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Posts Tagged ‘Marianne Rafferty’

Cable, Broadcast Networks Cover San Francisco Plane Crash

A Boeing 777 operated by Asiana Airlines crashed while landing at San Francisco International Airport this afternoon. The flight originated in Seoul, South Korea.

Fox News reported on the crash at the top of the 3 p.m. hour of “America’s News Headquarters,” with Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers anchoring. CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield was next at 3:07 p.m. MSNBC reported on the crash at 3:08 p.m., with Craig Melvin anchoring.

ABC News produced a special report, with David Muir anchoring, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:02 p.m. NBC News’ Lester Holt anchored a three-minute special report at 3:30 p.m. On CBS, Jim Axelrod anchored a special report at 3:55 p.m.

“All of a sudden, I saw the back tail hit the grounds and I saw the smoke and flames,” a witness told Muir. “It looked like it slid and then both tires were coming out … it happened so fast. I was shaking.”

> More: The cable networks are planning extended coverage in primetime. Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren will anchor a two-hour special from 9-11pmET.

>More: Fox News will have an extended “Fox Report” from 7-9pmET. After Van Susteren’s special, Marianne Rafferty and Rick Folbaum will anchor from 11pm-1amET. “Fox & Friends First” will begin at 5amET tomorrow morning.

>More: ABC News has assigned Cecilia Vega and David Wright to the story. They will report across all platforms for ABC.

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Chaos Overnight as One Boston Blast Suspect is Dead, His Brother on the Loose

A holdup at a Cambridge 7-11 store around 10pm Thursday set off an all night pursuit for the suspects in the Boston Marathon blasts. By sunrise, an MIT police officer was dead, an MBTA officer was wounded, one of the suspects was dead  and another suspect remained on the loose, both have been identified as brothers, originally from Chechnya, living in the Boston area. With multiple crime scenes in multiple locations, one suspect still at large, and the area in virtual lockdown, the overnight events kept local and national news crews on the air nonstop.

The first reports began coming in after 1am. Networks were cautious of not connecting the shooting of the MIT officer with the search for the bombing suspects. CNN International broke in to CNN/U.S. at 1:13am. MSNBC’s Mara Schiavocampo broke in at 1:18 with the news along with correspondent Kerry Sanders. At 1:24am Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty broke in to a re-air of “On the Record” with news of the MIT shooting.

At 2:24am, as it was becoming clear the holdup, carjacking and MIT incident were related to the blast investigation, CNN’s Jake Tapper held up his iPad to show new photos of the suspects that he’d been emailed.

ABC’s overnight show World News Now kept viewers up to date throughout the night with help from affiliates. George Stephanopoulos anchored his first special report for ABC at 4:30am. NBC’s Lester Holt anchored an NBC News special report around 3:30amET and CBS News broadcast a special report at 4:40am with Anne Marie Green.

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More, 8:27am: CNN’s Jake Tapper and John Berman, anchoring coverage, are talking to a Cambridge Rindge & Latin High School friend of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect still on the loose: “To think he’s capable of something like this is beyond belief.”

More: 8:35am: A Fox News is trained on a home in Watertown, MA where local and FBI officials have guns drawn. “Our cameraman is being told to back off,” said Brian Kilmeade.

FNC’s Griff Jenkins was near the firefight last night and this morning explained his rental car “is in the middle of the crime scene.”

More, 9:12am: On CNN, via an interview with CBS owned station WBZ-TV, the uncle of the brothers says his 19-year-old nephew had called another relative last night after his older brother was killed and said, “Forgive me and from now on we will be together.” After reporters apologized to him, the uncle added: “I’m sorry too, if he did this, I’m sorry too. I can’t believe it. It’s so crazy. It’s not possible. When I heard this on TV news, I was thinking how can it be like this?”

Update: ABC and CBS have expanded their morning shows beyond 9am as the manhunt for the 19-year-old suspect continues. NBC’s 9am hour of “Today” is also devoted to the breaking news. At one point, new ABC News correspondent Byron Pitts was reporting live as police officers moved him and other reporters away from an active location. A police officer could be heard telling the reporters: “Come on. Let’s go. Off the sidewalk, please. Around the corner.”

