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The TV Ticker: FNC, CNN, NBC, CNBC

  • Fox News has a new special report airing this weekend hosted by Chris Wallace. “Fox News Reporting: Iraq and the Rise of a Terrorist State” airs first tonight at 10pmET, with encores tomorrow night and Sunday night.
  • On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday, guest host Jeffrey Toobin will talk about the significance of the anchor change at ABC “World News” this week, and the future of the evening news, with former “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather.

  • Monday night on NBC, Meredith Vieira hosts “Harry Potter: The Making of Diagon Alley,” an NBC News primetime special produced by Peacock Productions. Universal Orlando Resort and NBC News share the same parent company.

  • CNBC’s David Faber has a new, one-hour documentary debuting Sunday night at 9pmET. “Amazon Rising” tells the story of a visionary named Jeff Bezos who bet his fortune on the internet and created one of the most admired and feared companies in the world.

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CBS’ Les Moonves Surprised by Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

FaberMoonvesCNBC’s David Faber continues on the media beat today. In addition to his interview with his boss’s boss’s boss’s boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, about the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Faber just wrapped up an interview with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

“I think everybody was pretty surprised by what happened,” says Moonves about the Comcast-TWC deal.”Everybody thought they were in Sochi, and here they were making a huge deal.”

“We’re still looking at the ramifications but we have a wonderful relationship with all the terrific people at Comcast and if this goes through, we look forward to working with them.”

Moonves came out on the winning end of a fight with Time Warner Cable last year. He was booked on CNBC to talk about CBS’s Q4 earnings report. CBS had revenue of $3.9 billion, up +6%.

“I think Comcast appreciates the value of our content and will pay appropriately for it,” Moonves says.

Comcast CEO to CNBC: Time Warner Cable Deal is ‘Pro-Consumer’

comcast_new_peacock_logoCNBC’s David Faber was first with the news last night that his network’s parent company Comcast, was acquiring Time Warner Cable, (which was once part of Time Warner and its portfolio of networks including CNN and HLN.)

This morning, Faber was also first with an interview with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, who says the $45.2 billion deal “is pro-competitive and pro-consumer,” and will provide “better products, faster Internet, more channels, in a national-local platform that’s really special.” (Video after the jump)

Roberts says because the second largest pay TV service, satellite service DirecTV, is already national, he’s convinced a combined Comcast and TWC should pass muster with regulators. “Cable is this older system that is very local,” he tells Faber.

While adding the lucrative home and business markets of New York City, Los Angeles and Dallas, Comcast says it will divest some systems and shed about 3 million subscribers, bringing the combined total to around 30 million. They hope to close the deal by the end of the year.

In December, Time Warner Cable and Comcast were in a dust-up as the Time Warner system in Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire announced plans to drop the Comcast-owned NECN cable network, only to reverse course 10 days later.

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The P.M. Ticker: Zalaznick, Wagner, Faber

  • Lauren Zalaznick is leaving NBCUniversal after 12 years with the network. Since February, Zalaznick has been EVP of NBCU Digital. Before that she was Chairman of Entertainment & Digital Networks overseeing the Bravo, Oxygen, and Telemundo networks, among others.

  • MSNBC host Alex Wagner is engaged to former White House chef Sam Kass, who now heads up Let’s Move, the First Lady’s child obesity initiative. In August, the Washington Post reported the couple had been dating for about a year.

  • David Faber is celebrating 20 years with CNBC. On “Squawk on the Street” this morning, the show produced a montage of some of Faber’s biggest breaking stories and interviews.

It’s Official: Kelly Evans Named ‘Squawk On The Street’ Co-Anchor

As TVNewser first heard back in April, CNBC has named Kelly Evans as a new co-anchor on “Squawk on the Street,” the business channel’s 9 AM-12 PM program. Evans will effectively be replacing Melissa Lee, who cut back her hours on the morning program last month. She will be joining the current “Squawk” team, which includes Carl Quintanilla, Jim Cramer, David Faber and Simon Hobbs.

