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Posted Friday 8/17/18 at 1:55PM EDT
NBC News is planning an "edgy" ad campaign to promote Lester Holt's NBC Nightly News
Variety reports that "a new effort slated to launch Friday evening amps up the action, and features a whirlwind of jump-cut images depicting Holt talking to a pilot in a plane; stepping along while covering wildfires; and interviewing President Donald Trump in a landmark exchange from May of 2017. NBC News correspondents Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker are also shown at work."
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Today fails to ask Robin Wright about "toxic" Kevin Spacey allegations on House of Cards set
Source: The Baltimore Sun
In her first interview promoting the final season of House of Cards, Wright told Savannah Guthrie that the cast and crew were “all surprised, of course, and ultimately saddened” by the sexual misconduct allegations against Spacey. “Kevin and I knew each other between action and cut, and in between setups where we would giggle,” Wright said. “I didn’t really — I didn’t know the man. I knew the incredible craftsman that he is.” But as David Zurawik points out, Guthrie failed to ask Wright about a CNN report, sourced to eight current and former House or Cards staffers, that the set of the Netflix drama was "toxic" with Spacey’s abusive and predatory sexual behavior. "One of journalism’s primary jobs is providing clarity by trying to resolve such contradictions — not serve up the kind of questions that allow someone who was in a position of authority and responsibility on that set to avoid taking the contradiction on," says Zurawik. "Wright was a director, executive producer and co-star. She was not as powerful as Spacey, but she had enough power to say something if any part of what CNN alleged about that set was true." ALSO: The interview exposed several absurdities about the show’s decision to keep going.
Posted Thursday 6/28/18 at 1:18PM EDT
NBC News is accused of shelving a story on sexual misconduct accusations against Russell Simmons and Extra's A.J. Calloway
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
MSNBC's Joy Reid was working on the story of Sil Lai Abrams, who alleges that the music mogul raped her in 1996 and that Extra's Calloway sexually assaulted her in 2006, according to a report by The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters. Extra airs on NBC owned-and-operated stations. Reid started working on Abrams' story in December and interviewed her on-camera in January. Yet the process for getting it on the air "dragged on frustratingly for weeks and then months," according to Masters. "At times, Reid texted or emailed Abrams about her sense that the network was 'slow walking' the story with 'stupid' requests. Finally, in April, Abrams says Reid told her that the network was no longer responding to her queries as to when the segment might air." Simmons, through his attorney, denied raping Abrams. In Calloway's case, Abrams filed a police report and Calloway was arrested but the case was later dismissed. "These decade-old allegations are false. They were false when they were first made and are false now," said an attorney representing Calloway. Asked to respond to its handling of the story, NBC News issued the following statement: "When MSNBC pursues any investigative story our mission is always to be as thorough as we can, to scrutinize sources and corroborate information before we report. Anything else falls short of our journalistic standards." Meanwhile, Joy Reid issued her own statement to TV Guide: "The process was clearly frustrating for Sil Lai, particularly once other women publicly accused one of the men," Reid said. "Investigative reports like these take time, and not surprisingly, sometimes journalists get frustrated as well. I inappropriately shared that frustration privately with Sil Lai. I completely respect MSNBC's standards and practices. Meticulous research to get the facts right was the only option, especially given the seriousness of the allegations."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 2:32AM EDT
Could Mark Halperin be preparing a TV comeback?
Source: Page Six
The disgraced former NBC News political pundit, who was fired last October over his sexual misconduct past, "has been spotted with a string of powerful media industry pals," according to Page Six. Those "pals" included people from CNN and PBS. A source tells Page Six, however, that the meetings were just between friends, and discussion of future television opportunities wasn't involved.
Posted Saturday 6/23/18 at 3:55AM EDT
Michael Cohen denies working with Tom Arnold on his new Viceland show: "He asked for a selfie"
In an interview with NBC News, Arnold said President Trump's former attorney was helping with his new Viceland show The Hunt for the Trump Tapes. He even posted a selfie to claim Cohen's involvement. "This dude has all the tapes — this dude has everything," he said. And in a bonkers CNN interview on Friday, Arnold said: “I’m going to spend the weekend with Michael Cohen. I’m spending the weekend hanging out with Michael Cohen. And there’s a lot going on.” Cohen responded by tweeting that, no, he's not working with Arnold: "Appreciate @TomArnold kind words about me as a great father, husband and friend," Cohen tweeted. "This was a chance, public encounter in the hotel lobby where he asked for a selfie. Not spending the weekend together, did not discuss being on his show nor did we discuss @POTUS. #done #ridiculous."
