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The Evening Ticker: Ramos, Carlson, Slattery

  • The Committee to Protect Journalists today announced that Fusion’s Jorge Ramos will be honored with the Burton Benjamin Memorial Award for lifetime achievement in the cause of press freedom at the 2014 International Press Freedom Awards in November.

  • “The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson” celebrated one year on the air today with a best-of video. Carlson says the best part of leaving the morning shift for the afternoons is, “I no longer have to set three alarms for the middle of the night and I am home in the morning with my kids.”

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There She Is….

MissOklahomaFinal preparations are underway in Atlantic City this afternoon for tonight’s Miss America Competition, where you’ll be seeing several familiar TV News faces. ABC’s coverage begins at 8pmET with an ABC News special “Countdown to Miss America.” Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization told our sister site TVSpy what to expect for tonight’s 60th anniversary show.

“20/20″ is doing an hour-long special on Miss America, [hosted by "Good Morning America's" Amy Robach]. So we’ll be expanding our reach and it will essentially be a 3 hour event. We’ve got Chris Harrison from The Bachelor hosting with Lara Spencer, plus Gretchen Carlson will giving us behind the scenes coverage. It’s going to be a great show.

Fired Up Bill O’Reilly Helps Put Fox on Top

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After CNN’s back-to-back ratings wins Monday and Tuesday, Fox News Channel returned to its familiar perch atop the cable news ratings scoreboard. FNC drew the most total viewers and A25-54 demo viewers in both total day and primetime Wednesday. While FNC was up in both dayparts, CNN and MSNBC were both down from Monday and Tuesday.

The host of the channel’s No. 1 show was also back in his chair. Bill O’Reilly cut his vacation short to return to host last night’s “O’Reilly Factor” much of which was devoted to Ferguson, including a Talking Points Memo targeting “charlatan” Al Sharpton and a fiery debate with Bob Beckel and James Carville. And it paid off. O’Reilly had his best numbers since since last Monday, which included breaking news coverage of the death of Robin Williams.

Other Wednesday highlights include a new demo high for daytime show “Outnumbered,” and a new 2014 total viewer high for “Real Story with Gretchen Carlson.”

CNN managed demo wins from 3-5pmET. Fox News took all other hours of the day.

Two Dozen Women of TV News, Barbara Walters’ Legacy, Join Her on Her Final ‘View’

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For weeks we’ve been writing about the legacy of Barbara Walters. This afternoon, that legacy came to life in the finale of her final “The View,” taped at ABC’s West Side studios, and airing tomorrow.

TVNewser was there as more than two dozen women TV news anchors packed the stage, each introduced by Oprah Winfrey, among the guests on Walters’ final show. One by one, they greeted a stunned Walters, beginning with Diane Sawyer and continuing with Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer, Elizabeth Vargas, Amy Robach, Deborah Roberts, Katie Couric and Meredith Vieira; also, Jane Pauley, Savannah Guthrie, Natalie Morales, Cynthia McFadden, Gayle King, Maria Shriver, Juju Chang, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Hoda Kotb, Kathie Lee Gifford, Lisa Ling, Tamron Hall, Gretchen Carlson, Connie Chung, Paula Zahn, Deborah Norville, and Joan Lunden.

“I have to remember this on the bad days, because this is the best,” said Walters in the commercial break. “They just kept coming, and coming,” joked Sherri Shepherd. During the first part of the show, to keep it secret, the women hid out in Dr. Oz’s studio across the hall.

The show began with Hillary Clinton as the first guest. She encouraged Walters to take some time off — at least a week. Later, Walters said that’s part of her plan — a trip to Berlin is in the works, someplace she’s never been. Among the VIPs in the crowd, New York Knicks forward J.R. Smith. During another commercial break Walters’ joked to Smith that her retirement plans  include “buying the Clippers!” There are other highlights including a hilarious sketch (if you’re a Cheri Oteri fan, and we are) of Barbara interviewing Barbara.

“You’ll never see this again, folks,” Whoppi Goldberg said as the show wound down. “Only for Barbara.”

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Gretchen Carlson and Mika Brzezinski Join #WomenofWorth Forum

On air, they are competitors, but today Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski joined up for the “Women of Worth” Twitter forum.

Hosted by L’Oreal Paris, both anchors tweeted along with thousands of other women sharing stories and insights about the power of self-worth and its ability to elevate women.

And Mika shared her top woman of worth.

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The PM Ticker: Ripley, Fusion, Carlson

  • Will Ripley is joining CNN International as a Tokyo-based correspondent. Ripley comes from the NBC affiliate in Denver, where he was an investigative reporter and anchor. TVSpy has more.

