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The A.M. Ticker: Huckabee, Comcast, Gibson

  • With Fox News host Mike Huckabee eyeing a potential presidential run in 2016, the network is “evaluating his current status,” reports Politico. Last week, FNC cut ties with contributor Dr. Ben Carson after he began promoting a biographical documentary.

  • Comcast expects to close on its acquisition of Time Warner Cable by the end of March, reports the AP. At an event yesterday, CEO Brian Roberts says its “full steam ahead” for the deal, despite a challenging regulatory approval process.

  • Former ABC Newsman Charlie Gibson moderated “Information Overload: Your Health in the Digital Age” at Quinnipiac University yesterday. Dr. Tim Johnson, senior medical contributor at ABC News, was among the panelists.

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The Ticker: Merger, Marquardt, Movie Marathon

  • FBN is presenting a “Money Movie Marathon” on sister network FXM this weekend. Maria Baritromo, Charles Payne and Neil Cavuto will provide commentary on the movies — “The Social Network,” “Moneyball” and “Wall Street Never Sleeps,” which Bartiromo had a part in (watch her talk about her experience on the set, after the jump).

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Six of 10 Highest Paid CEOs are in Media

CBS EXECUTIVEThe AP and Equilar are out with the top 50 highest paid CEOs list. And it’s quite possible you work for one of their companies, as six of the top 10 head media conglomerates, including:

2. Leslie Moonves (right), CBS Corp., $65.6 million, up 9 percent

5. Philippe Dauman, Viacom, $37.2 million, up 11 percent

7. Robert Iger, Walt Disney, $34.3 million, up 46 percent.

8. David Zaslav, Discovery Communications, $33.3 million, down 33 percent

9. Jeffrey Bewkes, Time Warner, $32.5 million, up 27 percent

10. Brian Roberts, Comcast, $31.4 million, up 8 percent

CBS’ Les Moonves Surprised by Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

FaberMoonvesCNBC’s David Faber continues on the media beat today. In addition to his interview with his boss’s boss’s boss’s boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, about the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Faber just wrapped up an interview with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

“I think everybody was pretty surprised by what happened,” says Moonves about the Comcast-TWC deal.”Everybody thought they were in Sochi, and here they were making a huge deal.”

“We’re still looking at the ramifications but we have a wonderful relationship with all the terrific people at Comcast and if this goes through, we look forward to working with them.”

Moonves came out on the winning end of a fight with Time Warner Cable last year. He was booked on CNBC to talk about CBS’s Q4 earnings report. CBS had revenue of $3.9 billion, up +6%.

“I think Comcast appreciates the value of our content and will pay appropriately for it,” Moonves says.

Comcast CEO to CNBC: Time Warner Cable Deal is ‘Pro-Consumer’

comcast_new_peacock_logoCNBC’s David Faber was first with the news last night that his network’s parent company Comcast, was acquiring Time Warner Cable, (which was once part of Time Warner and its portfolio of networks including CNN and HLN.)

This morning, Faber was also first with an interview with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who says the $45.2 billion deal “is pro-competitive and pro-consumer,” and will provide “better products, faster Internet, more channels, in a national-local platform that’s really special.” (Video after the jump)

Roberts says because the second largest pay TV service, satellite service DirecTV, is already national, he’s convinced a combined Comcast and TWC should pass muster with regulators. “Cable is this older system that is very local,” he tells Faber.

While adding the lucrative home and business markets of New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, Comcast says it will divest some systems and shed about 3 million subscribers, bringing the combined total to around 30 million. They hope to close the deal by the end of the year.

In December, Time Warner Cable and Comcast were in a dust-up as the Time Warner system in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire announced plans to drop the Comcast-owned NECN cable network, only to reverse course 10 days later.

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The PM Ticker: Roberts, Weather, Young Viewers

  • Comcast CEO Brian Roberts played a round of golf with President Obama on Martha’s Vineyard, Deadline reports. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, and one of Roberts’ top deputies is an Obama bundler. That said, the Comcast CEO himself is known to be more pragmatic in his political donations.

  • Variety’s Brian Steinberg looks at younger viewers of TV news, and how new players like Al Jazeera America and Fusion are trying to scoop them up, as the existing channels continue to skew old.

Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

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Business News Channels Descend On The Cable Show In DC

This year’s National Cable and Telecommunications Association show, also called “The Cable Show,” (the big trade show of the cable industry) is in Washington DC, and with the close access to America’s political and business elite, every cable news channel will be represented.

Most of the appearances will be on panels and autograph signings on the show floor, but in the case of the cable business news  networks there will also be live reporting.

CNBC’s media business reporter Julia Boorstin will report from the NCTA floor throughout the day tomorrow, June 11. CNBC’s Becky Quick is also interviewing her boss’ boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, on stage there tomorrow morning. Fox Business Network will have Liz Claman reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests are expected to include Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman and Discovery CEO David Zaslav, among others. Bloomberg TV has Betty Liu reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests will include Comcast’s Roberts and Showtime CEO Matt Blank.

As Promised, Activists Criticize MSNBC at Comcast Shareholders Meeting

As they promised they would, activists took aim at MSNBC at the Comcast shareholders meeting, forcing CEO Brian Roberts to respond.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s Paul Bond has some of the details:

“If you sit back and think about it,” said Borelli, “why would a conservative person in any state want their money to go pay for Al Sharpton’s salary? Have you contemplated the damage that MSNBC and its biased coverage is doing to the overall Comcast business?”

Roberts didn’t buy the premise, given all of the distributors – Time Warner Cable, Dish Network, DirecTV, Verizon, AT&T – that carry MSNBC.

“Ultimately, I think, giving diversity of voices has been what cable has stood for all these years, whether it’s one side or another, so I don’t think in the long run it will change the trajectory of Comcast cable,” Roberts said.

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Comcast To Acquire Full Control Of NBCUniversal

Comcast will acquire control of 100% of NBCUniversal, buying General Electric’s 49% stake in the company for $16.7 billion. Comcast will also acquire the property that GE has at 30 Rockefeller Plaza and at CNBC’s headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey for an additional $1.4 billion.

By acquiring the property, it is likely that the GE logo that has adorned the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza since 1988 will be replaced. Before being called the GE Building, it was known as the RCA building. According to CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla, Comcast will be getting the naming rights to the building in the deal.

“The management team at GE has been has been a wonderful partner during the past two years and their support has been very valuable,” said Comcast CEO Brian Roberts in a statement. “Our decision to acquire GE’s ownership is driven by our sense of optimism for the future prospects of NBCUniversal and our desire to capture future value that we hope to create for our shareholders.”

Comcast was expected to acquire full control of NBCU eventually, though the process was originally slated to begin in 2014. Now it appears the deal will be done in March.

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