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A Brief History of the TV Newsmagazine

“One night a week is plenty for us right now,” “Rock Center” EP Rome Hartman tells THR‘s Marisa Guthrie. “We neither want to be considered filler nor do we have any plans for world domination.”

With the launch of “Rock Center” a little more than two weeks away, it occurred to us that this will be the first launch of a new broadcast network newsmagazine in nearly a decade, when FOX launched “The Pulse” anchored by Shepard Smith in 2002. “The Pulse” ran that Summer and returned briefly in the Winter of 2003.

Spinoffs of established shows have been the norm for the last 20 years on network television. Mostly, newsmagazines have been filler for networks when more expensive scripted shows fail.

The granddaddy of them all, CBS’s “60 Minutes,” debuted in 1968. Its spinoff, “60 Minutes II” debuted in 1999. In 2004, the show’s name was changed to “60 Minutes Monday (and later Wednesday).” That name lasted until the following summer, but by then the show was on the chopping block because of “RatherGate.” At the time CBS Chairman Les Moonves said the cancellation, “was a ratings call and not a content call.” “60 Minutes II” had its last broadcast in September 2005.

ABC’s “20/20″ debuted in 1978. A second ABC Newsmagazine, “Primetime LIVE” with Sam Donaldson and Diane Sawyer, left, launched in 1989. In the late 1990s ABC put the shows together, using the “20/20″ branding. There was a “20/20 Monday,” “20/20 Wednesday,” “20/20 Thursday,” and the original “20/20″ on Friday. That lasted until 2000, when ABC relaunched “Primetime.” But even today, the brands are muddled. “Primetime” runs occasionally with Diane Sawyer interviews or true crime hours, while “20/20″ airs on Fridays and reports news of the day, newsmaker interviews as well as crime stories which are ratings grabbers.

NBC got into the newsmagazine business in 1992 with the launch of “Dateline NBC” anchored by Jane Pauley and Stone Phillips. For years, it has been used to plug holes in NBC’s primetime. NBC News had another brief run in primetime with “Now” which was anchored by Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw. The show would last a year in 1993-94 and would later be folded into “Dateline.” As you can see by the show’s open, right, it also used the iconic symbol of Rockefeller Center, the Prometheus statue.

‘NBC Nightly News’ To Have New Set In ‘Rock Center’ Studio

“NBC Nightly News” will be getting a new set in the space that will soon be home to the primetime newsmagazine “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

“Rock Center” executive producer Rome Hartman gives a tour of Studio 3B in the video below, pointing out where the new “Nightly” set will be located.

As Hartman notes, Studio 3B is a historic one for NBC News, having once been the home to “The Huntley-Brinkley Report” and “Today.”

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Former CNN Managing Editor Jay Kernis Joins NBC’s Brian Williams Primetime Newsmagazine

NBC continues to staff up at the Brian Williams-led primetime newsmagazine. The latest addition is Jay Kernis, the former managing editor of CNN/U.S., who most recently served as senior producer on CNN’s “In the Arena.” Kernis will be a producer on the new program.

Kernis was a veteran of NPR, where he was senior VP of programming before leaving for CNN. He also spent 14 years as a producer at CBS News, where he produced segments for “60 Minutes,” which has long been the gold standard of primetime network newsmagazines.

In 2008 he joined CNN/U.S. as managing editor, telling TVNewser at the time that while he is a radio veteran, he is no stranger to the TV format:

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Brian Williams: ‘Running ‘Nightly’ is a job I would wish on no one’

New ‘NBC Nightly News’ executive producer Pat Burkey — now three weeks into the job — is Brian Williams’ fifth e.p. in his tenure as anchor and managing editor.

Five e.p.’s in seven years? No big deal, says Williams.

“The last two [Alexandra Wallace, Bob Epstein] have gone on to become NBC vice presidents. Steve Capus became president of NBC News. A lot of [turnover] has been quirks of timing. Running ‘Nightly’ is a job I would wish on no one. There’s a lot of pressure to maintain our standing and standards. They are all friends of mine in life.

“Turnover is only good for the broadcast,” Williams tells TVNewser. “We’ve been blessed with a position of strength. We have to remain agile and introduce change. A ton of folks used our executive producer job as a springboard for much bigger things within the company.”

Speaking of exec producers, Williams gives high marks to BBC and CBS alum Rome Hartman, e.p. of his new fall newsmagazine.

“He’s a terrific guy,” Williams says. “We’re very alike – demographically, physically, age-wise. He’s a thorough grownup.”

As for juggling both shows, Williams, a self-described quick study, says he’s not worried. Travel “is a constant. There will always be travel.”

His prediction for the newsmag: “We know how to tell good stories. Lord knows we’ve got the horses.”

Katie Boyle Jumps from CBS News to NBC News; to be Senior Producer on Brian Williams Primetime Show

“CBS Evening News” senior producer Katie Boyle is changing channels. Boyle has joined NBC News and will be a senior producer on the new Brian Williams primetime show.

Boyle had been with CBS News since 1988, when she joined as an associate producer. She worked her way up and in 2006 then-EP Rome Hartman named her a Senior Producer on “Evening News.” Hartman is now the EP of the Williams hour on NBC. The as-yet unnamed show will debut in the Fall.

