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Will Tamron Hall Stay with NBC?

Tamron Hall 304It’s contract time for MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, who also fills in on “Today.” TVGuide reports Hall is negotiating for a co-host role on the third hour of “Today,” currently hosted by Willie Geist, Natalie Morales, and Al Roker.

As we’ve noted before, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker is fond of Hall. Zucker’s had success to date prying prominent talent away from other networks, Chris Cuomo and Bill Weir to name two.

We’ve heard even if Hall stays and moves to “Today,” she would likely still host a show for MSNBC. She currently anchors “News Nation” at 2pm.

With 11am and noon hosts Thomas Roberts and Alex Wagner on the move, MSNBC has been having Richard Lui and Craig Melvin fill in on those hours with news coverage this week.

NBC News and MSNBC declined comment to TVNewser. We’ve also reached out to Hall’s agent, but have not heard back.

Ronan Farrow Not Celebrating Woody Allen Lifetime Achievement Award

Soon-to-be MSNBC host Ronan Farrow was not cheering from the sidelines after the man who is most likely his father—film director/actor Woody Allen—received a lifetime achievement award at last night’s Golden Globe Awards.

Farrow was referring to Allen’s adopted daughter Dylan, who accused him of molesting her more than 20 years ago.

In a show of support, Ronan’s mother Mia Farrow retweeted his tweet, and Ronan added to his point by retweeting fans who showed support. Read more

‘Today’ Golden Globes Red Carpet Special

golden-globes-logo 304 “Today” co-hosts will host a live red carpet special from the Golden Globes Sunday night right before the big award ceremony.

Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Carson Daly and Tamron Hall will interview the stars as they roll in, followed by a special bi-coastal Monday episode of “Today”, with Guthrie, Daly, and Al Roker hosting from Los Angeles and Lauer and Natalie Morales in New York.

Monday’s show will feature interviews with winners and a look into all the events and parties.

This year’s Golden Globes is more active than ever with social media, leveraging Instagram and Facebook to bring fans into the show.

The “Today” pre-show red carpet special airs Sunday, January 12 at 7pmET on NBC.

The Most Memorable Stories of 2013 for TV News Hosts Were…

Giner Zee paraglidingTV news wrapped 2013 with end-of-year review shows featuring signature  moments, and TVNewser asked some of broadcast and cable news’ biggest stars what their top stories of last year were.

“GMA’s” Ginger Zee picked two: her adventure feeding vultures while paragliding in Nepal, and covering the death of one of her mentors, storm chaser Tim Samaras.

“CBS This Morning’s” Gayle King picked both a serious and more light-hearted story:

“It’s hard to call the death of Nelson Mandela a favorite story, but it was an honor to be able to attend his funeral and burial services and share it with the CBS audience,” King said. Dishing about legendary actress Shirley MacLaine’s personal life was also a highlight for King:

“I was curious about her love life. She’s happily single, so I asked her if booty calls and friends with benefits were an option these days. Her response: ‘What the hell are you talking about?’ We all cracked up over that one. Thank you Shirley!”

The tragic Oklahoma tornado stands out for “Today’s” Al Roker. Read more

Matt Lauer Celebrates His Birthday With Jane Pauley, Bryant Gumbel and Just for Men

Just a few days after Savannah Guthrie celebrated her birthday on “Today,” it was Matt Lauer‘s turn to celebrate. Lauer, who anchored the show with guest hosts Jane Pauley and Bryant Gumbel today, received a surprise phone call from Meredith Vieira — who also celebrates a birthday today — as well as a Just for Men kit from Al Roker. Watch:

Best of 2013 MediabistroTV Interviews, Part I

Our pals at mediabistroTV have had quite the year interviewing some of the biggest television personalities in the business. In case you missed them, here’s a handful of our favorite interviews from 2013: Christiane Amanpour, Al Roker, Larry King, Jon Karl and the co-hosts of “The Five.”

Stay tuned for an mbTV interview with the hosts of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and the return of “Cubes” in 2014.

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‘Today’ Stumbles Through ‘Jingle Bells’

Mumbling, bumbling, and failed singing of “Jingle Bells” make up the “Today” holiday blooper reel.

“Dashing through the snow,” Matt Lauer started.

“On a one-horse open sleigh,” Savannah Guthrie sang next, immediately realizing her mistake.

“In… it’s a classic!,” Lauer jokingly corrected her. “You don’t start changing the words of a classic.”

Add in Kathie Lee Gifford‘s “Santa smells” mix-up, Al Roker and actor Justin Long‘s quasi-miming effort, and Willie Geist‘s frustration getting the best of him for one memorable holiday song:

The Ticker: Hoda & Al, Rupert, Team USA

  • Al Roker will host his 17th Rose Bowl Parade on New Year’s Day alongside Hoda Kotb, who will be hosting her first Tournament of Roses parade. NBC’s coverage begins at 11:30amET.  Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully will be the Grand Marshal.

  • NBCSN has announced it will be the home of Team USA during the Sochi Winter Games. The network will carry more than 230 hours of competition while MSNBC and CNBC will carry an additional 45 and 36 hours, respectively.

‘Today’ Apologizes for Bad Sign Language Joke

Today Sign Language‘Today” apologized for a bad sign language joke that happened during its third hour Wednesday.

The joke in question happened during a conversation about the authenticity of the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. During the segment, a pop-up appeared on the bottom part of the screen with a show staffer signing. The hosts immediately objected. An apology came later via Twitter:

“No, no, guys don’t do it,” Natalie Morales said, waving at her producers to stop. “Guys let’s not do that.”

“No, no, no…wrong,” Al Roker said, putting his head down in frustration.

“That is horrific,” Morales concluded.

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NBC’s Christmas in Rockefeller Center Hits 7-Year High in Demo

TodayTreeNBC’s annual “Christmas in Rockefeller Center” special, hosted by “Today” show anchors Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales hit a seven-year high last night in the A18-49 demo.

With 9.87 million viewers, the show came in second in the hour, and for the night, to CBS’s “Survivor” which had its most-watched show of the season.

With a 2.3 rating in A18-49, the tree lighting special was up +10% from last year and putting up its best numbers since 2006. The 2.3 rating is also NBC’s highest 18-49 rating in the time period since a “Voice” Wednesday edition on May 8 drew a 2.8.

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