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Robin Roberts Gets Nod For Women's Basketball Hall Of Fame

Former ESPN anchor and Good Morning America host Robin Roberts is one of six inductees to the 2012 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.

Joining Roberts are former WNBA star Dawn Staley, Olympic gold medalist Nikki McCray, former Old Dominion star Inge Nissen, former coach Nancy Fahey, and former USC star Pam Mcgee.

The date for the 2012 induction ceremony has not been set yet.




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CNBC Stars Play Prominent Role in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Wall Street 2′

Wall-Street-2092210.jpgWhile certain executives at News Corp. may not agree, it is obvious that at the moment, the top business news channel on Wall Street is CNBC.

With that in mind director Oliver Stone prominently features the network’s anchors prominently in the upcoming sequel to his 1987 film “Wall Street.” This despite the fact that the film is produced by the 20th Century Fox film studio, a sister company to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Per‘s Jon Friedman:

And no actual journalists shine brighter in the new 20th Century Fox production than Maria Bartiromo and her CNBC posse. If you watch the network during the day, you’ll recognize the likes of Bartiromo, Jim Cramer, David Faber, Becky Quick, Sue Herera and Melissa Lee.

The network’s stars appear on camera so often that this film is practically a product placement for CNBC.

Indeed, Friedman notes that early on in the film, Bartiromo appears in a scene where she interviews Michael Douglas‘ character from the film, Gordon Gekko.

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Stars Stand up to Cancer

CouricWilliams.jpgThe second star-studded Stand up to Cancer event was held last night in Los Angeles featuring cancer survivors — including ABC’s Robin Roberts — and those currently battling the disease — including Michael Douglas who is the voice of “NBC Nightly News.” They pleaded for Americans to open their pocketbooks to help eradicate the disease. One of the organizers of the event, CBS’s Katie Couric Tweeted throughout the show, attaching backstage photos (above) and updates about the program. A final total raised has not yet been released.

The Washington Post: Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams and Katie Couric opened the show — a nightly news Yalta — and helped blur the distinction between heartfelt caring and science journalism. Much of the show was devoted to light-speed news clips that sought to inform viewers on some of the latest developments, made possible in part by the vast machine that raises money for cancer research.

USA Today: Before the event began, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who co-hosted along with his network competitors Katie Couric and Diane Sawyer, said in the press tent, “Yes, we are going to go on the air during a recession. We’re going to ask Americans to give money because this one’s for the team. This one affects all of us.”

Watch the program, after the jump…

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Voice of NBC Nightly News, Michael Douglas, Has Throat Tumor

Williams Douglas.jpgA spokesman for actor Michael Douglas tells People that Douglas has a throat tumor and will begin eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment.

The spokesperson adds that doctors anticipate a “full recovery”. In a statement, the actor says he is “very optimistic”.

Douglas is part of the NBC News family. He began voicing the Nightly News open in December of 2007. Douglas stars in the Wall Street sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, set for release September 24.

Morgan Freeman the New Voice of the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric

Freeman_1.4.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder reports Morgan Freeman is the new announcer for the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Since Couric’s first night in the anchor chair in Sept. 2006, the announce was done by CBS News legend Walter Cronkite who died last summer.

“As comforting as it is to look back on the great career that Walter had, we’re looking forward now and we just felt it was the right time to make the move that at some point had to be made,” CBS News and Sports president Sean McManus tells Bauder.

Insiders tells us there have been on-and-off discussions with Freeman for some time. He has a relationship with Couric going back to the “Stand up to Cancer” specials. Morgan’s voice will premiere on tonight’s broadcast.

All three network broadcasts now have celebrities as their announcers. Michael Douglas began announcing “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” on Dec. 17, 2007.

And Mike Rowe, best known for hosting Discovery’s “Dirty Jobs” debuted as the voice of ABC “World News with Diane Sawyerlast month.

> Related: A Mike Wallace “60 Minutes” profile of Morgan Freeman from 2005.