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Howard Kurtz’s ‘MediaBuzz’ To Debut Sunday September 8

Fox News has announced that Howard Kurtz‘s new program will be called “MediaBuzz,” and will debut Sunday, September 8 at 11 AM ET.

At 11 AM, “MediaBuzz” will be up directly against Kurtz’s old CNN program “Reliable Sources.” Fox News says it is scheduling the show in that timeslot for logistical purposes, rather than for competitive ones. Kurtz wants to do the show live and from Washington, D.C. The show it’s replacing, “Fox News Watch” tapes on Friday and airs on Saturday.

The one-hour show will also feature Lauren Ashburn–a regular on Kurtz’s “Reliable Sources”–as well as “Bing Pulse,” which will monitor social chatter surrounding the program, based on technology from the Microsoft unit.

Kurtz left CNN for Fox News in June, and has appeared frequently on FNC as a media analyst, while preparing his new program.

“Fox News Watch,” hosted by Jon Scott, began its run in 1997. Scott will move to the FNC specials unit.

Details after the jump.
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Howard Kurtz is News on ‘Reliable Sources,’ But Not on ‘Fox News Watch’

Howard Kurtz‘s decision to leave CNN for Fox News this week was news on his CNN show today, but it wasn’t on the show he’s about to take over. Kurtz spent most of his pen-ultimate CNN show covering the breaking news of NSA leaker Edward Snowden arriving in Moscow, including an interview — for the third time in as many weeks — with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who broke the Snowden news. At the end of the show Kurtz said,

Finally, a word about me. You may have read somewhere that after 15 years of anchoring this program, I’ll be moving on from CNN to become a media and political analyst for Fox News. It has been a privilege to occupy this chair and I will have more to say about this on my final program next week which of course is a little tease to get to you tune in next Sunday morning.

Kurtz also didn’t shy away from criticizing his new network. In a story first revealed by TVNewser Friday, Kurtz called out ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Fox News for erroneously reporting that an arrest warrant had been issued for NFL player Aaron Hernandez.

On Thursday Kurtz revealed he’d signed on with Fox News to host a revamped “Fox News Watch.” The Fox show made no mention of the change during this weekend’s episode. Current host Jon Scott has been named anchor in the Fox News specials unit while the contributions of “Fox News Watch” regulars Judith Miller, Cal Thomas an Jim Pinkerton have not been revealed.

It’s also not known if the Kurtz-led Fox News media affairs show will be a half hour, as “Fox News Watch” is currently, or expand to an hour, as “Reliable Sources” is.

Howard Kurtz Joining Fox News Channel: ‘Too Good to Pass Up’

Howard Kurtz is jumping from CNN to Fox News where he will host a new version of “Fox News Watch” starting in July.

Kurtz will host CNN’s “Reliable Sources” for two more weeks and join Fox News July 1. Jon Scott, who currently hosts “Fox News Watch” will move to FNC’s specials unit.

Kurtz had been host of CNN’s media affairs show since 1998. His CNN contract had been up for several weeks, insiders tell us. In May he parted ways with Daily Beast and Newsweek where he was a media reporter and columnist. He’d joined the Beast in 2010, from the Washington Post where he’d covered media since 1990.

“I’m excited to be bringing my independent brand of media criticism to Fox News,” said Kurtz in a statement. “I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up.”

“Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media,” says a CNN spokesperson. ” We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity.”

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” debuted in 1992 as an outgrowth of the media coverage of the Persian Gulf War. It will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.

FNC’s press release after the jump…

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Pres. Obama: New Gun Law Opponents ‘Want to Gin Up Fear or Higher Ratings or Revenue’

ABC, CBS and NBC joined the cable news networks carrying Pres. Obama’s remarks and signing of 23 executive actions tightening gun laws. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC, Brian Williams on NBC, and Scott Pelley on CBS. Jon Scott and Jenna Lee anchored for Fox News, Wolf Blitzer on CNN, and Alex Wagner on MSNBC.

The president pointed out that passing legislation “will be difficult” and took a shot (excuse the pun) at those who would oppose the legislation to “gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue.”

“There will be pundits and politicians and special interest lobbyists, publicly warning of a tyrannical all-out assault on liberty. Not because that’s true. But because they want to gin up fear or higher ratings or revenue for themselves.”

Connecticut School Shooting: Saturday Coverage Plans

Coverage of Friday’s tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, will continue Saturday on the broadcast and cable networks.

