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The Evening Ticker: Wallace, Zakaria, Philbin

  • Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace” did something it has never done yesterday. It topped NBC’s “Meet the Presss with David Gregory” in both both viewers and the A25-54 demo in the Washington, D.C. market. The last time “FNS” beat “MTP” in D.C. was Nov. 4, 2007 when Wallace interviewed Pres. Bush, and Tim Russert was the host of “Meet the Press.”

  • CNN host Fareed Zakaria is joining The Atlantic as a contributing editor. He will write for The Atlantic as well as participate in events for both AtlanticLIVE and Quartz, Atlantic Media’s global business news brand. Zakaria starts in September,

  • Regis Philbin and Kathie Lee Gifford will be back on morning TV together as Reeeg! fills in on the fourth hour of “Today” this Friday. With Hoda Kotb out of town, Regis and Kathie Lee will pick up right where they left off 14 years ago, when they co-hosted “LIVE!”

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Jorge Ramos Asks Hillary Clinton: ‘Do You Think You Have a Latino Problem?’

In a preview clip ahead of Tuesday’s full interview, Fusion’s Jorge Ramos asks former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton if she has a potential problem with a rising voting demographic.

“Do you think you have a Latino problem?” Ramos asked based on recent comments Clinton made on sending back Central American children who cross the U.S. border. “I hope not!” Clinton responded, laughing that she “never has before, so I hope not.” “Some of them should be sent back,” Clinton continued, adding she’d deport children who don’t have claims to asylum or family connections in America.

The Scoreboard: Friday, July 25

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 239 | MSNBC: 93 | CNN: 146 | HLN: 92
  • Primetime: FNC: 317 | MSNBC: 136 | CNN: 222 | HLN: 118

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

183

TheFive:

315

Baier:

265

Greta:

265

O’Reilly:

335

Kelly:

338

Hannity:

278

O’Reilly:

275

Kelly:

267

MSNBC
Wagner:

42

EdShow:

63

Sharpton:

71

Matthews:

85

Hayes:

85

Maddow:

171

Lockup:

150

Lockup:

188

Lockup:

199

CNN
Tapper:

150

Blitzer:

131

Blitzer:

165

Burnett:

196

Cooper:

277

Sixties:

201

Tonight:

189

Cooper:

167

CNNI:

156

HLN
Now:

41

Files:

109

Files:

92

Files:

119

Files:

100

Files:

91

Files:

155

Files:

135

Files:

209

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Here’s What Happens When Networks Outsource Foreign News Coverage

Vocativ MSNBCEarlier this year, our sister site Lost Remote reported on MSNBC’s partnership with digital news startup Vocativ. The partnership debuted on “Ronan Farrow Daily,” which has been airing “deep web” stories shot and produced by the New York-based start-up Vocativ, which includes TV news veterans in its ranks.

Last week, while most cable news coverage was dominated by conflicts in Gaza and Ukraine, Farrow aired a Vocativ report on Libya.

Midway through the segment last Monday, Farrow played a 3-minute Vocativ report on Libya’s rival militia groups. “Thank you to Vocativ for taking a lot of risks to get us that report,” Farrow said coming out of the report. The risks in Libya became dangerously apparent a few days later when, on Saturday, the U.S. evacuated its embassy, rushing embassy employees to Tunisia as fighting between militias intensified around Tripoli.

In late June, Farrow aired another Vocativ report on Libya’s arms market. Just today, the show aired a Vocativ report on Spain’s recreational drug use.

This type of news outsourcing seems to be gaining steam. With so many foreign stories to cover–and only so many correspondents and producers on the ground — networks are leaning on digital start-ups. The trend is also spreading to social media. Earlier this year, CNN partnered with Twitter and Dataminr to gain a leg up on finding and reporting breaking news.

Watch both Vocativ-produced segments after the jump.
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Suspect Killed in NYC Shootout Was Featured on John Walsh’s CNN Show

MozdirWalshA wild shootout in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village this afternoon left a child sex assault suspect dead and two law enforcement officers injured. The man authorities were looking to take into custody was Charles Mozdir. He was featured on John Walsh‘s new CNN show “The Hunt” just last Sunday.

