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The Evening Ticker: Discovery, Green, Quest

  • Discovery Channel will air Everest Avalanche Tragedy Sunday, May 4. The 90-minute documentary will include eyewitness accounts from last Friday’s deadly avalanche. An NBC News team was there producing a now-canceled special which was to include a wing suit flight from the summit.

  • CNN’s Richard Quest has interviewed Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak about missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. The interview comes just days before the Razak’s joint press conference with Pres. Obama.

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All Staff Meeting to Brainstorm a New HLN

HLN300x197The next phase of the HLN makeover begins today.

Network president Albie Hecht is in Atlanta for a 2-day network meeting with all production staff, TVNewser has learned. We hear the plan includes making HLN the “social media network,” bringing the immediacy of social media and translating it to TV.

Insiders tell us Hecht gave the pitch to HLN employees last night, while today off-site brainstorming sessions are being held with production teams. Most of today’s shows are on tape or replaced by weekend programming. HLN staffers from New York, Los Angles and Atlanta are attending the meeting at an Atlanta hotel.

Over the weekend, HLN debuted three new health and wellness shows, a programming block that is part of the Turner brand “Upwave.” The network has already had a round of layoffs and programming changes, which TVNewser wrote about in early November. In other staff changes, the EP of Nancy Grace‘s show, Dean Sicoli left the network last week. Senior producer Liz Yuskaitis is interim acting EP. Sicoli’s departure follows that of Katherine Green, who was SVP and managing editor of HLN.

In an interview with Capital New York Monday, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker hinted what the new HLN won’t be: Court TV. “It’s not as strong a business proposition, and it’s not really what advertisers are looking for,” said Zucker, noting the huge ratings draws that trials can bring. Zucker adds, “If we wanted to be in the court business, Time Warner would have kept Court TV.”

Katherine Green Leaving HLN

katherine green hlnKatherine Green is stepping down as senior vice president and managing editor of HLN, TVNewser has learned. Green, who has a second child on the way, wants “to be a full-time mom before deciding her next move,” general manager Albie Hecht announced to HLN staffers Monday.

“I’d like to thank Katherine for her dedication, passion and leadership. Since joining HLN nearly two years ago, she quickly became an integral part of the executive team that oversaw some of HLN’s biggest ratings successes in its history,” Hecht wrote. “Please join me in wishing Katherine all the best.”

Green joined HLN in 2011 after three years at CNN International, where she was the senior vice president and and general manager. Her departure from HLN comes as the network attempts to reposition itself within the cable news landscape, recently announcing programming changes to its daytime and primetime shows.

The full note from Hecht is after the jump. Read more

HLN SVP Bill Galvin Moving to CNNI; CNNI’s Katherine Green Moves to HLN

Some changes are coming to CNN and HLN in the new year, starting with some movement among three top network executives: Bill Galvin, Katherine Green and Mike McCarthy.

TVNewser has learned that after two years as HLN’s senior vice president, Galvin will move to CNN International as SVP of business development and sports programming, responsible for special coverage and sponsored content of CNNI. He will also be in charge of sports coverage across CNN Worldwide.

Green will move into the role of SVP and managing editor at HLN. She has served as the SVP of programming at CNNI since 2007. McCarthy, currently VP of coverage and feature programming at CNNI, will be promoted to her former post.

After the jump, read the internal memo to staffers sent earlier today by Tony Maddox and Scot Safon.

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In His Memoir, CNN EVP Mark Whitaker Turns a Journalistic Eye on Himself

TVNewser stopped by a book party last night for CNN EVP Mark Whitaker, held at the Upper West Side apartment of HBO Video President Henry McGee and his wife, Celia. (HBO and CNN are both owned by Time Warner.) Whitaker’s family memoir, My Long Trip Home, will be released Tuesday.

In a room packed with colleagues and friends — people he called his “journalistic families” from stints at Newsweek, NBC and CNN — Whitaker (pictured here with his wife, Alexis Gelber) chronicled the experience of writing the memoir, which tells the story of his parents, an interracial couple who met in the 1950s.

“What really got me going and kept me going was not so much writing from memory, which I started to do at the beginning,” he said. “But when I realized that there were a lot of gaps in the story that needed to be filled, and I started to report. And it was really the reporting of the story that I became obsessed with.”

See who else was at the party after the jump.

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