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.
December 4, 2009 |
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.
November 21, 2009 |
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.
August 21, 2009 |
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.
January 20, 2009 |
The cabdriver had something he had to tell Katie Couric. "He said, 'By the way, thank you so much for that interview with Sarah Palin,' " the CBS anchor said Monday, recalling the conversation she had in a New York taxi the day before. "It is amazing that it continues." It's been four months since Couric interviewed the Alaska governor, soliciting stumbling responses from the vice presidential nominee that became some of the most defining and parodied moments of the 2008 presidential race.
December 29, 2008 |
Each night after watching Brian Williams deliver the "NBC Nightly News," an English teacher in Ohio is moved to go to her computer and write -- about what Williams wore around his neck. The Brian Williams Tie Report Archive isn't the weirdest thing you'll find online, but it's up there. It's a snarky, occasionally appreciative and flat-out funny read that will have you looking at Williams as never before.
August 2, 2008 |
Memo to Barack Obama: You know in your heart the surge strategy worked. That is, the media surge strategy -- enticing a posse of network anchors and press hordes to ride your coattails and hang on your every word during last month's picturesque swing through the Middle East, Afghanistan and Europe that culminated in a speech before an estimated 200,000 flag-waving Berliners. Memo to John McCain: You were watching too. And admit it, worrying.
June 17, 2008 |
Every weekday evening, Katie Couric is the picture of sobriety on the "CBS Evening News": buttoned-down and earnest. Viewers who miss the impish humor the anchor exhibited on "Today" probably don't know that it's still possible to catch glimpses of Couric, unplugged -- and in a medium that's light-years away from the staid environs of broadcast news. Since February, Couric has been quietly uploading videos to her own channel on YouTube.
April 11, 2008 |
Like the Hollywood sign and the Cinerama Dome, KCBS-TV Channel 2 news anchors Ann Martin and Harold Greene were fixtures of Hollywood, hard to miss on huge billboards plastered on the station's former headquarters as they smiled down on travelers zooming along Sunset Boulevard.