Morning Media Newsfeed: RNC Debates Announced | Oppenheim Returns to Today

MSNBC, Univision, Bloomberg left out of GOP debate mix. NBC brings back Oppenheim to helm Today. These stories and more in today's Morning Media Newsfeed

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MSNBC Left Out of GOP Debate Mix (Politico)
The Republican National Committee announced Friday that it will sanction at least nine presidential primary debates, starting this August in Ohio and continuing through March 2016, with the potential to add three more. TVNewser The early debates will be on cable news, while the later debates will go to the broadcast networks. MSNBC has not been chosen for any debate. In the 2012 cycle, MSNBC carried a GOP debate on Sept. 7, 2011 at the Ronald Reagan Library moderated by NBC’s Brian Williams. More than 5.4 million viewers tuned in to MSNBC that night. FishbowlDC Fox News will carry two, CNN will carry two, and CNBC, FBN, CBS, ABC, and NBC/Telemundo will each carry one. HuffPost Univision, the most-watched Spanish-language network, didn’t make the cut. How Republicans engage with Univision this election cycle is being closely watched given that the network reaches 96 percent of Hispanic households, a key demographic for either party hoping to win the White House. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Bloomberg Television was not given the rights to a single primary debate in 2016. In the 2012 primary season, Bloomberg Television hosted a Republican primary debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., which was moderated by Charlie Rose.

NBC News to Bring Back Noah Oppenheim to Head Today (LA Times)
NBC News is turning to a name from the past to help lead Today into the future. Noah Oppenheim, a senior producer of the morning program from 2005-2008 when it was No. 1 in the ratings, is returning as the top executive in charge of the entire editorial operation. TVNewser Oppenheim left NBC in 2008, heading West to join entertainment production company Reveille, which later merged with Shine America. HuffPost Previously, Oppenheim worked on MSNBC’s Hardball With Chris Matthews. He has since written for both TV and film, penning screenplays for movies such as 2014’s The Maze RunnerCNN Money Don Nash will remain the executive producer, reporting to Oppenheim. Oppenheim is succeeding Jamie Horowitz, a longtime ESPN producer who was put in charge of Today in September, but very publicly fired two months later. With Horowitz — an outsider — in charge of the morning show, there were rampant rumors about his plans for shakeups to the cast. Objections from Matt Lauer and the other co-hosts played a role in Horowitz’s abrupt exit from NBC. The message sent by Oppenheim’s hiring is “after Horowitz, no more surprises,” one long-time Today staffer said.

Fox News Apologizes for Labeling Parts of Paris ‘No Go Zones’ (TVNewser)
Saturday morning, Fox & Friends co-host Anna Kooiman apologized for a segment two weekends ago about so-called “no go zones” in France. According to Fox News guest Nolan Peterson, who appeared on both Fox & Friends and on Jeanine Pirro‘s show, certain areas of Paris reminded him of Afghanistan and Iraq. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media On the Jan. 10 edition of Justice With Judge Jeannie, terrorism analyst Steve Emerson described the “zones” as “places where the governments, like France, Britain, Sweden, Germany don’t exercise any sovereignty… zones where Sharia courts are set up, where Muslim density is very intense, where police don’t go in.” Mediaite “Over the course of this last week we have made some regrettable errors on air regarding the Muslim population in Europe — particularly with regard to England and France,” anchor Julie Banderas said during Saturday night’s newscast. And later, Pirro made another apology, saying that she should have challenged Emerson’s views and pointing out that he was factually incorrect. Mashable Fox News apologized four times on-air Saturday for the factual error. Emerson, who is the founder of a non-profit research group called the Investigative Project on Terrorism, also apologized on Twitter on Jan. 11.