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The Evening Ticker: CNBC Alarm Clock, New Costas Show, Zakaria Special

  • CNBC has released a new app for Apple and Android devices. The app, the CNBC Alarm Clock, lets users wake up to the voice of CNBC anchors or hosts (like the soothing Jim Cramer), and immediately get the latest financial information. More info on the app after the jump.

  • On Sunday evening, CNN will air a special edition of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” dubbed “Memo to the President.” The special will feature a number of prominent officials, like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, James Baker and Kay Bailey Huthinson offering advice and guidance to the President in advance of his second term.

  • Bob Costas is getting a new show, “Costas at the Movies,” on MLB Network. The series will feature Costas hosting in-depth interviews with actors and directors about baseball in film. After each episode, MLB network will air the film discussed. Tommy Lee Jones and Penny Marshall are among those appearing.

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Female Debate Moderators Candy Crowley, Martha Raddatz Make THR’s ‘Rule Breakers’ List

CNN’s Candy Crowley and ABC’s Martha Raddatz were the female moderators of this year’s Presidential and Vice-Presidential debates, landing the pair on The Hollywood Reporter’s annual year-end “Rule Breakers” list. Crowley and Raddatz reflect on the experience:

Crowley, 63, maintains she didn’t think too much about breaking the decades-long dry spell, but when the letters from women — young and old — came pouring in, “It hit me,” she says. “The optics matter.” And when in pre-debate interviews on CNN and elsewhere Crowley said she would attempt to get the candidates off of their talking points by pressing them with follow-up questions, both campaigns privately protested — a move criticized as defensive and vaguely sexist.

So would the women subject themselves to the debate ringer again? “In a heartbeat,” says Crowley. Raddatz agrees. “You walk off the stage, and you say, ‘Oh, thank God it’s over.’ And then you think, ‘That was fun.’ I used to say about summer in Iraq [where she has traveled 21 times]: ‘It’s so horrible; I’m never going back in the summer.’ And then you forget, and you go back.”

Also on the list: NBC’s Bob Costas and Jim Bell, who helmed NBC’s coverage of the 2012 Olympics, and ABC’s “Good Morning America” team, who overtook “Today” to become the top morning show in 2012. The list was a topic of conversation on “GMA” this morning, with Lara Spencer calling the show “the bad boys of morning TV.”

NBC Sports Cuts Deal With Yahoo!

Yahoo! keeps cutting deals with media companies in an effort to diversify its content portfolio. The latest partner is NBC Sports, which will bring its sports reportage and expertise to Yahoo! Sports. The deal is similar to the wide-ranging deal Yahoo! cut with ABC News in late 2011, as well as the deal Yahoo! cut with CNBC earlier this year for financial news and analysis. Both CNBC and ABC News had partnered with Yahoo! previously, only to see those deals end when the contracts in place ended.

As with the ABC and CNBC deals, the two companies will split what they offer, with Yahoo! offering a powerhouse digital site and technology, and NBC providing top-notch content, including original videos featuring talent like Bob Costas. Yahoo!’s fantasy sports platform–already the market leader–will power NBC’s own fantasy product Rotoworld.

The two companies will maintain separate websites and talent, with some sharing, particularly around big games and premium digital content offerings. It still isn’t entirely clear what new Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer‘s views on content are for the company, but so far, she has not only kept the company’s partnership deals intact, but continues to add to them, as with the rebranding of the CBS entertainment newsmagazine “The Insider” to “OMG! Insider,” named after Yahoo!’s gossip site.

More information on the deal, after the jump.
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Bob Costas Talks To Bill O’Reilly, And Dedicates Show To Guns

As promised, last night NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor” to talk about his commentary during the “Sunday Night Football” game this week. Costas is also dedicating a large portion of his NBC Sports Network show tonight to gun violence. Guests, including Charles Barkley and John McEnroe talk about guns and gun violence.

Costast told host Bill O’Reilly:

“I don’t back up on anything I said, but I think it might’ve been more effective if I said, ‘Look, if we’re looking for perspective on this, we’re going to have a serious discussion within sports, an ongoing discussion… about domestic violence, about the culture of the game itself, about the easy access to guns, about steroids, drugs and alcohol.’”

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MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell and FNC’s Bill O’Reilly to Interview Bob Costas

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell speaks with NBC’s Bob Costas tonight for Costas’ first television interview since his comments on gun control Sunday night following the murder-suicide committed by Kansas City Chiefs player Jovan Belcher. Tomorrow, Costas heads across Sixth Avenue for a sit-down with Fox News Channel’s Bill O’Reilly.

Costas went on Dan Patrick‘s radio show earlier today, telling Patrick: “My mistake is I left it open for too much miscommunication.”

What I was trying to say was, that if you want some perspective on this, there are a number of issues related to this that we could begin to talk about and think about. The problem was that I didn’t have enough time to get to many of them. And that, I think, was my mistake, to be quite honest, Dan. A friend of mine in broadcasting pointed this out to me yesterday, and I agree with him. He said, ‘you violated your own rule.’

Costas’ comments have been front and center on cable news over the last 24 hours, including on Sean Hannity‘s show, as we pointed out earlier and on “The O’Reilly Factor” as O’Reilly discussed the matter with Bernie Goldberg.

Gun Control Fight on ‘Hannity:’ ‘Why don’t you shut up, just please shut up!’ ‘No, You Shut Up!’

