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Networks Cautious But Quick With Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decisions

This morning at 10 AM, the Supreme Court released its final rulings of the term, including two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage.

The first ruling was related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), with the court overturning the law, declaring it unconstitutional.

NBC News correspondent Pete Williams, was, as with the last big case, both “first and right.” He was the first correspondent to report the decision, and did so accurately. CBS’ Jan Crawford was actually first (and right) on the Affirmative Action ruling Monday. Williams reported the DOMA news on NBC and MSNBC at 10:02 AM. ABC News’ Terry Moran immediately followed, also reporting at 10:02 AM. CBS News’ Jan Crawford followed at 10:04 AM. CBS, incidentally, did not begin its special report until 10:04. Update: Bloomberg TV put up a chyron with the DOMA ruling at 10:01 AM, and reported the news at 10:02 AM.

Fox News reported the ruling at 10:04 AM, after somewhat oddly covering the Aaron Hernandez arrest from 10 AM to 10:04 AM. CNN reported that a decision had been made at 10 AM, but reported the meat of the DOMA ruling at 10:08 AM.

Hernandez was arrested in Massachusetts around 8:45 AM.

With regards to California’s Proposition 8 ruling, the court decided that it did not have standing to take the case, and as a result gay marriages are once again legal in the state. NBC and ABC reported the news at 10:26 AM, CBS and Fox News followed at 10:27 AM. CNN reported the ruling at 10:37 AM.

All told, the networks were quick but cautious, making sure to read through the rulings and get it right. CNN, which took the brunt of the public flogging last year during the Healthcare decision, was taking it slow, but making sure they were right.

All of the networks were wall-to-wall with their coverage, skipping commercial breaks. The exception was Fox News, which took all of its scheduled breaks.

TV Networks Take Their Time Reporting Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Ruling

The Supreme Court handed down another of its “big four” rulings today, as it struck down section four of the Voting Rights Act, and asking Congress to amend it.

NBC News legal correspondent Pete Williams was the first reporter on-air with the decision, appearing simultaneously on MSNBC and in an NBC News special report at 10:11 AM. ABC News followed with a special report featuring Terry Moran at 10:15, with CBS following with Jan Crawford a minute later.

Both CNN and Fox News may have been expecting a big ruling, but they both waited a number of minutes before noting that the Supreme Court had ruled on the VRA. Fox News reported the decision at 10:15 AM, while–as it did yesterday–CNN only reported that a ruling had been made, taking its time to read the decision, and finally reporting the result at 10:19 AM.

The final day of rulings will be tomorrow, as the Supreme Court reveals its rulings on same-sex marriage and DOMA.

As Supreme Court Rules On Affirmative Action, TV Networks Play It Safe

As NBC’s Chuck Todd Tweeted this morning, there are four big decisions coming from the Supreme Court this week — its final week before recess. Those cases are same sex marriage, DOMA, the Voting Rights Act and affirmative action.

A 7 – 1 ruling to send the affirmative action case back to a lower court was the first to come this morning, triggering special reports from the broadcasters.

Unlike last year, when a complicated decision and a rush to be first resulted in incorrect information on the health care decision airing on Fox News and CNN, this time around, the TV networks appeared to be on top of their game. All of the channels noted that a decision was handed down, but waited to report on what it was until they were absolutely certain of the decision. CNN — which took the brunt of the criticism last time around for its reporting — reported the decision after the other TV networks.

NBC News has Pete Williams at the court, ABC has (soon-to-be-moving to London) Terry Moran and CBS has Jan Crawford.

Of course, with three big decisions still to come, the tightrope journalists have to walk while covering the court is very much still standing.

Dan Abrams To Become ‘Nightline,’ Chief Legal Affairs Anchor For ABC News

Following the news that Terry Moran would be leaving “Nightline” to become chief foreign correspondent for ABC News, the network has named Dan Abrams as chief legal affairs anchor and an anchor for “Nightline.”

In addition to anchoring ABC’s late night news program and reporting on legal issues for the network, he will have an expanded role on “Good morning America,” including a new branded segment.

“Dan brings a passion for news and an entrepreneurial zeal to all of his work,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in an email to staff. ” Now he’ll have new opportunities to deliver his signature reporting to the Nightline audience, in prime time on ABC’s The Lookout, in the mornings on GMA, and on World News, ABCNews.com, ABC News Radio, and all our platforms.”

Abrams will be stepping back from day-to-day oversight at Abrams Media, which includes Mediaite.com, to devote his attention to ABC. He is a TV news veteran, having previously served as anchor, legal analyst and general manager of MSNBC, and joined ABC News in 2011.
Sherwood’s note, below.
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Terry Moran Named Chief Foreign Correspondent For ABC News

“Nightline” anchor Terry Moran is leaving the late-night show and moving to London to become an anchor and chief foreign correspondent for ABC News. He will move across the pond later this Summer.

Moran is an ABC News veteran, serving as White House correspondent from 1999-2005, before joining “Nightline.” He joined ABC News in 1997 from Court TV, where he was an anchor and correspondent. He will report on this term’s Supreme Court decisions before departing for London.

