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Obama Flights to Alex Wagner’s Wedding Cost Taxpayers $358,490

KassWagnerJudicial Watch reports the Air Force has added up the cost of Pres. Obama’s air travel over Labor Day Weekend, which included attending the wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner. The total: more than $1.5 million.

Flights for Obama’s 2014 Labor Day weekend fundraising trips to Westchester, New York, and Providence, Rhode Island, cost taxpayers $527,192.50. Transportation for Obama’s round-trip flight from D.C. to Westchester, New York, to attend a wedding cost taxpayers $358,490.90. The flight for Obama’s trip to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to speak at “Laborfest 2014” cost taxpayers $653,718.70

Following the fundraisers on the Friday of Labor Day weekend, the president was originally planning to stay overnight in New York, then attend the wedding of Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass. But he changed his plans last minute, flew to Washington for the night – then returned to New York on Saturday. At the time, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the change allowed Obama “to sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family.”

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Alex Wagner Will Host ‘After the ALMAs’

MSNBC’s Alex Wagner will host After the ALMAs, a special program that will air live from Pasadena tonight at 11pmET immediately following the America Latino Media Arts Awards, also airing on MSNBC.

Wagner will be joined by Telemundo and MSNBC anchor José Díaz-Balart. Scheduled guests include Eva Longoria, NCLR President Janet Murguia, fashion designer Narciso Rodriguez, and Orange is the New Black stars Selenis Levya and Dascha Polanco.

Longoria and Mario Lopez will host the awards show celebrating America’s most outstanding and inspiring Latinos in the entertainment industry.

Phil Griffin on MSNBC Daytime: ‘Tough Stretch’ but ‘In This for the Long-term’

phil-griffinOn the same day ratings showed a 7-year low for MSNBC, TVNewser spoke to network president Phil Griffin at a luncheon for new morning anchor Jose Díaz-Balart.

“I think we’ve done a lot of good stuff,” Griffin told us regarding the changes he’s made this year to the daytime lineup, which includes adding Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid at 1pm and 2pmET, respectively.

“It’s been a tough run honestly since it’s happened because of the storylines, but I’ve been really pleased. Ronan’s done a lot of good stuff,” he continued, noting a story Farrow did on rape kit backlogs across the country.

“I’m in this for the long term. This has been a tough stretch, for everybody, but I think we’ve got the right people. Look, we’ll probably tinker with it, you always have to figure out where you are and how the world is changing. We should, we gotta respond.”

Will that tinkering include adding new hosts and shifting others around? “Look, I’m always looking at things. I just think you’ve got to respond. Look what’s happening out there and how the country has changed over the last couple of years. I think there’s been a big change.”

So far this year, Griffin added Díaz-Balart, who is Telemundo’s main anchor, at 10amET following Chris Jansing‘s move to NBC News. He shifted Tamron Hall from 2pm to 11amET, Andrea Mitchell from 1pm to noonET, and Alex Wagner from noon to 4pmET. Griffin currently has the 9amET hour to fill following Chuck Todd‘s ascension to “Meet the Press.”

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)

The Scoreboard: Monday, Sept. 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 259 | MSNBC: 76 | CNN: 107 | HLN: 80
  • Primetime: FNC: 402 | MSNBC: 109 | CNN: 127 | HLN: 60

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

249

TheFive:

341

Baier:

311

Greta:

296

O’Reilly:

504

Kelly:

437

Hannity:

266

O’Reilly:

226

Kelly:

183

MSNBC
Wagner:

43

EdShow:

66

Sharpton:

88

Matthews:

127

Hayes:

100

Maddow:

127

O’Donnell:

97

Hayes:

86

Maddow:

112

CNN
Tapper:

112

Blitzer:

120

Blitzer:

176

Burnett:

155

Cooper:

148

Cooper:

141

Tonight:

93

Cooper:

89

CNNI:

67

HLN
Now:

30

Files:

21

Files:

51

Jane:

44

Grace:

60

Dr.Drew:

47

Files:

72

Files:

154

Files:

193

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The Morning Ticker: Justice, Gnazzo, Gifford

  • At a 5amET news conference in Estonia, carried live on the cable news networks, Pres. Obama vowed that “justice will be served” in the deaths of two journalists beheaded by ISIS militants. “Those who make the mistake of harming Americans will learn that we will not forget,” said Obama.
  • Cory Gnazzo has been named EP of “The Rachel Maddow Show,” taking over for Bill Wolff who joined “The View” last week. Gnazzo, senior producer of TRMS, has been with the show since launch in 2008. He joined MSNBC in 2000 as a producer of “The News with Brian Williams.”
  • “Now with Alex Wagner” senior producer Rob Gifford has left MSNBC for Bloomberg where he’ll be senior broadcast producer of the new politics vertical run by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann. Previously, Gifford was a senior producer with “Morning Joe” and a producer of  FNC’s “Studio B w/ Shepard Smith.”

MSNBC Host Alex Wagner Marries Sam Kass, With Obama Family Attending

KassWagnerMSNBC daytime host Alex Wagner married Sam Kass Saturday in the hamlet of Pocantico Hills, north of New York City. Kass is the personal chef for the Obama family and executive director of the “Let’s Move” campaign. The Obama family was in attendance. From the AP report:

Obama wore a dark suit, and Mrs. Obama and their daughters each wore sleeveless black dresses. The first family spent about six hours at the wedding. Obama had no known role, other than to give his best to the bride and groom.

The union of Kass, 34, and Wagner, 36, also served to highlight what some contend is too much togetherness between the media and the people they report on. Naturally, the guest list was expected to include staff from both the White House and the liberal-leaning cable news outlet, with people from both sides breaking bread at the same dinner table.

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: Thursday, August 14

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 268 | MSNBC: 126 | CNN: 166 | HLN: 88
  • Primetime: FNC: 367 | MSNBC: 204 | CNN: 240 | HLN: 118

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

196

TheFive:

273

Baier:

239

Greta:

299

O’Reilly:

440

Kelly:

329

Hannity:

327

O’Reilly:

295

O’Reilly:

304

MSNBC
Wagner:

116

EdShow:

112

Sharpton:

180

Matthews:

189

Hayes:

167

Maddow:

201

O’Donnell:

230

Hayes:

186

Maddow:

180

CNN
Tapper:

154

Blitzer:

162

Blitzer:

295

Burnett:

221

Cooper:

264

Sixties:

247

Tonight:

210

Tonight:

180

Sixties:

124

HLN
Now:

44

Files:

33

Files:

25

Jane:

91

Grace:

139

Dr.Drew:

120

Files:

95

Files:

111

Files:

186

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Who Will Replace Chuck Todd on MSNBC?

As Chuck Todd ascends to the coveted moderator chair at “Meet the Press,” his morning anchor chair at MSNBC lies vacant. Over the years, MSNBC has filled many of its vacancies through its bench of contributors. Some guests turned hosts include Chris Hayes, Steve Kornacki, Alex Wagner, Joy Reid, and the cast of “The Cycle.”

Todd’s show served as the leadoff hitter to the network’s daytime lineup; particularly the morning’s hard news shows. We’ve put together some potential replacements for you to vote on. We’ll keep voting open throughout the weekend and post the results next week.

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