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Broadcast Networks Cover Pres. Obama’s Statement on VA Controversy

ObamaThe broadcast networks cut in with special coverage of President Obama’s statement on the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal that left dozens of veterans in Phoenix dead waiting for medical care.

ABC News broke in at 10:57amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring in New York and ABC Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House.

CBS News broke in at 10:57amET with “CBS This Morning’s” Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell anchoring from New York, and Chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News also broke in at 10:57amET with Matt Lauer anchoring from New York and National Correspondent Peter Alexander reporting from the White House.

The president did not announce any firings, announcing Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki is leading an investigation into misconduct at VA facilities in Phoenix and elsewhere. The president vowed that anyone deemed responsible of “cooking the books” at VA facilities will be held accountable, and announced certain employees at VA facilities have been put on administrative leave.

The president took two questions. The first went to the Associated Press’s Jim Kuhnhenn; the second to Reuters’ Steve Holland.

One Year Later, Networks Return to Moore, OK

One year after an EF5 tornado killed 24 people in Moore, the cable and broadcast networks are back in the Oklahoma town to cover the first anniversary of the devastating storm. All the anchors and correspondents in Moore this year also covered the tornado’s aftermath from Oklahoma last year.

Ginger Zee was live from Moore for “Good Morning America” today. Matt Lauer anchored “Today” from New York, but showed interviews from a recent trip to cover the anniversary. NBC News also has Gabe Gutierrez in Moore for the network and for MSNBC. Casey Stegall is there for Fox News, George Howell is there for CNN and Thomas Roberts is there for MSNBC. Roberts hosted “Way Too Early” live from Moore this morning.

Broadcast Networks Cover 9/11 Museum Dedication Ceremony

Broadcast networks broke in for special coverage of the 9/11 Memorial Museum opening this morning, where President Obama and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke.

ABC News broke in at 10:05amET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York. “World News” weekend anchor David Muir reported from the museum.

NBC News broke in at 10:07amET with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie co-anchoring alongside special correspondent Tom Brokaw in studio with them. National correspondent Peter Alexander reported from the museum.

CBS News broke in at 10:10amET with Norah O’Donnell and “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Anthony Mason co-anchoring in New York.

Local New York City stations produced their own coverage for the memorial dedication ceremony.

“A nation that stands tall, and united, and unafraid…because no act of terror can match the strength, or the character of our country,” President Obama said about America. “Like the great wall and bedrock that embrace us today, nothing can ever break us. Nothing can ever change who we are as Americans.”

The president then introduced Alison Crowther, the mother of financial worker Welles Crowther. Welles was a financial worker wearing a red bandana who died while helping evacuate fellow workers on 9/11; that red bandana is enshrined in the museum. His mother spoke after the president, alongside one of the people her son saved, Ling Young.

Special Coverage Planned for 9/11 Memorial Museum Opening

The broadcast networks are planning special coverage tomorrow of the opening of the National September 11 Memorial Museum. Pres. Obama will speak at the dedication between 10-11amET. ABC News has already announced it will carry his remarks live. This morning on “Today,” NBC’s Matt Lauer got a first look inside the memorial with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is chairman of the museum. Family members of those killed on 9/11/01 will be the first to get a look at the museum. It opens to the public a week from today.

Turness: ‘Homegrown Talent with Perhaps a Few Surprises’ to Fill In For Savannah Guthrie

savannah guthrie_304x200NBC News president Deborah Turness talks to The New York TimesBill Carter about the appointment of Jamie Horowitz, who will take over as SVP and general manager of the “Today” show later this year: “He’s incredibly creative,” she said. “He’s very brand aware, very multiplatform and just a great producer.”

Turness also talked about another topic of recent interest at the “Today” show:

Ms. Turness also addressed questions recently raised about whether “Today” would be inviting its former star, Katie Couric, to fill in as a co-host with Matt Lauer during Savannah Guthrie’s coming maternity leave.

“Savannah has been such a big part of the ‘Today’ show’s momentum over the last few months,” Ms. Turness said. “While she’s with her newborn we’ll keep that momentum going with our own homegrown talent with perhaps a few surprises mixed in.”

Luke Russert Pens New Introduction to Tim Russert’s ‘Big Russ and Me’

NBC’s Luke Russert has written a new introduction to his father, the late Tim Russert‘s best-seller “Big Russ and Me,” on its 10th anniversary. This morning on “Today,” Matt Lauer asked Luke Russert, now that he works in TV news, if he sees his father’s legacy “in a different perspective.”

“Absolutely,” said Russert. “I love him even more. I was a amazed after working at NBC News for a few years how much of a 24/7 job it is.”

Josh Elliott on ‘GMA’ Departure: 99 Percent of Rumors Were ‘Whole Cloth Fiction’

abc_josh_elliott_304On the same weekend he made his NBC Sports debut at the Kentucky Derby, former “Good Morning America” news anchor Josh Elliott poured cold water on the flurry of rumors born after his “GMA” departure.

“It was interesting for me to see this very deeply personal choice of mine become almost this bit player in this grander melodrama…99 percent of which just was whole cloth fiction,” Elliott told Extra’s Charissa Thompson. “I don’t know that we have enough time to work through them all,” Elliott answered regarding which headlines about his departure were false. He also vowed not to be after a new colleague’s anchor chair.

“None of that’s going to happen,” Elliott said on replacing Matt Lauer. “Unless the ‘Today’ show comes under the aegis of NBC Sports.”

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TVNewsers Honored at TIME 100 Gala

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Barbara Walters and Charlie Rose at the TIME 100 Gala. (Getty Images)

TVNewsers turned up last night to celebrate TIME’s 100 most-influential people. This year, CBS’s Charlie Rose and FNC’s Megyn Kelly made this list. Former honorees Rupert Murdoch, Matt Lauer, Katie Couric, Mehmet Oz and Barbara Walters made an appearance at last night’s event to mingle with the eclectic crowd of politicians, activists, scientists and entrepreneurs.

“Feels great, [I'm] honored, I love it,” Rose told us about his appearance as an Icon in this year’s TIME 100. However, he wasn’t quite sure if “Icon” was the appropriate designation: “It sounds like a lifetime achievement thing, and I think I’m in mid-career,” he quipped. Read more

Savannah Guthrie Dreamt She Kissed a Colleague; Matt Lauer Hates the Orange Couch

TodaySet1It’s National Honesty Day, honestly. So this morning the “Today” show anchors revealed a truth they’ve been keeping secret. “I had a dream that I kissed a member of the ‘Today’ show cast who shall remain nameless,” Savannah Guthrie admitted. “Male or female?” Al Roker asked. Guthrie said male, but left it at that.

“Mine’s a simple one,” said Matt Lauer. “I hate the orange couch.” Natalie Morales and Savannah piled on: “I hate it too! …we don’t like it either. “ ”It drives me crazy every time i sit down,” Lauer said. As for Al Roker, he admitted that he’s a “shy person.”

“You were not all that shy when Savannah was kissing you in your dream,” said Lauer.

Something tells me “Today” will be skipping National Honesty Day next April 30.

‘Today’ Show Hosts Share Prom Pictures

In honor of prom season and Throwback Thursday, the “Today” show hosts shared their own prom pictures this morning. Tamron Hall — who was voted “Best Dressed” at her prom –  said she “obviously dressed as Scarlett O’Hara,” while Matt Lauer joked about his oversized bowtie.

“That bow tie was actually a propeller. I could fly to the prom with that,” Lauer said. Watch:

[h/t HuffPo Media]

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