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The Ticker: BBC America, Costello, Al Jazeera

  • B&C reports, AMC Networks has agreed to purchase a 49.9 percent stake in BBC America from BBC Worldwide for $200 million. AMC Networks, which will have operational control of BBCA, will look for greater distribution for BBC World News in the U.S.

  • CNN’s Carol Costello has apologized for laughing at audio of Bristol Palin‘s account of being assaulted by a man which sparked the now infamous Palin family brawl. “Over the past few days I have been roundly criticized for joking about a brawl involving the Palin family. In retrospect, I deserve such criticism and would like to apologize,” she tells Politico.

  • Al Jazeera America’s investigative documentary program “Fault Lines” will air an episode on Saturday at 7pmET focusing on why the FDA approved a controversial new opioid painkiller, Zohydro.

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Mike Rowe: ‘Somebody’s Gotta Do It,’ Isn’t Another ‘Dirty Jobs’

MikeRoweIceSculptureCNN toasted their newest host Mike Rowe at Hudson Mercantile on the far West Side of Manhattan tonight.

Next Wednesday Rowe takes his bow on the network with his new show “Somebody’s Gotta Do It.” Rowe says it’s not a continuation of his old Discovery Channel show “Dirty Jobs,” but rather an extension of a segment he did on “Evening Magazine” back in the early 2000s on San Francisco station KPIX.

“‘Dirty Jobs’ focused through the lens of dirt. This show will focus through the lens of people,” Rowe says. While the show is more than a decade in the making, getting it on CNN has taken considerably less time.

On his first day in January 2013, new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker spotted Rowe dining at the Landmarc in Time Warner Center. “I sat down and I said to him, ‘We want you on CNN.’ And here we are 18 months later. It took a little while, but here we are.”

Rowe says he told Zucker all he needed was “some jet fuel and an hour a week. One hour. One single hour where there’s absolutely, positively not going to be any bad news… Unless of course something breaks, and then I get it,” Rowe jokes, recognizing CNN’s primary mission.

Rowe says CNN is a great fit for his brand of reality TV, which he says has devolved over time. “CNN has always been a non-fiction network, with an eye on news,” he says. “But what’s going on in the rest of the industry, I’m not sure. I joked with Jeff, ’The duck’s have a dynasty, the amish have a mafia and honey’s got a boo boo.”

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In Atlanta Town Hall, Zucker Pushes Back that NYC is Becoming CNN’s ‘Creative Nucleus’

jeff-zucker-cnn-embedCNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker held another of his town hall meetings Wednesday, this time with employees at CNN’s headquarters in Atlanta.

An insider tells us Zucker laid out the top strategic priorities for CNN, the highest being covering breaking news. Developing and acquiring CNN original series programming and the growth of digital are the other two top priorities.

Zucker said he hopes the Turner 2020 plan will be resolved in the next 4-6 weeks, saying there will be layoffs, but where the cuts will come from is still being determined.

Zucker pushed back when someone pointed out that CNN’s New York operations seem to be becoming the “creative nucleus” of the company. Zucker said while two CNN anchors — Brooke Baldwin and Carol Costello – were moved two New York over the summer, their shows are still produced in Atlanta. He also pointed out that CNN en Espanol, CNN International and HLN are all based in Atlanta.

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Brooke Baldwin Gets the Last Laugh

Brook 2CNN’s Brooke Baldwin was the last TV news comic standing yesterday. The CNN host won the ninth annual New York’s Funniest Reporter show.

Baldwin’s five-minute comedy act joked about the differences between living in Atlanta and New York City. Baldwin and Carol Costello made the move to NYC this summer.

Fox News contributor Tamara Holder came in second. The contest raises money for the Humane Society of New York.

August 2014 Ratings: CNN Ranks #2 in Total Day and Prime, Up Most Year-Over-Year

A busy news month gave CNN the most growth of the cable news networks in August. CNN was up +46% in total viewers and up +43% in A25-54 viewers for total day viewing finishing #2 behind Fox News.

The ratings for August 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 629,000 Total Viewers / 214,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 503,000 Total Viewers / 154,000 A25-54

In primetime, CNN was up +39% in viewers and up +60% in the demo vs. August 2013 which was a comparatively slow news month. CNN

Anderson Cooper 360” was up +38% in viewers and up +73% in the demo. At 10pmET, “CNN Tonight,” which last year was an “AC360″ re-air, was up +49% in viewers and up +70% in the demo. “New Day” topped MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” with a +14% advantage in total viewers and +66% lead in the demo. And the network continues to see success with its original series: “The Sixties,” which wrapped its eight-episode Thursday run in the middle of the month. It was the network’s most-watched show drawing 726,000 viewers. “The Hunt with John Walsh,” was #1 in its Sunday 9pmET time period in total viewers and the demo.

