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NBC News Completes Internal Investigation, Reveals What We Already Know

A week after a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case was selectively edited for a “Today” show story, NBC News has finished its internal investigation of the Ron Allen story.

During our investigation it became evident that there was an error made in the production process that we deeply regret. We will be taking the necessary steps to prevent this from happening in the future and apologize to our viewers.

The story left out a portion of the 911 call which left the impression that Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, was racist.

We asked if there would be repercussions for the “error.” No comment from NBC.

NBC News to Launch Internal Investigation into Trayvon Martin Story

A story that aired on the “Today” show last week caught the attention of media watchdog group Media Research Center, whose founder then went on Fox News’s “Hannity” Friday night to share what they’d uncovered: selective editing of a 911 call in the Trayvon Martin case.

After the Fox News segment and calls from media reporters, NBC News says it is investigating the story. “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story,” a spokesperson told the Washington Post’s Erik Wemple Saturday.

Here’s how the “Today” show story, reported by Ron Allen last Tuesday, included the call:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. He looks black.

Here’s how the conversation happened, with the dispatcher’s question:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

The “Hannity” segment after the jump…

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Broadcasters Plan Trayvon Martin Specials

  • ABC News Radio presents a special one-hour broadcast: “Race and Justice: A National Conversation” hosted by Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts. The special airs tonight at 7pmET on ABC News radio affiliates and will focus on the national dialogue sparked by the shooting death of  17-year-old Trayvon Martin.

  • CNN will be taping a town hall special tomorrow night at Time Warner Center. “Beyond Trayvon: Race and Justice In America” will be hosted by Soledad O’Brien with a live studio audience and a panel of expert guests. The special will air Friday night at 8pm and 10pmET on CNN.

TV News Reflects on 9/11/2001: NBC’s Ron Allen, Univision’s Jorge Ramos

With the 10th anniversary of the 9/11/2001 terrorist attacks approaching, TVNewser reached out to anchors, reporters, producers and executives for their thoughts on that day, and what they believe has changed in the last 10 years.

NBC News correspondent Ron Allen:

I was living in London. We raced to catch the next flight to Pakistan within hours of the attack. Everyone knew Bin Laden was responsible. Pakistan was the way to get to him in Afghanistan. I spent the next 3 and a half months in the border region, covering the Taliban and their incredibly oppressive regime, crossing back and forth between Afghanistan and Pakistan a couple of times. Meanwhile, my life was completely and utterly on hold. I’d left behind at home an engagement ring, I’d just bought a few days before all of this, for my fiancé, Adaora Udoji, an ABC News reporter back then. Fortunately, she came to Pakistan too. We covered the war for competing news organizations, from different floors of the Islamabad Marriott, destroyed in an attack a few years ago. And when, it was over, we went home to London. I proposed. And we got married not long after that.

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Savannah Guthrie’s Final MSNBC show simulcast on NBC

Savannah Guthrie is about to make the move from MSNBC to NBC; from Washington DC to new York. Next Thursday she joins the “Today” show as co-anchor of the third hour. And during the third hour this morning, a simulcast of Guthrie’s MSNBC show “The Daily Rundown,” as she was welcomed by Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Al Roker in New York. “You know this isn’t the first time I’ve been dumped by a girl,” joked Chuck Todd, who will solo anchor MSNBC’s 9am hour for now.

No one has been named to fill Guthrie’s role as White House correspondent, although LA correspondent Kristen Welker has been on the beat recently.

Bin Laden Killed: Cable Channels Call In Big Guns To Cover the News

Updated: With the unexpected announcement that President Obama would be making a statement late Sunday night, the cable news channels scrambled to get their top anchors on-air.

Fox News was first to confirm the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead at 10:40 PM ET. Geraldo Rivera was at the desk at the time, and responded to the news by saying:

“Happy days, happy days. This is the greatest — give me a wide shot of the general. This is the greatest night of my career. The bum is dead. I am so blessed and privileged to be at this desk at this moment.”

