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NBC's Olympics coverage draws fire for patronizing women

Good morning. Here's our daily summary of all the media news you need to know. Want to get this briefing in your inbox every morning? Subscribe here. Sally Jenkins, a terrific Washington Post sports columnist, writes facetiously, "I would tell you what happened on the opening day of the Olympics, but as a woman, I’m not really into results; … Read More
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PBS burned by its own fireworks coverage, admits using old video

PBS apparently celebrated the nation's independence by rather freely using video from another Fourth of July celebration. A Monday night production, "A Capitol Fourth" was not live as-advertised, as it was "spliced in with video from previous years' spectacles," as NBC News reported. It apparently didn't take FBI or Secret Service teams to discern the skullduggery. Many viewers took … Read More
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Pope departs as a restrained, effective Brian Williams returns

Brian Williams' returned to MSNBC last week after being taken of the anchor chair at NBC.(2007 AP file Photo/Matt Rourke)Brian Williams' return to anchor action began last Tuesday with understatement--- “And good day, I’m Brian Williams at MSNBC headquarters here in New York”---and was matched by similar restraint at dinnertime Sunday. "For now and all of our … Read More
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Popemania in full swing for media at White House stop

President Barack Obama and Pope Francis stand at attention during the playing of the national anthems during a state arrival ceremony for the pope, Wednesday on the South Lawn of the White House. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)It was all-pope-all-the-time Wednesday morning as television media ignored virtually any other news to reverently cover Pope Francis' address at the White House. Read More
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Is going to MSNBC a blessing in disguise for Brian Williams?

Brian Williams (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)The challenge for Brian Williams and his bosses is clear: going from the butt of derision to a face of MSNBC. “You don’t throw out the baby with the bath water because the water is soiled,” said an NBC anchor to me Thursday Reports surfaced late Wednesday that he’d not return to his … Read More
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NBC and Brian Williams still have explaining to do

Brian Williams moderates a debate between presidential candidates in 2008 file photo. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)I believe in second chances and redemption. But NBC's decision to move Brian Williams to MSNBC isn't enough of an endgame move for me. NBC News has not released the findings of its investigation into inaccurate and embellished statements that Williams made on the news … Read More
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C-Span teaming with the networks to cover presidential campaign

C-span's red busC-SPAN is teaming with the major news networks to share personnel and other costs while covering even more events in real time along the campaign trail. Ted Johnson, a political reporter for Variety, walked up the steps of the iconic bright red C-SPAN school bus parked on the floor of the national cable TV convention. He just … Read More
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'The audience is going to demand it': Why good visuals matter

Kainaz Amaria and Imaeyen Ibanga are the type of extroverted, vibrant people who can win over a room within minutes. But they find it frustrating when they and their visual colleagues aren’t included in the room at all, especially as editorial decisions are being made. Amaria, NPR's picture editor, and Ibanga, a multi-platform producer at NBC News, were both part … Read More
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WaPo: Decision regarding Brian Williams' fate at NBC News 'likely to come soon'

The Washington Post Newly-appointed NBC News chairman Andy Lack is likely to make a determination about Brian Williams' future at the network soon, Paul Farhi writes for The Washington Post. Lack's hand may be forced by the NBC's forthcoming "upfront," a slew of meetings between network officials and advertisers aimed at securing ad buys. Farhi explains: People on … Read More
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The Hollywood Reporter: How much do morning news shows plug other TV products?

The Hollywood Reporter Everyone knows that the three major networks' morning news shows spend an awful lot of time cross-promoting the networks' sports and entertainment projects, but The Hollywood Reporter decided to calculate exactly how much time. Reviewing the week of March 9-13, Hollywood Reporter staff timed each segment dedicated to "corporate synergy" and have published the results. Read More
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Andy Lack leaves post at Broadcasting Board of Governors

Andy Lack, the former NBC executive rumored to be considering a return to the network, has stepped down from his position as CEO and director of the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the agency announced Wednesday. The Broadcasting Board of Governors announced today that CEO and Director Andrew Lack will be departing the agency. The agency will now begin work to … Read More
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Brian Williams to take hiatus from 'NBC Nightly News'

Embattled "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams told NBC News staff in a memo Saturday he will stop hosting the daily broadcast "for the next several days." While Williams takes a hiatus, "Nightly News" weekend anchor Lester Holt will fill in for long enough for NBC News "to adequately deal with this issue," according to the memo. When his break … Read More
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Pilot of Brian Williams' helicopter in Iraq: 'We took small arms fire'

Update: The pilot interviewed by CNN and quoted in this article is no longer standing by his story. In a text message to CNN's Brian Stelter Friday morning, the pilot said the following: "The information I gave you was true based on my memories, but at this point I am questioning my memories that I may have forgotten … Read More
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