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Turness Appoints Two at NBC News

Deborah Turness, (left) the new president of NBC News, has added two to her executive team.

Ali Zelenko has been named Senior Vice President of NBC News Communications. Zelenko, who joins from TIME, will be the chief spokesperson for NBC News and have oversight of the media relations strategy for all of NBC News. Kathy Kelly-Brown, the SVP of Communications for the NBCUniversal News Group had been overseeing the NBC News media relations team since the departure of Lauren Kapp in April, 2012.

Zelenko, who in the past headed up PR in CNN’s Washington bureau, starts Sept. 25.

Also joining NBC News, Nicolina O’Rorke who will be CFO for the news division. O’Rorke was previously CFO for MSNBC and NBC Newsgathering.

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The Weekend Ticker: Kapp, Karl, Garibotto…

  • Lauren Kapp, the former top communications and marketing executive at NBC News who left for a strategy and marketing position at Huffington Post in May, will be leaving that job next week. Reuters reports Kapp will leave Huffington Post Media Group August 1, three months after joining from NBC. Reuters says personal reasons are behind the change.
  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney was interviewed yesterday by ABC’s Jonathan Karl. The interview, Cheney’s first since his heart transplant earlier this year, will be previewed across all ABC’s platforms on Monday, and will air in its entirety on “Nightline” Monday evening.
  • Pilar Garibotto has been named executive producer of “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” Telemundo’s weekly newsmagazine show. Garibotto joins Telemundo from KRCA, a Spanish-language station in Los Angeles.

Jeremy Gaines Leaves MSNBC for Gannett

After 14 years with MSNBC, Jeremy Gaines is leaving the NBC News channel and joining McLean, VA-based Gannett where he will head up corporate communications for the 30,000-employee company which includes 82 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations,, and more.

Gaines has been VP of communications at MSNBC for the last 9 years. His departure coincides with that of Lauren Kapp who leaves her post as head of marketing and communications for NBC News for the Huffington Post Media Group where she joins as SVP of global strategy.

Before joining MSNBC, Gaines spent five years in the Clinton White House in various media relations roles and served as assistant press secretary for the Clinton/Gore 1992 campaign.

“Gannett is unique in its passion for serving the community, history of innovation and determination to execute its well-defined plan to create a brighter future,” says Gaines in a press release. “This is a perfect time to be joining this great company. I am looking forward to being a part of Gannett’s future success.”

Full release after the jump…

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Lauren Kapp Leaves NBC News for Huffington Post

Longtime NBC Newser Lauren Kapp is jumping to the Huffington Post.

Kapp who lead marketing and communications for NBC News, will join HuffPo in a larger, newly-created role as SVP of global strategy, marketing and communications (See today’s NYTimes story on revamping at HuffPost). Kapp, who is a key adviser to NBC News president Steve Capus, will do the same for Arianna Huffington. “I am delighted to welcome Lauren to HuffPost as a member of our executive team,” said Huffington. “For a decade, Lauren has been an innovator and key advisor at NBC News, helping that historic and venerated brand maintain its standing and expand its audience during a time of tremendous upheaval in media.”

“I am thoroughly honored to have the opportunity to work alongside Arianna and the talented HPMG team,” says Kapp. “I have been a fan of their work for a long time and am excited and invigorated to join them on a ride that has generated so much success and growth.”

Kapp joined NBC News from ABC News in 2002, first as the publicist for the “Today” show and later for “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” She was promoted to SVP of NBC News communications in 2010.

Network Rivals Come Together for Common Cause

ABC, CNN and CBS news executives all headed to NBC’s 30 Rockefeller Center headquarters yesterday to discuss the safety and well-being of freelance journalists who increasingly serve the network news divisions worldwide.

NBC News president Steve Capus — the dean of network news executives — invited his colleagues, from ABC News, Ben Sherwood, CBS News’s David Rhodes and CNN’s Bart Feder to the gathering.

NBC’s Brian Williams wrote on his blog yesterday, “Because competition stops at the water’s edge, and because some things — like the safety of journalists — are more important, I’m proud to say we hosted a great luncheon here.”

The presentation was by Tina Carr the director of the Rory Peck Trust, an organization named in memory of Rory Peck, a New York-born freelance cameraman, killed in Moscow in 1995.

Other attendees included, Jeffrey Schneider of ABC, Barbara Levin of CNN; NBC News EPs Jim Bell and Bob Epstein, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and NBC News execs Alex Wallace, David Verdi, Cheryl Gould, Chris Hampson, Stacy Brady and Lauren Kapp. Fox News was invited to, but did not participate in the luncheon.

NBC News Combines Marketing, Promo, PR Departments

NBC News announced today that it will be combining its marketing, communications and promotions units into one centralized department. Lauren Kapp, who was most recently VP of communications for NBC News, will lead the newly organized unit.

Our sister blog PRNewser has more details about the changes.

