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NBC News GOP Debate Set for Eve of Florida Primary

About an hour after CNN announced it was partnering with the Florida GOP for a presidential debate days ahead of the primary there, NBC News announced a date for its GOP debate, in collaboration with National Journal and the St. Petersburg Times.

NBC News will hold its debate January 30, the night before Floridians go to the polls for their primary. As first announced in April, the debate will take place at the St. Pete Times Forum in downtown Tampa — where the GOP will hold its nominating convention next August — and will air on MSNBC and NBC affiliates throughout Florida.

It was NBC’s own Tim Russert who famously predicted “Florida, Florida, Florida” on election night 2000. And in late January, 2012 all political eyes will again be on Florida.

CNN’s Mark Whitaker: Anderson Cooper is the Anchor of the Future

CNN executive VP and managing editor Mark Whitaker gets interviewed by Ad Week. Among other things, Whitaker talks about the state of magazines (he used to be editor of Newsweek), diversity in media, ad Tim Russert‘s legacy.

He was also asked who he believes to be the “anchor of the future.”

I think we’re in a day and age when you can have all the qualities of a great journalist but have a human side as well, and even a sense of humor. In many ways Anderson Cooper is the model that we increasingly are going to, not that everyone has to be Anderson Cooper. But he has qualities that I think we want to see in our anchors and reporters. Anderson is not ideological, but he is demanding accountability; he’s asking tough questions; he’s not histrionic. He manages to relay the importance of events without being theatrical or over-the-top in any way.

Dads Are a Focus of TV News on Fathers Day

It is Fathers Day here in the U.S., and to help celebrate, dads were top of mind for many a TV news personality the last few days. On Fox Business Network Friday, David Asman invited his father, former NBC News special events producer Robert Asman, to talk about lessons learned from the great depression:


Elsewhere, in Parade magazine, NBC’s Luke Russert writes about his father, the late, great Tim Russert:

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Antoine Sanfuentes on his NBC Rise: ‘It’s a humbling experience.’

Newly-minted NBC News Washington bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes is in Chicago this week, where last night his predecessor Tim Russert was honored posthumously with the Lincoln Leadership Prize.

This morning, TVNewser caught up with Sanfuentes at the “Morning Joe” taping at Chicago’s RL Restaurant.

Sanfuentes, who’s officially been on the job since Monday, began with NBC in 1989 as an intern at WRC-TV. “Twenty years later, here I am as bureau chief,” he tells TVNewser. “And it’s a humbling experience.”

Sanfuentes holds twice daily editorial meetings in the Tim Russert Conference Room, converted from Russert’s old office. “In some respects, it’s the heart of our bureau…And every single time we go in there, and we talk about what we’re going to do, we feel like there’s this towering presence that helps guide us to do the right thing. It’s a really powerful thing.”

Sanfuentes is at the helm just in time for the ramp-up to the 2012 Presidential election. “The adrenaline is already pumping, anticipating this political season,” says Sanfuentes, who was David Gregory‘s producer at the the White House during the Bush administration. As bureau chief, Sanfuentes also oversees Gregory’s “Meet the Press.”

The show “is number one for a reason,” he says. “It comes down to the moderator, and what they can do, and the way they do it.  And David is a natural.”

Networks Plan Special Reports for Obama Statement on Egypt

As the cable news networks continue to cover the revelry in the streets of Cairo, following the announcement that Hosni Mubarak has stepped down as president, the broadcast networks are preparing special reports for their networks as Pres. Obama plans to address the situation at 1:30pmET now scheduled for 3pmET. Brian Williams, who has been going back and forth today on MSNBC and NBC, and who put up “Nightly News” best ratings in six years during coverage from Cairo last week, will anchor coverage for NBC. Diane Sawyer will anchor for ABC alongside Christiane Amanpour who also spent last week in Cairo. Katie Couric, who also reported from Cairo last week, will anchor CBS’ special report.

The cable news channels continue live, uninteruppted coverage of the revelry in Tahrir Square. Including live reports on MSNBC from NBC’s chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel, who speaks Arabic, and has been translating what he’s hearing from the crowds.

Earlier today, NBC News president Steve Capus, in Chicago for an event honoring the late Tim Russert and attending a taping of “Morning Joe,” told TVNewser’s Alissa Krinsky, “It helps enormously to have somebody with the experience of a guy like Richard Engel, who actually used to live in Cairo. And we’ve had a Cairo bureau for decades, and the depth of that experience really comes into play when something like this happens.”

> Update: Pres. Obama spoke from 3:06pm – 3:12pm. He took no questions.

Brokaw: ‘Where it got sticky is when our commentators were anchoring political coverage’

NBC's Tom Brokaw, Tim Russert, and Russert's white board, on election night 2000.

