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Today
(weekend editions)
NBC Today titles.png
Today opening title, as of September 8, 2009
Also known as Weekend Today, Saturday Today, Sunday Today
Format news program, live action
Presented by Lester Holt
(2003–present)
Amy Robach
(2007–present)
Jenna Wolfe
(2007–present)
Janice Huff
(1995–present)
Bill Karins
(2009–present)
Country of origin  United States
Production
Running time 120 minutes (2 hours) (Sat); 60 minutes (1 hour) (Sun)
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
1080i (HDTV)
Original run September 20, 1987 – present

Weekend Today is the unofficial title of the weekend editions of Today, an American morning news and talk show which airs daily on NBC.

Contents

History

The Sunday edition of Today (Sunday Today) premiered on September 20, 1987 hosted by Boyd Matson and Maria Shriver. The program was broadcast at 8:00 a.m. ET and was 90 minutes long with Meet the Press following at 9:30 a.m. Five years later, on August 1, 1992, the Saturday edition made its debut, expanding the broadcast schedule of the Today show franchise to seven days a week. The program is broadcast from Studio 1A (also houses for Dateline and MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann) in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, although Sunday Today originated from Washington for a few years. The Sunday edition of Today scaled back to one hour while Meet the Press expanded to an hour.

The weekend editions were initially titled Saturday Today or Sunday Today, as applicable, in order to distinguish them from the weekday program. Since the late 1990s, all editions of the program have officially simply carried the title Today, although Weekend Today is still used for promotional purposes.

Format

The weekend broadcasts continue the Today tradition of covering breaking news, interviewing newsmakers, reporting on a variety of popular-culture and human-interest stories, covering health and finance issues and presenting the latest weather reports. Just like the Weekday edition, the show offers visitors to New York City a chance to observe firsthand the workings of a live television broadcast with its windowed studio on Rockefeller Plaza. Interaction with the crowd outside the studio is a major part of the program.

Unlike the weekday edition of Today where news updates are reported at the top of the hour, news updates are given every half hour.

Weekend editions are tailored to the priorities and interests of weekend viewers—offering special series such as Saturday Today on the Plaza, featuring live performances by the biggest names in music and Broadway outside the studio throughout the summer.

Pat Burkey is the Executive Producer of Weekend Today[1].

Show times

The show is live from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET on Saturdays, although some affiliates chose to tape-delay the program. Some stations in the western half of the country choose to air it at 5:00 local time.

On Sunday, the show is aired live from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. ET. Most NBC affiliates choose to air two editions of their local morning newscast around the Sunday edition of Weekend Today, with the first hour of the local newscast airing before and the second hour airing after the program.

Some affiliates choose not to air part - or the entire show at all.

Current anchors

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News anchors

There is no permanent news anchor for the Weekend Edition. Personalities from various NBC News divisions fill in on those days.

Weather anchors

Former anchors

Sunday Today anchors included:

Weekend Today anchors included:

Theme music

Scherzo for Today was used as the program's closing theme until 1990, and the Mission bumpers were used until 1993. (One of them could be heard as a station break lead-in on NBC's Meet The Press until 2004.) The Today Show opening fanfare has opened the program ever since, with two exceptions. In the summer of 1994, to mark the debut of Studio 1A, the Williams-penned fanfare was replaced by another opening theme, but the Williams theme returned shortly thereafter. In 2004, the show's producers tried out yet another theme, which drew once again on the NBC chimes as its signature, but the Williams theme returned after only a few weeks. It is by far the most enduring theme in the program's history, having now been in use for over two decades.

The Scherzo for Today was iconically accompanied by Fred Facey announcing "From NBC News, this is Today..." until his death in April 2003, except for special editions requiring special introductions. Facey's work is now only heard on the MSNBC program Headliners and Legends.

Currently, a lighter theme employing the NBC chimes is used to open the show's 7:30 and 8:30 half-hour segments, and also used as a closing theme.

Special editions

Following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster on February 1, 2003, Weekend Today aired a special edition on Sunday, February 2, with the expanded introduction

Disaster: The Space Shuttle Columbia. From NBC News, this is a special edition of The Today Show with Soledad O'Brien at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida and David Bloom at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

The next day was also a special edition with Matt Lauer at Studio 1A in New York and Katie Couric at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.

On April 6, 2003, the death of Bloom in Iraq dominated that day's edition. Soledad O'Brien, Matt Lauer, and Katie Couric hosted a special edition of Weekend Today to remember Bloom.

When Pope John Paul II died on Saturday, April 2, 2005, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer anchored the weekend editions of The Today Show. Lauer anchored from the Vatican with Campbell Brown offering reports by his side. On the day of the Pope's death, Couric anchored a special report on a Vatican statement updating the Pope's dire condition and Lauer reported for the special report anchored by Brian Williams when the Pope was officially dead. He returned to New York as Couric traveled to Vatican City to co-anchor coverage of the Pope's funeral with Williams.

On Saturday, April 19, 2008, special edition of Weekend Today featured Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the United States, billed as "The Pope Visits the USA." Lester Holt and Jenna Wolfe moved outside to Rockefeller Center to cover the first papal mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. However, they moved back to Studio 1A at the 7:30 half hour.

On Saturday, May 10, 2008, Weekend Today featured a special split edition coveing the wedding of Jenna Bush at the President's ranch outside Crawford, Texas. Co-anchor Lester Holt remained at Studio 1A, while Amy Robach covered the wedding from Texas.

On Saturday, June 14, 2008, a special edition occurred because of the death of Tim Russert, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and Moderator of Meet the Press. Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw anchored this edition of "Today." Andrea Mitchell, David Gregory, Pete Williams, Lisa Myers, Bob Schieffer, host of Face the Nation, George Stephanopoulos, host of This Week, and Vice President Dick Cheney, among others, appeared on "Today." The next day, there was another special edition, hosted by Gregory and Mitchell on the death of Russert.

Viewership

The program is watched by more viewers than ABC's Good Morning America Weekend Edition and CBS' Saturday Early Show[2], but less than those of CBS News Sunday Morning.[3]

International broadcasts

In Australia, Weekend Today airs at 4:00AM Mondays on the Seven Network, followed by Meet The Press. In the Philippines, the Saturday and Sunday editions air on 2nd Avenue on Sunday and Monday respectively at 7.00 local time.

References

  1. ^ "About Today". MSNBC.com. May 15, 2009. http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/29055142. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  2. ^ Nielsen ratings from November 2007 as released with NBC press release
  3. ^ Nielsen ratings from November 2007 as released with CBS press release

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