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The Story Behind the Ice Bucket Challenge

Matt Lauer has done it, so has Shepard Smith and Rachel Maddow. NBC’s Dylan Dryer did it late last week, then on Saturday challenged her “Today” colleagues Erika Hill, Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe. They accepted. So where did the ice bucket challenge start? “CBS This Morning” had the back-story this morning. And, naturally, led to a challenge for Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and fill-in host Jane Pauley. Rose and O’Donnell accepted the challenge. Pauley asked, “Can I just write a check?” WATCH:

Cross One Off Lester Holt’s Bucket List: Jamming With ‘The Roots’

Last night, Lester Holt got out of the anchor chair to live out a longtime musical fantasy.

The “Dateline” and “Today” and “Nightly News” weekend anchor, who has performed with his base guitar everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to NBC’s offices, jammed alongside the “The Tonight Show” band “The Roots.” Holt rocked out over a remixed version “NBC Nightly News’” theme music. Watch the “Today” show crew sing his praises this morning.

The NBC Ticker: Mancini, ‘Skywire,’ Dads

  • The AP’s John Mancini is joining NBC News as the director of digital newsgathering. In a note to staff, SVP of worldwide newsgathering David Verdi said the hire “is the next step in our transformation to creating content for all our users and viewers no matter how they choose to get their news.”

  •  Discovery’s “Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda,” which was produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, is the winner of two 2014 Realscreen Awards. The special was honored this week for Digital and Branded Content – Multi-Platform Project and for Most Original Concept.

  • Leading up to Father’s Day, the “Today” show is dedicating next week to “Modern Dads.” The weeklong series of reports will include interviews with Rob Lowe and Terry Crews, as well as stories from”Today” show fathers Matt Lauer, Al Roker, Willie Geist, Carson Daly and Lester Holt.

Brian Williams Interviews Edward Snowden

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“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams traveled to Moscow this week for an exclusive interview with Edward Snowden. It’s the former NSA contractor’s first-ever American television interview and it will air as an hour-long NBC News primetime special next Wednesday.

Williams, who anchored Monday’s “Nightly News,” before leaving for Moscow, talked with Snowden for several hours, NBC News says. Snowden, a U.S. Citizen, with a revoked passport, has been living in exile for nearly a year, since leaking classified documents about U.S. surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald, for the Guardian, and Barton Gellman, of the Washington Post. Those reports won a Pulitzer Prize last month.

Lester Holt, filling in for Brian Williams on Tuesday’s “Nightly News,” said Williams would be back for Wednesday’s show. When he wasn’t — Holt filled in again — that got us wondering where Williams was. Now we know.

And after that 11,000-mile 72-hour trip, Williams turned around and got on a flight to Nashville to honor a commitment to speak at tonight’s Hillwood High School graduation. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from Nashville.

Cable News Coverage of Historic Canonization

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The U.S. cable news networks carried live coverage of the canonization ceremony early this morning for Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report which was simulcast on MSNBC, starting at 4amET. (This means on the West Coast, the canonization ceremony had a lead-in of “Saturday Night Live” on NBC stations.) ABC News and CBS News did not offer live TV coverage of the ceremony but correspondents Terry Moran for ABC and Allen Pizzey for CBS filed reports from Vatican City. For NBC and MSNBC Anne Thompson and Chris Jansing reported from Rome.

On Fox News, Anita Vogel began coverage from Los Angeles just before 4amET with reporting from Amy Kellogg in Rome. Also at 4am, CNN/U.S. began a simulcast of CNNI’s live coverage anchored by Errol Barnett and Amara Walker with reporting from Delia Gallagher at the Vatican.

Brian Williams to Jimmy Fallon: ‘Let’s Be Clear… I Have Never Said Hippety, Never’

FallonWilliamsFor years, without knowing it, Brian Williams has been uttering the lyrics of Snoop Dog’s “Gin and Juice.” It took one of Jimmy Fallon‘s producers to turn it into late night viral gold. And it’s not the first time. For his part, Williams wants everyone to know, he has no part in Fallon’s “hobby.”

“Here’s the deal,” Williams said to Fallon in his first appearance on Fallon’s “Tonight Show” last night, “Every night, I’m downstairs. I’m doing the broadcast that pays for your hobby and all this,” Williams joked. “And people think I’ve somehow colluded into the making of these videos. Let’s be clear… I have never said hippety, never.”

“You’ve done this to me 7 times,” Williams continued. “We’ve done this for you,” Fallon said.

With cameos from Natalie Morales and Lester Holt, watch the Brian Williams version of “Gin and Juice” after the jump…

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‘Dateline’ Takes ‘The Road Home’ to Columbine

SamGranilloNBCTomorrow marks 15 years since the massacre at Columbine, when two deranged students murdered 13 people and injured 24 others, including 17-year-old Sam Granillo.

“Dateline” takes a look back at the tragedy with Granillo in a special called “The Road Home.” Granillo, now 32, travels with NBC’s Lester Holt meeting students, parents and teachers who have been victims of other school shootings. The road trip brings the pair from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Red Lake, Minnesota to  Dekalb, Illinois, to Virginia Tech.

The journey concludes as Granillo returns to Columbine, confronting many long-held fears. The special airs tomorrow night at 8pmET on “Dateline”

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill plante RTDNFNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante accepted their First Amendment Awards from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

In his speech accepting the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Holt recalled advice from his mentor, the late Jerry Nachman, former vice president of MSNBC.

“The most important thing he told me was that the highest calling in what we do is being a reporter, and that has been really the guiding principle throughout my career,” Holt said. “You can call any fancy title you want — principal anchor, executive producer, news director — at its essence, we are all reporters. That’s what we should be, that’s what we should aspire to be, and that’s what makes us good at what we do.”

Robin Sproul, ABC’s Washington bureau chief, said in her speech accepting the First Amendment Service Award that the “time in which anyone can be a broadcaster” has raised many more questions and challenges to the First Amendment.

“All of these issues require vigilance and constant attention even as news bureaus in DC — those that watch the government — shrink because of the changing news business models, more challenges of the digital age,” Sproul said. “But these are good fights to have. And as Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’”

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante, who was honored with the RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, reflected on how the news business has changed since he began his career at CBS in 1964. Read more

Here’s Brian Williams and Lester Holt ‘Rapping’ ‘Rapper’s Delight’

Jimmy Fallon has a new gig, but he’s brought some recurring segments, including one where clips of Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News” are spliced together into a rap, along to “The Tonight Show.” Last night, it was “Rapper’s Delight” — featuring both Williams and Lester Holt. Watch:

Meanwhile, on “Nightly News” yesterday, Williams apologized to Arsenio Hall for leaving him off a graphic showing all the late-night hosts on TV. “In apologizing to Arsenio, we just wanted to point out: at least you’re in good company here,” Williams said. “Last July we left the state of New Hampshire off the map and had to apologize to a U.S. Senator. Just last night on this broadcast we re-named the city of brotherly love ‘Philadelpia.’ So chalk it up to being on the air at 4 a.m. in the morning in Russia, but it won’t happen again.”

Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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