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Posted Sunday 12/02/18 at 11:37AM EST
George H.W. Bush funeral and memorial service plans announced
President Trump has declared Wednesday a national day of mourning in honor of the 41st president. A memorial service at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET., followed by another memorial service the next day in Houston. Bush is scheduled to be laid to rest on Thursday evening. Expect network and cable news coverage of the memorial services and funeral.
Posted Wednesday 11/14/18 at 1:20PM EST
Fox News and numerous other media outlets are backing CNN in its White House lawsuit
“Fox News supports CNN in its legal effort to regain its White House reporter’s press credential,” said Fox News president Jay Wallace in a statement in supporting the lawsuit over Jim Acosta's White House access. ”Secret Service passes for working White House journalists should never be weaponized. While we don’t condone the growing antagonistic tone by both the President and the press at recent media avails, we do support a free press, access and open exchanges for the American people.” Other media organizations backing CNN include NBC News, ABC News and CBS News, as well as The New York Times and Washington Post.
Posted Friday 11/02/18 at 10:48PM EDT
Alec Baldwin denies punching a man over a parking spot after being charged with misdemeanor assault and harassment
Source: USA Today
Baldwin didn't speak to reporters following his release from the NYPD's 10th Precinct after his arrest for allegedly punching a man in a parking dispute. An NYPD spokesperson said Baldwin was given a desk appearance ticket, meaning he will go before a judge on the charges at a later date. Baldwin tweeted about his arrest, denying reports he punched a man. "Normally, I would not comment on something as egregiously misstated as today’s story," he tweeted. "However, the assertion that I punched anyone over a parking spot is false. I wanted to go on the record stating as much. I realize that it has become a sport to tag people w as many negative... negative charges and defaming allegations as possible for the purposes of clickbait entertainment." In another tweet, Baldwin added: "Fortunately, no matter how reverberating the echos, it doesn’t make the statements true." ALSO: ABC White House correspondent Tara Palmeri tweets that Baldwin once told her "I hope you choke to death" when she was on assignment outside his home as a New York Post reporter.
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
Melania Trump "seemed to shrink" on 20/20 in her first sitdown since becoming first lady
"Something about Melania Trump keeps people hopeful — insistently so, despite so much contrary evidence — that there’s a bigger story at work," says Daniel D'Addario. "In her first interview as First Lady... the wife of America’s reigning celebrity-in-chief seemed to shrink," he adds. "Her real cause was not historical preservation or childhood literacy (or, certainly, the Be Best movement) but a defense of her husband premised on the idea that he has her unconditional support. The most pronounced traits to have emerged through the hourlong interview were one quality Melania shares with her husband — a refusal to brook deep contemplation — and one she does not. Married to an endlessly prolix speaker, the First Lady has painfully little to say, or at least little that she is willing to say. A figure about who so much ink has been spilled emerged on 20/20 as someone who refused to reward our attentions with anything but a steady party line."
Posted Friday 10/05/18 at 3:56AM EDT
20/20 to devote an hour to Melania Trump, including her first sit-down interview as first lady
ABC News' interview will be part of the one-hour 20/20 special titled “Being Melania – The First Lady," airing Friday, Oct. 12 at 10 p.m. Excerpts of the interview will be shown on Good Morning America and World News Tonight.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Michelle Obama to give her first interview about her memoir on Good Morning America
Source: New York Post
The former first lady will speak with Robin Roberts live from Chicago on Nov. 13 to promote next month's release of her memoir, titled Becoming. The sitdown will mark Obama's first interview with a major news outlet since leaving the White House.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 10:56PM EDT
ABC's World News Tonight accused of "playing dirty" by airing twice each day in Los Angeles
Source: Page Six
David Muir's nightly newscast airs live in L.A. at 3:30 P.T., when its broadcast to much of the nation. World News Tonight is then re-aired in L.A. at the normal timeslot of 6:30 p.m. PT. "Since it started the early broadcasts in July, ABC has netted an average of about 125,000 extra viewers a night," according to Page Six. World News Tonight just finished the full season as the No. 1 nightly newscast in total viewers, but ABC News says the extra L.A. viewership doesn't make a difference. “We are thrilled LA asked to air our newscast live at 3:30 in the afternoon," says an ABC spokesperson. " This is not about ratings, we would win handily without it. This is about the hunger for news in this moment and the strength of our newscast.”
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 6:40PM EDT
Alex Rodriguez dropped from Good Morning America and other ABC News shows
Source: New York Post
The retired baseball superstar was signed last year as a contributor to GMA, World News Tonight and Nightline. But The New York Post reports that ABC News opted not to renew its relationship with Rodriguez because he wasn't making much of an impact.
Posted Wednesday 9/26/18 at 3:43AM EDT
David Muir's World News Tonight finishes No. 1 total viewers, Lester Holt's NBC Nightly News No. 1 in the demo
NBC Nightly News finished No. 1 in the advertiser-coveted 25-54 news demographic for the 22nd season in a row. Yet Muir's World News Tonight beat NBC Nightly News in total viewers by its widest margin in 22 years.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 2:04PM EDT
ABC's What Would You Do? will air a Colin Kaepernick-inspired episode on Friday
The ABC News series filmed two different scenarios featuring a black high school football player and a white player telling their white coach they want to take a knee during the National Anthem for the first game of the season.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
John McCain's funeral will get "POTUS-level" TV coverage
CBS, NBC and ABC are all planning extensive coverage with NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt and ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos on the ground in Arizona ahead of Sunday's private funeral for the late U.S. senator. (CBS Evening News' Jeff Glor is off this week.)
Posted Monday 8/20/18 at 2:41PM EDT
Brian Ross is joining the Law & Crime Network after leaving ABC News
Source: The Washington Post
Ross, who left ABC News in July months after his suspension for a false report on Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, will be joined by his longtime ABC News producer and investigative partner Rhonda Schwartz on the online network that covers trials and crime 24/7. Ross will hold the title of chief investigative reporter and host the weekly program Brian Ross Investigates.
Posted Thursday 7/26/18 at 10:37PM EDT
ABC News' 20/20 to devote another hour to the Thailand Cave Rescue
Friday's show will offer new details about the successful rescue effort, including interviews with the two British divers who were part of the team that helped bring the boys back alive. ALSO: Amy Poehler tells Seth Meyers she's obsessed with the Thailand Cave Rescue story.
Posted Wednesday 7/18/18 at 1:42PM EDT
Paula Faris is leaving The View and Good Morning America Weekend
Faris, who joined The View in 2014 and GMA's weekend edition as co-anchor a year later, is exiting both jobs next month for a new ABC News role focused on reporting and breaking news. Faris said her decision to leave was due to personal and professional reasons. “I’m excited to get my life back,” she says, noting that she has three young kids. "Working at GMA Weekend and The View has been awesome, but I’m so excited to not go to bed at 8:30 or 9 p.m. on a Friday or Saturday night because my alarm would go off for work at 3:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday morning.”
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 3:19PM EDT
Sarah Palin told Good Morning America more details of Sacha Baron Cohen's prank on her
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
"It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting," Palin told Robin Roberts. Palin added that "he started showing me these graphs and statistics that had typos in them and that just didn't quite look right. Part of this propaganda, this data, that he was showing me had something to do with sex changes and transgenderism."