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MSNBC To Broadcast From Essence Festival

MSNBC will broadcast live from The Essence Festival July 4 weekend. The channel is bringing a good chunk of its on-air talent to the festival, which celebrates African American culture and music.

Al Sharpton, Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Ed Schultz, Melissa Harris-Perry, Alex Wagner, Tamron Hall, Joy-Ann Reid, Toure, and Mara Schiavocampo will all be attendance, with live editions of many of their shows originating live from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.

“As you know, MSNBC over the last few years has changed, and we are really making an effort to reflect this country in the 21st century, and I am not sure that there are many news and information outlets really doing that, I think most of them are stuck in the 20th century,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin said at an event to announce the partnership Thursday evening. “We are taking a huge team [to the festival], because this is so important to us. This fits with who we want to be, and what we are about.”

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The Ticker: Gasparino, Hall, CNN Films

  • CNN Films has acquired another feature: “Pandora’s Promise” which is about “potential of nuclear power to combat the worldwide crisis of climate change.” It will air on CNN in Fall, 2013.

Willie Geist, Natalie Morales Will Host Nik Wallenda Walk Across Grand Canyon

In June, daredevil Nik Wallenda will attempt to walk across the Grand Canyon on a tightrope, live on Discovery Channel. NBC News’ Peacock Productions will be producing the jump, and so NBC “Today” co-hosts Willie Geist and Natalie Morales will be serving as the hosts of the event.

Wallenda announced the addition of Geist and Morales while walking on a tightrope above the audience at Discovery’s upfront presentation in New York yesterday (see the photo to the left). For insurance purposes, he was wearing a harness, “don’t worry though,” he said yesterday. “I won’t be wearing one when I walk across the Canyon.”

Last year ABC aired Wallenda’s walk across Niagara Falls, with “Good Morning America’”s Josh Elliott and “SportsCenter’”s Hannah Storm hosting. The event drew record ratings for ABC. ABC and Discovery were in a bidding war for the Grand Canyon stunt, with Discovery simply making the better offer. NBC, as the producer of the show, will also benefit.

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Tamron Hall Has Never Seen ‘Seinfeld,’ or ‘The Office,’ or ‘Cheers’

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, sitting in on the ‘Today” show as Natalie Morales reported from Vatican City, admitted to being a novice when it comes to popular TV sitcoms… like all of them. After Willie Geist rattled off a list put together by Vulture of some of the most watched TV shows of the last 30 years, Hall said she’d only seen two of them: “Sex and the City” and “30 Rock.” No “Seinfeld,” or “The Office,” or “Cheers,” or the “Simpsons.” Al Roker asked, “Are you American?” Hall pointed out many classic 70s sitcoms like “Laverne & Shirley” “Happy Days” and “What’s Happening?” were not on the list.

Geist, Roker, Hall and E! host Jason Kennedy also talked about Hall’s “Newsnation” theme song, composed by Prince, which debuted on her MSNBC show Monday. Hall revealed that it will only be her theme song for 6 months at which point Prince takes back full rights.

White Smoke: There Is a New Pope

The College of Cardinals has selected a new Pope on its first full day of voting. White smoke began to rise from the chimney above the Sistine Chapel at 2:06 PM ET (7:06 PM in Vatican City), signaling that a new Pope had been chosen. The Bells of St Peter rang throughout the city minutes later.

The results had been expected, with all three cable news channels featuring chyrons to the effect of “smoke expected momentarily” in the minutes leading up to the event. There was, as one might also expect, some confusion as to what color the smoke was.

“Kinda dark, kinda light, it is the lightest smoke we have seen,” CNN’s Chris Cuomo said. “We are going to be transparent about it, we don’t know.”

“It appears grey, it is whitish,” FNC’s Megyn Kelly said.

“It looks white,” MSNBC’s Tamron Hall said.

The color was made clear relatively quickly against the black sky, even if it started out greyish. The broadcasters broke in moments after the smoke appeared for special reports. Every anchor appeared to be in position to cover the event when it happened.

The three business networks also covered the Papal selection: CNBC had to interrupt a live interview with Martha Stewart to break the news, while FBN erroneously reported that the smoke was black, airing the chyron “New Pope not selected”, before quickly correcting themselves. Bloomberg did not have a chimneycam, but broke into programming when it confirmed that the smoke was white.

Update: Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been selected as Pope. He will take the name Pope Francis I. Broadcast and cable networks went non-stop until the announcement was made at 3:12 Pm ET. A search of TVEyes shows that Bergoglio was not on the radar of U.S. networks. He was mentioned only twice in the last few days, once on CNN and once on MSNBC. The Spanish language networks, however, did float Bergoglio as a possible frontrunner.

