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NBC News Boss Says More Change is Ahead

Deborah TurnessBrian Williams calls her “a dynamo” and “a relentless journalist.” Matt Lauer has been “impressed by how she is able to focus on every aspect of the organization.”

The two main anchors of NBC News are talking about their boss, NBC News president Deborah Turness, now one year on the job. Turness tells the New York Times Bill Carter that for as much change as has already occurred, there’s more to come. “Some change isn’t easy. It’s painful, but an organization has to go through it. And a lot of that is still ahead,” Turness says.

“People in the organization from top to bottom recognized that NBC News hadn’t kept up with the times in all sorts of ways, for maybe 15 years,” Turness tells Carter. “I think the organization had gone to sleep.”

Insiders tell us that line is ruffling some feathers of longtime NBC Newsers. But then, maybe that’s her point.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

‘Reclaiming the Morning Television Crown is Nothing Short of a Mania Inside NBCUniversal’

GMA TodayVariety’s Brian Steinberg takes an inside look at the behind-the-scenes battle between first-place “Good Morning America” and second-place “Today.” Although reclaiming the top spot has become “nothing short of a mania inside NBCUniversal,” Steinberg writes the two shows are not as different as the talent and executives may say:

Just as Coke and Pepsi sell a similar fizzy brown liquid, so too are “GMA” and “Today” pouring from the same pot of coffee into different mugs. “GMA” can be equally as serious as “Today” in its first hour when news warrants. For every trip that “Today’s” Guthrie makes to interview Secretary of State Kerry, there is a sojourn by “GMA’s” Robach to Nigeria to explore the plight of captive schoolgirls. For every “GMA” report on two sisters who survive being knocked off their paddleboards and drifting out to sea, there is a “Today” interview with a young man who shed 550 pounds. “GMA” recently featured a contest among local firefighting squads; after Lauer was doused in ice water on a charity dare from golfer Greg Norman, “Today” dispatched Guthrie and Lauer to Howard Stern’s XM Satellite Radio show to get the shock jock to take Lauer’s challenge.

“I know we’re doing something right,” says “Today’s” Roker, “because two or three months later, we’ll see it on ‘GMA.’ We have our ‘Orange Room,’ and oh my gosh, look at that, they’ve got a ‘Social Square!’ ” One could argue that “GMA” began showing the entire on-air team on camera well before “Today” took a similar approach. Read more

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:

‘Sharknado 2:’ Watch for Sharks, ‘Today’ Show Cameos, and also Sharks

RokerLauerSharknadoWe know your DVRs are probably already set for Wednesday night, but here’s what you should really look out when Syfy debuts “Sharknado 2:” lots of “Today” show cameos. As the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker looks at the increasingly blurry line between news and entertainment :

NBC’s “Today” gets a half dozen scenes in “Sharknado 2.” Purists may carp, with reason, that participating in such a cheesy movie diminishes the “Today” news brand. Matt Lauer and Al Roker pop in frequently to update viewers on the “sharknado” crisis sweeping New York City. Roker warns of “weather you’ve never seen before,” and Lauer adds, “All you can do is just shake your head.”

That storm even materializes on the “Today” anchor desk, and Lauer has to take matters into his own hands. It’s more gruesome than Ann Curry‘s exit.

Malaysia Airlines Jet Shot Down in Ukraine

Malaysia AirlinesCable news networks scrambled this morning to cover a Malaysia Airlines flight that was shot down along the Ukraine/Russia border.

All three broadcast networks provided special coverage of the crash. NBC News cut in at 11:39amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring in New York and Tom Costello reporting from Washington, DC.

CBS News cut in at 11:40amET with Margaret Brennan anchoring in New York and Bob Orr reporting from Washington, DC. ABC News cut in at 11:41amET with David Muir anchoring in New York.

CNN’s John Berman first reported on the crash at 11:22amET. Fox News’ Jon Scott first reported the news at 11:27amET. MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:33amET. Al Jazeera America has switched to Al Jazeera English to cover the plane crash, live from Moscow.

