Scott Warren, who was the Senior EP of Sam Champion‘s Weather Channel show, is no longer with the channel. Warren had been with Weather Channel for a year. Previously he worked for KTVU, KTLA and Yahoo!
CBS News correspondent Holly Williams reports tonight from inside Syria, where she speaks with a teenager who says he was forced to fight alongside ISIS. The report, broadcast on “The CBS Evening News” is a rare example of American journalists doing on-the-ground reporting inside the country. Williams spoke with 15-year-old Kareem Mufleh in the basement of a prison in northern Syria, where men accused of being ISIS terrorists are being held by a Kurdish group fighting against the Islamic extremists. “They captured my village and gave me a choice-either join ISIS or be beheaded,” Mufleh told Williams in Arabic.
Bloomberg has named Joe Weisenthal managing editor of Bloomberg.com’s markets and finance coverage. Weisenthal will lead coverage of markets and finance coverage across Bloomberg’s digital brands. Weisenthal, who joins from Business Insider, also will host a daily markets show on Bloomberg Television. He starts November 10 and will be based in New York.
Fusion CEO Isaac Lee has announced Boris Gartner is joining the company as SVP and Chief Strategy Officer. Gartner will be working on strategy, partnerships, and business development. “Boris is a high-impact player who has a proven track record of developing and executing forward-looking initiatives,” Lee said. “Boris was a part of the Univision team that conceived Fusion in 2012 and he will play a critical role as we continue building Fusion into a next-generation media company.”
CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” a Turner spokesperson says.
Mike Brooks, a law enforcement analyst who appeared on many HLN and CNN programs going back to 2001, was among those cut during layoffs this week. “I had the opportunity to work with some of THE finest journalists, producers, and bookers,” Brooks wrote on Facebook.
CNN has been ranked the world’s leading news brand in the Asia and Latin American markets. The Ipsos survey found CNN reached 40% of upscale consumers and decision-makers. BBC came in second.
CNN founder Ted Turner has listed a private island off the coast of South Carolina for a not-for-the-faint-of-heart asking price of $23.777 million. The WSJ reports Turner bought St. Phillips Island as a family retreat back in 1979, but has “not been able to visit it as much as we would like” in recent years.
Al Jazeera America has obtained what the network describes as exclusive footage of an assault by an ISIS unit battling Iraqi forces. AJAM’s Imran Khan says “the military tactics of ISIL fighters has so far been very secretive… but for the first time, we’re able to see how well-trained and how well-disciplined they are as a fighting force.”
CNN and Nine Media are partnering for “CNN Philippines,” an English language free-to-air channel that will also run 24-hours a day on cable and pay TV. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker says the deal “enables us to provide first-class news and information to millions of Filipinos in a way that we have not been able to previously.”
ABC’s Diane Sawyerdropped in at the Media Center at USC’s Annenberg School Monday. Instead of finding their EP sitting for the morning meeting, the former “World News” anchor sat, sharing career and storytelling advice with the students.
FNC’s Sean Hannitytalks about how he cut 27 pounds in 18 months. He did it the old-fashioned way: low-carb, no sugar diet and exercise, which includes kick boxing, jujitsu, submission and grappling.
On the “Today” show this morning, Jay Leno talked about his upcoming CNBC show. “Jay Leno’s Garage,” which had been produced for NBC.com, moves to a weekly slot on CNBC in 2015. “We’ll have some humor in it. We’ll have celebrities on,” Leno says.
Just who was it that broke the news of Dr. Nancy Snyderman breaking her quarantine? WaPo’s Erik Wemplereveals it’s a former Times of Trenton reporter who took a buyout and launched her own blog called Planet Princeton.
CBS’s Jan Crawford got the first interview with Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill Oregon woman who has chosen physician-assisted suicide rather than the painful end her cancer portends. Maynard says she doesn’t want to die. “If anyone wants to hand me a magical cure… I’ll take them up on it,” she says.
Yahoo’s Katie Couricsat down withSusan Mellen who was recently released from prison after 17 years. Mellen was convicted of the murder of Rick Daly, a transient man she once dated. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out the conviction last week.
Anderson Cooper will anchor his CNN show from Dallas tonight following the latest on the case of nurse Nina Pham, who was diagnosed with Ebola over the weekend. She’s the first person to contract Ebola within the United States.
Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore has been elected a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). The honor, bestowed on only a handful of AMS members, is in recognition for his contribution to the atmospheric, oceanic, or hydrologic sciences.
As Nielsen continues to restate ratings data following a software error, CBS’s “Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer” moves from second place, to first place in the ratings for Sunday, Sept. 28. We expect to get updated data for Sunday, Oct. 5, later this week.
FNC’s Bill ShinetellsLloyd Grove how “Outnumbered” came to be. Earlier this year, Roger Ailes suggested, “‘How about [a show] with four women versus one guy?’ Apparently it was an idea he’d had for a long time. So we talked about that, and at some point along the way, Roger said, ‘the guy would be outnumbered.’ And boom! That’s where the title came from.”
NBC News’s Peacock Productions is expanding its Los Angeles office where Melody Shafir, late of BBC Worldwide, joins as VP overseeing all U.S. development. Sharon Scott continues as president and GM of Peacock Productions based in New York.
CNBC has updated its graphics package today, switching to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation. CNBC HD’s sidebar graphic has been removed as a result. Below at the left is Friday morning. Below, right is this morning.