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The Morning Ticker: Brokaw, Exclusives, Rivera

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports NBC’s Tom Brokaw‘s cancer “appears to be gone. “I’ve gotten some very good news in the last week… I hope that within six weeks I can be on a drug-maintenance program,” Brokaw said.

  • Geraldo Rivera‘s verdict is in on Jay Carney‘s first CNN appearance Wednesday night with Senator John McCain. Let’s just say he thinks the former Press Secretary has some cable news work to do.

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Steve Capus: ‘I’m Very, Very Happy To Have This Be My Professional Home These Days’

Capus_CBS_LowThis summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

After 20 years at 30 Rock, which saw him rise from producer, to executive producer to president of NBC News, Steve Capus took a break from the business last year. Not long after entering the world of academia, Capus was pulled back in to TV news signing on as EP of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

Capus, who is one of only a few people to have overseen flagship newscasts on two networks, says the evening news is alive and well: “I’m so sick of seeing articles written about how these broadcasts are going to die off,” he tells us.

TVNewser: You’ve been in the TV news business for almost 30 years. What are the biggest changes you’ve seen?

Capus: There are a number of changes and yet the more things change, the more they stay the same. The technological changes are obvious and the ease that our audiences can consume our content has obviously been the biggest change. On the technological side, it’s so much easier these days to do a broadcast from a place like Iraq [where Scott Pelley reported from this week]. And yet, the reason I say things stay the same, what still comes into play is the fundamentals: a commitment to outstanding journalism, enterprise reporting, investigative reporting, strong storytelling; those things will never go out of fashion. If anything, the people who make those commitments to all of of those things are going to continue to stay relevant to the audience in a world where so much news information is commoditized. Making those commitments to doing those things in a unique manner is how you end up standing out from the crowd.

TVNewser: You were President of NBC News in your last 8 years there. What made you want to return to the business an an EP?

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9/11 Coverage, 13 Years Later

The news networks have been providing live coverage of the 13th anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks.

The commemoration began at 8:45amET this morning with a moment of silence to mark the moment the attack began. NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, sitting in for Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” anchored an NBC News special report. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report during “GMA” and “CBS This Morning” brought in NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and former CBS News correspondent, John Miller, who is now Bratton’s aide at the NYPD, for their coverage.

As it has for the last 12 years, MSNBC is running NBC News programming, anchored by Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw, as it happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Interspersed with news of the day, CNN and Fox News have been marking that morning with remembrances and marked moments — when the first two planes hit the two World Trade Center towers, when the third hit the Pentagon, when the South Tower fell, when the fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA, and finally, when the North Tower collapsed at 10:28amET.

The Afternoon Ticker: Pelley & Iraq, Williams & ‘Nightly,’ Costas & Kelly, Dunn & Big Bird

  • Scott Pelley is in Iraq on assignment for CBS News. On the “CBS Evening News” this week he’ll report on the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the state of ISIS.

  • NBC News will begin a promotional push this fall marking Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor. Williams took over the show from Tom Brokaw Dec. 2, 2004.

  • Jeffrey Dunn has been named CEO of Sesame Workshop, producer of “Sesame Street.” Dunn succeeds Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.

It’s Homecoming Week at ‘Today’

Pauley Brokaw 304As Savannah Guthrie continues her maternity leave, “Today” is calling up some other NBCNewsers to fill in. As we’ve reported, Meredith Vieira subs tomorrow, the same day her syndicated show debuts.

Brian Williams pulls double-duty on Tuesday anchoring in the morning and “NBC Nightly News.” On Wednesday, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will have an earlier call time as they join Matt Lauer. On  Thursday, Tom Brokaw returns to the “Today” anchor chair. Brokaw (above, with Jane Pauley) co-hosted the show from 1976-1981.

On Friday, Maria Shriver will be behind the desk. Shriver co-anchored the “Today” Sunday edition from 1987-1990. NBC is calling this “Homecoming Week” on “Today.”

Who Is Chuck Todd Anyway?

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.

Diane Sawyer Signs Off ‘World News:’ ‘I’ll See You Right Back Here on ABC News, Very Soon’

SawyerFinalIn 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

Brian Williams Selects Stories for Air ‘With Blinders On’

BRIAN-WILLIAMSAs “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

‘Meet the Press Makes a Lot of History, and a Great Deal of it Was With David at the Helm’

Andrea Mitchell David GregoryOn “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.

Chuck Todd takes over “Meet the Press” September 7.

The ‘Subliminal Message’ Behind David Muir’s Ascent to ‘World News’ Anchor

david muirCome 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.”

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