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‘Fox & Friends’ Welcome Elisabeth Hasselbeck

The “Fox & Friends” team opened their program today by announcing to viewers that may have missed the news last night that Gretchen Carlson would be departing the show later this year, and that Elisabeth Hasselbeck would be coming aboard.

“Today is going to be her last day over there at the Barbara Walters yakfest,” Steve Doocy said.

“Can you imagine? She is going to get a chance to be on a show where they let her talk,” Brian Kilmeade added.

“She is a hop, skip and a throw from my house in Connecticut, we run into each other at the pool,” Carslon said. “We have similar ages of kids, so looking forward to getting to know her better as she becomes part of our Fox family.”

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Joining Fox News, will Co-Host ‘Fox & Friends’

More changes are coming to Fox News Channel. Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View” and joining FNC to co-host “Fox & Friends” beginning in September. Gretchen Carlson will move to a later, one-hour show, made possible by last week’s news that Megyn Kelly would be moving to primetime.

“I have been a long-time fan of ‘Fox & Friends’ and am excited to be joining their team as it is an honor to call the Fox News Channel my new television home,” said Hasselbeck in a statement.

“Elisabeth’s warm and engaging personality made her a star on ‘The View,’” added Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes ”She has proven to be an excellent conversationalist and I am certain she will make a great addition to our already successful morning franchise.”

“Fox & Friends,” also hosted by Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeadehas been the No. 1 cable news morning show for nearly 12 years, since Nov. 2001.

TVNewser was first to report in March that Hasselbeck’s future at “The View” was up in the air.

“When Elisabeth survived ‘Survivor,’ we wanted to make sure she would stay afloat,” said Barbara Walters, referring to Hasselbeck’s first foray into TV, in the second season of the CBS reality show. “We have had 10 wonderful years with her and she will now be swimming in new waters. We will miss her and wish her everything good.”

It’s not known which daytime hour Carlson will take over. Kelly’s departure leaves the 1-3pmET hours vacant. Carlson had hosted “Fox & Friends” since 2006. She replaced E.D. Hill who, upon leaving the morning show, moved to an afternoon hosting slot. Hill left Fox in 2008.

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The Evening Ticker: Woodruff,, Walters

  • ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff is planning a series of reports for “Nightline,” highlighting “the most dangerous and extreme places across the globe.” The debut segment airs tonight, and features a look at child coal miners.

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Marketers Steal Fox News Brand to Push Weight Loss Supplement

Health supplement marketers are at it again, using real news brands to push their products. A TVNewser reader sent us this site purported to be Fox News, but with the URL: The site pushes Raspberry drops meant to help people lose weight. There’s also a real story from FOX’s Charlotte affiliate about the product. It appears this is being produced in the Eastern European time zone as the time stamp at the top is +7 hours ahead of ET.

This practice is not knew. In 2008 we wrote about how marketers were using Matt Lauer‘s image to sell PureAcaiBerry. And later that year, they’d used Barbara Walters to help push an anti-aging supplement.

The Evening Ticker: ERT, TCA, NCTA

  • According to the NY Times, Greece has shut down its public broadcaster, ERT, as part of cost-cutting measures. ERT will reopen eventually, but with a fraction of its 2,900 strong staff.

  • The Television Critics Association released its 2013 TCA Award nominees. “60 Minutes,” “AC360,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Daily Show” and a PBS doc on the “Central Park five,” made the cut for “News and Information,” while Barbara Walters will receive a lifetime achievement award.

  • As we noted yesterday, TV news talent goes to The Cable Show in DC to sign autographs and moderate panels. Below, the crew from FNC’s “The Five” signs for fans, while Liz Claman interviews NCTA’s Michael Powell.

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The Evening Ticker: ‘Killing Kennedy,’ Newswomen, Velshi

Vanity Fair’s ‘Best Dressed Newsmen’

Vanity fair presents a list of the top 10 “best dressed newsmen.” What was the magazine looking for in style?

“His wardrobe should be dynamic enough to hold our attention but not so outré as to distract from the evening broadcast,” it says.

