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The P.M. Ticker: War Doc, Reporter Injured, Anchor Iced

  • Soledad O’Brien returns to CNN tonight with a new documentary, “The War Comes Home.” Airing at 9pmET and produced by O’Brien’s Starfish Media Group, the documentary follows the personal battles of two men after they leave the battlefield.

  • New York Times reporter Alissa Rubin was injured when the relief helicopter she was traveling in crashed. The chopper went down shortly after takeoff Tuesday killing the pilot. The helicopter was on a mission to aid Yazidi refugees in Iraq.

  • The ice bucket challenge hit CNBC this afternoon as “Fast Money Halftime Report” host Scott Wapner got doused. His nominees for the challenge include Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Dick Costolo.


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The Morning Ticker: Elliott, Gallagher, Atencio…

  • Disney/ABC Co-president Ben Sherwood is hopeful Josh Elliott will re-sign with ABC News. “We love Josh. We hope Josh is going to stay for a very long time,” Sherwood tells THR. Elliott, the “Good Morning America” newsreader, is seeking a major pay raise.

  • Delia Gallagher returns to CNN as Vatican correspondent. Gallagher, based in Rome, had been CNN’s Faith and Values Correspondent in the mid-2000s. Most recently she has been Senior Editor for the magazine Inside the Vatican.

  • Fusion will air a primetime news special, #SOSVenezuela, tomorrow night at 10pmET. Fusion’s Mariana Atencio, who reported from Caracas last month, will take viewers on a journey through the streets of Venezuela with a personal look at 10 days that shook the country.

Fusion Added to Dish Network, Shifts Programming

Jorge RamosFour months in, Fusion, the joint venture between ABC News and Univision, is shaking up its programming while adding 14 million more homes. Dish Network will now carry the news and lifestyle channel geared toward millennials, making it available in about 35 million homes, well on the way to its goal of being in 60 million homes in its first 5 years.

Among the programming changes: the morning show moves to the evenings and two daily programs will scale back to weeklies. The changes come on the same day Univision and Fusion anchor Jorge Ramos signed a contract extension keeping him with Fusion through the 2016 election. “Even though Jorge has been on television longer than Walter Cronkite, many Americans are discovering Jorge for the first time now that he has a program in English,” says Fusion CEO Isaac Lee in a note to staff.

Ramos, who co-anchors the evening newscast on Univision, will scale back his nightly Fusion show “America” to Tuesday nights, allowing more time for field interviews and transforming the program from a daily newscast to a weekly news magazine. Leon Krauze‘s “Open Source” will also scale back from nightly to weekly. The move comes as Krauze, who is also the main anchor at Univision’s LA station KMEX, gears up for Fusion’s coverage of the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

“The Morning Show,” which Lee says “has exceeded our expectations,” will be rebranded and will now air at 8pmET and ”AM Tonight” anchored by Alicia Menendez moves to 9pmET.

More details in Lee’s note, after the jump…

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Fusion Boss Highlights ‘Exceptional’ Week for New Network

abc_fusion_logo_130508The 4-month-old cable network Fusion is taking a victory lap following coverage of two major stories in Latin America: the chaos in Venezuela and the capture of the world’s most wanted drug lord. Fusion CEO Isaac Lee , who is also president of Univision News, praised the partnerships with the channel’s parents, ABC News and Univision, while taking a jab at the competition.

“With few national outlets covering the story from the streets of Caracas, Fusion filled a void for many,” Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

Lee also notes that Fusion “tapped into the global resources of ABC News to cover the unrest in Ukraine,” while at the same time helping ABC News cover the events in Caracas. Fusion anchor, and Venezuela native, Mariana Atencio reported for “ABC World News” last night. And when the news broke Saturday that Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán was captured, Fusion’s Mariana van Zeller, who reported a documentary on the drug lord, appeared on “World News,” “GMA,” and “This Week.”

Lee’s note after the jump…

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Venezuelan President Threatens to Expel CNN

cnn espanol venezuelaVenezuelan president Nicolas Maduro is threatening to expel CNN from the country, calling the network’s coverage of deadly political protests “war propaganda,” Reuters reports:

Local television networks have provided almost no live coverage of the protests against Maduro, which began last month over a wide range of complaints including inflation, violent crime, corruption and shortages of basic products. As result, many opposition supporters have turned to CNN Espanol, available to some cable TV subscribers, which in recent days has been the only television to offer live broadcasts of opposition press conferences.

