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The Ticker

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.

The Afternoon Ticker: Stern, 60 Sports, Todd

  • Fusion has hired Jonathan Stern as VP of Business Development. “Fusion needs to be everywhere our audience is and Jonathan will play a key strategic role in helping us achieve that,” said Fusion CEO Isaac Lee. Stern joins from Red Bull Media.

  • Showtime is moving “60 Minutes Sports” from Wednesday to Tuesday starting next week.  The new season kicks off with Jack Ford’s story featuring Peyton Manning and Duke Football Head Coach David Cutcliffe, who Manning credits with saving his career.

  • Chuck Todd got some advice from the man who’s guested the most on “Meet the Press. On Todd’s MSNBC show this morning, Sen. John McCain told him, “[D]o what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country.”

The Weekend Ticker: Sunday Ratings, Fault Lines, Cyber Wargames

  • “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” averaged 5.3 million viewers last Sunday, up +16% from the same day last year, besting the weekday morning shows. Season-to-date, “Sunday Morning” is up +6% in viewers vs. last year, averaging 5.81 million.

  • Tonight at 7pmET, Al Jazeera America’s Fault Lines program presents “Ferguson: City Under Siege.” Investigative journalist Sebastian Walker travels to the St. Louis suburb to witness the protests and police reaction, and asks wider question: Why Michael Brown was shot?

  • Neil Cavuto hosts the FBN special report “Cyber Wargame,” Monday at 8pmET. The one-hour special gives a behind-the-scenes look at the U.S. cyber defense training program featuring interviews with top cyber professionals from the NSA and the Department of Defense.

The Ticker: Guilfoyle, Frazier, Cooper

  • FNC’s Kimberly Guilfoyle is hoping to double her money when she sells her Bridgehampton home. “The Five” co-host bought the 2,900-square-foot property for just under $1 million in 2012, and has listed it for $2.05 million.

  • Anderson Cooper makes his Marvel debut in a new “Black Widow” comic book. “Anderson and his show and his journalism will be the catalyst for a major event in Black Widow’s journey,” says writer Nathan Edmondson. The cover below is by artist Phil Noto.

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The Ticker: Jansing, Melvin, Barnes

  • NBC’s Craig Melvin, who joined NBC three years ago, has been named national correspondent for the “Today” show. Melvin had been anchoring MSNBC weekends as well as reporting for NBC News. This week he’s been covering events in Ferguson, MO.

  • As FBN covers the annual Jackson Hole Economic Conference this week, correspondent Peter Barnes will interview five standing Federal Reserve Bank Presidents. The interviews will take place tomorrow and Friday.

The Ticker: Cooper, Alexander, Plouffe

  • Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin will be back for their annual CNN New Year’s Eve special. Cooper and Griffin will ring in 2015 live from Times Square, Wednesday, Dec. 31. This will be the 8th year in a row Cooper and Griffin have hosted CNN’s New Year’s special.

  • “Inside Edition’s” Megan Alexander has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Alexander will continue to report for the syndicated newsmagazine.  Previously, she was an anchor at KENS-TV in San Antonio and a feature reporter for WZTV-TV in Nashville.

  • Politico reports Obama adviser David Plouffe is joining Uber as senior vice president of policy and strategy. Plouffe will be in charge of global branding, communications and policy at the App-based car-for-hire company.

The Afternoon Ticker: Lauer, Baden, Smith

  • Matt Lauer will host the second annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards in Louisville, Kentucky on September 27. The ceremony will award six people age 30 or under who’ve produced innovative social justice work.

  • Fox News contributor and forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden will appear on the competition tonight when he is a guest on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” (he appeared on FNC today and will tonight). Baden performed a private autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown and granted Hayes an interview after a news conference he spoke at this morning.

  • Tonight, Shepard Smith will host a special live hour at 11pmET on developing news surrounding the investigation into the killing of Michael Brown and protests in Ferguson, Missouri. In addition, Fox News’ entire primetime lineup will be live.

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.

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