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Questions: About A Talent Swap, Ingraham’s Tryouts, CNBC’s Execs, World News Now…

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> Who will replace Daryn Kagan on CNN Live Today? By the way, let’s hope they give the late morning news a new name in the fall…

> Is “CBS News is about to snag a top ABC News executive to run their talent recruitment office?” That’s what a tipster asserted earlier this week: “Barbara Fedida is a long-time producer at ABC (she used to produce for Jennings) and she currently works in ABC’s talent office.” CBS can’t confirm the move. But on Tuesday a tipster said “Paul Slavin sent an email to all the executive producers saying they needed to identify their most valuable people — so they could lock them up…”

> Laura Ingraham has subbed for Bill O’Reilly the last two Fridays. John Kasich is in for O’Reilly tonight; will Ingraham fill in again tomorrow? More importantly, is she “auditioning for her own gig?” And if so, how well is she doing?…

> Last night, a tipster wrote: “CNBC execs are meeting late into the night upstairs — a little strange for a Wednesday in the middle of the summer — especially when two of the execs in attendance are on vacation this week.” What were they talking about? Update: 1:42pm: CNBC says the only late night meeting involved the new program “Fast Money” since it airs at 8pm…

> When is CNBC.com becoming a standalone site? Goodbye MSN

> When did the links to ABC’s early morning show World News Now disappear from ABCNews.com? The site is still up, but it’s hard to find…

Questions: About Cuomo, Jennings, Ingraham, Robach, & More…

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> Could this tip possibly be true?: “The Cuomo family political operation, led by brother Andrew Cuomo’s former campaign director, has flooded political supporters with e-mails urging them to call/write to ABC viewer services and praise Chris Cuomo. The campaign is intended to get Chris the GMA anchor job. It may work… but using a family political operation to win the job of network anchor is definitely something new.” Does anyone have proof?…

> An e-mailer asks: “As we approach the one-year mark of the end of Peter Jennings‘ incredible career, I’m just curious: Is anyone writing a biography about this man and his life as a journalist? What a read it would be. And maybe a portion of the sales could go towards a lung cancer research foundation? Or one of the many other organizations Jennings supported…”

> Following up on this and this: Is there any chance that Laura Ingraham could get a weekend time slot on Fox News Channel?…

> Update: 6:18pm: Amy Robach isn’t moving to the weekends. MSNBC says she returned from maternity leave this week, and is on her normal morning schedule…

> “Look into what is happening with top EP job at NBC Nightly News,” a tipster says ominously. You don’t think we’ll see a repeat of last year’s Touchet move, do you? Update: 6:17pm: “Oh yeah, Reiss is a goner — It’s well known inside NBC,” one insider says. But a second tipster asserts: “Wow, a whispering campaign has begun on Reiss? Be careful with that, it could be just some muddying of the waters.” Update: 6:21pm: “There is nothing to this and nothing to look into,” an NBC spokesperson says. “Sounds like a tip from a competitor who is envious of ‘Nightly’s’ great success.”

> An e-mailer asks the new GMA EP’s: “When will you replace Tony Perkins, and will it be with a real meteorologist? Mike Barz, who has been filing in, is a former sportscaster. Weather has a real news story lately. When will GMA treat it that way?”

> This may be old news by now, but a tipster asks: “What VERY new NBC News Correspondent was in NY two weeks ago, in a hotel conference room with her agent — meeting with three representatives of a rival network… hoping to shore up its presence of women?”

Questions: About FNC “Shakeup,” Cafferty, The Early Show, Pinto, GMA, CNBC Prime…

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> A tipster hints: “Roger Ailes is on a tear. Major shakeup this fall… new people coming in to help the old.” True? Update: 12:35pm: “I wouldn’t say that Ailes is ‘on a tear,’” an e-mailer says. “He simply wants to ‘up the standards’ as he has said in terms of quality of programming. It’s cyclical in terms of demands. When things start to slip, Ailes gets aggressive. Regarding the old coming back to help the new, some people may be coming back ‘downstairs’ from the executive offices to guide things back to where they were.”

