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‘Fusion Live’ Canceled, Staffers Shift as New Specials are Planned

FusionLive“Fusion Live,” the nightly newscast of the 14-month-old ABC-Univision network has been canceled, TVNewser has learned. This is the second cancellation this week of a nightly newscast geared toward millennial viewers. On Monday, Pivot shelved “Take Part Live.”

“Fusion Live” had been a part of the network’s primetime since March. Anchored by Mariana Atencio, Pedro Andrade and Yannis Pappas, who had been the hosts of “The Morning Show,” “Fusion Live” aired at 8pmET.

Pappas left the network in August. Atencio and Andrade will turn their attention to specials produced by a new production team headed by VP of news Mark Lima. Show EP Javier Guzman will be leaving the network while other staffers will shift to other show units. “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and “No You Shut Up” are the remaining originally-produced, daily programs on Fusion.

“2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve,” Fusion head Isaac Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The network will be working with other corporate partners, including ESPN, to bring new programming to Fusion in the new year. Lee’s note, after the jump…

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In Profile: Payne, Atencio, Bartiromo

The host and namesake of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money With Charles Paynesat down with New Jersey Monthly to discuss the benefits of dressing for success.

There’s some common-sense stuff that’s just not being taught in high schools… A little thing like dressing right goes a long way.

Fusion’s Mariana Atencio wrote a first-hand account of how student activism inspired her to be a journalist. Mariana will be participating in Fusion’s RiseUp summit next Wednesday.

Every time I’m in the field as a correspondent, whether it’s in Ferguson or Hong Kong, I see a reflection of my younger self in the students who are putting themselves at risk by standing up to power and shouting “enough already!”

FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo was featured in Palm Springs Life magazine to discuss bringing “Opening Bell” to Palm Springs tomorrow, talking to CEOs and the job market.

I talked with one CEO who told me he is backing this clinical trial where you insert a semiconductor chip or sensor into your blood stream and your phone will call you  two weeks before you’re suppose to have a heart attack to say you are going to have a heart attack and you need to go see the doctor

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.


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.

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