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The Morning Ticker: Philips Deshishku, ‘Next List’, ‘With All Due Respect’

  • ABC News has named Stacia Philips Deshishku Deputy Washington Bureau Chief. “She is a passionate, innovative, and creative journalist,” ABC President James Goldston said. Phillips Deshishku comes from CNN, where she spent over two decades as a producer, assignment editor, and most recently, director of news planning.

  • CNBC unveils “The Next List” today, the top 25 “definitive list of people who will be instrumental in shaping business, finance, and thus our world, over the next 25 years.” Andrew Ross Sorkin will lead the network’s coverage of the list throughout today and this month.

  • “With All Due Respect” with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann premieres tonight on Bloomberg TV at 5pmET. The duo’s inaugural guest is former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

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Fox News and CNN Under the Same Roof?

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The deal is off — for now — but just the thought of 21st Century Fox owning Time Warner set media tongues wagging this morning.

21st Century Fox’s $80 billion offer for Time Warner, first reported by the New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin, who also co-hosts CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” came in the form of a letter from Fox to the Time Warner board. “The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal,” a Fox statement read. “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

The cable news and business networks have been reporting on the proposed mega media merger. CNN’s Carol Costello reported the dashed deal as “breaking news.” “Time Warner, our parent company saying thanks but no thanks to a multibillion dollar takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch.”

TIME (itself recently spun off from Time Warner) reports CNN would have been spun off had the deal happened. Or, as Stuart Varney reported on FNC, the deal “would have been minus CNN because you cannot have them getting together with Fox.”

Time Warner is a top trending topic on Twitter this morning.

 

Inadvertently, Murdoch has helped out his rival’s shareholders, as CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla tweets:

 

Showtime Orders Wall Street Drama Co-Written by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin

ARSorkinShowtime has ordered its first drama pilot this year, co-written by CNBC “Squawk Box” host Andrew Ross Sorkin.

The Hollywood Reporter reports “Billions” will focus on an aggressive U.S. attorney going up against some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  Sorkin co-wrote the series with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who co-wrote movies like “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Rounders” together.

This is Sorkin’s second small screen pickup: his best-selling book on the 2008 banking collapse, “Too Big to Fail,” was made into an HBO movie in 2011.

Sorkin was off for this morning’s “Squawk Box.” Yesterday, he echoed his co-writer’s enthusiasm.

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Morning Shows Wear Red For Women’s Heart Health

Anchors and correspondents across the morning shows wore red on the air today for National Wear Red Day, which raises awareness for women’s heart health.

Among those participating: ABC’s Robin Roberts, Ginger Zee, Lara Spencer, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott; NBC’s Natalie Morales, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Jenna Bush Hager; CBS’ Gayle King, Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell; Fox News’ Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Nauert and Maria Molina; CNN’s Kate Bolduan and Chris Cuomo; CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Sara Eisen; Barbara Walters, Sherri Shepard and Jenny McCarthy of “The View” and Kelly Ripa of “Live.”

Business Networks Live From Davos

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The World Economic Forum annual meeting is underway in Switzerland, and all three business networks have correspondents in Davos for the week.

Liz Claman is in Davos for FBN. Claman will interview several executives, including the CEOs of Aetna, NASDAQ, Citigroup and Coca-Cola. Also in Davos this week: Maria Bartiromo, who is expected to join FBN next month. Bartiromo will moderate a panel discussion Thursday.

Bloomberg TV has several correspondents at the forum: Francine Lacqua, Tom Keene, Erik Schatzker, Stephanie Ruhle and Hans Nichols.

Andrew Ross Sorkin is in Davos for CNBC. Becky Quick and Joe Kernen will join him tomorrow and the three will host “Squawk Box” live from Switzerland this week.

Morning Shows Wear Purple in Honor of GLAAD Spirit Day

Morning show anchors wore purple this morning in observance of Spirit Day, GLAAD’s annual anti-bullying campaign. Among the participants: NBC’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker and Natalie Morales; ABC’s Sam Champion, Josh Elliott, George Stephanopoulos, Lara Spencer and Elizabeth Vargas; CNBC’s Becky Quick, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Joe Kernan and John Harwood; and CNN’s Michaela Pereira.