> Who was Jack Cafferty talking about yesterday when he complained about “some prudes in authority today because the regular executive producer is off?” Apparently one of the Cafferty File e-mails didn’t get “past the censors…”

> An e-mailer asks: “Have you noticed what CBS is doing on The Early Show? Very quietly they are trying the different female cohosts, one at a time, with Harry Smith. That’s because the word is The Early Show will go to Smith and a female (maybe not one already there) by this fall…”

> Is frequent Nancy Grace fill-in and Court TV commentator Lisa Pinto looking for a paying gig at a news net?…

> Is 48 Hours executive producer Susan Zirinsky talking to David Westin about the GMA job? A tipster says “the new EP of GMA is a CBS news veteran, and talks are almost complete…”

> Is anyone watching CNBC’s rotating specials at 8pm? I’ve been enjoying the Survival Guide and Fast Money episodes…

Questions: About Dozier, Beck, Chung, Siegel, Matthews, Kagan…

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> Can we get an update on the condition of wounded war correspondent Kimberly Dozier? CBS News has been silent since she arrived in the U.S. on June 7…

> Is this tip accurate?: “CNN photojournalists have started to carry around copies of ‘CNN’s Standards and Practices’ when on shoots for Glenn Beck‘s show, due to the lack of ethics displayed by the staff of that show…”

> Was Connie Chung‘s “Thanks for the memories” routine (and subsequent publicity tour) a tryout of sorts for The View?

> How is Good Morning America entertainment editor Joel Siegel doing? He couldn’t be at Charlie’s GMA goodbye because he wasn’t feeling well…

> Update: 1:15pm: MSNBC says Chris Matthews and Tammy Haddad aren’t fighting. But a tipster still says execs are worried about Hardballs “alarming drop in ratings.” In the 25-54 demo, Hardball averaged 128,000 in April, 116,000 in May and 100,000 in June (5 and 7pm airings combined)…

> Is Daryn Kagan on ABC’s short-list for a new Good Morning America co-host? An e-mailer says “Diane Sawyer is practically out the door,” so “Kagan is being considered for both the newsdesk and the host spot…”

Questions: About Couric & Rather, Domains, FNC’s Secret Project, MSNBC, & More…

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> Will Katie Couric ever comment about her new network’s handling of Dan Rather‘s departure?

> A tipster asks: “Word is around the FNC newsroom that Laura Ingraham was in a studio shooting something Saturday and Sunday. Any idea what’s going on there?” (Is it related to a “special” Fox News is developing called “Project X?”)

> NBCNewsChannel.com no longer redirects to NBC.com. In its place is a “NBC News Channel coming soon” banner. What is coming soon — a new portal for affiliates? Or something more?

> An e-mailer asks: “What the heck is going on with MSNBC at 9am? One day it’s Countdown (a few minutes late), the next day it isn’t. Do THEY know what they’re doing at 9 from day to day?”

> Speaking of MSNBC’s daytime programming: If you were Jeff Zucker, Phil Griffin or Dan Abrams, what would you do with daytime?

> Are we any closer to the announcement of a new EP for Good Morning America? E-mailers have asserted that two internal candidates (Jessica Guff and Chris Vlasto) could get the job. Other names include Rick Kaplan and Tammy Haddad

> In the words of Maury Povich on his MSNBC farewell, asking about his wife Connie Chung: “Will there be a network she won’t do a show for?” Is Connie the first person to have high-profile shows cancelled on both CNN and MSNBC?

Questions: About FNC In Tehran, Morning Moves, MSNBC’s Weekend Biz Show, & More

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> Were Fox News senior VP John Moody and London bureau chief Scott Norvell in Tehran over the weekend?

> Are CNN execs mulling a morning move? “I’m hearing rumors that American Morning is heading back to THREE HOURS,” a tipster said last week, but would that make any sense?

> An insider asks: “MSNBC has a weekly business show set to air this summer, on the weekends, sponsored by one advertiser. At the helm of the new show is the EP of MSNBC’s (and Rick Kaplan’s) cancelled weeeknd entertainment shows. With Kaplan gone, is this weekly business show still happening?”

> When Dan Abrams says there’s a way to do breaking news “in a more exciting way,” what does he have in mind?

