This morning, “Meet the Press” introduced viewers to Chuck Todd, with reflections from his mother, his wife, Tom Brokaw from Montana and Brian Williams at the Jersey Shore. Todd and substitute host Andrea Mitchell discussed the legacy of the show and the coverage of politics today. Todd then got the signature last word, “If it’s Sunday. It’s Meet the Press.” Todd takes over as host next Sunday.
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In what may be the most subdued evening news transition since John Chancellor handed off “NBC Nightly News” to Tom Brokaw and Roger Mudd in 1982, Diane Sawyer signed off “World News” tonight. ABC hadn’t announced when Sawyer’s final show would air. That news came in a tweet from Sawyer this afternoon.
After a first block of news of the day, the second block included a David Muir “Made in America” report, a franchise which started under Sawyer’s watch. Muir said the ABC team has produced 154 reports and three updates since the series started three years ago. Sawyer then passed the torch her successor. “You know his command and commitment to bringing you the news, and let me just say to you personally right here, I cannot wait to see you in high gear. Let it begin.”
The third block took viewers behind the scenes, with a piece on those who put the show together: producers, writers, editors, correspondents, graphic designers, production crew and more. “Our teams across the country, our teams around the globe working under tight deadlines every single day,” said Sawyer, who then gave viewers a live peek into the control room. Here’s Sawyer’s final block goodbye: Read more
As “NBC Nightly News” and “ABC World News” square off in a fierce battle for the top spot among the A25-54 demographic, “Nightly” anchor Brian Williams — whose broadcast still tops in total viewers — talks to the AP’s David Bauder about the competition:
While he’s anchoring, TV monitors out of sight of the cameras keep Williams informed of what ABC and CBS are doing on their simultaneous newscasts. Despite this, Williams said it’s important to program his broadcast “with blinders on.
“We don’t know what the competition is going to do,” he said. “While it is true that I am sometimes surprised at the alternatives being offered, it will in no way affect the choices I’m going to make the next day or the day after that.”
Bauder also includes a funny anecdote about Williams getting mistaken for one of his NBC News colleagues: Read more
On “Meet the Press” this morning, Andrea Mitchell said a few words about David Gregory, who moderated his final show last Sunday. “Meet the Press makes a lot of history — and a great deal of it was with David at the helm since he started in December 2008,” she said:
In twenty years with NBC News, David has done it all: The OJ Simpson trial, Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City bombing, TODAY show guest hosting and, when the cameras weren’t rolling, dead on imitations of everyone from Presidents of the United States to Tom Brokaw. Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of the program and NBC News.
… As he leaves NBC News for his next adventure, I will miss him as a daily colleague, but know he will always be a friend.
Come September, three white men will anchor the three network evening newscasts. Is it 2005 — or 1975 — all over again? Some think so.
“The evening news anchors are the face of the network,” says Karen Turner, an associate professor of journalism at Temple University in Philadelphia, whose research focuses on race in the news. “In this growing multicultural nation, it’s unconscionable that as of September three white men will lead their respective networks.”
Brian Williams, 55, has been anchor of “NBC Nighty News” since 2004, he took over for Tom Brokaw who had been anchor since 1982, and John Chancellor before that. Scott Pelley, who turns 57 next month, has been at the helm of “CBS Evening News” since May, 2011. That broadcast was anchored by Katie Couric for the previous 5 years, and by Bob Schieffer, Dan Rather (briefly paired with Connie Chung) and Walter Cronkite in earlier years.
Muir, 40, takes over for Diane Sawyer who has been anchor since 2009. Sawyer came in following the retirement of Charles Gibson who, in 2006, succeeded the anchor team of Bob Woodruff and Elizabeth Vargas. The Woodfuff-Vargas pairing lasted only a few weeks following the serious injuries sustained by Woodruff in an attack in Iraq.
“Certainly Pelley, Williams and now Muir are accomplished journalists,” Turner adds. “However, the subliminal message this sends is these — white males — are the legitimate faces that should represent America.”
