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Lester Holt, Robin Sproul and Bill Plante Accept RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill plante RTDNFNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante accepted their First Amendment Awards from the RTDNF last night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. The awards ceremony was hosted by Fox News’ Chris Wallace.

In his speech accepting the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Holt recalled advice from his mentor, the late Jerry Nachman, former vice president of MSNBC.

“The most important thing he told me was that the highest calling in what we do is being a reporter, and that has been really the guiding principle throughout my career,” Holt said. “You can call any fancy title you want — principal anchor, executive producer, news director — at its essence, we are all reporters. That’s what we should be, that’s what we should aspire to be, and that’s what makes us good at what we do.”

Robin Sproul, ABC’s Washington bureau chief, said in her speech accepting the First Amendment Service Award that the “time in which anyone can be a broadcaster” has raised many more questions and challenges to the First Amendment.

“All of these issues require vigilance and constant attention even as news bureaus in DC — those that watch the government — shrink because of the changing news business models, more challenges of the digital age,” Sproul said. “But these are good fights to have. And as Thomas Jefferson wrote, ‘Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press, and that cannot be limited without being lost.’”

CBS News senior White House correspondent Bill Plante, who was honored with the RTDNF’s Lifetime Achievement Award, reflected on how the news business has changed since he began his career at CBS in 1964. Read more

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Here’s Brian Williams and Lester Holt ‘Rapping’ ‘Rapper’s Delight’

Jimmy Fallon has a new gig, but he’s brought some recurring segments, including one where clips of Brian Williams on “NBC Nightly News” are spliced together into a rap, along to “The Tonight Show.” Last night, it was “Rapper’s Delight” — featuring both Williams and Lester Holt. Watch:

Meanwhile, on “Nightly News” yesterday, Williams apologized to Arsenio Hall for leaving him off a graphic showing all the late-night hosts on TV. “In apologizing to Arsenio, we just wanted to point out: at least you’re in good company here,” Williams said. “Last July we left the state of New Hampshire off the map and had to apologize to a U.S. Senator. Just last night on this broadcast we re-named the city of brotherly love ‘Philadelpia.’ So chalk it up to being on the air at 4 a.m. in the morning in Russia, but it won’t happen again.”

Who Do These TVNewsers Pick to Win the Super Bowl?

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Sports commentators have been making their picks for two weeks, so TVNewser rounded up some network anchors and reporters to get their picks for Super Bowl XLVIII.

“I like the Broncos by 7,” “Special Report” host Bret Baier predicts. “Peyton Manning is too tough- even with Seahawks D. It’s an interesting match-up and for that matter- so is Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers at halftime!”

“Happening Now” host Jenna Lee agrees. She’s picking the Broncos “There’s simply no other choice.” Lee knows her football. Her dad played in two Super Bowls for the Minnesota Vikings. “I can NOT have a morose and despondent co-anchor on Monday morning.” Colorado native Jon Scott is a MAJOR Broncos fan.

But “America’s Newsroom” host Bill Hemmer is going against his colleagues: “Peyton Manning is once in a generation, it would be great if he wins another Super Bowl. But it seems everyone is going with Denver because of him. Which can only mean one thing: Seattle wins. Fair and Balanced.”

“Who do I want to lose more?” is the way MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki is looking at it. “As a Patriots fan, I’m torn. The Broncos beat my team and I can’t cheer for Peyton Manning, but I still remember when Pete Carroll inherited a great Patriots team from Bill Parcells and ran it into the ground.”

Kornacki’s call: “I’ll take an ugly game that reflects poorly on both teams and ends with Manning getting sacked in the end zone in overtime for a 2-0 Seattle win.”

ABC News correspondent Amy Robach, who is currently undergoing chemotherapy as she fights breast cancer, is rooting for Seattle “for one reason…”

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Chris Wallace to Host RTDNF First Amendment Awards

Chris-Wallace2Fox News’ Chris Wallace will host the RTDNF’s 2014 First Amendment Awards, held in Washington D.C. in March. Wallace, who recently celebrated 10 years as the host of “Fox News Sunday,” was last year’s recipient of the RTDNA Paul White Award.

NBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the honorees this year. Holt will be presented with the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, Sproul wins the First Amendment Service Award and Plante is the recipient of the RTDNF Lifetime Achievement Award.