The Afternoon Ticker: Anchor Mashup, Petallides, Prince

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall To CNN? Not In The Near Future

The NY Post‘s Page Six, which has been mostly accurate with its Jeff Zucker/CNN predictions, reports today that Zucker is eyeing MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall for the morning slot at CNN.

NBC’s Tamron Hall is a favorite. “She was one of Jeff’s bright young things at NBC when he was at the network,” said a source.

A source in the agent community confirms that Zucker is fond of Hall, but they note that NBC News and MSNBC are fond of her too. More importantly, our source says, Hall has at least a year left on her contract with MSNBC, making any potential jump very difficult.

In other words, Hall could end up at CNN eventually, but it wont be happening for the morning show.

As Inside Cable News notes, the last time an MSNBC anchor had discussions with CNN with time on their contract, it didn’t end well.

Heckled or Not Heckled? MSNBC is Looking into Selective Editing, Other Nets Too

MSNBC is facing criticism today about the editing of a portion of the legislative hearing on guns in Hartford, CT earlier this week. Neil Heslin, the father of a Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victim, was speaking before a committee at which local citizens, including gun rights advocates, attended. MSNBC portrayed a portion of the clip — toward the end of Heslin’s 15 minutes of testimony — as though he was being heckled. The 33-second clip aired on Tamron Hall‘s show, Martin Bashir‘s show and later on Al Sharpton‘s show. Here it is:

But MSNBC edited out the fact that Heslin posed a question: “I wish … I ask if there’s anybody in this room that can give me one reason…,” he began. Fox News produced a segment today taking MSNBC to task over the edit. An MSNBC spokesperson tells WaPo’s Eric Wemple, “We’re reviewing the video in question.”

But the storyline continued into primetime, on Lawrence O’Donnell‘s show. Meanwhile, rather than talk around the issue, CNN’s Piers Morgan actually talked with Heslin. “It didn’t really faze me and it was no more and no less than I would have expected,” he said. “It wasn’t the answer to my question. It was a response.” But was it heckling? MSNBC, for one, has decided it is.

> Update: MSNBC will address the edit on Bashir’s show Wednesday.

> More: Ari Melber, filling in for Bashir, played the entire clip including Heslin’s question. At the end of the clip, Melber said, “Martin and many other who is saw Mr. Heslin’s testimony have called that interruption heckling. Some disagree. He wanted you to hear it in full so you can draw your own conclusion.”

Inside Cable News which has been closely monitoring MSNBC’s programming shift from news to opinion, has this take:

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Tamron Hall: ‘Our show is not an opinion show, but it’s not a show that’s afraid of opinions’

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall is the subject of Mediabistro’s latest So What Do You Do? interview. Hall talks about her new role on the “Today” show, how she balances delivering news without inserting her opinions, and how her show is different from MSNBC’s primetime programming:

Rachel [Maddow], to me, is more than a “pundit.” She’s phenomenal, and I think she offers a reasonable perspective based on who she is and her political views. I think she does a fantastic job at it. I feel the same way about Chris [Matthews] and Lawrence [O'Donnell] and Ed [Schultz] and, of course, Rev. Al [Sharpton]. So, they offer something different that has resonated for reasons that I think are obvious. People want to hear those perspectives.

That’s not what we do on NewsNation. I don’t have the same role on MSNBC as Rachel.  I discuss obvious questions. Right now, we have gun control debate. Why does someone need a gun clip with 20 rounds? That’s not right or left. That’s an obvious question. Now, upon me asking that question, you will have some people who will say, “Oh, she’s a lefty” or “That’s MSNBC’s left-leaning perspective.” No, it’s not. It’s a logical question. So, for me, our show is not an opinion show, but it’s not a show that’s afraid of opinions.

The Programming Ticker: CNN, PBS, ID

  • One month after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting, Anderson Cooper will anchor a special AC360° “United in Newtown,” tonight at 8pmET. Country superstar Kenny Chesney recorded a special version of “Amazing Grace” for AC360°, which premiers on the show.

  • Next month PBS devotes an entire week to gun violence in America called “After Newtown.” “Frontline,” “Need to Know,” “Nova,” “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill,” and “PBS Newshour” will offer special reports during the week of February 18.

  • MSNBC’s Tamron Hall will be working overtime on another network. NBC’s Peacock Productions will produce “Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall” for Investigation Discovery. The show promises to go beyond the headlines of a crime to explore what happened and how it was investigated. The 13-part series premieres on ID in the fall.