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The Evening Ticker: Discovery, Green, Quest

  • Discovery Channel will air Everest Avalanche Tragedy Sunday, May 4. The 90-minute documentary will include eyewitness accounts from last Friday’s deadly avalanche. An NBC News team was there producing a now-canceled special which was to include a wing suit flight from the summit.

  • CNN’s Richard Quest has interviewed Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak about missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The interview comes just days before the Razak’s joint press conference with Pres. Obama.

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The Scoreboard: Wednesday, April 23

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 228 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 123 | HLN: 108
  • Primetime: FNC: 325 | MSNBC: 157 | CNN: 183 | HLN: 159

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

146

TheFive:

234

Baier:

312

Greta:

242

O’Reilly:

356

Megyn:

312

Hannity:

306

Hannity:

288

Megyn:

235

MSNBC
Wagner:

45

EdShow:

130

Sharpton:

153

Matthews:

152

Hayes:

144

Maddow:

202

O’Donnell:

123

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

88

CNN
Tapper:

117

Blitzer:

108

Blitzer:

175

Burnett:

188

Cooper:

258

Tonight:

153

SpcRpt:

137

Cooper:

106

Tonight:

85

HLN
News:

23

Detect.:

42

Detect.:

37

Jane:

65

Grace:

142

DrDrew:

128

Files:

206

Files:

346

Files:

321

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Sean Hannity Comes Out Against ‘Repugnant’ Cliven Bundy Comments

sean-hannitySean Hannity has been defending Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy during his standoff with the federal government, but came out strongly this afternoon against Bundy’s controversial comments about African Americans.

“His comments are beyond repugnant to me,” Hannity said on his radio show. “They are beyond despicable to me, they are beyond ignorant to me,” he added.

Bundy had told the New York Times he wonders whether African Americans would be better off as slaves. Hannity went on to say that even though Bundy’s comments were despicable, his supporters against “government overreach” shouldn’t be branded because of Bundy’s “obnoxious”comments.

Hannity became the second Fox News anchor today to denounce Bundy’s comments. Greta Van Susterencondemned” Bundy’s comments this morning.

(h/t Mediaite)

‘With All the Trash on TV These Days the Quality of War Coverage is Astonishing’

bobsimonIn his 47 years at CBS News, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bob Simon has covered 35 overseas conflicts: from Vietnam to Iraq. In 1991, he was held captive by Iraqi forces for 40 days during the first Persian Gulf War. With 25 Emmys and four Peabodys, he’s the most honored American foreign correspondent. And tonight he adds one more honor to the shelf: the Overseas Press Club’s highest honor, the President’s Award. Simon talked with Newsday’s Verne Gay about the honor, and a career full of fighting.

Why a career in battlefield reporting?
Simon: “A sort of pathology. A lot of it becomes an adrenalin addiction. That’s why so many people, when they retire, drop dead…”

What do you think of the coverage now?
Simon: “The people going out there were as good and as suicidal as we ever were. And look even at the networks or news organizations that tend to be extremist when they’re covering this country, they’re a lot better [covering international crises.] With all the trash that’s on TV these days … the quality and courage of people doing the war coverage is astonishing. I think Syria is more dangerous than anything I ever covered. The people who go into cover that are really taking their lives into their own hands. I was never scared being shot at as I was taken hostage, but that happens all the time in Syria.

Ever cover another war?
Simon: “No, because I have a grandson now.”

When do you plan to hang it up, if ever?
Simon: “When I can no longer remember my name…”

TV Jobs: Bloomberg, Gannett, Viacom

This week, Bloomberg is hiring a master control room operative, while Gannett needs a digital content manager/broadcasting. Viacom is seeking an editorial director of connected content, and Medialinks TV/CCTV-America is on the hunt for a guest producer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Thanks, Anonymous Tipster

To the anonymous tipster who just left this in the tip box:

Whenever there is bad press for NBC (MTP in this case) you always post an article with a statement from NBC. However you never do the same with other networks, especially FNC.

If we were to receive a note from a Fox News executive about a Fox News program, or Fox News host, or, for that matter, ABC News or CBS News, rest assured we would publish it.

Thanks, as always, for reading.

Dylan Ratigan Shooting Pilot for CNN

dylan ratiganFormer CNBC and MSNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan was at CNN yesterday shooting a panel-style show pilot, TVNewser has learned.

Last month, THR reported that Ratigan was among several hosts working on projects for CNN. Network insiders tell us Ratigan’s latest test episode, which is one of many the network is experimenting with, was shot last night at CNN in New York.

Ratigan left MSNBC in 2012, citing his excitement to tell the stories of individuals who “seize new tools and take cultural risks to resolve our challenges.”

If picked up, where a Ratigan show would land on CNN’s lineup is unknown. The network recently announced a primetime lineup that features rotating original series at 9pmET and rotating hosts at for “CNN Tonight” at 10pmET.

Vice News’ Simon Ostrovsky Released From Captivity in Eastern Ukraine

Vice News reporter Simon Ostrovsky has been released from captivity by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine, Ostrovsky and VICE News announced today.

“VICE News is delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released and is in good health,” the network said in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.”

Ostrovsky was taken captive earlier this week; he’s been covering the Ukranian crisis since the beginning of March, producing dozens of reports for VICE while also reporting as a guest on shows like MSNBC’s “Up with Chris Hayes.”

Turness: ‘NBC News is Proud to Have David in the Important Anchor Chair of Meet the Press’

david gregoryNBC News president Deborah Turness today sent out a note to the “Meet the Press” staff to “reiterate my support for the show and for David [Gregory].”

“There has been a great deal written about Meet the Press in the past few days, much of it quite ludicrous,” Turness writes. “Unfortunately, some of the chatter has been vindictive, personal and above all –  untrue. NBC News is proud to have David in the important anchor chair of Meet the Press. He is passionate about politics, and is committed to getting answers for our viewers on the issues that matter to them the most.”

Gregory was the subject of a Washington Post profile earlier this week. In the article, Paul Farhi reported that NBC News brought in a psychological consultant to evaluate Gregory; NBC News disputes this account, saying Gregory was interviewed by a “brand consultant.”

The Sunday public affairs shows, once led by “Meet the Press,” have become a tight three-way race between “MTP,” CBS’ “Face the Nation” and ABC’s “This Week.” In her note, Turness called the show a “must-stop place where news is made and critical conversations take place.”

“We will continue that charge while at the same time adapting and innovating with new ideas on all platforms and connecting what’s happening in Washington to Americans across the country. David is at the helm of these changes and will lead you and the program on the journey ahead,” she wrote.

Read Turness’ full note after the jump. Read more

‘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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