May 25, 2013 |
Two years after 9/11, federal Air Marshal Robert MacLean turned whistle-blower. He revealed to MSNBC reporters that the government planned to remove armed security officers from long-distance passenger flights to reduce hotel expenses despite reports that Al Qaeda was plotting to hijack more airliners to hit targets in the U.S. and Europe. Later, wearing a hooded sweatshirt and with only his silhouette appearing on camera, MacLean told NBC's "Nightly News" that the business suits, ties and sport coats air marshals had to wear on duty could tip off terrorists that they were present.
May 24, 2013 |
Thursday evening, viewers of "NBC Nightly News" got a familiar face they haven't seen much of in recent months. Ann Curry, the ousted former co-host of "Today," was the fill-in anchor for Brian Williams . Curry has been largely absent from TV screens since she was fired from her "Today" gig last summer. Though she chose to remain employed by NBC News after the ouster, she's only reported on a handful of stories. Though she was a regular fill-in anchor on "Nightly News" during her time on "Today," Thursday was the first time she's been there since her tearful "Today" departure.
April 24, 2013 |
NBC's hunt for a new president of its news division has gone beyond not only the company, but the country as well. The position of NBC News president has been open since last month when Steve Capus departed after almost eight years in the job. Among the more interesting names to surface as a successor to Capus is Deborah Turness, the news editor for Britain's ITV Network. People close to the search said NBC News Chairman Pat Fili-Krushel is intrigued by Turness. PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times Turness is the latest executive to emerge as a potential Capus successor.
June 28, 2012 |
"I'm sorry I couldn't carry the ball over the finish line," NBC "Today" co-anchor Ann Curry said during her tearful farewell speech on Thursday morning's show. Whether Curry was apologizing to the audience or her bosses, or both, is unclear. But fairly or not, she has been pegged as the cause of NBC's ratings woes. Curry was tapped to replace Meredith Vieira as Matt Lauer's co-anchor a year ago and almost immediately ABC's"Good Morning America" started to close the ratings gap. Now with "Good Morning America" running neck-and-neck with "Today" and even winning on occasion, NBC and its parent company Comcast can't afford to risk any further damage to its news franchise.
March 19, 2012 |
From the vintage globe projected behind the anchor desk to the Cronkite-era producers mixing it up at story meetings to the no-frills reports that fill 21 minutes and 16 seconds each weeknight, the "CBS Evening News" has made a determined effort to bring newsy back. A shift that began in the latter months of Katie Couric's five-year run has accelerated and taken on a new fervor in the last nine months since the ascension of Scott Pelley to the anchor's chair. When Pelley took the seat once occupied by Walter Cronkite last June, it represented a return to form at CBS News -- giving perhaps the network's most visible platform not to a celebrity host but to a longtime reporter best known for his work on "60 Minutes" and for dozens of forays to Iraq, Afghanistan and other world hot spots.
November 15, 2011 |
NBC's newest correspondent fits the profile of a lot of other network news hires — bright, articulate and educated at America's best colleges. She's also unlike other network news hires — having lived for eight years in the White House and done little to veil her suspicion of the media. So it was with more than a little carping and some outright disdain that professional journalists and other Washington observers greeted Chelsea Clinton's ascension to a prime-time television perch.