“Today” interviewed “Will & Grace” stars Debra Messing and Eric McCormack in honor of the show’s 15th anniversary. Messing and McCormack, both wearing purple ribbons, talked about the show’s social impact. “What I’m most proud of is that the show always treated Will’s desire for the perfect man as equal to Grace’s desire for the perfect man,” McCormack said. Video after the jump. Read more

Andrew Ross Sorkin Apologizes To Glenn Greenwald

CNBC “Squawk Box” co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin apologized to The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald this morning, for saying yesterday that he would “almost arrest” him for publishing stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.

“I put my foot in my mouth, and I’m sorry about this, when I veered into hyperbole and suggested that he almost be arrested, that was the quote, and I have to say it didn’t come out right and I misspoke. I’m sorry I said it that way, and I’m sorry I said it.”

“Let me be clear about a couple of things here, I believe in the first amendment and transparency and of course investigative journalism like the reports about he NSA programs,” he added. “And I think there are fair and important questions to be asked about the government and our privacy on this ongoing story. But I also think there are fair questions to be asked about Snowden himself, and the role of the media, but on my comment on Greenwald, I regret it.”

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On Twitter, Greenwald accepted Sorkin’s apology.

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Brian Stelter On NBC’s Response to ‘Top of the Morning,’ Negative Reviews

Though the critics have skewered his first book, Brian Stelter chooses to see the coffee cup as half full.

“Honestly, I appreciate the feedback,” says Stelter, 27, author of Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, and a media reporter for the New York Times. (Full disclosure: Stelter founded TVNewser when he was a college student)

“I’m not making this up,” he continues. “I want to learn how to be a better writer and reporter. I do think normal readers come away really happy, really entertained.”

‘Normal readers’ probably don’t include a trio of power players, past and present, from NBC. ‘Morning’ paints a less than flattering portrait of ‘Today’ co-anchor Matt Lauer; his former boss, Jim Bell; and ex-NBC News president Steve Capus.

All were involved, to varying degrees, in the ham-handed – and excruciatingly public — ouster of Lauer’s co-anchor, Ann Curry, according to the book. Bell had dubbed it ‘Operation Bambi,’ not knowing, of course, that Curry would come out looking as innocent and victimized as the white-tailed fawn in his title.

Lauer is the clear villain of the piece, prompting Entertainment Weekly to accuse Stelter of having a ‘vendetta’ against the mega-millionaire anchor.

Stelter labels the accusation as ‘preposterous.’

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Warren Buffett Will Buy Ketchup, But Not Magazines

Warren Buffett phoned in to CNBC this morning following the news of his $28 billion acquisition, along with private equity, of H.J. Heinz. Which means, among other things, that the Secretary of State is about to be a whole lot richer. That deal aside, Buffett is also bullish on newspapers. Last year his company acquired dozens of papers across the country. But his love of media does not extend to magazines, apparently. Following news yesterday that Time Warner is ready to sell several Time Inc. titles to Meredith, CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Buffett, “You obviously love the print business, but would you ever buy a magazine?”

“No. The answer is no,” said Buffett.

Buffett will be on Liz Claman‘s FBN show later today.

Business Networks Head To Davos For World Economic Forum

This week the World Economic Forum is once again  being held in the sleepy ski town of Davos, Switzerland, and the business networks are on the scene to try and score chats with market shakers and world leaders.

CNBC has anchors Maria Bartiromo and Andrew Ross Sorkin in Davos, along with senior economics reporter Steve Liesman, Sorkin will co-anchor “Squawk Box” from Davos Wednesday-Friday, while Bartiromo and Liesman will be appearing on various programs throughout the week.

Fox Business Network has Liz Claman in Davos, with coverage kicking off Wednesday at 11 AM, and continuing through Friday.

Bloomberg TV has Erik Schatzker, Tom Keene and Francine Lacqua at the Forum, along with reporter Olivia Sterns. BTV coverage starts at 1 AM ET (6 AM GMT) tomorrow, and continues through Friday. Lacqua will anchor “On the Move,” Keene will anchor “Bloomberg Surveillance” and Schatzker will co-anchor “Market Makers” from Davos.

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