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The Morning Ticker: Velshi Expanding, ‘Today’ Gets SiriusXM, CEOs Score

  • Starting today, Al Jazeera America’s “Real Money with Ali Velshi” will expand to one hour. Velshi says the goal of the program, which airs Monday-Saturday at 7pmET, “[I]s to shed a light on the needs of millions of Americans – not only by looking at Washington and policymakers, but by talking to real families and Americans experiencing economic struggles.”

  • SiriusXM and NBC News will launch “Today Show Radio” June 26. The new channel 108 will give SiriusXM listeners across the country access to live audio feeds of the show, including replays. “Today” joins other NBU channels on SiriusXM including CNBC on channel 112, and MSNBC on channel 117.

  • The Wrap is out with its 2013 Compensation Survey. CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves pulled in $66.9 million, a +7.6% gain over 2012. Steve Burke, president and CEO of NBCUniversal, earned $31.1 million, an increase of $4.8 million over the previous year, and Disney CEO Bob Iger took a -14% pay cut, still pulling in $34.3 million.

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If Aereo Wins, Here’s a Plan B for Broadcasters

aereo_logo 304x200If Aereo loses its Supreme Court case, to be argued a week from today, it does not have a plan B.

Broadcasters, on the other hand, do. The Wall Street Journal reports today that CBS, one of the broadcasters that has sued to shut down the service, alleging that it steals their content, has a backup plan. CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves has said the broadcast network could move to cable, preventing Aereo from taking the signal which now goes out over the air. Another option: beat Aereo at its own game. From the WSJ:

[A] person familiar with the situation said CBS has the ability to launch a service that would stream its programming over the Web simultaneously with its television broadcasts. CBS would charge a few dollars a month and show ads, the person said. Such a service would also likely offer on-demand programming. It could include Showtime, the CBS-owned premium cable channel, which would increase the subscription fee, the person said. CBS would use technology company Syncbak, in which it owns a minority stake, to power streaming of local TV stations’ signals over the Web, the person said.

Katie Couric will be interviewing Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia. The interview will be on Yahoo! Thursday morning. And to learn more about Aereo, and its fight with broadcasters, we’ll be debating it at the TVNewser Show, two weeks from today: BIA/Kelsey SVP Mark Fratrik, Internet attorney Tim Bukher and U.S. Law Week’s Tom Taylor will join us. Click here for more information, and to register.

Stephen Colbert to Succeed David Letterman as Host of ‘The Late Show’

stephen colbertIt’s official: Stephen Colbert will take over as the host of CBS’ “The Late Show” when David Letterman retires next year.

Specifics of Colbert’s show — including the premiere date, producers and location — will be determined after the timeline is decided for Letterman’s retirement, CBS said. Colbert has hosted his Comedy Central show, “The Colbert Report,” since 2005.

“Stephen Colbert is one of the most inventive and respected forces on television,” CBS president and CEO Les Moonves said in a statement. “David Letterman’s legacy and accomplishments are an incredible source of pride for all of us here, and today’s announcement speaks to our commitment of upholding what he established for CBS in late night.”

“Simply being a guest on David Letterman’s show has been a highlight of my career,” Colbert added. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave’s lead.”

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David Letterman to Leave ‘Late Show’

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During the taping of tonight’s “Late Show,” David Letterman announced next year will be his last on the show he’s hosted for more than two decades. Letterman, who turns 67 next week, signed a contract extension in October. He has spent almost half his life hosting a late night TV show: 11 years at NBC’s “Late Night,” and since 1993 fronting CBS’s “Late Show.”

“What this means now, is that Paul and I can be married,” Letterman, joked, referring to his sidekick of more than three decades, Paul Schaffer. Here’s the statement from CBS Corp. Chairman Les Moonves:

“When Dave decided on a one-year extension for his most recent contract, we knew this day was getting closer, but that doesn’t make the moment any less poignant for us. For 21 years, David Letterman has graced our Network’s air in late night with wit, gravitas and brilliance unique in the history of our medium. During that time, Dave has given television audiences thousands of hours of comedic entertainment, the sharpest interviews in late night, and brilliant moments of candor and perspective around national events. He’s also managed to keep many celebrities, politicians and executives on their toes – including me. There is only one David Letterman. His greatness will always be remembered here, and he will certainly sit among the pantheon of this business. On a personal note, it’s been a privilege to get to know Dave and to enjoy a terrific relationship. It’s going to be tough to say goodbye. Fortunately, we won’t have to do that for another year or so. Until then, we look forward to celebrating Dave’s remarkable show and incredible talents.”

