Today is the final day of NBC News’ “Education Nation” conference. New York City Mayor and Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg will be a speaker, as will former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. NBC will announce a digital toolkit for parents to support their children’s academic growth, and the conference will end with a panel of education journalists (from NBC and elsewhere) talking about the challenges of covering education in America.
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Today marks 35 years at NBC News for Andrea Mitchell. Mitchell, who joined NBC in 1978 as a general correrspondent, has served as Congressional correspondent, White House correspondent and foreign affairs correspondent, among many other roles, and anchors “Andrea Mitchell Reports” at 1 PM on MSNBC.
At the end of her program today, Mitchell was surprised by a phone call from Tom Brokaw, who called in from his cabin in Montana to wish her well on her anniversary.
“Even in Montana, in a remote cabin where I am sitting right now, that story is reverberating across America,” Brokaw quipped. “Congratulations my friend, I hope that crazy Al [Mitchell's husband, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan] will have a special dinner planned for you this evening.”
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Mitchell then threw to Tamron Hall, who also wished her well with her production team.
“You are a hero and an inspiration to all of us, especially us ladies, thank you Andrea,” Hall said.
“[S]he is truly a pioneer for women in journalism and has served as a remarkable role model to so many aspiring to follow in her footsteps,” NBCUniversal News Group president Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in an email to staff this afternoon. “We are very fortunate to call Andrea one of our own. I know you will all join me in congratulating her on this milestone in her career.”
The senior EP of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Betsy Fischer Martin, will transition out of that role later this Summer, NBC News says. She will instead be focusing on her role as Managing Editor of NBC News Political Programming, duties she added when she was promoted in March. No word on who will be taking over day-to-day oversight of NBC’s Sunday public affairs show when she departs.
“As you all know, [Betsy] has had an extraordinary run on the show and is among the longest-running executives dedicated to a single program in the history of NBC News,” NBC News senior VP Antoine Sanfuentes wrote in a memo to staff this morning. “I am grateful for her contributions to that legendary program. I know she will bring the same tenacity, savvy and passion to this next phase of her remarkable career and all the platforms and programs of NBC News will benefit greatly from her expertise.”
Fischer Martin began her career at NBC News as an intern almost 22 years ago, rising to EP the network’s signature Sunday public affairs show in 2002.
“I have been so honored to have had almost 22 years in a front row seat to history every week on ‘Meet the Press,’ And while I am moving on from that incredibly humbling seat, I am thrilled for the new opportunity to shape NBC’s political coverage and work with ALL our talented producers and correspondents across the network,” Fischer Martin says in a statement. “Working with David Gregory and our immensely talented staff and crew has been a privilege and I look forward to watching ‘Meet the Press’ continue to lead the way on shaping the conversation on politics and policy.”
“It is quite simply the greatest imaginable honor to be named as the next President of NBC News,” said Turness in a statement. “I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the talented journalists and technicians who make it one of the great global news operations.”
Turness is the editor of ITV News in the UK, a role she has held since 2004. She will remain that role until July, helping to select her successor at the British broadcaster. ITV and NBC News have long been partners, sharing bureaus and correspondents across the globe.
“Deborah has built an outstanding reputation as both a journalist and business executive with a proven track record for innovation and collaboration,” said Fili-Krushel in a statement. “She is a leader with a global perspective, who is also very familiar with NBC News, having worked closely with us through our partnership with ITN. Her passion for the news business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to NBC News, and I’m very pleased to welcome her to the team.”
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Breaking: “Rock Center with Brian Williams” will finish its current run on June 21, then shut down production.
“While we’re disappointed with the news, we are very proud of the hard work that the ‘Rock Center’ team put into the program each week,” NBC News Group chief Pat Fili-Krushel wrote in a note to staff this afternoon. “Rock Center” was given a 3-year commitment when it launched in the Fall of 2011. When it comes to a close, it will have run for 20 months.
The show never caught on with viewers and was moved five times on the NBC schedule in its first year alone.
“I would like to thank Brian, Alex, David and the entire “Rock Center” team for their efforts. The show will be missed,” writes Fili-Krushel.
