CBS News “Sunday Morning”, the venerable news-o-tainment show, is shaking up the format tomorrow. Following a profile of “Late Night” host Jimmy Fallon reported by CBS News anchor Russ Mitchell, Fallon will take part in a live Q&A in front of a live audience at CBS.
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As for the timing of the network special reports: NBC was up first at 10:45pm, with David Gregory and later Brian Williams anchoring and Chuck Todd at the White House. ABC News with George Stephanopoulos was next less then a minute later with Jake Tapper at the White House, and CBS News, with Russ Mitchell anchoring, went live about :30 after ABC with Chip Reid at the White House and Lara Logan and Bob Orr in the DC bureau.
The New York Times’ Brian Stelter reports on how the Bin Laden announcement leaked out.
The broadcast networks plan special reports at 7:30pmET Monday as Pres. Obama addresses the situation in Libya from the National Defense University. This means the evening newscasts will have to update for the West Coast. And most Mountain time zone stations which air national news at 5:30, will not get a full evening newscast, but rather the President’s statement. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos co-anchor the special for ABC, Bob Schieffer anchors for CBS News for the vacationing Katie Couric. (Russ Mitchell anchors “Evening News” on Monday; Erica Hill anchors Tuesday-Friday). Brian Williams anchors for NBC News. The cable networks will of course carry the statement. By going at 7:30pmET, the White House is being mindful of the networks’ primetime entertainment schedule. Fox Broadcasting will also carry the address, with Bret Baier anchoring. Gwen Ifill will anchor coverage on PBS.
New developments in Libya this morning, with the French military taking action, are keeping the U.S. cable news channels active.
Beginning at 11amET, CNN and CNNI began another simulcast of coverage with anchors T.J. Holmes of CNN and John Vause of CNNI covering the news. Correspondents Nic Robertson and Arwa Damon are in Libya, Ed Henry is in Brazil and Jim Bitterman and Jill Dougherty are in Paris.
Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto was already in for a live Saturday morning show on the economic recovery efforts following the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. He kept cameras trained on both Brasil — where President Obama was about to speak alongside Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and on Paris, where Secy. of State Hillary Clinton was preparing to speak after meetings on the NATO action in Libya. Rick Leventhal and Steve Harrigan are in Libya (spooked by anti-aircraft fire during one live report today. Video after the jump.)
MSNBC went into the NoonET hour with anchor Richard Lui, as Pres. Obama was appearing with Pres. Rousseff. Correspondent Mike Viquiera is in Paris, Chuck Todd is in Brazil and Jim Maceda is in Libya for NBC/MSNBC.
None of the networks had a Brazilian interpreter during Pres. Rousseff’s lengthy opening statement. And just as the president was about to speak, all three networks lost the signal from Brasilia. It returned after about 3 minutes.
Cavuto stayed live until 12:17pm telling the audience, “We just wanted to keep you abreast not only of developments in the political world but certainly in the business world. We hope we served bot those audiences today and we appreciate our normal ‘Cost of Freedom’ audience being patient as we attempted both.”
> Update, 12:26pm: Cable networks began carrying Secy. Clinton comments from Paris.
> Update, 2:18pm: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is coming in to anchor “World News.” Regular weekend anchor David Muir will report, as will Christiane Amanpour, Martha Raddatz, Jake Tapper, and Alex Marquardt, in Libya.
> Update, 3:39pm: Sawyer also anchored a special report (right) on the news of U.S. military involvement.
> More: CBS’s Russ Mitchell has anchored three special reports today at NoonET, 2:36pm, and 3:59pm during CBS coverage of the NCAA tournament.
Russ Mitchell, anchor of the “CBS Evening News,” Sunday Edition, and correspondent for “CBS News Sunday Morning,” will emcee tonight’s Radio Television Digital News Foundation’s First Amendment Awards Dinner at the Ritz Carlton in Washington, DC. Honorees include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and Ann Compton; from CBS, Byron Pitts and Charlie Kaye; CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jeanne Meserve, FNC’s Rick Leventhal, and NBC’s Rehema Ellis. The 9/11 Tribute Awards will be presented at the 21st annual black tied dinner put on by the journalism organization.
Around 1:30pmET, the cable news channels began continuing coverage of a shooting spree at an event sponsored by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ) outside a Safeway store in Tucson this morning. The shooting occurred around 11amMT (1pmET.) At 2:09pmET Fox News reported, sourcing NPR, that Giffords has died. CNN and MSNBC would also report that Giffords had died, sourcing NPR. FNC’s Bret Baier, joining the coverage of Kelly Wright and Jamie Colby reports “multiple fatalities.”
Giffords, a moderate Blue Dog democrat who was just beginning her third term, was a guest on Fox News Channel just yesterday with Bill Hemmer. Hemmer joined FNC’s coverage around 2:10pm to talk about his interview. “She was proud of the fiscal discipline that she was bringing back to Congress and how important this was,” Hemmer said of Giffords who was proposing a congressional pay cut bill. Hemmer shared that during the commercial break he’d asked her about whether things in Washington were really going to change in the new Congress. Giffords told Hemmer that she was optimistic. “She was filled with vigor and enthusiasm,” he added.
