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How Did Juan Williams Factor on the Evening Newscasts?

The Juan Williams NPR firing, in the context of the perception of Muslims in America as well as other journalists who’ve lost their jobs recently, lead two of the three evening newscasts last night: ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” with a story reported by Sharyn Alfonsi and the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” in a story reported by Ben Tracy.

“NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams” covered the story about halfway through the broadcast in a story reported by Mike Taibbi. The evening newscasts are watched by an average of 16 million people every night. We’ll have ratings for Williams’s “O’Reilly Factor” appearance later this afternoon.

Watch all three evening news stories after the jump…

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Dan Harris named GMA Weekend co-anchor

“Good Morning America Weekend” has its new anchor team in place. Today Dan Harris was named co-anchor alongside Bianna Goldodryga. Harris has been filling in for several weekends and the announcement comes as Golodryga returns from her honeymoon. She was married Sept. 26 to former White House OMB director Peter Orszag.

Harris will continue to co-anchor “World News Sunday” until a replacement is named. But we hear Sharyn Alfonsi is on the short, short list.

TVNewser has also learned that with the recent departure of weather anchor Marysol Castro, the show will use a rotating cast of weather personalities from ABC affiliates.

On GMA, Harris takes over for Bill Weir who moved to Nightline in August.

TVNewser has the internal email sent out by ABC News president David Westin. Also, how did Harris do in the poll we asked in August?

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Diane Sawyer, other ABCNewsers, head home to see what works

Sawyer_9.22.jpgABC News anchors and correspondents are getting out of New York to prove you can go home again.

Diane Sawyer and four reporters on her broadcast, will return to their hometowns to report on success stories of the economic recovery. For Sawyer, it’s a return to Louisville, Kentucky.

“By returning to our roots we are hoping to shine a light on the resilience and the powerful ideas of Americans that will ultimately drive the recovery,” Sawyer tells TVNewser.

“World News” weekend anchor David Muir returns to Syracuse, New York. Sharyn Alfonsi goes home to Georgetown, SC. Ron Claiborne to Oakland, CA and Bill Weir returns to his Wisconsin roots to Milwaukee.

All will be revisiting familiar places and faces to see what innovative solutions people have implemented to survive and even thrive during the downturn. “The economy is still issue number one around the kitchen table,” Sawyer tells us. “A lot is working, and we hope to share the inventive ways Americans are firing up the spirit of hope and change.”

The week-long series begins Monday on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

‘World News’ Looks at Glenn Beck ‘Social Justice’ Comments

Sharyn Alfonsi delivered a report for “ABC World News” tonight about Fox News’ Glenn Beck and his recent comments about Christianity and the term “social justice.” Rev. Jim Wallis of the Sojourners, who recently called on Christians to boycott Beck, was featured in the report.

Alfonsi said ABC News had asked Beck for comment on the story, but he was unavailable. David Muir was in for Diane Sawyer. Clip below:

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

ABC’s Alfonsi Welcomes New Son

sharynalfonsi2_11-23.jpgEarly this morning, ABC News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi gave birth to a baby boy, Wyatt Kristensen Eby. Prior to her maternity leave, Alfonsi regularly reported for “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”

(Photo: ABC/Donna Svennevik)

As Ike Gets Closer to Shore, So Do the Networks

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ABC’s Sam Champion had arrived in Texas in time for Nightline last night. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broadcast live from Houston as well, and while getting an update from meteorologist Chad Myers asked Myers to email him the best (or perhaps worst) location to broadcast from tonight.

This morning, CNN and MSNBC have begun squeezing back their programming, keeping Hurricane Ike stats on the screen.

Even The Weather Channel is trying to show the seriousness of the Cat 2 storm to anyone choosing to ride it out. Here’s their morning headline: “A Potential Life-Threatening Surge from Ike.”

We’ll update this post throughout the day as we hear who is going to be covering the storm and from where…

• CNN — More than 70 anchors, correspondents, producers and support-personnel will report along the Texas coastline, representing CNN/U.S., CNN International, CNN Espanol, CNN Radio, CNN.com and Headline News. In addition to Cooper, Rick Sanchez, Gary Tuchman, Sean Callebs, Betty Nguyen, Susan Candiotti, Jeanne Meserve, Ali Velshi, Rusty Dornin, Rob Marciano and Reynolds Wolf will report on the storm. CNN will remain live all night and into the morning.

• CBS — Hari Sreenivasan is in Houston. Dave Price is in Galveston. Both will report for the Evening News tonight and The Early Show tomorrow.

• FNC — Geraldo Rivera, Steve Harrigan and Marianne Silber are in Galveston, TX, as is Jeff Flock from FBN. Kris Gutierrez is in Surfside Beach, Freeport, Casey Stegall is in Clear Lake and Rick Leventhal is in Port Lavaca. Also, Shepard Smith anchors tonight from 10pm-MidnightET (from New York), followed by Rivera Midnight-3amET and Jamie Colby from 3am-6amET.

• NBC/MSNBC/CNBC — Amy Robach is in Galveston for Today & Weekend Today. Janet Shamlian, Don Teague, Kerry Sanders, Charles Hadlock, Kristen Dahlgren and Jay Gray are on the scene, as is NBC Weather Plus meteorologist Jeff Ranieri and CNBC’s Scott Cohn. NBC will also use correspondents and meteorologists from soon-to-be owned The Weather Channel.

• ABC — In addition to Sam Champion, GMA Weekend’s Bill Weir is in Texas as well as Sharyn Alfonsi and Ryan Owens.

Why it Took Two Reporters To Cover a Two Minute Segment

alfonsimuir_7-31.JPGThe closing report on last night’s ABC World News related to, “something everyone can debate over their dining room table.”

The report was about an upcoming study from the Journal of Happiness Studies about which gender is happiest.

But as anchor Charlie Gibson wondered: “Who could report this story objectively? We finally decided to assign a woman, Sharyn Alfonsi…and a man, David Muir.”

Featured in the report — a rare, double-escalator stand-up.

Click here to see the report.

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