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MSNBC Doesn’t Renew Contributor Goldie Taylor’s Contract

MSNBC and contributor Goldie Taylor have parted ways. Taylor, who’s been a contributor for several years appearing across daytime and primetime programs, tweeted out the news.

Taylor also responded to a user’s prediction she might end up as a contributor at the network across the street. Read more

Willie Geist’s Trip to the ER

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A dinner party at Savannah Guthrie‘s home over the weekend turned bloody for Willie Geist.

Geist split open his finger while trying to open a bottle of Bourbon.

“They come in, he is holding his hand, a big towel,” Guthrie sai this morning on “Today.” “Blood… it’s a gusher, and they say, ‘girls we’re going to urgent care.’” Geist and his family were visiting Guthrie, her husband Mike Feldman and their new baby. Willie ended up getting seven stitches. “It’s a long story…there were some problems with the wax,” Geist said.

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FNC’s Jon Scott to Climb Mt. Kilamanjaro

WaterJonScottWhen he’s not anchoring, Jon Scott has another passion: mountain climbing. This summer he conquered Colorado’s Torreys Peak. Today, he leaves for a trek to the roof of Africa: Mt. Kilamanjaro. In the process the Fox News anchor is helping an African village get access to clean water. Through the children’s charity Compassion International, Scott is raising money “to provide a clean-water system for a Tanzanian village of nearly two-thousand people.”

I’ve been impressed with Compassion since my kids and I first began sponsoring children through the program a couple of decades ago. The letters from the children we helped support gave my own kids an appreciation for just how fortunate they are to be living in the USA. Yet they also were able to see that poverty doesn’t necessarily equate to misery – and that happiness can exist in places where material wealth does not.

Scott’s climbing group is paying all the costs associated with the trip. All donations will go to the clean-water system. Scott signed off from Fox News on Friday. He’ll be back in two weeks and will be updating viewers on Twitter.

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Savannah Guthrie and Baby Vale Make Surprise ‘Today’ Visit

New mother Savannah Guthrie brought a surprise guest to “Today” this morning.

Walking in with her seven-week old daughter Vale, the morning show’s co-hosts swarmed Guthrie, husband Mike Feldman, and the well-tempered infant. After a whole lot of fawning over baby Vale, Guthrie passed the baby over to co-host Matt Lauer. “She may be pooping,” he said. Later, Lauer interviewed Guthrie on her first weeks of motherhood. Guthrie also announced her return date: November 3.

CBS Speaks With ISIS Enemies; CNN With ISIS Member/Defector

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Timely interviews in Turkey and Syria as the U.S. continues airstrikes against ISIS.

Over the weekend, CBS’ Holly Williams and her crew met danger in Syria. While meeting with a small army fighting ISIS, the CBS crew came under fire, taking cover in a village with mud-covered huts. The army, led by a man, has 40 soldiers; 10 of them are women, including teenagers. “There’s no difference between the men and the women,” the army’s commander told Williams. “Some of the women are better fighters than I am.”

And in Turkey last week, CNN’s Arwa Damon spoke with Abu Omar, a former ISIS member who defected following U.S. airstrikes. Omar said ISIS depends heavily on foreign fighters, particularly from France. Damon also spoke with ISIS fighter Abu Tahla via Skype. A male besides Damon asked the questions— Tahla wouldn’t speak with a woman. “We’ve been ready for this for some time,” he said. “We know that our bases are known because they’re tracking us with radars and satellites, so we had backup locations. They [the U.S.] thought they knew everything. But thank God, they don’t know anything. And God willing, we will defeat the infidels.”

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The Morning Ticker: Penn, Friday, Pelley

  • Actor Kal Penn is joining Fusion as a special correspondent for its midterm election coverage. Fusion’s election coverage plans include a nightly primetime program “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown” hosted by Fusion’s Nando Vila.

  • “20/20″ and “Dateline” split the wins on Friday night. NBC was the #1 newsmagazine in viewers while “20/20″ was #1 in the younger demos. “20/20″ was #2 for the night, behind “Shark Tank,” in the A18-49 demo. Both shows were bested in total viewers by CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

  • CBS’s Scott Pelley talks about his reporter “must haves,” including his 20-year-old shortwave radio that’s been around the world. “Someday when I hit the ‘on’ button, the screen won’t come to life, and it’ll break my heart.”

