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Andy Scholes Named CNN Sports Correspondent

CNN has named Andy Scholes as a full-time sports correspondent. Scholes has been working part-time at CNN for a few months (and living out of the Omni Hotel, according to an internal email announcing his promotion), covering sports-related stories for the channel.

In his new role he will be covering sports and sports news for CNN, and will also be doing the “Bleacher Report” segment on “New Day.” Before joining CNN, he was a sports anchor and reporter for CW affiliate KDAF in Dallas.

Scholes joins Rachel Nichols on the sports beat. Nichols joined CNN and Turner Sports from ESPN earlier this year, and is the channel’s lead sports reporter.
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CNN Goes All-Out With Homegrown Talent For ‘New Day’ Debut

CNN’s new morning show “New Day” debuted this morning, and there were plenty of familiar faces (and voices).

Christiane Amanpour and John King filed reports, and Nancy Grace–who was for a long time a regular on ABC’s “Good Morning America–delivered some legal analysis. Actor James Earl Jones, who voices the “This is CNN” slogan, also welcomed viewers to the new program by saying “This is ‘New Day,’ with Chris Cuomo, Kate Bolduan and Michaela Pereira.”

Insiders tell us they cannot remember King or Amanpour appearing on the CNN morning show in recent years, at least on any regular basis, but that the new mandate is that the day now starts at 6 AM at CNN, and you can expect to see the network’s biggest guns, including Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper and Rachel Nichols all appearing regularly.

In other words, CNN is making sure all hands are on deck to make sure the show is a success. CNN president Jeff Zucker described what he was looking for in a morning show last month:

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The Ticker: Access, Iraq, Hoda

  • Saturday at 3 PM, CNN and Turner Sports will air a one-hour special tied to the Final Four. “CNN All Access at the Final Four” will be hosted by Rachel Nichols and Reggie Miller. Turner Sports and CBS Sports share the TV rights to the March Madness tourney.

Rachel Nichols Makes CNN Debut

New CNN hire Rachel Nichols, who will be leading the network’s sports coverage and contributing to Turner Sports programming, made her Turner debut yesterday on “Piers Morgan Tonight.”

Nichols said that Morgan’s producer Jonathan Wald had something to do with CNN’s decision to hire her.

“He will wait and see how you do,” Morgan quipped to Nichols. “He will claim all the credit if you are successful, and if not he will have never heard of you.”


No Game? No Problem! Networks Plan Super Bowl Programming

The Super Bowl is the biggest television event in the United States. 67 million people watched the 2012 election results roll in across 13 networks last November. For comparison: last year’s Super Bowl on NBC averaged over 111 million viewers.

This year the Big Game is on CBS, but that isn’t stopping the other networks from trying to get a piece of the action.

CNN will have a Super Bowl pre-game show on Saturday at 4 PM. “Kickoff in New Orleans: A CNN-Bleacher Report Special,” will be co-hosted by Turner Sports anchor Ernie Johnson and the newly-hired Rachel Nichols. CNN says that it will add daily sports updates to CNN and HLN, and will use the Bleacher Report brand-name for all sports programming going forward. Bleacher Report was acquired by Turner Sports last year.

NBC’s “Today” is launching a segment this month called “Today’s Field Trips,” which will see Al Roker and Natalie Morales travel to different cities every Friday. Shocker: this Friday is the first edition, and they are going to Baltimore and San Francisco, the home of the two teams playing in the Super Bowl. They will be hanging out with NFL fans.

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The Morning Ticker: Fox 5 Shakeup, CNN Sports, CNBC Death

  • WNYW, the local Fox station in New York, is changing up its lineup, returning Greg Kelly to the morning show “Good Day New York.” Former CBS “Early Show” weather anchor Dave Price, who has replaced Kelly on the program, is leaving the station. TVSpy has more.

  • Via J$P, University of Dayton student Steven Wright analyses CNN’s recent decision to replace Sports Illustrated content on with news from new Turner property Bleacher Report. CNN just hired ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols to beef up its TV sports reportage.

  • CNBC has slated a new primetime special about the business of death. “Death: It’s a Living” has correspondent Tyler Mathisen examining the economics behind the $17 billion a year industry of death and dying.

Rachel Nichols Leaves ESPN For CNN, Turner Sports

CNN and Turner Sports are adding ESPN correspondent Rachel Nichols to their ranks. Nichols will anchor a weekend sports program for CNN, and will cover sports as a correspondent for CNN and Turner Sports. Her first assignment will be the Super Bowl next week in New Orleans.

Nichols was a workhouse at ESPN, contributing to “SportsCenter,” “NBA Countdown,” “Sunday NFL Countdown” and ESPN’s newsmagazine “E:60.” The new CNN program, which will debut “later this year” also opens up synergistic possibilities for Turner, which has invested heavily in sports programming under David Levy. The company has in the last few years secured NCAA basketball playoff games, and signed new long-term deals with the NBA and MLB.

The move also underscores new CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker‘s desire to diversify news on the network, moving beyond politics and the same handful of stories that get repeated on all the cable channels.

“We’re just thrilled that a sports journalist of Rachel’s stature and expertise will now be a regular part of the CNN lineup,” said Zucker in a statement. “Her arrival, beginning next week, is an important step in expanding the range of programming and storytelling on CNN.”

More information, including comments from Nichols and Levy, after the jump.
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NBC Universal Brings Out the Big Guns For NFL Kickoff

NBC Universal plans to leverage all of its networks and shows to promote its coverage of the 2010 NFL season kickoff between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings in New Orleans.

NBC’s “Today” and “NBC Nightly News will be live on-site in the city, with “Access Hollywood,” Weather Channel’s “Wake up With Al,” MSNBC and CNBC all delivering live reports from around New Orleans.

Other programs will have football content as well, including “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” and “Minute to Win It,” which will have an episode where the contestants are all former players.

There will also be a “back to football” parade through the French Quarter, which will feature performances from Dave Matthews Band and Taylor Swift.

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