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CBS News takes some chances with new anchor, Norah O'Donnell

Jul. 14, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Long consigned to the evening news ratings basement, CBS News figures it can't hurt to take some chances. The first was the appointment of a new anchor, Norah O'Donnell, who takes over Monday at the start of what promises to be a busy midsummer week. The second comes in November, when the...

NBC's Lester Holt to get Walter Cronkite journalism award

Jul. 9, 2019 1:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona State University is awarding its 2019 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism to Lester Holt, news anchor for NBC. Holt has anchored NBC's flagship "Nightly News" broadcast since 2015, following eight years as anchor of the newscast's weekend edition and 12 years as...

The Maddow question: Should commentators moderate debates?

Jul. 3, 2019 4:57 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — During her turn as moderator in last week's Democratic primary debate, Rachel Maddow briefly scuffled with Bernie Sanders and, with Pete Buttigieg, induced the campaign rarity of a politician admitting to a failure. But she didn't put to rest the issue of whether NBC News was wise to...

Analysis: Tell us everything (but keep it to 60 seconds)

Jun. 28, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — "Each man shall make an opening statement of approximately eight minutes' duration," CBS-TV moderator Howard K. Smith intoned as John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon began the first televised presidential debate on Sept. 26, 1960. On a Thursday evening 59 years later, NBC moderator Chuck...

Technical snafu interrupts NBC's first presidential debate

Jun. 27, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — NBC News' coverage of the first Democratic debate of the 2020 campaign season was hit by a technical glitch that led President Donald Trump to tweet that the network "should be ashamed." The snafu, in the middle of the Wednesday night debate, left viewers and candidates confused by...

High stakes for NBC News ahead of 2-night Democratic debate

Jun. 25, 2019 10:24 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Don't envy NBC News executive Rashida Jones, who is behind this week's inaugural Democratic presidential debate and will have to juggle 20 candidates, five news personalities and, it's likely, one tweeting president. While the event is obviously important for politicians getting their first...