Evans is moving to CNBC’s headquarters in New Jersey from London, where she has been the co-host of ‘Worldwide Exchange,” which airs from 4-6 AM on the east coast. She joined CNBC in February, 2012 from the Wall Street Journal, adding co-anchor duties to “Worldwide Exchange” in May of that year.

CNBC senior VP Nik Deogun made the Evans announcement in a note to staff this morning. Read it below.
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Anchor Change at CNBC

First on TVNewser: Melissa Lee (left) is cutting back her anchoring duties at CNBC. Lee is moving off the 9amET show “Squawk on the Street” which he has co-anchored since Erin Burnett‘s departure almost two years ago.

“Melissa is an integral part of the network and wanted to focus on ‘Fast Money’ the 5PM show she has hosted since 2009 as well as work on other projects including her upcoming documentary on the industrial Internet,” a CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser.

TVNewser hears Kelly Evans who joined CNBC from the Wall Street Journal last year and who currently anchors “Worldwide Exchange” from London, will be returning to CNBC HQ in the coming weeks and could land at “Squawk” alongside Carl Quintanilla, David Faber, Simon Hobbs and Jim Cramer. But no definitive plans are in place, insiders say.

The Afternoon Ticker: Ninan, ‘GAA’, Buffett

  • ABC News correspondent Reena Ninan and her husband, Kevin Peraino, are parents of a baby girl. Kate Ninan Peraino was born last weekend, weighing in at 6 lbs, 10 oz and joins older brother Jackson.
  • Ratings are in for Monday’s premiere of “Good Afternoon America.” The ABC show drew 1.923M Total Viewers, improving upon the season-to-date average of “The Revolution” by +40%.
  • Warren Buffett is co-hosting Bloomberg TV’s “In the Loop with Betty Liu” on Friday morning at 8amET. The show is live from Sun Valley for the Allen & Co. conference.

Behind the Scenes at Bloomberg Television

Gabe Sherman examines the evolution of the Bloomberg media empire in the latest issue of New York magazine. Tucked into the piece are a few  interesting details about the television operation:

Under CEO for multimedia Andrew Lack, Bloomberg Television has failed to eat into CNBC’s audience. Last year, talks to partner Bloomberg TV with ABC News broke down. Bloomberg has tried to attract stars, including offering CNBC’s David Faber a mid-six-figure deal. Bloomberg also went after the TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin. Neither could be swayed. Part of the problem is that [Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew] Winkler remains resistant to adopting some of the entertainment values that could attract an audience.

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Remembering Mark Haines, One Year Later

Throughout CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” this morning, Carl Quintanilla, Jim Cramer, David Faber and Melissa Lee shared memories of Mark Haines, the longtime CNBC anchor, who died one year ago today.

“His picture is on a plaque here at the big board,” said Quintanilla. “He was always in your corner. The investor’s corner.”

“I miss him every day,” added Faber. “I think it’s a tribute to him a year after his death, that a day doesn’t pass that I don’t get a tweet or an e-mail saying either, ‘Mark would have loved that question’ or, ‘Mark would be proud.’ People have not forgotten him for a very good reason.”

Last Night on Jeopardy!: CNBC’s David Faber Dominates

Last night was night two of the “Jeopardy!” “Power Players” week, featuring TV news personalities and other prominent Washington DC types. The players were NBA legend and U.S. State Department cultural ambassador Kareem Abdul Jabar, former White House Press Secretary and current Fox News “The Five” co-host Dana Perino and CNBC anchor David Faber.

Faber owned this game, but both Perino and Abdul Jabar were strong players.

Categories in the first round played off of the three players’ careers, including “Lakers” (which was about lakes, not the NBA team that Abdul Jabar played for), “The Five” (about groups of five things, not the FNC show Perino co-hosts) and “Squawk on the Street” (which was naturally about birds, not the CNBC program).

There was no Chris Matthews level of wackiness, though Abdul Jabar got some laughs for asking, “What is X?” rather than the more family-friendly “What is G?” during a clue about movie ratings.

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