“It’s a very, very shocking ending,” Walsh said to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin by phone this afternoon, “But it shows how much the public cares and how much they can help.”

Mozdir was wanted in California for abusing a 7-year-old boy. “He was on the run for almost two years,” Walsh says. “And this family was destroyed, terrified that he would come back and hurt them. They had the courage to come forward and file charges against him and now they don’t have to worry if this guy is coming back.”

Walsh explained that following the original airing of “The Hunt” on Sunday, July 20, tips started to come in that Mozdir was in New York City.

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Let’s Play Hardball…in Canada?

MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” is known for a no-nonsense approach to politics, but Funny or Die’s Canadian spoof of the show probably falls into the opposite category.

In a video posted today, the comedy site debuts its “Hardball” Canada version. A Canadian maple leaf replaces the NBC peacock on-screen and a cast of comedians mockingly play Matthews, Ann Coulter, actress Kathleen Turner, embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, and the hit Canadian indie/pop duo of Tegan and Sara. “Frankly, like most people, I know nothing about Canada…” faux Matthews says to open the show.

Al Jazeera America Weighing More Layoffs

Al-Jazeera-America304During a meeting last week, Al Jazeera America CEO Ehab Al Shihabi announced the network is considering additional layoffs.

“Like any television network we make decisions based on our programming schedule,” a network spokesperson tells TVNewser. “We’re always looking at our staffing levels. We have a staff of over 800.”

We’re hearing that 20 positions may be cut. In April, AJAM laid off dozens of staffers, mostly from its sports and business units.

Last week, the network said it saw a 30 percent spike in ratings over the previous two weeks as the Gaza conflict waged. AJAM marks its one-year anniversary on August 20.

David Gregory Issues ‘End Note’ to Clarify Unverified Video From Gaza

GregoryOn “Meet the Press” Sunday, a guest called out David Gregory for being “unfair” in his line of questioning.

While speaking to UN Relief spokesperson Chris Gunness, Gregory showed video which was posted Sunday morning by the Israeli government, claiming that rockets had been fired by Hamas from a UN school earlier in the week.

Gregory said that NBC hadn’t yet verified the video, but asked Gunness, “is this accurate; could this be happening without the UN’s knowledge?”

“To be fair to me, to bring me on a live program and expect me to comment live on air on pictures I haven’t actually seen, I think anyone looking at this program would agree that’s really unfair,” Gunness said. “I mean, if I can see it, I’ll happily comment on it.”

Later in the show, Gregory clarified: “The UN has reviewed it, tells us that they have confirmed in their view the video does not show rockets being fired from a UN administrative school in Gaza. So this is a back and forth that we’re not able to settle at this point.”

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‘Sharknado 2:’ Watch for Sharks, ‘Today’ Show Cameos, and also Sharks

RokerLauerSharknadoWe know your DVRs are probably already set for Wednesday night, but here’s what you should really look out when Syfy debuts “Sharknado 2:” lots of “Today” show cameos. As the Orlando Sentinel‘s Hal Boedeker looks at the increasingly blurry line between news and entertainment :

NBC’s “Today” gets a half dozen scenes in “Sharknado 2.” Purists may carp, with reason, that participating in such a cheesy movie diminishes the “Today” news brand. Matt Lauer and Al Roker pop in frequently to update viewers on the “sharknado” crisis sweeping New York City. Roker warns of “weather you’ve never seen before,” and Lauer adds, “All you can do is just shake your head.”

That storm even materializes on the “Today” anchor desk, and Lauer has to take matters into his own hands. It’s more gruesome than Ann Curry‘s exit.

The Morning Ticker: Palin, Carney, Auerbach

  • The Sarah Palin Channel, part of TAPP network of personality-driven online networks, has launched. “Are you tired of the media filters?, Well, I am,” Palin says in a launch video. This is the first channel from TAPP founders Jon Klein, former president of CNN/U.S. and Jeff Gaspin, former chairman of NBCU TV.

  • Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney makes his first visit to the “Late Show with David Letterman” tonight. Carney, a former reporter for TIME, stepped down in May.

  • Jon Auerbach is the new EP of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Auerbach has been with CNN for the last four years, working on John King‘s show. Before that, he was managing editor at WCBS, editor for Metro and an editor at Star magazine and the New York Post.

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