Posted Thursday 6/21/18 at 8:47PM EDT
NBC's Dateline to air a special report on the immigrant family separation controversy
NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff will report on Sunday's special, titled "The Dividing Line, which features interviews with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott. Last week, Soboroff toured a facility where children are being detained.
Posted Monday 6/18/18 at 8:27PM EDT
Retired NBC Nightly News correspondent Richard Valeriani, who was on President Richard Nixon's "enemies list," dies at 85
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Valeriani was NBC's senior White House correspondent under Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Richard Nixon. He also covered the Civil Rights Movement and the State Department under Henry Kissinger. In the 1995 film Crimson Tide, he played a CNN correspondent. After retiring in 1996, he became a media trainer with clients including Ted Danson and Jimmy Fallon.
Posted Thursday 6/14/18 at 10:21PM EDT
Matt Lauer was photographed one block from NBC's Today studio on Tuesday
Source: The Daily Mail
Did Lauer visit NBC this week? The disgraced former Today anchor was spotted wearing a Yankees cap on Tuesday, going into the entrance to an underground concourse that provides direct access to his former place of employment.
Posted Wednesday 6/13/18 at 1:59PM EDT
NBC News remembers former Meet the Press moderator Tim Russert on the 10th anniversary of his death
Source: NBC News
Russert died on June 13, 2008 at age 58 while preparing an episode of Meet the Press amid the 2008 presidential election season. "He changed the broadcast in many ways and left a powerful legacy on broadcast journalism," said NBC News.
Posted Tuesday 6/12/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Report: NBC is considering swapping Megyn Kelly's timeslot with Kathie Lee and Hoda
Source: Page Six
Megyn Kelly Today would move to the 10 a.m. hour and Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb’s popular Today hour would go to 9 a.m. under a proposal being discussed at NBC News, according to Page Six. Since premiering last fall, Megyn Kelly Today has struggled in its timeslot.
Posted Friday 6/08/18 at 8:49AM EDT
Matt Lauer will be allowed to keep his New Zealand ranch following a government inquiry into his conduct
Source: The New York Times
New Zealand has a "good-character test" for foreign property buyers, and his alleged Today show sexual misconduct had raised concerns that he was in violation of the rule. But the country's Overseas Investment Office said it found insufficient evidence that he he breached the test, so it will continue to “monitor the matter” and could revisit the case “should further information come to light.”
Posted Monday 6/04/18 at 7:42AM EDT
Bill Clinton's Today interview gets heated when he's asked if he ever apologized to Monica Lewinsky
The former president is promoting his new thriller novel he co-wrote with James Patterson, The President is Missing, on various TV outlets this week, including Stephen Colbert's Late Show and Live with Kelly and Ryan. But in the wake of the #MeToo movement, Clinton is again being grilled about his White House sex scandal. That included questioning this morning from NBC News' Craig Melvin, who asked: “Did you ever apologize to her?," resulting in a heated exchange about Lewinsky, his impeachment and the #MeToo movement.
Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 2:37PM EDT
Dateline NBC's exclusive interview with Bill Cosby accuser Andrea Constand is another break from the show's true-crime mysteries
“Dateline is always a mix,” says Dateline executive producer Liz Cole. “We do many mysteries on Friday nights, and that’s the main thing you will continue to see, but when the opportunities present themselves for us to do these pieces where we can showcase unique reporting and exclusives, we will always be up for those.” ALSO: Constand tells Dateline: "I didn't think anybody would believe me."
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Rose McGowan says it's a "very good feeling" seeing Harvey Weinstein in handcuffs
The disgraced mogul was smiling in handcuffs this morning as the NYPD perp walked him out of the police precinct after he turned himself in to face felony sex crime charges, including suspicion of rape, a criminal sex act, sexual abuse and sexual misconduct. The charges stem from accusations from former actress Lucia Evans and another yet-to-be-identified victim. Weinstein's bail was set at $1 million cash or $10 million bond. McGowan, one of Weinstein's most prominent accusers, appeared on Megyn Kelly Today soon after Weinstein's arrest to describe her reaction to seeing Weinstein in handcuffs. “It’s surreal. It’s… real. It’s both,” she said. “It’s a very good feeling… I actually didn’t believe this day would come… This is a big strike into the heart of abuse of power, and it shows people worldwide — which is what I was hoping [for] the whole time — that this will not stand.” ALSO: Ronan Farrow warns on GMA: "It’s unclear whether, Weinstein, even if found guilty, will spend any time behind bars"
Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 10:33AM EDT
Dateline lands the first TV interview with the woman who got Bill Cosby convicted
Source: Page Six
Kate Snow will sit down with Andrea Constand, whose accusation that Cosby drugged and raped her in 2004 led to his conviction last month. The interview is set to air next week.