The suspect is in custody. > New: Gunman identified as Jared Lee Loughner, who posted an eery video titled “My Final Thoughts.” We’ve included it after the jump. Also, his YouTube channel is written in the past tense: “My favorite interest was….” “I had favorite books…”
> Update: Fox News’ Peter Doocy reports that in addition to Giffords, four others have died, including a child.
> Update: On CNN, Sylvia Lee, a friend of Giffords talked about how there had been threats against Giffords’ office and that of Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ).
> More: On MSNBC, Rep. Kent Franks (R-AZ): “I am mortified beyond words. Gabrielle Giffords and I are on different ends of the political spectrum, but there has never been one unkind or cross communication between us.”
> More: Pima County, AZ Sheriff Clarence Dupnick talking with MSNBC’s Alex Witt: “I think it’s time that we as a country take look at what kind of hatred we inflame with all the crap that goes on … I think it’s time that this country take a look at … the inflammatory crap that comes out out of some of the radio and TV.”
> Update: By 2:30pmET CNN, MSNBC and FNC had reported, through various sources, that Giffords had died. But those reports would soon be corrected. Around 2:50pmET Bret Baier explained the conflicting reports of Giffords’ death and her condition being critical:
We had three sources, one very reputable source on Capitol Hill, one federal official, law enforcement official on the ground in Arizona, and one federal law enforcement official in D.C monitoring the situation. Three different sources tell us that the Congresswoman had been killed in this shooting. Now, it appears according to her office and the hospital, that she is in surgery, and that the hospital has told the AP and Reuters that she is still in surgery and in critical condition.
> More: Shepard Smith took over anchoring on FNC at 3pmET.
CBS’s Russ Mitchell anchored special reports at 2pmET and again at 2:30pm. ABC’s David Muir anchored specials at 1:37pm and 2:37pm. MSNBC’s Alex Witt interrupted her own coverage on the cable network to anchor an NBC network special at 2:25pmET.
> Condition Update, 4pmET: Doctors are “very optimistic” about Giffords’ recovery. She was shot one time, “in the head, through-and-through.” The bullet, “went through her brain,” said a spokesperson in a news conference carried on the newschannels.
> Update: Fox News, MSNBC programming changes after the jump…
CBS’ “The Early Show” had an exclusive live interview with Lindsay Lohan‘s father Michael Lohan on Wednesday. Mr. Lohan defended his daughter over the assault accusations against her — stemming from an incident at the Betty Ford Center. Mr. Lohan told CBS’ Russ Mitchell his relationship with Lindsay is “stronger than ever.”
“It’s an incredible honor,” he tells TVNewser. Mitchell, class of ’82, will ride in the Homecoming parade “and lead the crowd in a hearty chant of M-I-Z-Z-O-U!”
Mitchell – a Missouri native who got his first TV job as a night switchboard operator at St. Louis’ KTVI – keeps a home in the St. Louis suburbs. ”Someone once told me that I seem ‘spiritually recharged’ when I come back to New York from a trip to Missouri,” he tells TVNewser. “I’m not exactly sure what that means but I think it was a good observation.”
Mitchell will be sharing his experiences today via Twitter.
Al Stiney, a tech staff supervisor for the CBS Evening News weekday and weekend editions, passed away Friday at age 62. His widow Rena says Stiney died of heart failure after a short illness.
Prince notes that the death of Stiney — an Emmy and Peabody award winner thought to be the first African American to hold a supervisory technical position at CBS — came one day before the passing of CBS colleague Harold Dow, another pioneering African American in television. Also coincidentally, Dow and Stiney were born exactly one week apart.
“On a personal level I can tell you that Al was one of those guys who was clearly proud that more African Americans were working at places like CBS News compared to when he started 40-years ago,” says CBS Evening News Sunday edition anchor Russ Mitchell. “When you’d see him in the hall he’d always give a wink and say ‘great job’.”
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We have some updates to our roundup of news network coverage for the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina:
- CBS: Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from New Orleans on Friday the 27th for full anniversary coverage throughout the program, including reports from correspondents Michelle Miller and Betty Nguyen. Mark Strassman will report that day for “Evening News” and Jeff Greenfield will have a report for “CBS Sunday Morning.” Russ Mitchell will anchor Sunday’s “Evening News” from New Orleans as well. The Saturday “Early Show” and “Evening News” will also provide coverage.
- CNN: Anderson Cooper will anchor “AC360″ from New Orleans Wednesday-Friday this week. The network will air an “AC360″ special on Thursday titled, “In Katrina’s Wake Building Up America.” More: John Roberts anchors “American Morning” on Friday from the Lower 9th Ward. Soledad O’Brien will report live.
- Fox News: Jonathan Hunt, Trace Gallagher, and Arthel Neville will be reporting from the Gulf for “Studio B” and “Fox Report” starting on Thursday the 26th.
- The Newseum in Washington DC has a new exhibit opening Friday examining press coverage of Katrina.
For our complete list of coverage plans — including the broadcast and cable nets — click here.