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Rupert Murdoch Won’t Go After Time Warner ‘In A Hostile Way’

Rupert Murdoch was a guest during FBN’s special coverage of the vote in Scotland this morning.

The Chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox phoned in to Neil Cavuto where he was asked about today’s independence vote in Scotland, the 2016 U.S. elections, the global terror threat on the markets and his withdrawn offer for Time Warner.

Murdoch said he hasn’t had any discussions since withdrawing the Time Warner bid in early August, and won’t go after a deal “in a hostile way.”


Riccie Johnson, Making ’60 Minutes’ Look Good Since 1968

“I’m Mike Wallace. I’m Morley Safer. I’m Ed Bradley. I’m Lesley Stahl. I’m Scott Pelley. Those stories and… Riccie Johnson, tonight on ’60 Minutes Overtime.’”

You may not know her name, but you do know her work. Johnson has been with “60 Minutes” since the beginning, as make-up artist for the correspondents and some high-profile guests, President’s Johnson, Ford and Clinton among them. Riccie Johnson’s most famous subjects: The Beatles, when they made their American TV debut on the Ed Sullivan show 50 years ago.

The Morning Ticker: Dallas, Alibaba, ISIS

  • CNBC has the full court press on Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company prepares for its IPO tomorrow. CNBC has found that, even though it’s on track to be the largest IPO in history, 88% of Americans don’t know what Alibaba is.

  • Al Jazeera America takes an in-depth look at ISIS and its impact on the region as John Seigenthaler hosts “Flashpoint: Fighting ISIL,” tomorrow at 8pmET/PT. The special examines the U.S. attempts to lead a coalition to combat the group.

David Gregory: ‘Laziness in the Media’ Helps Perpetuate Political Gridlock Storyline

NoLabelsGregoryAt the No Labels National Ideas Meeting in Washington, D.C. this afternoon, former “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory talked about the media’s role in the polarized state of politics.

“Sometimes it is an over-simplification to talk about the speed of the news cycle — that is part of the problem. What it is is the attachment to narrative,” said Gregory. “In Washington political journalism the narrative gets set early and then its built on. Things that fight the narrative get harder to report out, often because of laziness in the media.

The media has gotten very attached to the idea that Washington is so dysfunctional and the country is so frustrated with it. There is a self fulfilling part of that that goes along with the fact that some of these issues just don’t have consensus.”

(Photo/Courtesy: Jen Scoggins)

Sunday’s ’60 Minutes’ Now Available Monday, on Your Mobile Device

60_minutes_carousel_370x278“60 Minutes” begins its 47th season Sunday night. And for the first time, you’ll be able to see Sunday’s stories on your mobile device the following week, without having to purchase the $4.99 app.

Last season,”60 Minutes” averaged 12.2 million viewers each Sunday, finishing most weeks in the Top 10. But the program suffered a black eye in November when correspondent Lara Logan was forced to apologize for her report on the 9/11/12 consulate attack in Benghazi, Libya. A CBS News internal review found the story “deficient in several respects.” Logan and producer Max McClellan took extended leaves of absence from the network. Logan returned earlier this year, and made her first appearance on air on “Face the Nation” in June.

This week’s premiere episode includes a 2-part report from Scott Pelley who traveled to Iraq earlier this month reporting on the terror group ISIS, and a Steve Kroft story on criminals who use stolen social security numbers to get fraudulent tax refunds, to the tune of billions of dollars.

While new stories will be free the week following the broadcast, the “60 Minutes” app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch has expanded its archive to more than 300 stories, including the first episode in 1968.

The new season also includes some new faces: Bill Whitaker is now a correspondent for the show and former “CBS Evening News” EP Patricia Shevlin is a producer.

TV Jobs: MSNBC, SNY, Syfy

This week, MSNBC is hiring a booking producer for Melissa Harris-Perry, while SNY needs a director of studio production. Syfy is seeking a social media marketing manager, and NBC Sports is on the hunt for a vice president of programming research. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

Find more great TV jobs on the TVNewser job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented TVNewser pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, September 16

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 254 | MSNBC: 69 | CNN: 128 | HLN: 81
  • Primetime: FNC: 329 | MSNBC: 122 | CNN: 231 | HLN: 86

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

173

TheFive:

303

Baier:

349

Greta:

309

O’Reilly:

339

Kelly:

388

Hannity:

257

O’Reilly:

258

Kelly:

245

MSNBC
Wagner:

32

EdShow:

50

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

133

Hayes:

119

Maddow:

144

O’Donnell:

103

Hayes:

60

Maddow:

57

CNN
Tapper:

80

Blitzer:

129

Blitzer:

136

Burnett:

194

Cooper:

229

Cooper:

288

Tonight:

178

Cooper:

132

CNNI:

125

HLN
Now:

38

Files:

22

Files:

80

Jane:

75

Grace:

98

Dr.Drew:

80

Files:

81

Files:

148

Files:

208

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Innovator or Addict?: Fox Biz Anchors Debate Elon Musk

FBN’s Stuart Varney and Liz Claman got into it a bit today during “Varney & Co.” today.

Claman was on to promote her interview with SpaceX founder Elon Musk around 3:30pmET. Varney says Musk “is addicted to tax breaks” and said a claim of creating more than 6,000 jobs at a new gigafactory in Nevada, is overblown. To which Claman said, “I’m so surprised to see you … You sound, now, like a democrat, actually.”


The Ticker: Scots Vote, Tall Shoes, New Film

  • FBN will pre-empt “Imus in the Morning” tomorrow for “Special Report: Scotland’s Vote for Independence” anchored by Neil Cavuto. Coverage begins at 5amET with Cavuto and  FBN’s Ashley Webster live from Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • On Jimmy Kimmel last night, David Muir talked about the “tall shoes” he’s filling on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” and about why he plans to take the show on the road more often.

After NFL and ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ Megyn Kelly Has Most-Watched Show of the Week

megyn kelly kelly file 5Fox News’s Megyn Kelly had one of the most-watched shows on cable last week. Wednesday’s 9pmET hour, which included Pres. Obama’s remarks on ISIS and “The Kelly File’s” analysis of the remarks, was the fourth most-watched program on cable, topped only by two Monday night NFL games and the season premiere of “Sons of Anarchy” on FX.

4.554 million watched the 9pmET Wednesday hour on FNC. Most of the rest of the Top 25 was occupied by “Big Bang Theory” re-runs on TBS and WWE wrestling on USA. But Bill O’Reilly‘s Wednesday show was also in the Top 25 finishing at 18 with 3.036 million viewers.

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