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The Return Of Newt

The New York Times profiles new “Crossfire” co-host Newt Gingrich. Gingrich, who will represent the “right” side of the political spectrum alongside S.E. Cupp, was a vocal critic of the media in recent years. Now he is once again a part of it.

Mr. Gingrich gleefully bashed “the media elite” as a candidate, but now he is unquestionably a member. “Yes,” he agreed. “And I hope to move it to the right.”

It was all quite calculated. “Particularly in a Republican primary, taking on the media immediately resonated with almost half the primary voters,” Mr. Gingrich said.

Gingrich, a former contributor to Fox News Channel, argues that the last iteration of “Crossfire” failed because it had become a “talking points yelling match.” He, like CNN, insists that the new version will be more intellectual, but retain the fun of the original concept.

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CNN Hires Former ABC News Political Director David Chalian For ‘Crossfire’

CNN has hired David Chalian to be supervising producer of the “Crossfire” revamp, according to tweets sent by network talent, including Wolf Blitzer.

Chalian is a TV veteran, having served as the political director for ABC News, and the political editor for the “PBS NewsHour.”

His hiring is not without controversy, however. Chalian was terminated by Yahoo! last year after an off-the-cuff comment he made about Mitt Romney and the GOP was caught on a hot microphone.

“They are happy to have a party with black people drowning,” Chalian said in reference to Republicans, while his co-hosts chuckled.

At CNN, Chalian will work under EP Rebecca Kutler, and alongside hosts S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter.

As She Makes Senate Run, Fox News Drops Liz Cheney As Contributor

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney, is running for a Senate seat in Wyoming, and will lose her gig with Fox News as a result. Cheney has been a Fox News political contributor since January 2012.

Due to her political run, FNC is dropping her as a contributor, Mediaite’s Andrew Kirell confirms.

It is standard operating procedure for TV news outlets to end contributor agreements when the contributor in question runs for political office. Back in 2011, FNC terminated the contracts of Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum once they declared their intention to run for the GOP Presidential nomination.

CNN Taps Rebecca Kutler As ‘Crossfire’ EP

CNN has tapped Rebecca Kutler to be the executive producer of the revamped “Crossfire,” which will launch later this Fall.

Kutler is a CNN veteran, having served previously as a senior producer and an executive producer for the channel’s morning, weekday and primetime programming, including a stint as EP of “John King USA.” She also worked as a producer on the most recent election and inauguration coverage, and previously served as press secretary to Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA).

“Rebecca brings to Crossfire extensive experience producing political programs and also years of experience on Capitol Hill as a Congressional staffer,” wrote CNN DC bureau chief Sam Feist and CNN director of DC programming Eric Sherling in an email to staff. “Rebecca’s passion for news, politics, and great debate make her the perfect choice for this role.”

Their email to staff is after the jump.

CNN formally announced the revamped “Crossfire” last month, which will be co-hosted by S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter.

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The New CNN ‘Crossfire’ Cast, Together For The First Time

On “Piers Morgan Live,” the channel decided to preview the return of “Crossfire” by bringing the four cast members together for the first time on-air. Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, S.E. Cupp and Stephanie Cutter individually appeared on a few CNN programs yesterday, but they only appeared together on “PML.”

They talked Supreme Court rulings and the Texas abortion filibuster.

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CNN Lays Off Some Staff In DC

CNN has quietly laid off a handful of staffers in its Washington DC bureau.

We hear that most of the departures were senior level producers and staff, many on specific beats like the White House, national security and the Department of Justice, and who had been with the channel for a long time. The departures are said to be related to a realignment of resources, and re-designing of some of the production roles.

To that end, CNN is not expected to reduce headcount. Rather, it will be posting a number of new job listings for roles in the bureau. Reading between the lines: staffers who had been at the channel for a long time are departing in favor of younger, less expensive staff.

“The network just sent a tremendous amount of institutional knowledge and people with good sources and contacts out the door,” a CNN source says. “This will definitely impact CNN’s coverage when it comes to being out front on certain types of stories.”

In addition to staffers that were laid off, some other senior level staffers opted to depart the company on their own over the last month or so, another source says.

Earlier today CNN announced that it would be reviving “Crossfire,” the political debate show that was canceled back in 2005. With the addition of “Crossfire,” CNN will be adding Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp to its political talent roster in DC.

Yesterday, CNN shuttered its CNN Radio unit and laid off the staff there. CNN Radio was responsible for creating long-form audio content for the channel’s digital platforms.

CNN Taps S.E. Cupp, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones and Stephanie Cutter For ‘Crossfire’

CNN has made it official: “Crossfire” will be returning to the channel this Fall.

CNN is poaching S.E. Cupp from MSNBC’s “The Cycle” to represent the right side of the table, alongside former House Speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich. Obama campaign consultant Stephanie Cutter and former White House advisor Van Jones will represent the left side of the table.

The four hosts will also contribute to CNN election and political programming.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, president of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum.  Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”

“We thank S.E. for her great work on MSNBC over the past year and wish her all the best with future opportunities,” an MSNBC spokesperson says.

Cupp will continue to contribute to The Blaze, working out of its Washington DC bureau.

TVNewser first revealed that CNN was planning a revamp of the program back in April.

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The Morning Ticker: Mika’s Disorder, Pelley’s Award, CNN’s Crossfire

  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski opens up in MORE magazine about her struggles with an eating disorder: “Food was the thing I could count on. Food always loved me back.”

  • Politico reports CNN is in discussions with former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich and Obama deputy campaign manager Stephanie Cutter as the network plans the revival of “Crossfire.” TVNewser first reported news of the show’s return.

Newt Gingrich Responds to Roger Ailes Calling him a Prick

Newt Gingrich was on “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” today and during their conversation Blitzer asked the former GOP presidential candidate and Fox News analyst what he thought about Roger Ailes calling him a “prick” in an upcoming biography about the FNC chairman.

GINGRICH: Roger is a big boy. He’s said lots of things about lots of people in his career. I’ve been around a long time. I’ve had lots of different people say things about me.

BLITZER: You haven’t spoken to him… since those quotes came out?

GINGRICH: No, I talked to him a couple of weeks ago. We’re — we’re fine. It’s not — we don’t have any personality fight.

BLITZER: That’s that. You’re a big boy. He’s a big boy. And we move on.

Three Takeaways From Vanity Fair’s Roger Ailes Excerpt

Vanity Fair has an excerpt from the upcoming biography of Roger Ailes by Zev Chafets. The excerpt is primarily about Ailes the man, not Ailes the executive, though that isn’t to say there aren’t some interesting TV angles.

The relationship between Ailes and Rupert Murdoch is one of respect, and money:

Ailes and Rupert Murdoch are very respectful of each other. Ailes credits Murdoch with realizing that there was a niche audience (“half the country,” as Charles Krauthammer, a Fox contributor, drily put it) for a cable news network with a conservative perspective. Murdoch, for his part, assured me that he doesn’t dictate editorial decisions. “I defer to Roger,” he said. “I have ideas that Roger can accept or not. As long as things are going well … ”

FBN is building out a large studio space on the ground floor of 47th street and sixth avenue. At the Fox Sports upfront (more on that later), executives indicated that they may take advantage of the studio space too. Regardless of what shows are being produced, they are ready for anything:
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