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‘CBS This Morning,’ ‘Today’s Professionals’ Talk Anderson Cooper

Two of the morning shows have acknowledged Anderson Cooper‘s gay acknowledgment.

“CBS This Morning’s” Erica Hill, a friend of Cooper’s from her days at CNN, discussed his coming out with country music artist Chely Wright, who revealed two years ago that she’s gay. Video after the jump.

ABC’s overnight show “World News Now,” which Cooper once anchored, gave it a mention as did the pre-GMA show, “America This Morning.” “Good Morning America” didn’t.

On NBC’s “Today,” Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford talked about it on the 4th hour. “He is a sweet guy,” said Gifford. “We just wish everybody to be happy.”

It also was the subject earlier on “Today’s Professionals.” The panelists, Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman, all seemed to take the cynical route, arguing that Cooper made the announcement for some sort of ratings gain. They seemed to be unaware that his daytime talk show is on hiatus, and that Cooper is in Africa on assignment, not hosting his CNN program.

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Survey Says? NBC Wants To Know What You Think About ‘The Professionals’

The third hour of NBC’s “Today” show was devoted to a full hour of “Today’s Professionals” where Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman discuss and opine about general news topics.

There has been discussion about developing “Today’s Professionals” into its own series. And now, TVNewser has learned that NBC wants to know what viewers think of that idea. A source tells us a News: VIPs survey is being conducted. “It was a very detailed survey on the 9 am hour that aired today and covered everything,” says the source. “It covered the on-the-road makeover segment, the one-on-one segments, the audience questions segment, the first panel discussion and the final rountable discussion.”

The survey asked for viewer opinion on the talent, Jones, Snyderman and Deutsch, as well as anchors Al Roker, Natalie Morales and Savannah Guthrie and their chemistry. The survey asked if the hour needed changes and, if so, what kind of changes they would like to see. And it went into detail about the length of the segments and about the show’s overall pacing.

“Sounds like the kind of survey one puts out if one is looking to make changes,” figures our source.

What do you think? Should “Today’s Professionals” be its own regularly-scheduled hour?

Could ‘Today’ See a Syndicated Spinoff?

TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio writes about Matt Lauer‘s new deal with NBC, and scoops that there is more to it than just “Today.” According to Battaglio, Lauer’s contract includes a program development deal, as well as a stake in syndicated programs he may develop outside of the NBC morning show.

One idea already being kicked around is spinning off Lauer’s regular segment “Today‘s Professionals,” in which he spars over hot-button issues with a panel that includes Star Jones, Donny Deutsch and Dr. Nancy Snyderman. The segment could also be developed into a fifth hour of Today.

TV News Journalists Returning to Haiti Following Cholera Outbreak

Over the weekend, word spread that an outbreak of cholera has sprung up on Haiti, the island nation that was devastated by an earthquake nine months ago.

While the pictures may not be as dramatic as the ones viewers saw during the earthquake, the disease has the potential to kill or seriously affect thousands of people.

The TV news organizations have dispatched a number of correspondents and producers to the area to cover the outbreak.

CNN will have chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta in Haiti  joined by his senior producer Danielle Dellorto.

CBS News has its medical correspondent, Dr. Jon LaPook on the island, where he will give his first report on the “CBS Evening News” tonight.

ABC News medical editor Dr. Richard Besser is in the country covering the outbreak, and filed a report for”Good morning America” this morning. Video of that report, after the jump.

NBC News’ chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman was in St. Marc, which Snyderman calls “the epicenter of the cholera epidemic.”

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Nancy Snyderman Back in Haiti: ‘There’s Still a Lot of Work to be Done’

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman returned to Haiti last week where she is providing reports for NBC News. “There’s still a lot of work to be done — people are still without homes, many need medical care,” Snyderman tells TVNewser. “I saw such tragedy and suffering in the early days after the earthquake. But now the shock has worn off and the deep pain continues.”

Though coverage has diminished in the two months following the earthquake, NBC is one of only a few networks in Haiti at the moment (CNN also has a crew). “This is exactly the time for us to stay with the Haitian people as they rebuild this country,” she said. “I will continue to come to Haiti as a reporter and tell the stories that matter. NBC News is committed for the long haul.”

For “Nightly News” this evening, she’ll have a report on the visit Presidents Clinton and Bush made to the area.


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Snyderman: ‘Tell Me If You Would Walk by Somebody Who Has a Bone Sticking out of His Arm’

On today’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN, NBC News’ Dr. Nancy Snyderman appeared from Haiti to discuss the “Sanjay Syndrome,” the situation where TV news doctors are providing medical assistance in Haiti in addition to reporting. Host Howie Kurtz asked Snyderman about potential ethical concerns.

Snyderman said, “I think ethically I question all of it,” but added, “I guess the best thing I could ask of the critics is come here and walk in my shoes for a day and tell me if you would walk by somebody who has a bone sticking out of his arm. If you would walk by it, then I guess we’re just different people.”

Broadcast Networks Stay Focused on Haiti, Not ‘The Sideshow’ of Late Night

If Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien were to suddenly relocate to Haiti, Steve Capus would need a defibrillator.

Thus far, NBC News chief Capus has been able to sidestep the network’s nasty late-night melodrama to focus on the earthquake disaster in Haiti. Not surprisingly, his embattled boss, Jeff Zucker, backs his play, Capus says.