Developing

>>Update: Reuters is reporting the plane was shot down by militants killing all 295 passengers aboard.
>>Update: Scott Pelley took over for Margaret Brennan at 11:57amET.
>>Update: George Stephanopoulos took over for David Muir at 12:08pmET.
>>Update: Anderson Cooper took over coverage from John Berman at 12:17pmET. Shepard Smith took over coverage from “Outnumbered” at 12:30pmET.
>>Update: Brian Williams took over for Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie at 12:59pmET.
>>Update: CNN’s Nic Robertson, Ivan Watson, and Phil Black are en route to Ukraine; Erin McLaughlin is heading to Amsterdam; Matthew Chance is en route to Moscow.
>>Update: CNN is preempting “The Sixties” tonight for special coverage of the Malaysia Airlines crash with Anderson Cooper anchoring from 8pm-10pmET.
>>Update: Malaysia Airlines will hold a press conference at 4pmET.
>>Update: CBS News is sending Foreign Correspondent Mark Phillips to Ukraine; CBS News Correspondent Seth Doane to Malaysia; and CBS News Foreign Correspondent Elizabeth Palmer to Amsterdam.
>>Update: President Obama made a statement at 2:10pmET. The president said the U.S. is currently trying to find out whether there were American citizens on board.
>>Update: CBS ended its special report at 2:30pmET.
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Matt Lauer Dares Brian Williams to Take Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s 81 degrees in New York City today, but on this morning’s “Today” show, Matt Lauer was likely quite a bit colder. Responding to a challenge issued by Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman, Lauer participated in the “ice bucket challenge,” which has fairly simple rules: record yourself getting a bucket of ice dumped on your head and call out the next three challengers. If you don’t, you have to donate $100 to charity.

Lauer went with the first option, with a little help from Savannah Guthrie and Carson Daly. After it was over, he passed the challenge on to Martha Stewart, Howard Stern and “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. We’re guessing we won’t see Williams take an ice bath on “Nightly,” but stay tuned…

At least one of Lauer’s challenges will likely go unmet: Stern, interviewing Lauer and Guthrie on his SiriusXM radio show today, said “If someone poured ice on me, I would behead them.”

NBC Olympics Nominated for Four Primetime Emmys

LauerVieiraSochiAmong the Emmy nominations announced yesterday, NBC Sports is up for four Creative Arts Emmy nominations for the 2014 Sochi Opening Ceremony. The ceremony, hosted by Matt Lauer, Meredith Vieira and the New Yorker‘s David Remnick, earned nominations for Outstanding Special Class Program, Outstanding Art Direction for a Variety Special, Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special and Outstanding Technical Direction/Camerawork/Video Control for a Miniseries.

“No single event captures the world’s attention and imagination like an Olympics Opening Ceremony,” said Jim Bell, executive producer of NBC Olympics., who was EP of the Opening Cereomony coverage. “These nominations are a welcome recognition of a job well done by many people at NBC Olympics, and also by our wonderful partners.”

Lauer and Vieira, you’ll recall, also worked overtime during the Sochi games filling in for several days for the ailing Bob Costas during NBC’s primetime telecast. The winners of the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards will be announced Saturday, August 16.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of June 30

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week in the mornings in both viewers and the younger demo, but NBC’s “Today” posted its closest total viewer gap with “GMA” since the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

“Today” cut the gap, which still gives “GMA” a +311,000 viewer lead, by 59% vs. the same week last year. Both “GMA” and “Today” lost viewers vs. last year. ABC was down -11% in viewers and down -7% in the A25-54 demo, while “Today” was down -2% in viewers and down -5% in the demo.

Only “CBS This Morning” saw year-over-year growth: up +7% in total viewers but down -7% in the demo.

The weekly averages for all three programs are based on 4 days (Mon-Thurs) because of the July 4th holiday.

The averages for the week of June 30, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 4.605M / NBC: 4.294M / CBS: 2.921M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.703M / NBC: 1.625M / CBS: 841K

 

Katie Couric Shares Wedding Details on ‘Today’

Couric TodayKatie Couric visited her former show this morning to promote an upcoming “Stand Up To Cancer” telecast and share details from her recent wedding.

“For someone who’s generally fairly hyper, I was incredibly relaxed,” Couric told Savannah Guthrie about her wedding. “It was very small, very intimate…I hate to be shallow, but the weather was perfect.”

“I’m 57 years old; I didn’t want to be in some big confection, kind of floating down an aisle,” she said about her dress. “I picked it like five days before the wedding.”

And the former “Today” host was glad the big day wasn’t crashed—by former co-host Matt Lauer and radio host Howard Stern.

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