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‘Sanjay Gupta MD,’ ‘CNN Money’ Canceled

GuptaTwo more of CNN’s specialty half-hour shows have been canceled, TVNewser has learned.

Sanjay Gupta MD,” which airs Saturdays at 4:30pmET and Sundays at 7:30amET, has been canceled as has “CNN Money” with Christine Romans, which airs Saturday mornings.

We’re told Gupta and correspondent Elizabeth Cohen will focus on medical breaking news, field reporting, and documentaries for the network. The medical unit is being restructured and some staffers have been cut as part of the larger ongoing layoffs happening at the network.

As for Romans, she will continue co-anchoring “Early Start,” and remains CNN’s chief business correspondent contributing business stories across CNN. TVNewser was also first to report CNN had canceled its sports show “Unguarded.”

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First Ebola Patient In U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Has Died

Duncan 2This morning, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed person diagnosed with Ebola in America, died.

Duncan had reportedly contracted the virus in Liberia weeks ago after helping a pregnant woman stricken with Ebola. He then traveled to the U.S. to be with his fiancee. Once in the U.S., he started showing symptoms. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home despite having high fever and telling doctors he was recently in Liberia. Only after his family contacted the Center for Disease Control was he hospitalized.

CBS News cut in at 11:24amET with Jim Axelrod anchoring in New York and Dr. Jon LaPook contributing. NBC News cut in at 11:34amET with Erica Hill anchoring in New York, Ron Mott reporting from Dallas and Pete Williams from Washington, DC. ABC News did not provide broadcast special report.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:15amET. Fox News’ Shannon Bream first reported the news at 11:16amET. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reported the news at 11:19amET.

The Weekend Ticker: Sources, Mistakes, Debates

  • CNN’s Howard Kurtz will discuss declining cable news ratings Sunday on “Reliable Sources.” His guests: Christina Bellantoni of PBS NewsHour, Terence Smith, former media correspondent with NewsHour and Paul Farhi of the Washington Post.

  • Tonight at 8 and 11pmET, CNN’s senior medical correspondent Elizabeth Cohen presents her fifth primetime special: “25 Shocking Medical Mistakes.” The one-hour countdown-style program will tell stories of disturbing medical mishaps and empower viewers with simple ways to help doctors and nurses get things right.

  • NBC’s “Meet the Press” is pre-empted for the French Open men’s final tomorrow. For off-the-clay-court action watch Ann Coulter and Van Jones go at it on “This Week,” or catch up with Woodward and Bernstein on “Face the Nation.”

8.8 Earthquake Strikes Chile Overnight

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The U.S. cable news networks are providing coverage this morning of an 8.8 earthquake that struck central Chile overnight, along the Pacific coast. This is the most powerful earthquake to hit the region in 50 years — since 1960′s 9.5 quake, the biggest in recorded history.

FNC, CNN and MSNBC are relying on images from TV Chile as well as from that network’s news channel 24 Horas. CNN is also relying on information from CNN Chile, and CNN en Espanol. MSNBC is using the resources of NBCU’s Spanish-language network Telemundo. That network, as well as Univision, have been airing uninterrupted coverage from Chile this morning.

Reporting times: Fox News – 2:35amEST, CNN/U.S. – 2:59am, MSNBC – 3:25am. The quake struck at 3:34am. Santiago is two hours ahead of EST.

> More: I received an email from Todd Ogasawara, editor of mediabistro.com site MobileContentToday, a short time ago. Todd lives in Honolulu:

We’re under an ocean-wide tsunami warning (first in decades) caused by the massive earthquake in Chile. Whatever hits will hit around 11:19am HST (4:19pm Eastern) Saturday Feb. 27.

Just got back from Safeway where foot traffic was starting to build by the time I left at 2:25am.

> More: Fox News will preempt Journal Editorial Report, FOX News Watch and Glenn Beck and instead stay live from 2-4pmET with Kelly Wright and Juliet Huddy.

> Related: CNN Relays Most News About Crisis

> More: CNN correspondents/anchors heading to the region: John Zarella, Soledad O’Brien, Ted Rowlands, Ed Lavandera, Elizabeth Cohen, Gary Tuchman. (h/t: ICN)

> More: FNC’s Phil Keating is en route to Chile.

> 1pmET Update: CNN/U.S. is simulcasting CNN International. MSNBC is preempting docs for continuing coverage. CNN has also updated who they are sending to the region: It is Soledad O’Brien, Dan Simon, John Zarella, Hala Gorani, Sara Sidner, and Karl Penhaul.

> More: Pres. Barack Obama addressed the situation from the White House at 1:48pmET. CNN, FNC, FBN, and MSNBC, carried the statement on cable, and ABC carried it in a special report anchored by Sharyn Alfonsi. NBC was in Olympic coverage and CBS was broadcasting NCAA basketball.

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> NBC’s Lester Holt delivers a special report during Olympic coverage at 2:30pmET with video and an excerpt from the president’s remarks.

> More: Ann Curry, Mike Taibbi, and Mark Potter headed to Chile to cover for NBC News. CNN’s Larry King will air a live show tonight at 9pmET.

> More: For ABC, Jeffrey Kofman and David Wright are on their way to Chile. “Nightline” producer Malia Patria is in Chile on assignment and was having dinner when the quake struck. She did a live report for “World News” Saturday.

CNN’s Sanjay Gupta, Doctor First: ‘We Offer Enough Care to Get to the Next Level of Care’

GuptaBaby_1.15.jpgDr. Sanjay Gupta, once in line to be the nation’s Surgeon General, is instead on the front lines of helping the wounded in the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti. Gupta, a neurosurgeon by trade, was one of the first CNN personnel on the ground in Haiti, and as we found out in an interview this afternoon, he’s a doctor first.

This was best evidenced yesterday when he treated a 15-day old baby suffering from a head wound, whose mother died in the earthquake; a clip that was played several times on CNN Thursday:

TVNewser: First, how’s the baby today?

Gupta: As you can imagine, it’s tough to get information. But we have some information. From the uncle, we hear the baby is doing well, overall.

TVNewser: So in situations like this, you’re a doctor first?

Gupta: No question about it. In this situation, it was a neurological issue. And there’s just no capabilities right now for treatment.

TVNewser: And today, more of the same, treating the wounded?

Gupta: Yes. Lots and lots of wounded. We went through our first aid kits immediately. There is a terrible shortage of supplies — gauze bandages, pressure bandages, trauma kits. We’re trying to help as many people as we can.

We spent all day at a hospital, one of the only ones still standing. They hear about my experience as a neurosurgeon and we’re seeing lots of skull fractures. And there are no cat scanners so we offer enough care to get to the next level of care.

TVNewser: And how you and your crew getting by — eating, sleeping?

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