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Former KVOA, KMIZ Reporter Savannah Guthrie Named ‘Today’ Co-Host

NBC made it official today: Savannah Guthrie has been named co-host of the “Today” show, one day after Ann Curry ended her year-long tenure as Matt Lauer‘s sidekick.

Guthrie, a native of Tucson, spent the early part of her career moving up the local market ladder.  She worked as a reporter at KMIZ in Columbia, MO and later at KVOA in Tucson, before attending law school.

“As soon as Savannah joined NBC News she was a standout,” “Today” executive producer Jim Bell said.  “She has a one-of-a-kind combination of sharp wit and approachability, and our viewers value her journalistic skills and legal background just as much as her humor and charm.”  Read more at TVNewser

B&C: NBC Affiliates Back Plan to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

The rumor mill about talent changes on NBC’s “Today” continues to churn. The latest news, from The Hollywood Reporter, is that Ann Curry will remain at NBC in a “substantial” role after her exit from the program, a move which is supported by the NBC affiliates, Broadcasting & Cable‘s Michael Malone reports:

The NBC affiliates have heard nothing from the network about changes to frontline talent at the venerable franchise, and several station chiefs were reluctant to speak on the record, including affiliates board chairman Jordan Wertlieb, until things are official. But several say the problems at Today, which has famously seen its lead over ABC’s Good Morning America shrink in recent months, will continue until a change is made. They echo the oft-uttered charge that Curry and Matt Lauer lack chemistry, believe she does not successfully connect with female viewers, and say Curry is too rigid on the show’s frilly bits.

“The thing we look for in television is chemistry, chemistry, chemistry,” says one East Coast GM at an NBC station who asked to not be named.  Read more

In Her Final Newscast, Sue Simmons Makes It Clear She Doesn’t Want to Leave

Throughout her final newscast on WNBC, legendary New York anchor Sue Simmons made it clear that she didn’t want to leave.

Following a day of video tributes to her, the moment finally came Friday night: Simmons would anchor her last newscast at WNBC, ending a 32-year run at NBC’s flagship station. And she did it with the same humor and unpredictability that have endeared her to so many viewers.

At times during the 11 p.m. newscast, Chuck Scarborough, Simmons’s longtime co-anchor, whose dapper outfit for the occasion was punctuated with a bright pink pocket square, looked like a nervous parent teaching his kid to drive–he was ready to grab the wheel when it appeared that Simmons may veer the newscast in a regrettable direction. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Herman Cain Sings and Matt Lauer Goes Missing

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” Herman Cain sings about sexual harassment, Justin Bieber has a baby with Kate Middleton (I think I have that right), and nobody seems to know the whereabouts of Matt Lauer.  Plus, we debut the 1st annual “Where in the World is ‘Five Things You Need to Know This Week?’”

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV


WXIA’s Jill Becker Gets a ‘Today’ Show Sendoff

In January, WXIA anchor Jill Becker announced she would retire from the station when her contract is up. After more than two decades anchoring the Atlanta morning show, her final broadcast was this morning.

As an anchor on WXIA, an NBC affiliate, Becker tosses each morning to a “Today” anchor for a short tease. This morning, Matt Lauer, and some Becker fans who were out on the plaza outside 30 Rock, gave Becker a special sendoff (watch the video, above). “I am going to miss you so much,” Lauer said. “You are such a classy lady. You’ve been so great for Atlanta. But most importantly you have been such a great friend to us on this show.”

Gone From WNBC, Len Berman Returns to ‘Today’

“It is a pleasure–and we mean that–to welcome back our good friend, Len Berman,” Matt Lauer announced this morning, welcoming Berman back to the “Today” show.

“Today” has brought back Berman’s signature “Spanning the World” segment, a rundown of highlights and bloopers from the world of sports that the veteran New York sportscaster contributed to the show for 20 years before his WNBC contract was not renewed in 2009.

“I’m thrilled to reconnect with my good buddies Matt, Al, Ann, and Natalie,” Berman told FishbowlNY recently about his return to “Today.” “A great crew on and off camera. It was always one of my highlights.”

WNBC sent Berman packing in the spring of 2009 after 24 years with the station. Read more

WNBC’s 5pm show renamed ‘New York Live’

WNBC is changing the name of its 5pm show from “LX New York” to “New York Live,” effective today.

LX New York debuted two years ago produced not by WNBC’s news department, but by the LX.TV group, which had been acquired by NBCUniversal in early 2008.

Jane Hanson and Sara Gore continue to host the lifestyle and entertainment program.

For decades, from 1980-2007, the 5pm timeslot on WNBC was home to “Live at Five,” an interview and lifestyle show which led off with news headlines. “Live at Five” had been been hosted by Matt Lauer and Jack Cafferty, and for its entirety by Sue Simmons and once included voice-overs from SNL announcer Don Pardo. But over the years, the show morphed into a traditional newscast, was canceled in 2007 and replaced by EXTRA at 5pm and later News 4 New York until LX New York came along in 2009.

“Our new name, New York Live, reflects what the show has become — all about the very best of New York everyday,” says Morgan Hertzan, General Manager, LX.TV.

The name change comes on the same day New York’s news leader WABC launches its 4pm newscast replacing “The Oprah Winfrey Show”

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