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The Ticker

The Ticker: Rivera, Champion, Kuhn

  • Sam Champion‘s Weather Channel show isn’t being called “Your Morning Champion,” because, as Champion puts it, “the cheese factor would be so intensly high that I wouldn’t want to do it.” “AMHQ,” as it’s called, launches Monday at 7am.

  • Eric Kuhn, the former head of social media for CNN and UTA is part of the team for start-up “Layer3 TV.” Lost Remote reports the as-yet launched network has received $21 million in funding and has assembled a management team of tech and cable veterans.

The Ticker: Gregory, Matthews/O’Reilly, Ramos

  • Mediaite reports Bill O’Reilly and Chris Matthews were among those inducted into the Irish America Hall of Fame at the Metropolitan Club in New York last night. On his show Matthews joked, “The fact that Bill O’Reilly joined me in receiving it, takes away none of that honor.”

  • The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award during the 2014 NAB Show next month in Las Vegas.

The Morning Ticker: Wolf, Wolffe, Fox

  • CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and former CNN anchor Bernard Shaw are holding court in CNN’s DC bureau this morning. The chat, hosted by the CNN Diversity Council, is being beamed to employees in New York, Atlanta and LA too. Shaw was an anchor at CNN from 1980-2001.

  • MSNBC.com’s Richard Wolffe interviewed MSNBC cable’s Thomas Roberts at SxSW Tuesday. Wolffe wouldn’t say how many people the new MSNBC.com is reaching, joking “I’ve been told not to!” reports Barron’s.

  • Fox COO Chase Carey has concerns about the Comcast-TWC merger. “Probably the issue that will come out of it… is the broadband issue. Are you really headed toward every home having one broadband provider, and what are the implications of that?,” Reuters reports.

The Evening Ticker: Weed, Fusion, Cosmos

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Capital New York he started thinking of doing a sequel to his pot doc “Weed,” while working on the first one. “Even with an hour it didn’t seem like enough time,” says Gupta. “There were certain issues we really wanted to get into but we didn’t have enough time.” “Weed 2″ debuts tonight at 10pmET.

  • Fusion has hired YouTube and Upworthy veteran Hong Qu as Chief Technology Officer. “We want Fusion to be an incubator for innovation where we take risks and experiment not only with new forms of content, but also new ways of ways of delivering that content – especially on our mobile platforms,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in an email to staff today.

The Evening Ticker: O’Brien, Lockerbie, Fusion

  • Miles O’Brien will be on the “Today” show tomorrow morning. The former CNN anchor and current PBS Newshour contributor will talk about his recovery following the amputation of his left arm while on assignment in Asia.

  • Tomorrow night at 9pmET, Al Jazeera America airs a new documentary, “Lockerbie: What Really Happened?,” providing evidence to support what many have suspected for years – that Iran was behind the Pan Am 103 atrocity over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988.

  • Fusion’s morning show is now an evening show. Starting tonight at 8pmET, “Fusion Live” debuts. “We kind of see it as a Tumblr page coming to life,” Javier Guzman, the executive producer of the show, tells Capital New York.

The Morning Ticker: Palin, Happiness, Syria

  • Former CNN president Jon Klein is one of the principals behind a new subscription-based streaming network. The NYPost reports the network is looking for big name talent, and has eyes on Sarah Palin.

  • ABC “World News with Diane Sawyer” begins a series tonight tied to ABC anchor Dan Harrisnew book “10% Happier” about how an on-air panic attack led to a healthier lifestyle for the “Good Morning America” weekend anchor.

  • NBC News is devoting 48 hours to the impact of the humanitarian crisis resulting from the civil war in Syria, now entering its fourth year. The NBC News “live documentary” will feature a continuous stream of reporting on air and online from inside and outside Syria.

The Ticker: Chicagoland, O’Brien, Canning

  • “Chicagoland” was the most-watched show on CNN Thursday, debuting in second place in the demo at 10pm on cable news, averaging 227,000 viewers. The 8-episode docuseries was third among total viewers drawing 629,000 viewers. That’s down -7% in viewers but up +58% in the demo vs. last Thursday’s CNN documentary, “And the Oscar Goes To…”

  • Miles O’Brien discusses the accident that resulted in the amputation of his left arm in an interview with Judy Woodruff, tonight on PBS NEWSHOUR. O’Brien’s accident happened during a reporting trip to Japan and the Philippines last month.

  • New mom, for the fourth time, Andrea Canning reports tonight’s hour-long “Dateline” with an exclusive interview with the parents of of murdered teen Skylar Neese. Last week, Skylar’s friend, 17-year-old Rachel Shoaf was sentenced to 30 years in prison for her role in her death.

The Afternoon Ticker: Wahl, Ross, Ruhle

  • Liz Wahl, the RT anchor who quit at the end of show yesterday will be on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” today. Will Fox News offer Wahl, who once was an intern at the channel, a job? Find out at 4pmET.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross and his investigative team have been awarded the 2014 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for its year-long investigation into the coal industry. The award was presented at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government last night.

  • Bloomberg TV will devote two hours of programming tomorrow to International Women’s Day. Anchor Stephanie Ruhle will showcase some of the most extraordinary women leaders in business, technology, sports, media and more Friday morning on “Market Makers.”

The Morning Ticker: Dateline, Pelley, Damon

  • NBC’s “Dateline” is adding a Saturday edition. Beginning this weekend, the 2-hour Saturday Night Mysteries promises to feature “fascinating characters and suspenseful twists-and-turns.” The dean of Saturday night true crime, CBS’s “48 Hours,” is often the No. 1 show of the night on broadcast TV. ABC’s “20/20″ also recently added a Saturday edition.

  • “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley tells SFGate that while the way we get news has changed, the basics hasn’t: “I tell young people these days it doesn’t matter if you’re carving on a stone tablet or a glass tablet: The rules of storytelling have not changed.”

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon was honored by Oxfam for her “fearless reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters in Syria” last night. In an interview with FishbowlDC Damon says of her career path: “I chose this life. I chose this work, and I don’t regret any of it.”

The Ticker: Brokaw, ‘GMA’, Kasell

  • NBC News Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Jefferson Awards tomorrow. The awards honor the greatest contributions in public service.

  • Monday’s “Good Morning America” drew 7.127 million total viewers and 2.875 million A25-54 demo viewers. This was “GMA’s” best post-Oscars Monday show since the show started airing on Sunday night in 1999.

  • Veteran NPR newscaster and current host of the comedy quiz show “Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!” Carl Kasell is retiring from the network this spring.  Kasell served as newscaster for “Morning Edition” on NPR for 30 years.

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