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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 FoxNews.com. 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.

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Tom Brokaw to Receive Nation’s Highest Civilian Honor

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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.”

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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.

 

Newsers, Family Gather to Toast John Palmer Memoir

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams.

Tom Brokaw, Nancy Doyle Palmer, Brian Williams. (photo: Francine Daveta)

Brian Williams, Tom Brokaw, Bryant Gumbel, Andrea Mitchell, and Norah O’Donnell were among guests joining the family of the late NBC newsman John Palmer in Manhattan last night to celebrate his life, as recounted in Palmer’s new memoir, Newscatcher.

Palmer began working on the book several years ago, daughter Molly Palmer Cowan tells TVNewser. The publication comes a year after the former NBC White House correspondent and Today news anchor passed away from pulmonary fibrosis in 2013.

“When it became clear that he wasn’t going to make it through his sudden illness last summer, I brought his book to the hospital,” Palmer Cowan recalls. “I did it in part to help my Dad celebrate all that he accomplished and experienced but if I’m being honest, I mostly did it for selfish reasons. My greatest fear as I watched my father’s life come to an end was having questions for him that he wouldn’t be able to answer or stories I couldn’t remember.”

Newscatcher recounts Palmer’s time covering the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, as well as his reporting in earlier years while based in Chicago, New York, Tel Aviv, Beirut, and Paris.

“As we took turns reading the book to him, he would finish each story himself, often recounting new details,” Palmer Cowan says. “I’m so grateful we got to hear him tell those stories one last time and even more grateful they are documented for us to always enjoy.”

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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.

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.

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