Rhiannon Ally Named Co-Anchor Of ABC’s ‘World News Now’ And ‘America This Morning’

‘Good Morning America’ Stage Manager Bill Miller Dies

Jessica Delgado Joins Univision Noticias

Meteorologist and journalist Jessica Delgado has joined Univision Noticias programming. She is reporting daily weather updates on morning programming such as Despierta America and ViX’s La Voz de la Mañana. Additionally, she will report breaking weather updates on all news programming within Univision Noticias. Delgado brings over a decade of experience as a journalist, with at least nine years as a […]

Off-Air Content Staff At ‘PBS NewsHour’ Unionizes With SAG-AFTRA

The on-air staffers long have been represented by the union, but they now are joined by 69 reporters, producers, editors, production assistants and others who not only report and produce the show but also create NewsHour’s expanding digital footprint and one-hour primetime documentaries. NewsHour Productions, which produces the show, has officially recognized the bargaining unit, of which more than 70% of the program’s workers signed on to a petition to unionize.

ABC News Launches Studio To Expand Documentary Efforts

ABC News is doubling down on documentaries and docuseries, launching a new non-fiction division called ABC News Studios. The studio already has 15 series in various stages of production, as well as 3 feature-length documentaries, which will live under the ABC News Films banner.

Susan Ormiston Named CBC News’ First International Climate Correspondent

CBC News today announced the appointment of Susan Ormiston to the newly created role of international climate correspondent. Beginning later this fall, Ormiston will tackle high-profile international climate stories, with deployments to breaking news related to the issue around the world. “This announcement reaffirms our commitment to one of the most pressing stories of our […]

‘NBC Nightly News’ Devotes Half Of Sunday Broadcast To Stories Of One Night Of Gun Violence In America

NBC Nightly News on Sunday devoted the first 14 minutes of the newscast to a single story: The shootings that unfolded in four major cities during the previous night. While the wave of horrific mass shootings garner nationwide attention, “far more Americans are killed in smaller incidents” across the country each night, Kate Snow, who anchors on Sundays, said at the top of the broadcast. Snow and three other correspondents worked overnight shifts in different cities to capture “how gun violence is destroying communities and plaguing our country.”

NBC’s Peter Alexander Accosted By Saudi Security

There was a bit of a tense moment today during President Biden’s meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia. Saudi security personnel “grabbed” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander as he shouted questions toward the Saudi prince about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

‘PBS NewsHour’ Staffers Announce Intent To Form Union

L.A. TV News Shakeup: KCAL Adds Morning Block As KCBS Double Pumps ‘CBS Mornings’

CBS-owned Los Angeles TV stations KCAL and KCBS are set to shake up the local news landscape in the fall with a programming flip that will bring the first morning newscasts to KCAL. KCAL will carry seven hours of news, starting at 4 a.m. and stretching to 11 a.m. KCBS has long carried local news from 4 a.m. to 7 a.m., followed by the West Coast feed of network morning show CBS Mornings at 7-9 a.m. With the switch, KCBS will run the East Coast edition of the live CBS Mornings  from 4 to 6 a.m., followed by the West Coast edition in its regular 7-9 berth. In the 6-7 hour, KCBS will simulcast KCAL’s local newscast.

There Are Too Many Mass Shootings For The U.S. Media To Cover

News organizations must make agonizing decisions about which shootings deserve on-the-ground reporting, and for how long.

Talking TV: Documentary Advice From PBS’s ‘POV’

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Erika Dilday, executive producer of PBS’s POV documentary series as the show enters its 35th season, looking at what makes potent documentaries work and how local TV stations can make successful forays into the space by drawing on their strong community ties. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

ABC News Names Joshua Hoyos New York Bureau Chief

ABC News Taps Janai Norman As ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend Anchor

ABC News has found the next co-anchor for the weekend edition of Good Morning America. On Tuesday, ABC News president Kim Godwin told staff that Janai Norman will join the program effective immediately, working alongside anchors Whit Johnson and Eva Pilgrim.

Canadian TV Pioneer Patrick Watson Dies At 92

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Breaking Down What ABC, CBS And NBC Promote In Primetime

How much promotional time do ABC, CBS and NBC have in primetime? A fascinating analysis from the Promax Station Summit shows how many promos they have and how they divide the time between all their priorities.

KNBC Los Angeles Adding News To Replace ‘Ellen’; Airing Network News At 3:30

Broadcast Networks Will Cover Surprise Jan. 6 Hearing

The broadcast networks were shifting gears into committee coverage mode after the House Jan. 6 select committee investigating the attack on the Capitol announced a surprise June 28 hearing, reportedly due to some new evidence that has turned up. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., but the committee did not say who, if anyone, will be testifying.

Tony Dokoupil Renews CBS News Contract

The 41-year-old morning anchor has renewed his contract with CBS News, locking in the team behind the network’s morning news program – Gayle King and Nate Burleson also co-anchor  the show, while Vladimir Duthiers is a daily contributor —  for the next few years. It’s a sign that CBS and parent company Paramount Global are confident in the show, which, even though it remains in third place behind ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Today, has been making viewership gains in important categories as the current battle for morning news viewers enters an interesting new phase.

How TV News Covered The Supreme Court Overturning Roe

NBC News Now Anchor Joe Fryer Named NLGJA Journalist Of The Year

Mark Shields, Genial TV Political Commentator, Dies

A onetime campaign manager, Shields became one of Washington’s most respected political commentators, both as a syndicated columnist and as a genial liberal counterpart to several conservative sparring partners on the PBS NewsHour. He was 85.

