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The Ticker: Wallace, Meier, Smerconish…

> CNN.com: “The uncle of a U.S. soldier slain by insurgents in Iraq said he and his family were ‘devastated’ to find out about his nephew’s death from media reports rather than the Army…”

> B&C:Dan Rather‘s departure from CBS News is a ‘sad, bloody story,’ says 60 Minutes veteran Mike Wallace. ‘He is going to find his place. We are going to hear from Dan.’”

> Yesterday TVNewser broke the news that Randy Meier is leaving MSNBC. Today DCRTV hears that Meier may be on the short list of morning news anchor possibilities at DC’s Fox 5, WTTG (via FTV)…

> Someone at NBC likes Philly talk show host Michael Smerconish: He was on the Today Show last week and has guest hosted for a sick Joe Scarborough this week…

> Is CNBC “hot” for New York Post media scribe Tim Arango? That’s what his agent tells Jossip…

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