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Shakeups at NBC News Include Veteran Staffers

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According to sources, Mary Murray (near right) will be replacing Roxanne Garcia-Bell as the director of the Southern Region of NBC News. Murray will be based out of Miami and her territory includes Cuba and South America.

Murray, has been with NBC since 1994, and is the former NBC News Bureau Chief in Havana.

Sources also tell TVNewser that Dee Dee Thomas (far right) is out as Executive Producer of “Weekend Today,” but will continue to work on other projects at NBC. Thomas had been EP of the Weekend editions of the morning shows since 2011. Her interim replacement is “Today” senior producer Matt Carluccio, but NBC is currently searching for a permanent replacement.

Thomas has been at the company since 1993, while Garcia-Bell started in 1997, giving them a combined 38 years experience at NBC News.

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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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Gustav a Cat 3 4, And Heading For the Gulf

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The networks are continuing to move in correspondents to the Gulf coast as Hurricane Gustav developed into a Category 3 storm this morning. With Gustav bearing down on Cuba today, NBC’s Havana correspondent Mary Murray has been doing live shots on MSNBC. As for anchor coverage, CNN’s Anderson Cooper was on the ground in New Orleans for his show last night. The show was also live for its second hour at 11pmET. The networks are keeping a close on the storm today to determine who will head to south this weekend and who continues on to Minnesota for the RNC. During a TVNewser Live Chat last week at the DNC, Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren was asked how Gustav might effect network coverage of the RNC. She told the questioner, “I expect to be on the first plane to the hurricane. ”

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