TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Morgan Freeman’

Morgan Freeman, as HLN Anchor, Explains Twerking

For a while, he was the voice of the “CBS Evening News,” now Morgan Freeman is trying his hand in front of the camera, as a news anchor. The actor was on HLN’s “Morning Express” this morning and Robin Meade got him to play anchor. The story he read, was an explainer on Twerking. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think this all might be a sign of the apocalypse.

Mediabistro Course

Mediabistro Job Fair

Mediabistro Job FairLand your next big gig! Join us on January 27 at the Altman Building in New York City for an incredible opportunity to meet with hiring managers from the top New York media companies, network with other professionals and industry leaders, and land your next job. Register now!
 

Willie Geist, Natalie Morales Will Host Nik Wallenda Walk Across Grand Canyon

In June, daredevil Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, live on Discovery Channel. NBC News’ Peacock Productions will be producing the jump, and so NBC “Today” co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will be serving as the hosts of the event.

Wallenda announced the addition of Geist and Morales while walking on a tightrope above the audience at Discovery’s upfront presentation in New York yesterday (see the photo to the left). For insurance purposes, he was wearing a harness, “don’t worry though,” he said yesterday. “I won’t be wearing one when I walk across the Canyon.”

Last year ABC aired Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls, with “Good Morning America’”s Josh Elliott and “SportsCenter’”s Hannah Storm hosting. The event drew record ratings for ABC. ABC and Discovery were in a bidding war for the Grand Canyon stunt, with Discovery simply making the better offer. NBC, as the producer of the show, will also benefit.

Read more

Monday Night Raw Adding A 30-Minute Pre-Show?

WWE is reportedly close to adding a 30-minute pre-show to Monday Night Raw likely starting this fall, according to Justin LaBar of Wrestlezone.com:

“After speaking with sources I have learned that there is a plan to add a pre-show to RAW from 8:30-9pm EST. It would be a countdown show to RAW that would take place at the arena where RAW is being held each week. The production would include Superstar interviews, fan interaction and obviously further promoting the major stories going on.”

According to LaBar, the show would have the feel of ESPN’s College Gameday. Sounds like a win-win for USA and the WWE as Monday Night Raw has been a staple for the network for nearly 20 years now.

 

Phil Simms Out This Week With Back Injury

NFL on CBS lead analyst Phil Simms won’t be in the booth this week while recuperating from scheduled surgery on an ailing back.

Dan Fouts will replace Simms and work alongside play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz. The duo will call the San Diego-Oakland game on Sunday.

Simms is expected to return next week.

Stories About Athletes Overspending Are Always Fun

We’re going back to England.

In Sabatoge Times (yeah, not really sure what it is), Rohan Ricketts writes about the trials and tribulations of being a young, rich athlete.

Ricketts, who played for squads including Arsenal, Tottenham, England’s U-21, and Toronto FC, offers up some telling anecdotes. Read more

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.