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Evening Newscasts Juggle Dueling Breaking News Stories

The three evening newscasts were each expanded to an hour tonight following a busy news day that included the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight 17, shot down near the Russia-Ukraine border, and the launch of Israel’s ground offensive in Gaza following 10 days of heavy violence there.

NBC’s Brian Williams began with a report from Tom Costello on the Malaysia Airlines jet. “Nightly” stayed with the plane crash news until 6:47 p.m. when Williams went to Richard Engel in Gaza for a live report on the ground war.

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ABC also began with the plane crash, leading with a report from chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz. With David Muir anchoring, “World News” turned to Gaza at 6:43 p.m. with a report from Hamish MacDonald.

On CBS, Scott Pelley began with a brief synopsis of the Malaysian jet crash before bringing in a team of correspondents, including David Martin, Bob Orr, Margaret Brennan, Major Garrett and Jeff Pegues. “CBS Evening News” turned to Gaza at 6:42 p.m. with a report from Holly Williams.

The cable and business networks also have continuing coverage of both stories tonight and into tomorrow morning.

Ayman Mohyeldin Witnesses Gaza Airstrike, but Richard Engel Reports for ‘Nightly News’

EngelNBC News foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed the Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a Gaza port earlier today. But hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for “Nightly News.”

“Today, sadly our cameras were there when disaster struck,” Brian Williams said at the beginning of tonight’s broadcast. Those cameras came from Mohyeldin’s crew, who witnessed the attack, and called in to the west coast edition of “Today” this morning to report on the “chaotic scene” produced by the airstrike. But it was Engel, reporting from Tel Aviv, who Williams went to for the report. Engel tossed to a package on the airstrike that included footage shot by Mohyeldin’s crew and an interview Ayman did with a wounded boy in the hospital. Almost two hours after “Nightly News,” MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” went to Mohyeldin on the story in a pre-recorded interview. Tomorrow, a five-hour cease-fire goes into effect at 10am local time to allow humanitarian aid into Gaza.

We’re hearing the decision to have Engel report the story for “Nightly” instead of Mohyeldin angered some NBC News staffers.  NBC News declined to comment to TVNewser on its editorial decision.

Watch the report (first in the full broadcast), after the jump.  Read more

ABC ‘World News’ Misidentifies Gaza Destruction As Being In Israel

GazaABCAs Hamas militants continues to fire rockets into Israel, and the IDF escalates its aerial assault in Gaza, the destruction on both sides seems to be indistinguishable to some.

On Tuesday’s “World News” ABC’s Diane Sawyer misidentified the aftermath of an Israeli missile strike in Gaza as destruction from Palestinian rocket fire. In the lead-in to a story on the crisis, Sawyer showed an image of a Palestinian family gathering belongings in the debris of a home in Gaza, but says it’s “an Israeli family trying to salvage what they can.”

An ABC spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We regret the error and will correct it.”

A few weeks ago we brought to light a video blunder on “NBC Nightly News” when months old footage was used to discuss the current march of ISIS through Iraq.

Video after the jump…

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Margaret Brennan Produces, Shoots and Reports Iraq Live Shot

CBS News State Department correspondent Margaret Brennan was a one-woman band for her “CBS This Morning” hit today: appearing live from inside the U.S. Embassy via the Dejero app on her iPad, Brennan served as a reporter, producer and camerawoman for her live shot. Brennan was traveling with Secretary of State John Kerry, who is in Iraq to push for a political solution to the growing violence in the region. Watch:

Kerry’s visit to Iraq was covered on “Good Morning America” and “Today” as well: ABC had Jon Karl reporting from the White House and NBC had Richard Engel live in Baghdad.

NBC News Story on ISIS Militants Uses Months-Old Footage

LiveLeakNBCRichard Engel‘s “NBC Nightly News” story Tuesday night from Iraq highlighted video from LiveLeak showing the deadly march of the Sunni militant group ISIS. Unfortunately, the video is 10-months-old, according to TrackingTerrorism.org.

Engel was careful to note the video had not been verified by NBC News, but he was also not clear about when it was shot, leaving the impression with viewers that it could have been more recent than it was.

“Although our experts verified the authenticity of the video and the actions depicted in it, translated the conversation, and identified the ISIS militant involved, unfortunately we were not able to determine the date this footage was shot,” an NBC News spokesperson tells us.

After TVNewser brought this issue to light, the network added this language to the video captions online: “Note: Video in this report of ISIS militants stopping trucks is undated and may have been released several months ago.”

Back to Baghdad for TV News Crews

clarissawardForeign network news correspondents continue to make their way into Iraq as terror group ISIS marches toward Baghdad.

ABC’s Terry Moran and NBC’s Richard Engel reported from Erbil for Friday’s evening newscasts, while CBS News had two corespondents in-country, and the only broadcast with a correspondent in Baghdad. Holly Williams is reporting from Erbil while Clarissa Ward is in the Iraqi capital.