The murder-suicide that rocked the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs over the weekend, and Bob Costascommentary about it Sunday night, was fodder on cable news Monday.

On FNC’s “Hannity,” the discussion got heated between guests Erik Rush and Leo Tyrell when attorney, author and conservative Rush said the Jovan Belcher case is instigating “fear mongering” and “histrionics” from “the big government political leftists who want to disarm the public.”

Tyrell jumped in, charging, “That is an absolute lie!”

Rush began to say, “It’s particularly irksome to me to see a black man come out for all of this gun control with specious arguments.” “Don’t even use race here, because you are being used right now,” shouted Tyrell. “You can go ahead and cut my mic off!”

As both men talked over each other, including several “shut up… no you shut up” comments, Hannity finally ended it and moved on. Watch the fireworks after the jump…

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Bob Costas Uses NFL Halftime Commentary To Advocate For Gun Control

NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas used his weekly halftime commentary segment during “Sunday Night Football” to advocate for something that had little to do with sports: gun control.

The impetus was a tragic shooting in Kansas City, when Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher shot and killed his girlfriend, drove to the team’s training camp, and shot himself in front his coaches.

Costas used the words of sportswriter Jason Whitlock to argue that the “gun culture” in America undoubtedly had a role in the shooting, and needed to be changed.

WATCH:

In Sports Illustrated, sports media ace Richard Deitsch critiqued the Belcher coverage on the NFL programs, reserving his harshest criticism for CBS’ handling of the situation. CBS opened with a shlocky live commercial for Garmin GPS devices before finally beginning the show:
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NBC News Shakes Up Management Team, New EP at ‘Rock Center’

NBC News has shaken up its leadership team, promoting DC bureau chief Antoine Sanfuentes (left) to senior VP of NBC News, promoting David Verdi to senior VP of newsgathering, upping Ken Strickland to DC bureau chief and naming Alex Wallace (center) EP of “Rock Center.” For Wallace, it’s a return to overseeing a Brian Williams broadcast. Wallace was EP of “Nightly News” in 2007-2008.

Rome Hartman, (right) the former longtime CBS News producer who launched “Rock Center” as EP, will be shifting to the specials unit with a focus on election coverage.

Announcing the changes, NBC News president Steve Capus highlighted that the new executive ranks all came from inside NBC.

As you read the list of promotions and changes spelled out in this note, please keep in mind I’ve decided to stay inside our talent-rich organization for each of these moves – a real testament to the contributions of these individuals and the bench strength of NBC News.

Sanfuentes, who joined NBC News as a desk assistant in 1990, rose through the producer and executive ranks and was named DC bureau chief in January 2011. In his new role he will be Capus’ chief deputy at NBC News in New York. Wallace, who had been Capus #2, will remain a senior VP and will add oversight of “Rock Center” as well as “Ann Curry’s production unit and our health initiative.”

Verdi, a longtime NBC Newser, who had been VP of newsgathering, is now a senior VP, adding oversight of news affiliate partnerships and the NBC News Channel.

Joining Strickland in DC will be Meaghan Rady, once a producer for Tom Brokaw, who rose through the ranks and will now be deputy bureau chief.

“I’m grateful to Rome for his leadership, signified by Rock Center’s first Emmy last week for Bob Costas’ breakthrough interview with Jerry Sandusky,” Capus writes in his note, which you can read in full after the jump.

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News And Doc Emmy Awards: PBS, ABC, CBS Lead List Of Winners

The 33rd News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night in New York City. PBS led all networks with nine awards thanks to its documentary programming, while ABC and CBS News tied for seven awards each. NBC News took home three Emmys, CNN and CNN/I, Discovery Channel and HBO each took home two, with Nat Geo Channel, Science Channel, Showtime and The NY Times all taking home one Emmy.

Among the notable winners: ABC’s “Nightline” and CBS’ “60 Minutes” each took home five Emmys, leading their respective networks. ABC won Emmys for its Solyndra investigation, as well as Christiane Amanpour‘s interview with Gadhafi. Over the last three years, ABC News had won a combined four Emmys, so the seven this year are a big deal for the organization. CBS won an Emmy for its “Fast and Furious” investigative work. CNN won for “AC360″‘s bullying special and the network’s coverage of the Mubarak stepping down in Egypt. NBC won for its “Education Nation” summit and Bob Costas‘ devastating interview with Jerry Sandusky on “Rock Center.”

Univision’s Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas were given lifetime achievement awards.

The full list of winners is available here.

NBC Sets More Olympics Ratings Records, But Not Without Tape Delayed Controversy

Every single night so far of NBC Olympics coverage has broken previous Olympics ratings records, this despite the controversy over tape delay. Through the weekend NBC averaged 35.8 million viewers in London, five million more than Beijing, and over a million more than the previous record-holder, Atlanta.

That isn’t to say everything else has been without issue. On last night’s primetime broadcast, Bob Costas teased the Women’s 200M freestyle race, which featured swimmer Missy Franklin. Unfortunately, just a few minutes before the race was set to begin, NBC ran a promo for “Today” touting an interview with Franklin, noting that she won gold. A new, spoiler-free promo ran on the west coast, but that wasn’t any solace to those in the east that wanted the results to be a surprise.

Another controversy brewed yesterday, when Twitter suspended a reporter for London’s Independent newspaper who was very critical of NBC’s coverage. The reporter, Guy Adams, was allegedly suspended for tweeting out the name and email of an NBC executive, and encouraging followers to email him to complain about its coverage.

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