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Cablers Plan Extended Weekend Coverage for Hurricane Irene

It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)

  • Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
  • CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.

And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin Criticizes His Corporate Cousins at CNN Over Schwarzenegger Mistress Coverage

TMZ chief Harvey Levin took to Twitter to attack his corporate cousins at CNN over the Arnold Schwarzenegger mistress story (TMZ and CNN are both owned by Time Warner).

TMZ broke the name of Schwarzenegger’s mistress yesterday, and Levin went on CNN to talk about the latest from the case. A producer at the time apparently told him not to name the woman.

Today, Levin appeared again, and this time the woman’s name was mentioned… with anchor Randi Kaye specifically citing the New York Times:

We should also point out, we’re not naming the child in this case, of course. We should also tell you it was the New York Times that we are giving credit for Mildred ”Patty Baena,” the name of the mistress that is coming to us. Harvey, thank you.

Levin visibly furrowed his brow after Kaye cited the Times.

It was at that point he took to Twitter, writing:
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Don Lemon on other anchors coming out: ‘People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that.’

The tables will be turned on CNN anchor Don Lemon today. He’ll be a guest on CNN Newsroom around 1:15pmET with Randi Kaye asking the questions about his new book Transparent — a book that was meant to be an inspirational guide, but changed focus when Lemon realized he couldn’t leave out one major fact about himself — he’s gay. Bill Carter writes in the New York Times

When he informed the publisher of his new tack, the initial reaction was caution. But when the editors saw the material, they embraced it.

“I abhor hypocrisy,” Lemon says. “I think if you’re going to be in the business of news, and telling people the truth, of trying to shed light in dark places, then you’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else.”

Last September, in the midst of writing this book, Lemon revealed on air that he’d been sexually abused as a child.

And while it took Lemon 45 years and a book to come out, he says every other gay news personality needs to make the decision on their own time. “I think it would be great if everybody could be out,” Lemon tells Carter. “But it’s such a personal choice. People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that.”

In addition to appearing on CNN today, Lemon will discuss with HLN’s Joy Behar tonight.

Cable Plans for Obama’s Deficit Reduction Speech

The cable networks are planning special coverage around Pres. Obama’s fiscal responsibility address at George Washington University this afternoon.

On CNN, Wolf Blitzer, along with Randi Kaye, lead coverage beginning at 1pmET. Ed Henry at the White House, Dana Bash on Capitol Hill and Gloria Borger and Christine Romans take part as well. Fox News’s Martha MacCallum, in for Megyn Kelly who is about to give birth any minute, will anchor coverage. Mike Emanuel will report from the White House. On MSNBC, the speech falls during Andrea Mitchell‘s show. She’ll anchor and be joined by Rachel Maddow.

NBC and CBS will not be carrying the speech live on TV. ABCNews.com will livestream it and ABC NewsOne will make it available to affiliates. FNC’s Jon Scott anchors a special report that is optional for FOX affiliates.

CNNI, CNN/U.S. Saturday Simulcast

CNN Worldwide is once again combining the on-air programming for CNN/U.S. and CNNI throughout the day today. Executives believe simulcasting Saturday’s coverage, which will be dominated by the situation in Japan, is more resourceful than both networks going it alone.

At 6amET, CNNI’s Andrew Stevens in Hong Kong and CNN/U.S.’s Randi Kaye in New York co-anchored coverage. At 9amET CNNI’s Becky Anderson took over from London as Kaye continued in New York. That will continue until 11amET, when Fredricka Whitfield it CNN Atlanta joins Anderson. At Noon, John Vause takes over for Anderson. Vause, an Australian who has worked for CNN in Asia, will anchor from Atlanta with Whitfield. Following all this?

The simulcast continues into the afternoon and evening hours.

Lisa Bloom Joins Newsreader Rotation at AC360

BloomAC360.jpgYou may have noticed CNN and CBS News Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom rotating in as newsreader on CNN’s AC360, making appearances both this week and last.

The job has been open since Erica Hill‘s departure for CBS in January. Substitutes have included CNNers Stephanie Elam, Poppy Harlow, Lisa Sylvester, and Jessica Yellin, among others.

For Bloom, the news stint is a departure from her role as a commentator and as a practicing attorney. Bloom joined CNN after leaving sister network truTV last year, where she anchored Open Court.

No word yet on CNN announcing a permanent AC360 newsreader. Correspondent Randi Kaye will fill in on tonight’s show.

The Ticker: CNN, Bloomberg, PBS…

> Anderson Cooper 360 will run a special series, “America’s High: The Case For and Against Pot,” this week. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Randi Kaye and more will contribute.

> Bloomberg’s Al Hunt interviews Pres. Barack Obama tomorrow as part of the White House roll-out of regulatory reform. It takes place around 4pmET.

> PBS’ Worldfocus begins a series this week, “The Health of Nation.” It looks at how countries around the world provide quality healthcare, beginning with Singapore tonight.

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