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The Ticker

The P.M. Ticker: Bash, ‘Auschwitz,’ ’60 Minutes’

  • CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash will host this Sunday’s “State of the Union,” filling in for the recently departed Candy Crowley, as first reported by The Wrap.
  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will host the upcoming documentary, “Voices of Auschwitz,” airing on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The hour-long special look back at the atrocities of Auschwitz through the eyes of those who were imprisoned there 70-plus years ago.
  • “60 Minutes” is a Nielsen Top 10 program for the ninth straight week, drawing 13.2 million viewers to make the list at No. 4. It is the 10th time in 13 weeks that the CBS News magazine has finished among Nielsen’s top 10 primetime broadcasts.

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The P.M Ticker: New Day, New City, New Baby

  • CNN’s “New Day will have an exclusive interview with former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf tomorrow from his house arrest in Lahore. Musharraf will react to the horrific Taliban attack on a military high school today.

  • ABC’s Dan Harris and his wife Bianca welcomed 7 pound, 6 ounce Alexander Robert Harris into the world Monday. “The baby we thought could never happen… happened. And he’s pretty awesome. Mom was superb. Dad managed not to faint – and is now jealous that his son has more hair,” Harris tells TVNewser.


The Tuesday Ticker: Winter, ’60,’ ’48′

  • Former Fox News reporter Jana Winter has joined The Intercept. Winter was the subject of a year-long legal battle during which lawyers for Colorado movie theater shooter James Holmes demanded she reveal a  source of one of her stories. An appeals court sided with Winter.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 6th most-watched show on broadcast TV last week. Sunday’s broadcast was watched by 11.4 million viewers. Compared to last year, the CBS News broadcast was up +9% in households, +7% in the A18-49 demo, and +10% percent in viewers.

  • CBS’s other newsmagazine “48 Hours” was Saturday’s #1 broadcast at 10PM. 4.88 million viewers watched, averaging a 1.4 rating / 4 share with A25-54 viewers.

The ABC Ticker: Zaki, Riley, ’20/20′

  • Zunaira Zaki has been promoted to Managing Editor of the ABC News Specialized Units. Zunaira, who has been with ABC 11 years, will oversee the the Business, Medial and Law & Justice units.

  • Heather Riley has been promoted to Vice President of Communications for ABC News. Riley joined ABC in 2011 following stints at the White House, MSNBC and Nat Geo.

  • Friday’s “20/20″ won its timeslot in the A18-49 demo with a 1.4 rating / 5 share. The ABC Newsmagazine trailed “Shark Tank” as the night’s No. 2 show in that demo.

Saturday Ticker: NBC’s Sirius, Fusion’s Apple, Today’s Social

  • Starting tomorrow, SiriusXM will air an audiocast of “Meet the Press.” The audiocast airs on SiriusXM POTUS channel 124.
  • Fusion is now on Apple TV. The programming lineup includes on-demand content and news updates from the cable network.
  • “Today” show Orange Room producer Adam Miller tells LostRemote the 9 things he’s learned this year about social TV.

The Ticker: NBC, CNN, CBS…

  • FishbowlNY reports WNBC’s annual holiday sing-along at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree will not happen this year. Tuesday’s Nor’easter scrubbed the shoot, and the make-up day, Wednesday, turned out not to be available. WNBC plans to re-run last year’s event.

  • For the second consecutive year, CNN was named Cable & Satellite Channel of the Year at last night’s Asian Television Awards in Singapore. The network also won four other awards including for Best Current Affairs presenter which went to Kristie Lu Stout.

  • Les Moonves has had his CBS contract extended through June 2019, without a raise, but with performance-based bonuses. Moonves joined CBS in 1995 as President of Entertainment. He was named CEO of CBS Corp. in 2006, following the split of Viacom.

The AM Ticker: Baier, Morgan, Jacoby & Bourg

  • Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier will sit down with former VP Dick Cheney for an in-studio interview tonight on “Special Report.” Cheney will give his reaction to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s interrogation program.

  • Betsy Morgan has been promoted to CEO of TheBlaze effective immediately. Morgan previously held the title of President and Chief Strategy Officer. Morgan replaces outgoing CEO Chris Balfe

  • “Frontline” has made its first hires for the new Enterprise Journalism Group. James Jacoby and Anya Bourg, who previously worked as producers at “60 Minutes,” will join the group which is funded by the Ford Foundation.

The Tuesday Ticker: Kass, McGlarry, Guns…

  • Sam Kass is leaving the White House and moving to New York, where his wife, MSNBC host Alex Wagner, is based. Kass, formerly the Obama family chef, headed up the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. The Obama family attended the wedding of Kass and Wagner in August.

  • Rob McGlarry has been named president of MLB Network. McGlarry takes over for Tony Petitti who was named Chief Operating Officer of Major League Baseball. McGlarry, currently EVP of MLB Network, worked for the league for five years in Broadcasting Business Affairs.

  • CNN and The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) reveal the results of a year-long investigation into armed security guards. In “Hired Guns,” airing in two parts, tonight and tomorrow night during “AC360,” CNN’s Drew Griffin reveals the minimal oversight and a lack of accountability in the hiring of many security guards.

The Morning Ticker: Frey, Trib, Cupp

  • Hillary Frey is joining Fusion as Director of Global News Operations. Frey joins from NBC News where she was Editorial Director of

  • CNN contributor S.E. Cupp has given birth to a baby boy. John Davies Goodwin III came into the world a healthy 7 lbs., 13 oz. Wednesday night at Virgina Hospital Center.

The Ticker: Escobar, Turner, Couric

  • Marina Escobar has been named VP of the ESPN visual technology group. The newly-created group works closely with engineering and infrastructure to integrate and support new visual tools for all screens.

  • Gillian Turner made her debut as a Fox News contributor this morning. Turner is a foreign policy expert having worked as the acting director of the White House National Security Council in 2009-10.

  • At 1pmET, Yahoo’s Katie Couric hosts a town hall on race in America. Former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, and two of Eric Garner‘s children are among the panelists.