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Norah O’Donnell on Her New Contract: “Excited About What’s Ahead”

Network co-president Neeraj Khemlani and O’Donnell informed the CBS staff on the daily editorial call regarding the news.

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CBS News and anchor Norah O’Donnell agreed to a new long-term deal, and on Monday, the two parties provided a comment on the matter. 

Network co-president Neeraj Khemlani and O’Donnell informed the CBS staff on the daily editorial call regarding the news. Khemlani states that O’Donnell will continue based in Washington D.C., where the newscast has been broadcasting since 2019.

“I wanted to start with some terrific news that you may have read about this weekend – and to confirm for everyone on this call that Norah O’Donnell and CBS Evening News have reached a new agreement that has Norah continuing as anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News from Washington and contributing to 60 Minutes,” Khemlani told staff.

“The “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” has proven itself to be a formidable broadcast, delivering impactful reporting that has reverberated across the country.”

O’Donnell’s contract was soon expiring, and it was not constantly evident that she or CBS would renew it. 

However, with the anchor’s deal official, two of CBS’ flagship broadcast shows have their talent locked in past the 2024 election (CBS Mornings co-anchor Gayle King signed a new deal in January). 

“I just wanted to thank everyone. I wanted to thank Neeraj. I wanted to thank Wendy [McMahon, the other CBS News and Stations co-president]. I am so excited about what’s ahead,” O’Donnell said. “Many people ask me about this broadcast and I always say we built trust in this news organization and this broadcast by telling the truth.”

“It’s the cornerstone of what we do every night. And I’ve never worked with a better group of people than I do now at CBS News. So thank you for all of your hard work. Thanks to our teams on the ground in Ukraine who every single night deliver the most important reporting that not only informs our viewers but informs the world.”

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Jen Psaki: I Never Encourage Protests Outside of Chief Justices’ Homes

A University of Chicago journalist asked Jen Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside the Supreme Court Justices’ homes.

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A University of Chicago journalist went full “Peter Doocy mode” on former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki during a forum at the school Wednesday.

According to a transcript published on Mediate, Daniel Schmidt asked Psaki if she regrets encouraging people to protest outside of the Supreme Court Justices’ homes in the wake of the leaked draft opinion that purports to overturn Roe v. Wade.

“Let me first say because I think facts matter and facts are important,” Psaki said. “I never encouraged anyone to protest. I encouraged them to engage peacefully, and to do it without violence, without threats, and without intimidation.”  

According to The Hill, Protesters have gathered at the homes of Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, and Justice Samuel Alito. 

“If they’re breaking the law, of course, they shouldn’t do that. And I also said that, too. Thank you for your question!” Psaki added.

Last month, another University of Chicago student confronted CNN host Brian Stelter regarding the network’s role in disseminating alleged fake news.

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Sinclair CEO Says Political Environment Is “Very Good for Our Business”

Sinclair’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

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The midterm elections are here, and according to one television executive, it’s the best time considering the amount of political advertisement money pouring into stations at the local and national. 

One key beneficiary of that cash inflow is Sinclair Broadcast Group, the No. 2 owner of local TV stations in the U.S. The company’s CEO, Chris Ripley, offered his perspective on political ads at the MoffettNathanson 9th Annual Media and Communications Summit.

“Some of these primary races are crazy,” Ripley said, per Deadline. “On the one hand, I lament that we’re in the political environment that we are. On the other hand, it’s very good for our business.”

Ripley used an example to make a point with his claim, citing U.S. Senate candidate J.D. Vance who won his primary race after spending a heavy amount ont television ads. 

Furthermore, the television executive adds that the $75 million spent on TV ads for the primary was 40 times more than what was spent on the primary in the last election. Ripley also added that spending on ballots is also up and should continue to increase as issues like abortion and legal gambling arise. 

“More and more issues are going on direct ballots,” he said. “With what’s going on with abortion rights, that’s going to just even add to that category.” Legalizing sports betting or cannabis are other issues generating significant ad spending.

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NBC News Correspondent Pete Williams to Retire

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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NBC News has announced Justice Department and Supreme Court correspondent Pete Williams will be retiring from the company. The reporter has been with the network for nearly three decades and has been at the forefront of many breaking news stories in Washington, DC. 

“Pete has been one of the nation’s foremost authorities covering the Supreme Court and the Department of Justice for nearly three decades,” NBC News President Noah Oppenheim said in a memo to staff

“His career has been defined by his reputation for accuracy, reliability, and unmatched expertise in the subjects he covers.” 

Williams has covered various topics for NBC News, including the court cases dealing with the Affordable Care Act and marriage equality. Earlier this year, the correspondent was the one who reported the news that Supreme Court Justice Stephen G. Breyer would retire at the end of the current term.

“In short, for generations of NBC News reporters, working alongside Pete has been a daily masterclass in journalism. But perhaps more importantly, it has been a masterclass in what it means to be a good colleague,” Oppenheim added.

“Pete’s decency, kindness, and generosity are unmatched. For those that know Pete well, it’s his warmth, humor, wit, and compassion that will be missed most.”

Williams will remain with NBC News through July before calling it a career. 

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