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.
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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
BET has made it official: CNN anchor T.J. Holmes will be joining the channel next year as part of a multiplatform talent deal. The deal includes a new show built around Holmes, as well as a presence on BET.com.
“We are of course ecstatic to have T.J. Holmes coming to our fold. He’s been an outstanding news anchor and we look forward to working with him in a variety of new ways on BET,” said Stephen G. Hill, President of Music Programming and Specials at BET Networks in a statement. “We look forward to weaving T.J.’s mixture of credibility and charisma into our fabric.”
The Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince reports that CNN anchor T.J. Holmes is heading to BET after he leaves the cable news channel at the end of the year. A source at BET tells TVNewser that they have “had conversations” with Holmes, but could not confirm whether he would be joining the African America-focused channel.
Prince says BET “plans to build a show” around Holmes.
BET has made a conscious effort to add news programming to its lineup over the last few years, especially in light of the election of President Obama. With the 2012 election season just getting underway, the channel may want to establish a news niche, and Holmes may be the anchor to do that for them.
BET announced that it would air a special on Thursday about former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain. Dubbed “The Curious Case of Citizen Cain,” the special would examine his life, his politics and the primary race.
Holmes began his career as a producer for KSNF in Joplin, Missouri, and would go on to work at local stations in Little Rock, Arkansas and San Jose, California before joining CNN in 2006.
Holmes’ destination is unclear, though one CNN staffer says he already has another gig lined up. In a memo to staffers this afternoon. CNN director of programming Janelle Rodriguez says Holmes is leaving “to pursue other opportunities.”
Rodriguez’s memo is after the jump.
Muppets ringleader Kermit the Frog is in Washington, DC today to light the national Christmas tree with the Obama family. While he was there, Kermit made time for interviews with CBS’s Bob Schieffer and CNN’s T.J. Holmes to dish on everything from Miss Piggy, to politics, to his days as a reporter on Sesame Street.
On CBS, Kermit told Schieffer that he watches “Face the Nation” every week:
And on CNN, after telling Holmes that it was surprisingly easy “for a frog to get security clearance,” Kermit called Wolf Blitzer — who was apparently with him in the DC studio — into the interview:
The Root has released its 2011 list of the most influential African Americans, and many TV news personalities are present. Leading the way are CNN anchors Soledad O’Brien and Don Lemon at #5 and #6. MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall represented her channel at #14, along with MSNBC regular Melissa Harris-Perry.
Still, the list had some curious omissions:
It’s all hands on deck for the cable news networks, even though many of those hands will be in the path of Hurricane Irene (satellite image above from 2:17pmET.)
- Fox News is planning to preempt the business block tomorrow from 10am-NoonET as well as “Huckabee,” and Jeanine Pirro tomorrow night. “Fox & Friends” goes on an hour early. And Shepard Smith will be in to anchor much of the weekend coverage.
- CNN, which has its weekend programming originate from Atlanta, is planning extended coverage Saturday night from 8pmET-Midnight anchored by Kyra Phillips (whose fiance John Roberts is covering Irene from the Outer Banks for FNC) and Martin Savidge. Wolf Blitzer will anchor a 3-hour “Situation Room” from Washington Saturday from 5pm-8pmET. (Regular weekend night anchor Don Lemon is in Philadelphia where he’ll do a Q&A with TVNewser’s Gail Shister at the annual NLGJA conference tomorrow.) CNN is back on the air at 5am Sunday with T.J. Holmes, Candy Crowley picks up at 9am and NoonET, Fredricka Whitfield as usual in the afternoons and Sunday night programming from 6pmET-Midnight with Randi Kaye and Savidge.
- MSNBC’s Chris Jansing will anchor “Hardball” tonight at 5pm & 7pm, with a Hurricane focus. Thomas Roberts is on from 10pmET-Midnight. The network, which normally goes to tape on Saturdays and Sundays at NoonET will be in extended coverage all weekend. Veronica De La Cruz anchors early mornings, Alex Witt anchors until Noon, Tamron Hall from Noon-5pmET, Jansing from 5-10pmET and Roberts picks up at 10pm.
And it will be an especially long weekend for all the newsers who live and work in New York City. Mass transit (subways, buses, commuter railroads) in New York City and the suburbs will be shut down as of Noon tomorrow.
The cable networks are planning special coverage Sunday morning for the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, D.C. But Hurricane Irene could scrap some of the outdoor anchor positions the nets had been planning. And while the event will go on rain or shine, the ceremony may be pushed back. Dr. King’s Memorial is on a four-acre plot on the northwest corner of the Tidal Basin.
The dedication comes on the 48th anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech from the nearby Lincoln Memorial. Here’s what the nets are planning, weather permitting:
- CNN’s Candy Crowley, T.J. Holmes and Soledad O’Brien will anchor live coverage from 11amET-1pmET with reports beginning as early as 6amET and a special edition of “State of the Union” at 9amET. Other specials include a Holmes-hosted half hour at 7:30pm Saturday and the O’Brien documentary “MLK: Words that Changed a Nation” Sunday at 8pmET/PT.