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The Evening Ticker: Kent, Dobbs, Beast

  • Fox Business Network has hired Jo Ling Kent as a business reporter, based in New York. Kent joins FBN from NBC O&O WVIT in Hartford, CT. Kent previously worked for ABC News, CNN and as an embed for NBC News during the 2012 election.

Barbara Walters, Suze Orman Make Forbes List of Influential Celebrities

ABC’s Barbara Walters and CNBC’s Suze Orman have been named to Forbes magazine’s annual list of influential celebrities.

Oprah Winfrey tops the list, with 48% of people surveyed rating her as influential. Walters, at #7, and Orman, at #9, both have an influential rating of 37%. Walters notable asset is “classy,” while Orman’s is “good energy.” Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ron Howard, and George Lucas are also included.

The list is assembled using E-Poll Research’s E-Score Celebrity service, which ranks more than 7,000 celebrities based on 46 attributes.

The Afternoon Ticker: Bob/NAB, ‘Time’/CNN, Debate/Candy

  • CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer will be receiving the 2013 NAB Distinguished Service Award at this year’s NAB show in April. The award honors “members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to broadcasting.” Previous recipients included Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Ronald Reagan and Oprah Winfrey.

  • Time magazine is unveiling its longest cover story ever today, and is partnering with sister company CNN to talk about it. The story, about medical costs in the U.S., will be discussed on “AC360″ tonight, with segments on “The situation Room” and “Starting Point” tomorrow.

Katie Couric Gets First On-Camera Interview with Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o has granted his first on-camera interview following revelations of a hoax involving a fake girlfriend to ABC’s Katie Couric. The interview will air on Couric’s syndicated show “Katie” on Thursday with previews airing on all ABC News programs.

Couric will sit down with Te’o and his parents, Brian and Ottilia Te’o, who are speaking out for the first time and say they were also victims of the hoax.

In an off-camera interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap Friday, Te’o reiterated that he’s the greatest victim of the hoax, while admitting he’d made mistakes, including telling his father he met “Lennay Kekua.”

Given that the interview is for Couric’s show, but that she also contributes to ABC News, one might wonder if Te’o and his family were paid for their appearance. ABC News tells us no money changed hands. Couric’s PR man Matthew Hiltzik was hired by the Te’o family in recent days.

The Te’o interview comes a week after Oprah Winfrey got a big “get” in Lance Armstrong for her network, OWN.

The Ticker: Brian & Oprah, 60 & AFC, Soledad & Sonia

  • “Rock Center with Brian Williams” drew 4.4 million viewers last night, topping Oprah Winfrey‘s Lance Armstrong interview. “Rock Center” also had its best A18-49 and A25-54 delivery since November 1.

  • “60 Minutes” will be preempted Sunday for the AFC Championship game. Last Sunday, up against the Golden Globes and with a boost from the AFC Divisional game, “60 Minutes” was the 9th most-watched show of the week with 14 million viewers.

  • Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor sits down with CNN anchor Soledad O’Brien about her experience with the Court so far. A preview will air on ”The Situation Room” today with the full interivew on “Starting Point” Monday.

3.2 Million People Watch Oprah Winfrey-Lance Armstrong Interview On OWN

3.2 million people watched Oprah Winfrey interview Lance Armstrong on a special edition of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” last night on OWN, according to preliminary numbers from Nielsen. It drew an additional 1.2 million viewers in its re-air at 10:30 p.m.

While it was an extremely good night for Oprah and OWN, it was not a record-breaking one ratings-wise. The highest-rated program in OWN’s history was the interview with Whitney Houston‘s daughter Bobbi Kristina, as well as other members of the Houston family, following the singer’s death. That episode of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” drew 3.5 million viewers in March, 2012. In August of 2012, an interview with singer Rihanna drew 2.5 million viewers to the program.

It is worth noting that OWN also streamed the interview live on, something that it has not done previously for any interviews. That may have cannibalized some of the viewership.

Tonight OWN will air part two of the interview. Given the fact that Armstrong has already made the confession, and that it is a Friday night, expect the ratings to slide considerably.

For Oprah, the interview is big only by comparison. Back when she had her syndicated network talk show in the 1990s, her big interviews would routinely garner more than 10 million viewers.

Following Oprah-Armstrong Interview, A Rush For Followups

Last night was night one of the Oprah Winfrey interview of disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong. Oprah wasted no time, getting Armstrong to confess to doping right off the bat in a series of pointed yes or no questions.


Following the interview, there was an arms war on cable news and on the morning shows to try and book the best “gets” to react to the interview.

Thanks to a serendipitous booking, CNN’s “AC360,” Anderson Cooper interviewed Betsy Andreu, who Armstrong talked about during the interview with Oprah. She was emotional, raw and spoke directly to Armstrong.
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Networks Angling For Manti Te’o Interview

As the Manti Te’o hoax story spreads across the media landscape, the race is on to get the first interview with the star Notre Dame football player.

TVNewser hears that ESPN and NBC News have both been making their pitch to Notre Dame and people close to Te’o, and it is safe to assume that many other news outlets have been as well.

Sports Illustrated‘s sports media ace Richard Deitsch got a comment from ESPN on the matter:

Te’o is likely to face tough questioning when he does decide to talk, given the inconsistencies in the story he has presented publicly. Even if he is telling the truth about being hoaxed, it begs the question how he could be fooled so easily.

He could also take a cue from another sports star: Lance Armstrong. Armstrong decided to come clean via an interview with Oprah Winfrey, airing tonight on OWN. Winfrey makes her interviewees seem a little more human, and it is clear she is gunning for any big interview that she can get.

Right now, Te’o is that big get.

For ABC’s Neal Karlinsky, Lance Armstrong Confession Is Personal

As Lance Armstrong comes clean to Oprah Winfrey about his days of doping, it is something of a bittersweet moment for ABC News correspondent Neal Karlinsky. Karlinsky has been following the Armstrong story longer than just about any other journalist in TV news, beginning in 2010 with an interview with Armstrong’s former teammate Floyd Landis.

There is also personal element to it.

“I used to race competitively, I feel very passionately about the sport of cycling, I just love it,” Karlinsky tells TVNewser. “There was never any intersection between this — lets face it, obscure sport in the United States — and my career as a journalist. I never expected that intersection to be the one story that is pulling the sport down.”

Since the Landis interview, Karlinsky has been on the Armstrong beat for ABC, and along the way has spoken to dozens of sources close to Armstrong and his teammates. He says that he was not surprised the U.S. Anti Doping agency took action against the cyclist, but rather that it took so long.

“This story — in talking to sources on background since 2010 — has felt like it might explode with a huge development at any moment almost the entire time,” he said.

Karlinsky says that Armstrong genuinely wants to be able to compete competitively again, and that is one of the driving forces behind his decision to come clean.

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The Morning Ticker: Cavuto, Gasparino, Oprah

  • Oprah Winfrey appeared on “CBS This Morning” to promote her interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong Winfrey said that the interview was so good, it will be split over two nights. Watch her appearance after the jump.

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