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The Ticker: Reuters TV, ’60′ at 7, Bush x3

  • LostRemote reports on the latest entry into the news App market. Reuters TV will create customized newscasts, at first for iPhone and iPad, based on your location and interests.

  • “60 Minutes” has finished in the Top 10 most-watched shows for the third week in a row. 12.2 million watched Sunday’s show, making it No. 7 for the week.

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Happy 60th Birthday ‘Face the Nation’

FTN60Pres. Barack Obama and his predecessor President George W. Bush will be Bob Schieffer‘s guests Sunday as “Face the Nation” celebrates its 60th anniversary.

The CBS News public affairs show debuted 60 years ago today, Nov. 7, 1954. It was originally broadcast Sunday afternoons at 2:30pm. The first host was Tedd Koop. The first guest was Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy, a month before McCarthy was censured by the Senate.

Schieffer has moderated the show for more than a third of its existence, since 1991. Previous hosts include Lesley Stahl (1983-1991) and Howard K. Smith (1960-1961). Yesterday NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the longest running show on television, celebrated its 67th anniversary.

Jay Carney Joins CNN

jay carneyFormer White House press secretary Jay Carney is joining CNN as a political commentator. Carney will contribute across the network starting tonight as part of CNN’s coverage of President Obama’s address on ISIS.

“I’m thrilled to be joining CNN at a time when there is so much happening in the nation and the world,” said Carney.

“Jay’s unique experience as both a journalist and a White House press secretary make him an invaluable voice for the network as we cover the final two years of the Obama Administration and look ahead to the coming campaigns,” says Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Carney was Pres. Obama’s press secretary from 2011 until June. Before that he was communications director for Vice President Biden. Carney spent 20 years with TIME Magazine where he served as Moscow correspondent, White House correspondent and, Washington bureau chief.

He follows in a long line of White House press secretaries who join the news ranks, including Obama’s first press secretary Robert Gibbs who is an MSNBC analyst and George W. Bush‘s press secretary Dana Perino who now hosts “The Five” on Fox News. Bush’s two other press secretaries Ari Fleischer and the late Tony Snow, each joined CNN following their White House runs. Former Clinton press secretary Dee Dee Myers hosted CNBC’s “Equal Time” following her White House stint;  Bill Moyers and Pierre Salinger, press secretaries to Pres. Johnson and Pres. Kennedy, respectively, went on to careers as news correspondents at CBS and ABC, respectively.

Nicolle Wallace, Rosie Perez Join ‘The View’

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Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace are the new co-hosts of “The View” joining moderator Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.

“These are powerful and accomplished women from different walks of life who have had amazing personal and professional experiences. Each brings incredible perspective and information to the table,” said executive producer Bill Wolff. “This mix of smart, vibrant and energetic women is unlike anything else on daytime television.”

Following a career in politics which included working as communications chief for George W. Bush, Wallace joined CBS News as an analyst. She returned to GOP politics in 2008 as senior advisor for the John McCain-Sarah Palin 2008 presidential campaign. In 2012, Wallace signed on with ABC News as an analyst. “I am honored to join the tradition of compelling conversations that has been the signature of ‘The View’ for the better part of two decades,” said Wallace. “I have watched ‘The View’ for many years and now to be seated alongside three women that I have admired is both humbling and incredibly exciting.”

Perez comes from the entertainment world, an actress, director, dancer, and author. “I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I’ve been asked to join ‘The View’,” said Perez.  “Knowing that I’ll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable.”

Last week a new senior production team was announced including Wolff, co-executive producer Brian Balthazar, and director Ashley S. Gorman. The show is also getting a new studio in the ABC headquarters on W. 66th St. which had been home to Katie Couric‘s show. The new season launches Monday, Sept. 15.

Live-to-Tape Goes Very Wrong for CNN

There was an embarrassing mix-up on “ICYMI” last night between Brooke Baldwin and Jake Tapper and ICN was watching.

