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The Ticker

The Afternoon Ticker: Pelley & Iraq, Williams & ‘Nightly,’ Costas & Kelly, Dunn & Big Bird

  • Scott Pelley is in Iraq on assignment for CBS News. On the “CBS Evening News” this week he’ll report on the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the state of ISIS.

  • NBC News will begin a promotional push this fall marking Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor. Williams took over the show from Tom Brokaw Dec. 2, 2004.

  • Jeffrey Dunn has been named CEO of Sesame Workshop, producer of “Sesame Street.” Dunn succeeds Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.

The Morning Ticker: Fusion, CNNI, FoxNewsGo

  • Tim Pool is joining Fusion from Vice. Pool will be senior correspondent and Director of Media Innovation. “Tim has offered audiences a perspective on news events that mainstream outlets have not been able to match using little more than his smartphone and a battery pack,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee.

  • CNN International is making changes to its management team. CNNI EVP Tony Maddox, says the staff changes will “bring the strengths of these exceptional editorial operators to bear on the key parts of the CNN International network.” More on the new roles after the jump.

  • Fox News is now everywhere. Following 9 months of beta testing, the new FoxNewsGo and FoxBusinessGo apps launch today with simulcasts of FNC and FBN programming on iOS and Android devices. The authenticated app is available in 70 million homes that are current FNC/FBN subscribers.

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The Weekend Ticker: Vega, Hyatt, Todd

  • Cecilia Vega fills in on “World News Tonight” tomorrow , as the network brings in substitute hosts following David Muir‘s move to weekdays. College football pre-empts tonight’s show.
  • Former NBC cameraman Geroge Hyatt who filed an age discrimination suit against the network, has settled the case for an undisclosed amount. Hyatt worked in NBC’s Washington DC bureau.
  • In addition to hosting his first “Meet the Press” as moderator, Chuck Todd will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” tomorrow talking about the future of political journalism.

The Afternoon Ticker: Hunt, Hamby, Lauer…

  • Kasie Hunt has been named an MSNBC political correspondent. It’s a new position for MSNBC as the network moves to having reporters exclusive of NBC News. Hunt joined MSNBC in January, 2013, and has fronted the “States of Play” series on Morning Joe.

  • CNN’s Peter Hamby is taking viewers into the world of political campaigns through his own personal lens. The weekly CNN.com series Hambycast will provide a candid and casual look at American political campaigns, beyond the stump speeches.

  • NBC News is turning Matt Lauer‘s exclusive interview with Ebola survivor Dr. Kent Brantly into a “Dateline” special Friday night at 10pmET. Lauer also sits down with the doctors who treated Brantly at Emory University Hospital and Brantly’s wife, Amber.

The Morning Ticker: Rogers, Stelter, Lui…

  • Kate Rogers will be joining CNBC Monday as a general assignment reporter, focusing on entrepreneurship and small business. Rogers joins from Fox Business where she covered personal finance and small business for the network as well as FoxBusiness.com.

  • CNN’s media affairs show “Reliable Sources” is moving from Washington, DC to New York later this month. Host Brian Stelter tells Capital, “So many of the guests that I want on ‘Reliable Sources’ are in New York, so it makes sense to have the show based there.”

  • MSNBC anchor Richard Lui will receive a distinguished service award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice on October 6. Lui will receive the honor at the 2014 American Courage Awards from Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu.

The Morning Ticker: Justice, Gnazzo, Gifford

  • At a 5amET news conference in Estonia, carried live on the cable news networks, Pres. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” in the deaths of two journalists beheaded by ISIS militants. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget,” said Obama.
  • Cory Gnazzo has been named EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” taking over for Bill Wolff who joined “The View” last week. Gnazzo, senior producer of TRMS, has been with the show since launch in 2008. He joined MSNBC in 2000 as a producer of “The News with Brian Williams.”
  • “Now with Alex Wagner” senior producer Rob Gifford has left MSNBC for Bloomberg where he’ll be senior broadcast producer of the new politics vertical run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Previously, Gifford was a senior producer with “Morning Joe” and a producer of  FNC’s “Studio B w/ Shepard Smith.”

The Morning Ticker: Morgan, Rose, Weymouth

  • Piers Morgan is no longer with CNN. The former primetime host says he turned down a 2-year contract to host 40 “big interview” specials. “Great company, great network,” Morgan tweeted.

  • “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose will fill in for Scott Pelley on tonight’s “CBS Evening News” while Pelley is on vacation. This is the first time Rose will anchor “Evening News.”

  • FishbowlDC reports The Washington Post is replacing publisher Katharine Weymouth with former POLITICO president Fred Ryan. Owner Jeff Bezos informed Weymouth of the change August 18. Weymouth was the fifth member of the Meyer-Graham clan to hold the top Post job.

The Sunday Ticker: Viva, Border, NFL

  • The “Today” show and sister network Telemundo are teaming up for “Viva TODAY.” The series, beginning tomorrow, celebrates National Hispanic Heritage month. “Viva Today” will highlight the positive impact Hispanic and Latino Americans have on society.

  • Tonight on Fusion, Mexican actor Demian Bichir follows several at-risk, low-income Hispanic students as they attempt to become the first in their family to go to college. “The Last Border” airs as part of Fusion’s “Documental” series, which airs every Sunday night at 8pmET.

  • The 2014 NFL season begins and ends on NBC. The kickoff is this Thursday when the Green Bay Packers take on the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. The season ends on NBC with Super Bowl XLIX on February 1, 2015.

The Evening Ticker: Kelly, Stelter, Greta

  • Tonight on Fox News, Megyn Kelly hosts “The Kelly File Investigation: Justice for All in Ferguson.” The hour looks at the facts of the criminal case, the recent chaos in the Missouri town and examine how the eyewitness reports differ from the police account.
  • Following his fiery debate with Sean Hannity earlier this week, London Imam Anjem Choudary will be on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning to talk about how radical Islamists spread their message.
  • Tomorrow at 10pmET on Fox News, “Greta Investigates: Death at the River’s Edge.” Beginning in the 1990s, young college men were found dead in rivers across the United States. When two investigators claimed the crime scenes were tagged with graffiti, they became known as the “Smiley Face Murders” causing panic across the nation.

The Morning Ticker: Wagner Wedding, Turner Move, Rivers’ Health

  • Politico reports President Obama will attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner to the Obama family chef Sam Kass on Saturday. The couple will marry at at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. Kass is also the executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

  • Broadcasting & Cable reports Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and TCM, is leaving Turner. Wright has been with the company since joining TNT in 2002. The move comes as Turner offers buyouts to hundreds of employees.

  • Joan Rivers remains in a medically induced coma at a New York Hospital following complications of an endoscopy Thursday morning. The three network morning shows all updated Rivers’s condition in the first 10 minutes of their shows this morning.

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