CNN confirmed the news at 10:42 Pm ET, and NBC News (and MSNBC) confirmed the news at 10:45 PM ET. All three networks engaged in speculation as to what the news was about from around 10 PM until their confirmed it, and all three raised Bin Laden as a possibility.

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NBC’s Ron Allen On Egypt Coverage: ‘it was obvious that something really profound had happened’

When the news broke that Hosni Mubarak had stepped down as President of Egypt, NBC News correspondent Ron Allen was in the heart of Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

“There was a very brief newscast that was projected on a screen,” Allen told TVNewser. “Suddenly people started running in that direction. From our vantage point we just saw people running and yelling and screaming and waving flags, and it was obvious that something really profound had happened.”

That something was the statement from VP Suleiman that Mubarak had resigned, and that the military was taking over control of the country.

As Allen recalls, the mood was starkly different following Mubarak’s speech last night:

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TVNewsers Heading To Haiti

haitimap_1-13.jpgContinually Updated: We’ll update this post as we hear more about who is heading to Hispaniola, either the Dominican Republic or Haiti (if the airport is reopened) to cover yesterday’s 7.0 earthquake.

Anderson Cooper is the first anchor on the ground and is already reporting.

CBS “Evening News” and NBC “Nightly News” are planning to broadcast from the region tonight. Katie Couric arrived in Santo Domingo just before 12pmET, and in Port-au-Prince at 2:30pmET.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer heads there from Afghanistan, so she likely won’t be on air from Haiti until tomorrow.

FNC WH correspondent Wendell Goler was first on Hispaniola because…he was already there. Goler was on vacation in the Dominican Republic when the earthquake struck. He reported for “FOX Report” via phone last evening.

At 2:54pmET, Brian Williams did a live phone interview from Haiti. We’ve also learned that “Nightly News” will be one hour tonight.

On Thursday, Sawyer will anchor “World News” and Robin Roberts will anchor “GMA” from Haiti. George Stephanopoulos will anchor “World News” this evening from New York, which is as previously scheduled due to Sawyer’s Afghanistan trip.

Couric will anchor an hour-long broadcast of “Evening News” for CBS this evening.

ABC “World News” will also be one hour.

> Wednesday Evening Additions: FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will head down during the day Thursday and will host “On the Record” from Miami Thursday night.

Sept 11th Anniversary Broadcast Network Plans

Here are the broadcast network news plans to commemorate the anniversary of September 11th:

abcnews120.jpg This morning, “Good Morning America” will have reports from Martha Raddatz and Brian Ross focusing on terrorism and security. At 8:30amET, “GMA” will broadcast coverage of the Ground Zero ceremonies and, at 9:30amET, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts will anchor coverage of the president’s remarks at the pentagon. On “World News,” Jim Sciutto will have special reports on NYPD’s counter-terrorism unit. During “Nightline,” Bob Woodruff will interview author Jon Krakauer about his upcoming Pat Tillman book.
cbsnews120.jpg For CBS, “The Early Show” will be covering the morning anniversary services and have a live report from Ground Zero. During “Evening News,” Katie Couric will explore some remaining questions from the tragedy.
nbc120.jpg To start, Ron Allen will be live for “Today” at Ground Zero to deliver reports. NBC “Nightly News” will have a special “Making a Difference” segment on national service along with their coverage of the day’s news.

TVNewser will update with more information as we receive it. Cable news plans are here.

U.S. Muslim TV Founder Charged With Beheading Wife Profiled in ’04 By NBC

bridges_2-17.bmpThe founder of Bridges TV, Buffalo-based “American Muslim Lifestyle Network,” was charged yesterday with the beheading of his wife at the TV station. A little more than four years earlier, the couple were profiled on the NBC Nightly News by Ron Allen.

“I hope long-term, Bridges TV can play a role towards a better understanding between America and Islam,” Muzzammil Hassan said at the time. His wife, Aasiya Hassan, had recently filed for divorce.

Click continued to see the December 2004 report…

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