The big question: what serious anchors made the clothing cut?

NBC’s Matt Lauer, Brian Williams, Lester Holt and Willie Geist, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Don Lemon and Anderson Cooper, CBS’ Anthony Mason and Charlie Rose and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. You can see them all in slideshow fashion here.

Update: There is a women’s list too, including Barbara Walters, Megyn Kelly and Savannah Guthrie. The full list is here.

TV Critics Evaluate Barbara Walters’ Legacy

As Barbara Walters gears up for her retirement next year, television critics are beginning to weigh in on the legacy she leaves behind in television. The New York Times’ Alessandra Stanley calls Walters “television personified”:

Intuitively, knowingly or just luckily, Ms. Walters has moved — and is moving — in concert with tastes and audiences and real influence. She defected from nighttime to daytime just as many viewers were doing the same … And now, as more and more viewers leave broadcast television altogether, so does she.

Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams praises Walters for being first in “nearly everything about women in television news”:

And if television news is still frequently a hollow, sexist echo chamber, don’t blame Barbara. She showed everything that’s possible for a woman of brains and ambition in an industry that has little use for women with either.

Williams’ Salon colleague Alex Pareene takes the opposing viewpoint, calling Walters’ career “an extended exercise in sycophancy and unalloyed power worship”: Read more

Barbara Walters On Retiring in 2014: ‘This Is What I Want To Do’

As expected, ABC’s Barbara Walters announced her retirement on “The View” today. The show kicked off with Walters introducing a brief career retrospective, followed by her formal announcement:

“I have been on television–continuously–for over 50 years,” Walters said. “But in the Summer of 2014, a year from now, I plan to retire from appearing on television at all. It has been an absolutely joyful, rewarding, challenging, fascinating and occasionally bumpy ride, and I wouldn’t change a thing. I am perfectly healthy, this is my decision and I have been thinking about it for a long time. This is what I want to do.”

The audience in “The View” studio was filled with executives, including ABC News president Ben Sherwood (“Not only the best president of a news division but also the tallest,” Walters joked), ABC executive VP Vicki Dummer, ABC entertainment president Paul Lee, Disney-ABC TV group president Anne Sweeney and Disney CEO Bob Iger, who shared the story of when he first met Walters back in 1976.

He was a production assistant, and was asked to bring something to Walters’ dressing room. He wasn’t expecting her to be there, but she was, and she was very kind to him.

“From then on you called me Jim, my name is Bob,” he quipped, adding more seriously:

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Barbara Walters To Officially Announce Retirement

ABC News anchor Barbara Walters is making it official: she will be retiring in 2014. We reported that Walters was set to retire in 2014 back in March (reporting which Walters tiptoed around), but now it is a done deal. Walters is expected to address her retirement on “The View” Monday.

Walters will retire from her on-camera duties at both ABC News and “The View” in the Summer of 2014, with a number of specials leading up to her retirement, including a career retrospective, a 20 years of “10 Most Fascinating” special and an Oscars special. She will remain as EP of “The View,” which she co-created.

“I am very happy with my decision and look forward to a wonderful and special year ahead both on ‘The View’ and with ABC News,” Walters says in a statement. “I created ‘The View’ and am delighted it will last beyond my leaving it.”

Walters is a TV legend, shattering glass ceilings and becoming one of the first TV news anchors to become truly public figures. She began her career at NBC’s “Today” in 1961, joining ABC News in what was a blockbuster deal in 1976.

“There’s only one Barbara Walters,” says ABC News President Ben Sherwood in a statement. “And we look forward to making her final year on television as remarkable, path-breaking and news-making as Barbara herself. Barbara will always have a home at ABC News and we look forward to a year befitting her brilliant career, filled with exclusive interviews, great adventures and indelible memories.”

Earlier this year Walters had a health scare after taking a fall in the British Ambassador’s residence, only to discover that she had contracted chicken pox. The illness kept her off of ABC and “The View” for a few months, and she returned in early March.