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The Ticker: Vause, Labott, King

  • CNN anchor and reporter John Vause was a passenger on Tel Aviv-bound Delta Flight 468 which was diverted to Paris following reports of rocket debris near Ben Gurion Airport. “An hour out of Tel Aviv-just told a rocket landed near BG Airport,” he tweeted.

  • CNN has promoted foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott to global affairs correspondent. Washington, DC-based Labott has been with the network since 2000 working as a foreign affairs producer and reporter.

  • Longtime CNN host Larry King is relishing an Emmy nomination as Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis program. His “Larry King Now” is the only digital show to be nominated for an Emmy in this category.

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The Biz Ticker: Bloomberg, Bartiromo, Bell

  • Jacki Kelley is joining Bloomberg Media as Chief Operating Officer. Kelley was most recently CEO for IPG Mediabrands. “There is an insatiable and magnetic ambition at Bloomberg,” Kelley said in a statement. “After looking at what is being built in the media operation here, I realized it’s one of those rare opportunities where if I did not do it, I may wonder what I missed.”

  • In a Q+A with Variety, Maria Bartiromo reveals how she unwinds at the end of the day: “I work out a lot; I ride my bike when I come home. I’ll do 20 or 30 miles a couple of times a week. And I love yoga.”

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Bill O’Reilly: Stelter is a ‘Far-Left Zealot Who Has Masqueraded as a Journalist for Years’

Bill O’Reilly has responded to CNN’s Brian Stelter claiming he ran a smear campaign over Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl‘s father’s appearance and language.

“So by telling you the truth…that Robert Bergdahl learned to speak Pashto and looked like a Muslim at the White House, I am smearing a military family,” O’Reilly said indignantly last night after playing a clip from “Reliable Sources” Sunday, where Stelter made the accusation.

“Well, we expect that from that guy [Stelter], a notorious far-left zealot who has masqueraded as a journalist for years.”

And Stelter responded.

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Sunday Media Shows Cover Bergdahl Prisoner Swap

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The Sunday media shows both led yesterday covering the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap.

“Thank you Bill O’Reilly for demonstrating how to conduct a smear campaign against a military family,” Brian Stelter said after playing a clip of O’Reilly noting Bowe’s father, Bob, has learned to speak Pashto and “looks like a Muslim.” He then turned to MSNBC’s “resident conservative” Joe Scarborough: “I confess I almost threw my remote control at the TV at one point this week,” Stelter said after playing a clip of Scarborough and Chuck Todd‘s heated exchange about Bob Bergdahl, where Scarborough called him a bad father.

Stelter also noted Fox News’ James Rosen report that Bergdahl had converted to Islam during his captivity. “That has not been backed up by other sources,” Stelter said. His guest, the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, praised Rosen as a reporter, but suggested his report “does not meet the bar”: “This is hearsay from terrorists passed through an ex-felon and then to the American people” (Rosen responded to Lizza via Twitter).

Over on “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz referenced Rosen’s report, noting the part about Bergdahl being locked in a cage for weeks had been confirmed. Kurtz also chimed in on MSNBC’s Ari Melber claiming the media was “swiftboating” Bergdahl. “I would argue, lots of news organizations that would not be described as conservative organizations have been going out and finding out information from the soldiers and other sources about Bergdahl’s conduct.”

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CNN Goes Back to ‘The Sixties’

In celebration of the premiere of “The Sixties,” CNN threw a ’60s themed party Wednesday night at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The party was held in the same space where the network’s exhibit of ’60s artifacts is on display this week.

The party included entertainment from Beatles tribute band The Fab Faux and 1960s-themed food, including green bean casserole, turkey meatloaf and retro candy, served on TV dinner trays. Guests posed for photos with tie-dye bandanas, retro sunglasses, and inflatable guitars. The exhibit, which features one of Keith Richards‘ guitars, a lifesize replica of Mr. Rogers, and an old television camera belonging to CBS News, was also open to guests.

TVNewser spotted Don Lemon, Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Brian Stelter and his wife, NY1′s Jamie Stelter, Christine Romans and Sally Kohn. CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker introduced the Fab Faux before they took the stage around 8 p.m. Also in attendance: Indra Petersons, Allison Kosik, Poppy Harlow, Sam Feist, Dan Abrams, and Chris Cuomo, whose brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, was on hand to open the exhibit at Grand Central on Tuesday.