> While we’re on the subject of MSNBC: Whatever happened to dropping the MS in favor of NBC News Channel? (And what about the concept of a MSNBC/CNBC merger?)

Questions: About FNC, O’Donnell, Hoffman, Sloan, Haddad, Early Show, Brown…

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> A tipster says “FNC execs (including the top dog Ailes) huddled in a conference room all day to watch the network,” while EPs were called “upstairs” periodically, adding that the “newsroom was abuzz.” Are layoffs happening? (Does that explain this job ad?) Update: 1:38pm: “Roger holds these types of meetings occasionally just to keep producers on top of their game,” an e-mailer says. “There are no layoffs planned, but if Roger doesn’t like something, he’s not likely to keep people around either. Put it this way — the really good people who are doing their jobs well never have to worry.”

> Norah O’Donnell‘s MSNBC contract is up at the end of the month, according to the tip box. “O’Donnell’s protector was Rick Kaplan, who kept Norah in the MSNBC mix though she isn’t assigned to any show or broadcast. Now, Norah has nobody carving out a role for her,” so will she bolt? (Was she seen interviewing at Fox News?) Update: 4:23pm: A source says she has not interviewed at FNC. And an NBC insider says “Norah has LOTS of supporters at NBC News.”

> Is David Sloan the leading internal candidate to take Ben Sherwood‘s job at GMA? A tipster says “Sloan is a GMA veteran with very close ties to Diane Sawyer and Phyllis McGrady.” (What about John Green?)

> How did Tammy Haddad‘s meeting with ABC go on Wednesday?

> A tipster asks: “Is a certain Fox News anchorwoman being persued to CBS News for its struggling ‘Early Show?’”

> “I’ve been talking to some people about doing an interview program and maybe a couple of documentaries a year,” former CNN anchor Aaron Brown says. Who is he talking to?

Questions: About Vargas (To GMA?), Unger, Schleiff, Nightline, Couric’s Farewell…

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> Wouldn’t Elizabeth Vargas be a natural host of Good Morning America when Diane Sawyer departs? “Don’t forget, she got her start on ABC as the news reader on GMA and was considered a possible replacement when Joan Lunden retired,” an e-mailer says…

> Former Daily Show correspondent and current NPR “Day to Day” humorist Brian Unger, who has been filling in for Keith Olbermann of late, will be back in Keith’s seat on Friday of this week and again next Monday and Tuesday. Could Unger be on the verge of a deal with MSNBC? CNN may also be interested — Unger recently taped a pilot for Headline News, a tipster says…

> Does Henry Schleiff like his new view at the Time Warner Center? He left Court TV’s 3rd Ave. HQ earlier this week…

> I haven’t seen the ads, but a viewer says Nightline is advertising what is apparently its new tagline: “A Brighter Take on the Day.” An e-mailer wonders, “does the show have a new mandate?”

> Is Katie Couric executive producing her farewell?

Questions: About Tony Snow & Co.

> Fox is already calling Snow a “former” host. Will he ever host The Tony Snow Show or Weekend Live again?

> This may be a stupid question, but FNC hasn’t answered my e-mail yet: Will Snow remain on the Fox payroll in any way, shape or form?

> Snow is still coming to tonight’s Fox News Sunday party in Georgetown, right? The show is celebrating its 10th anniversary at Cafe Milano…

> Where will Snow sit at Saturday’s White House Correspondents Association dinner?

> What does Roger Ailes think?

> Who’s in line to take over The Tony Snow Show?

> Will Brian Wilson take over the Saturday edition of Weekend Live?

Questions: About FBC, Tucker, Star, Paula…

> How close are we to a Fox Business Channel announcement, really?

> So Joe and Rita are switching spots on MSNBC. How does Tucker Carlson feel?

> Did anyone else cringe when Star Jones subbed for Larry King this week?

> Why has CNN stuck Paula Zahn in front of a green screen? “Most of the segments” on Now “are done with a green screen type wall behind Paula playing video and or showing graphics,” a viewer notes.

> Is CNN 360 EP Will Surratt moving to CNBC?

> Is Al Jazeera International pondering a name change? Could they drop the “International?”

> An e-mailer wants to know: “How have the ratings been at Good Morning America Weekend since EP Green was suspended?”

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