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Ronan Farrow and NBCUniversal Keep Moving in Circles

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Ronan Farrow and NBCUniversal Keep Moving in Circles
And so, here we are again.

In October of 2017, Ronan Farrow made an appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” at a shaky time in his relations with NBCUniversal. Farrow, who had worked as a mid-afternoon host at MSNBC and a contributor working off a contract at NBC’s “Today,” had just published a blockbuster story in The New Yorker alleging horrible cases of sexual harassment by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. His work was started during his time at the Peacock, so, Maddow asked at the time, why didn’t it end up being shown there?

“You would have to ask NBC and NBC executives about the details,” Farrow replied.

Many people have. But two years later, not much has changed.

Farrow appeared on Maddow’s program again Friday night, his latest stop in a publicity parade celebrating the release of his new book, “Catch and Kill,” a tome
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Networks Break Into Morning Programming for Trump’s Isis Announcement

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President Donald Trump made a rare Sunday morning address to the nation shortly after 9 a.m. Et to announce the killing of Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a two-hour Us-led raid in Northern Syria.

“He was a sick and depraved man, and now he’s gone,” Trump said.

The major broadcast networks broke into regular programming to deliver Trump’s remarks from the Diplomatic Room of the White House.

The news sent the Sunday morning public affairs shows scrambling to deal with the impact of the death of the world’s most wanted terrorist. NBC News carried an hourlong special report that was anchored by “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd, who was already in place for his regular Sunday morning duties in the 9 a.m. Et hour.

“It is important. He was the leader of the group, he was the symbol of the group, he was the founder of the group,
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NBCUniversal Signed New Deal With NBC News President Oppenheim in Recent Months

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NBC News President Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract to stay at the NBCUniversal unit in recent months, according people familiar with the matter, even as the company prepared to defend itself against allegations recently raised by Ronan Farrow’s explosive book, “Catch and Kill.”‘

Oppenheim is widely expected to succeed Andrew Lack, who currently holds the title of chairman of NBC News and MSNBC. Lack, a colorful executive who is serving his second stint at NBC, is currently working under a contract that lapses in 2020. Oppenheim’s deal, believed to be signed in recent months. is a sign of continued support in his tenure at the company, a fact that was voiced by NBCU CEO Steve Burke earlier this year. Oppenheim could conceivably take over Lack’s duties after the presidential election of 2020.

The new contract agreement with Oppenheim was reported previously by The Wall Street Journal.

Oppenheim and
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NBCU Has Likely Succession Plan Set at NBC News

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NBC News President Noah Oppenheim has been battling Ronan Farrow in recent and disturbing headlines, but the executive remains the most likely candidate to succeed NBC News and MSNBC Chairman Andy Lack, according to people familiar with the matter.

Lack, who has seen NBC News through one of its most tumultuous eras, has a contract that runs through 2020, according to these people. He could negotiate to remain with NBCUniversal for a subsequent period or stay on in some other capacity, but Oppenheim is widely seen as his successor. NBCU CEO Steve Burke first put forward that notion in January when he told Variety that Oppenheim “is going to end up running NBC News after Andy retires.”

NBCUniversal declined to make executives available for comment. The end date of Lack’s current contract was previously reported by The Los Angeles Times.

The two executives’ stints at NBC News (both have worked
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Impeachment Cycle Spurs Late-Night ‘Pop Up’ Shows at CNN

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Impeachment Cycle Spurs Late-Night ‘Pop Up’ Shows at CNN
Viewers tuning in this week to watch Don Lemon after 11 p.m. on CNN may have been surprised. During his second hour on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, he wasn’t even on the screen.

Instead, Laura Coates, a fill-in host and one of the network’s legal analysts, was holding forth on a show called “White House in Crisis: The Impeachment Inquiry.” The program came complete with a round of guests – former “Meet the Press” anchor David Gregory and former U.S Attorney Preet Bharara among them – and even a segment called “Laura’s Case,” during which the former federal attorney explores a legal theory as the U.S. House’s burgeoning inquiry recent disclosures around some of President Trump’s actions moves forward.

There’s no Lemon squeeze going on. CNN has been known to air “pop up” concepts that adhere more closely to the subject matter of extraordinary news cycles,
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‘Meet The Press’ And ‘This Week’ See Trump Officials Say No Ukraine Transcripts Will Be Released

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Trump administration officials appearing on two Sunday morning political talk shows said that a transcript of a controversial phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky would not be released.

The July call between the two leaders has been the subject of an alleged whistleblower report. The whistleblower alleged that Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former VP and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Trump has denied the rumors and said that the conversation was a “perfectly fine and routine conversation.”

But proving Trump’s contention via a transcript release will not happen, according to two senior officials.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told This Week host Martha Raddatz that “we don’t release transcripts very often. It’s the–it’s the rare case. Those are private conversations between world leaders and it wouldn’t be appropriate to do so except in the most extreme circumstances.
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Joe Biden Plans Another Trek to L.A. With October Event Hosted By Michael Lombardo & Sonny Ward

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Joe Biden Plans Another Trek to L.A. With October Event Hosted By Michael Lombardo & Sonny Ward
Joe Biden is planning another visit to Los Angeles for fundraising next month, when he will headline an event hosted by Michael Lombardo, producer and former president of programming at HBO, and his husband, architect Sonny Ward.

