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The Ticker

The Ticker: Crime Pays, Abramson Speaks, DC Unaware

  • TV reporter Justin Gray was stopped at the Orlando airport because a TSA agent didn’t accept his ID: a driver license from the District of Columbia. “He demanded a passport,” Gray reports on WFTV, “Because he didn’t recognize my ID.”

The Morning Ticker: Vargas, Van Susteren, McCarthy

  • As she teased last week, Jenny McCarthy has found her post-”The View” gig. Starting tomorrow she’ll host a weekly SiriusXM show called, “Dirty, Sexy, Funny with Jenny McCarthy.”

The Morning Ticker: 30 Rock Fire, Hillary Drops, Gasparino Booted

  • Camera equipment atop 30 Rock, which houses NBC, MSNBC among other networks, caught fire last night raining debris onto the Top of the Rock observation deck. Five adults and one child suffered minor burns.

  • In the latest New York Times Best-Sellers list, a provocative new book about Hillary Clinton has overtaken the new memoir by the presumptive presidential candidate. Edward Klein‘s Blood Feud is #1 for the week of July 20, while Clinton’s Hard Choices droppd to #2.

  • Charlie Gasparino‘s coverage from the annual Allen & Co. media summit was short-lived. The New York Post reports the hard-charging reporter was booted from what he calls the “insipid Sun Valley conference” after two run-ins with security. On Twitter, he vowed to return next year.

The Saturday Ticker: Coast, Flight, Launch

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” heads to the coast for its annual summer-at-the-shore edition tomorrow. Lee Cowan anchors the broadcast from the former home of Katharine Hepburn in Old Saybrook, Conn.

  • Tuesday night, CNN airs the special report “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800″ which reconstructs the events that unfolded over Long Island on that fateful day in 1996 and the four year investigation that followed.

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The Ticker: LeBron’s Choice, Robot’s View Wolf’s Run

  • A robot journalist is being considered as a co-host for “The View.” Okay, maybe not. But another cable news name has surfaced to round out the cast in the fall.

  • Wolf Blitzer and his crew, reporting from Israel, had to make a run for a bomb shelter when sirens went off warning of an impending rocket attack. Blitzer talked about it this morning:


The Afternoon Ticker: Blitzer, Aereo, O’Brien

  • Wolf Blitzer will anchor “The Situation Room” from Israel tonight. He will interview Dan Shapiro, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, in the 5pmET hour.

  • Aereo filed a letter yesterday in the U.S. District Court of New York saying it intends to continue “as a cable system.” TVSpy has more.

The Morning Ticker: Clinton, Comcast, CNNx

  • NBC News contributor Chelsea Clinton earns $75,000 per appearance on behalf of the Clinton Foundation. “100 percent of the fees are remitted directly to the foundation,” says her spokesperson. Clinton last appeared on NBC News June 21.

  • Discovery Communications has hired a lobbying firm to assure the FCC is giving proper scrutiny to the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. This follows Dish Network’s urging of the FCC to block the deal.

  • CNN will demo its CNNx app at the TV Critics Association tour today. Introduced in beta in April, the app is now live in up to 85 million homes.

The Ticker: Stand Up, Run Wild, Mogul Find

  • Stand up to Cancer returns for its fourth fundraising telecast Friday, Sept. 5. ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC have committed to airing the telethon. Begun by Katie Couric in 2008, SU2C has raised more than $261 million for cancer research programs.

  • Not only are media moguls descending on Sun Valley this week for the annual Allen & Co. conference, business newsers are too looking for scoops. Look who FBN’s Charlie Gasparino spotted in the Salt Lake City airport.

The P.M. Ticker: Targeting, Thomas, Tapper

  • Reporters Without Borders says the Israeli Defense Forces is deliberately targeting journalists who are covering the current flare-up of violence between Israel and the Palestinian Territories.

  • Shawna Thomas joins “Meet the Press” as Senior Editor responsible for digital strategy. Thomas has been with NBC News since 2006, the last three years as White House producer.

  • CNN’s “The Lead” launches a new segment today called “Why Won’t Washington Work.” Jake Tapper will look at seemingly simple solutions that get bogged down in Washington red tape.

The A.M. Ticker: McCarthy, Hostin, Masonhall

  • Jenny McCarthy says she’ll be taking on a new job when she leaves “The View” later this summer, one that “will allow me to talk without having to interrupt anyone… Stay tuned even if it does compete with ‘The View,’” she said on Monday’s show.

  • Erika Masonhall has been upped to VP on the NBC News communications team. Masonhall oversees PR for “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.” Last week, Natalie Raabe, formerly of ABC “World News,” left NBC for The New Yorker where she is the new director of comms.

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