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The Ticker

The Evening Ticker: Baier, Bourdain, Williams

  • Bret Baier and his wife Amy co-chaired the Children’s Ball benefiting Children’s National Medical Center over the weekend. The event raised $10.8 million dollars for the hospital — the most money ever raised at a single charity event in the nation’s capital.

  • In preliminary ratings, the third season premiere of “Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown” had its best debut in the A25-54 demo and won its 9pm Sunday timeslot on cable news. Among total viewers, the show was up +8% over the season two premiere.

  • Brian Williams has accepted an invitation to speak at Nashville’s Hillwood High School graduation next month after a group of students produced this video in response to the address he delivered at Elon University’s commencement last year.

The Morning Ticker: Ingraham & ABC, MSNBC Tour, ‘Dateline’ Ratings

  • MSNBC kicks off the Growing Hope College Tour next Friday as Alex Wagner visits Texas Southern University. Wagner will host her show from University Plaza next Friday. The following Wednesday, the tour takes Rev. Al Sharpton to Morehouse College.

  • “Dateline Saturday Night Mystery” continues to score for NBC. Drawing 4.8 million viewers, the 2-hour show was the No. 1 non-sports show on the Big 4 networks in its Saturday night timeslot among viewers and the two younger demos.

The Sunday Ticker: Kotb, Cavett, Gupta

  • “Today” show co-host Hoda Kotb is putting on her running shoes this morning as host of the 11th Annual More/Fitness Women’s Half-Marathon in Central Park. Kotb will welcome 20,000 runners and spectators for the largest women’s-only half-marathon in the country.

  • Legendary talk show host Dick Cavett, who will be a guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this morning, is being honored by the Museum of Broadcast Communications at its annual benefit in June. The Chicago museum will also launch “Dick Cavett: A Retrospective.”

  • CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta continues his reports from Guinea, in West Africa, today tracking a deadly epidemic of Ebola and what is being done to control it. In the current outbreak, which began last month, the World Health Organization has confirmed more than 100 deaths.

The Ticker: FNC Special, ‘Sunday Morning,’ O’Reilly

  • As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings draws closer, Fox News will present “Fox News Reporting: Terror Strikes Boston” tonight at 10pmET. The special will feature eyewitnesses, runners, family members, and Boston police giving first-hand accounts of the bombings and subsequent manhunt.

  • “CBS Sunday Morning” delivered 6.04 million total viewers and a 1.5/08 in the A25-54 demographic last week. It is the third consecutive week, and the 11th time this season, that the show has had more than six million viewers.

  • To promote his latest book, “The Last Days of Jesus,” Bill O’Reilly appeared on NBC’s “Today” and “Fox & Friends” this morning. Watch his interview with Matt Lauer after the jump.

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The Ticker: Moore, Greta, Acevedo & Krauze

  • Alison Moore has been named GM/EVP of TV Everywhere for NBCUniversal. In the new role, Moore will build a team to drive the consumer experience and develop marketing and strategy across NBCU networks. Moore is the GM/EVP of Daily Candy, which NBCU’s is shutting down.

  • Greta Van Susteren will interview Virginia congressional candidate Mike Dickinson. The democrat has promised a “war” on Fox News if elected. The interview airs on tomorrow night’s “On the Record” at 7pmET.

  • Two anchors from the same network are taking opposing views on who’s to blame for illegal immigrant deportations. Univision anchor Enrique Acevedo and Fusion host León Krauze wrote dueling op-eds, then took the debate to Twitter.

The Digital Ticker: Segall, Crane, Sports

  • Laurie Segall has been named CNNMoney’s Tech Correspondent. Segall, who CNN Digital managing editor Meredith Artley calls “part of the new breed of digital correspondents,” joined CNNMoney in 2010.

  • Rachel Crane joins CNN as a digital correspondent. Crane will cover pop culture and innovation for the network’s platforms. She was previously a technology and innovation correspondent at Bloomberg.

  • The Yahoo Sports-NBC Sports Network digital alliance is touting its No. 1 ranking among all sports digital sites in February with 63.6 million unique users and 5.0 billion minutes consumed. The comScore data takes into account big traffic from the Sochi Olympics.

The Saturday Ticker: Bream, O’Brien, ‘Late Show’

  • Fox News’ Shannon Bream will interview Jeb Bush tomorrow during “America’s News HQ” at 1pmET. Bream will speak to the former Florida governor about the 25th anniversary of George H.W. Bush’s presidency and the 2016 presidential election.

  • Soledad O’Brien pens an essay in Essence about the decision to focus on her production company after leaving CNN: “Two hours of anchoring and reporting news and conversation five days a week was fun but exhausting. When my show ended, I feared losing the ability to effect change and create an impact,” she writes.

The Ticker: NewsHour, CBS News, Al Rojo Vivo

  • Tonight PBS NewsHour looks at the plight of women in Afghanistan. The report is produced by Iranian photojournalist Zohreh Soleimani and The Center for Investigative Reporting, a news organization based in the Bay Area. It is part of a larger CIR documentary ‘To Kill a Sparrow.”

  • CBSNews.com has launched a new series examining the new reality of retirement. Tapping the “Eye on America” brand, the 3-month, in-depth reporting will include videos from CBS News Financial Analyst Mellody Hobson, profiles of “new retirees,” and CBS News polling data.

  • In another collaboration across NBCUniversal brands, the first “Access Hollywood Al Rojo Vivo” airs today on the Telemundo late afternoon news show “Al Rojo Vivo.” Entertainment reporter Jessica Carrillo hosts the weekly segments from the “Access Hollywood” set in Los Angeles.

The Ticker: CNN, Biz Nets, Oliver

  • TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall pens a column in The Hollywood Reporter about CNN’s wall-to-wall coverage of MH370. Although the coverage “has been vindicated by increased ratings,” Tyndall notes it was not without its drawbacks: “Too often [CNN] abandoned actual journalism — reporting events known to have happened — to engage in speculative discussion of increasingly cockamamy theories (black holes?) about what happened inside the plane.”

  • In an ad airing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this week, Maria Bartiromo is urging viewers to “come on over” to her new Fox Business show. The ad is a “change of address card” for Bartiromo, FBN EVP Kevin Magee tells Variety.

  • As former “Daily Show” correspondent John Oliver prepares to launch his fake HBO news show, he tells The Washington Post that the real cable news channels have become like “ADD children, banging around from story to story then returning to their main story, which is where the [Malaysia Airlines] plane is. They’ve basically become like news jazz. It’s the stories they don’t tell; that’s what you’re really supposed to be listening to.”

The A.M. Ticker: Peabody, Strahan, De La Cruz

  • WBZ-TV and radio, for coverage of the Boston bombing, “Orange is the New Black,” and “Scandal” are among the Peabody Award winners just announced on “CBS This Morning.” Charlie Rose also won for his Bashar Assad interview.

  • CNN’s Brian Stelter reports Michael Strahan is close to signing on to “Good Morning America,” where he’ll contribute to the show’s first hour while continuing to co-host “LIVE with Kelly & Michael.”

  • Veronica De La Cruz has left MSNBC for San Francisco’s CBS duopoly. Starting in May, De La Cruz will co-anchor the 6pm weekday newscast on KPIX and the 10pm newscast on KBCW. TVSpy has details.

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