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The Ticker: Rivera, Champion, Kuhn

  • Sam Champion‘s Weather Channel show isn’t being called “Your Morning Champion,” because, as Champion puts it, “the cheese factor would be so intensly high that I wouldn’t want to do it.” “AMHQ,” as it’s called, launches Monday at 7am.

  • Eric Kuhn, the former head of social media for CNN and UTA is part of the team for start-up “Layer3 TV.” Lost Remote reports the as-yet launched network has received $21 million in funding and has assembled a management team of tech and cable veterans.

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Touré Calls Out ‘White Leaders’ O’Reilly, Limbaugh and Don Lemon?

Toure 304MSNBC’s Touré likes to stir things up on Twitter. He did it again over the weekend calling out “white leaders” Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh and African-American CNN host Don Lemon.

His first tweet wondered why these white media leaders weren’t speaking up about white-on-white violence, lumping in Lemon with Limbaugh and O’Reilly.

“The Cycle” co-host continued on the topic for another 10 tweets and responses while clarifying:

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Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, Diane Sawyer, Matt Lauer Gather for Piers Morgan Book Party

MorganLauer1On a big night of news, many TV news power players took time to drop by The Carlyle Hotel for Piers Morgan‘s book bash.

Morgan’s “Shooting Straight: Guns, God, Gays and George Clooney,” is a diary of his first three years at CNN, since taking over the timeslot of the legendary Larry King. Hosted by British GQ editor Dylan Jones at the swank Carlyle Restaurant, the guest list included everyone from Fareed Zakaria and Jenny McCarthy to Donald Trump and Tony Bennett. “If there’s a cooler man alive, I’ve not met him,” said Morgan of Bennett.

We also spotted Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, who arrived after updating the West Coast feed of “World News.” And morning anchors, Charlie Rose of CBS, and NBC’s Matt Lauer. Asked what he thought about his new “Today” show set, Lauer paused, then said, “It’s very orange.” It’s taking some getting used to, Lauer added.

Another morning host, CNN’s Chris Cuomo told us reports of troubled times at “New Day” are off the mark. “I’ve never had a closer working relationship with a co-anchor than I have with Kate (Bolduan),” Cuomo said. While ratings are growing — the program was up +29% in viewers and up +15% in the demo in the third quarter — Cuomo admits it’s going to take time to prove the show’s worth. “New Day” launched four months ago today. “Joe (Scarborough) told me it took 15 to 18 months for that show to break out,” he added, speaking of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Back to Morgan who gave a special shout-out to CNN president Jeff Zucker, who’s been his boss twice, first at NBC and now at CNN.

“I had breakfast with Jeff when he was gone from NBC and I said, ‘wouldn’t it be funny if you turned up at CNN?” and he said, ‘Yeah, that’d be crazy,’ … and here he is.”

“I think we all feel a renewed sense of vigor about the place,” said Morgan.

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Here Are The Highlights From FNC’s New Primetime

Last night Fox News debuted its reworked primetime lineup, starting with “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” at 7 PM, holdover “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 PM, new program “The Kelly File” at 9 PM and “Hannity” in its new 10 PM timeslot.

Megyn Kelly opened her new program with an interview with GOP Senator Ted Cruz:


Greta Van Susteren had Donald Trump, and a surprise phone call from, well, just watch:
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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Debuts on ‘Fox & Friends’

“Fox & Friends,” the No. 1 cable news channel morning show since Nov. 2001, saw its first significant change in 7 years. Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who survived “Survivor” and “The View” joined Steve Doocy and Brian Kilmeade this morning.

Hasselbeck got a welcome from Regis Philbin, a cake from Carlo’s, she did Zumba with Sean Hannity and got a visit from, naturally, Donald Trump. The show also got a new set. (See the construction video after the jump).

Hasselbeck replaces Gretchen Carlson on the couch. Carlson had been F&F co-host since 2006. She’s now going to anchor part of FNC’s dayside lineup.

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The Afternoon Ticker: Esquire Moves, Lemon Talks, Toure Tweets

  • NBCU has decided its new Esquire channel will replace the Style Network instead of G4 on cable systems. Execs decided Style is replaceable as it’s too much like E!, Bravo and Oxygen.

