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‘Today’ Show Hosts Share Prom Pictures

In honor of prom season and Throwback Thursday, the “Today” show hosts shared their own prom pictures this morning. Tamron Hall — who was voted “Best Dressed” at her prom –  said she “obviously dressed as Scarlett O’Hara,” while Matt Lauer joked about his oversized bowtie.

“That bow tie was actually a propeller. I could fly to the prom with that,” Lauer said. Watch:

[h/t HuffPo Media]

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The Morning Ticker: Salmon’s Fusion, Facebook’s Storyful, Cooper’s Pad

  • Following his departure from Reuters, Felix Salmon is joining Fusion’s digital team as senior editor. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee says Salmon has a “deep understanding of the way the millennial generation likes to communicate and consume information.”

  • Facebook has launched FB Newswire. Using Storyful, the Newswire is meant to be a resource that will make it easier for journalists and newsrooms to find, share and embed newsworthy content from Facebook in the media they produce.

  • Anderson Cooper has put up the for sale sign at one of his Hamptons pads. Cooper is asking just shy of $3 million for the 2.4-acre property which includes a 5-bedroom, 5-bath cottage. The buyer will have Cooper for a neighbor. He owns another house next door.

Megyn Kelly: ‘I Try Not to Get Drunk on My Own Wine, ‘Cause I Would Be the Only One’

Megyn Kelly phoned in to “Fox & Friends” this morning to talk about making the TIME 100. Kelly says her work ethic is simple: “I keep my head down, my mouth shut and work hard.” Kelly says there was no money in the budget, or even an open position when Fox News hired her away from WJLA in Washington, DC. That was after she left a career in law. “It was a major cut in pay from my law job, but it wasn’t about pay at that point it was about finding happiness and professional fulfillment,” she says.

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Greta Van Susteren ‘Condemns’ Cliven Bundy’s Comments About African Americans

Greta304x200Greta Van Susteren took to GretaWire this morning to “condemn” Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy for comments he made about African Americans in a New York Times interview.

“Let me make this one really plain: I condemn what Cliven Bundy says about African Americans,” read Van Susteren’s headline on her blog.

“I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” Bundy said to the Times, recounting his drive past a Las Vegas public-housing project.

“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy? They didn’t get no more freedom. They got less freedom.”

Of the big three cable networks, Fox News has been out front covering Bundy’s conflict with federal rangers, which stems from the government trying to collect over $1 million Bundy owes in back grazing fees. Sean Hannity has covered the conflict extensively, and defended his coverage on Monday night, incredulously asking whether the federal government would be sending 200 armed agents to everybody’s house.

Morning Show Ratings: Week of April 14

morningshowanchors2014“Good Morning America” wins another week and is the only morning program to show year-over-year growth.

“GMA” was up +1% in viewers and up +4% in the A25-54 demo.

NBC’s “Today” was down -3% in viewers and down -4% in the demo compared to the same week last year, while “CBS This Morning” was down -1% and -10%, respectively.

This week last year was dominated by coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and aftermath.

The averages for the week of April 14, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.701M / NBC: 4.903M / CBS: 3.116M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.133M / NBC: 1.977M / CBS: 984,000

 

George Stephanopoulos Re-Signs With ‘GMA,’ ‘This Week’

GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOSABC News has re-signed George Stephanopoulos to a long-term deal to continue as the anchor of “Good Morning America” and “This Week” and anchor the network’s political coverage.

“We expect him to remain with us for many, many years.  This represents what he wanted – he is committed to GMA and This Week and understands the power of those platforms,” an ABC News spokesperson said. “George is vital to the success of the news division and will continue to be a leader here at ABC News.”

Stephanopoulos has been anchor of “Good Morning America” since 2009 and of “This Week” since 2011. “GMA”  has been the top-rated morning show since 2012 and “This Week” is in a tight three-way race for the top spot among the Sunday public affairs shows.

The new deal for Stephanopoulos comes two weeks after James Goldston was named president of ABC News.

Megyn Kelly, Charlie Rose on TIME 100

Screen Shot 2014-04-24 at 7.53.04 AMTIME magazine is out with its annual TIME 100 list of the most influential people in the world.

Megyn Kelly, the anchor of Fox News Channel’s 9pm hour, is a Pioneer on the list while Charlie Rose, the co-host of “CBS This Morning,” is listed as an Icon. The list runs the gamut: from Pres. Obama to Edward Snowden; from Pope Francis to Miley Cyrus. Seth Myers, Jeff Bezos and both Koch brothers are also on it.

Brit Hume, who gets some of the credit for Kelly’s success, writes in TIME, “Ten years ago, my wife Kim, then Fox News’ Washington bureau chief, walked into my office carrying a videocassette. ‘You have got to see this,’ Kim said. It was the audition tape of a local TV reporter then named Megyn Kendall.

About Rose, Michael Bloomberg writes, “Over the years, political commentary on television — from both the left and the right — has grown more and more shrill. Both sides talk past each other in an endless repetition of poll-tested sound bites. And that’s why Charlie Rose matters more than ever.”

Who did TIME overlook? Let us know in the comments…

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 22

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 233 | MSNBC: 104 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 105
  • Primetime: FNC: 374 | MSNBC: 167 | CNN: 172 | HLN: 134

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

169

TheFive:

297

Baier:

227

Greta:

234

O’Reilly:

376

Megyn:

441

Hannity:

304

O’Reilly:

297

Megyn:

220

MSNBC
Wagner:

118

EdShow:

124

Sharpton:

121

Matthews:

100

Hayes:

128

Maddow:

208

O’Donnell:

165

Hayes:

50

Maddow:

95

CNN
Tapper:

86

Blitzer:

126

Blitzer:

109

Burnett:

109

Cooper:

206

Tonight:

177

Spc.Report:

132

Cooper:

149

Tonight:

126

HLN
News:

50

Files:

73

Files:

94

Jane:

91

Grace:

162

DrDrew:

101

Files:

141

Files:

252

Files:

241

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Keith Olbermann Won’t Be Getting In a Car With Anyone From MSNBC

ESPN anchor Keith Olbermann‘s departure from MSNBC in 2011 was certainly not warm and fuzzy, and today he compared watching his former network with a very dangerous act.

Earlier this year, Olbermann declined to comment on an MSNBC segment, claiming he hadn’t watched the channel since 2009–when he was still hosting “Countdown.”

The sports anchor returned for a second stint at ESPN last summer, hosting “Olbermann Live” on ESPN2. Before that, he was fired by Current TV, which was eventually sold to Al Jazeera.

The Ticker: CBS News, Webby Awards, Beck

  • CBS News will air the results of a six-month-long investigation on spinal-fusion surgery on tomorrow morning’s “CBS This Morning.” The investigation looked at government databases to see how often doctors have performed the surgeries, and what the results were.

  • The 18th Annual Webby Awards voting closes tomorrow, with this year’s winners set to be announced on April 28. Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” “60 Minutes Overtime,” and CNN are some TV news outlets nominated for digital awards.

  • On his radio show today, Glenn Beck recounted an email from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, apologizing for never thanking him for the gift–a first-edition copy of George Washington’s farewell address–Beck sent during the 2012 campaign. Romney’s reason for never sending a thank you note: his son never gave him the book.

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