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Lara Spencer’s Flea Market Fete

“Good Morning America” anchors Robin Roberts, Amy Robach, George Stephanopoulos and Ginger Zee hosted a party to celebrate Lara Spencer‘s new book Flea Market Fabulous. Designer Jonathan Adler co-hosted at his store in Soho last night. Among the attendees: ABC News president James Goldston, WABC GM Dave Davis, and ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer; also Michael Strahan, Bethenny Frankel, Rachel Ray, and Simon Doonan. Also top ABC News producers Michael Corn, Chris Vlasto, Rachel Miskowiec, Margo Baumgart, Marc BursteinSantina Leuci, and Spencer’s producers Sabrina Peduto and Kelly Hagan.

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The 50 Most Influential LGBT People in Media Are…

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The Advocate is out with its 50 most influential LGBT media figures list. And the top spot drew a tie.

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and TMZ’s Harvey Levin both ranked number one. Levin has been a cable news fixture over the last week in the aftermath of his site exposing elevator footage of Ray Rice hitting his then-fiancee Janay Palmer. ABC’s Robin Roberts, CNN’s Anderson Cooper, CNBC’s Suze Orman, CNN’s Don Lemon, MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, The Weather Channel’s Sam Champion, MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki, and HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell were some of the other TV newsers who made the list.

Read the full list here.

9/11 Coverage, 13 Years Later

The news networks have been providing live coverage of the 13th anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks.

The commemoration began at 8:45amET this morning with a moment of silence to mark the moment the attack began. NBC’s Matt Lauer and Tom Brokaw, sitting in for Savannah Guthrie on “Today,” anchored an NBC News special report. “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos anchored a special report during “GMA” and “CBS This Morning” brought in NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton and former CBS News correspondent, John Miller, who is now Bratton’s aide at the NYPD, for their coverage.

As it has for the last 12 years, MSNBC is running NBC News programming, anchored by Matt Lauer, Katie Couric and Tom Brokaw, as it happened on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. Interspersed with news of the day, CNN and Fox News have been marking that morning with remembrances and marked moments — when the first two planes hit the two World Trade Center towers, when the third hit the Pentagon, when the South Tower fell, when the fourth plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, PA, and finally, when the North Tower collapsed at 10:28amET.

The Afternoon Ticker: Pelley & Iraq, Williams & ‘Nightly,’ Costas & Kelly, Dunn & Big Bird

  • Scott Pelley is in Iraq on assignment for CBS News. On the “CBS Evening News” this week he’ll report on the ongoing crisis in Iraq and the state of ISIS.

  • NBC News will begin a promotional push this fall marking Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary as “Nightly News” anchor. Williams took over the show from Tom Brokaw Dec. 2, 2004.

  • Jeffrey Dunn has been named CEO of Sesame Workshop, producer of “Sesame Street.” Dunn succeeds Mel Ming who announced his retirement earlier this year.

Joan Rivers Funeral: ‘I Have Never Seen Anything Like It’

KathieLeeHodaBarbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Charlie Rose, Kathie Lee Gifford, and Hoda Kotb were among the TV newsers at yesterday’s funeral for Joan Rivers.

“I have never seen anything like it — full of love, full of laughter,” said Rose on “CBS This Morning. “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, who’s been friends with Rivers for 25 years, delivered a eulogy. On “Good Morning America” Norville told Robin Roberts, “The woman I knew was hilariously funny. An incredible practical joker. She was kind to the core and there through thick and thin.”

Said Gifford on “Today,” “I think it was the perfect combination between the profane and the sacred. Because Joan was like that. We all know the profane part of Joan, but there was a sacred part as well.”

ABC Newsers Celebrate at ‘Rock’n Robin’ Launch Party

Champagne glasses were raised high on a sun-glazed Manhattan rooftop last night as Robin Roberts thanked friends, colleagues, and loved ones on the day her production company launched.

“I’m wearing my father’s watch and my mother’s bracelet,” a teary-eyed Roberts said during a toast. “I don’t do that often, they usually just stay in my apartment, but I put them on, because this is something they wanted for me.”