TVNewser was at the screening last night for the new CNN Films presentation of “41 on 41,” which will air this Sunday, Father’s Day, on CNN.
The film features 41 people sharing intimate stories about the 41st president, George H.W. Bush, as a politician, a president, a father and a grandfather. In some cases — like that of Pierce Bush, one of 24 Bush grandchildren — the portrait is very intimate. (Listen closely for the story about what was found on Barbara Bush‘s laptop).
“41 on 41″ is executive produced by President Bush’s former White House speechwriter, Mary Kate Cary, and Rick Kaplan, the former president of CNN, and later MSNBC. “It’s good to have Rick back in the building,” said CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker in his introduction of the screening.
The film is backed by the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library, but in the Q&A following the screening, Cary noted the Library “had no editorial control” of the documentary and only provided funding. “This was made as any other independent film would have been made,” said Cary. She said the “41″ theme played throughout the 10-month film-making process, which included 45-minute sit-downs with the 41 participants. In all, the crew traveled 41,000 miles gathering the interviews.
Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes and NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw are featured back-to-back sharing stories of Pres. Bush’s military service. Cary says while it was a challenge to get the list down to just 41, there are a few people she wished could have made the film, including former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who couldn’t participate due to health reasons, and Tiger Yang, who was assigned to the Bushes during his role as U.S. Liaison to Beijing in 1974-75 and is now a high-ranking Chinese politician. Cary said it was a challenge to get the Chinese government to participate at all in the project.
As for the 41st president, he’s seen the film and enjoyed it. “He was very humbled,” said Cary. “In a Lou Gehrig way, he said, ‘I’m the luckiest guy in the world.’”
CNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two-hour profile of President George H.W. Bush featuring 41 of his closest friends, relatives and colleagues. The film will air Sunday, June 15, three days after Bush celebrates his 90th birthday.
The film features memories of the former President by a handful of television personalities and executives, including NBC’s Tom Brokaw, who anchored “Nightly News” during the first Bush administration, and Brit Hume, who was then the senior White House correspondent for ABC News. The film also features Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who was a campaign advisor to Bush 41. Also featured: Bush’s wife Barbara and sons Jeb Bush and George W. Bush.
In a statement, CNN SVP of talent and content development Amy Entelis said the film “offers extraordinary insights to the man behind the powerful office, and his consequential presidency.”
The Barbara Walters send-off continues. On Tuesday, Quinnipiac University will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to the veteran journalist at the university’s annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award luncheon.
“We are presenting the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award to Barbara Walters for a very simple reason,” says Lee Kamlet, dean of the School of Communications at Quinnipiac. “She epitomizes the characteristics we want our students to develop: an endless curiosity, the pursuit of knowledge and truth, regardless of whether it’s in an interview with a president, a pop star, or a person suspected of a crime, and a willingness to work harder than the next 10 competitors.”
The School of Communications has presented the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, bearing the name of the former CBS News president, since 1994.
Previous recipients include Dan Rather, Lesley Stahl, Ted Koppel, Tom Brokaw, Robert MacNeil, Jim Lehrer, Christiane Amanpour, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Charles Gibson, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Martha Raddatz and Scott Pelley.
On the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre in Beijing, the broadcast networks are covering the milestone with a mix of reporting on China past and present.
In a video interview reflecting on his coverage 25 years ago, Tom Brokaw recalled a series of reports he did from a bike to evade Chinese authorities:
On CBS News, Seth Doane detailed the lengths he had to go to to find people in Beijing willing to talk about the 25th anniversary, which he said is one “they do not want remembered.” Doane said he has had interviews “mysteriously canceled” and venues where he was supposed to shoot shut down by police: Read more
Robin Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism, Arizona State University announced today.
“I’m truly humbled to join the list of remarkable journalists who have received the Walter Cronkite Award,” said Roberts. “I’m honored to be selected and look forward to spending time with the students at Arizona State University.”
Roberts, the co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” will accept the 31st annual award, at a luncheon ceremony Oct. 6 in Phoenix.
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