“Jeff told us to go off and do great work,” says Capus. “I don’t blink at spending the kind of money we need to spend.”

Capus also jumped to Zucker’s defense in a searing piece about the NBC czar’s role in the late-night imbroglio in Sunday’s New York Times (Page 1, no less.) Capus accused the media of overblowing Leno v. O’Brien, given the misery in Haiti.

BW_1.21.jpg“The sideshow that is the late-night wars is of no interest to the news division,” Capus tells TVNewser. “It’s a soap opera. Nobody walks around the floors of NBC News talking about it. The magnitude of the Haiti story has had our complete focus.”

NBC anchor Brian Williams recently returned from the scene of devastation, as did CBS’s Katie Couric and ABC’s Diane Sawyer.

Sawyer, for example, began planning her second trip almost immediately, says “World News” executive producer Jon Banner.

As anchor for less than a month, Sawyer’s coverage “exceeded my expectations,” says Banner, who traveled with her for a week, from Kabul to Port-au-Prince.

“Clearly, she is first and foremost a reporter,” Banner adds. “Her abilities in the field are remarkable. She’s also a producer, and has the ability to put together a piece. It’s fascinating to be part of that.”

As he did after Katrina, Williams “is struggling a little bit” in readjusting to New York, according to Capus. “It’s about the ‘have’s’ and the ‘have not’s,’ and feeling guilty about your surroundings.” Still, he’s eager to go back, Capus says.

The ethical issue of journalists getting involved in stories they’re covering has become moot in Haiti.

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MSNBC Prez: ‘We’re Going to Get into a More Aggressive Headline and Information Programming’

pfp_12-28.jpgThe AP’s David Bauder writes about the changes ahead for MSNBC’s daytime schedule and speaks with MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who admits that his network is taking its programming in a different direction:

“We did some experimentation to find out what the audience during the daytime wants and I think we found out they want your basic facts — give me the facts, ma’am,” Griffin said. “We can still do it with our passion and a fast pace.”

MSNBC transitioned to more personality-driven daytime programming back in June when Dylan Ratigan and Dr. Nancy Snyderman joined the line-up. In recent weeks, MSNBC announced that Ratigan was moving to 4pmET and Snyderman was canceled.

Bauder writes, “MSNBC will be committed during the day to making sure that viewers who tune in are told the big stories of the day within five or 10 minutes, Griffin said.”

Back in June, when MSNBC was using the tagline “Appointment TV” for its then-new programs, Griffin had this to say about the programming shift:

“We’re changing dayside away from the TelePrompTer headline news to Dylan Ratigan and Dr. Nancy. And we’ll continue to do that less–of people sitting behind a desk, reading TelePrompTers,” Griffin says. “Our audience knows what’s going on. They’ve got BlackBerrys. They’re on the Web. So we’ve got to give them more.”

Speaking of MSNBC:

  • Matea Gold adds White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie, who will be anchoring a new program in the altered dayside line-up, to the LA Times “Faces to Watch 2010” list.
  • WaPo’s Tom Shales names MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” #7 on his best of the decade list, saying that the program “blossomed forth on the revamped MSNBC and proved that the political left doesn’t have to be locked out of TV by the garrulous right.”

Dr. Gupta Makes the Rounds

Gupta_12.17.jpgHe’s on CNN almost every day, and on the CBS Evening News occasionally, and this afternoon, Dr. Sanjay Gupta headed to 30 Rock to appear on MSNBC’s “Dr. Nancy.”

The CNN doc is promoting his new book, “Cheating Death.” Dr. Nancy Snyderman introduced Gupta as her “good friend.”

“You work for CNN, I work here, we have friends at ABC, across the spectrum. But what binds us is our, I think, love of medicine and story telling,” said Dr. Nancy.

Earlier on TVNewser: TV Doctors Celebrate Release of Sanjay Gupta’s New Book

TV Doctors Celebrate Release of Sanjay Gupta’s New Book


“I’m grateful all the docs showed up, it’s amazing, ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, they’re all here. So if something happens, you’re going to be very well taken care of, and the whole world is going to know about it.”

Last night, CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta threw a party in midtown Manhattan for the release of his new book, “Cheating Death.”

Pictured above, you can see Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez, NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman, Dr. Mehmet Oz of “Oprah” fame, ABC News’ Dr. Richard Besser, and Deepak Chopra.

The CNNers were out in full-force, with morning show hosts John Roberts, Kiran Chetry, and HLN’s Robin Meade, who was in town from Atlanta, among the guests. Larry King also stopped in, as did Soledad O’Brien and T.J. Holmes.

CNN/US President Jon Klein told the crowd that the turnout was attributable to Gupta’s reputation as both a good reporter and a good colleague. Klein said Gupta, who travels the world for CNN and still practices medicine every week, had taken the time recently to help him find a surgeon for his father.

Gupta’s “Cheating Death” recently made the WSJ list of best health books of 2009 (along with ABC News contributor Marie Savard’s “Ask Dr. Marie”), and Gupta said he was inspired by the larger role he thinks medical reporting can play.

“There are instances where I think media can help lead medicine,” he told the crowd. “But when we talk about reporting on things around the world, we typically think of that as news. In certain instances it can it can actually lead the charge.”

TVNewser caught up with Gupta at the party to ask him about his new book, the politicization of medical reporting, and his decision to pass up the surgeon general job. We also used to opportunity to solicit some free medical advice.