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And The 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Winner is…

MyersThe Connecticut Huskies are champions of the NCAA men’s basketball world, and the TVNewser bracket challenge trophy goes to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.

Myers squeaked out the championship victory, beating Fox News’ copy editor Martin Hill, 77 to 76.

“I’m speechless,” Myers tells TVNewser about his first bracket challenge title. “This is the proudest moment in my weather career. 43 correct and 20 wrong. That’s some kind of forecasting record. Going to Zabar’s for a bagel!”

NBC’s Bill Karins, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, and CNBC’s Todd Bonin rounded out the top five. Fox News’ Steve Doocy, CBS’ Norah O’Donnell, and CNN’s Rob Kirkpatrick ranked at the bottom of the standings. Our challenge featured 42 of TV news’ biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names.

The final standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Championship Update

championshipWe’re down to two, as the Kentucky Wildcats face the Connecticut Huskies tonight with the NCAA men’s basketball championship on the line.

The TVNewser bracket challenge title is also up for grabs. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is currently in the lead with 77 points. But Fox News copy editor Martin Hill is hot on his heels, sitting one point behind with 76 points.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer, NBC’s Bill Karins, and CNBC’s Brian Steel round out the top five.

The full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Final Four’

Final FourThe NCAA men’s college basketball tournament is down to four teams.

Yesterday’s conclusion to the “Elite 8″ was not the best for the state of Michigan, with both of its teams being knocked out of the tournament.  Connecticut took down Michigan St. while Kentucky defeated Michigan. The day before, Dayton’s upset streak ran out, losing to Florida, while Wisconsin beat Arizona.

As Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida, and Wisconsin square off in Texas this weekend to decide who advances to the championship game, the 2014 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge remains close. Just six points separate the current first place TV new pro, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers, from the fifth place competitor, currently a tie between two CNBCers, Brian Steel and Todd Bonin.

Take a look at the full standings after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: ‘Elite 8′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Elite 8,” as the “Sweet 16″ concluded last night with Michigan St. squeaking out a victory against Virginia and Kentucky beating Louisville.

Dayton continued its upset streak the day before, this time beating Stanford.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Unlike last round, the standings are beginning to separate after the current first and second place leaders, CNN meteorologist Chad Myers and Fox News copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge: Who’s Leading Now?

NCAA march madnessHalfway through the Sweet 16, we wanted to update you on the leaderboard for TVNewser’s 2014 March Madness bracket challenge.

With four more games tonight, standings atop our rankings are tight. CNN meteorologist Chad Myers is hanging on to a one-point lead over Fox News’s senior copy editor Martin Hill.

“I feel like the smartest guy in the room…but the weather office is a very small room,” Myers tells TVNewser about his current place atop the leaderboard.

Rounding out the top five are CNBC Public Relations SVP Brian Steel, ABC News correspondent Gio Benitez, and PBS program executive Ty West, with only four points currently separating the top five competitors.

And how the TV-news mighty have fallen: last year’s champion, CBS News VP and “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, finds himself in a three-way tie for 28th place. Don’t worry Chris—your humble TVNewser editor is not faring much better, currently in a five-way tie for 31st place.

Look out for the full standings heading into the “Elite 8″ tomorrow.

2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: ‘Sweet 16′

NCAA march madnessWe’re down to the “Sweet 16,” as this past weekend produced some more big upsets in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Dayton continued its upset streak, this time beating the Syracuse Orange, while Stanford took down Kansas. The “next round of competition begins Thursday.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also in full swing with some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. Like the last round,  the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.

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2014 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge Update

NCAA march madnessThe first full round of competition in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament is in the books, and upsets were the story, as both Duke and Ohio State were beaten by Mercer and Dayton, respectively.

The third round will be played today and tomorrow, resulting in the teams that will go on to play in the “Sweet 16.”

The competition is scoring huge TV ratings as usual, as well as record-breaking digital traffic, our sister site Lost Remote reports.

TVNewser’s bracket challenge is also underway, and the participants are some of the TV news industry’s biggest on-air and behind-the-scenes names. This early on, the standings are very close, with the leader up by just one point.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge, Who’s In?

NCAA march madnessThe NCAA college basketball tournament begins today, and with it comes the start of the 2014 TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Once again, some of of the best and brightest on-air and behind-the-scenes names in TV news compete to be the last one standing. 2013′s winner, “CBS This Morning” EP Chris Licht, is back to defend his crown. Here’s who he’s up against:

Team ABC:

Gio Benitez, Correspondent

Rick Klein, Political Director

Sandy Cannold, EP/Senior Business Editor

Team Bloomberg:

Matt Miller, Auto and Aviation Reporter, Bloomberg TV

Team CBS News:

Chris Licht, VP, Programming/EP, “CBS This Morning”

Norah O’Donnell, Anchor, “CBS This Morning”

Greg Bracco, Broadcast Graphics

Team CNBC:

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The Ticker: ABC/Clear Channel, Morley Safer, Wapner’s Cooking Chops

  • ABC and Clear Channel have struck a wide-ranging partnership that will bring ABC programming like “Good Morninf America” to IHeartRadio. Check out the full announcement after the jump for more details.

  • CNBC’s Scott Wapner doesn’t just grill business executives, he is also a master griller in the backyard. CNBC’s Brian Steel interviews Wapner as part iof a new video series for the channel. Watch below.

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Inside CNBC Prime, CNBC’s New Primetime Entertainment Block

The stars of CNBC Prime’s “Car Chasers”

Tonight at 9 PM, CNBC will launch its new primetime entertainment block, CNBC Prime. In a stark departure from CNBC’s daytime programming, Tuesday evenings will become dedicated to unscripted reality shows, albeit with a business twist.

“At first I looked at shows that I thought would be organic to CNBC, ‘could I do shows set in the Wall Street space?’ I instantly felt that it might be tough, because it isn’t that visual,” Jim Ackerman, senior VP of primetime alternative programming tells TVNewser. “I came across a pitch about these guys that are flipping cars, and I thought that what these guys do is very much akin to what a commodity broker does, but their commodity happens to be very visual, that commodity has a back-story, that commodity has an emotional impact on the people buying and selling it, and I thought, this could work for us.”

That show is “Car Chasers,” which will kick off the Prime block tonight alongside “Treasure Detectives.” CNBC plans to launch eight or nine series by the end of 2013. Still, regular CNBC or business news viewers may be caught off-guard that a network with such a lucrative dayside news schedule would branch out into entertainment.

“We had been building out vertically, business-related content into primetime for the last couple of years,” says Brian Steel, CNBC’s senior VP of public relations. “We have been successful with the long-form documentaries, and some of the out-of-house produced shows like “American Greed,” and candidly, we were coming off the sixth consecutive year of record operating profit, and we thought it was time to try something different, to try and broaden the audience that we already had.”
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