“The Sixties” is a ten-part series that kicks off the network’s new primetime programming slate. The first installment airs tonight at 9pmET.

Newsmax TV Signs Deal With DirecTV, Launching Next Month

NewsmaxTVNewsmax has found a TV home, signing a deal with DirecTV for a soft-launch next month. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy
says the channel, which streams online from headquarters in Florida and studios in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, will be “independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt.”

“Cable TV news has become too polarizing and too much into political messaging,” Ruddy tells TVNewser. “We are independent of a political party and not owned by any major media conglomerate. Admittedly, we offer a conservative perspective on things but without the sting!”

At the outset, Newsmax TV will air nine hours of original programming a day.

Ruddy adds, “I think it’s a testament to our openness that at Newsmax.com Bill Clinton has interviewed with us three times and Alan Dershowitz makes his homepage on our website.”

Earlier this year, Ruddy talked with CNN’s Brian Stelter about one cable news network in particular, suggesting that Newsmax’s built-in five million email subscribers is “bigger than the core audience of Fox News.”

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Robin Roberts on ‘GMA’: ‘By No Means Are We Going Around Thinking We’re Top Dog’

In an appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend, Robin Roberts talked to Brian Stelter about her health, her recent decision to publicly acknowledge her longtime girlfriend and Barbara Walters‘ retirement. Roberts also talked about how “Good Morning America” holds on to its top spot in the mornings, saying “we’re still the underdog, because we still act that way.”

“We’re not going around saying, ‘we’re number one.’ We’re doing exactly the same thing as we have done all along, from the moment I have gotten here, and that’s trying to produce the best show that we possibly can,” Roberts said. “And it’s very gratifying that the public is responding and making us — they’re making us number one. So by no means are we going around thinking we’re top dog.” Watch:

Jill Abramson : ‘What is Next for Me? I Don’t Know’

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The cable news networks covered this morning’s graduation at Wake Forest University. It’s newsworthy because of the commencement speaker: dismissed New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson. MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry — a Wake Forest alum and new professor at the University — is doing live shots from campus as is NBC News correspondent Rehema Ellis. CNN and Fox News too also dipped into Abramson’s address during which she told the graduates, she feels like one of them: “What is next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited,” Abramson said.

Both media criticism shows — which are both anchored by former print reporters — led off their shows Sunday with Abramson’s firing.

Brian Stelter, who worked for Abramson at the Times, acknowledged that at times, she could be “gruff” and “rude.” When Stelter told Abramson he was thinking about departing for CNN, her attitude “made it easier to leave,” Stelter said.

Over on Fox News “MediaBuzz,” Howard Kurtz, who previously covered media for The Washington Post, talked about the PR nightmare the firing touched off. “They bungled it,” Lauren Ashburn said.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Noriega, Steel, ‘Nightline’

  • Fusion has tapped Margarita Noriega as its new Director of Social Media. Noriega comes from Reuters, where she was an editor in charge of live events.

  • Financial Times media reporter Emily Steel is joining the New York Times as its TV reporter; the beat Brian Stelter covered before hosting CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Steel is “thrilled about the opportunity,” she wrote on Twitter this morning.

  • For the week of May 5, ABC’s “Nightline” finished number one in total viewers for the fourth week in a row. The program drew 1.737 million viewers and 706,000 A25-54 viewers.

Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas Reacts to ABC, MSNBC Cinco de Mayo Coverage

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend talking about the Cinco De Mayo coverage on MSNBC and ABC. Salinas, who co-anchors “Noticiero Univision” with Jorge Ramos, said she didn’t find the incidents “insulting,” but noted they “show a lack of understanding of this so-called holiday.”

“I don’t think they meant any harm,” Salinas told Brian Stelter. “I really don’t think that the purpose of doing this was to insult. But if as a journalist you want to be accurate, then you have to be completely accurate — not only with the holiday and the date of the holiday, but you perpetuate the stereotype of that picture of the Mexican taking a siesta under a tree wearing a sombrero, and that is not necessarily what Mexicans are all about.” Watch:

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