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More Correspondents Travel to Ukraine

fox ukraineMore correspondents are up and running from Ukraine as Russian and Ukrainian forces remain in a tense standoff in the country’s Crimea region. Secretary of State John Kerry, who flew to Kiev overnight, meets with government officials there today.

Several correspondents are traveling to Kiev with Secretary Kerry, including NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, ABC chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and CBS State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan.

Fox News’ Shepard Smith is in Kiev, where he will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” from Kiev and report across all Fox News’ programs today. Tomorrow he will anchor and report from Crimea.

CNN has a number of correspondents in the region, including Matthew Chance, Anna Coren and Claudia Rebaza in Kiev and Diana Magnay and Ben Wedeman in Crimea.

Also in Ukraine, as we told you yesterday: Terry Moran and Alex Marquardt for ABC, Bill Neely and Ian Williams for NBC, Elizabeth Palmer, Clarissa Ward, and Charlie D’Agata for CBS, Anderson Cooper for CNN, Amy Kellogg for Fox News, and Nick Schifrin, Jennifer Glasse, and Phil Ittner for Al Jazeera America.

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Broadcast and Cable Networks Dispatch Correspondents to Ukraine

Ukraine CBS CoverageAs tensions escalate in Ukraine, cable and broadcast networks are ramping up their presence in the region.

Each of the broadcast networks have correspondents in Ukraine: Bill Neely is in Simferopol for NBC News, Alex Marquardt is in Crimea for ABC News and Elizabeth Palmer is in Sevastopol for CBS News. Charlie D’Agata and Clarissa Ward are also reporting from Kiev for CBS.

As for the cable networks: Anderson Cooper is headed to the region for CNN to anchor “AC360″ tonight. Fox News correspondent Amy Kellogg is live from Kiev today, and MSNBC has been using NBC’s Neely for live shots from the region. Nick Schifrin and Jennifer Glasse are on the ground in Simferopol for Al Jazeera America, and Phil Ittner is reporting from Kiev for the network.

Ukraine received extensive coverage on the Sunday public affairs shows yesterday, with Secretary of State John Kerry appearing on all the broadcast shows — except one. “For the record, we invited Secretary of State John Kerry to join us today,” Chris Wallace said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But although the White House put him out on all the other broadcast Sunday shows, they declined to make him available to us or you.”

>Update: Shepard Smith is also traveling to Ukraine for Fox News. He will anchor “Shepard Smith Reporting” and report for the network’s daytime and primetime shows from Kiev.

Why You Won’t See Bieber’s Arrest on Al Jazeera America

al jazeera americaAt least one cable news network is staying away from today’s Justin Bieber drama: Al Jazeera America has not covered the pop star’s arrest aside from a brief mention in the 8amET hour.

An Al Jazeera America source tells TVNewser: “It didn’t hit the level of top news for us on a day when we have the Syrian talks, the Iranian President speaking at Davos, the West Virginia chemical spill continuing and other stories.”

The network has correspondents on location for each story: Nick Schifrin is in Switzerland for the peace talks, Ali Velshi is in Davos and Jonathan Martin is in Charleston. AJAM is also reporting today on Edward Snowden‘s online chat and the private security firm accused of defrauding the U.S. government by submitting 650,000 applications that were not fully vetted.

Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has also declared itself a Bieber-free zone.

The Ticker: Schifrin, Shriver, Ramos

  • Nick Schifrin, former ABC News correspondent in London, has joined Al Jazeera America. Shifrin is already on the air, reporting live from South Africa on the death of Nelson Mandela.

  • NBC News’ Special Anchor Maria Shriver leads the network’s social media initiative #DoingItAll. Comments will be incorporated into Shriver’s upcoming reporting on women which will be featured across the NBCUniversal News Group next month.

  • Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos went on “The Daily Show” last night, talking with Jon Stewart about the changing face of the U.S. and the impact Hispanics are having on the country’s culture and political system. Clip after the jump…

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Who’s Going to Rome to Cover the Pope?

Fox News’s Shepard Smith will soon be on his way to Rome, reporting from the Vatican on the resignation of Benedict XVI and upcoming Conclave and election. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot will be there tomorrow while Amy Kellogg should be on the ground by this afternoon. Smith, Palkot and Kellogg all covered the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Benedict in 2005.

