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ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
After 36 years as the anchor of "NewsHour" on PBS, Jim Lehrer announced Thursday that he will step down from his post, bringing an end to the longest run of a national anchorman. His last day in that role will be June 6, but he will continue to appear on many Friday evenings to moderate the program's weekly news analysis segment, which also features journalists Mark Shields and David Brooks. In an interview, Lehrer, 76, said he'd been planning his exit since 2009, when he took his name off the program (then called "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer")
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 4, 2011 | By Melissa Maerz, Los Angeles Times
After luring Katie Couric away from NBC's "Today" show in an attempt to revamp the evening news with star power and broad appeal, CBS News has made a more traditional choice in tapping "60 Minutes" correspondent Scott Pelley to succeed Couric. He will take up the anchor role on "CBS Evening News" starting June 6, the network announced on Tuesday. As an internal hire and a veteran newsmagazine reporter, Pelley is many things that Couric was not. Where Couric brought a conversational, accessible style from her morning show background, he represents the network's return to a more sober, direct approach.
BUSINESS
March 26, 2011 | By Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times
The Katie Couric era at the "CBS Evening News" appears to be drawing to a close. Couric, whose five-year contract to anchor the network's nightly news program expires in early June, is looking more likely to take a shot at daytime television, people familiar with the situation said. Almost from the day she started, there has been speculation that Couric was not as comfortable working the evening shift as she was in her previous job as co-anchor of NBC's hugely successful morning show, "Today.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Jack Popejoy, a morning news anchor on KNX and KFWB who was a distinguished earthquake reporter for more than 25 years on Southern California radio, has died. He was 63. Popejoy, who last worked on the air less than two weeks ago, died Saturday of cancer at his Sherman Oaks home, KNX announced. "Jack had a tremendous ability to take very complex things and make them easy to understand," said Andy Ludlum, director of news programming for KNX-AM (1070) and KFWB-AM (980). "He also had a marvelous ability to make you feel calm," Ludlum said, "and could assure people that no matter how grim things look at the time, they will be OK. " On Sept.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 6, 2010 | By Meg James >>>
Liz Claman recently popped up on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart" in a spoof about the buzzed-about website Chatroulette, which connects random strangers -- often doing strange things -- via webcam. In the skit, Stewart encounters a parade of top TV journalists trolling the site: household names like Diane Sawyer, Brian Williams, Katie Couric, Keith Olbermann . . . and yes, Claman, a news anchor at Fox Business Network. The driven television journalist has taken to Twitter and "The Daily Show" to raise her profile and whip up excitement -- and viewers -- for the 2 1/2 -year-old Fox Business Network.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 19, 2010
Anchors back from Haiti All three network news anchors returned from Haiti over the weekend and anchored their evening newscasts from New York on Monday evening, a sign that the intense coverage of the earthquake's wreckage is abating. But even though NBC's Brian Williams, ABC's Diane Sawyer and CBS' Katie Couric have left Port-au-Prince, the broadcast and cable news networks still have large contingents in Haiti reporting on the aftermath. ABC, CBS, Fox News and NBC each have half a dozen correspondents and dozens of other producers in the field, a sizable commitment.
BUSINESS
December 4, 2009 | By Matea Gold
ABC is moving closer to naming George Stephanopoulos the new co-anchor of "Good Morning America," replacing Diane Sawyer on the morning news show. Network executives are in talks with Stephanopoulos, who anchors the Sunday morning show "This Week" and serves as ABC's chief Washington correspondent, about the terms, according to people familiar with the situation. The talks began this week after ABC News President David Westin met with Anne Sweeney, president of Disney-ABC Television Group, and told her that Stephanopoulos was his choice for the post.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 21, 2009 | By Matea Gold Reporting from New York >>>
When the writers of "30 Rock" sent Brian Williams lines earlier this fall for his latest cameo, the NBC News anchor had a couple of suggestions. A scene in which he auditioned to be on the show's fictional comedy sketch series was "too blue" for his taste. In another, in which he approached Tina Fey's Liz Lemon about trying out for the program, Williams adopted an alter ego that paid homage to his late uncle Tony Mortarulo. "I'm not saying I want to audition, but Nicky Mortarulo from Scotch Plains, N.J., might be interested," Williams said with a broad grin and his best Jersey inflection.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2009 | Martin Rubin
Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa in 1945, came to study at Oxford in the mid-1960s and has lived in England ever since. Like his previous novels, "To Heaven by Water" showcases his uncanny ability to get the British scene just right, combining the perspective of a onetime outsider with the innate knowledge of one thoroughly at home. The novel is a snapshot of a particular time in London -- the present -- and will serve very well one day as a time capsule of this interregnum.
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