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The Morning Ticker: Roker Jokes, Ross Investigates, ‘Hambycast’ in Iowa

  • On “Today,” Al Roker announced a USO comedy tour in the Middle East next month as part of the “Shine a Light” series. Jay Leno, who appeared with Roker this morning, will headline. Other performers include Kevin Eubanks, Craig Robinson and Iliza Shlesinger.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross appeared on “Good Morning America” this morning to report on his investigation into faulty highway guard rails across the country. In some cases, defective rails have gone through drivers’ cars, severing body parts. Ross will report on the story on tonight’s “World News Tonight” and 20/20.

  • FishbowlDC reports on CNN’s “Hambycast’s” journey to Iowa and the “media circus” around Hillary Clinton. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance,” Hamby wrote in a blog post.

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American Journalist Steven Sotloff Reportedly Beheaded by ISIS

Steven SotloffTwo weeks after James Foley was beheaded by ISIS, American journalist Steven Sotloff has reportedly been executed by the same group.

In a new video posted online today, Sotloff, in the same orange Foley wore, addressed the camera: “I’m sure you know exactly who I am by now and why I am appearing,” he said before being beheaded.

ABC News cut into broadcast coverage with George Stephanopoulos anchoring and Brian Ross reporting. Ross reported the executioner said, “Obama, I’m back” while Sotloff asked the president why he was paying the price for American “interference in Iraq.” NBC News cut in at 1:48pmET with Brian Williams anchoring and Andrea Mitchell reporting. CBS News didn’t provide special coverage.

Wolf Blitzer first reported the news on CNN at 1:24pmET, going to foreign correspondent Karl Penhaul while showing stills of Sotloff next to a man who seems to be the same British ISIS member who executed Foley. “Obama back off and just leave us alone,” Penhaul reports the executioner said in the video. ABC News’ Foreign Editor Jon Williams tweets the executioner threatened British citizen David Haines‘ life at the end of the video. MSNBC’s Krystal Ball, filling in for Ronan Farrow, reported the news at 1:28pmET; Fox News’ Jon Scott reported at 1:33pmET. None of the networks aired the video.

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest sent his condolences to the Sotloff family during an afternoon briefing while also stipulating the U.S. government has not yet verified the video’s authenticity. Last week, Sotloff’s mother, Shirley, sent a video message to ISIS pleading for her son’s life. Foley was a freelance journalist for TIME magazine and Foreign Policy.

The Ticker: Cronkite, Ross, Todd

  • KAET-TV will become part of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication next week. The PBS station, which had been run by ASU’s Office of Public Affairs, will be the largest media organization operated by a journalism school in the world.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross took home a Gerald Loeb award Tuesday night for best investigative report for his story on black lung. “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine,” was produced in partnership with The Center for Public Integrity.

  • NBC’s Chuck Todd got the first TV news interview with new White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest today. Earnest, a Missouri native, even worked in a Harry Truman reference. “I have a feeling we’re going to hear a lot more Harry Truman references from you,” said Todd.

Barbara Walters Farewell: ‘True, I Was the First Female Co-Host… But Also True, I Was a Flop’

WaltersSawyerIt was a star-studded farewell for Barbara Walters at New York City’s Four Seasons restaurant tonight. From comedian Joan Rivers to commissioner Bill Bratton; from New York’s chronicler of scandal, Cindy Adams, to the man who plays the president on “Scandal,” Tony Goldwyn; from actor Woody Allen to attorney David Boies, But mostly, the pool room was packed with Walters’ fellow TV news colleagues and those ladies — past and present — from “The View.” Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd; Meredith Vieira and Joy Behar.

Following a best of Barbara video, Disney Chairman Bob Iger welcomed the crowd, before Walters delivered a few words of thanks and admitting it hasn’t always been easy. “True, I was the first female co-host of a network news program. But also true, I was a flop. My male co-host didn’t want a partner and neither did the audience. I was drowning, gasping for air. Then someone threw me that life preserver called Specials with the biggest stars in news and show business and I learned how to swim again.”

Current and former evening news anchors were there, including Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams who arrived with Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric and fiancé John Molner; and Connie Chung (who was part of an ill-fated co-anchor pairing with Dan Rather) and husband Maury Povich. We caught up with early risers Savannah Guthrie and George Stephanopoulos along with their spouses, Mike Feldman, and Ali Wentworth, respectively, as they were heading out. Guthrie’s “Today” colleague Al Roker and his wife, ABC correspondent Deborah Roberts made the rounds as well.

Walters continued: “I’m grateful to the legendary Roone Arledge for bringing me to ABC News; thankful to David Westin for his steady leadership; to Ben Sherwood – you made us all believe we could win and with your leadership and passion, we did; and James Goldston – I’m told that all our shows are number one at the moment – you should quit right now.” Sherwood, Goldston and Westin were all on hand, as were other ABC News executives including Barbara Fedida, David Sloan, Jeanmarie Condon and John Green.

We spotted Jenny McCarthy hand-in-hand with fiance Donnie Wahlberg; the “Nightline” team of Juju ChangDan Abrams, and Dan Harris as well as a host of correspondents and anchors from ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC and Fox, including Elizabeth VargasAmy RobachDavid MuirNorah O’DonnellJon KarlGio Benitez, Dr. Richard Besser, Tory JohnsonRick Klein, Brian Ross, Mara Schiavocampo, Thomas RobertsAlicia MenendezHoda Kotb, Greta Van Susteren and Lisa Ling, a former “View” co-host, now woking on a new show for CNN.

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Steve Baker Named Senior Broadcast Producer for ‘Nightline’

nightline logoBeginning May 27, “Nightline” will have a new senior broadcast producer: Steve Baker, who rejoins ABC News after two years working for “Entertainment Tonight” on the West Coast.