NBC News correspondent/MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who also covered the last Papal transition will be leaving this afternoon for several days of reporting/anchoring and will also cover the election of the next pope. In a Media Beat interview, Jansing told us covering the death of John Paul II and election of Benedict was the most fulfilling assignment of her career: “It was just an extraordinary global event and also had some personal meaning to me.” Jansing will join NBC Rome correspondent Claudio Lavagna already on scene. Richard Engel will also report.

CBS has Allen Pizzey in Rome and London correspondent Mark Phillips will be joining him.

“GMA” Weekend Anchor Dan Harris, along with David Wright, Jeffrey Kofman, and Nick Schifrin will be reporting from the Vatican. Wright covered the 2005 transition. ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide a historical perspective.

CNN’s Rome-based correspondent Ben Wedeman will cover and will be joined by Jim Bitterman, Max Foster and Jose Levy for CNN en Español are all en route.

Ireland and Northern Ireland. There’s a Bloody Difference

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth made a trip to Belfast, Northern Ireland celebrating her diamond jubilee in another part of her realm. She also made history when she shook hands with Martin McGuinness, the former commander of the IRA, which waged a bloody campaign for decades against British rule in Northern Ireland. He was even behind the assassination of the Queen’s cousin in 1979.

But there was an unfortunate error during “Good Morning America’s” story of the Queen’s visit. Correspondent Nick Schifrin was introduced and then identified as reporting from Ireland, not Northern Ireland: an egregious mistake considering the whole story is about the Queen, the IRA and therefore Northern Ireland’s status within the UK.

But, to ABC’s credit, they were the only network morning show to have a correspondent in Belfast for the historic gathering.

Nick Schifrin Moves to ABC News London

ABC News correspondent Nick Schifrin will move to ABC’s London bureau next month from his post covering Afghanistan and Pakistan. Schifrin joined ABC News 10 years ago as a desk editor and worked his way up to become a producer in New York before taking on his first overseas assignment in India.

Schifrin was the first Western journalist to arrive in Abbottabad, Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden last May, getting the first look inside bin Laden’s secret compound and the bedroom where Navy Seals took him out.

Muhammad Lila, who joined ABC News in January, will take over as the correspondent covering Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the surrounding region.

A note from ABC News president Ben Sherwood after the jump…

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20/20 produces hour on Bin Laden death

A week after producing two hours on the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, the ABC News magazine team is producing tonight’s “20/20″ all about the death of Osama bin Laden. ABC is saying the show will give viewers “the most complete picture yet … from inside the situation room in Washington, DC to inside the compound in Pakistan to inside the minds of the brave men who stormed it.” Expect reports from Chris Cuomo, Elizabeth Vargas, Chris Connelly, Martha Raddatz and Nick Schifrin. “Kill Shot: The Story Behind bin Laden’s Death” airs tonight at 10pmET/PT on ABC.

Bin Laden Killed: Jonathan Karl and Dick Cheney on One-hour ‘Nightline’

Just like the evening newscasts, ABC’s “Nightline” will also be an hour tonight and will include more of ABC’s Jonathan Karl‘s interview with former VP Dick Cheney. NBC News caught up with Cheney this morning and Fox News did a phone interview with him earlier today. “Nightline” will also have reports from Christiane Amanpour, Cynthia McFadden, Terry Moran, and Bill Weir in New York and ABC News’ Nick Schifrin will report from Pakistan on the latest news from the region.

Bin Laden Killed: Foreign Correspondents En Route to Pakistan

Foreign correspondents spread throughout the Middle East are en route to Pakistan today, following the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed there by U.S. special forces. 2011 has seen a flurry of news from the Middle East and North Africa, with news happening almost daily from Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and other countries.

ABC News of course already had a correspondent in-country in Nick Schifrin, who had the first video footage from the compound this morning.

CNN’s Nic Robertson is heading to the country, where he is expected to appear on the channel tonight. Robertson was in Afghanistan during the 9/11 attacks, and has deep ties to the region.

Fox News Channel’s Greg Palkot and Dominic Di-Natale are also heading to Pakistan.

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