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The Ticker

The Evening Ticker: Rascon, ‘Nightline,’ FBN/Hong Kong

  • NBC News has named Jacob Rascon correspondent. “Jacob has demonstrated his tremendous gift for creative and compelling storytelling,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness. Rascon comes from KNBC in Los Angeles.

  • For the first week of the 2014-2015 season, ABC’s “Nightline” won its timeslot in total viewers, drawing 1,780,000 viewers, besting #2 “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” by 271,000 viewers. Year-over-year, the program was up +13% in viewers and up +2% in the A25-54 demo.

  • At 5amET tomorrow morning, Fox Business will air “Hong Kong, Protest for Democracy.” Lori Rothman will anchor with live reports from Hong Kong, Beijing, and London focusing on how Hong Kong’s protests for democratic elections will impact global markets.

The Afternoon Ticker: Chang, Orman, Snyderman

  • Tonight at 9pmET BloombergTV launches the new series “Studio 1.0″ hosted by Emily Chang. The 30-minute conversation show features innovators from the worlds of tech and media. Starting next Thursday it will air at 8:30pmET.

  • The 14th season of “The Suze Orman Show” premieres Saturday at 9pmET on CNBC. The first episode will focus on funding retirement vs. saving for emergency and a couple drowning in debt.

  • NBC News’ chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman is on the ground in Monrovia, Liberia covering the Ebola crisis. “In this part of Africa, it is out of control, and it remains the belly of the beast,” Snyderman reported this morning on “Today.”

The Morning Ticker: Williams, Hinojosa, Beck

  • Brian Williams picked up the tab last night for his “Nightly News” team at Rosa Mexicano celebrating their Emmy wins. “Nightly” won for breaking news coverage of the tornado in Moore, OK and, along with CBS, was honored for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings.

  • Former CNN correspondent Maria Hinojosa has a new TV series debuting tomorrow night on PBS World. In “America by the Numbers” Honojosa travels around the country to examine the shifts in culture, diversity and demographic trends.

  • Glenn Beck‘s TheBlaze has launched on Suddenlink, the nation’s 7th largest cable operator. TheBlaze is now available on 77 television providers nationwide including 10 of the top 25.

The Evening Ticker: Ramos, Carlson, Slattery

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will be honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom at the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards in November.

  • “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” celebrated one year on the air today with a best-of video. Carlson says the best part of leaving the morning shift for the afternoons is, “I no longer have to set three alarms for the middle of the night and I am home in the morning with my kids.”

The Morning Ticker: Morgan & the Mail, CNBC & China, Elliott & Cho

  • Former CNN host Piers Morgan is joining MailOnline as editor-at-large. Morgan will write several times a week, while pursing new TV ventures in the U.S. He is a former editor of British tabloids The News of the World and the Daily Mirror.

  • CNBC appears to be the latest western network to be blacked out in China as pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong continue. CNBC news assistant Seamus Conwell Vined the moment when a CNBC international channel went dark this morning.

  • NBC Sports’ Josh Elliott and WABC anchor Liz Cho are engaged. TVNewser spotted the happy couple at an event in Manhattan last night just as the news was breaking in Page Six.

The Evening Ticker: Van Cleave, SPJ, Intruder

  • Kris Van Cleave has been named a New York-based correspondent for CBS Newspath, the network’s affiliate news service. Van Cleave joins from WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C. Previously, he was a reporter at XETV/Fox6 in San Diego, and KOAA-TV in Colorado Springs.

  • All three evening newscasts led with the same story tonight, which was based on reporting from the Washington Post. Just after 4pmET today, reporter Carol Leonning broke the news that White House intruder Omar Gonzales made his way all the way into the East Room, much further than first revealed by the secret service.


The Morning Ticker: Penn, Friday, Pelley

  • Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila.

  • “20/20″ and “Dateline” split the wins on Friday night. NBC was the #1 newsmagazine in viewers while “20/20″ was #1 in the younger demos. “20/20″ was #2 for the night, behind “Shark Tank,” in the A18-49 demo. Both shows were bested in total viewers by CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

  • CBS’s Scott Pelley talks about his reporter “must haves,” including his 20-year-old shortwave radio that’s been around the world. “Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button, the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”

Sunday Ticker: Bourdain, Bolton, Brzezinski

  • Season four of the Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” starts tonight at 9pmET/PT. Bourdain takes viewers on a tour of Shanghai. Immediately following, CNN premieres “This is Life with Lisa Ling” at 10pmET/PT.

  • FBN’s Deirdre Bolton will be taking her show on the road to San Francisco tomorrow. Bolton talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about her TV style in NY vs. SF. “Normally in New York, I would not do a Mark Zuckerberg jeans and a hoodie,” she says.

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will be in Philadelphia Monday to speak at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon of the group City Year Philadelphia, which taps 200 people between ages 17-24, to be mentors and tutors for the city’s public school students.

Saturday Ticker: Wallace, Popp, Thanks

  • FishbowlDC drops by FNC’s DC HQ to chat with “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace. “It is such a privilege and a responsibility to have the opportunity for an hour every week to question the most powerful people in the world,” Wallace says.
  • Rena Popp joins CNN as EP of “New Day Weekend” based in Atlanta. Popp joins from HLN where she was a EP of daytime programs. Popp joined HLN in 2012 from the “Wendy Williams Show.” Before that she was a manager in several local TV newsrooms.
  • ABC News and the Center for Public Integrity got a big thank you from coal miners in Virginia who now may be able to collect benefits because of the award-winning “Out of Breath” reports from ABC News Investigative Reporter Brian Ross and team.


The Morning Ticker: Kroft, Williams, Romano

  • CBS’s Steve Kroft sits down with President Obama at the White House today for an interview airing Sunday on “60 Minutes.”

  • Former Telemundo president Emilio Romano has joined Bank of America as CEO for Mexico. Romano is a former Mexican Ministry of Finance negotiator.