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Brian Williams Accepts Invite to Speak at Hillwood High School on WSMV

In a live interview with Nashville NBC affiliate WSMV Monday, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams accepted an invitation from students at Hillwood High School to speak at their graduation next month.

Inspired by Williams’ commencement address at Elon University last year, the Hillwood High School students created a video inviting the NBC anchor to speak at their graduation. The station hosted a viewing party for students at its Nashville headquarters during Williams’ interview with Jeremy Finley and Jennifer Johnson.

“I wanted to come on and talk to you because their invitation deserved a proper answer, and I wanted to do the right thing,” Williams said. “I feel so apologetic, especially with the students sitting there, apologetic mostly because it’s taken me so long to say: we’re doing this. I’ll be there. It’s on.” Watch:

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Atlanta Stations Balance State of the Union and Weather Coverage

Atlanta stations balanced two major stories — the President’s fifth State of the Union address and a winter storm blanketing the Deep South — during primetime Tuesday night.

CBS affiliate WGCL stayed in local coverage until immediately before the President was announced, opting out of Scott Pelley‘s national broadcast until 9:14 p.m. The station kept up a lower-third with school closings and other weather-related information during the speech. Scott Light and Stephany Fisher took over with storm coverage at the conclusion of the CBS special report around 10:45 p.m.

NBC affiliate WXIA took Brian Williams‘ national coverage on its main channel beginning at 9pmET. The station kept up a banner informing viewers that storm coverage continued on its subchannel. WXIA went back to local coverage at 10:50 p.m., with Brenda Wood and Jeff Hullinger anchoring.

Fox owned WAGA broadcast Shepard Smith‘s report beginning at 9pmET. Cynne Simpson and Russ Spencer took over with local coverage at the conclusion of Smith’s national broadcast at 10:44 p.m.

ABC affiliate WSB also took ABC’s national coverage with Diane Sawyer and and George Stephanopoulos beginning at 9pmET. Justin Farmer and Jovita Moore took over at 10:42 p.m., immediately after the conclusion of the GOP response.

On a Visit to Boston, KNBC Anchor Alycia Lane Reports From Bombing Scene

KNBC morning anchor Alycia Lane was interviewed by Brian Williams on NBC’s primetime special report Monday night. Lane was in Boston to watch a friend run the marathon and was eating lunch less than a block away from the finish line when the bombs exploded.

“We could feel the ground shake below us, and everything on our table shook,” Lane recalled. “Ten seconds later, a second blast hit and we looked outside and saw a plume of smoke up in the air. We saw the building across from the spectator stands, which was a mirrored tall office building, shaking. And that’s when panic struck everyone in that restaurant.”

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For Inaugural Ceremony, DC Stations Turn to National Coverage

Following their respective morning newscasts, local stations in Washington, DC have traded local coverage for national coverage of President Obama’s ceremonial swearing-in ceremony.

Around 11amET Monday, all four DC stations — NBC O&O WRC, ABC affiliate WJLA, Fox O&O WTTG and CBS affiliate WUSA — began airing coverage provided by their respective affiliated networks. Brian Williams is anchoring on NBC, Scott Pelley on CBS, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC, and Shepard Smith on Fox Broadcast Network. President Obama is expected to deliver his inaugural address at 12pmET.

At least one station, WTTG, will go back to local coverage for the parade. Maureen Umeh will anchor, with Brian Bolter, Shawn Yancy and Sue Palka at the Canadian Embassy, Matt Ackland on the Freedom Plaza and Bob Barnard along the parade route.

>Update: WUSA also returned briefly to local programming at 1pmET, turning it back over to CBS at 1:30pm. The station will have expanded newscasts this afternoon and evening.

Brian Williams Remembers His Role Model, WETM Anchor Carl Proper

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams was interviewed on WETM Wednesday night about the death of his role model, Carl Proper.

Proper was an anchor for the Elmira, N.Y. NBC affiliate for more than 40 years before he retired in 2006. He died Saturday morning. Williams, who lived until Elmira until he was 10, described him as “the local go-to guy in so many ways — as a journalist, as a charity fundraiser, as a community leader.”

“It strikes me … after you’re done preparing your broadcast, we’re going to come on the air with ‘Nightly News’ tonight,” Williams told WETM anchor Rebecca Soloman. “And I wonder if any of this would have happened ever if I hadn’t had a great role model on local television in our house on West Church Street in Elmira.”

The video of Williams’ interview has not yet been posted online, but WETM’s tribute to Proper is after the jump. Read more

NBC Gives Affiliates More Time on Election Night

NBC will be giving affiliates more airtime to update viewers on local races with its latest plan for election night coverage, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

Stations will get a one minute news window coming out of the first commercial break in each half-hour.

B&C, quoting an NBC memo to affiliates, also said the network plans to use Brian Williams to drive ratings for late local news,

The stations also get six minutes for their reporting and commercials at 0:24 and 0:54 in each hour. The network said it was a prime opportunity for the stations “to associate your anchors and reporters with Brian Williams and the NBC News political coverage team.”

NBC’s election special airs November 6 from 7 p.m. ET to at least 3 a.m.

WBBH Anchors, and Brian Williams, Celebrate Len Jennings as He Says Goodbye to Fort Myers

Len Jennings, who will join KMBC in Kansas City this summer, signed off from Fort Myers NBC-affiliate WBBH last night.

The station called on past and present staffers, as well as a few surprise guests from NBC News, for a final sendoff to Jennings, who has been with WBBH-WZVN since 2001.

“You’ve taught me so much about being a class act, a nice guy, humble. I haven’t actually tried any of those things for myself yet, but you did teach me,” WBBH anchor Patrick Nolan joked.

“From all of us here at the mother ship, NBC News headquarters in New York, we want to wish you all the best as you leave our Southwest Florida family,” “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams said. Video inside… Read more

Betty Endicott: The Trailblazing News Director Who Launched Brian Williams’ Career

In the debut episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” TV news luminary Brian Williams revealed that he owes much of his success to Betty Endicott, who gave him a shot as a reporter with WTTG in the early 80s.

Williams, who worked as a chyron operator for WTTG before being tapped for an on-air job, recalled that Endicott made “what might have been the last gut call in television.”

So who is Betty Endicott?

Endicott began her broadcasting career as a reporter for KSTP in Minneapolis-St. Paul, before moving on to WRC in Washington, D.C. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Halloween!

In a spooktacular, ghoulicious episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we count down our five favorite Halloween costumes. With special appearances by Beyonc√©, Blake Lively, Brian Williams, and Brian Williams.

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NBC Cancels ‘The Playboy Club’ After 3 Episodes

After lackluster ratings and ongoing controversy, NBC has pulled the plug on “The Playboy Club” just three episodes into the season.

The show has faced an uphill battle to success since June, when Salt Lake City NBC-affiliate KSL said they would not air “The Playboy Club” due to the show’s racy content. Advocacy groups such as Parents Television Council were quick to capitalize on KSL’s decision, pleading with NBC affiliates nationwide to follow suit.

In its second episode, “The Playboy Club” ratings fell by 19 percent, according to The Hollywood Reporter. NBC will replace the show next month with “Rock Center with Brian Williams,” a newsmagazine slated to debut on October 31.

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