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Chuck Todd Signs off ‘The Daily Rundown,’ But Not on ‘The Daily Rundown’

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Chuck Todd‘s farewell to MSNBC wasn’t seen on MSNBC. The end of “The Daily Rundown” was pre-empted this morning by remarks from British Prime Minister David Cameron. But Todd recorded it anyway (after the jump). In it he talked about how TDR came to be: “It was a show that MSNBC president Phil Griffin, Savannah Guthrie and I conceived over lunch in Washington one day.” Todd thanked Griffin for not “micromanaging us. He let us be the driving force. Not a lot of executives do that.”

Earlier in the show — and this did make it on TV — Todd was surprised first by White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest and then by his former co-host Savannah Guthrie, who Skyped in from maternity leave. Todd begins his role as moderator of “Meet the Press” September 7. Andrea Mitchell hosts this Sunday. WATCH: Read more

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Katie Couric Won’t Be Guest Hosting ‘Today’

Couric TodayThe New York Post says Katie Couric won’t be returning to “Today” after all during Savannah Guthrie‘s maternity leave.

We hear NBC offered one-day stints to Couric and other special guests, including Jane Pauley and Barbara Walters. But Couric turned it down, saying she wouldn’t accept a one-day role. Well-placed NBC sources say Couric insisted on a longer relationship of up to two weeks. One insider said, “Katie wanted a longer stint on ‘Today’ to help promote her Yahoo role. But it wasn’t what NBC had in mind, and they refused.”

Couric demurred when we asked her at Barbara Walters‘ going away party if a “Today” fill-in was in the cards. Couric appeared on the show last month, to talk about the upcoming Stand up to Cancer event, as well as her wedding. Couric, who co-hosted “Today” for 15 years, famously had a fill-in stint on rival “Good Morning America” in April 2012, when the two programs were neck and neck among morning show viewers.

Savannah Guthrie: ‘I Feel Like Life Just Started’

Calling in to the “Today” show this morning to describe her first two days of motherhood, Savannah Guthrie said she feels “like life just started.” The “Today” show anchor and her husband named their first child Vale, which means “valley by a stream.”

“‘Today’ viewers had totally convinced me we were having a boy. So I think I really was shocked when they said, ‘it’s a girl.’ We looked at each other, and we had a few names on the girl list, but we had not really settled on it at all,” Guthrie said. “So all afternoon we were just trying to think of names. Vale had always been on our list of the names we liked, so we just kind of went for it.” Watch:

Savannah Guthrie Gives Birth to Baby Girl

“Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and her husband Mike Feldman welcomed daughter Vale into the world today. The stats: 8 lbs. 5 oz., and 19.5 inches long. Savannah says baby Vale “has blue eyes, a little bit of blondish hair and the chubbiest cheeks you’ve ever seen.”

“I think we found heaven in this little hospital room in New York City,” she adds. Guthrie will be calling into the show Friday morning.

 

‘Reclaiming the Morning Television Crown is Nothing Short of a Mania Inside NBCUniversal’

GMA TodayVariety’s Brian Steinberg takes an inside look at the behind-the-scenes battle between first-place “Good Morning America” and second-place “Today.” Although reclaiming the top spot has become “nothing short of a mania inside NBCUniversal,” Steinberg writes the two shows are not as different as the talent and executives may say:

Just as Coke and Pepsi sell a similar fizzy brown liquid, so too are “GMA” and “Today” pouring from the same pot of coffee into different mugs. “GMA” can be equally as serious as “Today” in its first hour when news warrants. For every trip that “Today’s” Guthrie makes to interview Secretary of State Kerry, there is a sojourn by “GMA’s” Robach to Nigeria to explore the plight of captive schoolgirls. For every “GMA” report on two sisters who survive being knocked off their paddleboards and drifting out to sea, there is a “Today” interview with a young man who shed 550 pounds. “GMA” recently featured a contest among local firefighting squads; after Lauer was doused in ice water on a charity dare from golfer Greg Norman, “Today” dispatched Guthrie and Lauer to Howard Stern’s XM Satellite Radio show to get the shock jock to take Lauer’s challenge.

