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The Ticker

The Evening Ticker: Carter, Sunday, Brokaw

  • Longtime New York Times media reporter Bill Carter is among the Times staffers taking a voluntary buyout. “I went through a long process, but I couldn’t square passing up what amounts to the best kind of severance at a newspaper job,” Carter tells HuffPost.

  • “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” had its second-largest November sweep audience since the 1987 advent of people meters. The show averaged 5.95 million viewers. For the 2014-15 season, “Sunday Morning” is up +2% over last season-to-date.

  • NBC’s Tom Brokaw interviews actor/director Angelina Jolie for a behind-the-scenes look at “Unbroken.” The Universal film, based on the story of Olympian turned war hero Louis Zamperini, is out Christmas Day. Brokaw’s NBC special airs next Tuesday at 10pET/9pCT.


The Ticker: MSNBC, Inc., RTDNA, NICK

  • MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Caterpiller are collaborating on a new series called “Build for It” that will focus on pressing global issues. This week the series looks at sustainability including “remanufacturing knowledge hubs” like the one in Rochester, NY.

  • CNBC and Inc. are teaming up to share entrepreneurship, growth and innovation stories on and The cable network and the magazine will also collaborate on three conferences with the first this spring.

  • The 2015 Edward R. Murrow Awards entry period is now open. Entries will be accepted online through February 3 for stories told between January 1 and December 31, 2014 on radio, television and digital media.

  • Linda Ellerbee hosts a special tomorrow night on Nick News called “The Border Kids” following that massive wave of illegal immigration over the summer. In 2014, more than twice the number of kids crossed the southern border of the U.S., than in 2013.

The Ticker: Williams, Finney, ’60′

  • Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from Ferguson, Missouri tonight following the grand jury’s decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson.

  • Former MSNBC host Karen Finney is joining Media Matters as a Senior Fellow and consultant. She will write commentary pieces for the progressive research and information site.

  • “60 Minutes” was the No. 3 TV program of the week drawing 17.2 million viewers. The show got a lift from the Dolphins-Broncos game which drew 25 million viewers in its final half hour.

The Ticker: CNN Influence, Haines Hitched, ‘Dateline’ Wins

  • “Dateline” gave NBC some big wins over the weekend. Friday’s show gave the network its best A18-49 demo number (excluding Olympics) in four years.

The Ticker: Strong, Dish, Baier, CNBC

  • SNL’s Cecily Strong will be the entertainer for the 2015 Correspondents Association dinner April 25. Strong’s father Bill Strong, is the former AP bureau chief at the Illinois Statehouse.‎ Strong will be just the fourth woman to serve as the entertainer in the 82-year history of the WHCD.
  • If you’re a Dish subscriber prepare to lose several channels. 14 million customers could lose CBS tonight. TNT and TBS could be pulled as of Dec. 5. Even Lilly Broadcasting stations in Elmira, NY and Erie, PA, have been pulled from the service as negotiations continue.
  • FOX News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” will debut a new segment, “The Presidential Contenders: 2016″ tonight at 6pm ET. Nearly two dozen prospective presidential candidates will be featured, with a new profile coming every two weeks until the start of debate season in late summer 2015.
  • CNBC will debut “Kensho Stats Box” today, providing business newsers with Kensho technology to provide real-time, in-depth analysis without the manpower typically required. Kensho makes statistical computing systems and will also be teaming with CNBC to create new content and digital products.

The P.M. Ticker: HLN, First Business, ’60′

  • HLN is partnering with tech news website the The Daily Dot for weekly co-branded segments. On-air segments kick-off Monday, Dec. 1 on HLN Now (Noon-5pmET) and will also be shared across the Daily Dot sites. The first series “Next Sex,” features Daily Dot’s EJ Dickson.

  • Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting is pulling the plug on its half-hour syndicated morning news show ”First Business News,” Robert Feder reports. “First Business News” began as the “The Stock Market Observer” in 1967, and for decades aired up to 6 hours a day from the Chicago Board of Trade. The final broadcast will be Dec. 22.

  • For the fourth consecutive week, “60 Minutes” cracked the Top 10 most-watched shows. 12.7 million viewers watched Sunday’s broadcast, making it the 8th most-popular show of the week. This is the fifth time in the last seven weeks that “60 Minutes” has made the Top 10.

The Fox Ticker: Ratings, Greta, Gruber,

  • Greta Van Susteren traveled to Midland, Texas today to interview President George W. Bush at his childhood home. The interviews airs tonight “On the Record” at 7pmET.

  • Sean Hannity sent a camera crew to MIT to talk with Jonathan Gruber, whose comments about Obamacare have made up much of Fox News’s coverage over the last week. Here’s some of what they got on campus, more tonight on “Hannity.”

The Morning Ticker: Jarrett, Grobart, Stefanovic

  • Gregg Jarrett is easing back in to Fox News Channel. Jarrett, who underwent two stints in rehab this year, is now anchoring segments for while the network still has yet to determine when he may return to anchoring on the channel.

  • Bloomberg has traveled the world looking at what’s ahead to 2015 with a special, airing tomorrow at 9pmET/PT, on the technologies that could shape the next year. Bloomberg’s Sam Grobart looks at ten innovations from the fields of technology, food, and medicine.

  • Karl Stefanovic, anchor of Nine Network’s “Today” show, has worn the same suit for the last year. “No one has noticed; no one gives a shit,” says Stefanovic, who did it as a sexism experiment. “I’m judged on my interviews, on how I do my job, basically. Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is.”


Sunday Ticker: Iger, Roberts, Velshi

  • Disney CEO Bob Iger landed at number six on Fortune‘s list of 2014′s “Business Person of the Year”, ahead of all other media executives: “While its media networks division (which includes ABC and ESPN) is still Disney’s biggest moneymaker, its smaller film business helped rake in a record $48.8 billion in total revenue in fiscal 2014, up 8% from the year before,” writes Fortune.

  • ABC’s Robin Roberts hosts a Thanksgiving Eve special called “Thank You America!” Produced by her production company, the special, ABC says “recognizes ordinary people doing extraordinary things.” In addition to celebrity cameos, there will be a special tribute to members of the military who are separated from their families and loved ones during the holidays.

  • Al Jazeera America’s Ali Velshi traveled across Eastern Europe and into the Arctic for a five-part series that begins Monday. In “The New Cold War,” Velshi examines increasing tension between Russia and the West, speaking with leaders across the continent, including Nobel Prize winner Lech Walesa. The series airs on “Real Money with Ali Velshi” beginning tomorrow at 7 p.m. ET.

The Morning Ticker: Fareed, Wolf, Onion, Amol

  • Politico reports the media watchdog group Our Bad Media isn’t done looking into the accounts of plagiarism against Fareed Zakaria. “Without serious, serious pressure from other journalists, we doubt that CNN will take any action.”

  • The DailyCaller reports there’s a situation brewing at CNN’s “The Situation Room.” Several staffers of the Wolf Blitzer show have departed (not laid off) since a new EP was named last year.

  • Bloomberg reports The Onion may be for sale, seriously. Onion Inc. has hired investment bank GCA Saccianer for a possible sale. Two students from the University of Wisconsin launched the satirical newspaper in 1988.

  • Romenesko reports Amol Sharma has been promoted to Media and Marketing bureau chief at the Wall Street Journal. “In a player-coach role, he has helped edit the group’s coverage of TV, advertising and publishing while covering big media companies.”