October 4, 2012
George Zimmerman, the man who shot Trayvon Martin earlier this year in a case that drew huge amounts of publicity, plans to sue NBC News and a number of its executives over the editing of a 911 tape, according to The New York Post. In the edited version of the tape that was played on “Today,” Zimmerman was heard telling the operator that Martin was black without any prompting. In the unedited recording it’s apparent he only did so after he was asked about the teen’s ethnicity by the 911 operator. At least three NBC News employees were let go after an investigation of the tape's editing.
Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney, has agreed to co-host ABC's "Good Morning America" in place of Robin Roberts on Oct. 10. ABC is also reportedly in talks with First Lady Michelle Obama to co-host as well.
NBC News has named Andrea Canning a correspondent on "Dateline," and she'll also contribute to "Today," "NBC Nightly News" and on MSNBC. Canning had been a news correspondent at ABC.
Singer Jill Scott is set to guest in the final season of Fox's "Fringe," playing an "oracle-like" woman who helps Anna Torv's character. Scott is no stranger to TV, previously appearing on HBO's "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" and NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit."
Veria Living Worldwide has named Anthony Kimble head of sales, in charge of the UK and Europe. Kimble, who will be based in London, was previously vice president of sales, acquisitions and co-productions at National Geographic Television International.
Jeff Morrow, a meteorologist at The Weather Channel, is leaving the network after 27 years. There's no word on what he'll do next. In a staff memo, network vice president of live programming Helen Swenson wrote, "He’s been in or near the eye of numerous hurricanes and some of his most notable reporting and live shots occurred in Hurricane Wilma and, of course, Katrina. His coverage of major weather events also includes the memorable 'flying debris' live report from Birmingham during last year’s Super Outbreak."
Jake Ward, editor in chief at Popular Science, will host two shows on National Geographic Channel next week, which the network is calling "Secret Access Week." Ward will appear on "Top Secret" on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and "America's Money Vault" on Thursday, Oct. 11.
Billboard magazine has brought in Alex Pham as a senior correspondent, covering digital music. Pham was most recently at The Los Angeles Times, where she worked as an arts and entertainment staff writer.
Details magazine has made two promotions, naming Eugene Tong style director and Matthew Marden fashion director. Tong had been senior style editor, while Marden was previously market director.
Bonnier Corp. has named Miriam Leuchter editor in chief at American Photo magazine, replacing the departed Scott Alexander. Leuchter is also editor of Bonnier's Popular Photography.
Jim Hickey, a longtime correspondent at ABC News Radio Network, has retired from the network after more than 17 years. Hickey is also a former foreign correspondent on the TV side for ABC News.
The Wall Street Journal has named Nina Lawrence vice president of global marketing and advertising sales, in charge of business development across print, digital and events. Lawrence had been vice president and publisher at W magazine.
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- Andy Grant becomes associate creative director at CP + B
- Shashi Seth becomes president at Tribune Digital Ventures
- Julie Piepenkotter rises to EVP of research at FX
- Cherie Cohen becomes SVP of cable ad sales at NBCUniversal
- Andrew Leisner rises to motorcycle group publisher at Bonnier
- Dominic Laval becomes director of business development at Capablue
- Paul Barford becomes chief scientist at Broadcast Interactive Media
- Mia Maestro joins FX drama pilot 'The Strain'
- Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas hosting NBC's 'Miss USA'
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