Television scrambles to the scene to cover Aurora, Colo. shooting
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Following this morning's midnight movie-theater massacre in Aurora, Colo., in which at least 12 people were killed and dozens more injured (and for which police have a suspect in custody), the cable news and broadcast networks are scrambling to flood the zone.
(The event transpired just miles from the site of the infamous Columbine High School shootings of 1999, in which 13 people were killed.)
So far, press releases have landed in our inbox from CNN and ABC News about their plans.
On CNN, which began its coverage at 4:44 a.m., correspondent Ed Lavandera has been reporting live from Aurora throughout the morning. Tonight, Don Lemon will anchor live from Aurora at 7 p.m., filling in for Erin Burnett; Anderson Cooper will likewise anchor his 8 p.m. show live from the scene of the tragedy. In total, the network is dispatching nine anchors and correspondents to Colorado.
Broadcasting & Cable reports that CBS is sending Scott Pelley to Aurora to anchor the CBS Evening News live this evening and that Brian Williams will anchor NBC Nightly News live from the scene, as well.
Tonight on ABC News, meanwhile, Diane Sawyer will anchor a special edition of “ABC World News,” which begins at 6:30, with weekend anchor David Muir reporting live from Colorado. Chris Cuomo will anchor a special live edition of “20/20” from Aurora at 10, and Bill Weir will anchor a special edition of “Nightline” at 11:35 out of New York with live coverage from Colorado.
First flub: ABC News has issued an apology for an earlier report linking the alleged gunman to the Tea Party:
An earlier ABC News broadcast report suggested that a Jim Holmes of a Colorado Tea Party organization might be the suspect, but that report was incorrect. ABC News and Brian Ross apologize for the mistake, and for disseminating that information before it was properly vetted.
In other news...
Nick Summers is leaving Newsweek for Businessweek, as is Sam Grobart of The New York Times, who only just recently started a new column for the paper. [Politico/On Media]
But Newsweek has lured back Dan Gross from Yahoo, for which he left the magazine after it went up for sale in 2010. [New York Post]
Walter Kirn's New Republic cover story was supposed to run in GQ, whose editor doesn't sound too pleased about losing the feature. [W.W.D.]
The Wall Street Journal has started a new real estate section. [The Wall Street Journal]
In a rare show of emotion, Wolf Blitzer likened Michelle Bachman to Joe McCarthy. [Politico/On Media]
College newspapers are going digital-first. [The Huffington Post]
Aaron Sorkin is reportedly replacing most of the writers for "The Newsroom". [The Daily]
Meet the ESPN "hack" who routinely copy-and-pastes press release and Wikipedia text. [Deadspin]
NBC News, MSNBC and CNBC are being re-organized under a single new boss. [NYT/Media Decoder]
BuzzFeed gets into the data game. [NYT/Media Decoder]
The Newspaper Guild is still at war with New York Times management. [The Huffington Post]
ICM is at war with Nikki Finke. [The Hollywood Reporter]