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The P.M. Ticker: Shalev, Matthews, Walters

  • Former CBS “Early Show” EP Zev Shalev has joined WPIX in New York. Shalev will EP the 5-hour morning show at the CW affiliate. Shalev was hired by WPIX news director and former MSNBC VP Mark Effron.

  • Chris Matthewslatest book, “Tip and the Gipper” comes out Tuesday. The 448-pager delves into the relationship between ideological opposites Pres. Ronald Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill. Matthews was an aide to O’Neill for 6 years.

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters celebrated her 84th birthday Wednesday. On “The View” today she thanked fans for their well-wishes and name-dropped a couple of them: “Nancy Reagan, who watches us all the time, sent greetings. The Israeli ambassador (the the UN) Ron Proser…”

Lew Wood, Former CBS News and ‘Today’ Show Anchor, Dies

Lew Wood, a former CBS News and NBC News reporter and anchor, has died. Wood, 84 died of kidney failure Thursday. Wood was a correspondent with CBS News when, in 1963, he covered a speech by Pres. John F. Kennedy in Ft. Worth, TX. A few hours later, Kennedy would be assassinated.

Wood moved on to NBC and, in 1975, replaced Frank Blair, an original member of the show. Wood anchored alsongside Barbara Walters and Jim Hartz as well as Gene Shalit. He would leave after a year and be replaced by Floyd Kalber.

After leaving “Today,” he worked in public relations.

“He was a workhorse, very steady and reliable, excellent reporter and had good on-camera presence,” former colleague Dan Rather told The Associated Press.

On Her Final Show, Joy Behar Says To Barbara Walters: ‘F*ck Harry Reasoner’

Today ABC aired Joy Behar‘s final edition of “The View” as co-host. It was a star-studded affair, with Regis Philbin, Joan Rivers and Meredith Vieira all stopping by to wish her well.

Barbara Walters got emotional, as she wished Behar well:

“Anytime things can got too sentimental, you could always rely on Joy to punch a hole in the conversation and bring us back to reality,” she quipped. “Whatever you choose to do, it will be smart and provocative. I love you Joy.”

Behar, in her final words, decided to speak up on behalf of the ABC News anchor, and mention her former “ABC Evening News” colleague.

“Barbara, what can I say Barbara, thank you for asking me to join the table all these years ago,” Behar said. “If you will allow me to say so, there is something I have been wanting to say on your behalf for 16 years. F*ck Harry Reasoner.”

For the backstory, you can read in depth about the Walters/Reasoner tension here.

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The Evening Ticker: Walters, Olbermann, Tufts

  • Barbara Walters and Brian Ross are following the story of Paul Fronczak, the man who was believed to be a baby stolen from a Chicago hospital 50 years ago, until he took a DNA test. Walters and Ross try to figure out his true background. More below.

  • Keith Olbermann will return to ESPN’s “SportsCenter” for the first time in 16 years tonight. Olbermann will deliver an “essay” (not a “special comment) on Alex Rodriguez.

  • The Weather Channel has named Scott Tufts director of content development. Tufts is a veteran of CNN, HLN and TruTV, where he most recently led its live trial coverage “In Session.”

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More Royal Baby Specials Planned

Royal baby mania has not subsided, simply because the future monarch has been born.

A number of specials about the birth are still set to air today and through the week.

Tonight ABC News will air a special “20/20″ at 10 PM, with Barbara Walters anchoring. “The Royal Baby: Heir to the Throne” will also feature Lara Spencer, Amy Robach and London correspondent Lama Hasan.

The BBC is planning stateside coverage as well. BBC World News, the 24-hour cable news channel operated by the BBC, will air a documentary called “Born To Be King” a number of times today, anchored by Sophie Raworth. The BBC special will air at 8:30, 14:30 and 20:30 (Greenwich mean Time). There is also special coverage on bbc.com/royalbaby.

Last night NBC aired a special hour-long  ”Dateline,” anchored by Natalie Morales.

It is worth noting that so far CBS News has avoided any special baby coverage, instead choosing to cover it as part of its normal news programming.

Royal Baby Arrives: Duchess of Cambridge Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a new royal heir. Princess Catherine and Prince William are parents to a baby boy, weighing in at eight pounds, six ounces.

Although the news was scheduled to be announced via an official document posted to an easel in front of Buckingham Palace, royal officials sent a press release with the news at 3:31 pmET. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News all reported the news as soon as the press release arrived, with Max Foster reporting on CNN, Amy Kellogg on Fox News and Jim Maceda on MSNBC.