The lunchtime event is scheduled for October 10, according to an invite.

Their home has special significance for Biden. On a trip to Los Angeles in 2012, he met with Lgbtq activists at the Lombardo-Ward home and signaled his support for same-sex marriage. Biden revealed that he favored same-sex marriage weeks later in an interview on Meet the Press, and he mentioned meeting the Lombardo-Ward family and telling the couple that he saw the “look of love those kids had in their eyes” for their parents.

Other co-hosts of the event include James Costos, a former HBO executive and U.S. Ambassador to Spain, and designer Michael Smith; surgeon Phil Mercado and entertainment executive Todd Quinn
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Suddenly, TV News Is Warming Up to Climate Change

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More than a decade ago, ABC News pulled off an amazing feat: a 2007 special edition of “20/20” that called attention to the rapid deterioration of the global environment. Reporters were stationed on all seven continents. The news unit even managed to have the lights turned off on the Empire State Building and Times Square to symbolize the dire threat posed by the decline of the earth’s natural support systems. Anchor Diane Sawyer had to use a flashlight – on camera – to maneuver around the set.

Bill Weir, then an ABC News correspondent who provided a report for the special from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, thought it marked the start of a real focus by TV-news outlets on the challenges of climate change. He was wrong.

“The recession and Obamacare came,” said Weir, who is now CNN’s chief climate correspondent. “We had the rug pulled out from under us, those
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Cory Booker: Biden Can’t Speak ‘Honestly About Race’

Democratic presidential candidate Senator Cory Booker told Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday that fellow candidate Joe Biden has shown “an inability to talk candidly about the mistakes he made” regarding race.

Todd asked Booker about Biden’s “hoodie” comments that Booker had taken issue with on Twitter earlier this week and about Biden’s exchange with Senator Kamala Harris regarding busing during this week’s Democratic debate. Todd specifically wanted to know if Booker thought the controversies disqualified the former vice president.

Booker’s main point of contention
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Democratic Debate Live Stream Video: Biden and Bernie Compete On Night 2

Ten candidates down, 10 candidates to go!

NBC on Thursday night will host Night 2 of the first Democratic primary debates, live from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

In addition to NBC, the debate will be broadcast on MSNBC and Telemundo — but you can also stream it here on TVLine, beginning at 9 pm Et/8 pm Ct/6 pm Pt.

Night 1 of the debates included notable candidates Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke (en español). Afterwards, TVLine polled readers to see which three candidates they found most impressive. Warren was far and
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NBCU’s Democratic Debate Lands 15.3 Million TV Viewers, Much Lower Than Kickoff to 2016 Cycle

The first Democratic debate for the 2020 U.S. presidential election drew 15.3 million TV viewers across NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo. Another 9 million checked out the live stream.

That’s much lower than the kickoff to the 2016 election cycle, which of course had the Donald Trump factor. However, it did fare better than the debates leading up to the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.

The first primary debate in August 2015, featuring Trump and nine other top Republican candidates, scored 24 million total viewers on Fox News. CNN’s Democratic version in October landed 15.8 million viewers. Broadcast’s first turn, a Democratic debate in November 2015, drew 8.6 million.

Also Read: Democratic Debate's 5 Breakout Moments: From Mic Issues to Beto and Booker's Dueling Spanish

Wednesday’s debate was easily the most-watched program on television of the night. In the key news demo of adults 25-54, the debate averaged 4.3 million viewers across all three networks. Among adults under 50, the number was 3.7 million.
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Trump Calls Democratic Debate’s Technical Difficulties ‘Truly Unprofessional’

President Trump criticized NBC News and MSNBC’s Democratic Debate on Wednesday night, calling the broadcast “boring” and calling out the technical difficulties at the top of the debate’s second hour.

“We are hearing our colleague’s audio,” moderator Chuck Todd said as voices could be heard bleeding into the venue. Todd threw to a commercial break while the issues were resolved. All in all, the network lost six minutes of debate time due to the mic issue.

“@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a Fake News Organization, which they are!” President Trump tweeted.

.@NBCNews and @MSNBC should be ashamed of themselves for having such a horrible technical breakdown in the middle of the debate. Truly unprofessional and only worthy of a Fake News Organization, which they are!
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First Democratic Presidential Debate Live Stream: Warren, Beto and Booker Compete On Night 1 — Watch Video

Two nights. Five moderators. 20 candidates.

With the 2020 presidential contest now in full swing, NBC on Wednesday night plays host to the first Democratic primary debates, live from the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami.

In addition to NBC, the debate will be broadcast on MSNBC and Telemundo — but you can also stream it here on TVLine, beginning at 9 pm Et/8 pm Ct/6 pm Pt.

Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Julián Castro, Amy Klobuchar and Beto O’Rourke are among the 10 debaters who will appear on stage during Night 1. Joe Biden, Pete Buttigieg, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders
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As Democrats Debate, TV News Tunes In Something Other Than Trump

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NBC News’ “Meet the Press” and CBS News’ “Face The Nation” regularly compete for Sunday-morning audiences and scoops from politicos. But this past weekend they looked nothing like one another.

On NBC, President Donald Trump dominated the hour by sitting down for a taped interview with host Chuck Todd. Over at CBS, “Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan featured a talk with Senator Bernie Sanders, one of the leading Democratic candidates for president.

“The news cycle has to be split to a greater degree than it was before,” notes Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Covering politics in this moment, he says, means trying to help voters get to know more than 20 Democratic candidates, many of whom aren’t well known by the greater public, and then trying to keep an eye on the President. “It’s all just totally unprecedented,” he adds.

Since Donald Trump was
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Everything You Need to Know About the Democratic Primary Debates

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After months of laying out their policy proposals and jockeying for media attention, 20 of the top Democratic presidential hopefuls will step onstage for the biggest moment of their campaigns this week. The first set of Democratic primary debates will be held Wednesday, June 26th and Thursday, June 27th, and though votes won’t be cast in Iowa for another seven months, how the candidates perform behind a podium will go a long way shaping the public’s perception of how they’ll fare against President Trump.
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Trump Dismisses ‘Torture’ of Migrant Children at Border

The conditions at Border Patrol facilities holding migrant children are far worse than anyone realized. Reports have emerged in the past week that detail dirty, hungry children who are often forced to sleep on concrete floors. Infants are being cared for by children only a few years their elder. Diapers are not being used. Lice combs are being shared. Mothers do not have the ability to wash their children’s bottles. A medical declaration obtained by ABC News compared the conditions to those of “torture facilities.”

President Trump made clear
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Trump Will Look to Profit Off His Presidential Library

Trump Will Look to Profit Off His Presidential Library
America’s profiteer-in-chief is at it again. Sunday on Meet the Press, what seemed like an offhand question that, under any other president, wouldn’t elicit a controversial answer, President Donald Trump proved once again that nothing is normal anymore.

Host Chuck Todd asked Trump if he’d thought about a presidential library.

After saying, “I’m so busy,” twice Trump said, “I know a lot of people mentioned it to me, the presidential library.” Todd next asked if Trump knew where he’d want the library.

Then, the man
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Trump on Khashoggi Murder and Saudi Human Rights Abuses: We ‘Take Their Money’

Trump on Khashoggi Murder and Saudi Human Rights Abuses: We ‘Take Their Money’
In an interview that aired on Sunday’s Meet the Press, President Donald Trump was asked by host Chuck Todd why the president turns a blind eye to the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi and human rights abuses, while overruling congress and allowing more arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Watch: President Trump tells Meet the Press: “Saudi Arabia is a big buyer of American product. That means something to me. It’s a big producer of jobs.… Take their money. Take their money, Chuck. ” #Mtp #IfItsSunday pic.twitter.
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‘Meet The Press’ Interview With President Trump: Iran “Cannot Have A Nuclear Weapon”

President Trump said he doesn’t want war with Iran during a one-on-one interview with Meet The Press host Chuck Todd that aired this morning.

Confronting one of his frequent critics, Trump said he wouldn’t place pre-conditions on talks with Iran, although he noted that the country cannot obtain nuclear weapons.

He also addressed the problems with children in migrant camps, whether Vice President Mike Pence will remain on the 2020 ticket, the dilemma of pre-existing medical conditions and insurance, how impeachment will affect his re-election prospects, and whether he’s prepared to lose the election.

Trump said he’s ready to meet with either Iranian President Hassan Rouhani or Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

“It doesn’t matter to me. Here’s what I want, anything that gets you to the result. They cannot have a nuclear weapon. It’s not about the straits,” Trump said. “You know, a lot of people covered it incorrectly.
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Seth Meyers (‘Late Night’) on the guests who ‘blew us away’ plus ‘SNL’ and ‘Documentary Now!’ [Complete Interview Transcript]

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Seth Meyers (‘Late Night’) on the guests who ‘blew us away’ plus ‘SNL’ and ‘Documentary Now!’ [Complete Interview Transcript]
Seth Meyers had a strong year on TV this past season between hosting “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” guest hosting “Saturday Night Live” and producing “Documentary Now!” He has received multiple Emmy nominations almost every year since 2011 and even won one for writing.

Meyers recently sat down with Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum and contributing editor Zach Laws to discuss his work on all three of “Late Night,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Documentary Now!” Watch the exclusive webchat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

SEEHow many of these *gasp* 11 ‘Saturday Night Live’ men will earn Emmy noms for Best Comedy Guest Actor?

Gold Derby (Zach Laws): So Seth, I’m curious. What is the difference in the writers’ room between a busy news day and a slow news day? Is there any such thing as a slow news day?

Seth Meyers: Yeah, I was gonna say.
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