ABC News Announces 2022 Midterm Campaign Embeds

Amber Heard Sets Primetime Sit-Down With NBC’s Savannah Guthrie

Two weeks after a Virginia jury handed Johnny Depp a victory in his multi-million-dollar defamation trial against Amber Heard, the Aquaman actress is set to publicly speak at length for the first time since the verdict. Heard will appear on NBC in a one-hour primetime special on June 17 in a sit-down with Savannah Guthrie. Certain to be heavily hyped and teased by the Comcast-owned network all week, the special will air at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.

CBS News’ Richard Schlesinger Of ’48 Hours’ Is Retiring

The New York-based Schlesinger, who had also reported for the CBS Evening News, CBS Sunday Morning and occasionally anchored, joined the network in 1984 in its Miami bureau and moved north after three years.

Major TV Networks, Including Fox News, Plan To Televise Monday’s Jan. 6 Hearing

The next hearing by the House’s Jan. 6 committee will not be in prime time, but it will be widely televised. The hearing begins Monday at 10 a.m. ET. In addition to thorough coverage on cable, including on Fox News,  the big three broadcast networks — ABC, NBC and CBS — are planning to preempt regular programming for special reports about the hearing. Spokespeople for the broadcast news divisions confirmed that all stations are expected to carry the specials. PBS will offer live coverage as well.

20M Watch Jan. 6 Hearings; ABC, MSNBC Lead

A little more than 20 million people watched the televised hearings of the House of Representatives’ January 6 committee Thursday night. ABC and MSNBC drew the biggest audiences for the two-hour hearings about the storming of the Capitol last year. They were televised live across a dozen cable and broadcast outlets. Fox News, which pointedly did not offer full coverage of the hearings, drew an audience in line with its recent average from 8 to 10 p.m. ET, while MSNBC and CNN came in well above their usual ratings.

Adam Verdugo Named Executive Producer Of ‘CBS Evening News’

Just a few weeks after anchor Norah O’Donnell signed a new long-term contract extension with the network, CBS News has tapped her longtime colleague Adam Verdugo to be executive producer of the CBS Evening News. Verdugo, who had been executive story editor on the program, will be based out of its Washington home studio. The Evening News had been without a permanent EP since Jay Shaylor left the program last summer.

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A Harrowing American Moment, Repackaged For Primetime

Presented in primetime and carefully calibrated for a TV-viewing audience (itself increasingly an anachronism), the debut of the Jan. 6 hearings was, in essence, a summer rerun. Designed as a riveting legislative docudrama about an event that most of the country saw live 18 months ago, it tried mightily to break new narrative ground in a nation of short attention spans and endless distractions.

Jan. 6 Committee Gets A Primetime Spotlight. Will People Watch?

It’s showtime for the Jan. 6 House select committee. For the last year, the group has been hearing testimony on the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol and the involvement of then-President Trump as an alleged instigator determined to overturn the results of the 2020 election. On Thursday, the findings will get a primetime TV platform, a rarity for such proceedings, with three broadcast networks, the Fox-owned TV stations, several cable networks and a myriad of streaming outlets presenting the opening hours.

Before Jan. 6 Hearings, Most-Watched Political TV Was Watergate Probe

Sexual Assault Case Dismissed Against Former ABC News Producer Michael Corn

A judge in New York State Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit against former ABC News producer Michael Corn, who was alleged to have sexually assaulted a subordinate and to have created a toxic work environment at ABC News.

Fox News Aside, Blanket TV Coverage Set For Jan. 6 Hearing

Television viewers will find nearly blanket prime-time coverage of a Congressional hearing Thursday on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, with the exception of Fox News Channel. The broadcast networks are giving their nightly news anchors the prime position, with David Muir anchoring for ABC, Lester Holt for NBC and Norah O’Donnell for CBS, each starting at or close to 8 p.m. ET.

TV News Shakes Up Schedules To Cover Jan. 6 Committee Report On Capitol Attack

On Thursday night, most major broadcast networks and cable news outlets are slated to shake up their evening programming grid to show what is expected to be a shocking report from the U.S. House Select Committee, which has spent months investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and what may be coordinated efforts behind it.

NBC News Names Priscilla Thompson Houston-Based Correspondent

CBS Denies That Norah O’Donnell’s Salary Was Cut In Half

‘Good Morning America’ Threatens ‘Today’ With Wins In News Demo

For the past four weeks, GMA has eked out gains over NBC’s Today in a critical audience category that can help determine how much advertising money Madison Avenue invests in news programs. GMA typically cedes viewers 25-54 to Today, but for each of the past four weeks has instead won.

‘’PBS NewsHour’ Names Laura Barron-Lopez White House Correspondent

PBS’s long-running nightly newscast PBS NewsHour has found its new White House correspondent. The program, produced by WETA, announced that Laura Barrón-López will cover the Biden administration for the program beginning June 13. She was previously a White House reporter for Politico and also worked for the Washington ExaminerThe Hill and HuffPost.

Norah O’Donnell’s Salary Slashed At ‘CBS Evening News’

CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell’s pay package got slashed by more than half this spring amid a brutal round of cost cuts at the third-place network, the New York Post is reporting. According to insiders, CBS News re-signed the 48-year-old anchor in April with a yearly salary of $3.8 million — down from the previous $8 million — following reports that the network had been casting around for a replacement as O’Donnell’s ratings continue to sag.

COMMENTARY BY BROOKE BALDWIN

Don’t Let The Cameras Turn Away

This time, networks need to stay with the story of mass shootings.