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Fox News Signs Michelle Fields as a Contributor

Political commentator Michelle Fields has been signed as a Fox News contributor, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw reports.

Fields, a correspondent for PJ Media, has been a regular on “Cashin’ In” on the weekends.

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The Scoreboard: Friday, September 12

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 247 | MSNBC: 123 | CNN: 115 | HLN: 95
  • Primetime: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 161 | CNN: 137 | HLN: 96

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

185

TheFive:

314

Baier:

386

Greta:

239

O’Reilly:

291

Kelly:

263

Hannity:

223

O’Reilly:

164

Kelly:

214

MSNBC
Wagner:

65

EdShow:

110

Sharpton:

128

Matthews:

142

Hayes:

148

Maddow:

191

Lockup:

143

Lockup:

238

Lockup:

252

CNN
Tapper:

92

Blitzer:

177

Blitzer:

213

Burnett:

170

Cooper:

154

Bourdain:

123

Spot/Unguard:

143/126

DeathRow:

127

DeathRow:

133

HLN
Now:

74

Files:

34

Files:

64

Files:

125

Files:

105

Files:

128

Files:

96

Files:

156

Files:

199

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‘Dateline’ Tops Friday Night in Its Timeslot

dateline logo_304x200A two-hour edition of “Dateline” Friday had a strong night.

The newsmagazine drew 6.2 million viewers and 1.7 million A25-54 demo viewers, topping the broadcast networks in the 9pm-11pmET timeslot.

The episode, with Andrea Canning reporting, told the story of the murder of a Denise Leuthold, a religious missionary woman, murdered on Valentine’s Day last year. Denise’s husband, Nathan, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for her murder last week.

The Afternoon Ticker: Nobles, Murdoch, ‘Orange Room’

  • CNN Newsource has named Ryan Nobles a national correspondent based in Washington, DC . Nobles comes from WWBT in Richmond, Virginia, where he reported from since 2007.

  • Actor James Cromwell will play News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in the Sydney premiere of the bio-play “Rupert” this November, Sydney Morning Herald reports. The play is set to come to Broadway in 2016.

  • “Today” is celebrating the one-year anniversary of its digital “Orange Room” online tomorrow. Carson Daly will host “The Orange Room Show” starting at 7:20amET on Today.com. The livestreamed special will feature a performance by American Idol winner Phillip Phillips with parts simulcasted on “Today.”

After 13 Years, Wedding Photo Left in 9/11 Rubble Returned to Owner on ‘Fox & Friends’

A wedding party photo left behind in the rubble of 9/11 was reunited with one of its owners this morning on “Fox & Friends.”

“You couldn’t have made up a better ending,” Elizabeth Stringer Keefe told Steve Doocy. Days after 9/11, Keefe’s friend gave her a photo she found in the rubble showing a newly married couple and their wedding party. One member of that wedding party, Fred Mahe, had the photo on his desk at the World Trade Center on 9/11. He arrived to work after the attack occurred. And on Friday, Mahe was alerted to a tweet penned on the 13th anniversary of the attacks last week by Keefe.

The tweet was retweeted over 6,500 times and featured in People Magazine. After finding out about Keefe’s tweet, Mahe contacted her, and they met for the first time this morning as part of a “Fox and Friends” exclusive.

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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

‘The View’ Premieres With New Co-Hosts, Queen Barbara Walters

Walters QueenA revamped “The View” premiered this morning with its original co-executive producer sitting in a Queen’s throne getting doused with affection.

“Thank you my pals,” Barbara Walters said as co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Rosie O’Donnell, Nicolle Wallace, and Rosie Perez looked toward her throne.

“This is wonderful, but it’s unnecessary because of course you have my blessings,” Walters added. “By the way, I was told that I would have a crown,” she concluded, with an off-screen hand then bestowing her with one.

“Hello and welcome to the newer view,” Goldberg said to the audience as the show opened. A returning O’Donnell, not wearing shoes because of her sciatica, updated viewers on her heart attack two years ago and the surgery she had that saved her life. “I’m sitting here with three fabulous women and I’m loving life,” new co-host Rosie Perez said. “I am a Republican, we should get that out of the way,” Nicolle Wallace, former campaign communications adviser to Senator John McCain and Sarah Palin, said. “And I really like her, I swear to God!” O’Donnell responded to the audience’s applause.

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TMZ’s Harvey Levin to Fox: You’re Telling Me Fox and Others Don’t Pay for Great Video?

Appearing on “MediaBuzz” yesterday, TMZ executive producer Harvey Levin suggested his site paying for video is no different than Fox News and other cable networks paying for video.

“You want to actually tell me that Fox News Channel and all the others haven’t paid for people who come along and say they have this great piece of video?” Levin said to Howard Kurtz. “Fox News and others don’t pay for information,” Kurtz responded. “Howie, you’re changing the subject…I agree with you on information. I’m talking about video.” Levin went on to say TMZ doesn’t pay for interviews.


Sheinelle Jones Named News Anchor of ‘Weekend Today’

ShenielleJonesSheinelle Jones has been named news anchor of the weekend editions of the “Today” show. Jones, who joins NBC News from WTXF-FOX in Philadelphia, begins October 4.

“We are delighted to welcome Sheinelle Jones to NBC News,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. “She is an experienced journalist, a fantastic reporter and a dynamic interviewer who will bring so much to Weekend TODAY and the entire NBC News team.”

Until March, Jones was co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” at WTXF. In her sign-off she said, in part, “I am leaving ‘Good Day.’ I am going to be with my kids.” Her co-host on “Good Day” was Mike Jerrick, a former Fox News host.

Jones had been the co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia” for the last 9 years. Before that she was an anchor and reporter for KOKI-TV the Fox affiliate in Tulsa. She’s also worked as a morning anchor and reporter for WICS-TV in Springfield, Illinois.

Jones replaces Jenna Wolfe who last week was named lifestyle and fitness correspondent for the “Today” show.

There She Is….

MissOklahomaFinal preparations are underway in Atlantic City this afternoon for tonight’s Miss America Competition, where you’ll be seeing several familiar TV News faces. ABC’s coverage begins at 8pmET with an ABC News special “Countdown to Miss America.” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization told our sister site TVSpy what to expect for tonight’s 60th anniversary show.

“20/20″ is doing an hour-long special on Miss America, [hosted by "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach]. So we’ll be expanding our reach and it will essentially be a 3 hour event. We’ve got Chris Harrison from The Bachelor hosting with Lara Spencer, plus Gretchen Carlson will giving us behind the scenes coverage. It’s going to be a great show.

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