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The Ticker

The Evening Ticker: Vieira, Díaz-Balart, Arrarás

  • Meredith Vieira‘s syndicated show has been picked up for a second season on the NBC Owned Television Stations. The show, which debuted just last month and currently airs in 98% of the country, is produced by NBCU at 30 Rock.

  • José Díaz-Balart is adding another hour to his MSNBC day. The Telemundo anchor will take over the 9amET slot left vacant when Chuck Todd moved to “Meet the Press.” Díaz-Balart currently anchors the 10am hour. The 2-hour “Morning Rundown” debuts Nov. 17 at 9amET.

  • Telemundo’s late afternoon news and entertainment program “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” is moving from 5pm to 4pm on Monday. The re-tooled show will include special “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” segments, on-screen reunions and investigative reports.

The Ticker: WiCi, Over-Under, Devour!

  • ABC News correspondent Mara Schiavocampo received a WiCi Award from the New York Women in Communications last night. The awards celebrate the career achievements of the rising stars in communications.

  • Cablefax has released its Over-Under List recognizing overachievers under 30 from across the cable industry. Two of Fusion’s showrunners are on the list: Dax Tejera and Claudia Pou, as well as the network’s VP of Communications David Ford.

  • CNN’s Anthony Bourdain will host the opening night of Devour! The Food Film Fest in Nova Scotia next month. Sixteen local chefs serve up Cajun-inspired dishes for Bourdain to judge. Cajun food has its roots in French-Canadians who fled to the U.S. south in the 18th century.

The Ticker: CNBC 25, Fusion’s 1st, ’60′ is 7th

  • CNBC’s Jim Cramer hosts “The Next 25″ live from Jazz at Lincoln Center Thursday at 6pmET. The show highlights the last 25 years in business and celebrates the next 25 years by bringing together some of the most influential business leaders on one stage.

  • Fusion, the ABC News/Univision news network meant for millenials, is celebrating its first birthday today. “I could not be more excited for Fusion’s future and look forward to many more exciting developments to come,” Fusion boss Isaac Lee writes in a note to staff.

  • “60 Minutes” finishes in the Nielsen Top 10 for the week. Drawing 13.23 million viewers, the show comes in at No. 7. “60″ got a lift from the Pittsburgh Steelers – Indianapolis Colts game.

The A.M. Ticker: Mukpo, Asprea, Mankiewicz

  • NBC News freelance cameraman Ashoka Mukpo says he still has some “physical effects” of Ebola, but is “fortunate to be alive.” Mukpo was diagnosed with the disease Oct. 2 in Liberia, was flown to Nebraska for treatment, and was declared Ebola-free on Tuesday.

  • Another “Morning Joe” staffer is heading to CBS News. T.J. Asprea, the show’s director, has been named director of the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.” Last week, “Morning Joe” producer Jon Tower left MSNBC for “CBS This Morning.”

  • Frank Mankiewicz, father of NBC News correspondent Josh Mankiewicz, has died. Mankiewicz, 90, a WWII veteran, is a former president of NPR, political columnist, congressional candidate and, as a Kennedy confidante, was the one to break the news that Robert Kennedy had died after being shot during a campaign rally in June, 1968.

The Ticker: BBC America, Costello, Al Jazeera

  • B&C reports, AMC Networks has agreed to purchase a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America from BBC Worldwide for $200 million. AMC Networks, which will have operational control of BBCA, will look for greater distribution for BBC World News in the U.S.

  • CNN’s Carol Costello has apologized for laughing at audio of Bristol Palin‘s account of being assaulted by a man which sparked the now infamous Palin family brawl. “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” she tells Politico.

  • Al Jazeera America’s investigative documentary program “Fault Lines” will air an episode on Saturday at 7pmET focusing on why the FDA approved a controversial new opioid painkiller, Zohydro.

The Ticker: Vargas, Mukpo, Sexton, Warren

  • Expect to see Ashoka Mukpo on NBC News sometime soon. The network is already promoting “exclusive interviews” with the Ebola survivor/freelance cameraman who had been on assignment for NBC News when diagnosed with the disease earlier this month.

  • 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!

The Evening Ticker: CBS in Syria; New Hires at Bloomberg, Fusion

  • 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’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.”

The A.M. Ticker: Dish, Tapper, Farrow, Menendez

  • 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.

  • will stream Tina Brown‘s ​”​Women in the World Texas​” conference tomorrow. Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

The A.M. Ticker: Brooks Out, CNN Brand, Florida Fan

  • 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.