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.
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!).
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.
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.
On 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.
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!]
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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Meredith Vieira joins Today in September. Katie joins CBS News as anchor and managing editor, also in September.
[Via Pop Candy]
What 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.
Major 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]
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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