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Overnight Developments Keep Networks on the Air Covering Malaysia Airlines Mystery

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Around 11:30pmET last night we got word out of Australia that satellite images turned up two large objects, which immediately led investigators to believe it might have something to do with missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. In the ensuing hours, Australian and Malaysian officials held news conferences as the U.S. cable news networks went in to overtime.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon tag-teamed on two networks, CNN and CNNI, picking up from CNNI anchor John Vause who was on live with the news at 11:30pm; Fox News’ Shepard Smith, without the full complement of the Fox News Deck, anchored multiple overnight hours beginning in the MidnightET hour; on MSNBC Betty Nguyen anchored early coverage and Chris Jansing picked up around 2am continuing through the night. Al Jazeera America was live with the news during John Seigenthaler‘s regularly scheduled 11pm show. Seigenthaler and his team stayed on the air to cover the news.

Meanwhile, ABC’s David Wright was flying over the Indian Ocean in a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance plane in the South Indian Ocean. “What we’re being told by the flight crew here is that here is some sort of debris in the water. We’ll be the first plane on site,” said Wright on “Nightline.”

By the time “Good Morning America” came on the air, and Wright landed back in Perth, the nine hour search failed to locate the objects spotted by a satellite, instead finding only a freighter and two pods of dolphins. Wright’s report after the jump:

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On FNC, NYT Reporter Holds Breaking News on Malaysia Airlines Until It Hits NYTimes.com

Kelly SchmidtAll three cable news networks reported last night’s New York Times breaking news that missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370′s first turn that diverted the plane’s path was done by a computer system potentially programmed in the plane’s cockpit.

Megyn Kelly had the co-writer of the Times story, Michael Schmidt, on as a guest at the top of her show at 9:01pmET.

But Schmidt sat on his reporting for 23 minutes, until after the piece went live on the NYTimes.com.  “Way to hold it, right until the C block, Michael,” Kelly said sarcastically to Schmidt before he reported the news of the plane deliberately being diverted at  9:24pmET mark of the “Kelly File” (the funny exchange is after the jump).

Filling in on “Piers Morgan Live,” Bill Weir reported the Times story at 9:26pmET, talking to CNN safety analyst David Soucie and CNN aviation analyst Jim Tilmon.

MSNBC first mentioned the NY Times story at the top of “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” at 10:02pmET, as guest host Ari Melber turned to a report from NBC’s Tom Costello followed by a segment with former NTSB investigator Greg Feith and former corporate pilot Anthony Roman.

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News Helicopter Crashes in Seattle

A news helicopter belonging to KOMO, Seattle’s ABC affiliate, has crashed near the Space Needle. The Associated Press reports there are casualties in the incident.

TVSpy has the latest updates.

Cable News Networks Cover NYC Explosion

The cable news networks turned to breaking news in their backyard this morning as a building explosion near Park Avenue and 116th Street rocked Harlem.

Fox News was the first to report the explosion at 9:54 a.m. For a few minutes, FNC dipped into local coverage provided by Fox-owned WNYW and anchored by Greg Kelly. Kelly, the son of former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, is a former “Fox & Friends” anchor.

MSNBC’s Chuck Todd was next to report the explosion at 9:56 a.m., turning it over to Chris Jansing when her show began at 10 a.m. MNSBC also simulcast coverage from its local affiliate, NBC owned WNBC.

CNN reported the news at 10:05 a.m., interviewing CNN senior producer Adam Reiss, who was on his way to the scene along with CNN correspondent Poppy Harlow.”We haven’t seen this kind of smoke in a fire here in New York City in a very long time,” Reiss said.

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Coverage of Missing Malaysian Flight Continues on Cable News

Screen Shot 2014-03-08 at 2.11.21 PMThe cable networks continue coverage of downed Malaysian Airlines flight 370 which lost contact with  air traffic control off the coast of Vietnam enroute to Beijing Saturday morning. The search  for the aircraft, with 239 people on board, including at least three Americans, continues into the night.

Fox News began reporting the story at 7:45 last night on Greta Van Susteren‘s show. Coverage continued with Megyn Kelly and into “Hannity.” FNC’s David Piper is reporting from the region. CNN/U.S. reported the news at 7:58pm and continued through Friday primetime with Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan along with aviation expert Richard Quest and, in the overnight hours, a CNNI simulcast. MSNBC reported the news at 8:14 during Chris Hayes‘ show with further updates in primetime.