MSNBC Already Planning to Carry 2015 Global Citizen Festival: ‘This Aligns With Our Values’

Chris Hayes and Alex Wagner Global Citizens

MSNBC set aside “Lockup” and “Caught on Tape” for something much more noble and musical Saturday night. The network devoted nearly 1/3 of Saturday’s programming to the Global Citizen Festival, a 6-hour live concert in New York’s Central Park meant to draw attention to, and end, extreme poverty.

TVNewser went backstage as MSNBC anchors Chris Hayes and Alex Wagner hosted a one hour afternoon special, then anchored coverage into the night.

“There are definitely worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon than in Central Park, on an 80-degree day, with Alica Keys,” Wagner told us just as Keys took the stage.

Adds Hayes: “Cable news is a pretty repetitive undertaking… Tuesday, generally looks a lot like Monday. So anytime you’re doing something new that’s stretching some new set of muscles, it’s fun.”

The concert kicked-off with a set from Dutch DJ Tiësto, then continued with Alicia Keys, The Roots, Fun., and Carrie Underwood interspersed with remarks from the Queen of Sweden, the prime minister of India and the president of Rwanda.

As MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow conducted live interviews with heads of state and celebrity guests, NBC’s Tamron Hall spent much of the afternoon in the crowd interviewing attendees before hosting a primetime special on NBC. “This is phenomenal,” Hall told us before she took the stage. “When you attend an event like this and each person here did something for the world, that’s tremendous.”

This was the third Global Citizen Festival, and the first time MSNBC has been involved. MSNBC president Phil Griffin says it won’t be the last. “I can tell you we’re pretty much committed to doing next year. I guarantee it.”

“This aligns with our values,” Griffin tells TVNewser. “I love it that we’re connecting with all these people. And I think it’s important that we lead in this space.”

The concert culminated with Jay-Z and a surprise appearance by Beyonce closing the show with “Forever Young.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Brian Stelter: Fareed Zakaria’s Program Made ‘Some Attribution Mistakes’

StelterThis morning on “Reliable Sources,” Brian Stelter gave his take on the plagiarism allegations against colleague Fareed Zakaria.

“My reporting leads me to believe that Zakaria’s program made some attribution mistakes, a small number, to be fair,” Stelter said. “They are the kind of mistakes that other journalists can learn from, and viewers too.”

Stelter went on to suggest the closer you look at the 26 plagiarism charges OurBad Media leveled against Zakaria’s “GPS” program, the “less it looks like capital P plagiarism.”  ”But when you zoom out, there’s a perception problem,” Stelter continued, noting examples of “GPS” lifting sentences from an appeals court ruling without attribution and taking raw materials from The Economist and New York Times and rewording them minimally.

Stelter told his audience he wishes he could get Zakaria’s side of things, but he declined to be interviewed. He did provide a statement from CNN.

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Sunday Ticker: Bourdain, Bolton, Brzezinski

  • Season four of the Peabody award-winning CNN Original Series “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown,” starts tonight at 9pmET/PT. Bourdain takes viewers on a tour of Shanghai. Immediately following, CNN premieres “This is Life with Lisa Ling” at 10pmET/PT.

  • FBN’s Deirdre Bolton will be taking her show on the road to San Francisco tomorrow. Bolton talks with the San Francisco Chronicle about her TV style in NY vs. SF. “Normally in New York, I would not do a Mark Zuckerberg jeans and a hoodie,” she says.

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski will be in Philadelphia Monday to speak at the Women’s Leadership Luncheon of the group City Year Philadelphia, which taps 200 people between ages 17-24, to be mentors and tutors for the city’s public school students.

‘CBS Sunday Morning’ Has Best Season in More Than 25 Years

charles osgood cbs sunday morning“CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood” just finished another record year.

The venerable 90-minute news and information program averaged 5.79 million viewers — even besting the No. 1 weekday show ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“Sunday Morning” was up +6% in total viewers compared to the 2012-2013 season, and had its biggest audience since the advent of people meters in the 1987-1988 TV season. The show was on par with last season’s A25-54 rating, which was the best delivery since 2009-2010.

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