“When you sometimes watch news and television and everything, you turn off the set and you’re just like, ‘oh my gosh, why should I get up in the morning?’ Roberts told TVNewser. “My ultimate goal is that if anybody sees our programming is that they’re going to feel inspired, and they’re going to feel the best is yet to come no matter what kind of situation they’re in.”

Roberts heaped praise on ABC, where she’s worked for 25 years of the 30 years she’s been in the business. “How many can say that?,” she says. “I think my loyalty has been rewarded, and it’s been a two-way street. We’ve helped each other, and they’ve stood by me in some very difficult times.”

And many of Roberts’ colleagues expressed support as she spreads her wings.

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David Muir’s ‘Responsibility’ to Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer

MuirHe was the weekend anchor for “World News” for the last few years, but when 6:30pmET struck on Monday, David Muir felt it.

“I did feel the butterflies,” Muir told TVNewser at the launch party for Robin Roberts’ production company last night. “I walked down that hallway, the same hallway that Jennings, Gibson, and Sawyer walked down, and I would be lying if I didn’t say I felt a responsibility to them and to the folks at home.”

“All I wanted to do on Monday night, was somehow message to the viewers what an honor this is, and to somehow find a way to thank Diane for being a true friend and more than a friend; a force who I’ve been lucky to travel the world with and who’s now cheering me on. It’s been a great gift.”

Last week, Muir spoke with us about his plans to hit the road for “World News Tonight.”

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The Morning Ticker: Rogers, Stelter, Lui…

  • Kate Rogers will be joining CNBC Monday as a general assignment reporter, focusing on entrepreneurship and small business. Rogers joins from Fox Business where she covered personal finance and small business for the network as well as FoxBusiness.com.

  • CNN’s media affairs show “Reliable Sources” is moving from Washington, DC to New York later this month. Host Brian Stelter tells Capital, “So many of the guests that I want on ‘Reliable Sources’ are in New York, so it makes sense to have the show based there.”

  • MSNBC anchor Richard Lui will receive a distinguished service award from Asian Americans Advancing Justice on October 6. Lui will receive the honor at the 2014 American Courage Awards from Deputy Secretary of Labor Chris Lu.

Robin Roberts Launches Rock’n Robin Productions

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Viewers will be seeing a lot more of what Robin Roberts has to offer as she launches her own production company called Rock’n Robin Productions.

“I’m blessed to be able to do even more of what I love to do and now reach an even broader audience with programming that will inspire, inform and entertain people,” Roberts tells TVNewser about her new company.

Programming will feature a mix of documentaries and reality programming, along with live specials and full-length TV series. Longtime ABC News producer John Green is Roberts’ right-hand man at Rock’n Robin.

“We are actively looking to do stories about people who are thriving and people who are displaying unusual courage,” says Green, who will continue on as EP of ABC Newsmagazines. The production company will be separate from ABC News and will have its own offices in Midtown Manhattan. It will shop programming across the dial: from cable TV outlets to streaming services. But Roberts’ home team will get first dibs. “From our vantage point, ABC will be our first place that we go,” Green says.

“I’m so grateful to my ABC and GMA family for supporting the launch of the company,” Roberts adds.

Rock’n Robin’s first production debuts tomorrow. Read more

ABC Newsers Toast Ben Sherwood

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As Ben Sherwood heads West, his East Coast colleagues sent him off in style last night at the Nomad Hotel in New York’s Flatiron District. Sherwood, named co-president of Disney/ABC TV in March, is moving his family to Los Angeles.

Insiders tell us heartfelt toasts were given by Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir and Lara Spencer. Sherwood got a big laugh when he promised Stephanopoulos a reality show, detective comedy or both.

And there were gifts: Sherwood was given a framed golden headset to remind him of his days in the control room — with the label “break in case of emergency,” while the whole family got ABC News Extreme Weather Team jackets — with “Sherwood” embroidered on the back.

Sherwood’s had three stints with ABC News, starting in 1989 as a producer at “Primetime Live.” After a run at “NBC Nightly News,” Sherwood returned to ABC in 2004 for a two-year stint as EP of “Good Morning America.” Sherwood turned to writing, penning three best-sellers, one of which was turned into a major motion picture. In 2010, he returned to ABC as News president.

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