“I am confident that Steve’s knack for finding compelling narratives and buzz-worthy angles — along with his energy and leadership — will help guide our show far into the future,” Almin Karamehmedovic, the executive producer of “Nightline,” wrote in a note to staff this afternoon.

Before he left for “Entertainment Tonight” in 2012, Baker was a coordinating producer on “Nightline,” contributing to the show’s re-launch in 2005. He has previously worked on “20/20″ and began his career interning for ABC chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross.

Karamehmedovic’s full note is after the jump. Read more

Broadcast, Cable Networks Plan For First Anniversary of Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon bombingThe broadcast and cable networks will devote special coverage this weekend and next week to the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings. Here’s what they have planned.

NBC News: Brian Williams anchors a primetime special, “108 Hours: Inside the Hunt for the Boston Marathon Bombers,” at 8pmET/7pmCT tonight. The anniversary will be marked with coverage on “Nightly News,” which will report on the case against Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; “Today,” which will feature survival stories of the bombing victims; and “Meet the Press,” which will host a panel discussion about the bombings, investigation, and security in America.

Additionally, “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon on April 21 with Carmen Acabbo, whose sister and niece were injured at the marathon last year.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer, Dan Harris, Amy Robach, Bob Woodruff and Brian Ross will report for all ABC’s news platforms on the anniversary. Harris will be in Boston covering the memorial events on April 15 and this year’s marathon on April 21, while Robach will profile a family impacted by the bombings and Ross will provide updates on the investigation. “This Week” will have an interview with Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick on Sunday.

CBS News: Sunday’s “60 Minutes” will feature a profile of Boston native Shalane Flanagan, who is aiming to be the first American in 30 years to win the Boston Marathon this year. Flanagan, who finished fourth last year, wants retribution for what she said was “a personal attack on my city.” Scott Pelley will anchor coverage of the moments of silence from the Marathon’s finish line on Tuesday. “CBS Evening News” will also originate from Boston Tuesday night.

Correspondent Jeff Glor will cover commemorative events, Chip Reid interviews the carjacking victim that helped police locate the two suspects and Elaine Quijano speaks with a Boston Globe photographer who has chronicled the recovery of a mother and daughter both hurt in the attack.

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Newsmagazines Dominate Saturday Night on Broadcast TV

2020SaturdayThe news divisions of the big three broadcasters dominated prime time last night. “20/20″ at 10pmET/PT was the night’s No. 1 show drawing 5.51 million viewers, and a 1.1 A18-49 rating, more than doubling CBS’s “48 Hours” in viewers and in the demo. The CBS newsmag was delayed by 30 minutes due to sports overrun, so the overnight numbers are based on viewing from 10:30-11pmET/9:30-10pmCT.

“20/20″ featured a Barbara Walters and Brian Ross exclusive investigation of the mystery of Paul Fronczak, the Chicago baby stolen almost 50 years ago.

Now in its second week, “Dateline’s” return to Saturday night gave NBC a win from 8-10pmET/PT. The 2-hour “Dateline” was the No. 2 show of the night drawing 5.35 million viewers, and a 0.8 in the A18-49 demo.

“Nightline Prime,” which debuted in the 9pmET/PT timeslot on ABC drew 3.07 million viewers. That’s ABC’s biggest audience in the time period since Dec. 28, 2013.

On Friday, “20/20″ drew 7.13 million viewers, No. 2 in the 10pmET/PT timeslot in viewers, and No.1 in the A18-49 demo.. “Dateline” drew 6.39 million, No. 2 in its 8pmET/PT timeslot.

The Afternoon Ticker: Wahl, Ross, Ruhle

  • Liz Wahl, the RT anchor who quit at the end of show yesterday will be on Fox News Channel’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” today. Will Fox News offer Wahl, who once was an intern at the channel, a job? Find out at 4pmET.

  • ABC’s Brian Ross and his investigative team have been awarded the 2014 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for its year-long investigation into the coal industry. The award was presented at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government last night.

  • Bloomberg TV will devote two hours of programming tomorrow to International Women’s Day. Anchor Stephanie Ruhle will showcase some of the most extraordinary women leaders in business, technology, sports, media and more Friday morning on “Market Makers.”

ABC’s Brian Ross Investigative Unit Named Goldsmith Prize Finalist

ABC News black lung reportThe ABC News investigative unit, led by Brian Ross, is one of six finalists for the 2014 Goldsmith Prize. The award is given annually by the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for “investigative reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics.”

Ross’ unit, which includes producers Matt Mosk and Rhonda Schwartz, partnered with a team of Center for Public Integrity reporters for the nominated report, “Breathless and Burdened: Dying from Black Lung, Buried by Law and Medicine.” The year-long investigation found coal companies have paid millions of dollars to Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions for medical opinions that denied hundreds of mine workers black lung benefits.

Watch the report after the jump. Read more

ABC Has ‘Exclusive’ Sochi Report … Two Days After it Aired on CBS

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With the Sochi Olympics set to start a week from today, ABC News has been touting an “exclusive investigation” into charges of corruption at the Games. For a report that aired on “World News” and “Nightline” Wednesday, Brian Ross interviewed a whistleblower who says there’s a contract on his life because he spoke out about the corruption.

Interesting? Yes. Exclusive? No. CBS News’ Mark Phillips interviewed the man, Valery Morozov, for a similar report that aired on “Evening News” Monday. Both reports featured b-roll of Morozov walking with his dog, and both reports were introduced — by Scott Pelley on CBS and by George Stephanopoulos on ABC — using the exact same phrase: “rampant corruption.”

Watch both reports after the jump. Read more

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