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TV News Coverage of the Death of Whitney Houston

The news of the death of Whitney Houston broke at 7:57pmET, when the Associated Press sent a breaking news alert and Tweet announcing the news. The cable news networks began covering the story moments later, without yet knowing a cause of death or where she was when she died. Houston was 48 years old.

MSNBC broke into “Lockup” at 8:07pmET. Paige Hopkins anchored live coverage which included additional information from entertainment reporter Courtney Hazlett.

CNN broke into “Black in America” at 8:11pm, with Don Lemon anchoring. Larry King phoned in and gave his thoughts, comparing Houston to Judy Garland who died at the age of 47, a year younger than Houston. “People should not die young,” said King. King also mentioned he’s attending Clive Davis‘s Grammy party tonight and would report tomorrow on reaction from guests. Davis was Houston’s mentor.

Fox News Channel ran a lower third graphic with the news as the pre-taped “Huckabee” aired. Update: Harris Faulkner broke in to “Huckabee” at 8:28pmET and began continuing coverage. After running an obituary story on Houston’s life, the newschannel took live shots from LA station KTTV FOX11, which hovered over the Beverly Hilton hotel, reportedly where Houston died and where the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party is to be held tonight. Judge Jeanine Pirro is covering the story in the 9pmET hour and Faulkner returns for live coverage from 10pm-1amET.

> More: ABC News aired a special report at 8:12pm, which, in the Eastern and Central time zones interrupted a Charlie Brown special. Anchor David Muir told viewers, “we want to alert parents who might have children in the room,” before reporting Houston’s death. Muir then updated the “World News” broadcast for the West Coast leading with the news at 5:30pmPT. “NBC Nightly News” updated with Jinah Kim in the Los Angeles bureau at 5:43pmPT. The “CBS Evening News” updated the West Coast versions of their newscast at 5:45pmPT and ran a crawl across the network earlier, at 8:12pmET.

> More: MSNBC’s Rev. Al Sharpton phoned into the network to share his thoughts as he’s known Houston for 20 years. He phoned into CNN later, around 9:30pm.

> More: Piers Morgan joined CNN’s coverage just before 10pmET and interviewed Simon Cowell who said he was “very upset” by the news. He also cleared up rumors that Houston was being considered for a spot as a judge on the “X-Factor.” “When people want to be on one

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ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel offers a… unique… look at Pier Morgan‘s interview with “X Factor” host Simon Cowell:

CNN’s Piers Morgan: ‘It’s Time to Kick Some Ratings Butt’

CNN’s Soon-to-be 9 PM host Piers Morgan talks with Deadline Hollywood’s Tim Adler and Nikke Finke.

Among other things, Morgan says he will likely change the format of the program slightly, and will pre-tape most of the interviews so that they can be more easily promoted.

He also says that he views as his mission boosting CNN’s ratings in primetime:

I intend this show to be a game-changer in terms of how interview shows are conducted on American TV. And I haven’t joined CNN to come 2nd, 3rd, or 4th.

America’s Got Talent has been the No. 1 show for five years, Britain’s Got Talent has been No. 1 in the UK for four years, Life Stories is the No. 1 talk show in the UK, and I won Celebrity Apprentice. Losing is not really something I’ve either experienced on TV, or wish to experience. A character trait hardened by my time working for the likes of Rupert Murdoch and Simon Cowell.

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CNN Closing In on Piers Morgan For 9 PM Slot

piers_6-17.jpg According to multiple reports, CNN is close to hiring “America’s Got Talent” judge Piers Morgan to replace Larry King at 9 p.m.

The news is not totally unexpected. Rumors of Morgan jumping to CNN were first reported in mid-June by the New York Post and a number of British tabloids.

It was also in mid-June that TVNewser took a look at what else Morgan has done on television, with a particular focus on his UK “chat show” “Life Stories,” and the “Crossfire”-esque debate program “Morgan & Platell.”

Earlier this month, “American Idol” judge and “America’s Got Talent” executive producer Simon Cowell said that he helped “broker a deal” to land Morgan the 9 p.m. slot. CNN shot back by saying that they had not offered Morgan a job and “were not in negotiations with him,” a point CNN U.S. President Jon Klein echoed in an email to Broadcasting & Cable.

Of course, as the New York Times writes, it was all a bit of semantics:

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Simon Cowell Says He Helped Broker Morgan Deal; CNN: ‘There Is No Deal’

morgancowellcnn_7-2.jpgThe day after CNN/US President Jon Klein told B&C that the network execs “never have negotiated” with Piers Morgan, TV producer and personality Simon Cowell tells Extra, “[Morgan] was under contract to us on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ so he called me and we helped sort of broker the deal,” adding, “I knew about this weeks ago.”

But a CNN spokesperson tells TVNewser, “We have not offered Piers Morgan a job, and we are not currently in negotiations with him. We are always open to new opportunities and to various talent who express an interest in our programming. Piers is one such talent, but there is no deal.”

Over the past month, rumors swirled from the British and American gossip press that Morgan was in talks to join the network, with some reporting that he would take over for CNN legend Larry King.

King’s announcement this week that he would be ending his program, “Larry King Live,” after 25 years only served to fuel that speculation. There have been a few other names in circulation to take over the 9pmET roll, though the Morgan rumor — or perhaps rather the Morgan camp — has been the most active.