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Will Eliot Spitzer Return to TV Punditry? Will Anthony Weiner Join Him?

You may have heard by now that former CNN and Current TV host Eliot Spitzer, who resigned as New York governor after a prostitution scandal, and Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress after a sexting scandal both lost their bids for a return to elected office. Spitzer lost his primary race for New York City Comptroller, 52% to 48%.

Meanwhile, Weiner came in fifth in the democratic primary for New York City Mayor, garnering 5% of the vote. As he left the political stage for the second time last night, Weiner had a message for the media. As TVSpy reports he gave the finger to a producer from WNBC.

Will the next stop for these two former politicians be TV punditry? Which network would hire them?

(Image: NYPost Front Page, 9/11/13)

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The Ticker: KTVU, Spitzer, ‘Today’ Apps

  • San Francisco station KTVU has fired three staffers over the embarrassing fake pilot names it aired following the Asiana plane crash. TVSpy has the details.

  • NBC’s “Today” has launched a new app for smartphones. The app lets users watch video from the show while simultaneously reading articles or browsing other content. B&C has more.

Eliot Spitzer’s Not-So-Friendly Return To CNN

It was just three short years ago that CNN hired former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer to serve as the co-host (alongside Kathleen Parker) on a primetime debate program, “Parker/Spitzer.” The show would be quickly rebranded as “In The Arena” a few months later (minus Parker), and Spitzer would sign off from the program a year or so after it launched.

Fast forward two years, and Spitzer is interested in getting back into New York politics with a run for New York City Comptroller. As part of his campaign, Spitzer has been appearing on a slew of national TV shows, and today he returned to his old stomping grounds at CNN, appearing on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Suffice it to say, it was not a friendly chat.

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Former CNN, Current TV Host Eliot Spitzer Re-Enters Politics

Eliot Spitzer, the disgraced former New York governor-turned cable news talk show host, is getting back in to politics. Spitzer will run for New York City Comptroller, essentially the CFO and chief auditing officer for the city.

Spitzer resigned as New York Governor five years ago amid a prostitution scandal. In 2010 he began appearing, and in some cases filling in as a host, on MSNBC. In the Fall of 2010, Spitzer joined CNN hosting a show called “Parker/Spitzer.” When Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker departed, it was renamed “In the Arena,” with Spitzer as solo host. That show was canceled two years ago this month. When Keith Olbermann abruptly left Current TV in March of 2012, Spitzer slid into that timeslot. But that lasted less than a year, as Spitzer ended the show when the network was sold to Al Jazeera in January.

On “CBS This Morning,” Spitzer said, “I sinned, I owned up to it, I looked them in the eye, I resigned, I held myself accountable. I think that was the only right thing to do. There’s a record there that I hope they will look to and say, ‘yes, the comptroller’s position is one that fits his skill set and we hope that we can bring him back for public service.’”

Spitzer has until Thursday to gather 3,750 signatures to get on the ballot for a primary which will be held in September.

Eliot Spitzer Ending Current TV Show

Current TV and its lineup of hosts continue to tinker in advance of Al Jazeera’s takeover in a few months. While we noted that many of the network’s hosts aren’t entirely sure what the future holds for them, Eliot Spitzer has: he is leaving.

Brian Stelter in the NY Times has more:

Mr. Spitzer said he had a “wonderful time” at Current, but emphasized that his relationship was with Al Gore and Joel Hyatt, Current’s co-founders, not with Al Jazeera. “Moving forward, their mission will be different,” he said — more international newscasts, less liberal talk about the news…

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After Al Jazeera Acquisition, The Future of Current TV Hosts Up In The Air

With Al Jazeera’s purchase of Current TV complete, speculation has turned to what it means for Current’s lineup of hosts.

So far, only one on-air personality has announced their plans. Jennifer Granholm, who hosts “The War Room.” will continue on for a little while more before leaving the network in the Spring.

“We’ll continue to broadcast The War Room for the next few weeks through the transition, but after that I’ll be going back to teaching, speaking and other things,” Granholm wrote on Facebook.

In a video on The Young Turks YouTube channel, Cenk Uygur says that he hopes to continue hosting the TV program of the same name on the new Al Jazeera network, but that it isn’t clear whether the new owners will want to keep the show.

“It is an interesting question, and one which I do not have the answers to,” Uygur said. Regardless of what happens, he says The Young Turks will always be on their original YouTube channel.

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NY Times: Al Jazeera Finalizing Deal To Acquire Current TV

Qatar-based Al Jazeera is in final negotiations to acquire Current TV, the cable channel co-founded and operated by former Vice President Al Gore and his business partner Joel Hyatt, according to Brian Stelter in the New York Times. Current TV has distribution in 60 million homes, giving Al Jazeera a large and immediate U.S. footprint

The result will be a new channel, not simply a simulcast of Al Jazeera English, the company’s English-language cable news outlet. As for Current TV’s current slate of staffers and shows, the future remains unclear, but likely grim.

Rather than simply use Current to distribute its existing English-language channel, called Al Jazeera English and based in Doha, Qatar, Al Jazeera will create a new channel based in New York, according to people with knowledge of the deal negotiations. Potentially called Al Jazeera America, roughly 60 percent of the programming will be produced in the United States while the remaining 40 percent will come from Al Jazeera English.

Al Jazeera may absorb some Current TV staff members, according to the people, who insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly. But Current’s schedule of shows will most likely be dissolved in the spring.

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The Ticker: O’Reilly Threat, ‘Nightline’ Guns, Currently Spitzer

  • An Illinois man who left a threatening message for Bill O’Reilly in January has been sentenced to a year of probation and fined $500. 62-year-old James Rogers faced felony harassment by telephone charges for the death threat.

  • ABC’s “Nightline” continues its coverage of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary with a special report tonight examining how guns touch so many parts of the American story. Bill Weir anchors “A Day In The Life Of The American Gun.”

  • FishbowlNY’s Diane Clehane caught up with CurrentTV host Eliot Spitzer at Michael’s yesterday.  “Nobody’s watching,” he says, “but I’m having a great time. It’s like having a cocktail party with friends every night.” Pausing for a moment he added, “Somebody needs to buy the network.”

More Election Night Coverage Plans

The typical broadcasters and cable news channels aren’t the only ones covering tomorrow’s Presidential election  Here are some of the other coverage highlights from other cable channels, and online.

C-SPAN: Will simulcast “Politico Live” from 7 PM until the acceptance/concession speeches begin, when it shifts over to C-SPAN 2 until midnight. C-SPAN will also air all speeches, as well as updates from key state races.

Comedy Central: “The Daily Show” and “Colbert Report” will be live Tuesday night from 11PM-12AM, with special coverage called ”Election Night 2012: This Ends Now” and “Election 2012: A Nation Votes, Ohio Decides; The Re-Presidenting of America: Who Will Replace Obama? ‘012!”Andrew Sullivan will be a guest, and “Daily Show” correspondents will report “from the show’s on-set Obama and Romney headquarters and election center.”

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The Ticker, Sandy Edition: Spitzer, Williams, Velshi/Romans

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