Fighting Words: ‘Brian Lewis No Longer Has Any Confidentiality Obligation to Roger Ailes’

Brian Lewis is not going down without a fight. Lewis, whose firing as Fox News Channel’s top communications executive last month (which came to light last week) has hired pit bull attorney Judd Burstein. Gawker obtained this statement from Burstein:

I have just been retained and am still plotting our course of action. But two things are very clear to me. First, Brian Lewis no longer has any confidentiality obligation to Newscorp or Roger Ailes because of the false and malicious statements made by Fox to date. Second, Roger Ailes and Newscorp have a lot more to fear from Brian Lewis telling the truth about them than Brian Lewis has to fear from Roger Ailes and his toadies telling lies about Brian Lewis.

Just last week, Lewis seemed to take the high road about his dismissal, telling TVNewser: “I will say it has been an honor and privilege to work for Roger Ailes the past 20 years and I wish nothing but the best for him and the great people at Fox News.”

Burstein’s past clients include Donny Deutsch, Donald Trump and boxers Oscar de La Hoya and Lennox Lewis. Clearly, he’s looking for a fight.

Trump vs. New York On The Morning Shows

NBC reality show host Donald Trump was back in the news this morning, as the Attorney General of the State of New York filed suit against the mogul claiming that his “Trump University” was a scam.

Pretty much every morning program covered the lawsuit, either in a pre-taped report, or in live interviews with AG Schneiderman or Trump himself.

On the network morning shows, “CBS This Morning” featured a report from Terrell Brown. ABC’s “Good Morning America” featured an interview with Schneiderman in a package, and then had Trump live on the phone to respond. NBC’s “Today” ran a package on the lawsuit, before having Trump on via phone to respond.

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On cable news, “Fox & Friends” had Trump call in for his usual Monday segment, and used it to rail against Schneiderman. MSNBC discussed the lawsuit on “Morning Joe” and talked to Trump, with Richard Lui interviewing Schneiderman live in-studio during the 10 AM hour.

CNN’s “New Day” interviewed Schneiderman live in studio (and billed it as a “live exclusive,” although Schneiderman would appear live on MSNBC and CNBC not long after). “New Day” also had Trump on the phone.

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The Return Of Donald Trump

Reality TV host Donald Trump pretends he is going to run for President every four years.

It is something he has done since the 2000 election, when he mused running as a third-party candidate, and it came up again in 2004, 2008 and 2012. He generates a lot of publicity for himself and his projects, but, every time, he never actually follows through.

Now, it looks as though he is preparing to do it again. Trump appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday, where he fanned the hypothetical flames once more (watch the interview here).

As we noted late last year, there is no correlation between Trump appearing on a program and that program having higher ratings. Trump says there is, but there is no solid evidence to back that up. We also noted that the biggest booster of trump remains NBC, which still airs “Celebrity Apprentice” (no, it isn’t canceled). To its credit, CNBC does appear to have stopped its “Trump Tuesday” segments featuring the TV host, though “Fox & Friends” still has him on most Mondays.

Politico’s Dylan Byers talks to a number of prominent TV news figures about Trump, asking why he is able to garner so much attention from political journalists and pundits, despite his history.

“Trump correctly has surmised that political reporters in general are easy marks and he probably can’t believe how easy it is to find folks willing to cover his antics,” Chuck Todd, NBC’s political director and chief White House correspondent, told POLITICO. “I am generalizing, but [he] is always able to find just enough political reporters who have editors who think, ‘We know he is not serious but his outrageousness will mean more clicks!’”

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Hillary Clinton Grants Fox News Exit Interview, As Bill O’Reilly Talks To Colin Powell

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is granting an exit interview to Fox News Channel’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.”

Clinton and President Obama gave a joint interview to “60 Minutes” last night, but this will be the Secretary’s first solo interview since the Inauguration, as well as the Congressional hearings examining what happened in Benghazi, Libya. Update: Clinton will also be giving interviews with NBC, the BBC, CNN and ABC before leaving office on Friday. Andrea Mitchell will interview her for NBC, and Cynthia McFadden for ABC. Kim Ghattas will interview her for the BBC. For CNN, Jill Dougherty and Elise Labott will conduct the interview.

Clinton and FNC have not always had the friendliest relationship, including last year when a number of FNC hosts questioned her illness. Van Susteren stood up for Clinton, and criticized her own colleagues.

It will also be her first interview with Fox News since February, 2011 (save for an appearance in on “On the Record” special about Haiti earlier this month). Update: Wendell Goler in fact interviewed Clinton in October, 2012, and Ed Henry spoke to her in November, 2011.

In addition, FNC says that Bill O’Reilly will be interviewing former Secretary of State Colin Powell today, with the interview to air tomorrow. It will actually be O’Reilly’s first interview with Powell.

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