On ABC, weekday anchor George Stephanopoulos will anchor “Good Morning America” from Newtown. Elizabeth Vargas will join him from New York. ABC’s Josh Elliott, Amy Robach and Dan Harris will report from the scene in Newtown.

NBC’s “Today” will also have the weekday team in, with Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie anchoring from Newtown. Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Ann Curry and Willie Geist will contribute to the program.

Anthony Mason and Rebecca Jarvis will anchor “CBS This Morning Saturday” from Newtown. CBS will also preempt “48 Hours” Saturday night for a special report on the shooting at 10pmET.

Fox News will be live at 5amET with “Fox & Friends First.” An expanded edition of “Fox & Friends” will air from 6-10amET, and will be simulcast on FBN. The 10am-noon business block will be preempted for live coverage anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee. Scott will also host an expanded two-hour “Fox Report” beginning at 6pmET. Mike Huckabee‘s program will be live from NYC at 8pmET and Jeanine Pirro and Geraldo Rivera will host their primetime shows from Newtown.

MSNBC will focus on the shooting during regularly-scheduled programming and will be live until at least 7pmET Saturday night.

On CNN, Ali Velshi and Jon Berman will anchor from 6-9amET. Soledad O’Brien will anchor from 9-11amET, Wolf Blitzer will anchor from 11am-1pmET and Don Lemon will anchor from 1-3pmET. O’Brien will anchor from 3-5pmET, and Blitzer and Kate Bolduan will anchor from 5-8pmET. Anderson Cooper will anchor from 8-9pmET,  Lemon and O’Brien will anchor from 9-10pmET, and Cooper will take over again from 10-11pmET.

On HLN, Nancy Grace will host a special on the shooting tonight at 8pmET. Dr. Drew Pinsky will host a special live hour at 9pmET.

Connecticut School Shooting: Coverage Plans For This Evening

Credit: Shannon Hicks, The Newtown Bee

With the tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, the broadcast networks and cable news channels are changing up their plans tonight.

All three of the evening news anchors, Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley, will be anchoring from Connecticut tonight.

“The CBS Evening News” will expand to one-hour, and CBS will air a one-hour special report at 10 PM ET. “ABC World News” will also be one-hour, and ABC will be pre-empting Barbara Walters‘ interview with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for a special on the shooting, with Sawyer and Chris Cuomo anchoring from CT. There will also be a special edition of “Nightline” with Cynthia McFadden anchoring from CT. “NBC Nightly News” will also be an hour, and “Dateline” will be pre-empting its holiday special for a report on the shooting at 10 PM.

On cable news tonight, the shooting will be the big story, if not the exclusive one.

MSNBC will be sticking with its normal lineup of hosts, with the shooting expected to be the primary story. Chris Jansing will host the 10pmET hour live from Newtown.

CNN will also be staying with its normal lineup, though the 10 PM edition of “AC360″ will be live instead of taped. With Erin Burnett in Afghanistan, Ashleigh Banfield will fill-in at 7 PM.  ”Piers Morgan Tonight” will be discussing the latest regarding the shooting, as well as gun control. Banfield will also anchor at 11 PM.

Fox News is pre-empting “The Five,” instead having Jon Scott anchor the hour. Bill Hemmer will anchor at 7 PM from CT.  ”The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity” will be live instead of on tape, and will be talking about the shooting, and “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” will originate from Connecticut and air from 10PM-midnight. In addition tonight’s edition of “Red Eye” is being pre-empted.

We will update this item as we get more information on coverage.

Fox News Pulls Plug On Interview After Guest Criticizes Network

Veteran defense reporter Tom Ricks (who was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday to talk about coverage of General Petraeus) had an interview on Fox News cut short after he criticized the channel on-air.

Ricks was there to talk about the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. During the interview he said that “Benghazi generally was hyped, by this network especially.”

Ricks added:

I think, No. 1, I’ve covered a lot of firefights, it’s impossible to figure out what happens in them sometimes. And second, I think that the emphasis on Benghazi has been extremely political, partly because Fox was operating as a wing of the Republican party.”

Anchor Jon Scott ended the interview after that comment. Ricks told the New York TimesBrian Stelter that the segment was supposed to be about twice as long, and that an FNC staffer says he was “rude” after he was off-air. Video of the exchange, after the jump.

