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Chelsea Clinton Makes Her Debut as an NBC Special Correspondent (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Dec 13th 2011 7:35AM
Chelsea Clinton on 'NBC Nightly News'Last night Chelsea Clinton made her debut as an NBC News special correspondent. The former First Daughter appeared on 'Nightly News With Brian Williams' to introduce her 'Making a Difference' segment, which aired in full later on 'Rock Center.'

So, how did she do? Pretty well, as it turned out. Chatting to Williams she was poised and confident, with perhaps just a hint of nerves underlying her banter.

Clinton's report featured the work of Annette Dove, who helps underprivileged children in Pine Bluff, Ark. With food, shelter and tutoring, Dove provides a safety net for some of the most vulnerable members of the community.

Check out Clinton's debut after the jump. And listen closely: When she said, "Thank you Brian, I'm very happy to be here," did somebody in the studio clap?

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Brian Williams Reads the News Through Fire Alarm (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Nov 30th 2011 11:45AM
Few things are as awkwardly entertaining to watch as when live TV goes wrong. Tuesday night on 'NBC Nightly News,' a fire alarm went off in the middle of the broadcast as Brian Williams was reading a report about American Airlines' bankruptcy. Williams handled the distraction like a pro, pressing on to deliver the news over the noise. It was almost disappointing that he kept his composure and didn't melt-down into a "We'll do it live!" moment, but the video is still oddly hilarious to watch anyway.

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Chelsea Clinton Joins NBC News

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 14th 2011 10:15AM
Chelsea Clinton NBC NewsGet ready to see more Chelsea Clinton on your TV.

Clinton has joined NBC News as a full-time special correspondent. She'll start work immediately.

Her first assignments will be part of Brian Williams' 'Rock Center' and 'NBC Nightly News' series "Making a Difference."

"People who imagine and implement solutions to challenges in their own lives, in their communities, in our country and in our world have always inspired me," Clinton said in a statement. "I hope telling stories through 'Making a Difference' -- as in my academic work and non-profit work -- will help me to live my grandmother's adage of 'Life is not about what happens to you, but about what you do with what happens to you.'"

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Seth Rogen Climbs Aboard a Shaky Stationary Bike on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 7th 2011 12:45PM
On the fourth hour of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb host the show while working out on stationary bikes as a way to encourage exercise among viewers. Seth Rogen, who drops by to promote 'The Green Hornet,' also climbs aboard a bike and similarly feels the burn.

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Brian Williams Forgot That Monday Was a Holiday

by Joel Keller, posted Jul 6th 2010 11:31AM
Brian Williams at work on July 5, 2010Don't you just hate having to go into work when it's a holiday? Either you have to come in because you are supposed to, or you used up all your off time on that whirlwind trip to Graceland and can't spare the day. It's a sucky feeling, to tell you that much; no one's on the street, your favorite coffee shop and/or lunch spot are closed, and the office sounds as quiet as a church.

But what if you don't remember it's a holiday and come into work anyway? Think that can't happen, that people mark these holidays on their calendars in January and hold them so precious that the day is embedded in their brains?

Well, it happened to Brian Williams. If you were surprised to see him manning the desk on 'NBC Nightly News' last night, he was equally surprised that Monday was a holiday and that he was supposed to take the night off.

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Questions We'd Ask Conan O'Brien on '60 Minutes'

by Danny Gallagher, posted May 1st 2010 1:27PM
Conan O'BrienFinally after being bound and gagged by the confines of an NBC contract, Coco will be able to remove that ball gag that Jeff Zucker finds so fetching and speak his mind.

He'll be sitting down with '60 Minutes'' Steve Kroft this Sunday for an exclusive interview on everything that's happened since he gave 'The Tonight Show' back to Jay Leno, just a day shy of his interview contract deadline.

This isn't intended to question Kroft's journalistic ability or choice of questions, but he has a position that most TV fans would sacrifice a live goat to have. Ever since the "s" hit the "f" during NBC's "Late Night-Gate," people have been dying to ask Coco questions that could cost him money, legal fees and quite possibly a finger if he answered them before his contract expired. Here are the questions that inquiring minds want to know.

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What You Missed Last Night: Brian Williams Slow Jams the News

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 30th 2010 1:00PM
If Brian Williams isn't careful, he might be known as a funny comic who also does the news instead of the other way around. Last night he popped up again on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' to help Fallon slow jam the news. Williams can keep a straight face but Fallon can't.

[Watch episodes of 'Late Night' and other shows at SlashControl.]

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Brian Williams Slow Jams the News with Jimmy Fallon on 'Late Night' (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 30th 2010 8:00AM
Brian Williams Slow Jams News on 'Late Night'Can health care reform be sexy? Jimmy Fallon and NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams gave it their best shot on 'Late Night with Jimmy Fallon' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC).

