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The Ticker

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Rise of the Drones,’ Roberts, Turner

  • Next weeek, Fox Business’ Liz Claman will host a weeklong special segment on “Closing Bell” called “Rise of the Drones.” Claman will interview a variety of start-up and established business figures on the growing drone industry.

  • Robin Roberts talks to Variety’s Brian Steinberg about “Good Morning America” being on top. “Never take for granted being number one. Never for a second. We don’t act that way and the sports person in me says that once you do that, you get yourself in trouble.”

  • FishbowlDC reports former Fox News and CNN Capitol Hill producer Trish Turner has been named senior producer of “CBS This Morning.” Turner replaces Jill Jackson, who is joining “Face the Nation” as senior producer.

The Program Ticker: Teens, Weed, Sports

  • Al Jazeera America premieres “Edge of Eighteen” from filmmaker Alex Gibney about teens and education. The six hour-long episodes were filmed by students who were given Canon XA10 cameras, tripods, microphones and other gear and learned storytelling, interviewing skills, cinematography, sound recording, and editing. The series debuts Sunday, September 7.

  • Fusion’s Chief Cannabis Correspondent Ryan Nerz explores the role of marijuana in professional sports for the latest installment of “The Cannabusiness Report” tomorrow night at 10pmET. Several former and current NFL players talked to Nerz about the widespread use of marijuana and pain killers in the league.

  • NBC Sports Group debuts NBCSN Sunday Sports Report this weekend. Host Liam McHugh will showcase news and highlights of the sports properties that primarily air on NBC and NBCSN, including the Olympics, NFL, NASCAR, NHL, Premier League, golf, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame Football, Formula One, and more.

The A.M. Ticker: Journalist Killed, Transgender Seal, Moving On

  • AP video journalist Simone Camilli was killed today after ordnance left over from fighting in Gaza exploded. Camillia, an Italian national and his translator, Palestinian Shehda Abu Afash were killed as they reporting on the aftermath of the war. Following the news, AP president Gary Pruitt sent a note to the AP’s global staff about the dangers of their work.

  • CNN’s latest documentary tells the story of a U.S. Navy SEAL whose service included 13 tours of combat duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. But when Christopher Beck became Kristin Beck, the real battles began. “LADY VALOR: The Kristin Beck Story” is produced by Mark Herzog and Christopher G. Cowen. The two-hour film premieres on CNN Thursday, Sept. 4.

  • Susan Mercandetti is leaving ABC News to start her own media consulting company. Mercandetti has had two stints at ABC. She returned in April 2011 as VP of business development. Mercandetti has already lined up Disney/ABC, Univision and Fusion as her first clients, says Disney/ABC TV president Ben Sherwood. His note after the jump…

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The Ratings Ticker: Williams, Bolling, Univision

  • FNC’s “Cashin’ In” was the No. 1 cable news program in the A25-54 demo last weekend. The Eric Bolling-hosted show drew 320,000 A25-54 viewers. This is the first time the finance show has been No. 1 for a weekend since Bolling took over as host in January, 2013.

  • Univision finished as the No.1 broadcast network last week in both the A18-49 and A18-34 demos, ahead of ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX. It’s the third consecutive week that Univision finished No.1 in the target A18-34 demo.

The P.M. Ticker: War Doc, Reporter Injured, Anchor Iced

  • Soledad O’Brien returns to CNN tonight with a new documentary, “The War Comes Home.” Airing at 9pmET and produced by O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group, the documentary follows the personal battles of two men after they leave the battlefield.

  • New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin was injured when the relief helicopter she was traveling in crashed. The chopper went down shortly after takeoff Tuesday killing the pilot. The helicopter was on a mission to aid Yazidi refugees in Iraq.

  • The ice bucket challenge hit CNBC this afternoon as “Fast Money Halftime Report” host Scott Wapner got doused. His nominees for the challenge include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.


The Ticker: Guthrie, ‘World News,’ Brzezinski

  • As promised, Savannah Guthrie signed off from “Today” this morning to start her maternity leave. “It’s been so fun, it’s such a surreal thing to go through it on TV like this … it has gone fast and I’ve been so lucky, I haven’t felt bad or anything, mostly,” she said.

  • Reporting on the death of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, “ABC World News” aired an incorrect animation that showed the general in a conference room, and not outside, at the time of the shooting. “While the underlying reporting was solid, a graphic later proved to be inaccurate. We regret the mistake,” an ABC News spokesperson told the Daily News.

  • “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski will host an anniversary gala for Adweek’s 25th annual Brand Genius feature. The gala — celebrating the best brand marketers — will be held September 30 in New York.

The Ticker: Earnings, Layoffs, Cavett Chat

  • Now that the deal is off, it’s back to business for Time Warner and 21st Century Fox. Both came out with earnings after the bell Wednesday. Fox’s revenue for the quarter was $8.42 billion, while Time Warner reported revenue of $6.8 billion.

  • Capital reports that as CNN’s digital politics unit restructures, more than a dozen current employees will see their jobs eliminated. Anyone can re-apply for what CNN says is an even greater number of new jobs that will be created.

  • Dick Cavett will be live on the PBS Facebook page at 11:30amET to answer your questions about Watergate, 40 years later. Cavett is hosting a special for PBS tomorrow night on the scandal that led to the resignation of Pres. Richard Nixon.

The Morning Ticker: Gannett, Green, Chetry

  • Gannett is splitting its TV and newspaper businesses. Announced this morning, the separation should be complete in mid-2015. Gannett has shelled out more than $2.5 billion in the last year to bulk up its TV assets. It’s also acquired the rest of Cars.com.

  • FNC’s Lauren Green is engaged to attorney Ted Nikolis. The FNC religion reporter got engaged on Good Friday. The couple is planning “a big fat Greek wedding” in New York in May.

  • Kiran Chetry was back on CNN this morning. The former “American Morning” host anchored the 12amET hour of CNN International and simulcast on CNN/U.S. Chetry has also recently been filling in on “The Juice,” a show produced by Health and Wellness company Veria.

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The Morning Ticker: Tribune, Gregory, GMA

  • As it splits its newspaper and broadcast businesses, Tribune is getting a new name. Tribune Media Company will include Tribune Broadcasting, WGN America, Tribune Studios, Tribune Digital Ventures, and Tribune Real Estate.

  • NBC’s David Gregory was spotted at CNN last Thursday, Page Six reports. Sources told the Post that NBC likely wouldn’t make a change at “Meet the Press,” which Gregory has hosted since 2008, until after the November midterm elections.

  • A slight case of the Monday’s on “Good Morning America” this morning. A banner left off the “hundred” when reporting on today’s commemorations of the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI.

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The Sunday Ticker: Kathie Lee’s Musical, Claman’s Triathlon, Murdoch’s Bid

  • Kathie Lee Gifford revealed this week that she has written a musical about the “Today” show.  The 18-minute musical, titled “Not Today and Tomorrow’s Not Looking Good Either,” features all the show’s anchors and crew. “It’s going to be live and it’s going to be so much fun,” Gifford said on “Today” Friday.

  • Fox Business anchor Liz Claman does a pair of interviews — with the Star-Ledger and Well + Good — about competing in her sixth New York City triathlon today. Claman is raising money for Building Homes For Heroes, a charity for wounded war veterans. “They embraced me and I embraced them and, to date, I’ve brought in $350,000 since I started raising money for them four years ago,” Claman said.

  • Variety reports on how far Rupert Murdoch will go to acquire Time Warner, which a managing director at RBC Capital Markets calls “the $64,000 question.” “It’s not purely what Time Warner’s worth, it’s what Fox can pay,” he says.

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