“Terry’s range as a reporter is exceptional. He is equally adept interviewing a confessed hit man in one of Mexico’s most notorious gangs as he is breaking down some of the most complex Supreme Court decisions,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood wrote in a note to staff this morning. “A brilliant writer and gifted storyteller, Terry has the ability to see the story no one else sees, explain its importance to the audience, and do it all in a stylish and compelling way.”

Moran departs “Nightline” as it continues to try and find its way in its new 12:35 AM timeslot. Earlier this month Moran’s colleagues Bill Weir and Cynthia McFadden defended the program in an interview with the AP, arguing that it still produces top quality journalism, even as it lost more than half of its audience.

Sherwood’s note, below.
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ABC News Journalist Trevor Barker Dies At 59

Photo: David Muir/ABC News

ABC News lost one of its own on Sunday, as veteran audio engineer Trevor Barker passed away at age 59. Barker, based in South Africa, worked with Peter Jennings, Diane Sawyer, David Wright, Terry Moran and David Muir, among many others over his career at ABC.

Barker traveled the world for the network, covering genocide and revolution in Africa, to the election of the new Pope just earlier this year.

“I first met him in Jabul Saraj, Afghanistan, in 2001 when he joined me in the long wait for Kabul to fall,” said Wright, who worked with Barker last March in Rome for the election of Pope Francis, in a statement. “Even then, he was like Crocodile Dundee with a sound kit, a grizzled veteran who with good humor and steady nerves made tough experiences easier on novice war correspondents like me.”

You can see an ABC News video tribute to Barker here.

Explosion in Texas: ‘Dad, I Can’t Hear. Please Get Out of Here’

A fire and explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, TX, about 80 miles south of Dallas, is keeping CNN live on the air into the Midnight hour. The news broke around 10:30pm as cable news anchors were focused on the investigation into the Boston Marathon blasts. CNN’s Anderson Cooper covered the news during the 10pm hour, and remained with the story through the 11pm with Erin Burnett, then Piers Morgan live at Midnight. Fox News and MSNBC aired cut-ins but remained with taped programming, as of this writing. Update: MSNBC went into rolling coverage around 12:15am with Mara Schiavocampo and, later, Richard Lui anchoring until 5am. Fox News’ Elizabeth Prann anchored overnight coverage beginning at 12:38 until “Fox & Friends First” began at 4:30am. ABC’s “Nightline” was live for the East Coast, and then did a live update for the West Coast (3:35 am ET) with Terry Moran anchoring from Boston and Steve Osunsami reporting from Texas.

As the fire raged, a driver pulled out his camera phone and began recording. He wasn’t expecting what happened next. After the explosion shakes his vehicle, you hear screams and then his daughter: “Dad, I can’t hear. I can’t hear. Please get out of here.” Watch here.

An eyewitness told DallasNews.com “It was a small fire and then water sprayed the ammonia nitrate, and it exploded just like the Oklahoma City bomb.” The 18th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing is tomorrow. In fact, this part of Texas was in the news 20 years ago this week, when the final siege on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco began, resulting in the deaths of 76 people. West, TX is about 20 miles north of Waco.

Boston Bombings: Tuesday Coverage Notes

Expanded Evening Newscasts After Deadly Explosions Rock Boston Marathon

All three evening newscasts were expanded Monday after a pair of explosions killed at least two people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The newscasts began shortly after President Obama addressed the nation from the White House press briefing room at 6:10pmET. NBC’s Brian Williams, ABC’s Diane Sawyer and CBS’ Scott Pelley had been anchoring coverage on their respective networks since the news broke shortly after 3pmET. ABC News and NBC News took brief breaks from their respective special reports just before the official start of the evening newscasts at 6:30pmET.

CBS News had Terrell Brown reporting from the scene and Don Dahler reporting from Massachusetts General Hospital. At the beginning of “Evening News,” correspondent John Miller took a few minutes to “clarify all these reports we’re seeing about a suspect in the media.” Saying he wanted to “proceed very carefully from here on out,” Miller reported that the person who was detained is a Saudi national who was seen running from the scene. “That may mean a lot, that may mean nothing at all,” Miller cautioned, noting that many people were running away from the blasts.

On NBC News, Williams was joined by Katy Tur in Boston, Chuck Todd from Washington D.C. and Pete Williams on the Boston police investigation. Williams interviewed an eyewitness, Serdar Ozturk, who saw the explosion from the finish line. “People’s faces instantly changed from smile to tears, and fear,” he told Williams. “People started running for their lives.”

ABC News had reports from senior national correspondent Jim Avila, senior Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas and Linsey Davis from the scene. Sawyer also checked in with Alex Perez in Chicago and Cecelia Vega in Los Angeles about security precautions in place in those two cities. “World News” ended with a montage of still photos from the scene. “We thank you so much for watching tonight,” Sawyer said. “Boston, as you know, is one of America’s great cities, filled with resilience and spirit. So on this day, when something terrible happened, we wanted to remind you of all those who rushed to help.”

All three networks have more extended coverage planned. Williams will anchor a special report at 10pmET on NBC, Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” live at 12:35amET on ABC, and Pelley remained on the air with “Evening News” through 8pmET.

Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.

Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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