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The Ticker: Comcast Buys, Rooney Writes, Fletcher Fictionalizes

  • Comcast has bought the 35-story 10 Universal City Plaza building in Los Angeles for approximately $420M, says Deadline. NBCU was already the majority tenant. NBC News’ West Coast operations will soon be moving to new offices on the nearby Universal City lot.

  • Former ABC and CBS News correspondent Brian Rooney has a new website. The Rooney Report is a subscription-based daily report that is a mix of straight news and “editorial wisecracks.” In his site design, he even uses a replica of his father Andy Rooney‘s famous Underwriter typewriter .

  • NBC News correspondent Martin Fletcher‘s latest work of fiction, “Jacob’s Oath” comes out Tuesday. The story is about two Holocaust survivors who meet after World War II, with one vowing revenge against the concentration camp guard who killed his brother.

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Brian Rooney Joins CBS News

Brian Rooney, son of the late legendary CBS Newsman Andy Rooney, will be contributing to the network his father first joined in 1949.

CBS announced today Rooney will “contribute occasional reports to CBS News broadcasts and platforms.”

Rooney spent 22 years as a correspondent for ABC News. He was among more than 300 staffers laid off during severe cutbacks at the network in early 2010. The West Coast-based Rooney reported from Thailand and Indonesia after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, he spent time in Baghdad covering the Iraqi insurgency and in the fall of 2003, led ABC’s coverage of the wildfires that swept through Southern California. He was also one of the first ABC reporters to arrive in San Francisco after the October 1989 earthquake.

Rooney joined ABC News in 1988 from WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he had been a general assignment reporter since 1985. Rooney will continue reporting for KCET in Los Angeles. Brian Rooney acted as the host at his father’s memorial service in January.

The Ticker: Rooney’s Money, Cooper’s Flat, Fearless Women…

  • Andy Rooney is leaving behind a $9 million estate to be divided between his four children, including tvnewsers Brian and Emily Rooney — $8 million in stocks, bonds and cash and $1 million in property. Brian Rooney tells the Daily News, “Some years he made more money than others. When he made it, he stashed it away. He could have had a $50 million estate if he’d paid attention to it.”
  • Anderson Cooper is selling his New York City apartment (right). Cooper bought the former manufacturing space in 2005 for $2.48 million and, after updates, is listing it for $3.75 million. The 3,100 square foot, two-floor penthouse in the Garment District also includes a landscaped deck with gas grill adding an additional 1,700 square feet.
  • CBS’s Lara Logan, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and CNN’s Sara Sidner are among The Daily Beast’s “150 Fearless Women.” Editors cited Logan who “repeatedly put herself in the line of fire;” they say Mitchell’s resilience covering “the largely male-dominated worlds of foreign afffairs, politics and government” is to be commended; and Sidner was honored for “fearlessly reporting” scenes in recent years from India, Egypt and Libya.

A Few More Minutes with Andy Rooney

Friends and colleagues from across the TV spectrum joined Andy Rooney‘s four children this morning at Rose Hall, bidding farewell to the CBS News essayist, who died November 4 following complications from minor surgery.

Rooney’s son Brian Rooney, a longtime correspondent at ABC News, hosted the memorial service which included remarks from Andy Rooney’s three daughters, Ellen Rooney, Emily Rooney and Martha Fishel and Rooney’s girlfriend of 7 years, former “Today” show “girl” Beryl Pfizer, who had known Rooney since 1950. Rooney’s grandchildren were there, including Justin Fishel Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.

Brian Rooney talked about how, over the past several weeks he’s gone through his father’s belongings and found everything from a $6,000 uncashed check from CBS, to a diary entry dated March 8, 1941: “Went to Gallagher’s. Don’t get chicken at a steakhouse.”

“What you saw, was the same show that we had at dinnertime,” said Rooney.

CBS News chairman and “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager as well as Rooney’s “60″ family: Morley Safer, Steve Kroft and Scott Pelley all spoke at the service.

Safer talked of Rooney’s “rich, eccentric legacy.” A man who filled American homes “like a piece of the Sunday furniture, like a portrait on the wall, like the TV itself.”

Safer then introduced a video which included outtakes of his interview with Rooney conducted last Spring. Showing a picture of the early correspondents: Harry Reasoner, Mike Wallace and Diane Sawyer, Rooney stopped at Sawyer — who was not able to attend. “She’s the prettiest girl I

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Andy Rooney Dies at 92

Legendary CBS News commentator Andy Rooney, whose weekly “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” commentaries on “60 Minutes” made him a welcome guest in millions of people’s homes across the country, died last night in the hospital in New York City of complications following minor surgery.

Born January 14, 1919 in Albany New York, Rooney began his journalism career in the U.S. Army, where he wrote for the Stars & Stripes newspaper during World War II. He would join CBS in 1949 as a writer for a number of entertainment programs, including “Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts.” He wrote his first essay–a precursor to the sorts of essays he would write for “60 Minutes”–in 1964.

Rooney partnered with CBS correspondent Harry Reasoner to write and produce a number of commentaries from 1964-1968, and served as a producer on the first few seasons of “60 Minutes.” His “A Few Minutes with Andy Rooney” segment became a regular feature  in 1978, and it remained a staple of the program until ending it in September.

Rooney has written a regular newspaper column for Tribune starting in 1979, and has also written 16 books. He received a lifetime achievement Emmy Ward from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in 2003.

In his final regular “60 Minutes” appearance, Rooney reflected on his career, and as he so often did in his commentaries, he explained his thoughts in a straightforward, concise manner.

“I’ve done a lot of complaining here, but of all the things I’ve complained about, I can’t complain about my life,” Rooney said.