  • Daniel Eilemberg joins Fusion as senior vice president and chief digital officer, Politico’s Mike Allen reports. Eilemberg founded Animal Politico, Mexico’s first news platform to launch exclusively on Twitter, in 2010.

  • Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson tells Whoa Women magazine how one story she frequently reports on has impacted her life. “I cover so many stories on bullying online and children committing suicide as a result of the abuse. Kids are texting and posting horrible things just to be mean,” Carlson says. “Truly, I am more determined to set limits for my kids.”

The Afternoon Ticker: Cooper, Carlson, Doocy

  • Gretchen Carlson will be the emcee of the annual “Time for Lyme” in Greenwich, CT in April. Carlson, host of “Real Story” on Fox News, battled Lyme Disease, a bacterial infection transmitted by black-legged ticks, for several weeks last year.

  • “Fox & Friends” co-host Steve Doocy will be honored next week as Kansan of the year. Born in Iowa, but raised in Abeline and other parts of Kansas, Doocy got his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Newtown 911 Tapes Released: ‘This is an Extraordinarily Difficult Story to Cover Today’

The cable news networks are proceeding with caution as they decide whether to air the 911 tapes of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which were released at 2pmET after a lengthy court battle.

“This is an extraordinarily difficult story to cover today. The release of the 911 tapes obviously extremely sensitive,” CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin, who covered the shooting from Newtown, said at the top of the 2pmET hour. “We are fully aware of that at CNN. Behind closed doors right now, our editorial teams are evaluating whether these 911 calls are newsworthy for airing on television, which portions we will choose to air for you today.”

On MSNBC, Tamron Hall said NBC News is “choosing not to air them out of respect for the families and the sensitivity of the issue.” On Fox News, Gretchen Carlson said the tapes were being reviewed “to decide whether they are appropriate for air.”

In a strange twist of events, another school shooting — at West Orange High School in Winter Garden, Fla. — was reported during the 2pmET hour. Shepard Smith reported on the ongoing situation from the Fox News Deck moments after Carlson reported on the release of the Newtown 911 tapes.

>More: Fox News aired a portion of the recordings at the top of the 3pmET hour. “Fox News will not be airing the most gut-wrenching moments from those calls,” Smith said. “…We and our managers have listened to all the recordings that came in that day and out of respect for the victims we will be very sensitive with we do put on Fox News Channel and across all of our platforms throughout the day and in the days to come.”

On CNN, national correspondent Deborah Feyerick described some of the moments from the recordings.

ABC News and NBC News guidance for airing the recordings is after the jump. Read more

Brian Kilmeade: With Elisabeth Hasselbeck, ‘Fox & Friends’ ‘Like a Brand New Show’

Brian Kilmeade_NEW_creditFOXNewsChannelImagine a journalist turning over secret intelligence he’d gotten during interviews to a movement that was at war with the ruling power. It happened, during the American revolution. That newspaper publisher was one of the “secret six” profiled in a new book by Fox News host Brian Kilmeade. And much of the history he writes about happened in his own back yard of Long Island, NY.

TVNewser talked with Kilmeade about his new book, his new “Fox & Friends” co-host and his longtime passion: sports.

TVNewser: You’re known as a politics and sports guy. What made you interested in writing a history book about Washington’s Secret Army?

Kilmeade: I hadn’t seen it really done extensively before. Being from Long Island, I was concerned in the beginning it was too much of a New York story, but the more I researched, the more you look at a map of 13 colonies, you realize. You don’t win the war without New York, you can’t win it straight up, you had to win it through spying and surveillance and espionage. We’ve been looking at this since 1989. The more we started researching the more I realized we didn’t know. Then for two years, we just blitzed it like it was a news story. We tried to get as much information from as many experts as possible.

TVNewser: What can today’s political and media leaders learn from Washington’s secret army?

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NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox News Prematurely Declare Rep. Bill Young Dead

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert and Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson seemingly got ahead of the news this afternoon, reporting that Rep. Bill Young (R-FL) had died, when in fact he is gravely ill.

Russert tweeted the news at 1:54 PM, garnering numerous retweets from other NBC News reporters.

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Carlson reported the news on-air at 2:05 PM as a “Fox News Alert.” Politico has the video.

Shortly thereafter, Young’s family revealed that he was “gravely ill” and in the hospital, but that he was not, in fact, dead. Russert tweeted an “Update” with the family’s statement at 2:37 PM, and Fox News ran a correction at 2:23 PM.

“I am really sorry to report that earlier we did report that Congressman Bill Young had passed away, and we can now report that was not the case,” Carlson said. “We sincerely apologize for the error, hopefully that will not happen again.”

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