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NBC’s Katy Tur Named London Correspondent

KatyTurKaty Tur has been named a correspondent for NBC News London. We hear the announcement was made this morning by NBC News president Deborah Turness during a visit to the London bureau.

Tur has been with NBC for 5 years, starting at the Weather Channel, then reporting for WNBC in New York before joining NBC News as a correspondent in 2012. Tur has TV news in the genes. Her father Bob Tur is a former local news chopper pilot in Los Angeles and her mother, Marika Gerrard, was a news photographer, who captured the iconic Reginald Denny footage during the 1992 LA riots. The couple co-founded Los Angeles News Service.

Turness also announced that longtime NBC News producer Paul Nassar has been promoted to London Bureau Manager, tasked with overseeing day-to-day editorial operations.

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Commuter Train Derails In New York City

The early morning derailment of a Metro-North train in the Bronx has kept New York’s local station in continuing coverage, pre-empting most of the network’s Sunday public affairs programs. The 8 cars of the Grand Central-bound commuter train derailed as it rounded a bend, approaching the Spuyten Duyvil station killing four people an injuring more than 60 others.

Fox News reported the news at 8:17, CNN reported it at 8:29, and MSNBC at 8:53.

“CBS Sunday Morning” and “Face the Nation” were pre-empted in New York, as was ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press.” In New York, “This Week” will air on WABC at 1pm. MSNBC will re-air “Meet the Press” at 2pmET.

NBC tells us for “Nightly News” they have Tom Costello on the scene with the latest on the investigation, Katy Tur will report on victims and those injured and Kristen Dahlgren will take a look at how holiday weekend travel will be affected.

> Update: One of those killed, 58-year-old Jim Lovell of Cold Spring, NY, worked as a writer and sound designer and was heading to Manhattan to work on preparing the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting Tuesday night.

Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

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A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

NBC News Reporter Coming to Terms With Transgender Dad

Bob Tur, a former Los Angeles news helicopter pilot and the father of NBC News correspondent Katy Tur, has come out as transgender.

Tur is the creator of Los Angeles News Service, which was the first news service to use a helicopter in a major city for coverage of live breaking news. She was the only reporter to capture footage of the attack on Reginald Denny during the L.A. race riots in 1992 and the first to locate and televise the O.J. Simpson freeway chase in 1994.

Tur, who will change her name to Zoey, says her kids are in a “state of shock” but have been “very supportive.” TVSpy has more details.

Last month, ABC News assignment editor Dawn Ennis came out as transgender.

Expanded Evening Newscasts After Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

All three evening newscasts were expanded Monday after a pair of explosions killed at least two people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The newscasts began shortly after President Obama addressed the nation from the White House press briefing room at 6:10pmET. NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley had been anchoring coverage on their respective networks since the news broke shortly after 3pmET. ABC News and NBC News took brief breaks from their respective special reports just before the official start of the evening newscasts at 6:30pmET.

CBS News had Terrell Brown reporting from the scene and Don Dahler reporting from Massachusetts General Hospital. At the beginning of “Evening News,” correspondent John Miller took a few minutes to “clarify all these reports we’re seeing about a suspect in the media.” Saying he wanted to “proceed very carefully from here on out,” Miller reported that the person who was detained is a Saudi national who was seen running from the scene. “That may mean a lot, that may mean nothing at all,” Miller cautioned, noting that many people were running away from the blasts.

On NBC News, Williams was joined by Katy Tur in Boston, Chuck Todd from Washington D.C. and Pete Williams on the Boston police investigation. Williams interviewed an eyewitness, Serdar Ozturk, who saw the explosion from the finish line. “People’s faces instantly changed from smile to tears, and fear,” he told Williams. “People started running for their lives.”

ABC News had reports from senior national correspondent Jim Avila, senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and Linsey Davis from the scene. Sawyer also checked in with Alex Perez in Chicago and Cecelia Vega in Los Angeles about security precautions in place in those two cities. “World News” ended with a montage of still photos from the scene. “We thank you so much for watching tonight,” Sawyer said. “Boston, as you know, is one of America’s great cities, filled with resilience and spirit. So on this day, when something terrible happened, we wanted to remind you of all those who rushed to help.”

All three networks have more extended coverage planned. Williams will anchor a special report at 10pmET on NBC, Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” live at 12:35amET on ABC, and Pelley remained on the air with “Evening News” through 8pmET.

Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.

Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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Olbermann’s Girlfriend Katy Tur Joins The Weather Channel

tur_5-11b.bmpAn anonymous tipster wrote this weekend that Katy Tur, girlfriend of MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, “is now chasing tornadoes as part of The Weather Channel’s Vortex2 team.”

Weather Channel meteorologist Mike Bettes introduced Tur on Friday as one of the Vortex2 digital journalists in a short Q&A. What is she most looking forward to? “Tornadoes…duh, Bettes,” she said.

Here’s a video of Tur reporting about the gadgets used for chasing tornadoes.

But since NBCU owns both MSNBC and The Weather Channel, questions may arise about whether the relationship helped get the job. Olbermann tells TVNewser: “Anybody who suggests so is misinformed, and/or sadly unaware that in this time when the industry is collapsing around us, nobody gets a job based on ‘influence,’ only talent.”