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The Ticker: Levy, Barbieri, Scarborough

  • Ari Levy has been named Senior Technology Reporter for CNBC, joining from Bloomberg. Levy will be based in San Francisco and responsible for day-to-day coverage of the biggest technology stories and trends. He starts June 9.

  • Rich Barbieri is the new managing editor of CNNMoney. Barbieri has been with CNNMoney for the last 6 years as deputy managing editor. In the past he’s worked for Crain’s, the AP and American Lawyer magazine.

  • MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough writes the introduction to a new TIME book on President Ronald Reagan, who passed away 10 years ago next week. TIME Reagan: His Political Life and Lasting Legacy is on sale now.

Megyn Kelly to Joe Scarborough: ‘Join His Four Viewers’ Tomorrow Morning

Kelly JoeYou don’t often see an MSNBC host popping up on Fox News airwaves, but “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough spent part of his evening last night with Megyn Kelly.

Promoting his book, “The Right Path,” Scarborough and Kelly got into a friendly exchange over the belief that the former Congressman is a “faux conservative.”

“That’s so 2011…they don’t say that about me,” Scarborough told Kelly, adding that he “loves” Fox News’ Sean Hannity and conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “As you know, I’m a uniter, not a divider.”

“I don’t know that…I don’t know you at all,” Kelly shot back.

After Scarborough complimented Kelly on her studio, Kelly joked: “There’s still a blond woman on this set interrupting you at every turn,” she joked, referencing Scarbourough’s co-host Mika Brzezinski. “Only if you snapped your fingers at me, you’d have eight fingers instead of 10.”

And for the final friendly dagger, Kelly told viewers where to find Scarborough: “If you want to see more of Joe, you can join his four viewers and see it tomorrow morning,” Kelly laughed. “Just kidding,” she added.

For the record, Kelly was 298,996 total and 75,996 demo viewers short on her total. Last week, “Morning Joe” averaged 299,000 viewers and 76,000 demo viewers.

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TV News Covers New York Times Shakeup

abramson-300x300TV news personalities have been covering yesterday’s shakeup at the New York Times, where executive editor Jill Abramson was dismissed, and managing editor Dean Baquet replaced her to become the first African American executive editor of the Times.

Howard Kurtz wrote a piece for Foxnews.com today, noting how unusual an abrupt departure like this is at the Times; he also praised Abramson.

Abramson can be a tough customer, but there is no room for shrinking violets at the top of major media organizations. Since she was an inside player who rarely appeared on television, I don’t think she got enough credit for some important work done by the Times—including some early critical reporting about ObamaCare.

Instead, she got trashed by unnamed sources, such as in a Politico piece last year that reported she had once “blown up in a meeting,” traveled a lot and once told an editor to leave a meeting and change a photo. Horrors!

On “Fox and Friends” this morning, the co-hosts talked about the “war on women” at the New York Times, referencing reports that Abramson had made less than her male predecessor, Bill Keller. On “Morning Joe,” Mika Brzezinski said she believes reports of the Times’ pay gap based on her own experience in the TV news business, also citing MSNBC.

“We have our own story here that we’ve written about, so we can put that aside,” Brzezinski said about having previously made it public that she was being paid significantly less than co-host Joe Scarborough.

Other talent took to Twitter.

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The Saturday Ticker: Business Politics, Morning Baseball, Jazzy Weather

  • FBN’s Maria Bartiromo will interview New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Monday on “Opening Bell” at 9amET. Bartiromo will talk with de Blasio about his outlook on the economy, universal Pre-Kindergarten and his future plans for New York City.

  • “AMHQ with Sam Champion” hits the road next week as well, broadcasting from the New Orleans Jazz festival starting Thursday. The following week the show will travel to Moore, OK, the site of the devastating tornado that struck in May 2013.

The Hollywood Reporter’s Annual ’35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’

Television news executives and personalities are well represented on The Hollywood Reporter‘s annual “35 Most Powerful People in New York Media” list.

From the executive ranks: CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes; NBC News chairman Pat Fili-Krushel and president Deborah Turness; and incoming Disney/ABC Television group president Ben Sherwood and ABC News president James Goldston represent the broadcast networks. On the cable side, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, MSNBC president Phil Griffin, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker and Bloomberg Media Group CEO Justin Smith make the list.

The main anchors for the broadcast networks — Brian Williams, Diane Sawyer and Scott Pelley — are all on the list, as well as morning anchors from each network. For NBC, it’s Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Willie Geist; Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell represent CBS; and for ABC, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Lara Spencer. “Good Morning America” senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski and “CBS Sunday Morning” EP Rand Morrison are also named.

As for cable news talent, all three Fox News primetime hosts — Bill O’Reilly, Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity — make the list. From MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough; and from CNN, Anderson Cooper.

Other notable additions: Stephen Colbert, Jon Stewart, Jimmy Fallon, Bob Costas, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa.

