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When Copy and Paste Tweeting Goes Wrong

“Good Morning America’s” revolving door has made headlines over the last few months, and this morning, its Twitter account momentarily forgot about one of its most recent staffing changes.

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The tweet, posted around 6:45am, has since been deleted. A network spokesperson tells us it was a simple mistake; its social media team mistakenly pulled an old tweet and published it.

Josh Elliott, of course, left “GMA” for NBC Sports last month; he debuts for the network on May 3 during the Kentucky Derby.

The Morning Ticker: Velshi Expanding, ‘Today’ Gets SiriusXM, CEOs Score

  • Starting today, Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money with Ali Velshi” will expand to one hour. Velshi says the goal of the program, which airs Monday-Friday at 7pmET, “[I]s to shed a light on the needs of millions of Americans – not only by looking at Washington and policymakers, but by talking to real families and Americans experiencing economic struggles.”

  • SiriusXM and NBC News will launch “Today Show Radio” June 26. The new channel 108 will give SiriusXM listeners across the country access to live audio feeds of the show, including replays. “Today” joins other NBU channels on SiriusXM including CNBC on channel 112, and MSNBC on channel 117.

  • The Wrap is out with its 2013 Compensation Survey. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves pulled in $66.9 million, a +7.6% gain over 2012. Steve Burke, president and CEO of NBCUniversal, earned $31.1 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the previous year, and Disney CEO Bob Iger took a -14% pay cut, still pulling in $34.3 million.

David Gregory on the Sunday Morning Battle: ‘We Fight Like Hell’ to be No. 1

GregoryAs NBC’s “Meet the Press” approaches 67 years on the air, its host for the last six says the show needs to shake things up to remain a part of the conversation.

In a profile in today‘s Washington Post, David Gregory says a new format with a faster pace, more taped pieces and shorter interviews “delivers on the core of what ‘Meet the Press’ is,” while widening the scope.

“I’m dedicated to building something that says we’re not just thinking about politics. We’re thinking about who the real influencers are in this country,” Gregory tells Paul Farhi. The show, once dominant on Sunday mornings, has fallen to second or third in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo.

“Do I want to be number one in the ratings? Every week I want to be number one, and we fight like hell to get there. And it’s tough right now. It’s a fight,” Gregory says.

Farhi also reveals the lengths NBC has gone to get to the core of the host:

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John Berman Will NOT Be Running the Boston Marathon

In addition to NBC’s Natalie Morales, FNC’s Anna Kooiman will be running the 118th Boston Marathon today. Kooiman told “Fox & Friends” this morning she’s “Nervous, anxious, [and] excited all at the same time.” Meanwhile, dozens of other tvnewsers are along the route covering the race, among them CNN’s Brooke Baldwin and John Berman. In between live reports, Baldwin got this Vine of Berman, who will not be running.

Everest Jump Live Canceled

GeistEverestDiscovery Channel has canceled Everest Jump Live, which was scheduled for Sunday May 11. The network put out this statement last night:

In light of the overwhelming tragedy at Mount Everest and out of respect for the families of the fallen, Discovery Channel will not be going forward with Everest Jump Live. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole Sherpa community.

The 2-hour event was to be produced by NBC News’ Peacock Productions, chronicling climber Joby Ogwyn’s journey to the summit of Mt. Everest and his plunge from the top wearing a wingsuit equipped with cameras to give a bird’s eye view.

NBC News’ Willie Geist was to serve as host and be joined by The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore. This morning on “Today” Geist reported that Sherpa guides are boycotting after Friday’s avalanche — the single deadliest incident in the mountain’s history. 13 Sherpa guides died and three others are still missing. Discovery was planning to broadcast five nights of live programs from Everest beginning Monday, May 5, simulcasting on the Science Channel and Discovery en Español.

CNN’s Martin Savidge Goes From Flight Simulator to Submarine

The search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 continued in the Indian Ocean this week. With an unmanned U.S. Navy submarine joining the search this week, CNN’s Martin Savidge switched his focus from the air search to the underwater search, reporting live from inside a submarine 50 feet below the water’s surface in Canada. Watch:

The company that CNN used for the flight simulator reports, uFly, fired the instructor assigned to Savidge this week, saying he ““shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances.

The Sunday Ticker: Singing, Spying, Winning

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” goes behind-the-scenes with some Billboard chart-topping nuns. The sisters of the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri only speak for one hour a day, but they sing for five and have become rock stars in the classical music world.

  • Glenn Greenwald gives his first post-Pulitzer Prize winning interview to CNN’s Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” this morning. Stelter also interviews Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia, just days before the streaming TV service goes before the Supreme Court.

  • Friday’s “20/20″ on ABC was the top broadcast program in the A18-49 demo. With 8.1 million viewers, the show had its 2nd-highest ratings of the season. “20/20″ is tracking for its most-watched season in 4 years – since the 2009-10 season.

‘Dateline’ Takes ‘The Road Home’ to Columbine

SamGranilloNBCTomorrow marks 15 years since the massacre at Columbine, when two deranged students murdered 13 people and injured 24 others, including 17-year-old Sam Granillo.

“Dateline” takes a look back at the tragedy with Granillo in a special called “The Road Home.” Granillo, now 32, travels with NBC’s Lester Holt meeting students, parents and teachers who have been victims of other school shootings. The road trip brings the pair from Jonesboro, Arkansas to Red Lake, Minnesota to  Dekalb, Illinois, to Virginia Tech.

The journey concludes as Granillo returns to Columbine, confronting many long-held fears. The special airs tomorrow night at 8pmET on “Dateline”

The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

Former CBS News President David Burke Dies

DavidWBurkeFormer CBS News President David W. Burke has died at the age of 78, TVNewser has learned.

Burke served as CBS News chief from 1988-1990, overseeing the network’s coverage of the Tiananmen Square protests, Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, and the First Gulf War. He also suspended the late “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney for comments that offended homosexuals.

Before CBS, Burke  served as executive vice president at ABC News, where he helped lift the network to first place in the ratings while also building Peter Jennings into a major figure. At ABC, Burke oversaw the creation of “Nightline” with Ted Koppel and “20/20″ with Barbara Walters. Following his two tumultuous years at CBS News, the Los Angeles Times wrote that Burke, was ”an outsider in the most inside of institutions.”

Burke worked in politics before his time as a broadcast executive, as an aide to Senator Ted Kennedy and New York Governor Hugh Carey. Later in life, he was appointed by President Clinton to serve as the first chairman of Broadcasting Board of Governors, which today hands out an award in Burke’s name.

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