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Lester Holt Named anchor of ‘Dateline NBC’

Longtime Weekend “Today” and “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt is adding “Dateline NBC” to his anchor duties. Holt takes over for Ann Curry who has anchored the show since 2005, and who was named co-anchor of “Today” in May.

“Dateline NBC” was Launched in 1992, and in recent years has covered sensational crime stories which draw viewers and are easily re-purposed on MSNBC and other cable nets.

Holt — whose nickname is Iron Pants around the office, a testament to his work ethic — begins anchoring the 20th season of Dateline this Friday. Chris Hansen, Hoda Kotb, Josh Mankiewicz, Keith Morrison and Dennis Murphy continue as correspondents.

“One of the hardest working men on television, we are so pleased that Lester has added ‘Dateline’ to his portfolio,” said NBC News president Steve Capus.

As Dateline gets a new anchor, NBC News continues to put significant time and money behind “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” a new weekly, live primetime news program anchored by Brian Williams. A premiere date for “Rock Center” has not yet been announced.

CNN, Fox News, HLN, Carry Obama Notre Dame Address. MSNBC Does Not

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It was the kind of story that was made for cable news, involving religion, passionate debate, one of the most divisive issues in the nation, and at center of it all, the President of the United States.

But only two of the three cable news channels carried Pres. Obama’s address to the graduating class at the University of Notre Dame yesterday – CNN and Fox News. Even HLN, which doesn’t normally carry live events, aired the address for several minutes as it began.

Critics of MSNBC say this is an attempt by the network to paint Pres. Obama in a positive light, since the speech and Notre Dame’s awarding of the President an honorary degree, had been controversial from the start. In the weeks leading up to the ceremony, all the networks had been producing segments on it, some, through their own ideological prism.

MSNBCNotObama_5.18.jpgSo on Sunday, MSNBC chose to stick with its regularly scheduled programming of crime shows. At 3pmET, the hour of Obama’s speech, MSNBC was airing a Keith Morrison mystery called “Treasure Hunt.” MSNBC devoted 15 seconds to the story during a 30 update around 4:30pmET.

An MSNBC insider authorized to speak on the matter said, “We chose to remain with our regularly scheduled programming.” But others at MSNBC think the network should have interrupted programming. One tells TVNewser, “I think we should have taken it. We did all these stories on it, then to not air the speech? It’s like, are those crime shows that important.” Another says it’s rare for MSNBC to break in to weekend afternoon programming for anything other than breaking news. “It’s a skeleton staff on weekends,” says the insider.

The Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik has his own take on it:

As for MSNBC, they should get around to putting their A-Team on it Monday night when they can show their two chief ideologues, Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow, making faces and heaping scorn on their political opponents on the right. That’s low-rent talk radio with a camera, not work worthy of a national news channel.

Fake Keith Morrison on SNL, Real Rick Kaplan on HBO

KMorrison_3.14.jpgDateline’s Keith Morrison got another send-up tonight on SNL. We’ll have the clip tomorrow after the jump.

In other comedy/news news, a tipster tells us that during SNL alum Will Ferrell‘s HBO special, “You’re Welcome America – A Final Night With George W. Bush,” which aired live tonight, Ferrell singled out CBS Evening News EP Rick Kaplan. Anyone have a clip?

Other newsers in the crowd at New York’s Cort Theatre, CNBC’s Ron Insana, and CBS’s Jeff Greenfield.

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Dateline Returns…on Saturday Night Live

Yesterday we told you that Dateline would be returning to the NBC schedule in early December, but it made an appearance tonight on Saturday Night Live with Bill Hader playing correspondent Keith Morrison. What do you think? We’ll have the clip for you tomorrow.

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> Update: Click continued to see the Dateline sketch…

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Nightly’s Live Broadcast From Tiananmen Square

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Brian Williams anchors Sunday’s NBC Nightly news from Beijing.

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams will originate live from Tiananmen Square tonight (Tuesday morning in Beijing), site of the 1989 uprising that led to the deaths of hundreds of Chinese students, activists and intellectuals. Williams will be joined live by Tom Brokaw who was Nightly News anchor during the weeks-long uprising. (Click continued to see one of Brokaw’s special reports from the Spring of 1989, with correspondent Keith Morrison in Beijing.) Tonight, Brokaw will report a “then and now” piece, while Williams reports on the Chinese government’s attempt to sensitize their people to Western habits and customs in preparation for Olympic tourists.

Perhaps the most notable U.S. evening news broadcast from the square occurred May 20, 1989 when Chinese authorities pulled the plug on the CBS Evening News as Dan Rather reported live.

(photo: Subrata De/NBC News)

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