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The Saturday Ticker: Coast, Flight, Launch

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” heads to the coast for its annual summer-at-the-shore edition tomorrow. Lee Cowan anchors the broadcast from the former home of Katharine Hepburn in Old Saybrook, Conn.

  • Tuesday night, CNN airs the special report “Witnessed: The Crash of TWA Flight 800″ which reconstructs the events that unfolded over Long Island on that fateful day in 1996 and the four year investigation that followed.

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TVNewser’s 2013 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is here (even though it may not feel like it where you are) and with it comes the sweet sound of sneakers on hardwood: the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.

Every year we have some of the best and brightest from the world of TV news come together in one competition to see who is tops at picking winners and losers.

Ultimately there can be only one winner, and they get the chance to brag about their picking prowess for all to see. 2012′s winner was Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald. Liz wont be participating this year, but 2011′s winner Dominic Chu is back to try and reclaim the title.

Here is your 2013 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

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2012 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas last night, March Madness has officially come to an end. That also means that it is time to declare a winner in TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness bracket challenge.

Your 2012 TVNewser bracket challenge winner is…

Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald!

“It was great fun going up against really tough competition,” MacDonald says. “I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s champion.”

It was a close match this year, with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kyra Phillips very close behind MacDonald in the standings. This is the second straight year that a competitor for one of the business news networks won. Last year’s winner was Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu. Chu also had a good showing this year, placing ninth.

In last place, tragically, was your humble TVNewser editor, who clearly needs to reevaluate his college basketball picking skills. My strategy of picking teams who had cool mascots (Blue Devils? Awesome!) may not have been the most sound.

A big “Thank You!” to all of this year’s participants.

The final standings are below.
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2012 TVNewser Bracket Challenge ‘Final Four’ Update

And then there were four. Teams that is. The NCAA March Madness basketball tournament is nearing its conclusion, with only four teams left vying for the championship.

With the end in sight, it is a good time to check in our TVNewser Bracket Challenge. Joe Kernen has held on to the top spot, although the competition is fierce. Randi Kaye, Brooke Baldwin, Liz MacDonald and Kyra Phillips are all right behind him, with a number of others still within striking distance.

In last place at the moment, regrettably, is your TVNewser editor. This is what happens when you go to a Division III school.

Update: On “Squawk Box” this morning, Kernen noted that he was in first place in the TVNewser challenge, and took issue with me for not posting an update late last week.

WATCH (6:30 in):

The Final Four games will be played next weekend, with the championship set for April 2.

The full rankings, after the jump.

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Reunion on FBN

On Fox Business yesterday, FBN’s Liz Claman reunited with her old CNBC cohorts Dennis Kneale and Charlie Gasparino. FBN’s Liz MacDonald was also reunited with Gasparino and Kneale: They previously worked at “The Wall Street Journal” together. It’s a small news world.

Liz MacDonald and Poodles Volunteer in Community

liz_macdonald.jpgA new NY Daily News profile of Fox Business Network’s Liz Macdonald presents another side of the FBN stocks editor that we don’t always have the chance to see: kind-hearted volunteer. Also, she’s pretty pretty. For example, here she explains the time she accidentally high-fived Mother Teresa:

“It was the most humiliating thing I’ve ever done in my life. And then I realized what I did and I grabbed her hand and raised it, like London Bridge looking at her, if you know the game London Bridge, with me as London Bridge. The nuns are looking at me like, ‘Who let this American lunatic in the door?’”

In addition to socially awkward moments with probable future saints, we also learn about the humanitarian work MacDonald has done in her own community: bringing her two poodles, both trained therapy dogs, to nursing homes and hospices to engage with patients.

“What really touches me is that you go into these nursing homes, and a lot of the elderly have been left behind. No one is coming to visit them. I don’t like to see people lonely. It’s heartbreaking.”

The article hasn’t been posted online, but you can download a PDF of it here.

Red Eyes For Biz Nets As Wall Street Sees Red

In what has been described tonight as, “a day that will force us to review the total financial system of America,” on CNBC and “one day in American business that has not been seen in years” on FBN, Wall Street is bracing for what could be a brutal Monday. CNBC was live from 8-11pmET, with Dylan Ratigan and Melissa Lee anchoring. Many of the major anchors and reporters were on hand, including David Faber, Charlie Gasparino, Melissa Caruso-Cabrera and Steve Liesman. Now CNBC is airing a feed from CNBC Asia.

FBN was live from 8-9pmET, with Brian Sullivan anchoring. Contributing were Liz MacDonald, Eric Bolling, Louise Pennell in Seattle in front of Washington Mutual Center and Adam Shapiro in front of Lehman Brothers in New York City. Liz Claman will appear on CBS’ The Early Show tomorrow morning.

Bloomberg, which is live every Sunday beginning at 6pmET, had special reports every hour during the day and is focusing much of the attention tonight on the American markets:

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