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Networks Announce Katrina Anniversary Coverage

As we arrive at the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina this month, the news nets are prepping special coverage to mark the occasion. We will update as we learn more, but here’s what we’ve heard so far:

Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from New Orleans on August 26, 27, 29, and 30th where he will interview Brad Pitt and Harry Connick Jr. for segments on the 27th and 28th. Williams will also moderate “Meet the Press” from nearby Jackson Square on the 29th. “Dateline” will air a special hour titled “Hurricane Katrina: The First Five Days” airing the 22nd. Al Roker and Matt Lauer will co-anchor NBC’s “Today” show from New Orleans on Friday the 27th.
Bob Woodruff will report a series for ABC News titled “Katrina: Where Things Stand,” which will first appear on “World News” the 26th and continue on “GMA” and “Nightline.” On Friday the 27th, Robin Roberts will anchor “Good Morning America” from her hometown of Pass Christian, MS, which was devastated by the storm.
CBS’ Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from New Orleans on Friday the 27th for full anniversary coverage throughout the program. Mark Strassman will report that day for “Evening News” and Jeff Greenfield will have a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Russ Mitchell will anchor Sunday’s “Evening News” from New Orleans as well. The Saturday “Early Show” and “Evening News” will also provide coverage.The network will also have a special CBS News poll on Katrina’s impact and aftermath.

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Obama Speaks from White House After BP Meeting

President Obama will deliver a statement this afternoon following his meeting with executives from BP on the oil spill. It is expected that the president will announce a deal with BP for a $20 billion spill-victim fund.

ABC will break in with a special report anchored by Diane Sawyer with David Muir in the Gulf region. Lester Holt will anchor a report for NBC.

The cablers are also awaiting the statement. Fox News will have Trace Gallagher in the gulf coast with reaction from residents.

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Update: While the remarks were schedule for 12:15 from the Rose Garden, delays and rain resulted in the President speaking indoors between roughly 2:27-2:34pmET.

Megyn Kelly Moves to New Afternoon Show on Fox News

MegynKelly_1-20.jpgFox News has announced that Megyn Kelly will anchor her own new show at 1pmET. The two-hour news program will premiere February 1st and will take the place of “The Live Desk.” It is yet to be named.

Martha MacCallum, who co-hosts “Live Desk,” will take her spot on “America’s Newsroom” with Bill Hemmer.

In the press release, Senior VP of News Editorial Michael Clemente said, “We’ve been incredibly fortunate to develop two valuable assets in Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly-dividing their journalistic expertise across our daytime lineup will only serve to broaden our strength as a network.” The former tandem will now be spread across four consecutive hours on the network.

The new show “will focus on the top stories of the day” and “will include her signature legal segment, ‘Kelly’s Court.’”

Kelly was out for part of 2009 on maternity leave, but returned to regular “O’Reilly Factor” appearances in December.

More: TVNewser hears that MacCallum’s current “Live Desk” co-anchor, Trace Gallagher, will be absorbed into other programming at the network.

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Plans for Fort Hood Memorial

This afternoon, broadcast and cable nets will be providing live coverage of the Fort Hood memorial service in Texas and President Obama‘s remarks. Here are some of their plans:

cnn120.jpg Wolf Blitzer (in D.C.) and John King (in Fort Hood) will anchor coverage for CNN starting at 1:30pmEt. Reporting from Texas: David Mattingly, Ed Lavandera, Samantha Hayes, and Jim Spellman. Investigative Correspondent Drew Griffin is in Washington and Chris Lawrence is in Kabul.
fnc3120.jpg Trace Gallagher is anchoring “The Live Desk” and says that FNC will be presenting the service in its entirety.
msnbc120.jpg NBC Nightly News’ Brian Williams anchors coverage on MSNBC starting at 2pmET.
abc120.jpg ABC will have a special report anchored by Charlie Gibson with live coverage of President Obama’s remarks.
cbsnews120.jpg CBS will broadcast portions of the memorial live while CBSNews.com will stream it in its entirety.
nbc120.jpg NBC’s broadcast is anchored by Brian Williams and simulcast on MSNBC.

We will update with additional information as we receive it.

John Stossel’s First Day with FOX

Stossel_10.19.jpgJohn Stossel made his first appearance as a FOX News employee today on The Live Desk with Martha MacCallum and Trace Gallagher.

Gallagher asked Stossel why he joined the FOX family: “The health care story is one of the reasons,” Stossel said. While still with ABC News Stossel said he’d produced an hour-long healthcare special, but, “I could not get it on the air at ABC. They were doing Michael Jackson stories. Fox covers the news, so finally, the freedom to talk about a few things I know about.”

