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Nelson Mandela Dies at 95

Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, the first black president of South Africa, has died at the age of 95. His death was announced by Jacob Zuma, the current President of South Africa.

NBC News and CBS both produced special reports beginning at 4:45pmET, with Brian Williams anchoring on NBC and Scott Pelley anchoring on CBS. David Muir anchored a special report on ABC News at 4:46pmET.

On the cable networks, CNN joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:44pmET. MNSBC began broadcasting NBC News’ special report at 4:45pmET, and Fox News joined Zuma’s press conference at 4:46pmET.

>More: President Obama will speak at 5:20pmET.

> “NBC Nightly News” will be expanded to an hour tonight.

> Anderson Cooper will anchor on CNN from 8pm-11pmET tonight. He will be joined by Wolf Blitzer, Christiane Amanpour and Robyn Curnow in Johannesburg.

>Fox News will preempt “The Five.” Shepard Smith will anchor from the Fox News deck. Juan Williams, who covered Mandela’s release from prison for The Washington Post, contributed to the breaking news coverage. Fox News senior correspondent Greg Palkot is headed to to South Africa and will report for FNC beginning this weekend.

>ABC’s “World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. ABC will also have a special edition of “Nightline” dedicated to Mandela’s life tonight. The show will be live on both coasts.

>Al Jazeera America will stay in breaking news coverage through midnight. Ali Velshi will join Tony Harris and John Siegenthaler, followed by “America Tonight” at 9pmET.

>ABC News has canceled the “Good Morning America” holiday party scheduled for tonight. “In light of tonight’s events and the death of Nelson Mandela, we will postpone the party tonight. We will reschedule,” senior EP Tom Cibrowski wrote in an email to “GMA” staffers. “Now let’s make a great GMA tribute to an incredible man who changed the world.”

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Al Jazeera America Launches With Clinton, McCain, Media Criticism and Gillette

At 3 PM ET, Al Jazeera America launched in some 45 million homes across the country, formally replacing Current TV. AJAM lost carriage in a few million more households today as AT&T Uverse decided to stop carrying the channel after failing to come to terms on a new agreement.

The first few minutes were hosted by anchors Richelle Carey and Antonio Mora, who introduced the channel. Clips of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Senator John McCain praising Al Jazeera were played, followed by clips of people on the street criticizing the existing media landscape.

“It is plain and simple opinion and brainwashing,” one man said of the current TV news channels.

Of course, the focus of the opening segment was on the 70 bureaus and the thousands of journalists that have worked for the company since it was founded in 1996. Brian Stelter recorded the first few minutes of AJAM.

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Jeff Zucker to Meet with NABJ Reps

FishbowlDC reports CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker will meet with representatives from the National Association of Black Journalists today:

The meeting comes on the heels of an announcement last week that morning show anchor and NABJ member Soledad O’Brien is transitioning to a new and less visible role at the network producing documentaries.

Some at the network believe times have been iffy for black journalists at CNN. TJ Holmes left his anchor slot in late 2011 over concerns of future advancement. Morning anchor Tony Harris did not have his contract renewed by CNN in early 2011 and surfaced at Al-Jazeera.

Former CNN Anchor Tony Harris Now Anchoring For Al Jazeera English

Former CNN anchor Tony Harris, who left CNN in December after more than six years at the cable channel, appears to have found a new gig.

Harris was anchoring on Al Jazeera English beginning at noon ET today.

“Good evening everyone, I am Tony Harris, it is 1600 GMT and this is Al Jazeera,” Harris said, before discussing the breaking news that former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak had been hospitalized.

While a source confirmed that Harris had joined Al Jazeera English, they did not know whether the role was a full-time one.

> Update: Harris has joined AJE full-time as a “presenter,” the channel confirms. Harris is based out of AJE’s headquarters in Doha, Qatar.

More information about the hire from AJE after the jump.

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Suzanne Malveaux Tapped to Anchor ‘CNN Newsroom’

CNN has tapped White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux to anchor the 11 AM to 1 PM block of “CNN Newsroom.” Malveaux will start her new assignment January 31, and will relocate to CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

She is replacing Tony Harris, who left CNN after six years at the end of the year. No word on who will be replacing Malveaux on the White House beat.

“Suzanne is a welcome addition to the “CNN Newsroom” lineup, adding a depth of experience as well as fresh perspective to our daytime coverage,” said CNN/U.S. executive VP Ken Jautz. “We are very pleased to expand Suzanne’s role so that we can showcase her political expertise as well as her broader strengths as a journalist.”

In addition, CNN has confirmed that Brooke Baldwin is the permanent anchor of “CNN Newsroom” from 3-5 PM. Baldwin had been filling in during that time period since Rick Sanchez was let go from the network in October.

The new “CNN Newsroom” lineup, as well as the full release from CNN, after the jump.

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Tony Harris Leaving CNN; John Roberts Heading to Atlanta

TVNewser has learned Tony Harris is leaving CNN after six years with the network. Harris anchors the 11am-1pmET hours of CNN Newsroom and will depart at the end of the year. Harris joined CNN in Sept. 2004 from Atlanta’s CBS station, WGCL.

Page Six also reports that current anchor of CNN’s “American Morning” John Roberts is moving to Atlanta where he will be a national correspondent. Sources at CNN tell TVNewser it’s not a done deal but that contract negotiations are ongoing.

Roberts and his fiancee, Atlanta-based CNN anchor Kyra Phillips are expecting twins in the new year.

CNN Brings Props to the Chilean Miner Rescue Party

If cable news channels are experts at anything, it is killing time. There are always guests willing to come on and talk about whatever the story of the moment is, and sometimes props too. Remember the chunk of pipe that made the evening news rounds during the Gulf oil disaster?

Yesterday CNN, which has been ahead of the curve in the gimmicks department with its virtual objects, holograms and magic walls, apparently called in the Warner Bros. Movie Studio prop department as it featured a replica of the capsule that the Chilean miners would be returning to the surface in.

Tony Harris and Rafael Romo explained the capsule to viewers yesterday, as the network waited for something new to happen in Chile.

Who Was ‘Snookered?’ News Nets Dig In to the Shirley Sherrod Story

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Former-USDA employee Shirley Sherrod is still making headlines this morning across the news nets. Sherrod was pressured to resign Monday after an edited video of remarks she made led to allegations of racism.

After reviewing the tape thoroughly, the NAACP, which had initially denounced Sherrod, released a statement yesterday evening saying, “With regard to the initial media coverage of the resignation of USDA official Shirley Sherrod, we have come to the conclusion we were snookered by Fox News and Tea Party Activist Andrew Breitbart into believing she had harmed white farmers because of racial bias.”

CNN’s Campbell Brown conducted an aggressive interview NAACP’s Hilary Shleton on her program Tuesday night, asking if those who aired the video should really be to blame for the NAACP’s quick judgment:

Aside: Tonight will be the final broadcast of Brown’s program on CNN.

This morning, “Fox & Friends” co-host Steven Doocy said, “For anybody to say that Fox News pressured her out, that is simply a lie.” Last evening, Fox News’ Bret Baier and the panel on “Special Report” also discussed the circumstances surrounding this “snookered” statement, which was in part directed at their network…

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Susan Lisovicz’s CNN Farewell

CNN’s Tony Harris, along with traders on the floor of the stock exchange, bid farewell today to longtime-correspondent Susan Lisovicz on her last day at the network:

The Mouse King, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and Tony Harris

“CNN Newsroom” anchor Tony Harris performed in the Georgia Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker” this holiday season. Yes, you read that correctly. Here’s a clip:

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