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As Time Warner Ends Vice Talks, A&E Plans $250M Stake in Media Company

viceThe New York TimesJonathan Mahler scoops that Time Warner has ended negotiations with Vice Media. The talks, which have been going on for months, included a plan to spin off Time Warner’s HLN network, and refashion it into a Vice channel. The Brooklyn-based media company includes a magazine, book publishing, a massive online presence, and gritty, global documentaries which are carried on Time Warner’s HBO.

The conversations collapsed after the two companies were unable to agree on a valuation of Vice. Last year, 21st Century Fox paid $70 million for a 5 percent stake in the company, valuing the company at more than $1 billion.

In June, Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith told the New York Times having a TV network was “the next step in our evolution. Our mobile and online stuff is going to grow exponentially, but we want a three-legged stool, and the third leg is TV.”

A week ago, the Wall Street Journal reported Time Warner had also been in talks with Glenn Beck‘s company about re-branding HLN into TheBlaze TV. But those talks also came to nothing. Earlier this year, under the new leadership of Albie Hecht, HLN intended to become “the home for the social media generation.” Primetime programs include those hosted by Nancy GraceJane Velez-Mitchell, and Dr. Drew Pinsky. Late nights and weekends are made up of true crime stories.

> More: The Financial Times reports Vice is finalizing a deal to sell a 10% stake to A&E Networks for $250 million. A&E is jointly owned by Walt Disney and Hearst. The sale could be announced as early as next week, FT reports.

Reporter Departs CNN with Pencils, Pads, First Aid Kit and One Regret: ‘There Are Far Too Few Redheads on CNN’

Lisa Desjardins is leaving CNN. But she’s not going quietly. A Capitol Hill correspondent, Desjardins joined CNN 9 years ago after working as a reporter in print, TV and radio.

In a goodbye video posted to YouTube, the likes of which you’ve probably never seen before, Desjardins says, “I know we’ve had a lot of goodbyes here lately. I know people are worried about the future, and I know that there are a lot of buyout offers on the table…”

Then, as she pilfers some office supplies (she passes on the “Rick’s List” mug,) Desjardins tells viewers, “I’m sorry that CNN has decided to eliminate my reporter position at the Hill and cut back on congressional coverage. Of course I’m also sorry that congress is complete mess right now.”

“I have very few regrets,” Desjardins says. “One of them is there are just far too few redheads on CNN.” WATCH:

Chelsea Clinton Leaving NBC News

chelsea-clinton-articleChelsea Clinton is leaving NBC News. People magazine was first with the story this morning. Clinton tells the mag she plans “to continue focusing on my work at the Clinton Foundation and as Marc and I look forward to welcoming our first child.”

Clinton joined NBC News in 2011 on a short-term contract to report “Making a Difference” stories for “NBC Nightly News.” She extended the contract in the spring of 2012 and also began reporting for “Rock Center.”

On Facebook, Clinton thanked the NBCNewsers she worked with: “I admire the work and dedication that their reporters, producers, crews, editors and studio teams deliver every day, particularly as I personally experienced through the stewardship of Brian Williams at Nightly News and Rock Center.”

NBC got some flak earlier this summer when it was reported that Clinton earned an annual salary of $600,000.

Clinton is leaving the door open to working with NBC in some way. “While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future,” Clinton wrote on Facebook. See her full note after the jump…

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Betsy Fischer Martin Leaving NBC News

betsyfischer_headshot1.grid-4x2Betsy Fischer Martin, the former executive producer of “Meet the Press” is leaving NBC News after more than 20 years with the network.

In a note to colleagues, Fischer Martin writes, “Exactly 23 years ago this week I walked a few blocks down Nebraska Avenue from American University to start an internship at a TV show called ‘Meet the Press.’ I soon met a lawyer and politico turned journalist named Tim Russert who convinced me to forget about my admission to law school and stick around to help cover the 1992 presidential election.”

Fischer Martin would go on to work for the show as an associate producer and producer, and in 2002 was named EP a job she held until last summer when she was named managing editor of NBC News political programming.

“My decision now to leave the Peacock family comes with the same bittersweet feelings of sadness yet excitement for what’s ahead,” says Fischer Martin. “I thank NBC for giving me such incredible opportunities during my career.”

Fischer Martin has not said what her future plans are, except that this fall will include carpools and college football. Fischer Martin’s husband is New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin.

Sunday Show Ratings: August 24

sunday shows_304CBS’ “Face the Nation” notched a win in total viewers on August 24, besting ABC’s “This Week” by +242,000 total viewers. “This Week” won in the A25-54 demo beating the CBS broadcast by 28,000 viewers.  ”Meet the Press,” guest hosted by Chris Jansing was third. “Fox News Sunday” and Univision’s “Al Punto” were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Compared to the same week last year, every show but “Al Punto”(-3%) was up in total viewers. “Face the Nation” was up the most in total viewers (+30%) and the A25-54 demo (+20%).  ”Fox News Sunday” was the lone program to lose ground in the demo (-4%).