The two had taped a segment about Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush and Hillary Clinton traveling together on Air Force One to South Africa for Nelson Mandela‘s memorial. Not long after the Q&A started, Baldwin stopped Tapper mid-sentence, gave some instruction about how it should play out, then started over.

That happens all the time in TV newsrooms with pre-taped interviews. But usually the “bad” take is left on edit room floor. Not this time. WATCH:

For Baldwin’s part, she was quick to address the flub on Twitter.

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ABC’s Jonathan Karl to Interview George and Laura Bush in Africa

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will sit down with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush during their trip to Africa. The sit-down is scheduled to happen tomorrow after President Bush and President Barack Obama attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.

Portions of the interview will air tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The full extended interview will air Sunday on “This Week,” which Karl will anchor.

In addition to a joint appearance for Bush and Obama, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will participate in a panel discussion tomorrow at the Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit moderated by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

>Update: CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with George and Laura Bush. Watch the interview, which aired on “The Situation Room,” after the jump. Read more

Diane Sawyer to Interview Bushes Ahead of Presidential Center Dedication

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will interview George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush this week ahead of the opening and dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center on Thursday. The interview will air Wednesday on “World Diane Sawyer.” Sawyer will anchor from the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, the site of the Center on Wednesday and on Thursday’s show, Mrs. Bush will give Sawyer a guided tour of the Center.

Matt Lauer will interview the Bushes Thursday live on “Today.”

Nielsen: 20.6 Million Watched Inauguration, Ratings Down 46%

Nielsen says that 20.6 million people across 18 networks watched President Obama be sworn in for his second term Monday. As we noted yesterday, NBC led the way among broadcasters, with CNN topping cable news.

The 20.6 million figure was down from 37.8 million viewers in 2009, a drop of 46%. That said, it was an improvement over George W. Bush‘s second inauguration in 2005, which saw a similar percentage drop from his first.

In a post explaining the numbers, Nielsen throws in this factoid:

[V]iewership has historically slid for second term inaugurations. Pres. Richard Nixon is the only president in recent history that has seen an increase; he notched a 22 percent increase during his second term inauguration.

Jenna Bush Hager Reveals Pregnancy On ‘Today’

NBC “Today” correspondent Jenna Bush Hager revealed on the program that she is pregnant this morning. Bush Hager and her husband Henry Hager will be expecting the baby in the Spring.

Her parents, former President George W. Bush (whose nickname with his kids we learned is apparently “popsicle”) and former First lady Laura Bush called into the program after the announcement was made.

“I am fired up! Looking forward to it,” the former President said.

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Studying Stephen Colbert. Seriously, Funny

Nation, Stephen Colbert is not a worthy subject for academic discourse.

Them’s fightin’ words to scholarly members of Colbert Nation like Penn State’s Sophia McClennen, the latest academician to write a book – with footnotes! — about the Comedy Central star.

Its title: ‘Colbert’s America: Satire and Democracy’ (Palgrave Macmillan), though I like to call it ‘I Am Satire (And So Can You!)’ Out in paperback this month, the book is part of what the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi recently labeled as ‘the academic world’s obsession’ with Colbert.

Professor McClennen, who disputes that description, does acknowledge that Colbert’s on-air persona is “a huge deal in academia. On a basic cognitive level, in-character satire is a more complex form of satire. At a rhetorical level, the comedy is more complicated.”

Uh, will there be a quiz?

A self-described ‘Colbert geek,’ McClennen argues that “The Colbert Report” heralds a new era in media culture; one in which comedians increasingly influence the politics and news they satirize.

With his Super PACS and his vocabulary-bending ‘The Word’ segments, Colbert “plays with exercising his power,” she says in an interview.

He represents a “new kind of public intellectual-satirist,” in the vein of Mark Twain, Ben Franklin and Jonathan Swift.

No offense, Professor, but Colbert, like Jon Stewart, would probably have a good laugh at

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