Even with a strong August, CNN is delivering its least-watched year since 1996 in Total Day among total viewers. Year-to-date CNN is ahead of MSNBC in total day in both total viewers and the demo.

CNN’s release after the jump…

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American General Killed in Afghanistan Attack

Broadcast and cable networks reported this morning on an attack at a military academy in Afghanistan that killed a two star major general and wounded 15 other soldiers. About half of the 15 wounded are said to be Americans, and the general is reportedly the highest ranking official to be killed in the Afghanistan war.

Amy Robach anchored a special report on ABC News at 10:30amET. Robach was joined by Jonathan Karl at the White House and Martha Raddatz by phone. NBC News presented a special report anchored by Savannah Guthrie in New York, with Jim Miklaszewski reporting from the Pentagon, at 11amET. On CBS News, Norah O’Donnell updated the West Coast feed of “CBS This Morning.”

On cable news, Chuck Todd reported the attack at 9amET on MSNBC, Bill Hemmer reported it on Fox News at 9:03amET, and Carol Costello reported the news on CNN at 9:16amET.

‘CNN Newsroom’ Moves to New York, But Atlanta’s Still in the Picture

Today is Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin‘s first day anchoring their respective hours of “CNN Newsroom” from New York — but the shows may not look that different. As an eagle-eyed CNN viewer points out, while Costello may be in NYC, the shot in the big monitor behind her today was of Studio 7 in Atlanta.

Carol Costello NYC Newsroom

A CNN spokesperson tells us that this shot is part of the standard “Newsroom” graphics package, which has an update in the works. Baldwin’s first NYC edition of “Newsroom” (from 2-4pmET) will also have its usual graphics look today.

Fox News and CNN Under the Same Roof?

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The deal is off — for now — but just the thought of 21st Century Fox owning Time Warner set media tongues wagging this morning.

21st Century Fox’s $80 billion offer for Time Warner, first reported by the New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin, who also co-hosts CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” came in the form of a letter from Fox to the Time Warner board. “The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal,” a Fox statement read. “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

The cable news and business networks have been reporting on the proposed mega media merger. CNN’s Carol Costello reported the dashed deal as “breaking news.” “Time Warner, our parent company saying thanks but no thanks to a multibillion dollar takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch.”

TIME (itself recently spun off from Time Warner) reports CNN would have been spun off had the deal happened. Or, as Stuart Varney reported on FNC, the deal “would have been minus CNN because you cannot have them getting together with Fox.”

Time Warner is a top trending topic on Twitter this morning.

 

Inadvertently, Murdoch has helped out his rival’s shareholders, as CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla tweets:

 

HLN Taking Over CNN’s Atlanta Studio

Jeff Zucker Named New Chief Executive At CNNAs Carol Costello and Brooke Baldwin move from Atlanta to New York in August, CNN Atlanta’s Studio 7 will turn over to HLN.

CNN and HLN confirm the switch to TVNewser, which was first reported by FTLive, adding it hasn’t yet been decided which HLN shows will air in that studio. Costello and Baldwin’s production staffs will remain in their Atlanta workspace. Nancy Grace, “HLN Now,” and Morning and Weekend Express currently originate from Atlanta.

Studio 7 served as the location for much of CNN’s 2012 election coverage, including primary nights. The studio utilized a slew of technologies, including John King‘s beloved “Magic Wall.”

How long HLN live programs will remain in studio 7 is up in the air. Earlier this month, reports surfaced that Time Warner was in talks to acquire almost half of Vice Media, and transform HLN into Vice.

Driver Crashes Car into CNN Center in Atlanta

A Mercedes convertible with Florida plates crashed into the lobby of CNN Center in Atlanta shortly after 4am this morning. WSB-TV, which had a reporter on the scene and a traffic helicopter overhead, reports the car drove down the sidewalk and right into the lobby of the building. A male driver was arrested while the female occupant was spotted pulling shoe boxes, a television, and other things out of the car. Guests of the Omni hotel heard a loud bang as the crashed into the north-side entrance of the complex. No one was hurt. The story got extensive coverage on local news this morning. “Good Morning America” also reported it. CNN Newsource reported the news on Twitter, but the cable channel has not. Carol Costello, who anchors from CNN Center (for now) reported the news at 9:55am.

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