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Sheila Balistreri Signs Off From KTUU

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Longtime KTUU morning anchor Sheila Balistreri said goodbye to viewers of the Anchorage, AK, NBC affiliate Friday.

Balsitreri started her broadcasting career at KFYR in Bismarck, ND. Before she came to KTUU in 1994 she worked in radio in Salt Lake City, UT, with a stop at NBC affiliate KSL.

As part of her send off, she got a goodbye from Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie from NBC’s Today Show and, according to the Alaska Dispatch, red rose petals in the hallway leading to the studio.

Balistreri has been with “Morning Edition” since day one, working the grueling 11 p.m. to 8 a.m. overnight shift required to produce the show while the rest of Alaska slept. For years, she worked through the night to produce the show, sometimes even at personal expense. She said her family would often note that it seemed like she was in a fog when she got home, a result of giving all her energy to making sure the job was done right, she said

Maria Downey, assistant news director and longtime evening news anchor, said Balistreri was a perfect fit to start the morning newscast, with her strong news experience and commitment to Alaska. Downey noted Balistreri was always willing to get up early and couldn’t remember a time she called in sick. Even with the grueling shift, and other anchors coming and going over the years, Balistreri remained a fixture. Read more

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California Stations Cover High Court Decisions on Gay Marriage

The Supreme Court of the United States handed down two decisions on gay marriage this morning, a ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act and another on California’s Proposition 8. In San Francisco and Los Angeles, local stations had continuing coverage of the rulings.

In Los Angeles, ABC O&O KABC, NBC O&O KNBC and CBS O&O KCBS all broadcast national special reports. Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchored on NBC, George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC and Norah O’Donnell anchored on CBS. CW affiliate KTLA and Fox O&O KTTV stayed with local coverage, with Frank Buckley and Jessica Holmes anchoring on KTLA and Steve Edwards and Maria Sansone anchoring on KTTV.

In San Francisco, NBC O&O KNTV and CBS O&O KPIX broadcast the national special reports. ABC O&O KGO, Fox affiliate KTVU and MyNetworkTV affiliate KRON had local coverage of the two decisions. Kristen Sze and Eric Thomas anchored on KGO, Tori Campbell and Dave Clark anchored on KTVU and Mark Danon anchored on KRON.

The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage act and dismissed the appeal on Proposition 8, clearing the way for gay marriage in California.

Michael J. Fox to Play WNBC Anchor in New NBC Comedy

NBC has released the trailer for “The Michael J. Fox Show,” slated to premiere this fall. Michael J. Fox plays Mike Henry, a former anchor suffering from Parkinson’s disease who returns to the WNBC anchor desk (video above).

The trailer features cameos from “Today” hosts Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie.

Fired Bismarck Anchor A.J. Clemente Makes the Morning Show Rounds: ‘When I First Saw the Clip, It Was Gut-Wrenching’

Former KFYR anchor A.J. Clemente, who was fired from the Bismarck NBC affiliate after anchoring just one newscast for saying “fucking shit” on the air, made the rounds on the morning shows Wednesday.

On “Today,” Clemente told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie that his language was “inexcusable.” He said he didn’t even know his foul language had been on the air until the third break:

On “Morning Joe,” Tom Brokaw shared an encouraging story about a gaffe early in his career with Clemente: Read more

NBC Affiliates Reflect on ‘Today’ Show’s Struggles

As NBC News prepares a shift in the executive ranks at “Today,” Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone talks to the NBC affiliates (subscription required) about the program, which has been dethroned by ABC’s “Good Morning America” this year.

“My news director would prefer it to be more heavy news than fluffier—he and I have had that conversation,” says Derek Rogers, general manager at WMGT Macon (Ga.), who adds that he has not seen a difference.

Most feel it’s a personnel issue — that Ann Curry’s Today promotion, and subsequent departure, was mishandled; that Matt Lauer was dinged up in the imbroglio; and that Savannah Guthrie hasn’t yet won her way into America’s bedrooms and family rooms. “I believe they simply went through transition/growing pains after Meredith’s departure that exposed weaknesses in their legacy dominance,” says Evan Pappas, president/ general manager at KOAA Colorado Springs, who expresses “great confidence” in the Today brain trust getting things moving.

Savannah Guthrie Makes Official Debut as ‘Today’ Co-Host

Savannah Guthrie, an alum of KMIZ in Columbia, MO and KVOA in Tucson, made her official debut as co-host of NBC’s “Today” show Monday morning.

“It truly is a new day around here,’” Matt Lauer said, welcoming Guthrie to the host desk (video above). Read more at TVNewser

Former KVOA, KMIZ Reporter Savannah Guthrie Named ‘Today’ Co-Host

NBC made it official today: Savannah Guthrie has been named co-host of the “Today” show, one day after Ann Curry ended her year-long tenure as Matt Lauer‘s sidekick.

Guthrie, a native of Tucson, spent the early part of her career moving up the local market ladder.  She worked as a reporter at KMIZ in Columbia, MO and later at KVOA in Tucson, before attending law school.

“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout,” “Today” executive producer Jim Bell said.  “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm.”  Read more at TVNewser

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Who Should Replace Ann Curry?

According to a report from The New York Times, followed up on by TVNewser, Ann Curry is leaving NBC’s “Today” show.

Savannah Guthrie is considered the favorite to replace her, but other names are in the mix (apparently Robin Roberts was on NBC’s short list last year to replace Meredith Vieira). So who do you think should replace Curry? Vote in our poll below…

DC Stations Report on Virginia Earthquake

The east coast has been busy this week prepping for Hurricane Irene, but no one expected another natural disaster shortly after 2 p.m. this afternoon — a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck in Mineral, VA. As the closest metropolitan area, Washington, DC stations went into continuing coverage.

WJLA, the ABC affiliate, and WRC, the NBC O&O, both reported the news shortly before 2 p.m. On WJLA, which first broke in with a lower-third ticker, meteorologist Bob Ryan passed off coverage to Alison Starling and Brad Bell after 3 p.m. Interestingly, WJLA was the only DC-area station not to take the special report from their national affiliated network — ABC offered a special report to their affiliates, anchored by Diane Sawyer, at 2:13 p.m.

WRC aired an NBC news special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York. Meteorologist Doug Kammerer took over after the national report and passed off coverage to Tom Sherwood and Liz Crenshaw shortly after 2:30 p.m. Read more