More, 9:35am: ABC showed what it called exclusive video of a bullet-riddled SUV being taken away by investigators. Brian Rossreported: “Our cameraman caught a shot of that car being towed away, a Mercedes SUV that the two brothers hijacked — carjacked at a gas station in Cambridge near Memorial Drive.” Explosive devices were reportedly thrown from car by the suspects. The driver was released by the brothers, unharmed.

More, 10:50am: All networks have their cameras trained on a neighborhood in Watertown, MA. CNN has said it is putting programming on a 5-second delay as local and federal authorities have their guns drawn imploring media to stay back.

More, 12:24pm: On CNN, correspondent Deborah Feyerick reported that, after being pushed back from an area in Watertown, police are now allowing reporters to return to their original positions closer to the search scene.

More, 1pm: CBS special report ends. Diane Sawyer continues on ABC; Brian Williams picks up across NBC.

More, 1:45pm: ABC’s Bianna Golodryga, who speaks fluent Russian, spoke to the father of the two bombing suspects, Anzor Tsarnaev, on three separate occasions today. Tsarnaev, who lives in Russia, tells Golodryga that neither the U.S. government nor the Russian government has contacted him at that time.

More, 2:09pm: Anderson Cooper cuts away from remarks from the suspects’ aunt in Toronto, who claims her nephews are innocent. “Clearly she is in a state of denial or not really aware of the whole impact of what has happened here, what is going on,” Cooper said. Megyn Kelly comes to the same conclusion on Fox News: “That’s the aunt,” she said.

‘Touchdown Confirmed. We’re Safe on Mars’

At 1:32amET this morning, as the cable news networks looked on, confirmation that NASA’s rover Curiosity landed safely on Mars, after traveling hundreds of millions of miles through space. “Touchdown confirmed. We’re safe on Mars,” was the call. CNN International was simulcast on CNN with NASA reporter John Zarrella contributing. On Fox News, Marianne Rafferty was joined by former NASA astronaut Tom Jones and NBC’s space man of 51 years, Jay Barbree, phoned in to MSNBC for their coverage. Here’s the moment when Curiosity touched down, and the excitement at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory just north of Los Angeles.

Casey Anthony Released from Jail

FNC, CNN and MSNBC broke in to regular programming after Midnight this morning as Casey Anthony was released from jail. Interestingly, the one network that has been covering the case the most — HLN — didn’t. Instead, the network ran a crawl during a pre-taped Casey Anthony special. The network’s @hlntv Twitter feed is also being updated.

CNN broke in at 12:13am with a simulcast special report from CNN International and anchor Natalie Allen; Fox News broke in at 12:14amET, with anchor Marianne Rafferty; MSNBC also broke in at 12:14am with Mara Schiavocampo anchoring and live chopper coverage from NBC affiliate WESH-TV in Orlando. By that time Anthony and her attorney Jose Baez had left the Orange County jail.

Moments later, pool video of Anthony leaving jail was aired on the networks.

Fox News also carried a news conference from the three journalists acting as the pool, including the AP’s Matt Sedensky and photojournalist Tony Zumbado. Zumbado has worked for NBC News in the past, including covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

FNC also carried helicopter shots from WOFL-TV which showed a small airplane that Anthony was reported to be getting on to a destination unknown to the media.

How Cable News Covered the Gay Marriage Vote in New York

The late night vote to legalize same sex marriage in New York State changed up the primetime lineup on cable news Friday night.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper anchored the 10 and 11pmET hours of his show live, with the final 33-29 vote occurring at 10:30pmET and remarks from Gov. Andrew Cuomo at 11:22pm. Cuomo signed the bill into law later. When it goes into effect in 30 days, New York will become the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex marriage.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow anchored beyond her normal 9pmET timeslot into the 10pm hour when the vote occurred. Maddow anchored until 10:41, before the network returned to its normal documentary programming.

