LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lew Wood, a veteran broadcast journalist who covered the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy for CBS and later anchored the news report for NBC’s “Today” show, has died at age 84. Wood’s daughter, Brigitte Wood, says her father died Wednesday at a hospice in Riverside County. Wood began his career […]
NEW YORK (AP) — A 76-year-old man yelling that the government was going to take his house slit his wrists outside NBC’s “Today” show Thursday morning before he was taken into police custody, police said. The man, Pak Chong-Mar, was in the crowd on Rockefeller Plaza outside the “Today” studio and also was yelling about […]
ABC had a very good 2012 year for Good Morning America — usurping the decades-long leader NBC’s Today. Going into the December holiday period — where all TV viewing takes a dip — ABC’s GMA had around 430,000 viewer lead over Today.
Beginning Dec. 1, the Today veteran succeeds Jim Bell, with responsibility for the four hours of Today program content as well as the broadcast’s management team and program staff.
An NBC executive who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the plan is not finalized said Monday that Jim Bell will be replaced as the show’s executive producer. Veteran NBC News executive Alexandra Wallace will oversee management of Today and a search is under way for Bell’s successor.
Steven Tyler and the guys from Aerosmith don’t normally do morning shows, as they joked to Matt Lauer on Today on Friday morning. And with good reason, as Tyler soon demonstrated when he dropped an F-bomb while Al Roker was doing the weather.
Viewer defections are the chief reason for television’s changing fortunes in morning news, where ABC’s Good Morning America has ended NBC’s epic 17-year winning streak on Today. ABC is growing — GMA has 110,000 more viewers each day this year than last — but not as much as NBC is slipping (437,000 viewers a day since last year).
NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Geist will no longer have to be at work way too early. NBC News on Wednesday appointed Geist to be a host of the 9 a.m. hour of the “Today” show, where he joins Al Roker and Natalie Morales. Geist has been a regular on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and host […]
As Today sinks in the ratings, Matt Lauer has become an “anchor animal” behind the scenes, NBC sources say, adding that he’s taken control of the show and berates staff who are no longer allowed to even mention rival Good Morning America around him.
Less than three months after a tearful Ann Curry bid goodbye to NBC’s Today show, it’s the network’s turn to cry. The once-dominant morning powerhouse is falling even further behind in the ratings race after forcing 15-year veteran Curry aside and replacing her with freshman Savannah Guthrie. ABC’s Good Morning America looks set to win its third consecutive week in a row — not just in total viewers but also among core viewers ages 25 to 54.
Steve Capus, the president of NBC News, sent a message to the managers of NBC’s affiliated stations Wednesday, which acknowledged that they had been hit with a storm of criticism from their viewers over its decision not to observe a moment of silence during the Today show on Sept. 11 — and apologized for putting the stations through that.
NEW YORK (AP) — While its rivals covered the solemn commemoration of the first plane striking the World Trade Center on Tuesday, NBC’s “Today” show aired Kardashian family matriarch Kris Jenner talking about her breast augmentation. It was an embarrassing moment for the once-dominant morning show, now often beaten by ABC’s “Good Morning America” in […]
The NBC morning show falls behind rival Good Morning America after two dominant weeks during the Games, a reflection of ABC’s rising strength.
NEW YORK (AP) — The “Today” show says Al Roker and Matt Lauer have jokingly bantered about throwing someone “under the bus” at least 27 times over the past two years. Why does that matter? Because the most recent time Roker said it, on Thursday, it was widely interpreted as a dig against his own […]
NEW YORK (AP) — A quip by Al Roker may have hit too close to home for NBC’s “Today” show team. Roker, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Tamron Hall were wrapping up an interview with members of the U.S. women’s rowing team on “Today” Thursday, when the tradition of a winning team throwing their coxswain […]
The showdown this week between the Today show and Good Morning America tilted in ABC’s favor for the first time on Wednesday, when GMA beat its NBC rival in the ratings by 87,000 viewers.
ABC’s Good Morning America won’t surpass NBC’s Today as the No. 1 morning show this season. But that day may be coming closer. The longtime No. 2 is making strides this season toward catching Today, which has held its top position for an amazing 16 years.
The NBC show, which saw Ann Curry replace Meredith Vieira two months ago, still leads ABC but only by about 500,000 total viewers.