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Tonight’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

As the National Guard arrives in Ferguson, where the overnight curfew has been lifted, the broadcast and cable networks have set plans to continue coverage of the escalating violence there. Here’s an update on who will be in Ferguson tonight:

As we told you earlier, Shepard Smith will anchor the 11pmET hour on Fox News tonight. We’ll continue to update as plans are set.

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Fusion Deems Bieber Arrest ‘Insignificant Breaking News’

fusion bieberIf you’ve been watching cable news today, you know that Justin Bieber was arrested for DUI last night in Miami Beach. The cable news networks have correspondents reporting live from Miami — Phil Keating for Fox News, Tory Dunnan for CNN and Mark Potter for MSNBC — and all took Bieber’s court appearance live.

One cable news network, however, has a different take on the latest Bieber drama: on its morning show today, Fusion called the story “insignificant breaking news.” (It’s worth noting that despite the catchy tagline, Fusion has reported on the arrest at least three times today.)

The network poked fun at its competitors with a shot of the Miami Police Department described as “sorta live pictures of nothing happening.” Fusion is coincidentally located in Doral, which is where Bieber was taken to jail.

Fusion’s approach has a fan in Dan Rather, who praised the network for its “refreshing candor.” Watch Fusion’s report on the arrest after the jump. Read more

NBC’s Brian Williams returns to U.S. from London to Cover Aftermath of Deadly Southern Storms

Brian Williams had arrived at London’s Heathrow airport, picked up his bags and was on his way to NBC’s Royal Wedding encampment when the damage and death toll from last night’s southern storm began to sink in.

“Our NBC News staff in London was just awakening to the news from home,” writes Williams on his blog. “Minutes later, NBC News President Steve Capus made the call: He said I should go home. We both agreed the tragedy would dominate our newscast and our coverage.”

Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New York tonight and then travel with Lester Holt to hard-hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama for tomorrow’s broadcast. NBC News correspondents John Yang and Thanh Truong are in Alabama, Mark Potter is in Georgia, and Ron Mott is in Mississippi. As NBC is part owner of The Weather Channel,  meteorologists Dr. Greg Forbes and Bryan Norcross will provide analysis to NBC’s coverage.

“I never got to see our infrastructure in London,” writes Williams, “or any of my colleagues beyond the confines of my car. We had a magnificent setup — the result of months of planning — to cover the big day in London, and we still will, live and wall-to-wall. But for now, for us, for this story, one of us had to go back and lead a separate coverage team—as the death toll grows.”

To date, more than 160 tornadoes covering 15 states have swept through the nation; the preliminary toll shows at least 250 deaths.

‘Today’ Correspondent Inhales Huge Bug Live on Air

Miami-based NBC correspondent Mark Potter accidentally ingested a gigantic bug while reporting live for the “Today” show this morning from Louisiana. Later in the broadcast, he got some ribbing from the morning anchors:


See the original clip from Potter’s high-protein report after the jump…

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8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

NBC’s Gustav Plans: Brian Williams to the Gulf, Tom Brokaw at the RNC

This time, no one is taking any chances.

With the potential of being as severe or even worse than Hurricane Katrina three years ago, Hurricane Gustav is challenging network executives like no story in recent memory. Just like RNC planners, themselves facing a scaled back gathering, news executives, too, have been huddled all weekend coming up with their coverage plans.

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NBC’s Brian Williams covering the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

NBC News will place Nightly News anchor Brian Williams along the Gulf coast while his predecessor on Nightly News, Tom Brokaw handles anchor duties from St. Paul. “There’s nobody who can put the kind of talent on both stories like NBC News,” division head Steve Capus told TVNewser today. “There’s no such thing as a “B” team when your anchor is Tom Brokaw,” Capus says. For his part, Williams will combine both stories tonight. He’s scored an interview with Sen. McCain that will air on tonight’s Nightly News.

NBC & MSNBC will also have the benefit of on and off camera meteorologists from the Weather Channel. “We feel great that with our pending acquisition of the Weather Channel, we’ve got at least five correspondents from the Weather Channel. That just rounds out a strong reporting team,” Capus says.

Complicating matters for NBC back in St. Paul, the network is the broadcast pool, providing video coverage for all networks. “From a technical load we have a tremendous burden,” Capus says. “We’re not pulling anything on the tech side out of St. Paul.” And as for any criticism that might be leveled at the network from those who might claim unequal DNC & RNC coveraage, Capus says, “The McCain campaign and the RNC have been incredibly sensitive to what’s happening in the Gulf, and we’ve tried to do the same.” Capus doesn’t rule out Williams traveling to St. Paul to report on the final day of the RNC, again, all depending on the storm.

Another NBC News reporter not going to St. Paul: Luke Russert. NBC says he’ll be going to Memphis to cover the evacuation of Gulf coast residents.

Click continued to read NBC’s press release. We’ll highlight other networks’ coverage plans in later posts…

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