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The Ticker: Frankel, Raman, Schur

  • Former CNN correspondent Aneesh Raman joins Ozy, the new media company co-founded by former MSNBC host Carlos Watson. Raman will be a senior editor based in Washington.

  • Former Fox News and CNN spokesperson Paul Schur has been promoted to VP of communications for Discovery Channel. At FNC, Schur oversaw PR for “Fox News Sunday.”

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The WebNewser Ticker: Watson & OZY, Baier & Bing, ‘Stars’ & Facebook

  • Former MSNBC anchor Carlos Watson‘s new site, OZY.com launches today. And he’s got some heavy hitters behind it, including Laurene Powell Jobs. OZY’s goal is to get ahead of the news, offering “short, thoughtful profiles of ‘the new and the next’ — new people, places, things, trends and ideas,” Watson says.

  • “Special Report with Bret Baier” is extending its partnership with Bing to three nights per week. Here’s how it works: Using Bing Pulse, viewers interact with the panel by ‘voting’ every five seconds on what they are watching.

  • ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” becomes the first entertainment show to tap into live Facebook data. Lost Remote reports that it’s all part of Facebook’s aggressive push into the social TV space. Facebook is also partnering in a similar way with CNN, NBC’s “Today” and Sky TV.

Is ‘Morning Meeting’ Heading to the Afternoon?

Ratigan_11.10.jpgTVNewser hears some changes may be in store for MSNBC dayside.

“Morning Meeting,” the two hour show hosted by Dylan Ratigan, may be split, with one hour in the morning and another in the afternoon. It’s not determined which hour Ratigan might take over, but one scenario puts him at 4pmET, leading in to “Hardball.” He could also land at 3pmET, which is one of the hours he anchored at CNBC until earlier this year.

“Meeting” launched in June with Ratigan at the helm. If the show is halved in the morning, the 10amET slot would return to news, which is what happened to the 11amET slot in August with the cancellation of Carlos Watson‘s show.

MSNBC Cancels Carlos Watson at 11am

carlos_watson_8-12.jpgAnchor Carlos Watson has been removed from the 11amET hour of MSNBC’s dayside programming effective immediately. Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar confirmed the news today and reported that Watson will stay on as a contributor. At present, it is unclear who will replace him, but TVNewser will be keeping a close eye on that situation.

Watson became a dayside anchor for MSNBC in March, and was named host of the 11amET slot just a short time ago in mid-June. The chief competition at 11amET was FNC’s “Happening Now” and “CNN Newsroom.”

While somewhat quiet, Watson’s tenure was not without some contention. In May, TVNewser reported that MSNBC producers had been asked to avoid mentioning Watson’s “The Stimulist” site during daytime hours, though some features from the site such as the “C-Note” became a part of “MSNBC Live” once Watson began anchoring. “The Stimulist” is currently on hiatus.

> UPDATE: TVNewser has confirmed with MSNBC that a new anchor rotation will begin for Watson’s slot starting this week with with Tamron Hall and Monica Novotny anchoring on Tuesday and Hall and Alex Witt anchoring Wednesday-Friday.

Around the MB Blogs: FNC Twitter, ‘Today’, Carlos Watson

Today, around the mediabistro.com family of blogs:

> WebNewser investigates some very curious tweets from an impostor Fox News twitter account, which include such intellectual aphorisms as, “We want to make out with Barack Obama. That’s how much we love him.”

> GalleyCat has the info on NBC’s “Today Show” and the televised treasure hunt Matt Lauer is involved with to commemorate the release of Dan Brown‘s new novel.

> PRNewser has today’s announcement about the parting ways of MSNBC host Carlos Watson and the public relations firm that represented him, AKA PR.

Carlos Watson Responds to Criticism with Stimulist Post

carlos_watson_8-12.jpgOn Monday’s “MSNBC Live with Carlos Watson,” the MSNBC host made a comment asking if the term “socialist” is becoming code for the “n-word.”

