NBC News: Ann Curry To Report On Humanitarian Crisis In Bangui

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 12:55pm PST

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198Is this the big assignment NBC News was referencing when it denied a report it would not renew Ann Curry‘s pricey contract?Ann-Curry__120721051757 The news division said today Curry will report from Bangui in the Central African Republic for tonight’s NBC Nightly News, on NBCNews.com, on Curry’s YouTube channel, and on tomorrow’s TodayThe announcement comes a couple days after a report surfaced that NBC News would not renew Curry’s $12 million contract; Curry segued into that contract after she exited as co-anchor of the network’s morning infotainment series, which has been trying to recover from the image problem it created ever since. At the start of this week, NBC News unveiled some of its plans to get Today back on its feet, including a new “Rise to Shine” tagline to help viewers forget its bungled dumping of Curry. Read More »

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NBC News Keeps Busy Refuting Reports On Ann Curry, David Gregory, Rachel Maddow

2014 is getting off to a busy start for NBC News. No sooner does the division announce its priority is getting Today back up on its feet nbc-news-logo__120406030256with a new tagline “Rise to Shine” that will help viewers forget its bungled dumping of show co-anchor Ann Curry, than a report surfaces that NBC News will not renew Curry’s $12 million contract — the one she got when she was shoved off Today. The network has denied the Radar report, noting that Curry has been given an actual big assignment which, presumably, is what happens when you pay someone $12 mil a year.

Related: ‘Today’ Ad Blitz Unveiling Upstaged By Robin Roberts Coming Out On ‘GMA’: Video

Gregory ToddMeanwhile, the division’s Sunday Beltway show Meet The Press got its fourth quarter numbers, and they’re the franchise’s worst in its history in the news demo. MTP also suffered its smallest fourth-quarter total-viewer crowd since ’91. This news forced the news division to have to insist to Politico that it has no plans to replace anchor David Gregory, because the site’s media columnist had suggested just that.

And MSNBC has had to refute a report in National Review that Rachel Maddow dictates the cable news network’s editorial direction and has a lot to say about personnel decisions. This after MSNBC anchors Martin Bashir and Alec Baldwin got the hook over separate incendiary comments, and a teary apology by Melissa Harris-Perry for an episode of her program in which she and a bunch of comics poked fun at little black grandson Kieran sitting on Mitt Romney’s knee in the family’s Christmas photo.

Related: Will MSNBC’s Host Apology Streak End As Mitt Romney Accepts Latest Mea Culpa? Read More »

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‘Today’ Ad Blitz Unveiling Upstaged By Robin Roberts Coming Out On ‘GMA’: Video

LisaColumn__131015210634-275x198NBC began its Today show Olympics walk-up this morning with a strategically timed piece in The New York Times about a Comcast-wide ad blitz for a new show tagline “Rise to Shine”.  It’s part of a big push to get Today back on top in the morning infotainment show ratings.  In the article, NBC noted that Today, which lost its ratings crown to ABC’s Good Morning America some time ago, has been Todayshow07__120726201155-200x129chipping away at GMA’s lead, even beating its rival by 18,000 in the news demo the week of December 16 (aka The Week GMA Sent Robin Roberts to the Vatican). The head of NBC News research spoke passionately about Matt Lauer‘s importance to the show’s ratings resuscitation,  and Matt himself discussed taking selfies when you think you’re looking good, not when you’re looking bad.

GMA responded this morning with a news release announcing that it won all four quarters of 2013, including its largest fourth-quarter total-viewer lead over Today in more than 22 years, and its biggest demo lead over Today in 19 years (371,000 viewers) during the final full week of the calendar year.

Oh, and Robin Roberts come out on GMA this morning — taking some of the wind out of Today’s carefully orchestrated “Rise to Shine”. Read More »

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ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ Wins TV Season For First Time Since 1992-93

ABC News will officially announce tomorrow that Good Morning America has won the morning infotainment war for a full TV season. It marks GMA‘s first victory since the 1992-93 season in the news demographic, and in total viewers for the first time since the 1993-1994 TV season when the show was co-hosted by Charlie Gibson and Joan Lunden. GMA not only won every week of the season in total viewers (it won 43 weeks in the news demo), it also copped the No. 1-rated telecast of each of those weeks. For the full 51-week season (Nielsen specialed-out Hurricane Sandy Week owing to massive schedule, and reception, interruption), GMA clocked about 5.3 million total viewers and nearly 2 million adults 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Growing for a third straight year — up 9% compared to last season’s total viewer average of around 4.9 million — GMA won the 2012-13 season with its largest overall audience and largest season margin (about 680,000 viewers) over No. 2-ranked Today in more than 21 years. In adults 25-54, GMA also increased for the third year in a row — up 4% compared to last season’s demo average of 1.897 million — to deliver its strongest news demo performance in 5 seasons, and beat Today by its biggest news demo gap  — nearly 90,000 –  in 21 years. Read More »

