Tom Brokaw, 80, author of The Greatest Generation, was NBC’s lead anchor at Nightly News and for big events for more than 20 years before giving way to Brian Williams in 2004. He was a White House correspondent during Richard Nixon’s presidency, and began co-hosting Today in 1976. He started hosting Nightly News in 1983.
Kristen Welker and Peter Alexander were named the new chief White House correspondents for NBC News, part of a rejiggering of some of the news unit’s personnel in the nation’s capital as many news outlets prepare to cover a new presidential administration.
The NBC Nightly News anchor frequently ends his broadcasts now with commentaries, an unusual departure for network evening newscasts that have more than a half century’s track record of playing it straight. Holt’s essays, many of them pleas for unity in troubled times, can seem mild to viewers used to the rhetorical warfare of cable news. He says he’s filling a need for voices of empathy in public life.
Today, Dec. 11, NBC News is dedicating the full NBCNews.com homepage to coverage of the most important topic on the planet: The coronavirus pandemic. This is the first time the site’s homepage will devote all of its content to a just one topic.
Al Roker returned to the Today show on Monday morning, two weeks after undergoing surgery for prostate cancer. “I’m back! I’m so excited to see all of you,” the 66-year-old meteorologist wrote on Instagram.
Since she held President Trump’s feet to the fire at a crucial turning point of the campaign, her future at NBC News appears bright.
Al Roker is recovering at home after having prostate cancer surgery, he tweeted Thursday. “See you all soon,” said Roker, whose surgery took place at Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Josie Robertson Surgery Center in New York.
NBC Nightly News returned home Monday, Nov. 9, after more than six months of anchoring remotely and from alternate setups — and introduced new on-set video wall graphics and a new approach to blocking the show that follows its Decision 2020 editions from Studio 1A.
Al Roker of NBC’s Today said today that he has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will be undergoing surgery to have his prostate removed. “I’m going to be taking some time off to take care of this.”
The NBC News White House correspondent worked hard Thursday to keep control of the second and final encounter between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, steering but not stifling exchanges. Midway through the debate, she even received a compliment from the Republican president, who said, “So far, I respect very much the way you handled this.”
President Donald Trump steamrolled Chris Wallace with constant interruptions in the first one, a performance that cost the Republican incumbent support in the polls. Susan Page struggled to make the vice presidential candidates adhere to time limits their campaigns had agreed to in advance. Next up: Kristen Welker. The NBC News White House correspondent is scheduled to moderate Thursday’s second and last session between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. It’s hard not to feel trepidation for her.
Margaret Sullivan: “Savannah Guthrie brought her A game to last week’s NBC town hall with President Trump. As Thursday’s final debate between Trump and Joe Biden approaches, Guthrie’s NBC colleague, White House correspondent Kristen Welker, needs to have the best night of her career, too — but in a very different way. To make this debate something that serves the public interest rather than being the disastrous circus that it could be, she needs to be in control.”
NBC was reeling heading into Thursday’s town hall with President Trump, under widespread criticism for scheduling it at the same time as ABC’s town hall with Democratic opponent Joe Biden. NBC was accused of rewarding Trump for rejecting the debate commission’s plan to do the second debate virtually. That was quickly forgotten when the president sat opposite Guthrie, who questioned him specifically on when he last tested positive for COVID-19 (he said he didn’t remember), whether he had pneumonia (didn’t say) and his personal finances.
NBC has been rocked by an internal feud over its decision to host a town hall with Donald Trump at the same time as ABC’s Thursday event with Joe Biden. The internal conflict extends to the highest levels of NBCUniversal, where MSNBC head Phil Griffin strongly disagreed with NBC News President Noah Oppenheim’s decision to unilaterally move forward with the town hall during that time slot, according to three high-ranking sources at the TV media giant.
Joe Biden participated in a 90-minute town hall from Philadelphia on ABC, while NBC News went ahead with its hourlong session with President Trump in Miami — despite protests from Hollywood stars and others who criticized the network for forcing viewers to choose because the two events were held at the same time.
NBC News Group chairman Cesar Conde says in a statement that “we share in the frustration that our event will initially air alongside the first half of ABC’s broadcast with Vice President Biden,” adding that “Our decision is motivated only by fairness, not business considerations.”
The president and Joe Biden were supposed to meet Thursday for their second debate hosted by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. Following the president’s diagnosis, the commission switched it to a virtual meeting, but Trump declined to participate. Biden then agreed to appear on ABC. Critics of NBC questioned why the network scheduled Trump for the same time, making viewers have to choose if they were interested in seeing both candidates react live in a similar format.
Donald Trump will do a town hall for NBC News on Thursday, after an agreement was reached between the network and his presidential campaign on the details for the event. That means that Trump and Joe Biden will each participate in separate town halls on the same evening, after plans for a presidential debate with a similar format were scrapped.
Employees at NBC’s New York O&O claim they’re being treated like second-class citizens when it comes to the company’s coronavirus testing policies. They are demanding they receive COVID-19 tests like their colleagues at NBC News, MSNBC and even Saturday Night Live, who are being tested at least once a week, sources close to the situation say.
Social media can be cruel, but the Meet the Press host says his goal is to leave the long-running NBC public affairs program “in a better place than I got it.”
Margaret Sullivan: “Some corrections are almost pointless, such as the one that prompted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to light into NBC on Wednesday morning. Her complaint identifies one of the problems with corrections by news organizations: They rarely — and maybe never — can undo the damage caused by the original error.”
This Sunday, with 100 days to go until Election Day 2020, NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo will host an hour-long special, Decision 2020: 100 Days To Go, anchored by “Meet The Press” moderator and MSNBC host Chuck Todd. The special airs Sunday on MSNBC at 10 p.m. ET, and streams on NBC News NOW, CNBC.com […]
A source tells TVNewser that NBC News is offering buyout options for staffers at NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt. However, we hear these buyout offers are not directly related to the Covid-19 pandemic, nor are they linked to the recent arrival of Cesar Conde, the Telemundo-turned-NBC News Group chairman who assumed the new role in May.
In a memo to staff, NBC News Group Chairman Cesar Conde writes that the organization aspires to achieve “two concrete goals: that 50% of our News organization employees be women and 50% of our total workforce be people of color.”
NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky took to social media over the weekend to publicly announce that he had contracted coronavirus. “It’s a truly unsettling feeling to wake up every day and wonder how your body will respond to a virus that we’re still learning about.”