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The P.M. Ticker: D’Alba, Reporter Release, 41

  • CNN’s former head of sales Greg D’Alba has joined WME and IMG as president of global sales and marketing. D’Alba left CNN in March after 28 years with the network. D’Alba will oversee brand partnerships and lead global sales for the sports and media talent agencies.

  • An Al-Jazeera journalist who had been on hunger strike for more than four months to protest his detention in Egypt, has been released for health reasons. “I won,” Abdullah Elshamy told those awaiting him outside a police station in Cairo. His family then took him to a hospital.

  • CNN Films’ presentation of “41 on 41″ averaged 460,000 total viewers and 167,000 A25-54 viewers Sunday night. The documentary on Pres. George H.W. Bush was #1 in the A25-54 demo and #3 (behind HLN and Fox News) in total viewers.

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Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalist on Hunger Strike to be Released

ElshamyAn imprisoned Al Jazeera journalist who’s been on a hunger strike for over four months will be released from an Egyptian prison on the order of the country’s top prosecutor, the AP reports.

Abdullah Elshamy and 12 others will be freed due to “health conditions.” Elshamy was taken in by Egyptian authorities last August while covering a protest held by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Elshamy was never formally charged with a crime, and began a hunger strike in protest. His family had previously asked for him to be moved from prison to a hospital, citing his severe anemia and kidney problems.

“This is a relief rather than a cause for celebration,” an Al Jazeera spokesperson said in a statement. “Abdullah has been through a terrible ordeal for over ten months. He’ll want to spend time with his family and recuperate. When he’s ready, we look forward to seeing him back in action, doing the vital job of journalism that he so clearly loves.”

The news comes on the same day a verdict date of June 23 was set for three other Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt.

Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalist: ‘The Prosecutors Should be in the Cage’

The trial of three Al Jazeera journalists imprisoned in Egypt was adjourned again yesterday. Peter Greste, Mohamed Fahmy, and Baher Mohamed, who have been in jail for 156 days on charges of aiding a terrorist group, were returned to their cells after a brief hearing.

“Members of the technical committee could not recall one example of what they believed was fabricated coverage from the Al Jazeera team. They also could not proffer an opinion on how national security of Egypt was endangered either,” Al Jazeera reports of the proceedings.

A fourth Al Jazeera journalist, Abdullah Elshamy, has been held since last August. He has been on a hunger strike since January.

Al Jazeera continues to reject the charges against the journalists and call for their release. [h/t HuffPo Media]

The Afternoon Ticker: Elshamy, Matthews, Wahl

  • Imprisoned Al Jazeera Arabic journalist Abdullah Elshamy might “die within days,” according to a doctor who reviewed his blood tests. Elshamy has been on a hunger strike for the last 110 days; imprisoned in Egypt for a total of 269 days for alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will be the keynote speaker Thursday at the Massachusetts Bar Association dinner. The dinner hosts over 1,000 lawyers and legal industry professionals.

  • Former RT reporter Liz Wahl, who made headlines for quitting her job while on-air in March, is back on the air–temporarily. Wahl will be filling in at TheBlaze TV this week for Amy Holmes and Laurie Dhue.