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Michael Eisner: ‘ABC Makes Money on News’

EisnerFNC091510.jpgFormer Disney CEO Michael Eisner was a guest on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon on Fox News. Eisner, who left Disney in 2005, spoke to Cavuto about the departure of ABC News chief David Westin, whether the network should keep its news division and even “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric.

Cavuto: I was thinking of ABC because David Westin, the ABC news chief is stepping down, and some say that ABC might disband the news division, what do you think?

Eisner: I don’t think that is true frankly, and David leaving is not a result of changes in the world. He decided to do something different than what he had been doing for a long time.

But the world is changing, you are wearing a watch, your kids probably are not. I ask my kids what time is it and they look at their iPod or their phone or blackberry. The things we grew up thinking are part of our body — newspapers, commodities, sports, information — are now everywhere, and the things that are unique are the brands, the one of a kind, movies, television shows.

Cavuto: If you were to advise your successor, Bob Iger, would you tell him ABC doesn’t need news?

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Sports Panels at Advertising Week

Attention New Yorkers: Advertising Week is only a few weeks away, and sports will definitely be in the lineup. Some of the sports-related panels, courtesy of the Advertising Week folks:

Road To The 2014 NY/NJ Super Bowl-Monday, Sept. 27 at 10 AM in the NY Times Center
NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, NY Jets Owner Woody Johnson, Giants Owner, Jon Tisch and Mark Lamping, CEO of the New Meadowlands Stadium Company on bringing the Super Bowl to the New York/New Jersey region.

NASCAR: Life in the Fast Lane-Monday, Sept. 27 at 11 AM in the NY Times Center
Buckle up your seat belt as NASCAR team owner and Hall Of Fame NFL coach, Joe Gibbs, joins owner and driver, Michael Waltrip in examining how NASCAR drives brands & loyalty.

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Conversation Closer: Eisner’s CNBC Show To End Run

The NYPost reports Michael Eisner is ending his “Conversations” program on CNBC with the March episode.

“It has been a pleasure doing the show, and I’ve gotten great support from the talented people at CNBC,” Eisner tells the Post. The former Disney chairman intends to spend more time on his stake in Tornante Company which invests in, among other things, the Web site Veoh and a Web series called “Prom Queen.”

The monthly show has never found its footing or a regular spot on the CNBC schedule. The December episode, which premiered last Tuesday, drew 60,000 A25-54 viewers and 138,000 Total Viewers at 9pmET.

Insiders tell us the staff of “Conversations” also works on other CNBC programs and will be kept on.

The Ticker: Brown, Iger, Gifford…

> CNN anchor Campbell Brown will anchor, “Roads to Ruin: Why America is Falling Apart,” tomorrow at 8pmET. The program looks at the nation’s crumbling highways and bridges, with guests from across the country (New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger). Roland Martin fills in on CNN Election Center tonight.

> CNBC’s Erin Burnett sat down with Disney CEO Bob Iger (previously president of ABC), for an interview that will air throughout the business day today. CNBC is the sometimes home to the former Disney CEO, Michael Eisner.

> FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with 4th hour Today hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb at Lunch (at Michael’s), and got Gifford’s take on last week’s uncomfortable segment with ‘Sam the Cooking Guy.’ “I’m big on second chances,” she said. “I forgive — but I don’t forget.” Check out the full awkwardness here, or the highlight below: