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After Years of Planning and Shooting, War Reporter’s ‘Hornet’s Nest’ Hits Big Screen

Mike Boettcher has spent decades in the TV trenches. First as a correspondent for CNN beginning in 1980, then NBC News and now ABC News. But for the last several years, Boettcher and his son Carlos have been working to bring attention to the men and women of the military who are still fighting in Afghanistan. Back in 2008, TVNewser talked with Boettcher as he was drumming up support for a plan to embed with a military unit and produce stories for local stations.

By 2010, a modified plan came together, in which Mike and Carlos Boettcher would spend a year embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan, recording footage and interviewing people involved at the front lines of the conflict. The result is the film “The Hornet’s Nest.” Just in time for Memorial Day, the movie opens wide today, following an opening in several cities, mostly near military bases, last week. FishbowlDC’s Nick Massella attended Wednesday’s premiere in Washington. Here’s a look behind the scenes from “Good Morning America.”


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President Obama To Speak at 10 AM, As More Correspondents Descend On Oklahoma

President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it.  ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.

Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”

“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.

Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.

As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams,  Lester HoltAnn CurryHarry SmithKate SnowAnne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim CantoreMike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.

ABC News has Sam ChampionGinger ZeeDavid Muir and Alex Perez in Oklahoma. Byron Pitts, Mike Boettcher, and Cecilia Vega are also either in Moore or en route.

CBS has Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Moore, and Anna Werner on the ground, and Scott Pelley will anchor the “CBS Evening News” there this evening.
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Bin Laden Killed: ABC’s Exclusive from Inside the Compound

We all hear the word A LOT. But ABC News truly did get an exclusive with video from inside the compound where Osama Bin Laden was killed. It was obtained by the ABC News team on the ground in Pakistan. It’s the kind of video that other network surely will — if they haven’t already — use in their programs using a “fair use” argument. TVNewser has learned other networks have called ABC requesting that it be made pool material. But, it’s ABC’s exclusive and they want you to know that. Here’s the video and report from correspondent Nick Schifrin.

CBS & ABC to Launch On-Going Specials

CBS launches its new series “Tough Choices” tonight on the CBS “Evening News with Katie Couric” at 6:30pmET.  The launch is in conjunction with the bipartisan Federal Deficit Commission’s final report. “In the near term, there is no more pressing domestic issue for America than the deficit,” said Executive Producer Rick Kaplan said.

ABC News is starting an on-going special of their own titled “Afghanistan: Can We Win?” which will air across all ABC platforms. The series kicks off with George Stephanopoulos co-anchoring “Good Morning America” from Kabul on Monday and continues throughout the week with reports from Martha Raddatz, Nick Schifrin, Bob Woodruff, and Mike Boettcher.

The press releases for the specials are after the jump…

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CNNers Past and Present Celebrate Network’s 30th Anniversary

Sat Party 4.jpgA large crowd of former and current CNNers gathered at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Saturday night to celebrate the network’s thirtieth birthday.

The bash — an unofficial gathering organized by former CNN producer Elissa Free — drew over three hundred people and was emceed by former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw.

“It was a celebration of what we had built,” former CNN correspondent Kelli Arena tells TVNewser. Arena, who started her career at CNN in 1984, said that joining the then-four-year-old network “was a labor of love… There was an energy and an innocence about the place. We brought live to the air things that people had never seen live on the air before.”

CNN founder Ted Turner addressed the group, telling attendees he was proud of what staffers have accomplished. Former CNN president Tom Johnson also spoke.

Current CNNers in attendance included anchor Wolf Blitzer, News Standards and Practices EVP Rick Davis, Political Director Sam Feist, and correspondent Jeanne Meserve.

Former CNNers in the house included Cissy Baker, Ralph Begleiter, Charles Bierbauer, Mike Boettcher, Tony Collings, Roger Cossack, Patty Davis, Bill Dorman, Rusty Dornin, Bob Franken, David French, Frances Hardin, Leon Harris, Sandy Kenyon, Jamie McIntyre, Brooks Jackson, Kathleen Koch, Eileen O’Connor, Chris Plante, Frank Sesno, Mark Shields, Linda Taira, Mary Alice Williams, and Judy Woodruff.

“It was a lot of reminiscing about the little network that could,” Arena said. “There was no griping, no discussion about the current CNN — that’s not why people were there. People were there to celebrate what we had accomplished. It was like a family reunion.”

More photos, after the jump…

(photo by Richard Kolko)

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