“I know we’re doing something right,” says “Today’s” Roker, “because two or three months later, we’ll see it on ‘GMA.’ We have our ‘Orange Room,’ and oh my gosh, look at that, they’ve got a ‘Social Square!’ ” One could argue that “GMA” began showing the entire on-air team on camera well before “Today” took a similar approach. Read more

The Ticker: Guthrie, ‘World News,’ Brzezinski

  • As promised, Savannah Guthrie signed off from “Today” this morning to start her maternity leave. “It’s been so fun, it’s such a surreal thing to go through it on TV like this … it has gone fast and I’ve been so lucky, I haven’t felt bad or anything, mostly,” she said.

  • Reporting on the death of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, “ABC World News” aired an incorrect animation that showed the general in a conference room, and not outside, at the time of the shooting. “While the underlying reporting was solid, a graphic later proved to be inaccurate. We regret the mistake,” an ABC News spokesperson told the Daily News.

  • “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will host an anniversary gala for Adweek’s 25th annual Brand Genius feature. The gala — celebrating the best brand marketers — will be held September 30 in New York.

One More Day Before Maternity Leave for Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie announced on the “Today” show Friday that tomorrow will be her last day before she goes off to deliver her first child. And what’s a maternity leave, without a “special send-off,” am I right ladies?

Airstrikes in Iraq


Just before 9amET, the Pentagon announced U.S. military aircraft conducted a strike on ISIS artillery in Northern Iraq.

CBS News began a special report promptly at 9amET anchored by Norah O’Donnell and Maurice Dubois — who had just finished anchoring the live edition of “CBS This Morning.” David Martin was at the Pentagon for CBS. ABC News began a special report at 9:03amET, interrupting the start of “Good Morning America” in the mountain time zone. Dan Harris anchored along with Martha Raddatz in Washington. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie broke into programming at 9:04amET, again interrupting the mountain time zone editions of “Today,” with Kristen Welker at the White House.

CNN’s Jim Acosta reported on the strike at 8:54am from the White House. The cable news networks then went into rolling coverage. MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, who had planned to devote today’s “Daily Rundown” to the 40th anniversary of Watergate, instead has been covering the president’s announcement of humanitarian airdrops and that start of targeted military strikes.

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American General Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Broadcast and cable networks reported this morning on an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan that killed a two star major general and wounded 15 other soldiers. About half of the 15 wounded are said to be Americans, and the general is reportedly the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war.

Amy Robach anchored a special report on ABC News at 10:30amET. Robach was joined by Jonathan Karl at the White House and Martha Raddatz by phone. NBC News presented a special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York, with Jim Miklaszewski reporting from the Pentagon, at 11amET. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell updated the West Coast feed of “CBS This Morning.”

On cable news, Chuck Todd reported the attack at 9amET on MSNBC, Bill Hemmer reported it on Fox News at 9:03amET, and Carol Costello reported the news on CNN at 9:16amET.

Meredith Vieira on Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit: ‘That Was Such a Bad Time’

meredith vieraTwo years after Ann Curry‘s now-infamous exit from the “Today” show, Curry’s predecessor Meredith Vieira — who is returning to television with her own talk show set to debut this fall –  weighs in on NBC’s handling of the transition in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter‘s Marisa Guthrie:

“That was such a bad time,” says Vieira, referring to the botched handover from Ann Curry, who replaced Vieira, to Savannah Guthrie in 2012. “I really felt for Matt a lot. And I felt for Ann, too. It turned so nasty, really nasty. Every day you’re reading this stuff that is just beyond cruel from angry, angry people who felt that Ann had been slighted and embarrassed and humiliated. And they basically pointed to one person on whom to take out all of their anger. I don’t know if I would have survived that.”

She says she did not offer Lauer advice through the turmoil. “I just told him I loved him and I was there for him. But I never sugarcoated what had happened. I thought it had not been handled smartly from the very beginning, because I don’t think they ever felt that was the right fit for Ann so they should never have put her in that position to begin with. And then the ending was so mishandled. But you know what, shit happens. People make mistakes. We all do.”

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