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Katie Couric: My First Big Break

Katie Couric‘s transition from daytime talk show host to global news anchor for Yahoo News, is just another turning point for the journalist best known for her years as co-anchor of NBC’s “Today” show. Couric says timing and luck have been on her side. As Couric tells us in our latest installment of My First Big Break, she has one man to thank for her big breaK

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The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

After Losing Her Suitcase, Savannah Guthrie Secures a New Outfit in 16 Minutes

Savannah Guthrie ran into a small snafu on her way to the “Make a Difference Day” awards lunch this week: due to a lost suitcase, she arrived in D.C. without her clothes for the event. So what’s a “Today” show anchor to do?

“I went with Megan, one of our employees here at NBC, and Jenna Bush Hager. We fanned out across the department store. Jenna went to the shoe department, Megan and I went to the dresses. You were timing us — thanks for the extra pressure,” Guthrie said to Matt Lauer on “Today” afterwards. “Bought a dress, got the shoes, got in the car, 16 minutes. And we made it on time to the event.” Watch:

The Ticker: FNC Special, ‘Sunday Morning,’ O’Reilly

  • As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings draws closer, Fox News will present “Fox News Reporting: Terror Strikes Boston” tonight at 10pmET. The special will feature eyewitnesses, runners, family members, and Boston police giving first-hand accounts of the bombings and subsequent manhunt.

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” delivered 6.04 million total viewers and a 1.5/08 in the A25-54 demographic last week. It is the third consecutive week, and the 11th time this season, that the show has had more than six million viewers.

  • To promote his latest book, “The Last Days of Jesus,” Bill O’Reilly appeared on NBC’s “Today” and “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch his interview with Matt Lauer after the jump.

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Heather Childers Isn’t the First Anchor to Mix Up the NCAA and the NAACP

This morning the “Today” show played a clip of Fox News anchor Heather Childers who mistakenly called the UConn Huskies “the 2014 NAACP national champs.” Of course, they’re the NCAA champions. Childers corrected herself on air, and on Twitter wrote, “Just misspoke. Fuel 4 late night comics ;)

“I guess you guys don’t beleive in karma,” Savannah Guthrie said after the clip. “It’s happened to all of us,” Matt Lauer chimed in. WATCH:

On Twitter, Childers also pointed out she isn’t the first news anchor to mix up the NAACP and the NCAA. Look who else did:

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TV News Covers Pittsburgh-Area High School Stabbings

All three cable news networks covered a school stabbing spree that happened at a Pittsburgh-area high school this morning, where at least 20 are currently injured after a male student started stabbing people. It isn’t clear yet if he stabbed only students, or a mix of students and adults.

Fox News first reported the news at 8:35amET. Heather Nauert reported school stabbings during a fire drill at Franklin Regional Senior High School.

CNN first reported the stabbings at 8:50amET, with Chris Cuomo talking to Dr. Chris Kauffman, who was treating injured students at the regional hospital, via phone.

Chuck Todd opened “The Daily Rundown” at 9:01amET reporting the breaking news.

On the broadcast side, “Good Morning America” first reported the news at 8:03amET. “Today” first mentioned the stabbings at 8:30amET. “CBS This Morning” didn’t report the news during its broadcast.

NBC News also broke in with a special report on the school stabbing at 10amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring, and National Correspondent Kate Snow reporting alongside them in New York.

“GMA” and “CBS This Morning” will be updating their shows across the country. Neither broke in with special coverage.

NBC News Toasts Cheryl Gould: ‘She Came to the Newsroom With a Fresh Perspective’

NUP_163612_0024.JPGCurrent and former NBC News talent, executives and producers gathered at 30 Rock last night to celebrate Cheryl Gould, who is retiring after 37 years at the network.

Gould was toasted by Tom Brokaw, former NBC News presidents Steve Capus and Bill Wheatley, and Andrea Mitchell, who called Gould a “pioneer” and “role model” for women in journalism. Among many other roles at NBC, Gould was the first female executive producer of “Nightly News.”

“She came to the newsroom with a fresh perspective — the idea that we can constantly raise the bar, that we’ve got to be reaching for the heights in terms of our obligation to our audience on a daily basis,” Brokaw said. “…She knew what she had to do was to change the DNA of news so that it had a wider lens attached to it.”

Also in attendance: Deborah Turness, Brian Williams, Matt Lauer, Bob Hager, Alexandra Wallace, David Corvo, Patrick Burkey, Don Nash, Ken Strickland, Liz Cole and Mark Whitaker, along with Gould’s fiancé and longtime partner, attorney Reid Weingarten.

Should ‘Today’ Have Called George W. Bush Interview Exclusive?

jenna and george bushThis morning on “Today,” Jenna Bush Hager interviewed her father, former President George W. Bush, about an exhibition of his portraits of world leaders that opens tomorrow at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas. Although the “Today” show was careful to disclose the relationship between the two, the interview was billed as “exclusive” — a word that has an increasingly nebulous meaning in television news today.

“Contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager — notice one of the names there — got an an exclusive first look. Good get, Jenna!” Matt Lauer quipped while introducing the segment on “Today” this morning.

It’s certainly not the first time a television news personality has interviewed someone related — last year, CNN’s Chris Cuomo was criticized for interviewing his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, on “New Day.”

We want to know what you think: should the “Today” show have called the Bush interview “exclusive?” Let us know in the comments.

Hillary Clinton Sees Media Double Standard Toward Women

abc_hillary_clinton_nightline_interview_lpl_130129_mnAt a “Women in the World” event in New York City last night, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed her view of a double standard in how women are talked about in the media, Politico’s Maggie Haberman reports.

“There is a double standard,” Clinton said. “The double standard is alive and well, and I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence,” she added.

She added advice for women, suggesting they not take criticism personally, but instead seriously. Clinton’s comments about the media’s gender double standard come a day after a new Women’s Media Center report showed a different issue when it comes to females and the media: a wide gap between the number of female media figures and their male counterparts.

We tallied the cable and brodcast news ratios for you (after the jump).

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Al Roker Recovering From Shoulder Surgery

RokerCrowdWith Al Roker recovering from shoulder surgery, a 2D version of Mr. Roker appeared in Rockefellre Pllaza (right). This morning Matt Lauer said Roker’s doing well following the rotator cuff surgery Wednesday morning. “He mentioned pain killers,” Savannah Guthrie added.

 

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