Brian Williams updated “Nighlty News” for the West Coast with aviation correspondent Tom Costello reporting from Washington. Diane Sawyer updated “ABC World News” with Cynthia McFadden reporting. McFadden also anchored a West Coast special report around 10:15pmPT. ”Nightline” lead with the news as well.

woodruffABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is in Beijing. He attended a news conference earlier today where he thought he might, in his words,” knocked over” (left) by the Chinese media during the tense newsier. Correspondent Gloria Riviera is also in Beijing for ABC, and digital correspondent Joohee Cho is in Vietnam.

NBC News is reporting that two men who had their passports stolen were on the manifest, but are alive and well. An Italian man, currently in Thailand, had his passport stolen a year ago and an Austrian citizen reported his passport stolen two years ago while traveling in Asia.

Cable News Networks Cover Pres. Obama Ukraine Announcement

Cable news networks pivoted this afternoon to President Obama speaking on the tumultuous situation involving Ukraine and Russia, as armed men believed to be sent by Russian President Vladamir Putin have taken over two airports in Crimea.

>More: Brian Williams and Scott Pelley are also on the air for NBC News and CBS News special coverage.

>More: President Obama spoke for just under three minutes, saying he is deeply concerned by reports of Russia’s military making movements inside Ukraine, and that the U.S. will stand with the international community against military intervention in Ukraine.

>Update: MSNBC aired an incorrect map that placed Czechoslovakia next to Ukraine. Problem is, that country hasn’t existed since the early 90′s.

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Reporters Caught in the Middle of Deadly Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela

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Tensions between protesters and police in two parts of the world intensified overnight.

U.S. cable news networks kept cameras trained on Kiev, Ukraine as a fresh round of violence has left dozens dead, despite a ceasefire called hours earlier. Holly Williams is reporting from Kiev for CBS News, Richard Engel is there for NBC News, Nick Paton Walsh for CNN.

And in Venezuela, social and economic problems have fired up protesters for days in several cities. On Wednesday student and beauty queen Genesis Carmona died after being shot in the head at a protest in Valencia.

Venezuelan-born Fusion anchor Mariana Atencio, has been reporting from the country all week on the growing protests. Wednesday she tweeted a picture of her cameraman who was hit by the plastic bullets being fired by national police. Read more

Cable News Networks Cover Colorado School Shooting

The cable news networks turned to breaking news out of Centennial, Colorado this afternoon: two students were reportedly injured in a school shooting at Arapahoe High School.

CNN’s Don Lemon was the first to report the news at 3:06pmET, saying “all schools in Littleton have been placed on lockdown, and we’re trying to some gain information as to why.” Fox News’ Shepard Smith was next at 3:12pmET and MSNBC’s Tourefollowed at 3:23pmET.

News of the shooting comes the day before the first anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Networks Schedule Weekend Specials on Nelson Mandela

ABC News Mandela speical reportThe broadcast and cable networks are scheduling special coverage on the death of Nelson Mandela this weekend. Here’s what they have planned so far.

NBC’s Lester Holt will anchor the weekend editions of “Today” and “Nightly News” from Soweto this weekend.

CBS News has slated a special “48 Hours” on Mandela’s death for Saturday night. Scott Pelley will anchor “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation” at 9pmET. The show will feature historical CBS News footage as well as reports from Bob Simon, Martha Teichner and Wynton Marsalis.

ABC News will have a special “20/20″ tonight anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts. “Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World” will air at 10pmET. Tonight’s “Nightline” will also feature additional coverage of Mandela’s death.

“Fox News Sunday” will air an interview former South African foreign minister Pik Botha, who served near the end of the apartheid era. Senior correspondent Greg Palkot, who is reporting from South Africa for the network, conducted the interview.

Discovery Channel will premiere a new documentary, “The Making of Mandela,” Sunday at 12pmET/PT.

MSNBC will air a special on Mandela’s life at 9pmET.

Former President Bill Clinton is doing a round of interviews about Mandela’s death, sitting down with NBC’s Brian Williams, Fox News’ Ed Henry, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Univision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. CBS aired Pelley’s interview with Clinton on “Evening News” last night.

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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