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Ann Curry Officially Becomes 'Today' Co-Anchor (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 9th 2011 12:05PM
Ann Curry of 'Today' in her younger reporting daysWednesday's edition of 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) saw a career retrospective and a tearful goodbye for co-anchor Meredith Vieira. Thursday transitioned to a happy welcoming of Ann Curry as she officially assumed her role as co-anchor, succeeding Vieira, complete with a retrospective of her own.

A video segment quickly covered much of Curry's career, from her days as a local reporter, eager to do goofy stunts like jumping into a pool fully clothed, to her introduction to the 'Today' team in 1997, notably by then-anchors Katie Couric and a nicely coiffed Matt Lauer.

Curry feigned embarrassment. "I knew I should have worn deodorant today," she said. "This was hard, today." When Lauer thanked Curry for sharing that info, she gave him a big hug and said she'd share some more if he'd like. Day 1 and Curry's already oversharing! The new gang is off to a great start.

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Katie Couric has her own YouTube channel - VIDEO

by Joel Keller, posted Jun 17th 2008 1:02PM
Katie CouricLately, the only Katie Couric most people have been seeing is the one that's depicted in the picture to the right: serious, sober, possessing whatever gravitas she can muster in her role as anchor of the CBS Evening News. But where can you see the goofy Katie, the one that people came to know -- and some got sick of -- for fifteen years on the Today show?

Why, on YouTube, of course! In fact, Katie has her very own page on the leading video sharing site, where she posts extended Evening News interviews and behind-the-scene footage. The behind-the-scenes stuff is where you see Katie at her most impish, doing things like snapping Larry King's suspenders as he leads her to the set of his show, singing with Bette Midler, and meeting with mommy bloggers in her office (check out the huge Warhol-esque portrait of herself she has hanging near her desk!).

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Couric may be traded for Cooper (and an intern to be named later)

by Joel Keller, posted Apr 15th 2008 9:41AM
Anderson Cooper and Katie CouricWith the rumors swirling around that Katie Couric may leave (or be removed from) the CBS Evening News soon after the 2008 election, speculation of what she might do and who might take her place has also been in the air. The latest speculation by insiders, though, is an interesting one, so interesting that it just might make complete sense.

According to the New York Daily News, "TV insiders," whoever they are, think that a trade of sorts might take place: Anderson Cooper comes to CBS to anchor the Evening News, while Couric goes to CNN to host a talk show in the 10 PM slot where Anderson Cooper 360 currently resides. The idea is to have Couric eventually take over for Larry King.

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MSNBC anchor refuses to do Paris Hilton story - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 28th 2007 6:23PM
mika brzezinski; msnbc; paris hiltonSo now we're talking about people who refuse to talk about Paris Hilton.

MSNBC anchor Mika Brzezinski came really close to flipping out on air the other day when her producers kept placing the Paris Hilton story as her lead during the Morning Joe show. She was egged on/patronized by Joe Scarborough and his preppy-looking sidekick.

As you'll see in the video I placed after the jump, Mika starts out really pissed off and then starts to stage a coup on air.

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Anchorwoman has Texas town talking

by Adam Finley, posted Jun 11th 2007 2:02PM

anchorwomanOn August 21 at 8:00 p.m., FOX will debut Anchorwoman, a comedy/reality TV program focusing on a swimsuit model who moves to the quiet community of Tyler, Texas to try her hand at local news reporting.

As a twist, the series will take place in an actual newsroom, KYTX-TV, a CBS affiliate. Actual newspersons will appear on the program, which has many people in the community asking if this is such a good idea.

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Tracy Morgan goes wild on local news guy - VIDEO

by Anna Johns, posted Mar 14th 2007 8:21AM
tracy jordanI love, love, love local news bloopers. And this one is a doozy.

Tracy Morgan was in El Paso, Texas recently for a comedy show. He visited a local morning news program to promote the event where I think he was channeling Tracy Jordan, his character on 30 Rock. He went nuts on the anchorman and ignored all the guy's questions. Let's just say there's a removal of a shirt, dancing, talk of knocked-up strippers, and belly slapping.

About 30 seconds into the interview, the anchor obviously loses control. At two minutes, he relinquishes control to Tracy. While Tracy is very funny, the anchorman's terror and attempts at being cool had me laughing out loud.

Video is after the jump:
[Thanks to my husband for the link!]

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Yahoo and the singing news anchor

by Adam Finley, posted Feb 27th 2007 2:01PM

singingHuh.

I apologize for being a little late with this news, but it took my brain this long to accept that this was actually true. Yes, Yahoo is planning to launch a new online video project called "Odd News Underground" featuring a singing news anchor. Yahoo isn't saying who the anchor is, but insist the person is someone people will recognize.

I guess I can give Yahoo credit for trying to make the news even more laughable than it already is, and sure, with a name like "Odd News Underground" the new Web program probably isn't going to focus on real news, but I certainly hope they don't think this is an original idea. I've placed a video from the '90s after the jump that shows at least one man had this idea already.

Anyone want to guess who this singing news person is going to be? I'm hoping it's Matthew Wilder, personally.

[via Lost Remote]

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Report: Sawyer to take ABC anchor job after 2008 election

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 20th 2006 1:35PM
Daine SawyerPage Six in the New York Post is reporting that Diane Sawyer will take over for Charlie Gibson as anchor of ABC's World News after the 2008 presidential election, at least according to industry insiders. Gibson took the job in June knowing that he'd step down after that election, but his replacement wasn't named. The choice of Sawyer is curious, since she's only about two-and-a-half years younger than Gibson (but looks a whole heck of a lot better). You'd think ABC would go younger with the next anchor.

