which produces the “NewsHour”–will be shutting down its offices in Denver and San Francisco, eliminating nearly all the positions there. The company will also eliminate several production positions in its Washington DC office, while leaving two open senior-level roles unfilled.The “NewsHour” is also planning to save money by streamlining and digitizing its technical process.
“This difficult step comes after more than a year spent reviewing how the ‘NewsHour’ functions, and determining the streamlining necessary to address both the funding challenges (primarily a steady drop in corporate revenue) and the opportunities presented by new technologies,” wrote “NewsHour” EP Linda Winslow and MacNeil/Lehrer president Bo Jones in the memo to staff.
The changes will go into effect at the start of the new fiscal year, July 1. None of the affected staffers were named in the email, but TVNewser hears that one of those departing is San Francisco correspondent Spencer Michels, who started reporting for the program 30 years ago.
While the program will still maintain in-house crews, the “NewsHour” will rely more on freelance contributions going forward.
“Along with sending our own teams in the field, we anticipate building new relationships with a variety of locally-based freelance video journalists around the country,” Winslow wrote to staff. “Under no circumstances do we intend to abandon the mini-documentary reports that have become so critical to our broadcast. The NewsHour remains committed to delivering the same kind of in-depth reporting our viewers and supporters expect from us.”
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