The Olympics as News and NBC’s Big Saturday Night

Flame_2.15.JPGThe AP’s David Bauder adds up how much of the news hole the Olympics filled on the network newscasts this weekend. On Sunday:

The “CBS Evening News” led with a report on the offensive in Afghanistan and the shooting at an Alabama college; it had less than two minutes of Olympics news wrapped into a single report. “World News” on ABC led with Sunday’s bickering between Vice President Joe Biden and his predecessor, Dick Cheney, and the Afghanistan story. David Muir did an Olympics wrap-up.

“The eyes of the world are on Vancouver,” said NBC News spokeswoman Lauren Kapp. “In every broadcast we produce, we select what we feel best reflects the news of the day. The level of our coverage is completely appropriate for what is the biggest international planned event of the year.”

No one would say the Olympics aren’t news; NBC’s ratings attest to public interest in the games. And if NBC News can be accused of hyping Olympics news, it could also be argued that ABC and CBS don’t want to play it up to give its rival more attention.

But anyone who wanted a brief respite from the Olympics to watch Williams explore the rest of the world didn’t have much chance Sunday.

Meanwhile, NBC enters the week with great Olympics ratings news from the weekend. Bauder: “Saturday’s telecast, which featured [Apolo] Ohno’s silver medal performance and [Hannah] Kearney capturing the country’s first gold medal in Vancouver, was seen by 26.2 million people, according to the Nielsen Co. That was more than any night of NBC’s coverage in Turin, Italy, four years ago.”

NBC News Pays for David and Sean Goldman Charter Flight to U.S.

Goldman3_12.24.pngNBC News has paid for a chartered flight from Brazil to the United States carrying David Goldman and his 9-year-old son, Sean. David Goldman has been fighting for 5 years to get custody of his son who was taken to Brazil by his mother in 2004.

In addition to David and Sean Goldman, NBC News correspondent Jeff Rossen is also on board. Rossen flew to Brazil, commercially, earlier this week as the story was heading toward a climax.

In a one-line statement, NBC News spokesperson Lauren Kapp tells TVNewser, “The Goldmans were invited on a jet NBC News chartered to fly home to the US.”

With tomorrow being Christmas, any exclusive video and interviews will most likely be held for the “Today” show on Monday. This also gives NBC an opportunity to promote the story throughout the weekend. NBC News has been covering the custody battle for nearly a year when David Goldman first appeared on Dateline on Jan. 30.

It’s not uncommon for networks to pay for the flights and hotel stays of guests when they appear in studio in New York, but this will once again, raise questions about networks paying for news, especially an emotionally charged story centered on a 9-year-old boy.

Goldman2_12.24.jpgThe 10-hour flight left Rio this morning about 3 hours after David and Sean were reunited at the U.S. consulate amid a scrum of television and still photographers. [A network insider tells us this could have been avoided by using the back entrance to the consulate.]

TVNewser reached out to a charter company to see how much a flight from Rio de Janeiro to New York would cost. A “heavy jet” which could carry 7-8 people on short notice would run between $50,000 to $70,000.

The Gulfstream G-IV NBC News chartered is registered to a Manhattan-based LLC.

• Click continued to see the “Today” show clip from outside the consulate this morning…

Update: Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) who had been with David Goldman awaiting the reunion, said he was unable to travel with the two on the flight because the plane had been chartered by NBC and therefore he was prohibited from doing so under congressional rules.

goldmanWesh_12.24.jpgUpdate: The flight landed in Orlando around 6pmET, in time for Rossen to front a live shot from airport for “Nightly News” which included an on board interview with David Goldman. In his story, Rossen said, “The Goldmans were invited on a jet NBC News chartered to fly back to the U.S.”

(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

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Lauren Kapp Now VP, NBC News Comm

NBC_8-24.jpgLauren Kapp, formerly Senior Director, was named the Vice President of NBC News Communications today in an announcement from EVP Allison Gollust and NBC News President Steve Capus. Capus said, “Lauren has earned the trust and respect of people from every division of NBC News and from those who cover us across the media landscape. A true professional with great integrity and a strategic thinker, Lauren will be a valuable asset to me.”

Kapp’s duties will now include acting as Capus’ chief spokesperson and managing the news division’s communication strategy, which includes “Today,” “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Dateline,” and “Meet the Press.” She’ll also be responsible for internal communications.

Previously, Kapp oversaw publicity for “Nightly News with Brian Williams” and NBC News specials. She has worked in NBC News’ press department since 2002. Prior to that she was at ABC News.

Anchors, Networks Stand Up to Cancer

The network anchors are finishing up a week that has taken them to three states in four days: Louisiania, Minnesota and California. The Big 3 emceed last night’s Stand up to Cancer event. USA today called it, “an unusual alliance” since ABC, CBS and NBC also aired the one hour special “with their respective news anchors Charles Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams participating. All did their evening newscasts from the Kodak Theatre, also the home of the Academy Awards.”

And to get a sense of the star status that comes with being a network anchor, check out the video below of Couric, after she, Gibson and Williams finished a series of interviews promoting the event Wednesday night at the RNC.

…and after the jump, the anchors pause for a photo op with the network publicists who organized Wednesday’s interviews, including Sandy Genelius and Leigh Farris of CBS, Lauren Kapp of NBC and Jeffrey Schneider of ABC.

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