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CNBC’s ‘Next 25′ Gala Brings Out Finance Stars

In celebration of the network’s 25th anniversary, last night, CNBC hosted “The Next 25” Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Attendees included: Mickey Drexler, Martha Stewart, Jeffrey Bewkes, Barry Diller, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Sir Martin Sorrell, Jack Welch, Bob Wright, Regis Philbin, as well as CNBC talent and executives, to name a few.

(Photos by: Virginia Sherwood/CNBC)

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How the Martha Stewart Macy’s vs. JCP Trial is Like ‘Today’ vs. ‘CBS This Morning’

Martha Stewart spent four hours on the stand in a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday and 5 minutes this morning with Matt Lauer talking about it.

Stewart was called to testify at a trial brought by Macy’s over where her wares are sold. Macy’s claims their agreement precludes Stewart from selling certain products at other stores. But that didn’t stop the brand from entering into a partnership with JCPenney.

Lauer used the analogy of Stewart’s TV appearances. If she has a contract to appear exclusively on NBC would she then go on CBS?

Lauer said, “I was thinking last night, if you called me today and you said, ‘Matt, I’m going to do the meatloaf segment with you and all my cooking segments with you on the ‘Today’ show, but I’m going to go to ‘CBS This Morning’ and I’m going to do all of my decorating segments,’ I think that hurts me.”

“We would have had a discussion before,” said Stewart, “just as I tried to have a discussion with (Macy’s CEO) Terry Lundgren. But– and my daughter called him during last year. My daughter who really is very, you know, worried about this whole situation, he would not speak to her. He would not speak to anybody involved. And that’s kind of wrong.”

The Ticker: Zirinsky, Couric, Lyne

  • New York Festival International Television & Film Awards will honor CBS News Senior Executive Producer Susan Zirinsky with the 2013 TV & Film Lifetime Achievement Award. Zirinsky, thought to be the inspiration for Holly Hunter’s character in the 1987 film “Broadcast News,” began her career as a part-time production clerk in 1972.

  • Katie Couric returns to Newtown, Connecticut for a special town hall episode of “Katie,” airing Monday. Nearly three months after the tragedy, Couric will show how the town is committed to ensure that their loved ones have not died in vain.

  • Susan Lyne, who’s held executive positions at ABC, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and Gilt, has been named CEO of AOL’s brand group made up of AOL sites including Huffington Post, Moviefone, Aol.com and Patch.

Martha Stewart Gets Cooking on PBS

Martha Stewart is taking her culinary talents to PBS. Once syndicated, and more recently on Hallmark Channel, Stewart is cooking up something new for public television. “Martha Stewart’s Cooking School,” inspired by her best-selling book, will be presented in association with PBS station WETA Washington, D.C., and will air on PBS stations across the nation beginning this Fall.

“PBS is the perfect home for this series,” says Stewart of the weekly 30-minute broadcast. “We’ll show viewers how to prepare classic dishes as well as how to use proper techniques.”

Hallmark Channel canceled Stewart’s show earlier this year.

A Party Tonight, Before the Today Celebration

The party’s still going at the Edison Ballroom in Times Square as the “Today” show celebrates its 60th anniversary. The morning milestone began with a welcome from “Today” frontman Matt Lauer before singer Pit Bull took the stage.

Fourth hour hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford were early arrivals, with Kotb (below) front and center during Pit Bull’s set. We spotted NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” EP Jim Bell working the room, as longtime EP and, later NBCU president Jeff Zucker was deep in conversation with former “Today” anchor Meredith Vieira.

“Today” senior broadcast producer Don Nash, who’s been with the show more than a third of its life — 23 years — tells TVNewser tomorrow’s anniversary program is not to be missed. All former living on air talent — save for Joe Garagiola and Gene Shalit who aren’t able to make it — will be a part of the show. And we spotted many of them at the party tonight, including Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, (above) Barbara Walters, John Palmer and Hugh Downs.

NBC spared no expense flying in correspondents from other NBC bureaus including Andrea Mitchell, Kerry Sanders, Kevin Tibbles, Janet Shamlian and Luke Russert.

Brian Williams stopped in after “Nightly News.” And we chatted with “Today” anchors Savannah Guthrie, Jenna Wolfe and Amy Robach, here with husband Andrew Shue, and said hello to Willard Scott on our way out. Other “Today” regulars celebrating  included Jill Rappaport, Martha Stewart, the Scotto family and Bobby Flay. We chatted with Andy Cohen (mostly about NeNe Leakes) who later tonight will be interviewing Rosie O’Donnell on his Bravo show, “Watch What Happens Live.”