The news was first reported on Twitter by the show’s bassist Mike Mills just after 4pmET. Here’s how the news networks followed up on Twitter:

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CBS’ Les Moonves Surprised by Comcast-Time Warner Cable Deal

FaberMoonvesCNBC’s David Faber continues on the media beat today. In addition to his interview with his boss’s boss’s boss’s boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, about the company’s proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable, Faber just wrapped up an interview with CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves.

“I think everybody was pretty surprised by what happened,” says Moonves about the Comcast-TWC deal.”Everybody thought they were in Sochi, and here they were making a huge deal.”

“We’re still looking at the ramifications but we have a wonderful relationship with all the terrific people at Comcast and if this goes through, we look forward to working with them.”

Moonves came out on the winning end of a fight with Time Warner Cable last year. He was booked on CNBC to talk about CBS’s Q4 earnings report. CBS had revenue of $3.9 billion, up +6%.

“I think Comcast appreciates the value of our content and will pay appropriately for it,” Moonves says.

CBS Lands NFL Thursday Night Games for 2014 Season

NFLONCBSCBS has won the rights to air eight early season NFL games on Thursday nights during the 2014 season, CBS and the NFL announced today.

The early season package of games will be simulcasted on The NFL Network, who will exclusively televise eight late season games. The mix of games will feature 14 on Thursday nights and two late season games on Saturday.

“We are very pleased to build on our outstanding partnership with the NFL by expanding our coverage to Thursday nights,” said CBS Corp. CEO Les Moonves. “CBS is a premium content company and the NFL represents the best premium content there is.”

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is excited at the opportunity to reach a wider audience: “Our goal is to bring these games to more fans on broadcast television with unprecedented promotion and visibility for Thursday Night Football on CBS.”

All games will be produced by CBS with its broadcast duo of Jim Nantz and Phil Simms calling Thursday night games. NFL Network talent will also be featured on CBS games during pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.

The deal is for the 2014 season with the NFL holding an option for an additional year.

The Ticker: CNN.com, Moonves, Lauer

  • The relaunch of CNN.com has been delayed, Capital New York’s Alex Weprin reports. The $15 million project, scheduled to be unveiled this fall, has been pushed to an early 2014 launch.

Julie Chen Reveals Having Surgery On her ‘Asian Eyes’

When Julie Chen was a local news reporter in Ohio she asked the news director if she could fill in as an anchor. Chen says the news director told her, “‘You will never be on this anchor desk, because you’re Chinese.’ He said ‘Let’s face it Julie, how relatable are you to our community? How big of an Asian community do we have in Dayton? On top of that because of your Asian eyes, I’ve noticed that when you’re on camera, you look disinterested and bored.’”

So rather than calling HR, Chen got some other advice. A bigtime agent pretty much told her the same thing.

“It felt like a dagger in my heart,” she says, “Because all of my life I wanted to be a network anchor.” She eventually did, on CBS’s “The Early Show.” And along the way, she married the boss, CBS Corp. chairman Les Moonves.

Chen revealed all this on “The Talk” yesterday as the CBS daytime chat show returned for a new season with hosts revealing their secrets.

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Les Moonves: ‘It’s good to be back’ on Time Warner Cable

A month ago, when CBS stations first went dark for Time Warner Cable customers, CBS CEO Les Moonves told the LA Times that they were “at war” with the cable company.

As the blackout persisted, the rhetoric only heated up. Now that a deal is done (just in time for the US Open finals and the start of the NFL season), Moonves is striking a more friendly tone toward the company he was at war with, while still acknowledging the rough month.

“This has been a difficult time for our viewers and for CBS. I am glad it’s behind us,” Moonves wrote to staff. “After a terrific summer of programming, we now all look forward to the new television season. It’s good to be back.”

The good news for CBS is that ratings were not significantly affected, though most shows were down slightly. The bad news for consumers is that feuds like these will likely only increase over the next few years, as content companies seek higher carriage fees from cable companies, which in turn are trying to keep prices low so consumers don’t bail on them.

Moonves’ letter to CBS staff, below.
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Les Moonves: ‘Never in my most pessimistic moments’ Could I Have Predicted TWC Stall

This morning the CBS Corporation announced a deal with Verizon Fios to extend their retransmission consent agreement, and to add CBS Sports Network to a lower tier. Following the announcement, CBS CEO Les Moonves sent a note to staff applauding the deal, and sharing some new thoughts on the Time Warner Cable situation.

That memo, which was obtained by TVNewser, shows frustration on the part of Moonves with TWC, and also sheds some light on what may be a sticking point between the two companies.

I cannot describe to you the frustration I feel at the way these negotiations have gone. Never in my most pessimistic moments did I ever think that they would have lasted this long and have been so difficult. In many aspects of the deal, Time Warner Cable is demanding different terms than any other company in the business. I am frankly mystified by what appears to be a lack of urgency to resolve this matter for their customers.

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