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Tom Brokaw Reports His Cancer Is In Remission

tom_brokaw_01NBC special correspondent and former “NBC Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw has told colleagues he’s headed into 2015 on a high note–his cancer is in remission.

In February, Brokaw revealed he’d been diagnosed in August, 2013 with multiple myeloma and was undergoing treatment. Brokaw sent a note to share his news Sunday morning, saying he will begin a regimen of drug maintenance to keep the cancer in remission.

Read the full note, after the jump:
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Megyn Kelly on White House Christmas Party: ‘Boy oh Boy Did I See a Lot of MSNBC Anchors’

Two primetime Fox Newsers turned up in late night last night.

In a coincidental booking, Megyn Kelly was on Jimmy Kimmel on ABC, while Bill O’Reilly dropped by “Late Night with Seth Meyers” on NBC. Both Kelly and O’Reilly were first time guests on Kimmel and Meyers, respectively.

Over on CBS, NBC’s Tom Brokaw paid a visit to “Late Show with David Letterman.”

With Meyers, O’Reilly talked politics, specifically Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and O’Reilly declared victory in the war on Christmas. With Letterman, Brokaw talked about his Presidential Medal of Freedom honor, his new NBC Sports Network show and his health: “Things are going along as well as they possibly could be. And I’m at a stage now where I really worry about other cancer patients because I’m on a good track.”

With Kimmel, Kelly talked about her experience at the White House Christmas party Tuesday night. “Is there a separate section for Fox News,” Kimmel joked. “You mean somewhere other than outside in the rain?,” Kelly said, adding, “Boy or boy, did I see a lot of MSNBC anchors. I think they got a few more invitations than we got.” WATCH: Read more

Brian Williams Marks 10 Years of ‘Nightly News’

BrianWilliams120204Ten years ago tonight, Brian Williams took over as anchor and managing editor of “NBC Nightly News.”

After last night’s show, the staff gathered in Studio 3B for a champagne toast and cookies. After remarks from executive producer Pat Burkey and SVP Alex Wallace, who is a a former “Nightly” EP, Williams talked about how the job “has always been about everybody else.”

The midweek anchor change — Dec. 2, 2004 was a Thursday night — came after many years of planning. Williams rode the bench, and frequently filled in for Tom Brokaw who’d been “Nightly News” anchor for 22 years.

“It is now our job from this day forward to endeavor each evening to put the finest work of this organization on the air,” said Williams, on his first night in the chair, (video after the jump). “We can do that best by working harder than anyone else, just the way Tom did for so many years.”

For the last five years, “Nightly News” has not been beaten in the ratings. The broadcast, however, has seen their A25-54 viewership — the one that matters most to advertisers — being chipped away by ABC’s “World News Tonight” and its new anchor David Muir. In the most recent week, Nov. 17, Williams’ broadcast reclaimed the top spot in that demo.

“I’m in the debt of everyone in this room and a lot of people who couldn’t be here, and it’s an extraordinary feeling,” Williams said to his team last night.

It’s a big week for Williams. His son Doug started a new job with “SportsNite” on SNY and, as he told his staff, on Thursday night, “I become the father of Peter Pan.”

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The Evening Ticker: Carter, Sunday, Brokaw

  • Longtime New York Times media reporter Bill Carter is among the Times staffers taking a voluntary buyout. “I went through a long process, but I couldn’t square passing up what amounts to the best kind of severance at a newspaper job,” Carter tells HuffPost.

  • “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” had its second-largest November sweep audience since the 1987 advent of people meters. The show averaged 5.95 million viewers. For the 2014-15 season, “Sunday Morning” is up +2% over last season-to-date.

  • NBC’s Tom Brokaw interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie for a behind-the-scenes look at “Unbroken.” The Universal film, based on the story of Olympian turned war hero Louis Zamperini, is out Christmas Day. Brokaw’s NBC special airs next Tuesday at 10pET/9pCT.


