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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

Natalie Morales Is Preferred Choice to Replace Ann Curry on ‘Today’

Natalie Morales is the preferred pick to replace Ann Curry on NBC’s “Today” show, at least among TVSpy readers.

According to a recent TVSpy poll, posted last week amid reports that Curry was leaving “Today,” Morales is the top choice, followed very closely by Savannah Guthrie, who many believe will ultimately replace Curry.

The poll listed five choices as Curry’s replacement.  In addition to Morales and Guthrie, there was Hoda Kotb, Robin Roberts, and Sue Simmons.  Simmons, who recently left WNBC after more than three decades at the anchor desk there, was the sentimental favorite, coming in third place with 20.29% of the votes. Read more

Who Should Replace Ann Curry?

According to a report from The New York Times, followed up on by TVNewser, Ann Curry is leaving NBC’s “Today” show.

Savannah Guthrie is considered the favorite to replace her, but other names are in the mix (apparently Robin Roberts was on NBC’s short list last year to replace Meredith Vieira). So who do you think should replace Curry? Vote in our poll below…

WNBC’s Janice Huff Bids Farewell to ‘Today’

WNBC chief meteorologist Janice Huff bid farewell to the “Today” show on Sunday, after 16 years of forecasting the weather on the show’s weekend broadcasts (video above).

She will continue to deliver the weather on WNBC’s 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts (she’ll just be a little more well-rested).

As ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today,’ ABC Thanks Affiliates

With the final Nielsen numbers tallied, ABC is celebrating a historic ratings victory over NBC: for the first time in more than 16 years, ABC’s “Good Morning America” topped NBC’s “Today” in total viewers last week.

According to ABC News president Ben Sherwood, the network has its stations and affiliates to thank for the morning milestone.

“All of us at ABC News salute the dynamic team at ‘Good Morning America’ who never sleep and who care so deeply about the program,” Sherwood said in a statement. “We also thank our ABC network colleagues and our powerhouse stations and affiliates for supporting the program in so many ways.” Read more

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

NBC’s ‘Today’ Criticizes Medical Treatment of KCBS Reporter Serene Branson

Replaying the troubling video of KCBS reporter Serene Branson that made the internet rounds on Monday, NBC’s “Today”  speculated this morning about what could have caused Branson’s slurred speech and erratic disposition.

NBC reporter Kristen Welker spoke with the head of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai medical center who described Branson’s episode at the Grammys as a “classic neurological event.” His diagnosis was that it was either a “temporary stroke” or a “mini seizure.”

NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman seconded the theories of the Cedars-Sinai doctor while also criticizing the actions of the paramedics on the scene, who permitted Branson to go home on Sunday night because her vital signs were normal.

“She could have recovered and had perfectly normal neurologic function, normal vital signs, and said, ‘Fine, I’ll go home on my own,’” said Snyderman. “Not the right thing to do. You immediately go to the emergency room because this could be a harbinger of more things to come.”

WMC Report on Local Teen Pregnancy Epidemic Lands on ‘Today’


Memphis NBC-affiliate WMC reported last week that 90 students at a local high school are either pregnant or have recently given birth.  The staggering figure caught the attention of “Today” producers and the show aired its own report on Wednesday morning, with Ron Mott reporting live outside of Memphis’s Frayser High School.

WMC anchor Ursula Madden delivered the original “breaking news” segment, saying, “it’s a number that shocked our newsroom.”

Memphis CBS affiliate WREG followed up on the pregnancy epidemic at Frayser High School, airing its own report in which reporter Bonny Kinney spoke with a recent graduate who has two kids.

Video after the jump… Read more

Rivals Aggressively Cover Misfortunes of WABC’s Heidi Jones

Viewers are used to seeing personal swipes coming from cable news competitors like Keith Olbermann and Bill O’Reilly but it’s rare that network and local news outlets will trump up the misfortunes of their rivals. But that’s what appears to be happening in the case of WABC’s Heidi Jones.

Jones, a weekend weathercaster for WABC and sometimes fill-in for “Good Morning America,” has been charged with lying to police about an attempted rape in Central Park. The New York Post broke the story on Wednesday, reporting that Jones had admitted to making up her account of being dragged into a wooded area by a hispanic man who tried to rape her. She faces a misdemeanor charge and, if convicted, could face up to a year in jail or a $1,000 fine. Jones has been suspended by WABC pending an internal investigation.

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