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Matt Lauer Decries “Laziness Of The Media” In Wake Of Ann Curry’s ‘Today’ Exit

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 9:16pm PDT

It’s been more than 14 months since Ann Curry’s unceremonious exit from NBC’s Today, and now Matt Lauer is lashing out at the way the situation was handled in the media. The morning show’s longtime … Read More »

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Ann Curry Pounds Matt Lauer In Ratings On One-Year Anniversary Of ‘Today’ Ouster

By | Monday July 1, 2013 @ 2:35pm PDT

Congratulations Ann Curry! Your return to NBC on the one-year anniversary of your Today show ouster clocked bigger numbers than did Matt Lauer last week on his day with his exclusive Paula “I Is What I … Read More »

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Curry’s 1st ‘Today’ With Lauer Since Ouster

By | Thursday August 9, 2012 @ 10:53pm PDT

In her first interaction with Matt Lauer since her ouster from NBC’s Today show in June, Ann Curry introduced her report on Australian photographer Adam Pretty during the show’s second hour. But the former co-host did … Read More »

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Ann Curry Returns To ‘Today’ For Tragedy

By | Saturday July 21, 2012 @ 9:09am PDT

SATURDAY, 2ND UPDATE: Ann Curry did not co-host, according to some people who watched the Today show this morning, even though NBC said she would. But, yes, she is reporting from Aurora and contributed to a number of stories, following her Dateline anchoring last night..

FRIDAY PM UPDATE: Less than a month after she departed NBC’s daily morning show, Ann Curry will co-host the Today show with her replacement Savannah Guthrie. Both are traveling to Aurora to report on the shooting at a midnight showing of The Dark Knight Rises. They will co-anchor Saturday and Sunday.  Read More »

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Viewer Backlash Over Ann Curry’s Ouster? ‘GMA’ Beats ‘Today’ on Friday

By | Monday July 2, 2012 @ 10:09am PDT

It was a good morning for Good Morning America on Friday. The ABC show beat out rival Today in the ratingsone day after Today’s Ann Curry… Read More »

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It’s Official: Savannah Guthrie Named ‘Today’ Co-Anchor

By | Friday June 29, 2012 @ 10:19am PDT

Savannah Guthrie TodayThe expected news came this morning, one day after Ann Curry’s tearful goodbye on Today. Savannah Guthrie‘s upgrade is effective immediately, putting her on the NBC morning show’s anchor team of Matt Lauer, Al … Read More »

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‘Today’ Co-Host Speculation Heats Up

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 9:48pm PDT

In the wake of Ann Curry’s tearful goodbye this morning on Today, speculation about her replacement has escalated. Some news outlets are saying that Savannah Guthrie will be sitting in Curry’s chair next to Matt Lauer tomorrow morning, … Read More »

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‘Today’s Ann Curry Tearfully Apologizes For Not Carrying “Ball To The Finish Line”

By | Thursday June 28, 2012 @ 6:52am PDT

“This is not as I expected to ever leave this couch after 15 years,” the Today co-host said this morning, when she announced today is her last day as a regular co-host on the NBC morning show. “They’re giving me some fancy new titles which essentially mean I’m going … Read More »

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Ann Curry Confirms Exit From ‘Today’, Will Lead NBC News-Gathering Team Of 7

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 11:53pm PDT

Ann Curry Leaving Today ShowAnn Curry will bid viewers adieux this morning from her spot as co-host of NBC’s Today show, she told USA Today. “I’m going to have to tell our viewers. That’s what … Read More »

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‘Today’ Boss Mum On Reported Anchor Shakeup

By | Wednesday June 27, 2012 @ 12:18pm PDT

Today Anchor Ann CurryUPDATE, 4:15 PM: The NY Times is now reporting that Curry will announce her departure from the show tomorrow morning. It did not say whether Thursday will also be her last day.

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More Speculation About Ann Curry Exit From NBC’s ‘Today’

By | Wednesday June 20, 2012 @ 2:53pm PDT

Ann Curry ReplacementNBC executives are negotiating in secret on plans to replace Ann Curry on the Today show, the New York Times reports. Curry’s future as co-host has been in doubt for some time, especially after ABC’s Good … Read More »

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