He is survived by his four children, as well as his five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His children include ABC News correspondent Brian Rooney and WGBH and former “ABC World News” EP Emily Rooney, and one of his grandchildren, Justin Fishel, is the Pentagon producer for Fox News Channel.

Andy Rooney Returns to ’60 Minutes’ Next Week

If you watched the season premiere of “60 Minutes” last night you may have noticed the absence of Andy Rooney. Rooney, 92, has slowed down a bit since the Spring.

Rooney joined CBS News in 1949 and has been giving end-of-show commentary on “60 Minutes” since 1978. CBS tells us he has a segment on next Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

Journalism is all in the family for the Rooneys. Son Brian Rooney continues as a freelance correspondent for ABC News, daughter Emily Rooney hosts shows on WGBH TV and radio in Boston and grandson Justin Fishel is the Pentagon producer for Fox News.

A TV News Family Affair: The Rooneys Stick Together in Good Times, and Bad

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Brian Rooney, his father Andy Rooney and sister Emily Rooney in a LIFE magazine story from the Spring of 1993.

When you mess with one Rooney, you mess with them all.

Ergo, when veteran correspondent Brian Rooney becomes a victim of ABC News’ slash-and-burn cuts, the whole family fumes.

“Maybe ABC is in bigger trouble than we know,” says his father, “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney, 91. “It seems unfair. They should have more concern for their own employees, and find a way to keep the ones who have been there a long while.”

Brian Rooney, 58, an L.A.-based staffer for 22 years, was told last month that his contract, which expires April 30, would not be renewed.

Sister Emily Rooney, dumped by ABC in 1994 after a hiccup as executive producer of Peter Jennings‘ “World News Tonight”, says her kid brother was shafted.

“He’s been a loyal foot soldier, not one of the stars,” opines Rooney, 60, a producer at Boston’s WGBH. “He’s gone into war zones, covered wildfires, flown around the country in rickety airplanes. He’s put himself in harm’s way.

“For him to be given the brush-off like that is stunning.”

For his part, Brian Rooney is trying to choose his words carefully. The Rooneys “are kind of a hard bunch” when it comes to overt displays of emotion, he says, but this time is an exception to the rule.

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Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez, Lisa Fletcher Among the ABC News Correspondents Cut

Fletcher_3.24.jpgABC News correspondents Brian Rooney, Laura Marquez and Lisa Fletcher (right) are among the ABC reporters whose contracts will not be renewed as the network looks to shed anywhere from 300-400 jobs by the end of the year.

Rooney, who is the son of “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney and the uncle of Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel has been with ABC since 1988 and covers the West Coast as a correspondent based in Los Angeles. In a note to colleagues (after the jump), Rooney writes, “A funny anchorman I knew in Chicago used to say, ‘One day we will all be justifiably fired, but for the wrong reason.’ My time has come.” The news was first reported in West Coast news site, The Enterprise Report.

Marquez_3.24.jpgMarquez, an Emmy-winning correspondent based in San Francisco, has been with ABC News since 2004, joining from ABC O&O KGO. Marquez is battling chronic breast cancer while continuing to work full time as a correspondent.

Lisa Fletcher, one of ABC’s newest correspondents having joined from ABC affiliate KNXV in November, 2007, is known for her investigative reporting for ABC News programs.

Another West Coast correspondent, Mike Von Fremd, will be staying on with the network for the time being. He made the shift from Dallas to Los Angeles in 2008 for ABC.

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Newsers Honor Andy Rooney

Andy Rooney.jpgAndy Rooney, a 1942 Colgate University alum, was honored Tuesday at an alumni “Tribute and Toast” in Manhattan. Those who toasted — and roasted — included fellow ‘Gate grads, as well as other television colleagues. Excerpts:

• CBS’s Lesley Stahl: “I can’t think of anybody I’d rather hang out with than Andy Aaron [sic, actually Aitken] Rooney. Ever stop to think that he’s just one initial away from A-A-R-P?”

• Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney (’74): “Obviously, we both went to Colgate. And neither one of us could get into it today!”

• CBS’s Morley Safer: “How do you roast a man who deep-fries himself every Sunday night?”

• CBS’s Jeff Fager (’77): “He’s not happy — as I think most people know — about getting older, and he doesn’t like birthdays. But being Andy’s age does have its advantages. There aren’t that many people that can actually say they knew the thirteen founders of Colgate [in 1819].”

For a video roundup of the event, which also included tributes from ABC’s Bob Woodruff (’83) and CNN’s Gloria Borger (’74), click here.

Andy Rooney On Turning 91 and ‘The Single Luckiest Thing That Ever Happened To Me’

Andy Rooney — who turns 91 today — is in demand these days. Rooney, a Colgate University alum, will be honored at a February 9 alumni “Tribute and Toast” in New York City. Expected attendees include fellow ‘Gate grads such as 60 Minutes EP Jeff Fager, Rooney’s son, ABC’s Brian Rooney, ABC’s Bob Woodruff, CNN’s Gloria Borger, and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman.

Rooney also has granted a rare interview to USA Today. Excerpts:

• On whether he foresees retiring from 60 Minutes: “I suppose the time may come…I think I’ll know when I can’t do this anymore. I think I’d quit before anyone tells me to.”

• His thoughts on the late Walter Cronkite and Don Hewitt: “They’re missed.”

• He says that getting a reporting job during World War II with the U.S. military newspaper Stars and Stripes was “the single luckiest thing that ever happened to me.”

• On how he’ll celebrate his birthday today — “a 91st birthday isn’t something you celebrate. It’s something you mourn.” — Rooney, a widower, says he’ll probably go out to dinner with the woman in his life: Beryl Pfizer who was a Today show producer in the 1950s.

In this video, Rooney reads portions of his most recent book, Andy Rooney: 60 Years of Wisdom and Wit, out last November.

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