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The A.M. Ticker: Dish, Tapper, Farrow, Menendez

  • CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers,” a Turner spokesperson says.

  • Fusion.net will stream Tina Brown‘s ​”​Women in the World Texas​” conference tomorrow. Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez will moderate several panels at the event.

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The Awards Ticker: Ward’s Award, Damon’s Honor, Ramos’ Best

  • CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward will receive the 2015 Murrow Award for International Reporting from The Edward R. Murrow College of Communication at Washington State.

  • CNN foreign correspondent Arwa Damon will be honored with the International Women’s Media Foundation’s 2014 Courage in Journalism Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

Behind the TV Scenes: Kathy O’Hearn

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

KOHThis WeekCRHeading toward her fourth decade in TV news, Kathy O’Hearn embraced a new challenge this year when she joined MSNBC as executive producer to 26-year-old Ronan Farrow‘s new show. “We just hit it off immediately,” O’Hearn tells TVNewser. “It was one one of those great moments that you get only a couple times in your career when you really connect with the way someone thinks and how they think.” O’Hearn’s career has included many big moments and stories at CBS News, ABC News, CNN, CNBC, The Daily Beast, and now, MSNBC.

TVNewser: You started in TV news in the mid 70′s. What’s the biggest thing about the industry that’s changed and how have you adapted?

O’Hearn: The thing that I think is the most pronounced change is how all the cable networks have become bigger players. I started back when CNN had to fight to even get in the White House coverage pool [when I was at CBS]. And to watch how the cable networks are really powerful in terms of who they influence, who watches them, and the amount of news that they bring to the American public is a fascinating arc to experience.

TVNewser: You temporarily left the TV news business in 2010 to go digital as head of video at The Daily Beast. As a TV news lifer, how did you adapt to digital?

O’Hearn: It was fascinating. I was lucky enough to work with a very impressive, savvy group of writers and minds in any kind of newsroom and Tina Brown. To take the skill-set I learned in the television world into the digital side was exciting. I learned a lot; I had done a fair amount of digital production for ABC (“The Greenroom,” “Topline”), so it was exciting to try and figure out how to translate that across a series of programs and products and how to craft it so that it’s successful and reflects the brand. It was like going to school in online video.

TVNewser: Was there a learning curve?

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Ronan Farrow’s MSNBC Show Gets Tentative Name and EP

ronan farrow_304x200Politico’s Dylan Byers reports Ronan Farrow‘s upcoming MSNBC show is tentatively dubbed “The Ronan Show,” and has hired longtime news producer Kathy O’Hearn as its EP.

O’Hearn most recently worked as SVP of Tina Brown‘s events series, before then serving as EP at CNN’s “Amanpour,” ABC News’ “This Week,” and CNBC’s “Topic A” with Tina Brown. She also worked on the digital side as SVP at The Daily Beast.

Jobs for Farrow’s show have begun being posted right here on Mediabistro’s job board for segment, video, and field producers.

Featured in a long The New York Times Magazine profile earlier this month, Farrow said his show will emphasize telling “real stories.”

The show’s start date and time slot is still not known. Farrow served as a guest this morning on “Jansing & Co.” to preview President Obama’s NSA speech.

CUBES #TBT: Inside the Daily Beast

You’ve probably heard by now Tina Brown is leaving the Daily Beast and starting her own media and live events company. Today’s Morning Media Newsfeed has all the must-read links. For now, the Beast will be overseen by managing director Deidre Depke and executive editor John Avlon, who is also a CNN contributor.

Here now, your TVNewser #tbt, as Avlon takes MediabistroTV‘s CUBES on a tour of the Daily Beast, then still combined with Newsweek.

Howard Kurtz’s ‘MediaBuzz’ Projects ‘Authority, Energy and Pace’

It’s been a rough year for Howard Kurtz, but you wouldn’t know it by today’s launch of “MediaBuzz” on Fox News Channel.

After his sudden departures from CNN’s “Reliable Sources” and Tina Brown’s Daily Beast, Kurtz appears to have made a seamless transition to Fox News. “MediaBuzz” projected authority, energy and pace.

Clearly, Kurtz was in his comfort zone. Most of his guests were familiar faces from his 15-year run at “Reliable Sources” – David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post’s Nia-Malika Henderson, media entrepreneur Lauren Ashburn.

In fact, Ashburn, a Fox News contributor, had so much face time, she served as a de facto co-host. Along with appearing in the opening two segments, she co-hosted “Digital Download,” and was on set with Kurtz for his sign-off.

