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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 1:37PM EDT
Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb are each getting their own Today digital series
Savannah’s Dressing Room Diaries will feature Guthrie interviewing celebrities and other newsmakers from her dressing room, while Quoted by Hoda will have Kotb discussing favorite quotes and words of wisdom with celebrities. NBC News says it wants to offer eight to 12 digital series per season, consisting of eight to 10 episodes.
Posted Wednesday 10/03/18 at 9:05PM EDT
Al Roker's carpel tunnel surgery couldn't keep him away from Today
Source: Page Six
The Today weatherman showed up with a cast on Today Tuesday morning after scheduling the surgical procedure at the last minute for Monday. Roker says his carpal tunnel resulted in him losing use of his thumb while rehearsing for Broadway's Waitress. He'll make his Broadway debut on Friday night, playing the diner owner.
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 Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Tom Arnold and Megyn Kelly got into a heated argument over Mark Burnett and Brett Kavanaugh
Source: The Daily Beast
Kelly tried grilling Arnold on last week's confrontation with Burnett on this morning's edition of Megyn Kelly Today. But the interview turned into Arnold confronting Kelly, accusing her of defending U.S. Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh. “You keep defending Kavanaugh and those guys, maybe you can defend me for one second here!” he said. Kelly responded: “No, I won’t. And I’m not defending Kavanaugh, I’m asking for a fair hearing.”
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 10:27PM EDT
Report: NBC News chairman Andy Lack has a history of letting accused sexual harassers keep their jobs -- including one who allegedly blocked Ronan Farrow's story
Source: The Daily Beast
The Daily Beast reports that one of the NBC News bosses who reviewed Farrow's Harvey Weinstein reporting that was ultimately rejected was David Corvo, NBC News' senior executive producer for primetime news, who oversees shows like Dateline. "Corvo is one of NBC News’ most powerful men," reports The Daily Beast. Corvo also was accused of sexual harassing a female employee that led NBC Universal to sign a separation agreement that paid her nearly $1 million. "In return for a sum, the woman is forbidden from saying anything negative about her time at the company. Corvo continues to work at NBC News," says The Daily Beast. Rich McHugh, Farrow's former producing partner at NBC News, says Corvo helped decide the fate of their Weinstein reporting. An NBC News spokesperson countered that Corvo was “not a decision maker on the Weinstein reporting” and said he and two senior women on the review team “were unanimous in affirming that NBC News did not yet have a story that was ready for broadcast.” The Daily Beast also reports that Megyn Kelly was urged by Mark Kornblau, an NBC News executive who reports to Lack, not to cover the Tom Brokaw sexual harassment allegations, which she refused. An NBC News spokesperson says the "insinuation is ridiculous because two days before they spoke, NBC News had already covered the Brokaw story more aggressively than any other network.” The Daily Beast also went back and looked at one of Lack's previous jobs as chairman and CEO of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, where he allegedly looked the other way at sexual harassment accusations against Charlie Walk in the 2000s. Walk was fired from Fox reality show The Four and Republic Records earlier this year over sexual misconduct allegations.
Posted Thursday 9/06/18 at 1:41AM EDT
Why did NBC's Craig Melvin's Today promotion announcement seem fraught with sensitivity?
Melvin will officially become Today's "news anchor," a position that was quietly dropped in 2016. But his promotion Tuesday seemed like a formality. As Brian Stelter points out, Melvin is on the weekday version of Today practically every day. So why wasn't a bigger fuss made over his promotion? "In part, it's about the hangover from the (Matt) Lauer scandal. And it's about the art of morning TV war, in which shows are constantly seeking an advantage over competitors," says Stelter, whose 2013 book on the network morning show wars is being turned into an Apple TV series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon. Stelter points out that Today received a lot of buzz when it replaced Matt Lauer with Hoda Kotb, forming morning network TV's first all-female anchor team, which has been embraced by the audience. So NBC News didn't want to make it seem like Melvin's promotion meant that it was moving away from an all-female anchor team.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 2:03AM EDT
Craig Melvin may bring a "welcome bite" to Today
Source: The Daily Beast
Melvin, who joins the Today show full-time as news anchor, made headlines with his tough interview of Bill Clinton in June. He also got in a gotcha question to Megyn Kelly on her 9 a.m. show. "Melvin has—at least for the show he finds himself on—a distinctive spirit of gentle dissension, a spirited pointedness," says Tim Teeman.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
President Trump threatens NBC's license over its handling of the Harvey Weinstein story
The president responded to the feud between NBC News and Ronan Farrow by tweeting this morning: "NBC FAKE NEWS, which is under intense scrutiny over their killing the Harvey Weinstein story, is now fumbling around making excuses for their probably highly unethical conduct. I have long criticized NBC and their journalistic standards-worse than even CNN. Look at their license?"
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 3:42PM EDT
Craig Melvin joins Today's weekday lineup as news anchor
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Melvin, a rising star at NBC News who was previously considered a contender to replace Matt Lauer, recently stepped down as co-host of the Saturday version of Today. "I didn't have sisters growing up, so I'm looking forward to picking up two sisters every Monday through Friday," Melvin said this morning in formally joining Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb on weekday Today. "The sisters you never wanted," added Guthrie.