Rounding out the crowd: Willie Geist, Jeff Rossen, Martin Bashir, Carl Quintanilla, Andrew Ross Sorkin, Tyler Mathisen, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNBC president Mark Hoffman and many more I may have missed. Because, as I said, the party is still going. Then, tomorrow at 7am, “Today” takes the party nationwide.

Andrea Mitchell and Jeff Zucker

Kerry Sanders and Jenna Wolfe

(Photos: Chris Ariens)

Willie Geist: My Eggs Are More Beautiful Than Martha’s

This morning, MSNBC’s Willie Geist scrambled some eggs with Martha Stewart.

Geist went on Stewart’s Hallmark TV show and cooked up “Scrambled Eggs with Salmon Roe in Eggshell Cups” and “Baked Eggs with Bacon, Cheese and Herbs,” both recipes from her new book, Martha’s Entertaining: A Year of Celebrations.

Geist: “Not for nothing, but I feel like — and we’ll let the audience decide — my [eggs] are a little more beautiful than Martha’s.”

In AdWeek this week, Martha called Geist, her “favorite.” She’s up at 5am and watches “Way Too Early” at 5:30am.

CNN’s Awkward Interview with Martha Stewart: ‘I thought this was going to be about my beautiful entertaining book’

Kind of a rough show for CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux Monday. During the NoonET hour, this happened. About an hour earlier, Malveaux interviewed Martha Stewart about her new book — her 75th. After a couple questions on the book, Malveaux asked about the new book by Stewart’s daughter Alexis, “Whateverland,” which does not always give a flattering portrayal of her mother. “I’m not going to say anything bad about the book, because we were laughing hysterically when we read it,” said Stewart.

Malveaux then tried to move on, asking about Stewart’s time in prison. “I thought this was going to be about my beautiful entertaining book!”

And then politics, as Malveaux said: “You are a very successful businesswoman. You’re also an active Republican.”

“Where did you get that?” Stewart asked. “I have always been a registered Democrat.”

Politico edited together some of the highlights, after the jump…

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Is Dylan Ratigan the next Glenn Beck (without the apocalypse talk)?

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan is taking his show on the road again tomorrow for the final leg of its “Steel on Wheels” tour. Ratigan will anchor from Stillwater, Oklahoma as part of a three-day energy summit.

“It wasn’t just money for a TV show, it was shared values,” Ratigan tells us in part II of our MediaBeat interview.

As for his next stop on the dial: “I would love to be in MSNBC’s primetime,” says Ratigan.

  • Part III – Tomorrow: The socialization of Dylan Ratigan

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Glenn Beck TV? The Challenges Beck Would Face If He Tries to Launch His Own Cable Channel

In today’s NY Times, Brian Stelter reports that Fox News Channel host Glenn Beck is seriously contemplating launching his own cable channel, or become a partial owner of an existing channel.

Mr. Beck has been contemplating a cable channel of his own for more than a year, according to the people who have spoken with him about it, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Beck may not be able to actively pursue such an arrangement until his Fox contract is up.

The two models would be OWN/Oprah Winfrey and Hallmark Channel/Martha Stewart, which Stelter mentions in his report. OWN is a 50/50 joint venture between Winfrey and Discovery Communications, and Hallmark and Stewart entered into a wide-ranging agreement, letting Stewart program large chunks of the network’s lineup.

While such talks are still very premature (his FNC contract is not up until December, after all), there are a number of factors team Beck would have to consider before venturing out into the cable world on their own:

1) Distribution

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Martha Stewart Wants to be the Next Barbara Walters

MarthaStewart090210.jpgTalk show host and maven of all things domestic Martha Stewart has spotted an opportunity. According to The Washington Post‘s Lisa de Moraes, Stewart wants to take on interview icons Larry King and Barbara Walters:

“My favorite interviewers are Larry King [and] Barbara Walters, both of whom are kind of retiring,” Stewart said in a conference call Wednesday…

“Who’s going to take their place as the serious, great interviewer? I’m throwing my name in there,” Martha told reporters on a call to talk about the return of “The Martha Stewart Show,” which premieres Sept. 13 on the Hallmark Channel.

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