The American morning shows have invaded Great Britain. Coverage of Friday’s royal wedding, which really began over the weekend, kicked in to high gear today. The “Today” show’s Meredith Vieira was outside Buckingham Palace this morning while Natalie Morales reported live from the village of Buckleberry, Kate Middleton‘s hometown. Matt Lauer and Ann Curry were in New York, and Al Roker was on the road in Washington, DC for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.
“The Early Show” co-anchor Erica Hill was live outside the Tower of London while “American Morning” anchor Kiran Chetry was at CNN’s perch across from Buckingham Palace along with CNN’s analysts, “So You Think You Can Dance” host Cat Deely and British record producer Mark Saunders.
Live coverage of the wedding will begin at 4 AM ET, and will be hosted by Morgan, Cooper, Chetry, Richard Quest and Deeley.
Also on tap: a documentary about Middleton, hosted by Soledad O’Brien, as well as four half-hour specials on the wedding, which will run each Saturday in April at 2 and 10 PM on CNN/U.S. and CNN International, anchored by Quest. The specials will kick-off April2, and the documentary “The Woman Who Would be Queen,” will run Sunday, April 24 at 8 and 11 PM.
For HLN, Brooke Anderson will co-anchor “Showbiz Tonight” from London, while Becky Anderson and Quest will anchor their programs from location in London.
> Sunday Updates: Katie Couric is en route to Arizona for coverage. CNN’s Kiran Chetry is also on her way to co-anchor Monday’s “American Morning.” > More: Brian Williams is en route and will be in place for a Dateline special tonight at 8pmET. ABC’s Diane Sawyer is also heading to Arizona for Monday’s “World News.”
If you’ve noticed anchor Kiran Chetry limping around the “American Morning” set this week here’s why: a trampoline got the best of her last Friday during a friend’s bar-b-que.
“There were nine of us on the trampoline and we were jumping around like little kids. There I was, in the air and they landed a second later and I rolled it,” Chetry told TVNewser by phone, as she made her way to participate in an Internet Week panel discussion.
Chetry went to the ER Saturday morning and after three x-rays was relieved to find out it was just a bad sprain and not a break. “So now I’m in this aircast for the next 4-6 weeks, but I’m determined to get out sooner,” she says.
The news anchor has her own deadline: “We are nominated for a daytime Emmy and we’re going out to LA the last Friday in June and I don’t want to be in this aircast.”
While she hasn’t missed any work, the bigger challenge is at home for the mother of two — ages four and two. “My 2-year-old keeps trying to get away from me,” she says. Her kids weren’t on the trampoline at the time, in fact her four-year-old told her later, “See mommy, this is why we should stick with the jumpy castle.”
Chetry, who field anchored from Grand Isle, Louisiana last week covering the oil spill, will be studio-bound for a while. “I just think people can’t get enough of this story,” she says. Her co-anchor John Roberts is there this week. “We have a lot of resources down there and we’re just going to keep on it.”
After Thursday’s news that CNN may be looking to revamp its morning progamming, we want to know what you think. What should CNN do with its early morning hours, now occupied by “American Morning” co-anchored by John Roberts and Kiran Chetry.
CNN is developing a morning show pilot with a new format that is reportedly similar to the current morning chat shows on Fox News and MSNBC. The Wrap’sDylan Stableford reports:
A representative for CNN had no comment. But according to one source familiar with the network’s development process, CNN is testing a concept that would include personalities with dueling political ideologies and opinions.
This would be in line with what our colleagues at FishbowlLA reported late last year, that CNN was bringing in talent to audition for a “Crossfire”-esque show the network was developing for an unknown time slot.
In February, “American Morning” averaged 341,000 Total Viewers, just ahead of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” (340K), and slightly behind HLN’s “Morning Express with Robin Meade” (342K). FNC’s “Fox & Friends” is the dominant morning cable show, averaging 1.13M Total Viewers last month.
But the changes may not end with a revamped morning show. TVNewser hears another top-line talent may bolt the cable channel when her contract expires. We hear she’s being wooed by one of the big 3 news divisions.
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Sarah Sidner made her debut today as a substitute anchor, filling in for Kiran Chetry on “American Morning.” CNN tells TVNewser this is the first time the CNNI New Delhi-based correspondent has anchored for the CNN/U.S. network. It seems Sidner has good timing: she is in town shooting a special while both Chetry and Christine Romans are away. (h/t ICN)
On the broadcast networks, the morning shows handled the vote within their top stories. Many of the usual anchors were out, including on “Good Morning America” where Bill Weir was in for George Stephanopoulos.
The last time the Senate held a roll call on Christmas eve was 1895.
“I’m grateful all the docs showed up, it’s amazing, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, they’re all here. So if something happens, you’re going to be very well taken care of, and the whole world is going to know about it.”
Last night, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta threw a party in midtown Manhattan for the release of his new book, “Cheating Death.”
CNN/US President Jon Klein told the crowd that the turnout was attributable to Gupta’s reputation as both a good reporter and a good colleague. Klein said Gupta, who travels the world for CNN and still practices medicine every week, had taken the time recently to help him find a surgeon for his father.
Gupta’s “Cheating Death” recently made the WSJ list of best health books of 2009 (along with ABC News contributor Marie Savard’s “Ask Dr. Marie”), and Gupta said he was inspired by the larger role he thinks medical reporting can play.
“There are instances where I think media can help lead medicine,” he told the crowd. “But when we talk about reporting on things around the world, we typically think of that as news. In certain instances it can it can actually lead the charge.”
TVNewser caught up with Gupta at the party to ask him about his new book, the politicization of medical reporting, and his decision to pass up the surgeon general job. We also used to opportunity to solicit some free medical advice.