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NBC Apologizes to Michele Bachmann over Jimmy Fallon Flap

NBC apologized to GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann Wednesday over the musical introduction during her appearance on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” Monday night. The show’s drummer Questlove had played the song “Lyin’ Ass Bitch.” Fallon apologized via Twitter on Tuesday but yesterday on Fox News, Bachmann demanded an apology from the network. And she got it. Via CNN:

Bachmann received a letter Wednesday from Doug Vaughan, NBC’s senior vice president for special programs and late night, that apologized for what happened, said Alice Stewart, the Republican presidential hopeful’s spokeswoman.

The issue was also a topic this morning on the “Today” show, with a story from Kristen Welker and this Q&A with John Harwood:

Networks to Carry Obama Statement on Debt Ceiling

At approximately 12:15 PM ET (Update: the address has been pushed back until after the Senate vote), President Obama will make a statement from the Rose Garden regarding the passage of the debt ceiling bill. The broadcast networks are planning special reports to cover the address.

Brian Williams will anchor for NBC from New York, with Kelly O’Donnell on Capitol Hill and Kristen Welker at the White House. ABC has George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York, with Jake Tapper at the White House and Jonathan Karl on Capitol Hill. CBS has Scott Pelley anchoring the network special report from Washington.

Aditi Roy to report for NBC News in Los Angeles for the summer reports WCAU morning anchor Aditi Roy, is getting “a national tryout” on NBC News. Roy, co-anchors mornings on the NBC O&O, will work out of NBC’s Los Angeles bureau for the summer. The LA bureau is short-staffed at the moment as correspondent Kristen Welker, also a WCAU alum, has been reporting from the White House, since Savannah Guthrie left the beat to co-anchor the third hour of “Today.”

Welker had a similar tryout last year before joining NBC News last August.

Savannah Guthrie’s Final MSNBC show simulcast on NBC

Savannah Guthrie is about to make the move from MSNBC to NBC; from Washington DC to new York. Next Thursday she joins the “Today” show as co-anchor of the third hour. And during the third hour this morning, a simulcast of Guthrie’s MSNBC show “The Daily Rundown,” as she was welcomed by Ann Curry, Natalie Morales and Al Roker in New York. “You know this isn’t the first time I’ve been dumped by a girl,” joked Chuck Todd, who will solo anchor MSNBC’s 9am hour for now.

No one has been named to fill Guthrie’s role as White House correspondent, although LA correspondent Kristen Welker has been on the beat recently.

Cablers Rush to California ‘Bomb House’

At the top of the 2:00pmET hour, fire crews and demolition teams prepared to set fire to an explosives-packed house in Escondido, a suburb of San Diego, Calif. that authorities say was turned into a bomb-making factory. This was a “breaking news that wasn’t” story, in that everyone knew about the fire for several weeks beforehand. They even went so far as to create a local pool for the event.

At 1:54pmET, Fox News aired pictures from KTTV (FOX News O&O), KSWB (Fox News affiliate), KGTV (ABC affiliate), and FOX News Channel ground shots. FNC reporter Anita Vogel was covering the story in the field. MSNBC began coverage at 1:59pmET with NBC’s Kristen Welker on location with video from KNSD (NBC O&O).

CNN also began coverage at 1:59pmET with a producer on site phoning in. The shot CNN took was a local pool situation set up by the San Diego affiliates. It was set up by local authorities in order to position one camera close to the home which all media outlets could access. HLN was on air with live pictures at 2:08pmET.

Philadelphia Feeder WCAU Sends Another Anchor to the Net

Welker_8.18.jpgAs the only child of a big-shot realtor, new NBC hire Kristen Welker knows the three keys to success.

Location, location, location.

Formerly the weekend anchor at NBC-owned WCAU in Philadelphia, Welker (Harvard Class of ’98) moves to a tonier address as of Aug. 30 — Burbank-based NBC News correspondent, it was announced yesterday.

Normally, not a big story. In this case, it could be, given the trajectory of ‘CAU alums at 30 Rock. Check it out: NBC News president Steve Capus, “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams, “Today” co-anchor Matt Lauer, Don Lemon (now at CNN).

NBC chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell is also an alumnus of ‘CAU, in a way. When she broke into the bigs at NBC in ’78 from Philly’s KYW, it was an NBC affiliate. In ’95, KYW swapped networks with ‘CAU, then with CBS.

All of which begs the question: Could Welker’s professional bloodlines mean bigger and better things for her in the future at NBC?

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Kristen Welker Named NBC News Correspondent

Welkerheadshot081810.JPGNBC News is adding Kristen Welker to its correspondent ranks. Welker will be based out of Burbank, California.

She had been an anchor for NBC O&O station WCAU Philadelphia, and previously worked at local stations in Rhode Island and California.

“We are thrilled to add Kristen to our incredibly talented team of NBC News correspondents,” said Steve Capus, President of NBC News announcing the hire. “Kristen helped out in the Los Angeles bureau earlier this summer and her strong reporting experience greatly enhanced our west coast coverage.”

NBC first announced the news via Twitter, through its @NBCNewsPR account.

The release is after the jump.

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