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The Ticker: Vause, Labott, King

  • CNN anchor and reporter John Vause was a passenger on Tel Aviv-bound Delta Flight 468 which was diverted to Paris following reports of rocket debris near Ben Gurion Airport. “An hour out of Tel Aviv-just told a rocket landed near BG Airport,” he tweeted.

  • CNN has promoted foreign affairs reporter Elise Labott to global affairs correspondent. Washington, DC-based Labott has been with the network since 2000 working as a foreign affairs producer and reporter.

  • Longtime CNN host Larry King is relishing an Emmy nomination as Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis program. His “Larry King Now” is the only digital show to be nominated for an Emmy in this category.

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The Morning Ticker: New ‘Week,’ Eye Opener, Live Ender

  • Investment firm SkyBridge Capital has licensed the rights to long-running PBS series “Wall Street Week.” Former CNBCers Susan Krakower and Raymond Borelli have joined SkyBridge to oversee development, programming and distribution for the show’s revival.
  • Who says the younger generation doesn’t watch news? A current events class at a high school in Wallace, Idaho is using the “CBS This Morning” eye opener as a way to get caught up on current events.
  • Newsday’s Verne Gay writes about the end of an era on CNN. Last night was the final night a live program will air at 9pmET, for now. Staring in 1980, Sandi Freeman hosted a nightly show at 9pm. “Larry King Live” took over the slot in 1985, and would remain for 25 years.

Jesse Ventura Goes Off The Grid for New Show

JesseVenturaOraHe’s fought, wrestled, acted and governed. Now Jesse Ventura is back in front of a camera — from Mexico — with a new show on Ora.tv, which is also home to Larry King. Mediabistro managing editor Valerie Berrios caught up with Ventura about how “Off the Grid” differs from his last TV series, “Jesse Ventura’s America” on MSNBC:

“Well, this program differs in the fact that in my short-lived time at MSNBC of about four weeks — even though they paid me huge money for three years — all the topics came from upstairs… the topics come from me. And I don’t answer to anybody.”

Berrios: How did you end up on Ora.tv? Why this platform?
Ventura: My last book tour in the United States was not overly successful because I was pretty much blackballed by NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC. I have a difficult time now gaining an audience there because they won’t put me on, and so Off the Grid is my way of combating them. They can’t control me now. I can do my own show and people can listen to me and hear what I have to say at their convenience. It’s been a Godsend for me. I thank Larry King from the day we met doing an interview on my book tour when he told me about Ora.tv.

Ventura also talks about his “good friend,” Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano and what he learned recently from watching Nancy Grace.

Click through for So What Do You Do, Jesse Ventura?

Larry King Calls CNN’s Piers Morgan Hire a Mistake, Morgan Hits Back

The last two people to occupy CNN’s 9pmET hosting chair made frank comments about each other today after Larry King gave his opinion about CNN’s decision to hire Piers Morgan as his replacement.

“I thought they made a mistake in the Piers hire,” King said on Howard Stern’s radio show. “I thought it was a mistake, one, to hire a Britisher in prime time and, two, I thought that he made himself too much part of the show.”

And Morgan responded.

Morgan added one more jab at his predecessor.

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Snoop Dogg Might Be One of Larry King’s ‘Main Men,’ but Donald Sterling Isn’t

larrykingFormer CNN host Larry King‘s response to whether he and rapper Snoop Dogg are engaged in a “bromance” might surprise you.

“Snoop Dogg is one of my main men,” King answered during an “Ask Me Anything” session on Reddit yesterday. “You don’t have to smoke pot to be in his presence. I love him, he’s bright, he’s fun, he’s a good father, and a good man. Snoop is my man.”

But King also pointed out who isn’t one of his men: scandal-plagued Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling.

I completely agree with what Adam Silver did today. He was outstanding. I am a Clipper fan, I wasn’t going to let my children go to the game tonight, but now they will go. I know Donald Sterling, I’m embarrassed for him, I like his wife very much and she deserves better. This was a great decision. Great for the league, great for society. This is a historic day. Go Clippers!

The Ticker: CBS News, Webby Awards, Beck

  • CBS News will air the results of a six-month-long investigation on spinal-fusion surgery on tomorrow morning’s “CBS This Morning.” The investigation looked at government databases to see how often doctors have performed the surgeries, and what the results were.

  • The 18th Annual Webby Awards voting closes tomorrow, with this year’s winners set to be announced on April 28. Al Jazeera’s “The Stream,” “60 Minutes Overtime,” and CNN are some TV news outlets nominated for digital awards.

  • On his radio show today, Glenn Beck recounted an email from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, apologizing for never thanking him for the gift–a first-edition copy of George Washington’s farewell address–Beck sent during the 2012 campaign. Romney’s reason for never sending a thank you note: his son never gave him the book.

Geraldo Rivera Criticizes Media for Covering Ukraine More Than Venezuela

Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera told Larry King he blames the media for overcovering Ukraine when violence in Venezuela is much more relevant to U.S. interests.

“I don’t understand it,” Rivera said on King’s Ora.tv show “Politicking,” highlighting the fact that millions of Americans are Venezuelan.

“A lot of it is the media’s fault,” he added, saying the media is all over tumult across the globe, but doesn’t focus on violence “right next store.”

Larry King: ‘I Don’t Work for RT’

larrykingFollowing RT anchor Liz Wahl quitting on-air Wednesday afternoon, Larry King has been getting some heat for his show that airs on RT America.

King tells The Daily Beast about his ties to RT:

“I don’t work for RT,” said the 81-year-old King, whose podcasts, Larry King Now and Politicking, are licensed for a fee to RT America by New York-based Ora TV, in which King has an equity stake. “It’s a deal made between the companies…They just license our shows.”

He also vowed to stop airing on RT if any of his interviews are altered:

“If they took something out, I would never do it,” he insisted. “It would be bad if they tried to edit out things. I wouldn’t put up with it…As long as they don’t, as long as they’re carrying stuff critical of them, I’ve got no problem with it.” Attempting to distance himself, he added: “You may not like what Russia’s doing now, but I’m really a party removed.”

Your Pick for Piers Morgan’s Replacement is…

Larry KingAfter Larry King fueled speculation about a possible return to CNN following the news of Piers Morgan‘s show cancellation, we asked you who you’d like to see slide into the 9pmET CNN chair.

With close to 12,000 overall poll votes, the legendary interviewer in suspenders ran away with the win, with 86% of you voting for King to retake the 9pm hour he hosted for 25 years. Coming in a distant second was recently departed “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno with 8%.

Rounding out the top five were Katie Couric (3%), and a tie between CNN’s Bill Weir and “other” at 2%. Some of your other selections included embattled teen star Justin Bieber, Jerry Seinfeld, and the highly camera-friendly Donald Duck. We’re keeping the poll open, so feel free to vote if you haven’t.

King told us last year it was CNN founder Ted Turner that gave him his big break.

With Piers Morgan Out, Could Larry King Be on His Way Back to CNN?

larrykingWith his replacement at CNN officially out, Larry King says he’d be open to a return to the network he was pushed out of in 2010.

“If he (Jeff Zucker) talked to the people at Ora TV and they could work it out, I would do it,” King told The Daily Beast. King also agreed with Morgan’s belief that being British put him at a disadvantage with American audiences.

Back in 2011, King blamed CNN for overselling Morgan from the start.

We’re hearing from network insiders there’s no interest in a King return, but we want to know what you think. Who should replace Piers Morgan at 9pmET on CNN?

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