There’s no word on the fate of the correspondents and staff of “Rock Center” or whether layoffs will be necessary. Some staffers will likely be offered positions in other areas of the NBC News Group.
Full note, after the jump…
TVNewser hears an official announcement from NBC News could come as early as next week.
Turness, 45, is the editor of ITV News, the news arm of UK broadcaster ITV. Turness drew acclaim at ITV for keeping it competitive, even against the well-funded and iconic BBC News. Her appointment will end a three-month search for Steve Capus‘ successor.
She was the first female to hold the editor position, equivalent to a network news division president here in the U.S. She assumed that role in 2004, and before that served as deputy editor at both ITV News and Five News. She also served as a producer in ITV News’ Washington DC bureau earlier in her career.
Capus–an NBC News lifer–announced that he would leave NBC News in February. His last day was in early March.
Since that time NBCUniversal News Group chairman Pat Fili-Krushel has been overseeing the search for a replacement. Turness’ name first came up as a possibility last month in an article from the Los Angeles Times.
Following an interview with playwright Eve Ensler on NBC’s “Today,” Maria Shriver announced that she was returning to NBC as a “special anchor.” Shriver left NBC in 2004, after becoming the First Lady of California.
In her new role Shriver will report on the impact women are having on society for all NBC News platforms, including NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and even NBC Sports. She will also serve as editor-at-large for the NBC News digital properties. NBC will also be the broadcast partner for “Shriver Reports,” the next of which will be released in 2014, about financial insecurity for women in America.
“I’m really excited to be profiling people like Eve Ensler, women and men I call architects of change who are taking us out beyond all areas of human endeavor,” Shriver said this morning. “I’m excited to be reporting along with all of you about women’s evolving experiences in the United States as parents, caregivers, care takers. There is so much going on. I’m excited to be coming forward, as I say, going forward with NBC and all of you.”
Shriver was the anchor of “Dateline” from 1986-2004. She returned to NBC for Papal coverage in March, spurring speculation that she would return to the network in some capacity.
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- Ed Schultz‘s “The Ed Show” returns to MSNBC Saturday, May 11 at 5pmET. Airing Saturdays and Sundays, the show will debut as a one-hour program expanding to two hours this summer. “Ed” moved off weeknights last month.
- Former junior reporter turned Chicago-based correspondent Garrett Tenney had his first on air report since transitioning from the two year program. The second class will be underway soon, and FNC is accepting applicants.
The Hollywood Reporter released its 2013 “35 Most Powerful People In Media” list, and TV news dominates the winners. The list looks at the most dominant media personalities in New York.
The list includes (in alphabetical order) Roger Ailes, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, Anderson Cooper, Bob Costas, Katie Couric, Jeff Fager, Pat Fili-Krushel, James Goldston, Phil Griffin, Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, the “60 Minutes” team, the “Today” team, Rachel Maddow, Piers Morgan, Bill O’Reilly, Scott Pelley, David Rhodes, The “Good Morning America” team, the “CBS This Morning” team, Diane Sawyer, Ben Sherwood, Barbara Walters, Brian Williams and Jeff Zucker.
Some of the recipients gave interviews, others did not. You can see the full list here.
The NBC News Group, including NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC, held an upfront presentation today at the New York Public library in midtown Manhattan. The Celeste Bartos Forum in the Library was lit up in shades of purple and blue, as media buyers and advertisers mingled with NBC News executives and talent.
Newly-minted MSNBC 8 PM host Chris Hayes was there, as was Matt Lauer, the co-anchor of “Today” who has been at the center of a number of news stories of late. He seemed to take the stories in stride, joking with Savannah Guthrie onstage:
“I would like to tackle what might be a teeny white elephant in the room,” Lauer said to laughter from the crowd. “We all love covering the news, we hate being the news, and so I would like to say on that subject–from the bottom of my heart–that I promise to spend all of my time and energy over the next several months trying to keep Savannah out of the headlines. ”
We want to go back to the most-watched morning program and the least talked about morning program,” he added.
Lauer sat next to NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke during the lunch, and “Today” was the final NBC News property pitched during the presentation, emphasizing how important the show is to the network.
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