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Jorge Ramos: ‘Fusion is the Future’

RamosAppearing on “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos vowed his network will be instrumental in the years ahead.

“Fusion is the future,” he said. “Without Latinos, it is impossible to do anything in politics or in television.” Ramos added Fusion’s targeting of Latinos and younger viewers makes it a major media player in the next presidential election.
 
“In 2016, no one is going to be able to make it to the White House without Fusion and without Univision.”

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The Evening Ticker: Van Cleave, SPJ, Intruder

  • Kris Van Cleave has been named a New York-based correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s affiliate news service. Van Cleave joins from WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a reporter at XETV/Fox6 in San Diego, and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs.

  • All three evening newscasts led with the same story tonight, which was based on reporting from the Washington Post. Just after 4pmET today, reporter Carol Leonning broke the news that White House intruder Omar Gonzales made his way all the way into the East Room, much further than first revealed by the secret service.

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The Scoreboard: Friday, Sept. 26

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 245 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 141 | HLN: 75
  • Primetime: FNC: 326 | MSNBC: 138 | CNN: 185 | HLN: 62

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

228

TheFive:

378

Baier:

346

Greta:

314

O’Reilly:

351

Kelly:

321

Hannity:

305

O’Reilly:

200

Kelly:

207

MSNBC
Wagner:

45

EdShow:

65

Sharpton:

85

Matthews:

85

Hayes:

94

Maddow:

147

Lockup:

173

Lockup:

174

Lockup:

156

CNN
Tapper:

200

Blitzer:

145

Blitzer:

169

Burnett:

164

Cooper:

152

TerrorMall:

211

Cont/Unguard:

–/174

TerrorMall:

105

Cont/Unguard:

–/37

HLN
Now:

17

Files:

26

Files:

83

Secret:

67

Grace:

64

Grace:

73

Grace:

48

Grace:

72

Grace:

100

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Syracuse Cuts Ribbon on Upgrades At S.I. Newhouse School

LichtControlRoomCBS News VP Chris Licht now has a TV news control room named for him. It’s one of the new control rooms at Syracuse University’s new Dick Clark Studios and Alan Gerry Center for Media Innovation.

The $18 million upgrade at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications includes five studios, replacing two studios, built decades ago and used by countless Syracuse alum including Ted Koppel, Bob Costas, Steve Kroft, Jeff Glor, Contessa Brewer and Licht.

Oprah Winfrey was the featured guest at today’s celebration. The two major donations of $5 million each, came from the Dick Clark estate (Clark is a 1951 Syracuse graduate) and Alan Gerry, the founder of Cablevision Industries.

CNNgo Launches: ‘There is Nothing Else Quite Like this in the Marketplace Today’

CNNx is now CNNgo.

The digital product, which gives viewers access to live TV, 24 hours of shows, on-demand access to original programs, and more, launched yesterday and is free, without cable authentication, for the next 10 days.

CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker calls CNNgo “a result of the true spirit of innovation and change that drove Ted Turner to create [CNN] nearly 35 years ago.”

CNNgo is available on desktop or iPad and will soon be made available on TV through cable and satellite set-top boxes.

“The vision, the technology, the programming, the product – all of it was developed in-house through the tireless efforts of our colleagues across the company,” writes Zucker in a note to staff. “We should be very proud of what we accomplished together.”

The roll-out of CNNgo also includes a creative marketing campaign, including this spot:

MSNBC Doesn’t Renew Contributor Goldie Taylor’s Contract

MSNBC and contributor Goldie Taylor have parted ways. Taylor, who’s been a contributor for several years appearing across daytime and primetime programs, tweeted out the news.

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Willie Geist’s Trip to the ER

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A dinner party at Savannah Guthrie‘s home over the weekend turned bloody for Willie Geist.

Geist split open his finger while trying to open a bottle of Bourbon.

“They come in, he is holding his hand, a big towel,” Guthrie sai this morning on “Today.” “Blood… it’s a gusher, and they say, ‘girls we’re going to urgent care.’” Geist and his family were visiting Guthrie, her husband Mike Feldman and their new baby. Willie ended up getting seven stitches. “It’s a long story…there were some problems with the wax,” Geist said.

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FNC’s Jon Scott to Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro

WaterJonScottWhen he’s not anchoring, Jon Scott has another passion: mountain climbing. This summer he conquered Colorado’s Torreys Peak. Today, he leaves for a trek to the roof of Africa: Mt. Kilamanjaro. In the process the Fox News anchor is helping an African village get access to clean water. Through the children’s charity Compassion International, Scott is raising money “to provide a clean-water system for a Tanzanian village of nearly two-thousand people.”

I’ve been impressed with Compassion since my kids and I first began sponsoring children through the program a couple of decades ago. The letters from the children we helped support gave my own kids an appreciation for just how fortunate they are to be living in the USA. Yet they also were able to see that poverty doesn’t necessarily equate to misery – and that happiness can exist in places where material wealth does not.

Scott’s climbing group is paying all the costs associated with the trip. All donations will go to the clean-water system. Scott signed off from Fox News on Friday. He’ll be back in two weeks and will be updating viewers on Twitter.

(h/t J$P)

Savannah Guthrie and Baby Vale Make Surprise ‘Today’ Visit

New mother Savannah Guthrie brought a surprise guest to “Today” this morning.

Walking in with her seven-week old daughter Vale, the morning show’s co-hosts swarmed Guthrie, husband Mike Feldman, and the well-tempered infant. After a whole lot of fawning over baby Vale, Guthrie passed the baby over to co-host Matt Lauer. “She may be pooping,” he said. Later, Lauer interviewed Guthrie on her first weeks of motherhood. Guthrie also announced her return date: November 3.

CBS Speaks With ISIS Enemies; CNN With ISIS Member/Defector

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Timely interviews in Turkey and Syria as the U.S. continues airstrikes against ISIS.

Over the weekend, CBS’ Holly Williams and her crew met danger in Syria. While meeting with a small army fighting ISIS, the CBS crew came under fire, taking cover in a village with mud-covered huts. The army, led by a man, has 40 soldiers; 10 of them are women, including teenagers. “There’s no difference between the men and the women,” the army’s commander told Williams. “Some of the women are better fighters than I am.”

And in Turkey last week, CNN’s Arwa Damon spoke with Abu Omar, a former ISIS member who defected following U.S. airstrikes. Omar said ISIS depends heavily on foreign fighters, particularly from France. Damon also spoke with ISIS fighter Abu Tahla via Skype. A male besides Damon asked the questions— Tahla wouldn’t speak with a woman. “We’ve been ready for this for some time,” he said. “We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations. They [the U.S.] thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.”

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