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The Ticker: Zucker, Zuckerberg, Roberts

  • At next week’s Advertising Week throughout New York City, CNN’s Anderson Cooper will interview his boss Jeff Zucker at a panel presented by, no surprise, Time Warner as well as Adweek. They will discuss how social media has impacted the news cycle.

  • At the Newseum, Mark Zuckerberg was asked whether he was interested in bringing original news to Facebook. “I can’t see at any point us getting into producing our own content. I just think there are so many other people who produce awesome content that it’s not our place.”

  • A year ago tomorrow “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. To mark the anniversary, Roberts taped a new public service announcement for Be The Match, photo below. The promo debuts tomorrow on “GMA.”

Robin Roberts PSA

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New Viewership Lows for CNN’s ‘New Day’

By the end of the week CNN’s “New Day” will have had interviews with the Duke of Cambridge, the King of Social Media and the President of the United States. Still, the new morning show is struggling to draw viewers interested in what it’s offering.

“New Day” set viewership lows Monday, with 61,000 demo viewers and 216,000 total viewers. On Tuesday, the show dropped further in the demo, to 59,000 but ticked up in total viewers with an average of 257,000. By Wednesday, the show drew 102,000 younger viewers and 314,000 total viewers. Up, but still off -12% and -10%, respectively, from their quarter-to-date average.

Monday’s show included Prince William’s first in-depth interview about being a new father. On Wednesday, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was the big get talking about Internet.org. On Friday, Chris Cuomo sits down with Pres. Obama.

August can be the cruelest month in TV as viewers simply aren’t tuned in. The hope is, when the kids go back to school and Summer vacations are over, viewers will return. In fact, the four cable news morning shows, “Fox & Friends,” MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” “New Day” and “Morning Express” on HLN, all slid Wednesday from their averages.

As for CNN, it’s still early. The show is only two months old. It’s a non-national election year. It’s been a quiet hurricane season. The broadcast shows are growing, (or at least not losing as much as they had been). Mobile is eating TV’s lunch breakfast. There are many places to point the finger. It’s not for lack of trying on CNN’s part. The effort is there. Viewers just need to see it. Right now, they’re not.

The CNN Ticker: Bourdain, Zuckerberg, Soledad

  • Season two of Anthony Bourdain‘s “Parts Unknown” will debut September 15 on CNN. The show will travel to Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank, Spain, South Africa, New Mexico, Detroit and Copenhagen in season two, among other places.

  • “New Day” had a TV exclusive with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this morning. Chris Cuomo asked about his Internet.org project, immigration reform and, well, Facebook. Video after the jump.

  • Soledad O’Brien, who now has deals with HBO and Al Jazeera America, will debut her latest documentary for CNN on August 30. “Great Expectations: A Black in America Special,” will look at the public school system in America. See the preview here.

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Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

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The Afternoon Ticker: ‘Nightline,’ Zahn, CNN

  • ABC’s “Nightline” has been quietly filming behind the scenes at Facebook in recent weeks, and already has a story cued up on the social network’s newest product: Graph Search. Facebook unveiled the new “Pillar,” as Mark Zuckerberg calls it, today. “Nightline’”s story airs tonight.

  • Investigation Discovery’s “On the Case with Paula Zahn” continues to be a ratings driver for the network. Sunday’s episode drew 1.125 million viewers, a record for the show, which is hosted by the former CNN and Fox News anchor.

Following Bone Marrow Transplant Revelation, Robin Roberts Says ‘Be a Donor’

Robin Roberts is turning her own scare with a rare bone marrow disorder, into a call for organ donation. This morning on “Good Morning America” Roberts announced that beginning today, she will begin pre-treatments that will result in a bone marrow transplant later this year. She has MDS, likely contracted as she battled breast cancer five years ago. The donor is her sister, WWL TV anchor Sally-Ann Roberts, pictured with Diane Sawyer and the “GMA” team this morning.

In a note following her televised announcement (read it after the jump), Roberts writes, “As you know from my recent interview with Mark Zuckerberg, organ donation is vitally important. Many people don’t realize they can be bone marrow donors. I encourage everyone to sign up on a donor registry like bethematch.org.

Roberts also says she’ll be back at work tomorrow following today’s procedure.

Going forward, it’s business as usual at GMA, which means I’ll be right here every day with George, Sam, Josh and Lara. When I miss a day here or there, I’m fortunate that some very talented friends at ABC News will fill-in. When I undergo the transplant later this year, I’ll miss a chunk of time.

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Facebook Mania Sweeps Cable News

It’s a May Friday, which would usually mean a slow news day… but not today. Facebook has gone public, and is now trading on the NASDAQ. CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the opening bell from Menlo Park, CA this morning.

After  some drama and a brief delay in trading, apparently due to overwhelming demand for orders, the stock started to trade at 11:30 AM. Not surprisingly, cable news has been eating it up, the business networks in particular:

For reporters covering the IPO, it was all about finding unique angles on the story. Take CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, for example:

Likewise, Bloomberg’s Dominic Chu used Twitter to provide some interesting background information on the trade:

Not to be outdone, even the “big three” cable news channels were sure to cover the news:

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Business Nets Plan Special Coverage of Facebook IPO

The business networks are gearing up for tomorrow’s Facebook IPO, which begins trading on the NASDAQ when the markets open tomorrow morning.

Bloomberg TV is kicking off coverage at 5pmET today with “Facebook: The Public Network,” a live three-hour special anchored by Emily Chang and Cory Johnson in San Francisco, Betty Liu in New York and Jon Erlichman at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. At 8pmET, Matt Miller will anchor a live one-hour special, followed by an updated version of Bloomberg’s “Game Changers” on Mark Zuckerberg at 9pmET.

CNBC devoted the 1pmET hour this afternoon to the IPO with a special anchored by Carl Quintanilla. He and Julia Boorstin will also report from Facebook’s headquarters tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” will broadcast from the NASDAQ, where Facebook will be trading, instead of their usual perch at the NYSE.

On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney will host a special “Varney & Co.” tomorrow morning to cover the market open and the IPO launch. Shibani Joshi will be live from Facebook’s headquarters and Lauren Simonetti will be at the NASDAQ.

Romneys on CBS, Zuckerberg on ABC, O’Neal on NBC: The Morning News Wars Wage On

All three network morning shows had big “gets” this morning, as the morning news wars continue closer than ever.

As we reported yesterday, Mitt and Ann Romney appeared on “CBS This Morning”:

On “Good Morning America,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled the “life saving” tool teased yesterday. It is a new tool to help people that need organ transplants get them:

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Facebook to Reveal Life-Saving Tool on ‘Good Morning America’

Now we know why ABC’s Robin Roberts made a quick trip out West after last Thursday’s “Good Morning America.” Roberts got a sit-down with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. In a press release ABC News says, “Zuckerberg gives Robin Roberts the first look at a new Facebook tool which has the power to save lives.” In addition, ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer interviews Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to “discuss the personal stories that led to this new initiative and its goals.”

Interesting that Facebook has chosen ABC News as the place to reveal the new tool, considering ABC’s online partner Yahoo! has just added two patents to its infringement lawsuit against Zuckerberg’s company which was first filed last month.

The “GMA” and “World News” interviews air tomorrow.

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