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Early Sunday Show Listings

This Sunday after Thanksgiving…

David Gregory will moderate NBC’s “Meet the Press” with guests Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and foundation co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates.

• On CBS, Harry Smith will substitute for Bob Schieffer. Guests on “Face the Nation” include Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, former NY023 Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie.

• And George Stephanopoulos will be in the anchor chair on “This Week.” He’ll be joined by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT). The weekly roundtable will be made up of ABC’s George Will and Cokie Roberts, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, political strategist Matthew Dowd and former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and author Dan Senor.

John King will be joined on CNN’s “State of the Union” by Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Jack Reed (D- RI), Overstock.com Chairman & CEO Patrick Byrne, Rep. David Obey (D-WI) and CNN’s Donna Brazile and Ed Rollins. Howard Kurtz will have Bill Press, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty, FT‘s Chrystia Freeland and CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino on “Reliable Sources.”

• And more… “Political Capital with Al Hunt” on Bloomberg will have “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America” author Kati Marton and Robert Merry, as well as Bloomberg’s Han Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

Chris Matthews will host Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on his NBC Sunday show.

• “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal” will have WSJ‘s David Wessel, AP’s Charles Babington and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

We’ll update the Sunday show listings as we learn them.

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RC-CQ Changes: Merry Out, Mills Upped and Layoffs

Roll Call‘s acquisition of Congressional Quarterly wasn’t the only news announced at CQ‘s staff meeting this morning. Robert Merry, president of the pub. announced that after 22 years with CQ, he will not be joining his staff under the Economist umbrella. Roll Call‘s Mike Mills was promoted to editorial director over the new, combined newsroom. Lastly, the “few” CQ staffers that are not being offered positions under Roll Call‘s rule have already been informed.

It’s Official! Merry Announces CQ Sale to Economist Group

First on FishbowlDC: On June 19th, FishbowlDC broke the news that the Economist Group (parent company of Roll Call) was set to acquire Congressional Quarterly. Now, our sources have confirmed that CQ President Robert Merry will announce to his staff that the publication will indeed be sold to the Economist/Roll Call at 10 a.m. this morning.

The CQ all-staff meeting is being held now at the Fairfax at Embassy Row Hotel on Massachusetts Ave. – the location for many of CQ‘s annual meetings and Holiday Party celebrations in recent years.

Meanwhile, at Roll Call, Publisher Peter Cherukuri has called his team to “the 4th floor conference room for an important staff meeting that will begin at 10a.m. this morning.”

UPDATE 10:10 a.m.: Literally while Merry is telling his staff that Roll Call has acquired their publication, Roll Call‘s press release hit the wires. Check it out after the jump.

UPDATE 10:18 a.m.: Merry Moving On – Merry announces that rather than opting for a consulting gig with the new merged organization, he will move on after 22 years with CQ.

UPDATE 10:22 a.m.: Economist Group CEO Andrew Rashbass takes the mic at the CQ meeting.

UPDATE 10:41 a.m.: Rashbass wraps with a “merit over ethnicity, background and gender” message for his vision.

UPDATE 10:52 a.m.: Mills Upped: Mike Mills announced as the new editorial director over the merged group.

UPDATE 10:54 a.m.: Those that will not have a job with Roll Call-CQ have already been informed. “Good news. If you haven’t been told that you do not have a job, then you do.”

Official press release after the jump…

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Will CQ Learn Its Fate Tomorrow?

Exactly one month ago, FishbowlDC confirmed with sources that the Economist Group was set to purchase CQ. Both sides have been mum since we broke the story on June 19th. Today, CQ‘s Robert Merry sent a company-wide email calling for an all-hands staff meeting tomorrow at 10am. Could tomorrow be the big day that Merry discloses the pub’s fate?

FishbowlDC has the memo:

From: Robert Merry
Sent: Monday, July 20, 2009 4:12 PM
To: CQ Everyone
Subject: All staff meeting
To All CQ Publications Employees –

I am calling an all-staff meeting for tomorrow morning at 10 a.m., at the XXX(deleted by FishbowlDC)XXX. Our meeting tomorrow morning will be in the XXXX. Please arrive in sufficient time so the meeting can begin precisely at 10 a.m.

It is my anticipation that all employees who can make will be there.

I look forward to seeing you there.

Best regards, rwm

Federal News Service Sues CQ, Times Publishing & Others

First on FishbowlDC: Federal News Service, Inc. (FNS) filed a lawsuit against Congressional Quarterly (CQ), Inc., its parent companies Times Publishing Company, the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, its subsidiary CQ Transcriptions, Inc., and its exclusive vendor Morningside Partners, LLC in DC federal court this morning. The lawsuit also named CQ’s President, Robert Merry, and Stephen Carr Davis and Anthony O’Brien, co-owners of Morningside Partners.

The complaint alleges that the defendants attempted to monopolize the fast turnaround verbatim transcript market through “a series of anti-competitive acts and practices to force FNS out of business.”

The complaint claims of the defendants:

Engaging in corporate espionage and corporate theft to obtain proprietary, confidential and privileged FNS information

Engaging in systematic, illegal access to and taking from FNS corporate online databases and stealing proprietary copyrighted and trademarked products and other confidential materials

Engaging in predatory and anticompetitive hiring practices aimed at taking away key FNS employees

Engaging in a series of attempts to acquire FNS in order to eliminate FNS from the market

Engaging in an anticompetitive strategy of bundling its non-transcript products at no cost with its transcript products

FishbowlDC contacted FNS, Morningside Partners, CQ and Times Publishing but only received response from Times Publishing. We will update when we receive their comment and additional information.

CQ’s Merry Named Top Innovator in Business Publishing

CQ’s president and editor-in-chief Robert Merry has been named one of the Top Innovators in Business Publishing by BtoB Media Business.

From Media Business: “Many media companies today aspire to give their audiences exactly the information they want in the precise place, time and medium in which they want to consume it. At the moment, though, few can fulfill that promise. Congressional Quarterly is one of those few.”

Merry has been CEO since 1997, joining CQ in 1987 from the WSJ‘s Washington bureau. Read on here.