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 2,644,000 total viewers and 560,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for August 17:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS “Face the Nation” 3.053M 829K
ABC “This Week” 2.811M 857K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.442M 712K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.298M 401K
UNI “Al Punto” 718K 399K

Diane Sawyer Voices New David Muir ‘World News Tonight’ Promo

TVNewser got its hands on the first promo for “World News Tonight with David Muir,” which officially debuts Tuesday night. The promotional spot is voiced by former “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer.


The Morning Ticker: Wagner Wedding, Turner Move, Rivers’ Health

  • Politico reports President Obama will attend the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner to the Obama family chef Sam Kass on Saturday. The couple will marry at at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, NY. Kass is also the executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign.

  • Broadcasting & Cable reports Michael Wright, president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and TCM, is leaving Turner. Wright has been with the company since joining TNT in 2002. The move comes as Turner offers buyouts to hundreds of employees.

  • Joan Rivers remains in a medically induced coma at a New York Hospital following complications of an endoscopy Thursday morning. The three network morning shows all updated Rivers’s condition in the first 10 minutes of their shows this morning.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, August 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 278 | MSNBC: 88 | CNN: 150 | HLN: 112
  • Primetime: FNC: 459 | MSNBC: 172 | CNN: 210 | HLN: 85

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

119

TheFive:

249

Baier:

320

Greta:

290

O’Reilly:

498

Kelly:

467

Hannity:

412

Smith:

245

Kelly:

273

MSNBC
Wagner:

77

EdShow:

60

Sharpton:

125

Matthews:

126

Hayes:

161

Maddow:

199

O’Donnell:

158

Hayes:

96

Maddow:

90

CNN
Tapper:

127

Blitzer:

153

Blitzer:

141

Burnett:

128

Cooper:

181

Cooper:

237

Tonight:

212

Tonight:

186

CNNI:

142

HLN
Now:

75

Files:

23

Files:

48

Jane:

66

Grace:

74

Dr.Drew:

54

Files:

126

Files:

255

Files:

252

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Pres. Obama Calls on ‘Big Cheese’ Chuck Todd First, In Todd’s Last Briefing for NBC News

The broadcast networks broke in Thursday afternoon to carry remarks from President Obama. Lester Holt anchored for NBC, Amy Robach for ABC and Maurice DuBois anchored on CBS as Pres. Obama delivered a statement on the U.S. economy, the continued ISIS threat in Iraq and Syria and the crisis in Ukraine. The president then opened it up to questions:

ToddBriefing“I’m going to start with somebody who, I guess, is now a big cheese. He’s moved on. But I understand this is go to be his last chance to ask me a question in the press room. I want to congratulate Chuck Todd and give him first dibs.” (Watch after the jump) Todd, who is moving on to “Meet the Press,” asked about Syria/ISIS.

The Wall Street Journal‘s Colleen McCain Nelson got the second question, asking the president whether today’s military action by Russia is considered to be an invasion of Ukraine. After three more questions, the president started to leave the briefing room, but returned to take a question on whether he’d make any executive actions on immigration reform. Obama: “It continues to be my belief that if I can’t see congressional action, that I need to do at least what I can in order to make the system work better.”

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Bill Wolff Named EP of ‘The View;’ Brian Balthazar Joining ABC Show as co-EP

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A week after signing off as EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” Bill Wolff (above left) has been announced as the new executive producer of “The View.”

The show also made other behind-the-scenes changes including the addition of another TV news veteran, Brian Balthazar (above right) as co-executive producer. Ashley S. Gorman will be the show’s director in the new season, and Kathleen Rajsp has been named senior supervising producer.

“I am so appreciative for the privilege to work on this iconic program and to have the chance to collaborate with incredible people like Whoopi and Rosie, who each bring immense talent and boundless passion to show,” Wolff said in a statement. “I will be forever grateful to Rachel Maddow for six amazing years together. As I begin this next chapter, I cannot fully express my profound gratitude to [Disney/ABC TV president] Ben Sherwood for making it all possible.”

Balthazar, an MSNBC alum like Wolff, joins from AOL where he was head of programming. He’s also been in the talk show trenches working many years at the “Today” show. He launched the fourth hour of “Today” with Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford, before going to work as a director of programming at HGTV.

Gorman has directed thousands of hours of live shows in the U.K. and the U.S. including: “Hell’s Kitchen,” “I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here…NOW!,” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Rajsp has worked on “Katie,” “Anderson” and “Dr. Phil,” among others.

The new season of “The View” begins Monday, Sept. 15.

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