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The Ticker: YouTube Suit, Boston Run, ’60′ Win

  • Google and Viacom announced the resolution of a 7-year-old lawsuit. Viacom sued YouTube for $1 billion in 2007 alleging 160,000 unauthorized Viacom clips were on YouTube. “This settlement reflects the growing collaborative dialogue between our two companies on important opportunities, and we look forward to working more closely together,” a joint statement reveals.

  • “Today” co-anchor Natalie Morales will run the Boston Marathon next month and is training alongside Carmen Acabbo, who’ll be running the race she wasn’t able to finish last year. This morning Morales talked about why she’s running.

  • “60 Minutes” was the 5th most-watched broadcast network show last week. Averaging 11.26 million viewers, Sunday’s show featured Bob Simon’s profile of Bassem Youssef, Morley Safer’s report on drones, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s feature on McIlhenny’s Tabasco Sauce. This was the sixth time this season the CBS Newsmagazine placed No. 5 or higher for the week.

The Evening Ticker: Weed, Fusion, Cosmos

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta tells Capital New York he started thinking of doing a sequel to his pot doc “Weed,” while working on the first one. “Even with an hour it didn’t seem like enough time,” says Gupta. “There were certain issues we really wanted to get into but we didn’t have enough time.” “Weed 2″ debuts tonight at 10pmET.

  • Fusion has hired YouTube and Upworthy veteran Hong Qu as Chief Technology Officer. “We want Fusion to be an incubator for innovation where we take risks and experiment not only with new forms of content, but also new ways of ways of delivering that content – especially on our mobile platforms,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee wrote in an email to staff today.

How a CNN Medical Marijuana Report Changed Senator Harry Reid’s Mind

sanjay guptaSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently changed course on whether marijuana should be made legal for medicinal purposes, and a report by CNN’s Sanjay Gupta played a part.

Reid told The Las Vegas Sun that if you asked him years ago about legalizing medicinal marijuana, his answer was a quick no, but CNN and NPR reports changed his mind.

Reid cited CNN and NPR reports about children suffering from seizures as well, to make the case that over the past several years, he’d come to think that marijuana seemed a sensible and humane treatment for people suffering from particular conditions with no other treatment or cure.

The CNN report Reid cites came from Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s “WEED” special last summer, where he told the story of a 5-year-old girl from Colorado stricken with a lifetime of untreatable seizures. After exhausting all options, the girls parents tried marijuana in her food: and her seizures declined from hundreds a month to two to three.

’60 Minutes’ is 6th for the Week

A close Chiefs-Texans game — a one-point win for Kansas City — helped make “60 Minutes” the sixth most-watched show of the week. “60″ drew 14.95 million viewers with a 9.4 rating / 15 share, good enough for the No. 5 spot in Households. Sunday’s show featured Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, Scott Pelley’s story about conserving the humpback whale and Steve Kroft’s investigation into Congressional Political Action Committee spending.

Kroft went to Washington with the intent of interviewing three congressmen in particular. “We had been trying really hard to get them to sit down and give us an interview,” Kroft says in a “60 Minutes Overtime” video. “Nobody would give us an interview. So, we just decided to go down to Washington and try and pigeonhole or doorstop all three of ‘em.” WATCH:

The Morning Ticker: Cheney, Gannett, Sochi

  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney is making the rounds for his new book, “Heart: An American Medical Odyssey.” Cheney talked with CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta for a segment on “60 Minutes” last night, parts of which will air on CNN’s AC360 tomorrow night. NBC’s Savannah Guthrie got a live interview with Cheney this morning on “Today.”

  • Gannett Co. reported a 14% revenue decline in the third quarter. The decrease “reflects the absence of Olympic and political spending partially offset by significant growth in retransmission revenue and digital revenue growth of 20.7 percent,” Gannett says.

  • Get ready for Sochi overload. Tomorrow, the networks of NBCUniversal count down the final 100 days before the Winter Olympics. A “roadblock” of increased Olympic promotion will begin across NBC, as well as cable and radio networks, 230+ affiliates and all social platforms.

Dick Cheney Making TV Rounds To Promote Book

dick cheney fox news sundayFormer Vice President Dick Cheney is making the TV rounds to promote a new book he wrote about his medical history. Heart: An American Medical Odyssey, was co-written by Cheney and his cardiologist.

Cheney is kicking off his TV tour Sunday night on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes,” where he will be interviewed by CNN and CBS News contributor Dr. Sanjay Gupta. on Monday, Cheney will appear on NBC’s “Today,” (which the show is promoting as his “first live TV interview”) where he will be interviewed by Savannah Guthrie. Cheney will also appear Monday night at 10pmET on “Hannity” and on “Dr. Oz.”

Cheney last made TV rounds earlier this year.

The Saturday Ticker: Claman, Aereo, Gupta

  • FBN’s Liz Claman was inducted into the Beverly Hills High Hall of Fame at an event emceed by Leeza Gibbons Thursday. Past inductees include Nora Ephron, Rob Reiner and Betty White, who was honored in 2012.

  • A group of U.S. television networks including ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox have petitioned the Supreme Court to hear their case against streaming TV service Aereo. TVSpy has details.

Sanjay Gupta Hijacks CNN Bus for ‘Health Care Express’

guptaCNN is getting back on the bus. Six years after it debuted the Election Express, the network has rechristened the bus, for now, as the “CNN Health Care Express.”

Beginning Monday, Dr. Sanjay Gupta will take the Health Care Express through Greenville, South Carolina, Lexington, Kentucky and Baltimore with live reports on how the Affordable Care Act is affecting people in those cities. Obamacare, as it’s also known, takes partial effect on Tuesday.

A special “Sanjay Gupta MD” on the benefits and shortfalls of Obamacare will air next weekend.

CNN’s ‘The Next List’ Canceled

CNN’s “The Next List” has been canceled and the show’s EP, Jim McGinnis is departing CNN after 25 years with the network. “The Next List” profiled innovators and visionaries from the worlds of science and technology. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the show was part of CNN’s Saturday afternoon schedule. In his 25 years at CNN, McGinnis rose through the ranks, first as a writer, then producer, assignment manager, EP of special projects and EP of “American Morning.” He also spent 8 years as executive producer of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

The AM Ticker: Coatney, Nigeria, Olbermann/Morgan

  • Al Jazeera America has hired Tumblr’s former media director Mark Coatney as senior VP of digital media. Coatney served as Tumblr’s liaison to media companies, and was one of its earliest employees. More after the jump.

  • A Nigerian man who pretended to be a CNN correspondent to secure money from officials seeking press coverage has been arrested. Reuters has more (via J$P).

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