With a lounge beat and smooth backup vocals from house band The Roots, Jimmy and Brian "slow jammed the news" and cracked a couple jokes along the way. Snap your fingers and sway to the beat.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Diane Sawyer's Ratings Success at ABC's 'World News': Lessons Learned

by Gary Susman, posted Jan 27th 2010 2:30PM
While NBC has been mired in a public bloodbath over job changes among some high-profile employees, ABC has quietly and smoothly managed the job transition between two of its biggest on-air personalities, Charlie Gibson and Diane Sawyer. Not only did Sawyer's replacement of Gibson last month as anchor of 'World News' occur with a minimum of fuss and strife, but it also has met the network's goal, at least so far, of a ratings boost for the nightly newscast.

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NBC News roasted for practicing checkbook journalism in Goldman case

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 30th 2009 10:02AM
NBC NewsWhen I heard the news that NBC's news division had hired a private jet to entice David Goldman to grant them his one and only interview as he flew to Brazil to pick up his long lost son, I was shocked. A news organization has enough money to pay for its own private plane?!? I didn't think ANY news outfit would have enough money to pay for its own private bathrooms.

The Society of Professional Journalists has issued a public statement criticizing the news division for using an "extensive gesture" to score an exclusive with Goldman and thus "jeopardized its journalistic independence and credibility in its initial and subsequent reports."

Did NBC cross a line or should the reporter with the biggest bank account score the scoop?

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Pioneering Sports Machine host George Michael dies at 70

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 25th 2009 9:05AM
One of television's biggest sports names long before people cared about the people who talked about sports on television has died.

George Michael, the sportscaster and longtime host of the nationally syndicated George Michael's Sports Machine, succumbed to a long battle with cancer on Thursday.

To call him ahead of his time would be an understatement. He basically invented the hyper clip style format of shows like ESPN's SportsCenter, brought a great deal of personality to TV sports reporting and sportscasting and even inspired and mentored the likes of Pardon the Interruption's Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon.

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Brian Williams on Tiger coverage, his funny self, and what's on his iPod

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 17th 2009 2:03PM
Brian WilliamsWhen NBC was promoting Brian Williams' fifth anniversary as anchor of the NBC Nightly News, I figured it was a good opportunity to ask him a few questions. After all, with two wars, a lousy economy, the health care debate, and Tiger Woods, there's lots of news going on right now.

And, in such a relatively short period of time, the news landscape has changed on both the broadcast and the cable fronts, including the fact that on Monday, when Diane Sawyer takes over ABC's World News, he'll be the only male evening news anchor left.

Williams (or as he's been called lately, BriWi) was nice enough to answer some questions via e-mail about his new competition and how he lets his famous sense of humor come through during a serious newscast. Finally, he gives me some insight into what he's listening to right now (if you've seen previous interviews with him, he leans more towards the college radio side).

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Top TV Stories of 2009: Comcast buys NBC Universal

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 15th 2009 10:02AM
When Comcast bought NBC, the media map changed.As 2009 draws to a close, the world has exactly what it needs -- another massive media conglomerate.

On Dec. 3, cable giant Comcast justified a long-standing industry rumor and completed an $8 billion deal to acquire a controlling 51% of NBC Universal stock from former owner General Electric.

Huge companies gobbling up big (but not as huge) companies is nothing new in any business, especially broadcasting. All of the major networks are owned by parent companies. Disney owns ABC. Newscorp owns Fox. Westinghouse owns CBS. Now, Comcast possesses NBC -- as Conan O'Brien celebrates in this clip.

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What does the NBC/Comcast deal mean for you?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 3rd 2009 6:01PM
All this talk about Comcast gobbling up the NBC empire like an English orphan going for the last morsel of figgy pudding at the Christmas dinner table may have some viewers lost in the void of the vortex.

TVTattle has compiled a smart series of stories on exactly what the deal could mean to you, the viewer. For instance, Comcast, a cable company, may have purchased NBC to "devalue" free TV, much in the same way Judge Doom from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? bought the Red Car company so he could "dismantle it" to run his freeway through Toontown. And if you British literature snobs can think of a better metaphor, be my guest.

There is also talk that Comcast might drop the NBC brand. Does that mean the company will also take out the NBC peacock Ol' Yeller style?

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The Beatles Rock Band creates another British invasion on my TV

by Danny Gallagher, posted Sep 11th 2009 5:03PM
The Beatles Rock Band
The Beatles Rock Band
video game came out yesterday. The only way you couldn't have known that is if you took your head off your neck, preserved all of the necessary blood vessels and spine connections, and then placed said head (heh) in cryogenic storage for the last two days.

That's because my TV was filled with not just advertisements, but personal appearances, morning show demos, and even news stories about the release of the game.

Even Jesus doesn't get this much attention in the media. Oh crap.

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