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The Morning Ticker: Roker Jokes, Ross Investigates, ‘Hambycast’ in Iowa

  • On “Today,” Al Roker announced a USO comedy tour in the Middle East next month as part of the “Shine a Light” series. Jay Leno, who appeared with Roker this morning, will headline. Other performers include Kevin Eubanks, Craig Robinson and Iliza Shlesinger.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to report on his investigation into faulty highway guard rails across the country. In some cases, defective rails have gone through drivers’ cars, severing body parts. Ross will report on the story on tonight’s “World News Tonight” and 20/20.

  • FishbowlDC reports on CNN’s “Hambycast’s” journey to Iowa and the “media circus” around Hillary Clinton. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance,” Hamby wrote in a blog post.

Stephen Colbert Skewers Hannity’s Adrian Peterson Defense, Whips Out His Belt

Stephen Colbert took on Fox News’ “senior Nerf football chucker” Sean Hannity last night, spoofing Hannity’s coverage of Minnesota Vikings star Adrian Peterson‘s child abuse suspension.

“I think Hannity is right on this one,” Colbert began. “Adrian Peterson went too far, but the man deserves a second chance. After all, Sean’s dad whipped him with a belt, and he never had to go to a psychotherapist. He just has to have them on his show three times a week.” After whipping out his belt to mock what Hannity had done on Wednesday, Colbert concluded, “keep up the good work Sean. I’ll see you at the group on Wednesday.”

Kate Bolduan About to Experience the Ultimate New Day

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Today was Kate Bolduan‘s final “New Day” before maternity leave.

Bolduan, seen above with senior EP Jim Murphy and most of the CNN “New Day” staff, as well as co-anchors Chris Cuomo and Michaela Pereira off to the left, was given a surprise baby shower yesterday.

Various anchors will be filling in over the next few months. Next week Brooke Baldwin and Brianna Keilar will fill in. Pereira is off as well.

Bolduan, who is having a girl, is part of a first-time tvnewser baby boom: “Today” show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie gave birth to a baby girl Aug. 14. and Fox News anchor Jenna Lee gave birth to a baby boy Sept. 3.

(Photo/Courtesy: @IndraPetersons)

Jack Ma, Meet the U.S. Business Networks

AlibabaThe big news on Wall Street today is the Alibaba IPO. If you’re not up to speed on the Chinese e-commerce company, here’s some perspective: its sales are greater than Amazon and eBay combined. That’s big. And today the company goes public listing on the NYSE, and that’s where founder and executive chairman Jack Ma will be today. CNBC is claiming it will get the first interview with Ma, around 9:30amET on “Squawk on the Street,” Bloomberg’s Emily Chang interviews Ma at 9:45am and FBN’s Jo Ling Kent will interview Ma from the NYSE floor at 9:55am. The Alibaba IPO could be the largest ever on Wall Street.

Behind the TV Scenes: Gary Schreier

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This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

For more than two decades, Gary Schreier has covered some of the biggest news and business stories in America and around the world. “I think it’s been an extraordinary 15 to 20 years,” says Schreier, who started at CNBC, followed by 16  years at Fox News and Fox Business. Now, back at CNBC as EP of “Closing Bell,” Schreier reflects on a wide-ranging career.

TVNewser: You’ve produced for general news and business news. How have you approached producing for the different types?

Schreier: Production is never just production. You always want to think about it hard and how to make the story bigger on television than it would be if you were reading it in print — digitally, online, or a newspaper — or on radio certainly. I think sometimes the difference between general news and business news is general news can lend itself where the production isn’t as important; the story itself can be so compelling, and the pictures so compelling that it just presents itself. Where as business news, say even during a financial crisis, you need to think harder on how to represent things. Business news can tend to be a lot of numbers, a lot of statistics, and you need to break those down and present them in a form that’s much more acceptable to the people. So, it’s a little more challenging, but I find it fun too. It makes you think harder, it makes you work a little harder, and if you can distill something that’s hard to understand with a lot of numbers and stats and bring it down to a level where people kind of crystallize it and get it and helps them make a good, informed decision for their life, and for their money, and for their finances, it’s kind of rewarding.
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Ailes Apprentice Program to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Roger Ailes 2011The Ailes Apprentice Program begins its third annual Hispanic Heritage series tomorrow morning on “Fox & Friends.”

The weekly series will run through October 10, hosted by Fox News correspondent Alicia Acuna. She will spotlight Latinos  doing inspirational things, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martin Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, guitarist Jose Feliciano and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Francisco Nunez.

The program, named after FNC Chairman Roger Ailes, began in 2003. It selects a diverse group of candidates, thrusting them into the day-to-day rigors of TV news.

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.


Ratings Note: ‘New Day’

CuomoBolduanThe first hour of CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning drew a higher A25-54 demo number than any hour on MSNBC for the entire day. “New Day” at 6amET drew 140,000 demo viewers, with MSNBC’s highest demo being “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET. “Hardball” drew 128,000 demo viewers. “The Rachael Maddow Show” next with 124,000 demo viewers.

The full Wednesday scoreboard is here.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 401 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 73

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

148

TheFive:

273

Baier:

302

Greta:

258

O’Reilly:

447

Kelly:

415

Hannity:

339

O’Reilly:

293

Kelly:

199

MSNBC
Wagner:

85

EdShow:

71

Sharpton:

123

Matthews:

128

Hayes:

92

Maddow:

124

O’Donnell:

110

Hayes:

64

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

145

Blitzer:

128

Blitzer:

142

Burnett:

147

Cooper:

171

Cooper:

167

Tonight:

140

Cooper:

152

CNNI:

87

HLN
Now:

40

Files:

16

Files:

40

Jane:

54

Grace:

63

Dr.Drew:

60

Files:

97

Files:

163

Files:

260

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Bill Ayers: Megyn Kelly ‘Is Like a Cyborg Constructed in the Basement of Fox News’

Bill Ayers, who recently sat down for an interview with FNC’s Megyn Kelly, talked about that interview with Salon. Ayers, the retired college professor and co-founder of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, said he found Kelly to be “a very strange person.”

“She’s like a cyborg constructed in the basement of Fox News. She’s very striking, but very metallic, very cold. Her eyes are very cold.”

 

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