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Today’s Ferguson Coverage Plans

Networks remain on-scene in Ferguson today after a violent night produced tear gas, gunshots, and more clashes between police and protesters (and some violence toward journalists). As a grand jury might start hearing evidence in the Michael Brown case as soon as tomorrow,  here’s an update on who’s in Ferguson today and tonight.

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Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’


The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

Both clips after the jump…

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Philadelphia Abortion Doctor Kermit Gosnell Found Guilty

A Philadelphia jury has found former abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell guilty of three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive. He was found not guilty on a fourth count.

Fox News was the first to report the verdict at 3:18pmET. Shannon Bream was outside the courthouse discussing how the judge was threatening to hold anyone in contempt for using cellphones in court as a means to deliver the verdict when her producer Kristin Brown ran to the live position with the news. Rehema Ellis, from the NBC newsroom, reported the guilty verdicts during MSNBC’s “The Cycle” at 3:19pmET. CNN’s Sunny Hostin reported the verdicts from outside the courthouse at 3:22.

Compared to this month’s other high-profile trial, the Gosnell case has seen relatively little coverage. Unlike Arizona, Pennsylvania does not allow cameras in the courtroom; additionally, the judge in the trial issued a gag order banning prosecution and defense lawyers from talking to reporters. And as Howard Kurtz said on “Reliable Sources” last month: “This is a gruesome case that journalists on both sides of the abortion question have told me is hard to stomach. That is especially true on television.”

Meanwhile, HLN, which has ramped up its trial coverage, reported the Gosnell verdict, while keeping cameras trained on another courtroom where another high-profile defendant was in front of a judge: OJ Simpson was in a Las Vegas courtroom today seeking a new trial in his 2008 robbery conviction.

Education Nation Hits the Beach

This TVNewser happens to be in Miami for the weekend, just as NBC’s company-wide Education Nation initiative lands in South Florida. Several days of on-air and off-air events will be dedicated to the impact of education among Hispanics. This afternoon, NBC’s Rehema Ellis will moderate a Teacher Town Hall which will air on South Florida’s Telemundo station WSCV. The town hall will also be available as a live web stream beginning at 1pmET at Also today, Telemundo will broadcast a special education edition of the network’s Sunday public affairs show “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart.”

We’ll catch up with “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales tomorrow who will be here to moderate a panel discussion Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach with several guests including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

NBC News Slates ‘Education Nation’ Programming Across Networks, Bill Clinton To Close Out Event

As expected, NBC Universal has announced that it will feature NBC News “Education Nation” programming on a wide variety of channels and platforms.

On NBC, “Today” will feature education-related topics all week, while “Meet the Press” and “NBC Nightly News” will also broadcast from the “Education Nation” set in Rockefeller Center September 25.

MSNBC will carry the “Teacher’s Town Hall” Sunday at noon, moderated by Brian Williams, Tamron Hall and Rehema Ellis. MSNBC will also discuss education topics all week, and select shows will originate from the set.

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Second Teacher Town Hall to be Broadcast on MSNBC

NBC News has announced plans for its second-annual national Teacher Town Hall live from Rockefeller Plaza. Brian Williams will moderate the discussion, with help from MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall and NBC News’ Chief Education Correspondent Rehema Ellis. The event will be held Sunday, September 25 and will be broadcast on MSNBC at NoonET.

“While I’m proud that last year’s town hall broadcast was nominated for an Emmy, I’m even prouder to say that I still hear from educators and parents about the quality of the conversation,” Williams tells TVNewser. “It is critical for us as a news organization to lend an ear to the issues facing teachers today and give them a voice in this important national discussion about education.”

The “Teacher Town Hall” is part of the 2011 “Education Nation” National Summit, which consists of live events and panel sessions on Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.

Blitzer, Ellis, Leventhal, Raddatz, many more honored at tonight’s RTNDF dinner

Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.

Brian Williams Along with Brokaw and Mitchell to Anchor from Studio 8G on Election Night

NBCNews_1028.jpgNBC News and cable news networks, MSNBC and CNBC, have released details about their election night programming.

As has been previously reported, Rockefeller Plaza will be turned into “Election Plaza” with an electoral map on the ice rink and, according to the press release, McCain and Obama banners “rising 16 stories up its World Headquarters at 30 Rock, counting up to 270, the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency.”

TVNewser has also obtained an internal memo from NBC affiliate relations about NBC’s coverage. According to the memo, “Brian Williams will anchor the coverage from Studio 8G, home of Football Night in America. Joining Brian will be Tom Brokaw and Andrea Mitchell.”

8G is just down the hall from Studio 8H, home of Saturday Night Live. NBC Nightly News will air one live broadcast at 6:30pmET from 8G with coverage beginning across the country at 7pmET. On a normal night, Nightly broadcasts from a third floor studio adjacent to MSNBC’s studio space.

NBC News Political director Chuck Todd will use visual reality technology to walk viewers through the possible electoral vote routes and analyze the votes as they are tallied. Todd will appear on NBC and MSNBC (and probably CNBC and Telemundo too, if they ask nicely. Habla español Carlos?)

Election night on MSNBC begins at 5pmET anchored by David Gregory along with Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and Eugene Robinson. Chris Jansing makes a return to MSNBC to anchor continuing live coverage from 2am-6amET. MSNBC’s election coverage will be available to viewers in 78 countries through the network’s foreign partners.

The press release, which includes programming details for CNBC,, Telemundo and NBC Mobile, is after the jump…

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