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Colorado Shooting: Sunday Update

Colorado politicians were the lead guests on all of the Sunday public affairs shows. Governor John Hickenlooper was on ABC’s “This Week” and NBC’s “Meet the Press,” while a local Representative and some local officials were on CBS “Face the Nation.” Update: CBS notes that “Face” was the only show with Aurora Sheriff Daniel Oates, as well as New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netenyahu.

ABC also obtained video of the killer, from when he was attending a science camp at 18 years old:

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With President Obama visiting Colorado this afternoon, the cable news channels are going live tonight, even in hours that have traditionally been for pre-taped programming or reruns.

On Fox News, “Fox Report” will have live coverage at 7, with Colorado native Jon Scott anchoring, while Jeanine Pirro will anchor her program from Colorado at 9 PM. Update: FNC will be live at 10 PM now, too. On CNN, Don Lemon will anchor a two-hour special from Colorado from 8-10PM ET. On MSNBC, Chris Jansing will anchor from Colorado from 7-10PM ET.

Colorado Shooting: News Show Changes, Primetime Specials Planned

Reporter Amanda Kost from Denver station KMGH Tweets this photo from outside the Aurora, CO theater

The tragic shooting in Colorado is forcing many TV news programs to throw out their plans for the day, what would likely have been a slow Summer Friday.

As we noted earlier “CBS This Morning” is going live into a third hour of programming, a first for the network morning show. CBS also says that Scott Pelley will anchor the ‘CBS Evening News” from Aurora, Colorado this evening.

> Update: Pelley will also anchor a special edition of “48 Hours” in primetime tonight at 8 PM. Jeff Glor is also going to Colorado. He’ll anchor a split edition of “CBS This Morning Saturday” and anchor “Evening News” Saturday and Sunday and stay for Monday’s “CBS This Morning.”

> More: On ABC, David Muir will report from Aurora for “ABC World News,” with Chris Cuomo anchoring a live “20/20″ from Colorado at 10 PM ET. Diane Sawyer–who was supposed to be off today–will come in and anchor “World News” from New York.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor from Aurora, and “Dateline” will have an hour on the shooting in primetime.

On cable news, Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” is forgoing what was supposed to be a taped special on the economy at 10pmET and will instead cover the shooting. Van Susteren will anchor from Colorado. Also, Fox News Channel’s Jon Scott–a Colorado native–is en route and will report from Aurora for “Fox Report.”

> More: NBC’s Chris Jansing was supposed to be traveling to London today for Olympics coverage. Instead she is heading to Colorado where she will anchor a 4pmET and 10pmET specials on MSNBC. Coincidentally, one of the athletes she profiled for the Summer games is from Aurora.

> More: CNN’s Anderson Cooper will be anchoring from Aurora, Colorado tonight as well.

On HLN this afternoon Kyra Phillips will make her debut on the network during “Evening Express” from 5-7 PM ET.

Piers Morgan Tonight” EP Jonathan Wald says on Twitter that they will be covering the shooting:

We will update this story with more changes in coverage, as we get them.

A Tribute to Ann Curry, and a Rap From Lester Holt, at ‘Dateline’ 20th Anniversary Celebration

NBC News threw a party last night, celebrating the 20th anniversary of its primetime newsmagazine “Dateline.”

While the mood was celebratory, it was hard to escape the elephant in the room. In an address to guests at the event, senior EP David Corvo paid tribute to a number of former “Dateline” staffers, including former anchor Ann Curry who bid farewell to the “Today” show earlier in the day.

“Ann had her own sweet, persistent way of coming into my office, day after day, trying to push us to do certain types of stories that we weren’t doing,” Corvo said. “Her legacy probably on the show more than anything else is ‘America Now,’ which has gotten a lot of awards, was fun to produce and made a difference in some people’s lives, which is what Ann is dedicated to.”

Dateline EP Liz Cole likened the party to a “family reunion,” and it did feel that way. TVNewser spotted Hoda Kotb (who at one point danced in the DJ booth), correspondents Chris Hansen, and Keith Morrison, original anchor Jane Pauley (but not Stone Phillips) and former “Dateline” correspondent and current Fox News anchor Jon Scott. The event, held at Catch in New York’s Meatpacking District, was the second 20th anniversary party for the series in less than a year (see our report from the first one, here). Former NBC News president and “Dateline” EP Neal Shapiro was there, as was current NBC News chief Steve Capus, who praised the program:

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