Posted Tuesday 9/04/18 at 9:45AM EDT
NBC News vs. Ronan Farrow feud erupts into "open warfare"
Source: The New York Times
NBC News chairman Andrew Lack released a 4,488-word internal memo on Monday saying Farrow's reporting on Harvey Weinstein was not "fit for broadcast." Lack added: “We spent eight months pursuing the story but at the end of that time, NBC News — like many others before us — still did not have a single victim or witness willing to go on the record... But Farrow did not agree with that standard. That’s where we parted ways — agreeing to his request to take his reporting to a print outlet that he said was ready to move forward immediately.” Farrow fired back hours later, in a statement posted to Twitter, saying Lack's memo "contains numerous false or misleading statements." Farrow added that NBC's “list of sources is incomplete and omits women who were either identified in the NBC story or offered to be" and "the suggestion to take the story to another outlet was first raised by NBC, not me, and I took them up on it only after it became clear that I was being blocked from further reporting.” ALSO: Weinstein accuser Emily Nester contradicts "shameful" NBC, backs Farrow's version of events.
Posted Friday 8/31/18 at 2:43PM EDT
NBC News says its top lawyer never threatened Ronan Farrow, calls accusation a "malicious distortion"
The Daily Beast reported Thursday night that, "according to multiple sources familiar with the matter, NBC News General Counsel Susan Weiner made a series of phone calls to Farrow, threatening to smear him if he continued to report on Weinstein." The Daily Beast also quoted an unnamed NBC spokesperson who called those allegations "absolutely false. There’s no truth to that all." This morning, NBC News released a lengthier statement saying, "Susan Weiner has been a champion of journalists and defender of the First Amendment in newsrooms for over thirty years...Weiner reminded Farrow that as he continued his reporting on behalf of a separate news organization he should no longer represent himself as working on behalf of NBC News. She made no threats and the characterization of that conversation in The Daily Beast is a malicious distortion."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 10:02PM EDT
NBC accused of suppressing Ronan Farrow's Harvey Weinstein exposé and threatening to smear him
Source: The New York Times
The order to put a stop to Farrow's Weinstein reporting came from "the very highest levels of NBC," according to Rich McHugh, the NBC News producer who worked closely with Farrow. He is speaking out to The New York Times after recently leaving the network. Meanwhile, The Daily Beast reports, based on multiple sources, that "NBC News general counsel Susan Weiner made a series of phone calls to Farrow, threatening to smear him if he continued to report on Weinstein." The Daily Beast also reports NBC News president Noah Oppenheim "mentioned to Farrow that Weinstein had raised objections to Farrow’s reporting—even though Farrow had not yet asked Weinstein to comment on the allegations, according to individuals briefed on the meeting." An NBC News spokesperson said, speaking anonymously, the allegation that Farrow was threatened was "absolutely false. There’s no truth to that all. There is no chance, in no version of the world, that Susan Weiner would tell Ronan Farrow what he could or could not report on.” McHugh told The Times that NBC was "resistant" to their Weinstein investigation, which ended up being published in The New Yorker. McHugh called NBC News' handling of their investigation "a massive breach of journalistic integrity.” “Three days before Ronan and I were going to head to L.A. to interview a woman with a credible rape allegation against Harvey Weinstein, I was ordered to stop, not to interview this woman,” McHugh told The Times. “And to stand down on the story altogether.” Asked to respond, Oppenheim told The Times: “He was never told to stop in the way he’s implying," adding: “We repeatedly made clear to Ronan and Rich McHugh the standard for publication is we needed at least one credible on-the-record victim or witness of misconduct. And we never met that threshold while Ronan was reporting for us.” Oppenheim added that Weinstein had no influence on NBC News' reporting. McHugh decided to speak out after leaving NBC News two weeks ago. Asked why it took him so long to leave the network, McHugh said he wanted to continue to provide for his family and he feared NBC could retaliate against him. Asked to respond to McHugh's comments to The Times, Farrow said in a statement: "Rich is a fantastic producer and journalist. He’s a person of integrity, and he cared deeply about the investigative stories we worked on together and the importance of seeing them through.” UPDATE: NBC News says any assertion that it tried to kill the Weinstein story is "an outright lie."
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 2:16PM EDT
Without evidence, President Trump claims Lester Holt was "got caught fudging" last year's interview
Source: The Washington Post
Trump's tweet this morning was the first time he suggested any impropriety over the May 2017 sitdown with the NBC Nightly News anchor. NBC News previously released the entire interview unedited online.
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 8/27/18 at 3:09PM EDT
NBC News chairman Andy Lack is reportedly facing the boot
Source: Page Six
Page Six reports that "Comcast chiefs have been seeking a replacement for Lack." The 71-year-old Lack, who previously served as NBC News president, returned to NBC News in 2015 following the Brian Williams debacle. But all hasn't been well under Lack's watch over the past year and a half. There have been sexual harassment scandals involving Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw. There was also his decision to lure Megyn Kelly with a $20 million-a-year deal. Meanwhile, Today is No. 2 among morning shows.