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The P.M. Ticker: TVGuide, Stockwell, Mintz

  • CBS has acquired the 50% of TV Guide Digital it didn’t already own. TVGuide.com and TV Guide Mobile will become part of CBS Interactive. CBS and Lionsgate’s 50/50 deal for the TVGN cable network continues. TV Guide the magazine is owned by OpenGate Capital.

  • Rich Stockwell, most recently EP of “The Ed Show,” has been promoted to Senior Executive Producer reporting to MSNBC VP Yvette Miley. Stockwell has been with MSNBC since 1996.

  • Yoni Mintz, who oversees the digital media center for “Good Morning America,” has expanded his duties and will now with all of ABC News Special Events for live events and breaking news across the network.

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You Can Take the Producer Out of News, But You Can’t Take News Out of the Producer

Though it’s been more than three years since Amy Chiaro (left) left NBC’s ‘Weekend Today’ for the syndicated ‘Dr. Oz,’ she still creates a cold open in her mind of headlines for that day’s network morning shows — before she watches them.

“It’s a sickness that stays with you,” she says with a chuckle. “It was very, very hard for me to leave NBC.”

Chiaro, 39, says she has no regrets. Promoted in December to executive producer of ‘Dr. Oz,’ she oversees a staff of about 100. “I’m very happy here, and I plan to be here for a long time. When you’ve been part of something from the beginning, it’s different. Now, ‘talk’ is in my blood.”

Chiaro is just one of numerous veteran producers to leave the news business for daytime talk. Meghan Schaefer, an MSNBC staffer since it was called America’s Talking, joined Bethenny Frankel’s new fall show as co-EP. ABC’s Catherine McKenzie was named supervising producer of ‘The Queen Latifah Show,’ also set for fall.

Not to be forgotten, Jim Murphy, former boss of ABC’s “Good Morning America” and “CBS Evening News,” departed news to launch Anderson Cooper’s talk show in Fall 2011. He left four months later. A few weeks ago, he joined CNN as senior EP of its new morning block.

The transition from news to talk can be tough, says Chiaro, who came to NBC out of Cornell in 1996. The week following her departure from the network, Capt. ‘Sully’ Sullenberger heroically landed US Airways Flight 1459 on the Hudson River, known as ‘The Miracle on the Hudson.’

“I couldn’t get to a TV fast enough,” Chiaro acknowledges. “’I thought, ‘Oh my God, what am I doing?’ It was a difficult transition. Nothing gets the creative juices flowing like being in the control room when there’s breaking news. That doesn’t leave you.”

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