“Having covered Iraq for many years during the worst of the sectarian violence, it’s very sad to be back here under such troubling circumstances,” Ward told TVNewser during a break from reporting today. “The Iraqi people are clearly quite terrified of what lies ahead of them and they’ve already suffered so much.” From 2003-2007, Ward was an assignment editor, field producer and later a correspondent for Fox News Channel. In 2007 she joined ABC News as a foreign correspondent before jumping to CBS in 2011.

Ten years in the field has taught Ward that sometimes you have to improvise. Because much of the crew’s gear was confiscated at the airport, the lighting for her live shot on “Evening News” was by way of a flashlight. The low light was also a way to keep a low profile. Ward says the Iraqi capital is on edge at the moment, making the situation perilous for residents and the media.

“Baghdad is an extremely tense and difficult place to operate at the moment and so one has to be extremely cautious.”

Pres. Obama: ‘We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat in Iraq’

President Obama delivered a statement on Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House shortly before noon. The broadcast and cable networks all provided live coverage of his remarks on the increased violence in the region.

On NBC, David Gregory anchored from Washington with Peter Alexander at the White House and Richard Engel in Iraq. David Muir anchored for ABC, joined by Terry Moran in Northern Iraq. CBS’ special report was anchored by Scott Pelley in New York with Major Garrett at the White House.

As for the cable networks: Wolf Blitzer anchored on CNN, with Arwa Damon in Iraq. Eric Shawn and Uma Pemmaraju anchored on Fox News, joined by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier from Washington. On MSNBC, Tamron Hall anchored with Chuck Todd contributing.

Obama said he is weighing the options for U.S. military support in Iraq, but ruled out using ground forces in the conflict. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options,” he said.

Richard Engel and NBC Crew Temporarily Detained in Crimea

While traveling to cover the referendum vote on whether Crimea should secede from Ukraine and join Russia, NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his crew were temporarily detained.

 

Engel is of course no stranger to danger abroad: he and his team were held captive in Syria back in 2012. Engel’s report on trying to avoid military checkpoints after the jump.

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Ronan Farrow, Joy Reid Join the MSNBC Lineup

ReidSmokey“I grew up watching the greats of TV news…Murrow, Cronkite, Colbert,” 26-year-old Ronan Farrow said at the top of his first “Ronan Farrow Daily,” one of two new shows on MSNBC today.

An opening segment on the turmoil in Ukraine was fronted by NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel. Former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen and former Obama senior adviser and current MSNBC contributor David Axelrod were his first guests. Farrow openly embraced being a cable news novice: “What’s going on here, which camera do I look at? Who knows!”

Following Farrow at 2pmET was Joy Reid, host of “The Reid Report.” Reid began with domestic politics and the annual National Governors Association conference in D.C., inviting former Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Republican Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison as her first guests. Last month, Reid told us she was looking forward to bringing on GOP voices. She also interviewed Smokey Robinson later on the show. “Congratulations on your show. I’m really happy to be on the first one,” said Robinson.

Missing from the new afternoon lineup was Andrea Mitchell, whose show moved to NoonET. MSNBC tells us Mitchell had a commitment scheduled long before news of the time slot change and will be back tomorrow. Mitchell told told TVNewser last week the move an hour earlier will give her more time to focus on NBC News reporting.

Andrea Mitchell ‘Thrilled’ With MSNBC Show’s Move to Noon

andrea mitchell_304x200In addition to Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid‘s upcoming MSNBC debuts, is the timeslot change for MSNBC’s long-running daytime host Andrea Mitchell. Starting Monday, her show will start at NoonET.

“I’m thrilled about the change,” Mitchell told TVNewser in an interview this afternoon. Mitchell, who has hosted a show on MSNBC since 2000, sees the move as an opportunity to get an earlier jump on newsmaking interviews with fewer interruptions from White House press briefings and speeches that would often cut into her 1pm show.

The new time slot also means more interviews with lawmakers from Capitol Hill, as they can appear before their 1pm caucus meetings.

Mitchell, who also serves as Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent for NBC News, says she likes the new MSNBC lineup. “It clusters the harder news broadcast shows together” earlier in the day, then starting with Farrow at 1pm evolves into more conversation, opinion, and advocacy. She calls Farrow “brilliant” and thinks he will “wow” his audience.

The move an hour earlier means she’ll also have more time to focus on NBC News reporting. In 2013, Mitchell was third of all evening news correspondents when measured in minutes on-air. Only her NBC colleague Tom Costello and ABC’s David Muir were used more. “I’ll finish my show at 1, and be able to be more personally involved for an extra hour in preparing my ‘Nightly News’ reports,” she says.

With strong reporting from Richard Engel in Ukraine and Brian Williams in Sochi—along with the leadership of new NBC News President Deborah Turness—Mitchell feels NBC News is on a roll.

“Deborah has energized everyone,” says Mitchell, who has been with NBC News since 1978. “I don’t think we’ve ever been stronger.”

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