Since that time, Watson has apparently received streams of emails and tweets and has taken notice of criticism spreading across the web. Today, on his The Stimulist site, Watson tried to answer everyone from Youtube commenters to Lou Dobbs, reiterating, “I wondered–let me repeat that: wondered–whether “socialist” was being used as a code word for the N-word, an outlet for racist anxiety and anger.” He then wrote:

Over the last 24 hours, I’ve been accused both of trying to silence dissent and race bait. I am interested in neither. Various e-mailers have said they don’t think anyone has literally meant the N-word. Maybe they’re right. But maybe not; just take a look at the hundreds of comments on YouTube. Either way, responsible people need to not kid themselves: there is clearly some meaningful racial animus behind some of the opposition to President Obama. (Again, I said some — not all or a majority.) Pretending otherwise is hypocritical, negligent, and dangerous.

“I Don’t Want to Come on Television and be Lectured by You About What I Should and Shouldn’t be Doing”

Abrams_7.29.jpgDan Abrams, who remains an MSNBC analyst, meaning he still gets a paycheck from the Peacock, has launched another new Web site. And he went on MSNBC to promote it. Nice.

“Gossipcop is the place to go when you want to correct the record and get the story right,” said Abrams.

But the former MSNBC host was thrown a curveball during the segment when Katrina vanden Heuvel, who was acting as a sort of co-host for the Carlos Watson hour, smacked down the whole concept.

“With all due respect to Dan and Mike, I think we need a lot more policing of things we have heard on the show just before this segment. We need policing of covert ops, policing of lobbyists –”

That’s when Abrams cut her off and explained how his other site, Mediaite, does just that by policing the media. Then Abrams huffed, “I don’t want to come on television and be lectured by you about what I should and shouldn’t be doing.”

Not sure if Mediaite has written about their bosses’ appearance today on MSNBC. But Gawker did…and they have video.

The Boss is on Carlos Watson’s Show

Over here at mediabistro we have a managers meeting every Wednesday at 10:15am, but the boss, Laurel Touby, won’t be presiding today because she’s appearing on MSNBC in the 11amET hour. Carlos Watson‘s show has booked her to talk about entrepreneurship. Two years ago this month she sold mediabistro.com for a cool many, many millions. So, unless breaking news bumps her, look for Laurel later this morning on MSNBC.

Mike Viqueira Honored With Joan Barone Award

MViq_6.22.jpgThis morning, after a live shot on the health care reform plan, NBC/MSNBC’s Mike Viqueira was congratulated by Carlos Watson after he was honored with the Joan S. Barone Award for excellence in journalism at the RTCA dinner Friday night.

“One thing I neglected to do on Friday night is thank MSNBC. We rock,” said Viqueira.

The award is given in memory of the late Joan Barone, former executive producer of CBS News’ Face the Nation, and is presented for excellence in Washington, D.C.-based national affairs and public policy reporting.

Another Hour Filled: Carlos Watson Gets 11am Slot on MSNBC

watson_6-15.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Carlos Watson, who officially joined MSNBC as a dayside anchor in March, will be the host of the 11amET hour. His first day was today.

The move continues to fill in the gaps on MSNBC dayside ahead of the June 29 move to HD and addition of programs at 9amET and NoonET.

Initially, it was reported David Gregory would anchor one day a week at 11amET. Norah O’Donnell was also slated for a morning hour. She told TVNewser in April: “I look forward to my new hour in the mornings!”

Now it appears the morning line-up is set, with Dylan Ratigan anchoring 9-11am and Dr. Nancy Snyderman at Noon.

Watson was recently asked not to promote his personal Website, The Stimulist, and although he didn’t mention the site by name, he did bring over one of the features. “Now we’re going to move on to my daily big thought,” said Watson, delivering his take in a segment called “The C-Note.” That name is used for his personal column on The Stimulist, and today’s topic was taken directly from his June 5th post.

Click continued to see the C-Note segment today…

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