Tom Brokaw Receives Medal of Freedom

BrokawMedalofFreedomCNN and MSNBC promoted they would be covering the Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony from the White House this afternoon, but coverage from the grand jury Missouri changed those plans. “You’re going to want to see this Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony,” Wolf Blitzer, who was to anchor CNN coverage, teased around 1:20pmET. Even MSNBC, which had one of its own inducted — NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw — passed on taking the ceremony on the cable channel. FNC’s Gretchen Carlson dipped into coverage and mentioned it was livestreaming on Here’s how Pres. Obama introduced Brokaw at the ceremony:

At pivotal moments, Tom got it. He reported on Watergate, snuck a camera into Tiananmen Square, sat down for the first one-on-one with Mikhail Gorbachev by an American TV reporter, covered every presidential election since 1968. We have welcomed him into our homes at dinnertime and Sunday mornings. We’ve trusted him to tell us what we needed to know and to ask questions that needed to be asked. I know because I have been on the receiving end of some of those questions.

Other honorees including Ethel Kennedy, Marlo Thomas, Meryl Streep, Stephen Sondheim and the late Alvin Ailey.

Tom Brokaw to Receive Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor


President Barack Obama has chosen NBC News special correspondent and former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The medal is the nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals “who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Brokaw, along with eighteen other honorees, will receive the award in a ceremony at the White House on November 24:

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TV Milestones: ‘MTP,’ Bloomberg, CNN

  • “Meet the Press” is celebrating its 67th birthday today. The longest-running program on TV debuted on Nov. 6, 1947 hosted by Martha Rountree. There have been 11 moderators in that time (12 if you count Tom Brokaw who filled in after the death of Tim Russert in 2008).

  • Bloomberg Media was honored last night as the “Most Innovative Publisher of the Year” by Digiday. The award recognizes overall excellence and breakthrough achievement. “The media group has accelerated its efforts to build out a multiplatform media empire,” Digiday says.

  • CNN celebrated three wins at the 2014 International Broadcasting awards last night in London. CNN won best “Live Television Journalism” for coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17; best “Short News Report” and Richard Quest was named “TV Personality of the Year.”

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The Morning Ticker: Greta, Brokaw, CBSN

  • Greta Van Susteren sat down with former Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi Wednesday. A special edition of “On the Record,” “Marine Freed: Sgt. Tahmooressi’s Story” airs tonight on Fox News at 7pmET. Tahmooressi was freed from a Mexican prison last Friday.

  • “Opening Day with Tom Brokaw” debuts Nov. 19 on NBCSN. The one-hour special chronicles opening day of South Dakota’s legendary pheasant hunting season. Brokaws calls the special, “a project I have wanted to do and share with viewers for many years.”


Tom Brokaw’s Phone Alarm Goes Off on TV

BrokawPhoneLegendary NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw was making an appearance on MSNBC’s election coverage when suddenly it sounded like a fire alarm might be going off in the studio. Brokaw then said, “Could that be me? I’m afraid it is, unfortunately.”

Rachel Maddow responded, “It’s not you, its something ambient.” Brokaw then surprised Maddow and pulled out a giant smartphone with the alarm ringing on full blast.

Maddow responded, “I thought you were a fire.”

The veteran TV news anchor then made light of the situation, pretending to answer a call and saying “Yes, I will remember to bring home the milk. Don’t worry about it. And I will remember to feed the dog in the morning, just sleep in. Its going to be OK.”

Brokaw bounced back like a true professional and went on to discuss potential Republican control of the House and Senate. WATCHRead more

Brian Williams Leads NBC News Election Night Coverage

brian-williams-dncNBC News will provide two one-hour primetime specials on election night, led by “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams. Coverage begins at 10 p.m. ET, and continues online at 11 p.m. with a live “digital-exclusive” program through midnight.

NBC will also provide brief special reports on the broadcast network throughout the evening, and “NBC Nightly News” will update its broadcast for the West coast. A second live hour of election coverage will air in the West at 10 p.m. PT.

Williams will anchor from a new elections desk at NBC News headquarters in New York, joined by Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, Andrea Mitchell, NBC News chief foreign affairs correspondent, Tamron Hall, “TODAY” co-host, Tom Brokaw, NBC News special correspondent, and Joe Scarborough, NBC News senior political analyst and host of “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.