“I’ve asked the (information) minister to tell CNN we have started the administrative process to remove them from Venezuela if they don’t rectify (their behavior),” Maduro said on state TV. “Enough! I won’t accept war propaganda against Venezuela.”

A Colombia-based cable news channel, NTN24, was removed from Venezuelan cable lineups last week. NTN24 is one of several networks that provides programming to MundoFox, 21st Century Fox’s Spanish-language broadcast network. Meanwhile, Fusion’s Mariana Atencio continues to report from Caracas for the ABC/Univision newschannel.

Reporters Caught in the Middle of Deadly Protests in Ukraine, Venezuela

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Tensions between protesters and police in two parts of the world intensified overnight.

U.S. cable news networks kept cameras trained on Kiev, Ukraine as a fresh round of violence has left dozens dead, despite a ceasefire called hours earlier. Holly Williams is reporting from Kiev for CBS News, Richard Engel is there for NBC News, Nick Paton Walsh for CNN.

And in Venezuela, social and economic problems have fired up protesters for days in several cities. On Wednesday student and beauty queen Genesis Carmona died after being shot in the head at a protest in Valencia.

Venezuelan-born Fusion anchor Mariana Atencio, has been reporting from the country all week on the growing protests. Wednesday she tweeted a picture of her cameraman who was hit by the plastic bullets being fired by national police. Read more

The Ticker: Inside Iran, Fusion/Lauer, Romney

  • ABC News is presenting a series of “Inside Iran” reports on air and online this week. In his first reporting trip to Iran, Muhammad Lila is talking to people throughout the country about religious, cultural and political influences shaping their day-to-day lives. The reports will include a live blog and a Google Hangout from inside an Iranian classroom.

  • Mitt Romney, who has granted only a handful of interviews since the 2012 Presidential election, will appear on “Meet the Press” this week to talk about the Obamacare rollout.

‘GMA’ and ‘Despierta America’ Will Join Forces on Fusion Launch Day

To mark the launch of Fusion next Monday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Univision’s “Despierta America” will combine for a “fused” morning show. Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez will join the “GMA” team in Times Square, while ABC’s Lara Spencer and Sam Champion will be live from the “Despierta America” set in Miami.

Portions of each broadcast will be simulcast on both networks to a combined audience of over 6 million viewers. Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio, and Yannis Pappas, the hosts of “The Morning Show” on Fusion, will also be part of the crossover event.

Fusion Morning Show Hosts Make Debut On ‘Good Morning America’

The hosts of Fusion’s upcoming “The Morning Show” made their TV debut this morning… on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” ABC News is the co-owner of Fusion, alongside Univision.

People in Times Square waved paddles with the Fusion logo, as George Stephanopoulos, Sam Champion and Lara Spencer welcomed the team of Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio and Yannis Pappas to the plaza outside the studio.

“Welcome to morning television guys, you are definitely young enough for morning television, that’s for sure,” Stephanopoulos said.

“We are the morning show for 24 year olds,” Atencio said. “We are trying to make a show that is reflective of the very fast pace, BuzzFeed driven, sometimes cynical but very fun world that young people live in.”

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Where to Watch the Second Presidential Debate

Tonight’s Presidential debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley, will be held at Hofstra University at 9pmET. Here’s a round-up of what the broadcast and cable networks have planned.

On ABC News, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage from 9pm-11pmET. They will be joined by Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jon Karl. “Nightline” will be live at 11:35pmET, and ABC News will stream the debate online.

CBS News will also be live from 9pm-11pmET with Scott Pelley at the anchor desk. The network’s post-debate coverage will feature a poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters around the nation.

Brian Williams will anchor from 9pm-11pmET on NBC News in New York City. He will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. Andrea Mitchell will lead the network’s “Truth Squad” fact-check team.

PBS is live from 9-11pmET. Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will anchor coverage, and political editor Christina Bellantoni will be on hand to report on social media reactions to the debate.

Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor on Fox Broadcasting beginning at 9pmET.

Plans for the cable networks are after the jump. Read more