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Forget Illusion of Integrity: Bring Brian Williams Back

His job is essentially to be a 'front man,' and he's good at it: Michael Wolff

(Newser) - The allegations against Brian Williams may be piling up, but it's time for NBC to take a closer look at what matters. Media types may care deeply about the accusations, but it's not clear that those who really matter—the audience—really do, writes Michael Wolff in USA ... More »

Brian Williams on Suspension: 'Chalk One Up for Brokaw'

Vanity Fair piece provides details on scandal at NBC News

(Newser) - Vanity's Fair's massive look at NBC News' Brian Williams headache—and the other headaches that have struck the company since Comcast bought NBCUniversal in 2011—has been published. At Politico , Dylan Byers sums up "The Inside Story of the Civil War For the Soul of NBC... More »

Quit, Comedy, or Comeback: What Next for Brian Williams?

Anchor might have been better off on Tonight Show

(Newser) - Now that Brian Williams has been suspended for six months from NBC Nightly News, analysts are asking the question: What's next? Will we ever see Williams return to his anchor role? Some are casting doubt on whether he can—and should—come back:
  • In the Washington Post , Ruth Marcus
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Brian Williams Pulls Himself Off Air for 'a Few Days'

'I am presently too much a part of the news'

(Newser) - Don't expect to see Brian Williams in the anchor's chair during the next few editions of NBC Nightly News. Facing a growing number of questions over the accuracy of several stories , Williams has announced, via NBC News , that he's taking a brief hiatus. "In the midst... More »

NBC Journalist Free of Ebola

Ashoka Mukpo of Rhode Island will be released from hospital soon

(Newser) - A little more good news on Ebola, at least in the US: NBC journalist Ashoka Mukpo is free of the disease and will be released from a hospital in Omaha, reports AP . The Rhode Island native contracted the disease in Liberia while working as a freelance camera operator for the... More »

Chelsea Clinton Quits NBC News

First Daughter says she's leaving for charity work, family

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton is ditching her high-paid gig as a special correspondent for NBC News, People reports. The First Daughter says she'll continue her charity work with the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation as she and husband Marc Mezvinsky expect their first child. Clinton's upbeat NBC segments didn'... More »

NBC Paid Chelsea Clinton $600K a Year

Politico reports that she's no longer on salary, has monthly contract

(Newser) - NBC took flak back in 2011 when it hired Chelsea Clinton as a correspondent despite her lack of journalism experience. It might have taken more if people knew how much the network was paying her: $600,000 a year, reports Politico . The plum salary is gone, however, because Clinton has... More »

Latest Brian Williams 'Rap': Snoop's 'Gin and Juice'

'Tonight Show' viral video is pretty perfect

(Newser) - If you liked Brian Williams' "performance" of "Rapper's Delight," you'll love this version of him doing Snoop Dogg's "Gin and Juice." The going-viral video appeared on Jimmy Fallon's Tonight Show last night, and the NBC Nightly News anchor's rendition got... More »

Tom Brokaw Has Cancer

Doctors are optimistic for 74-year-old, says NBC

(Newser) - Tom Brokaw revealed today that he has cancer—but doctors are optimistic about his recovery, reports CNN . The 74-year-old "was diagnosed with multiple myeloma , a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow," back in August at the Mayo Clinic, says NBC . Brokaw has continued to work on... More »

NBC's Hillary Miniseries May Be Produced by ... Fox

Its television studio, not its news division

(Newser) - Might Republicans have to blackball Fox from the GOP presidential debates, too? The New York Times adds an interesting twist to the controversy over a Hillary Clinton miniseries in the works—while the production is planned to air on NBC, it might be produced by Fox Television Studios. As reported... More »

Chris Hansen Will No Longer Catch Predators for NBC

Network doesn't renew his contract

(Newser) - It's a pretty boilerplate statement explaining what on its face is a simple parting of ways: NBC News on Friday confirmed that it's not renewing Chris Hansen's contract, a split that's getting wide pickup today. The To Catch a Predator host "has been a valued... More »

Obama 'Shuns' Fox at Press Conferences

ABC gets called on the most: study

(Newser) - Does President Obama play favorites with the press? A new study shows certain media outlets getting a healthy dose of attention at news conferences, while others—notably Fox News—receive less, Politico reports. Smart Politics finds that Fox is "still shunned" at the events; its reporters, the study says,... More »

NBC's Engel Details 5 Days in Syria Captivity

Foreign correspondent and team were rescued yesterday

(Newser) - Five days after their kidnapping in Syria, an NBC News team has been "freed unharmed," the network says. "We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country." The release of chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel and his crew followed a firefight at a... More »

Was Diane Sawyer Totally Drunk Last Night?

Plus: Brian Williams slams Donald Trump

(Newser) - If you were watching ABC's election coverage last night, there was probably just one question on your mind: Is Diane Sawyer really drunk, or just tired? Gawker has an amusing video montage that seems to support what many assumed: She was smashed. The video pieces together clips of Sawyer... More »

Kris Jenner 'Furious' Over Today 9/11 Fiasco

Plus, NBC News prez apologizes ... to affiliates

(Newser) - The nation is upset with the Today show over its choice to air an interview with Kris Jenner instead of the 9/11 moment of silence —but, perhaps more importantly, Kris Jenner is upset with the Today show. "She had no idea that she was speaking during the moment... More »

Microsoft, NBC Breakup Complete

MSNBC.com now NBCNews.com

(Newser) - The long-rumored media breakup has finally come to pass: NBC News and Microsoft have called it quits on joint venture MSNBC.com, reports the New York Times . Sixteen years after the pioneering partnership began, NBC parent company Comcast bought out Microsoft's 50% stake, reportedly for $300 million. Indeed, trips... More »

NBC May Buy Microsoft's Share of MSNBC.com

Move would end long online partnership at popular website

(Newser) - NBC News is negotiating to buy Microsoft's portion of MSNBC.com, potentially severing a joint venture that began nearly 17 years ago. An NBC News spokeswoman said by email that "conversations are taking place," but "there is no deal." Microsoft declined to comment. (At the... More »

Ann Curry's Today Goodbye: Today's the Day

Co-host announces exit in 'USA Today' interview

(Newser) - It's official: Ann Curry is saying goodbye to Today viewers this morning, she told USA Today in an emotional interview yesterday. It's "going to be a bit of a tough day," Curry says, but she is excited about her new role within NBC: She will lead... More »

Chelsea's NBC Debut Nothing Special

But don't rule out future success: critics

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton made her debut appearance on NBC last night, presenting a story about an Arkansas woman's challenges in running an after-school program for underprivileged kids. Critics weren't particularly impressed, but suggest she may have a future:
  • "Either we’re spoiled by TV’s unlimited population of
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Chelsea Clinton's New Employer: NBC News

Former president's daughter gets full-time job with network

(Newser) - Chelsea Clinton will show up for work this morning at the NBC News offices. She’s been hired as a full-time special correspondent, and the network will make the official announcement today, the New York Times reports. Clinton, who was touched by people making personal contributions during her mother’s... More »

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