Anyway, the article goes on to speculate what Sawyer will do in the meantime. One theory is that she'll take over hosting duties for Nightline, with Kate Snow, Daryn Kagan, or Campbell Brown taking over for her on Good Morning America. But, remember the source, folks: Page Six's batting average on things like this is around utility-infielder level, so take this whole thing with a lump of salt.

[via Mediabistro]

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Bob Woodruff eases back in at ABC News

by Anna Johns, posted Sep 15th 2006 10:44AM
bob woodruffBob Woodruff, the ABC News anchor who was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Iraq last January, will soon start appearing in some primetime newscasts. His first assignment is to report on himself-- the attack and his recovery. ABC is calling his recovery "miraculous". He spent the summer recuperating with his family, where his wife says he played tennis, drove the boat and even did pilates with his sister-in-law.

ABC says Woodruff will slowly return starting this fall, but he's not getting his anchor chair back. That's all Charlie's now. Do you think there's an awkward relationship there? Bob didn't even have his anchoring gig for a month before the attack.

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Should network news be an hour long?

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 15th 2006 12:32PM
katie couricYes!

Whoa. I'm getting ahead of myself here. And, really, I was asking your opinion.

After visiting with CBS viewers in different cities, anchor Katie Couric says viewers are hungry for more, in-depth news and information. The big three networks all have 30-minute newscasts and, unfortunately, an hour-long newscast is unlikely because that extra half-hour of network space makes some decent cash with syndicated programming. You have to go to cable news or public television to get that.

Although, cable television is evidence that an hour-long newscast doesn't necessarily mean you'll get any in-depth news and information. Thirty minutes is such a short amount of time for so much news that it's super dumbed down and, in many cases, stories are generalized in order to get everything in.

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Bob Woodruff visits ABC newsroom

by Anna Johns, posted Jun 14th 2006 9:14PM
bob woodruffABC has a short story with video on its website (scroll down to the Entertainment section) of former World News Tonight anchor Bob Woodruff's surprise visit to the newsroom on Tuesday. In the video, Woodruff is all smiles and looks pretty good, if not a little beat up. The explosion in Iraq that injured him and a photographer in January did damage his face, head and body.

As you can see in the picture, Woodruff now has a little hair on what was once a shaved head, where doctors performed several surgeries to save his life. (His wife is the blonde woman in the background) Woodruff told his colleagues that he was unconscious for 36 days after the explosion. He spent three months in the hospital and is now receiving out-patient rehabilitation at a New York clinic. Charlie Gibson has been named anchor of World News Tonight and Woodruff's future with ABC News is still uncertain.

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Katie Couric's good-bye lovefest available online

by Anna Johns, posted May 31st 2006 2:02PM
katie couric; todayThis morning's tearful good-bye to Katie Couric is available on Today's website (you have to download a free video player to see it). NBC spent most of Today sending off Katie and wishing her well. She held it together until about 40 minutes into the show, when the tears started flowing. Katie spent 15 years as the host of Today and will now go on to anchor CBS Evening News. Her good-bye fest includes appearances by Willard Scott, Tony Bennett, Joan Rivers and 15 years' worth of Katie Couric hairstyles.

Meredith Vieira joins Today in September. Katie joins CBS News as anchor and managing editor, also in September.

[Via Pop Candy]

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Brian Williams wary of on-demand

by Adam Finley, posted May 23rd 2006 10:32AM

brian williamsWhat was that old line William S. Burroughs spouted in those old Nike ads, something about the purpose of technology not being to confuse the brain, but to serve the body? Well, NBC news anchor Brian Williams is worried that portability and on-demand technology might not be doing much for the brains of citizens at all, claiming it allows people to filter out the bad news that is also important in keeping us informed. Part of a journalist's job, he claims, is to provide a "civics lesson." So what do you guys think? Is being able to pick an choose the information we receive a good thing or not? I have a tendency to think people have always done this, but that now it's just more convenient.

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What of Couric and the Web?

by Adam Finley, posted Apr 19th 2006 2:34PM

katie couricMajor news outlets are embracing the Web these days, expanding coverage to the blogosphere in a move that many see as the inevitable online future of television. There's already newspeople like Brian Williams and Elizabeth Vargas, each have a blog and webcast respectively, but what about Katie Couric, the much-hyped new addition to the CBS Evening News and 60 Minutes? Will she be kicking off her shoes and jumping into this crazy Web thing? According to her producers, Couric is interested in having a presence on the Web and using the medium to reach out to more people, though she isn't certain just how to approach it yet. While more people get their news from the televised broadcast than the accompanying Web sites, the number of people who seek out the Web alternative has been increasing.

[via Lost Remote]

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Meredith Vieira to replace Katie Couric

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 6th 2006 11:39AM
meredith vieira; todayThis afternoon, NBC will officially announce the news that everybody already knows: Meredith Vieira is the next co-host of Today. Katie Couric will leave NBC in May to anchor the CBS Evening News (something that doesn't have Andy Rooney all that thrilled). Vieira has long been rumored to be in talks with NBC for the position. Although most of us know Meredith Vieira as the least annoying co-host of The View and as host of Who Wants to be a Millionaire, she also has an extensive news background. I imagine that NBC considers her the perfect replacement since she's already a television 'personality' but she actually has experience as a journalist.

I wonder how Anne Curry feels about all this. She has filled in a lot for Katie and has gained a much larger role than just a news reader on Today. For a while there, she almost looked like the 'heir apparent'.

Sound off, readers! What do you think about Meredith Vieira??

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