During their broadcasts on Monday, ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS’s Evening News devoted about two minutes each to recounting the latest triumphs and disappointments at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Over on NBC’s Nightly News, however, it was a different story — a much bigger one.
Should news outlets contextualize false claims made by powerful people? Or ignore them completely? There is no consensus in the industry, but its thinking continues to evolve.
The first day of a House investigation into the Jan. 6 uprising at the U.S. Capitol featured emotional testimony from four police officers who defended the Capitol and video clips of violence and mayhem. It was shown live widely, but not uniformly, on several television networks. Cable networks CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC carried the hearing, lasting more than three hours, in full. ABC preempted daytime programming to air most of it but not CBS and NBC. Instead of compelling their local stations to carry it, those networks said it was optional.
PBS leads the nominations for the 42nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, as it usually does, this year scoring 52 noms over last year’s 48. Vice News Tonight, which topped all programs with 16 noms in 2020, equaled that number this year but is tied with CBS’s 60 Minutes.
Gun violence is an issue that has plagued the United States for years. ABC News hopes its efforts to track the problem across a recent week will shed new light on it. The Disney-backed news outlet is on Sunday launching One Nation Under Fire, a new project in conjunction with news staffers at ABC’s owned stations that hopes to explore the root causes of gun violence by tracking a week of shootings across the U.S. from July 17 to July 24.
ABC News is expanding its primetime 20/20 newsmagazine with a new series, Superstar, which will begin airing on ABC Aug. 11. Each episode of Superstar will profile a different celebrity “who shaped American culture,” according to the network. The first episode will profile Whitney Houston, and will include never-before-seen private videos of the singer, who died in 2012.
Jay Shaylor, the executive producer of CBS Evening News, will step down from his post, one of the first significant rearrangements of top producers at the news division since it was placed under the aegis of new top executives.
Kasie Hunt closed Friday’s episode of Way Too Early with a surprising announcement that it would be her last show hosting and even suggested she was leaving MSNBC. Tweets from various media beat reporters and colleagues appear to confirm Hunt’s sudden and surprise departure from NBC News.
TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with Vanessa Otero, founder and CEO of Ad Fontes Media, about the company’s Media Bias Chart and where prominent TV news organizations fare in its measure.
Madeleine Haeringer, SVP of editorial, NBC News, announced Friday morning that Nicole Childers will serve as the new executive editor for NBC News’ Business, Tech & Media Unit, beginning July 26, based in the Los Angeles bureau, and that Christine Haughney Dare-Bryan has been promoted to managing editor of the unit. In her memo announcing […]
NBC’s Today has long been part of many an American morning ritual. Starting today, however, fans of the program can truly interact with a full version of it at almost any time they want. NBC News is launching its venerable A.M. franchise in podcast form, meaning that people who may want to know what it is going on with the show can find it at times and in ways of their own choosing, not necessarily in the 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. block it runs in each weekday on NBC.
The end is near for television news as we know it. That’s the clear signal coming from an important set of Nielsen company viewership data that seems like good (or at least not-so-bad) news for cable and broadcast — until you take a closer look at the numbers and trends.
Back in December, Matt Negrin, a former journalist and now producer at Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” wrote a column for The Washington Post saying that TV journalists who invite Republicans on the air should begin by asking if they believed Biden won the election. If they don’t say yes, the interview should end. Many in the news business believe that stance goes too far, that a journalist’s role is to question ideas and point out inaccuracies or outright fictions, not to pretend they don’t exist. Two Sunday morning hosts, Jake Tapper and Chris Wallace, recently revealed themselves as polar opposites on the point.
Carrie Budoff Brown is leaving Politico and heading to NBC News, where she’ll work on expanding the reach and impact of the Meet the Press brand as its senior vice president. The Meet the Press franchise includes not only Chuck Todd’s Sunday show on NBC and daily MSNBC offering, but podcasts, streaming and events like a film festival, too.
The anchor and managing editor of NBC’s flagship news broadcast NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt will be inducted into National Association of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 during the 2021 NAB Show in Las Vegas.
TV news began as public service programming that broadcasters had to carry as a condition of getting a license from the FCC. The television news business eventually turned profitable, but it will soon face an existential crisis as to how to remain so.
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated in the U.S. each June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. TV news networks are recognizing this important month by delivering an extraordinary amount of digital and linear content throughout the month that celebrates the LGBTQ+ community in America.
Donna Brazile, former interim head of the Democratic National Convention, has exited Fox News for a contributor role at ABC News, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap. Brazile served as interim DNC chairwoman in 2012 and from 2016 to 2017. She’s had a wide-ranging career in television throughout her time as a political operative.
ABC News’ 20/20, anchored by David Muir and Amy Robach, won the broadcast season for the first time in five years, according to Nielsen Media Research ratings data. In total viewership since the season began on Sept. 21, 2020, 20/20 had a 3% lead on Dateline, but the lead was greater in the advertiser-coveted age demographics. In the 18-49 demo, the 9 p.m. ET show was up by 25% while in the 25-54 range, its lead was 17%.
Veteran journalist Andrea Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 and, throughout her storied career, has established herself as a trusted source on foreign policy and world politics. Her reporting has taken her across the globe, including places such as North Korea, Bosnia, Kosovo and Cuba. But her most notable foreign coverage, dating back to the 1990s, has come from the Middle East. And now Mitchell is back there again, reporting on the latest from Jerusalem as Secretary of State Antony Blinken takes his first trip to the region amid the latest rising tensions.
NBCUniversal News Group is renewing its deal with roughly 200 affiliates across the country. In light of this new deal, NBC’s affiliate news service NBC NewsChannel will undergo a reorganization that includes a number of editorial layoffs.
The NBC newsmagazine does many of the things that other popular true-crime series do. But its success has as much to do with its old-fashioned style.