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Insiders tell us several journalists were getting a little too close to the action outside the Seminole Country Courthouse in Sanford, FL late last week. A number of TV producers and reporters in the parking lot were cautioned by the court not to get too close to the jurors who will decide the case against George Zimmerman. Zimmerman is on trial in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in February 2012. Opening statements get underway today. It is the highest-profile case, at least when judged by the news coverage, since the Jodi Arias trial earlier this year.
HLN, which will carry near gavel-to-gavel coverage of the case is bringing on extra anchor help in the form of former CNN and BET host T.J. Holmes. An HLN spokesperson tells TVNewser Holmes is doing freelance work for the network during the trial.
FNC Miami bureau producer Serafin Gomez tweeted an image of crews awaiting the arrival of Martin’s parents at court this morning:
— Fin Gomez (@finnygo) June 24, 2013
MSNBC tells us Holmes is doing some holiday fill-in work for them, today sitting in for Alex Witt.
Holmes’ hire by BET earlier this year was seen as a move the network was expanding its news presence. In April, the network announced Holmes would host a daily late-night conversation/comedy/current events program called “Don’t Sleep.” But in October, six weeks after launch, the show was scaled back to one night a week.
On Twitter this afternoon, Holmes thanked viewers for feedback adding, “Wasn’t perfect but hey, I’m rusty!”
BET News anchor T.J. Holmes, who is launching a late night news-comedy hybrid for the channel later this year, live-tweeted a traffic stop. Holmes, who used to be an anchor at CNN, tweeted the following this morning:
Driving while black ain’t no joke! instagr.am/p/NtNk4mt9Xg/
— TJ Holmes (@tjholmes) July 30, 2012
He followed up with a number of tweets, noting that he was not given a plausible reason for why he was pulled over:
Officer’s reason for pulling me over: “wanted to make sure you have insurance on the car.” I kid you not.
— TJ Holmes (@tjholmes) July 30, 2012
He promises to write about the experience with more detail on his blog.
Despite reports to the contrary, T.J. Holmes is not returning to CNN, at least not as an employee. Holmes left CNN in December for a job at BET. On Twitter this week, he wrote, “On a flight w/my old CNN boss. We’re negotiating my return.” And in a later Tweet: “I expect to announce to you all this week some news about my future.” That got some thinking, rightly so, that Holmes may be leaving BET and returning to CNN. But in a Tweet a few minutes ago, Holmes wrote:
Mystery solved. Don’t be surprised if Holmes makes a return to CNN to promote his new BET show.
“TheGrio’s 100” list was unveiled on “Today” this morning. The list, organized by NBC’s TheGrio.com, honors Black History Month, which begins tomorrow, by spotlighting 100 individuals from various fields that are “the next generation of African-American history makers and industry leaders.”
There are two MSNBCers featured: Melissa Harris-Perry, who will host a weekend show on MSNBC beginning next month, Yvette Miley, the vice president and executive editor of the network. T.J. Holmes, who left CNN for BET in December, also made the list.
People on “TheGrio’s 100″ will be profiled across all NBC News platforms this month, including “Nightly News,” “Today” and all MSNBC programming.
According to Page Six:
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer busted his best moves on the dance floor at the BET Honors after-party in Washington, DC, on Saturday. The Wolfman was spotted dancing with wife Lynn Greenfield and schmoozing at the National Portrait Gallery fete with Spike Lee and Common. BET anchor T.J. Holmes chilled in the Hennessy Lounge, and, a spy says, Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, “breezed through stopping for no one” and “left five minutes later.”
CNN’s Don Lemon, whose contract is up next year, is kind of down on cable news. In a profile in Creative Loafing Atlanta, Lemon talks at length about his experience and tensions with CNN, at one point comparing the current state of cable news to a game show: “If I want to watch ‘The Price is Right,’ I’ll watch ‘The Price is Right.’”
Reporter Wyatt Williams spent a good deal of time with Lemon, at his home, for lunch at a neighborhood hangout, and at CNN Center.
Lemon checks his Twitter feed on his iPhone and shows me a message from a viewer that reads, “Why are all of the black anchors on the weekend?” When I ask him what he thinks about that, he just shrugs his shoulders. Later, at a photo shoot for this story, I ask him if he knows why T.J. Holmes decided to leave CNN for BET. He shrugs his shoulders again at that question, “I think he probably wanted something more than weekends.” After considering it a bit longer, he says, “If we complain about it, we’re malcontents but if you don’t how do you sleep at night?”
(Photo: Jeoff Davis)
With CNN’s T.J. Holmes setting his sights on BET, this weekend he had his final hand-off with CNN anchor Fredricka Whitfield. For years, Holmes has anchored Saturday mornings, and Whitfield Saturday afternoons. So, while his final day on air is Christmas Day, this past Saturday, producers put together a compilation of those on air transition teases.
T.J. Holmes was interviewed by The Root this week, and the departing CNN anchor — who will join BET next year — shed some light on his decision to make the move, saying “the timing was perfect” and he “couldn’t pass it up.” Holmes also opened up about some potential challenges in his path:
What will be your role in developing BET’s news coverage? What challenges do you see?
TJH: My role will be as a journalist. They brought me on because of my news background and for my news chops. I think many people in the black community would like to turn the TV on when they get home or even in the morning to see news coverage about things that matter to them, coming from people who look like them and talk like them. We have a great opportunity to do that next year, and I hope to play a huge role.
As for the challenges, [BET] does not have the same type of newsroom, news capability or resources of a major news network that does nothing but news. Read more
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