NBC News and ABC News both produced special reports beginning at 3:30 p.m. Brian Williams anchored on NBC, with Natalie Morales at St. Mary’s Hospital in London and Keir Simmons at Buckingham Palace. David Muir anchored on ABC, with Amy Robach at St. Mary’s and Barbara Walters and Dr. Jennifer Ashton contributing from the New York studio.

>Update: Morales will anchor a “Dateline” special from London at 10pmET tonight.

Anderson Cooper Interviews Zimmerman Juror: ‘I Think He’s Guilty of Not Using Good Judgment’

Just before he went on the air tonight, CNN’s Anderson Cooper got the first interview with one of the six jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman Saturday night. The woman, in silhouette and identified by her juror number, B37, said Zimmerman was “guilty of not using good judgment… he shouldn’t have gotten out of that car.” She says all but one juror felt that screaming voice on the 911 call was George Zimmerman.

She said just as they began deliberations the six women jurors cried, then took a vote as to where they stood: “There were three not guiltys, one second-degree murder and two manslaughters,” she said. B37 was among those voting not guilty.

“It’s a tragedy this happened. But it happened,” she said through tears. “I think both were responsible for the situation they had gotten themselves into. I think they both could have walked away.” (Video after the jump)

B37 is the first of the jurors to speak out. She is the juror that GalleyCat reported on earlier today, who has signed with a literary agent and may write a book about the case. Cooper said B37 would not be doing any further interviews adding, “she kind of just wants to be left alone.”

Other notable interviews stemming from the case today: Barbara Walters spoke with Zimmerman’s parents who say they are in hiding, as is their son. HLN’s Vinnie Politano spoke with the prosecutors in the case. One of them, Angela Corey, was asked to describe Zimmerman in a word. She says “murderer.” (Airing at 10pmET on HLN). At 9pmET, Piers Morgan speaks with Rachel Jeantel, who was on the phone with Martin when the confrontation began. Also at 9pmET, FNC’s Sean Hannity will speak with Zimmerman’s attorneys, who have been making the rounds in New York.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Walters, Duncan, Bash

  • ABC’s Barbara Walters gets the first interview with Robert and Gladys Zimmerman, the parents of George Zimmerman. The interview airs tonight on “World News” and “Nightline,” and tomorrow on “Good Morning America.”

  • Jericka Duncan has been named a correspondent for CBS Newspath. Duncan joins from CBS-owned KYW-TV in Philadelphia where she’d been a reporter since August 2010. She’s already on the job with her first story, about an Indiana sand dune that swallowed a 8-year-old.

Jenny McCarthy Named Co-Host Of ‘The View’

Following the news that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be leaving “The View” to join Fox News, Barbara Walters insisted, “We will not be filling [the position] very soon.”

Well, apparently a week was long enough, as Walters announced today that actress Jenny McCarthy will be joining the program in September. The announcement was made on “The View” today.

“Jenny brings us intelligence as well as warmth and humor,” Walters said in a statement. “She can be serious and outrageous. She has connected with our audience and offers a fresh point of view.”

Co-host Joy Behar will also be leaving the show later this Summer.

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Says Goodbye To Her Colleagues At ‘The View’

Today was Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s last day on “The View.” Later this year she will join Fox News as the co-host of “Fox & Friends,” replacing Gretchen Carlson, who is departing for her own afternoon program. To open this morning’s program, Hasselbeck walked out arm in arm with host Barbara Walters.

“Barbara, I did some math last night, and I think that I have had over 3,000 days working by your side, I think it is fair to say that over the course of the decade, I have attended the Barbara Walters school of broadcasting and journalism,” Hasselbeck said. “I was not the first person to sit in this chair, and I will certainly not be the last person to sit in this chair. The past 10 years have been nothing short of extraordinary, and I wholeheartedly wish the next co-host that sits here an extraordinary set of years of their own… now let’s get to work!”

Hasselbeck also spoke briefly about her “View” co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar and Sherri Shepard, as well as EP Bill Geddie.

Walters was also emotional, so much so that she fumbled her words a little bit while praising Hasselbeck.

“I am a little emotional, or as that other Barbra [Streisand] sometimes says, I am a little verklempt, because it was reported last night that our Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving us to join the Fox network,” Walters said. “I want what is best for you, and you know how I feel about you, and, I am happy that you are going… No I am not happy that you are going! I am happy that it is good for you.”

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