Real Anchors at ‘Anchorman’ Fete Party Like its 1979

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Several “Today” show anchors went back in time Friday night to celebrate the “Anchorman 2″ at New York’s Crosby Street Hotel. Classy on the Rocks, as it was dubbed, was the brainchild of Christina Geist, wife of “Today” show 9am co-anchor Wilie Geist. The Geists along with Savannah Guthrie and her fiancé Mike Feldman and “Today” weekend anchor Erica Hill and her husband David Yount.

“Today” and “Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt and his wife Carol Hagen took the prize for best outfits — bell bottoms and matching afros. Guests included Thomas Roberts and his husband Patrick Abner as well as NBC News colleagues and friends of the hosts. Costumes were required. Guests snacked on sliders, chips and guac and popcorn and the bar stayed open during a screening of the movie.

Despite an unprecedented marketing blitz, the Will Ferrell flick came in second at the box office this weekend behind the latest Hobbit movie, taking in $26.8 million bringing the 5-day total to $40 million. The original “Anchorman” realeased in July, 2004 took in $28.4 in its opening weekend.

Broadcast Networks to Carry Pres. Obama’s End-of-Year News Conference

abccbsnbclogosABC, CBS, and NBC will carry President Obama‘s end-of-year news conference this afternoon at 2pmET.

ABC News will air a special report at approximately 2pm with George Stephanopoulos anchoring from New York and Jon Karl reporting from the White House.

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley will anchor CBS News’ coverage from New York.

Lester Holt will anchor from New York for NBC News, with “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory in the D.C. bureau and Chuck Todd reporting from the White House.

Broadcast, Cable Networks Up Early For Mandela Memorial Service

The broadcast and cable networks were up early this morning as international leaders, dignitaries and thousands of South Africans filled FNB Stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela, who died last week at the age of 95.

Brian Williams, who as we noted yesterday is the only network anchor to be in South Africa, opened up NBC News’ special report at 4amET noting the “absolutely miserable weather” in Johannesburg. Williams’ special report lasted until the conclusion of the service shortly before 7amET, and he and Lester Holt, who was reporting from FNB Stadium, appeared at the top of the “Today” show.

ABC News also began their special report, anchored by George Stephanopoulos and from New York, at 4amET. Robin Roberts joined Stephanpoulos at the conclusion of the service, just before “Good Morning America” began, and chief foreign affairs correspondent Terry Moran was at FNB Stadium for ABC News.

CBS News also had a special report beginning at 4amET, with Anne-Marie Green anchoring from New York. Debra Patta reported from Soweto for the network. Unlike ABC and NBC, CBS News’ special report lasted just eight minutes. The network went back on the air with two more special reports, for the start of the ceremony and for President Barack Obama‘s remarks, then stayed on through “CBS This Morning.”

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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.

Lester Holt, Robin Sproul, Bill Plante Win RTDNF First Amendment Awards

bill planteNBC’s Lester Holt, ABC’s Robin Sproul and CBS’ Bill Plante are among the 2014 winners of the RTDNF’s annual First Amendment Awards.

Holt, the weekend anchor of “Nightly News” and “Today” as well as the anchor of “Dateline,” is the winner of the Leonard Zeidenberg First Amendment Award, given annually to someone who has made a”major contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.” Sproul, the longtime vice president and Washington Bureau Chief for ABC News, wins the First Amendment Service Award, given to someone who works in an off-air, behind-the-scenes capacity.

“It is a tremendous privilege to work every day in a field that treasures our first amendment rights, and I am honored to receive the award on behalf of the terrific team working with me at ABC News,” Sproul tells TVNewser.

Plante will be honored with the organization’s lifetime achievement award for his “outstanding contributions to journalism and press freedom.” Plante has worked at CBS since 1964 and has covered every Presidential campaign since 1968.

The Associated Press and Gannett Broadcasting president David Lougee will also be honored with First Amendment Awards. The group will be presented their awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in March.

NBC News Plans For 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination

nbc-newsNBC News is marking the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination with a week-long series of special reports that will culminate in a two-hour primetime documentary. Tom Brokaw, who was a reporter at a local station in Omaha at the time, anchors “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” at 9pmET on Friday, November 22.

Brokaw will preview the documentary, alongside Dan Rather on “Today” Friday, November 22. Lester Holt will report from Dallas on Thursday, November 21 and Brian Williams will anchor “Nightly News” from Dallas on Friday,  Novmeber 22.

In the week leading up to the anniversary, “Today” will present several interviews about the assassination, including a sit-down with former Secret Service agent Clint Hill, the author of “Five Days in November.” More from NBC after the jump. Read more

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