Stossel will host a program on Fox Business Network and make appearances on Fox News Channel. As for the timing of the premiere of his FBN show, Gallagher said, “We’re not exactly sure when.”

“It’s my first day, cut me some slack,” responded Stossel.

> Update from an ABC News insider: “John knows full well that he did not produce an hour on healthcare. It was a five minute retread of a piece that had been done a year earlier. And with Michael Jackson’s body not yet cold, there wasn’t a news person in the world who would have made a different judgment than to hold that retread and put it on a couple weeks later, which is what we did.”

Cable Differs on Healthcare Meetings

The AP’s David Bauder writes about this afternoon’s cable news coverage, or lack of coverage, of the first of three Pres. Obama town hall meetings this week as he continues to sell healthcare reform.

Fox News Channel cut away from President Barack Obama’s town hall meeting on health care reform Tuesday as he faced
a far more polite crowd than has attended many meetings hosted by
members of Congress recently. CNN and MSNBC carried the session in
full. The loud public debates have been a tonic for cable news
networks during normally quiet August.

When FNC cut away, anchors Trace Gallagher and Juliet Huddy interviewed guests and showed soundbites from Sen. Arlen Specter‘s town hall earlier in the day.

“Any contentious questions, anybody yelling, we will bring it to you here,” Gallagher said. Fox never returned to live coverage. Obama seemed to invite tougher questions toward the end of the town hall. “I don’t want people thinking I just have a bunch of
plants in here,” he said. At the event’s end, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell noted the questions were “not too challenging.”

Earlier on TVNewser: Bill O’Reilly on Why Fox News Ratings are Soaring: “A Major Reason is the Healthcare Debate…

Fox News Plans for Michael Jackson Memorial

Fox News Channel is sticking with regular programming on Tuesday for the Jackson memorial which starts at 1pmET/10amPT. Adam Housley and Casey Stegall will be on-site in Los Angeles for live reports. Trace Gallagher and Martha MacCallum will be in New York anchoring Live Desk during the service.

Greta Van Susteren will also be in LA on Tuesday, and will host her show from there Tuesday night.

> Update, 1:11pmET Sunday: Shepard Smith will now anchor live coverage of the memorial service on Fox News starting at 1pmET. Megyn Kelly will anchor live coverage of the memorial on FOX broadcast also beginning at 1pmET.

> Earlier: CBS News Plans for Michael Jackson Memorial

“Live Desk” Goes Long With “Studio B” Delay

FNC_5.15.jpgAudio problems in one of Fox News Channel’s new control rooms kept FNC’s Trace Gallagher and Martha MacCallum on the air an extra 15 minutes this afternoon, delaying the start of “Studio B” with Shepard Smith.

Smith explained it when he finally went on the air around 3:16pmET.

“We have 8 or 9 of these brand new control rooms they’re HD ready they’re the most beautiful things in town, and we’re really proud of them. But today for some reason, they weren’t sending the audio to master control. So you could see us, but not hear us. And as a result the Live Desk had to take over the first 16-17 minutes. But our crack technical team got it all fixed. Best in the business.”

The Ticker: MSNBC, CNN, FNC…

> With Obama headed for the White House, Bill Ayers is ready for some Hardball. Chris Matthews interviews him live tonight at 5pmET.

> CNN’s Betty Nguyen conducted an exclusive interview with First Lady Laura Bush this morning about the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Portions air throughout th eday, with the full interview airing on CNN Saturday Morning.

> The Live Desk is going new media. This week the Martha MacCallum and Trace Gallagher anchored FNC afternoon program added a Twitter account and blog, which are incorporated on the air.

Sean Hannity Doesn’t Wear Suit Pants, And Other Things We Learned From Facebook

oreilly_11-17.bmpFox News promoted their redesigned Facebook page throughout The Live Desk this afternoon which now includes several new features, including a series of Fun Facts about some of their high profile anchors.

Some tidbits of info revealed on the site:

Alan Colmes is “a gym rat” and “a former comedian”

Sean Hannity “never wears suitpants on Hannity & Colmes”

Greta Van Susteren “got a ‘D’ in anthropology 1st semester of college”

Also featured are links to ‘friend’ FNC talent and the RSS feed of all Foxnews.com blogs. During The Live Desk, Martha MacCallum and Trace Gallagher said they plan to interact with viewers through messages on the wall.

FNC first began redesigning their Facebook page in August.

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