Fox News was in the middle of a two-hour special on the Casey Anthony case hosted by Jeanine Pirro when it broadcast a Fox News Alert at 10:38pm. Marianne Rafferty anchored that alert as well as another at the top of the 11pm re-air of “The O’Reilly Factor” and others into the early morning hours.

Cablers Cut-In for Christmas Tree Bombing

A Somali-born teenager was arrested in a sting operation last night while trying to blow up a van believed to be loaded with explosives at a crowded Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.

At 1:41amET this morning, Fox News Channel’s Marianne Rafferty broke in with the news. CNN broke in 10 minutes later at 1:51amET, and MSNBC broke in at their next scheduled cut-in.

Fox News Channel Streamlines Assignment Desk

In a move meant to streamline the assignment desk, Fox News Channel is re-assigning field producer Ian Rafferty, and has named him to lead the Fox News Channel international desk, reporting to Senior News Director Mike Shapiro. More on this move, and others, in an internal memo obtained by TVNewser, after the jump.

Rafferty is the husband of Fox News overnight anchor Marianne Rafferty.

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News of Sen. Byrd’s Passing Breaks Early Morning

byrd_6-28.jpgNews broke very early this morning of the passing of West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd, 92, who died at approximately 3amET. (Story)

CNN was first with the news, sending out its wire alert at 5:22amET. The AP alert went out shortly after at 5:29amET. CNN, notably, dropped the AP for its own wire service just a week ago. (Note: the CNN-AP contract will officially expire June 30.)

On-air, CNNI’s Monita Rajpal broke in and reported the news at 5:25amET, MSNBC’s Christina Brown had it at 5:26amET during “First Look,” and Fox News’ Marianne Rafferty delivered a breaking news alert at 5:38amET.

TVNewser hears the Capitol Hill security guards were at it again for CNN and correspondent Dana Bash. It seems a CNN photog overheard some chatter among the guards early this morning and called it in to the assignment desk, which had Bash calling the Byrd staff to confirm before she’d made it out the door for the day. Bash was also live for the top of CNN’s “American Morning.”

Obama Supreme Court Nominee Revealed

News broke on the cablers Sunday evening that Solicitor General Elena Kagan will be the president’s nominee for the Supreme Court. (AP Story)

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MSNBC’s Pete Williams reported the news at 10pmET, before returning to documentary programming with another update at 10:30pmET.

CNN’s Don Lemon reported at 10:12pmET during “Newsroom,” citing the NBC News report through the rest of the hour. DC anchors Wolf Blitzer and John King called-in, with King speculating that the White House had held the news Sunday because they wanted the terrorism officials out on the public affairs shows earlier in the day.

FNC’s Marianne Rafferty reported during a news update at 10:32pmET, also citing NBC News. Fox News also interrupted “Huckabee” for a more full report at 11:07pmET, with Shannon Bream calling in.

The president’s official announcement is expected at 10amET tomorrow morning in the White House’s East Room.

Cable Nets Cover NYC Bomb Scare Overnight

News broke late last night of a car bomb located in New York’s heavily-trafficked Times Square (AP story). Here’s how the initial coverage looked across the cable networks as well as Mayor Michael Bloomberg‘s press conference which was carried live at 2:25amET:

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MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 11:20pmET and went into full live coverage with Peter Alexander anchoring from Washington until 3amET. when the network went back into tape with Thomas Roberts, who’s been freelancing with the network, providing news updates.

Fox News’s Marianne Rafferty provided a breaking news alert at 11:30pmET, between “Journal Editorial Report” and “Fox News Watch,” with the network going into full coverage at midnight until 3:15amET. Rafferty delivered more updates afterward.

CNN was in “Larry King Live” until midnight when it aired a breaking news update from CNN International anchor Natalie Allen. CNN/CNNI went wall-to-wall on the story beginning at 1amET, which continued with Don Lemon and T.J. Holmes straight through to the following morning.