TVNewser will be at the party celebrating the honorees tonight.

[Images via Hollywood Reporter]

Does MSNBC Have a Fundraising Double Standard?

ScarboroughWith “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough scheduled to deliver a keynote address at a Republican fundraiser in New Hampshire in May, MSNBC’s political fundraising policy is back in the spotlight.

Earlier this year, Ed Schultz cancelled a scheduled appearance at a Florida Democratic fundraiser. MSNBC claimed Schultz didn’t realize the event was a fundraiser, and cancelled the appearance when he did.

MSNBC has suspended top talent before for crossing the line between on-air advocacy and off-air activity; Scarborough and then-MSNBC host Keith Olbermann were both suspended for donations to their respective political parties in 2010.

The event Scarborough will speak at costs $50 for general admission, and $35 for Young Republicans. The money goes straight to the Republican Party.

We’ve reached out to MSNBC for comment, but have not heard back.

Mika Brzezinski ‘Won’t Let’ Joe Scarborough Run for President

ScarboroughJoe Scarborough was absent from “Morning Joe” this morning following a weekend in New Hampshire promoting his book, “The Right Path.” Scarborough was also a speaker at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference, which only heightened speculation he’s running for office.

The Atlantic reports organizers of the NRLC planned to include Scarborough in a straw poll, but left him off at the request of MSNBC.  Kentucky Senator Rand Paul won the poll.

Either way, Scarborough tells Politico, “I have no plans to run for office. I do plan, in my free time, to continue a book tour focused on getting the Republican Party back to its winning ways and talking about the economic revival in America’s future if Washington starts getting a few things right.”

For her part, co-host Mika Brzezinski said she’s not letting Joe run for office either. “I won’t let him…because I love my job,” Brzezinski said on this morning’s show.

The show ran clips of Scarborough speaking in New Hampshire, where he delivered his message that the road map to the GOP’s revival is running a presidential candidate that can get both Senator Ted Cruz and General Colin Powell‘s vote (speaking of the latter, did you see the 60-year-old selfie he posted last week?)

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NYC Mayor Sells Universal Pre-K in a Way ‘Morning Joe’ Can Understand

de BlasioA week after “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough called his effort to close a New York City charter school “disgraceful,” NYC mayor Bill de Blasio appeared on the show this morning to explain his universal education plans in terms the show’s hosts would understand.

“I wanted to speak the way the culture of this show would understand,” de Blasio joked after explaining that his proposed tax for New Yorkers making more than $500,000 a year is the equivalent of $900 dollars a year per person—or in “Morning Joe” vernacular—the cost of a small soy latte at Starbucks.

“There you go,” co-host Mika Brzezinski said. “And Willie (Geist), that’s where you are every morning getting your soy latte.”

Later in the conversation, the mayor vowed that he’s not against charter schools, but needs to focus on all of New York City public education.

The segment after the jump.

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Mika’s Father Returns to ‘Morning Joe,’ Compares Her to Family Dog

Mika fatherIt only took a week for Mika Brzezinski to nab the elusive booking that escaped her last Friday: her father Zbigniew Brzezinski.

“Joining us now from Washington, a man that is very difficult to book,” Mika said. “I’m serious, you can’t get him on this show…at least I couldn’t book him,” she added.

The show then played a montage of all of the elder Brzezinski’s appearances on other networks—including other MSNBC shows—over the past week discussing the tumultuous situation in Ukraine, ending with last Friday’s “Morning Joe,” where Mika realized her dad wasn’t coming on.

“He’s here! It’s like Santa Claus,” co-host Joe Scarborough shouted, telling Mika her father is very busy and she has to be more patient.

“Totally,” Zbigniew answered Scarborough about whether his daughter is impatient. “You remind me in terms of personality of someone that we nowadays in our household call Daisy.”

“Very cute, very charming, a bit unpredictable…I won’t go into details,” Zbigniew said on Daisy—the family dog. “Thanks dad, I’m sort of diminished now,” Mika concluded.

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Mika Brzezinski Has a New Toughest ‘Get’…Her Father

MikaYou would think the easiest guest bookings for TV news hosts would be family, but MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski showed that’s not always the case this morning on “Morning Joe.”

“Is my dad coming on today?” Brzezinski asked at the top a segment on ongoing violence in Ukraine.

“No…he turned us down,” Mika said about her father, a former U.S. National Security Advisor.

Her panel then began a round of teasing at Mika’s expense about her father appearing everywhere but on “Morning Joe.”

“I heard him on Bloomberg Radio this morning,” guest Steve Rattner said. “What?” a disturbed Brzezinski responded.

“He’s probably on CNN right now, Mika,” co-host Joe Scarborough said mockingly. “C’mon, you need to talk to your dad.” Andrea Mitchell then pointed out Mika’s father was on “The Daily Rundown” with her on Tuesday.

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