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Posts Tagged ‘NBC News’

CNN, NBC air graphic ‘New’ Footage of 9/11 attacks, which ABC and Fox News have had for years

A graphic video that was said to be never before seen footage of the 9/11 attacks made the rounds on TV and online Monday. Hundreds of websites, along with NBC News and CNN, among other outlets, aired clips from the video captured by the NYPD. Some outlets ran the video in its entirety (See CNN’s report here and NBC’s here).

There is just one problem: the video is not new.

ABC’s Chris Cuomo acquired the complete video in the weeks after the attacks, with clips airing on “Primetime Live” soon thereafter (photo above). Fox News Channel acquired the footage in 2002, and has used portions of it in its 9/11 memorial coverage since.

Cuomo himself tweeted about the video yesterday morning, writing:

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Election 2010: NBC News, MSNBC Slate Midterm Coverage Plans

NBC News and MSNBC have slated their coverage plans for the 2010 midterm elections.

On the broadcast network, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will lead coverage during the 6:30 PM newscast and a “Decision 2010″ special from 9-11 PM.

Williams will be joined by “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory, former “Nightly News” anchor Tom Brokaw, correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.

As is currently in vogue, NBC is promoting the technology it will use to explain the results, including “virtual reality technology,” iPads and touchscreens.

Meanwhile, MSNBC will have the opinion hosts front and center for its coverage:

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Comcast, NBCU Tout News, Public Interest Commitments for Proposed Deal in FCC Meeting

Comcast and NBC executives met with the FCC last week to tout the unified company’s commitment to news and public interest programming once the acquisition of NBC Universal is completed, according to documents obtained by TVNewser.

The participants in the meeting were Jordan Goldstein, senior director of regulatory affairs for Comcast, Margaret Tobey, VP of regulatory affairs for NBC Universal as well as outside counsel for both companies. For the FCC, staffers from the office of the general counsel, office of strategic planning & policy analysis and from the FCC’s media bureau were all represented.

According to the ex parte letter, which was filed with the FCC October 7, the purpose of the meeting was to discuss the public interest commitments made by Comcast, as well as what role the new company would play in the FCC’s “Future of Media” project. NBC’s news and public affairs programming looks to play a big part of that, if this section of the letter is any indication:

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NBC’s Martin Fletcher ‘Walking Israel’

NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher has a new book out about a topic he’s been reporting on for 27 years: Israel.

The ceaseless struggles depicted in “Walking Israel” mimic his earlier book, “Walking the Bible,” but with a distinct focus on Israel.

“The reason I wrote the book is that I believe this view of Israel is too narrow,” Fletcher tells TVNewser. “I want people to understand that Israel gets a raw deal. That Israel is a much nicer place than the country they hear about.”

Fletcher officially left NBC News late last year after 32 years with the network, but he returned earlier this year to report on an as-needed basis.

“(Israel) has terrible problems that it must urgently solve and the book deals with them from a fresh perspective,” says Fletcher. “But people always ask me whether it’s safe to visit Israel. Then a week after arriving they call and say, wow, this is such a great place, I had no idea. That’s what I wanted to write about: that great place about which people have no idea.”

Joe Theismann Joins NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football

The NFL Network broadcast booth just got a little bit more crowded. Joe Theismann, he of the 1983 MVP, brutal leg break, and more than 20 years as a commentator, will join Bob Papa and Matt Millen in the Thursday night booth.

Theismann began his life as a broadcaster in 1985 after a successful, albeit abbreviated stint as a quarterback. He partnered with Frank Gifford and Don Meredith to call Super Bowl XIX before moving to ESPN’s Sunday Night Football three years later. He was off the air for most of last season, but returned alongside former coach Joe Gibbs for a game in January, which Awful Announcing called “the worst announcing team of all time.” (More from AA on Theismann here.)

At least one person is not pleased with the Theismann addition.

The NFL Network will broadcast eight games, starting with the Baltimore Ravens vs. Atlanta Falcons on November 11. The full schedule is after the jump. Read more