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Elizabeth Smart to Reveal Story of Captivity to Meredith Vieira

Meredith Vieira and Elizabeth SmartNBC’s Meredith Vieira interviews Elizabeth Smart for a one hour special airing this Friday.

Smart was 14 in 2002, when a kidnapper snatched her from her Salt Lake City bedroom. She would be held for the next 9 months. For the first time, Smart will reveal the details of life with her captors.

Despite having a year-long contributor arrangement with ABC News, Smart never talked about her captivity. When the ABC deal was announced, a spokesperson told us Smart’s appearances would be, “very much focused on looking ahead, not looking back on her own story.” Smart’s deal with ABC ended in July 2012. NBC tells us this is a one-time interview with Smart, not part of a larger contributor deal.

The interview is timed to the release of Smart’s book “My Story,” which is out next Tuesday.

The special airs Friday night at 10pmET and on Monday, Smart will be in the “Today” show studio.

The PM Ticker: Malala, B&C HOF, Vine

  • CNN’s Christiane Amanpour will interview Malala Yousafzai, the girl shot by the Taliban for trying to get an education. The interview will be conducted live at New York’s 92nd Street Y, and will air as a special called The Bravest Girl in the World on CNN Sunday, Oct. 13 at 7PM.

  • The Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame has lined up former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira and “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl as the co-hosts for this year’e event. The honorees include “Live! with Kelly and Michael and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • NowThis News has hired Cody Johns as a videojournalist reporting exclusively for Vine, Twitter’s six-second social video service. Johns has amassed more than one million followers on the service. Watch the announcement (via Vine, natch) below.

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The Evening Ticker: Vieira, ALMA, Velshi

  • Former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira is launching a YouTube channel called “LIVES.” The channel comes as Vieira plans a new syndicated talk show for Fall, 2014. HuffPost has more.

‘Today’ Remembers Studio 1A Before Renovation

Today is the last day in the current Studio 1A for the NBC “Today” team. As we reported last week, the show will originate from Rockefeller Plaza over the next few weeks, before unveiling the new set on September 9. Some pieces of the current set will be sent to the Newseum in Washington DC for display.

This morning, “Today” ran a retrospective on the last seven years of the studio. Though, as a few viewers noted on Twitter, while Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and even Meredith Vieira were featured multiple times, Ann Curry was shown only briefly in a cutaway.

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On Her Final Show, Joy Behar Says To Barbara Walters: ‘F*ck Harry Reasoner’

Today ABC aired Joy Behar‘s final edition of “The View” as co-host. It was a star-studded affair, with Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers and Meredith Vieira all stopping by to wish her well.

Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:

“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”

Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.

“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”

For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.

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‘Today’ Show Brings on New Director

Rob George has been named director of NBC’s “Today,” TVNewser has learned. For the last three seasons George has been the director of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?” He replaces Joe Michaels who was upped to Senior Director last month and is currently overseeing a studio revamp set to debut in the Fall.

George got his start in local news at KING TV and later KOMO TV in Seattle. He was a part of the directing team for NBC’s coverage of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics; was the director of the syndicated “The Other Half,” an early 2000′s male version of “The View;” and more recently worked on projects for Ryan Seacrest Productions.

Writes “Today” Senior EP Don Nash in a note to staff, “We are fortunate to have such a strong bench of directors on our team and with Rob’s appointment, that bench is even stronger.”

George starts August 12. He will direct to 7-9am hours, while Jim Gaines directs the third and fourth hours.

The Ticker: Miller, Rodriguez, Vieira

  • Sunlen Miller will join CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington. Miller joins from ABC News where she was a White House and Senate reporter. She also reported on weekends for ABC’s DC affiliate WJLA.

  • Andre Rodriguez has been promoted to CBS News North Bureau chief in New York. Rodriguez has worked at CBS for nearly 20 years, as weekend news manager, senior producer for CBSNews.com, foreign desk producer and researcher for the “CBS Evening News.”

  • Meredith Vieira‘s new show now has a home in some of the nation’s biggest markets. The NBCU show will be carried, not surprisingly, on the 10 NBC owned stations around the country, including New York, LA, DC, Chicago, and Dallas. It debuts in the Fall of 2014.

It’s Official: Meredith Vieira Daytime Talk Show Moving Forward

NBCUniversal will launch a new syndicated daytime talk show hosted by former “Today” co-anchor Meredith Vieira in the Fall of 2014.

“The Meredith Vieira Show” will originate from New York City, and will tape on a set designed to look like Vieira’s home, “complete with her actual furniture and family photos,” NBCU says. A pilot for the program was taped in May, and is said to have gone very well.

The move is not a surprise. When Vieira left “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” earlier this year, TVNewser speculated that she was pursuing a daytime talk show. A week later, the NY Times Brian Stelter confirmed that she was talking to NBC about a possible syndicated show.

“All of us at NBCU are so excited about this new show with Meredith,” said Ted Harbert, chairman of NBC Broadcasting in a statement. “She creates an instant connection with audiences with her smart, quick-witted and down-to-earth style. This entertaining and substantive show will be a great way to reach her loyal daytime fans as well as new ones who will discover why Meredith is one of America’s most loved television personalities.”

Currently an NBC News contributor, Vieira co-hosted “Today” from 2006-2011, and before that was the moderator of “The View.” She began her career at ABC News, and would go on to become a correspondent for both ABC and CBS News, before joining “The View.”

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‘Today’ Execs Tried to ‘Nudge Curry Off the Co-Host Track’ as Early as 2003

The first excerpts of Brian Stelter‘s upcoming book Top of the Morning, went online this morning, and will be featured in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, ahead of Tuesday’s publication. This excerpt takes a deep dive into the “dysfunction” at “Today” that led to Ann Curry‘s forced departure from the show last June. Curry was named the show’s co-host in 2011, but discussions about moving her off the show were happening long before, something Stelter told us in our Media Beat interview (running next week on TVNewser). As far back as 2003, Stelter writes, “executives were already trying to nudge Curry off the co-host track:”

They saw that she and Lauer, who had hosted together dozens of times, demonstrated a distinct lack of chemistry. “I don’t think anybody back then thought Ann was right,” said Tom Touchet, the executive producer of “Today” at the time, who called her a “wacky chick” with a “great heart.” Neal Shapiro, who succeeded Lack as president of NBC News, suggested that Curry be moved to “Dateline NBC,” the prime-time newsmagazine. “The audience would understand moving to prime time was a great promotion, and there would be no backlash against ‘Today,’’” Shapiro recalled. “By making her a host of ‘Dateline,’ we could open up the news-anchor job on ‘Today’ to someone like Natalie Morales or Hoda Kotb” and start publicly grooming another successor for Couric.

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TV News Booker Finds the Right Hotel Can Make All The Difference

Keeping a booking producer at one of the top hotels in Los Angeles on Oscar night, paid off for CBS News. While ABC, which carried the Oscars, sent the entire “GMA” team to Hollywood, and even NBC’s “Today” had Al Roker and Meredith Vieira there, only one show got an interview with Best Director winner Ang Lee. And that show didn’t have any of its talent in LA and wasn’t planning much post-Oscars coverage. While the other networks got plenty of interviews with other winners at the Dolby Theater, CBS kept a booker at the hotel where Lee was staying. The “Life of Pi” director returned around 3amPT and after some prodding agreed to the interview with Charlie Rose and Gayle King. WATCH:

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