Boyle is the third senior producer to leave “Evening News” in the last couple of months joining Bill Piersol and Chris Dinan out the door. Dinan left “Evening News” for ABC “World News” last month.

NBC’s Kate Snow Moves Off ‘Dateline’ to New Brian Williams Newsmagazine

Brian Williams‘s new primetime newsmagazine continues to staff up.

On Monday, the network announced it had hired Harry Smith of CBS News to be a correspondent for the show. And today we learn Kate Snow will be moving from “Dateline” to join the team of correspondents for the new hour.

Smith and Snow will join “the talented correspondents and anchors of NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC,” NBC says.

As the Williams show takes shape, NBC’s venerable newsmagazine “Dateline” — now in its 19th year — is also taking on a new vibe.

Episodes are now devoting the entire program to one criminal case, much like CBS’ “48 Hours.” This allows for the Williams hour to take on a more traditional newsmagazine format — two to three stories per episode with a more news-of-the-week focus: trends, interviews, features — much like CBS’ “60 Minutes,” but it will be produced live.

Both David Corvo, the Senior Executive Producer of NBC News magazines and Rome Hartman, who will helm the Brian Williams hour are CBS alum. Corvo has been with NBC since 1995. But during his time at CBS, as VP of public affairs programs, he had oversight of the network’s primetime newsmagazines, including “60 Minutes” and “48 Hours.” Hartman, who joined NBC last month, was a prolific producer on “60 Minutes” and later held the title of senior producer of “60 Minutes II.”

“Dateline” continues to be anchored by “Today” show co-anchor Ann Curry, but that too may soon change as her “Today” duties take up more of her time.

Harry Smith Leaving CBS News for NBC News

First on TVNewser: Harry Smith, who has been with CBS News for 25 years, is leaving the network, we’ve learned. In a note to the staff, obtained by TVNewser, CBS News president David Rhodes writes, “Harry Smith has been a fixture here at CBS News for a generation — he joined us in Dallas in 1986 — but today he’s decided to move on.”

Late last year, Smith was part of a shuffling of anchors at “The Early Show.” The team of Smith, Maggie Rodriguez and Dave Price was moved out, as Erica Hill, Chris Wragge, Marysol Castro and Jeff Glor took over.

We hear Smith is headed to NBC News where he’ll be a part of the new primetime news magazine show anchored by Brian Williams. That show is being headed up by another CBS News alum, Rome Hartman.

> Update: NBC News confirms with TVNewser that Smith is joining the network. They will announce the move on Monday.

Memo to staff from Rhodes, after the jump…

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Rome Hartman joining NBC News; will oversee new Brian Williams primetime show

Rome Hartman is leaving BBC America and joining NBC News where he will be Executive Producer of the new primetime magazine hour anchored by Brian Williams.

Hartman joined the BBC in 2007 as the first EP of the network’s “World News America.” Before that he’d spent 24 years with CBS News, in his final year as the EP, overseeing the launch of “The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric.” Couric recently departed that show, and CBS News, after five years. Matt Frei, the original anchor of “World News America,” also left that post last month.

Also announced, NBC News veteran David Corvo has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer of Primetime News, overseeing the new newsmagazine as well as “Dateline.” Corvo joined NBC in 1995 after spending most of his career at CBS News, at times, working with Hartman.

Hartman will be responsible for the development and launch of the Williams hour, a live, weekly broadcast which NBC says “will be built around the week’s biggest and most interesting events, meaningful and in-depth stories, and timely newsmaker interviews.”

More in the press release after the jump…

Update: BBC statements after the jump as well…

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Update: Hartman Return to CBS News not Happening

Update: CBS News president David Rhodes denies all facts of the story. “It’s not happening, it’s not going to happen,” he tells us. “This story is just wrong.”

Rome Hartman tells TVNewser, “Your report this morning is untrue. Flat wrong. Unfair to me, and unfair to CBS. I’m fully engaged in and excited about my job with BBC News.

Earlier: TVNewser had reported that former CBS Evening News EP Rome Hartman was to return to CBS News and that Patricia Shevlin, long-time EP of the weekend “Evening News,” was expected to replace David Friedman as e.p. of the “Early Show.”

Your 2011 TVNewser Bracket Champion Is…

March Madness is over, and UConn has emerged victorious. The UConn win also means that the 2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge is over.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge winner: Bloomberg TV markets reporter Dominic Chu.

He won in commanding fashion, pulling in 89 points.

Chu, a former hedge fund trader, tells TVNewser:

“I’d like to thank TVNewser and all the Doctors of Bracketology out there in the Bloomberg TV newsroom…as well as Bloomberg Sports Analytics…it was a team effort…and thanks to the UCONN Huskies for making this whole thing possible…I totally forgive you for your performance during the regular season and the Big East Tournament…Thank You…Thank You!”

You can congratulate Chu on Twitter @The_Domino.

Second place went to CNBC “Mad Money” EP Regina Gilgan, who netted 74 points, and also bested nine of her CNBC colleagues.

Rounding out the top five: “Early Show” EP David Friedman with 60 points, CNBC’s Joe Kernen with 59 points, and “Early Show” weather anchor Marysol Castro with 58 points.

More notes, as well as the full rankings, after the jump.

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