The Chicago Tribune‘s Phil Rosenthal talks with NBC Newman Tom Brokaw ahead of Brokaw’s visit to Illinois next week. Brokaw talked about the Comcast deal, the “incompatible roles” of MSNBC hosts and the state of media today. As for MSNBC, the news division’s senior statesman says:

“Listen, we’re better off than (ABC and CBS) because we do have cable. Where it got sticky is when our commentators were anchoring political coverage. Those are, in some ways, incompatible roles. We worked our way through that.”

That was the case on election night 2010. With Keith Olbermann‘s departure, it is yet to be seen how MSNBC execs will incorporate the other opinion hosts — Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell — into 2012 primary and general election night coverage.

On the topic of Olbermann, Brokaw told Rosenthal: “You’re not going to get me to go there,”

“All of our component parts — NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC –are much bigger than one player, and I include myself in that,” Brokaw said.

Brokaw will be in Chicago next Thursday to honor the late Tim Russert at a benefit for the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

Mark Whitaker Jumps From NBC News to CNN

Breaking: CNN Worldwide has named Mark Whitaker executive VP and managing editor, reporting directly to CNN Worldwide chief Jim Walton. Whitaker had been the Washington bureau chief for NBC News.

Whitaker joined NBC News in 2007, and was named DC bureau chief in 2008, following the unexpected death of Tim Russert.

In a note to NBC News employees, Steve Capus praised Whitaker’s leadership:

“I am so grateful to Mark for all of his amazing work— from helping coordinate our coverage of the 2008 and 2010 elections, to David Gregory’s transition as Moderator of “Meet the Press,” overseeing the growth of our DC operations, and strengthening our team of reporters and producers,” Capus said. “All of his work is critical to our success today and I can’t imagine where we would be without his remarkable leadership.”

The newly created EVP/managing editor position for CNN was announced in September, with Walton saying at the time that “the managing editor will come in and he or she will be a strong editorial mind who will help shape our coverage.”

CNN’s full announcement, and Capus’ note to NBC News staffers are after the jump.

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Luke Russert: ‘I never viewed it as I had to pick up the torch and move forward’

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert Tweeted this photo last night:

One of my favorite pictures of my dad is him talking to Elizabeth Edwards in NH in early ’08. May she be risen.

Tim Russert passed away a few months after this photo was taken. Edwards died yesterday after a 6 year battle with cancer.

In a Daily Beast interview this week Luke Russert tells Howard Kurtz: “My father really saw me as a focus group in a way, as someone who was removed from the Washington spin game. He would often ask me what I thought about certain politicians and certain issues.”

“I never viewed it as I had to pick up the torch and move forward,” Russert says in the press gallery in the Capitol, the ornate building where he spends most of his waking hours. His dad “often told me I could do whatever I wanted to do as long as I worked hard and did it with honor.”

David Gregory on Taking Over ‘Meet the Press’: It ‘Was Going to Have to Go in a Different Direction’

NBC’s David Gregory was featured in the Washington Post‘s “First Person Singular” column Friday, where he discussed the heavy task of following in the footsteps of the late Tim Russert:

What I knew, even on day one, is that somehow this is going to have to become my own and that “Meet the Press” was going to have to go in a different direction ultimately. All I thought about doing initially was finding my comfort zone. And you know what? That took a little longer than even I thought it would. There was a moment in time where I just sort of got over that, and I could walk onto that set and say, “No, no, this is okay. This is my program now. I have permission to do it, and it’s okay.”

On Thursday night, Gregory also made his debut on the NBC comedy series “30 Rock.” The clip from his appearance, after the jump.
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Bob Schieffer on the ‘Important Role’ the Sunday Shows Play in Midterm Election Coverage

Yesterday, we reported that the CBS Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation topped its competition in total viewers last week. TVNewser spoke to the program’s moderator, Bob Schieffer, about the win, the upcoming elections, and the role the Sunday shows play in this multi-platform world.

TVNewser: Bob, congratulations on Sunday, why do you think that the show resonated with viewers?

Bob Schieffer: We just try to stick right to the news, we are in the middle of a very important midterm election and we try to make every broadcast for the last month or so about that, we had quite a good panel [Sunday] we had Liz Cheney, and she really squared off against Howard Dean.

It was jut the kind of discussion we really like to have, it was kind of fun, but still it was very civil. It was interesting, every single person that was on the broadcast said to me, ‘thank you, I really enjoyed doing that.’ When you do that you feel like you have advanced the story a little bit.

TVNewser: “Meet the Press” and “This Week” both played host to U.S. Senate debates, with MTP hosting the candidates from Colorado and “This Week” the candidates from Delaware. The Delaware race has drawn some national attention, but do you think that most people outside of those states are really interested in watching those debates?

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