Kurtz has a complicated history with Ashburn. His involvement in her new venture, Daily Download, a Daily Beast competitor, did not endear him to Brown, who later fired him. Ashburn showed up regularly on “Reliable Sources” and followed Kurtz to Fox News.

I couldn’t help but notice that Ashburn, like so many Fox News females, is blonde.

Ditto for guest Michelle Cottle, Washington reporter for The Daily Beast, and Fox’s Jamie Colby, who anchored a news break during the show. The only non-blonde was the Post’s Henderson, who is African American.

“MediaBuzz” opened with a lively panel discussion on media criticism of President Obama’s handling of Syria. Kurtz used the opportunity to take a shot, albeit a mild one, at his new employer. (Since joining the network in June, Kurtz had been criticized for avoiding negative assessments of Fox.)

After MSNBC contributors Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod, both former Obama officials, were lambasted by a panelist for being mouthpieces for the President, Kurtz said it was “fair to question” whether Fox regulars Karl Rove and Rick Santorum were also “pushing an agenda.” At Fox, that passes for napalm.

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Tina Brown to Howard Kurtz: ‘Didn’t I fire you for serial inaccuracy?’

Over the weekend Newsweek was sold to IBT Media, thus ending a less-than-prestigious run under the leadership of Barry Diller and Tina Brown. Now, the analysis has started, with a number of reporters diving in to try and figure out what went wrong.

Former Newsweek/Daily Beast DC bureau chief Howard Kurtz, who is now Fox News Channel’s media correspondent, shared a NY Times article about Brown’s leadership of the magazine on Twitter, while adding that “this captures the chaos, waste and dysfunction.”

Tina Brown did not take the comment kindly:

When Kurtz parted ways with The Daily Beast (he left CNN in June), he said it “was in the works for some time.” Brown’s comment seems to put that in doubt.

Related: Check out our video tour of the Newsweek/Daily Beast offices (then under the leadership of Brown and Diller), here.

Mika Brzezinski Reveals Food Obsession, Gives Away Chocolate Chip Cookies

If you watch “Morning Joe” you may already know this, but Mika Brzezinski is obsessed. Now she’s written a book — her third — about one particular obsession: America’s food addiction, and her own.

Brzezinski was feted at a book launch event last evening overlooking Central Park, where her morning partner Joe Scarborough described the root of Mika’s obsession: “If you know the Brzezinski family, you know why she has the issues she has,” Scarborough joked. “They are crazy, brilliant, and always striving for perfection.”

In “Obsessed” Brzezinski describes her history of food obsession, distorted body image and her struggle to be thin. It is dedicated to her two teenage daughters, Emilie and Carlie. “Girls, this book is for you,” Brzezinski said in her remarks as she asked them to “get off Snapchat and come forward.”

“I don’t want it to take 30 years for you to realize what it has taken me to realize.”

In the crowed, we spotted NBC’s Willie Geist, iVillage’s Kelly Wallace, CBS’s Leslie Stahl, MSNBC President Phil Griffin and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. The “Morning Joe” crew was there including EP Alex Korson and former EP, now CBS News VP of programming Chris Licht. Also, Donny Deutsch, Joy Behar, Tina Brown and Sir Harold Evans.

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The Daily Beast And CNN ‘Reliable Sources’ Host Howard Kurtz ‘have parted company’

The Daily Beast has “parted company” with Washington bureau chief Howard Kurtz. Kurtz of course also hosts “Reliable Sources” on CNN every Sunday.

The move comes just a day after Kurtz wrote an embarrassing story based on the idea that NBA player Jason Collins never mentioned that he was previously engaged to a women in his Sports Illustrated article. He did mention it. The corrected article didn’t make much sense without that hook, and was subsequently retracted by The Daily Beast.

A source at CNN tells TVNewser that Kurtz’s current deal with the cable channel will likely be his last. New CNN president Jeff Zucker has made no secret of his desire to rid the channel of long-time contributors that are more closely tied to the channel’s past than its future. It is not clear exactly when his current deal with CNN expires.

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Charlie Rose Meets the Press, a Lot of Them, in Post-Debate Show

If you’re looking for the most ecumenical post-debate coverage tonight, check out Charlie Rose‘s PBS show. The “CBS This Morning” co-anchor is up late with a live debate wrap up with guests spanning many TV networks and publications, including:

Chuck Todd, NBC News
John Dickerson, CBS News
Martha Raddatz, ABC News
Gwen Ifill, PBS Newshour
Mark Halperin, Time Magazine
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Tina Brown, Newsweek/ Daily Beast
Albert Hunt, Bloomberg News

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