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The Ticker: Poker, First Jobs, ‘Crossfire’

  • Bloomberg TV’s Trish Regan will host “Poker Night on Wall Street” Wednesday at 9pmET. Six Wall Street executives will play for charity with a $50,000 buy in. Watch a preview after the jump.

  • CNN’s “Crossfire” is “not about real debate and civic discourse. It’s about conflict, show-biz and what passes for celebrity in Washington in these sad and sorry days of the Republic,” David Zurawik writes in The Baltimore Sun. “…It’s not a real debate between the guests in any way, shape or form.”

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Norah O’Donnell, Mika Brzezinski Attend Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

This week was the annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit, held at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Washington, D.C. Among the participants: Disney-ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney; Judy Woodruff of PBS; Norah O’Donnell and Lesley Stahl of CBS News; Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC; Chelsea Clinton and Dr. Nancy Snyderman of NBC News; Becky Quick of CNBC; Fox News panelist Nina Easton and CNN political consultant Hilary Rosen.

Piers Morgan on His Future at CNN

CNN’s Piers Morgan was on “CBS This Morning” today discussing his new book, Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney. Morgan says the book is “a diary” of his three years at CNN, the last year of which has been dominated by his calls for stricter gun laws.

Toward the end of the interview, Norah O’Donnell asked Morgan about his future at CNN, following the news that Bill Weir would be joining the network and developing a show in prime time. “I will be taken out of CNN kicking and screaming,” Morgan said. “I absolutely love it. It’s a fantastic network. It’s a great news place to be.”

Do News Correspondents Lose Trust with Viewers When They Turn Up in Primetime?

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Last night, ABC News LA correspondent Cecilia Vega (above, left) played a White House correspondent on the hit ABC show “Scandal.” Vega was one of several people playing White House reporters reporting on, a scandal, presumably.

Last Friday night, “CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell (above, right) played herself on the CBS series “Blue Bloods.” That scene was even shot in the CTM studio. “Blue Bloods” is set in and filmed in New York City.

The “Today” team has also turned up on NBC’s new “Michael J. Fox Show.” In that series, Fox plays a local news reporter.

Brian Williams went on “30 Rock,” playing himself, numerous times. Feature films often rely on real reporters — sometimes retired, sometimes still active — to play reporters. Lester Holt, now with NBC News, then with WBBM in Chicago, famously asked “How many one-armed men are there around here?” in “The Fugitive.”

The networks tell us there’s no set policy here, but that each request is looked at, and, so long as the reputation of the news organization isn’t at risk, the green light is usually given.

And on the flip side of this, an actor is about to become a cable news host.

But what do you think? Do news correspondents lose trust with viewers when they turn up on entertainment shows?

Woman Tries to Ram White House Gate, Takes Police on Chase Through Capitol Hill


The U.S. Capitol building is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were reported in the area at 2:20pmET.

MSNBC was the first cable news network to report the news at 2:26:08 p.m. Fox News was seconds later at 2:26:26 p.m., followed by CNN at 2:28:28. All three networks went immediately to phone interviews with their reporters in D.C.: MSNBC talked with Luke Russert; Fox News interviewed senior producer Chad Pergram and CNN called in photojournalist John Bodnar.

The Capitol Hill police have issued a “shelter in place” order. According to Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Congressional staffers are being told to to “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.” Fox News is reporting there are “several people injured.”

> Update: ABC News, CBS News and NBC News are all producing special reports. David Muir is anchoring on ABC, Norah O’Donnell on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC.

ABC News is reporting a female suspect is dead on the scene at the U.S. Capitol.

Saying “we’re told that this is over,” NBC’s Pete Williams reports the female suspect tried to drive through the White House gate and was chased to Capitol Hill by the Secret Service. The lockdown has been lifted.

> More: Fox News will have an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier” from 6 to 8pmET tonight.

Bill O’Reilly Has Written His Epitaph: ‘He Finally Stopped Talking’

Bill O’Reilly writes best-selling books, his own show — right down to the teases — and, on tonight’s “60 Minutes,” we also learned he’s already written his epitaph. He tells Norah O’Donnell: “On my tombstone, Holy Rood Cemetery out there in Long Island, ‘He finally stopped talking.’”

For her profile, O’Donnell rode to work with O’Reilly as he planned that day’s show. Her crew also spent time behind the scenes at Fox News. “You’re spending a tremendous amount of time, interviewing me. And you do it because you like me. You want to be here,” O’Reilly says in this “60 Minutes Overtime” video.

“Well, I’m doing it because I’m interested,” said O’Donnell, “there’s clearly something behind why millions of people are watching your show, and why millions of people have bought your books.”

O’Reilly responds: “I think you’re doing it because you can’t believe it’s happening. That you are here because you can’t believe a thug like me is this successful.”

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‘Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president’

PelleyKerryOn Tuesday “60 Minutes” celebrated its 45th birthday. The show debuted on CBS Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1968. Its success over the years brought on many imitators and even led Rupert Murdoch to once inquire about buying the show and bringing it to FOX.

This Sunday, the dean of the TV newsmagazines begins season number 46 on CBS. “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager who is also the chairman of CBS News, explains show creator Don Hewitt‘s vision for the show like this: “Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president.” (Watch after the jump)

This Sunday, the mix of stories includes Scott Pelley‘s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry; Steve Kroft’s report on schizophrenia, the sometimes violent illness that the Washington Navy Yard shooter showed symptoms of; and Norah O’Donnell‘s profile of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, including details of his new book “Killing Jesus.”

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Checkpoints, Armed Guards, Bullet-Proof Vests for Charlie Rose on the Road to Damascus

Charlie Rose was back in the anchor chair of “CBS This Morning” today talking about how he landed that wide-ranging interview with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As we reported yesterday, Rose and CBS News chairman Jeff Fager, Rose’s producer for the interview, traveled to the region late last week and secured the interview Sunday morning.

“I must say that Jeff and I found them, once we got there, they didn’t make any effort to change content, there was nothing off the record. There was no sense of, you can’t talk about this. None. I said, “This is going to be a very tough interview.” And they said “The president would like you to be that way.”

Rose says they crossed several check-points driving from Beirut to Damascus and had bullet-proof vests, but did not wear them. “But we didn’t have armed guards and all those kinds of things,” he told colleagues Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell.

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Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 26

“CBS This Morning” still trails its morning show competitors by millions of viewers, but it was the only morning newscast to show growth compared to the same week last year.

CTM grew its total viewer audience +14% and its younger viewer audience +8% and closed the gap with NBC’s “Today” show by 388,000 viewers. “Today” has stemmed its losses and was down -1% in viewers and -2% in the demo. “Good Morning America” marked 54 weeks as the most-watched morning show — the longest stretch at No. 1 in more than 21 years. The ABC show was flat year-over-year among total viewers and down -3% in younger viewers.

The averages for the week of August 26:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.357M / NBC: 4.439M / CBS: 2.670M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.909M / NBC: 1.782M / CBS: 925K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of August 5

“Good Morning America” wins another week in the morning, and by its largest margins over NBC’s “Today” in more than five months.

Compared to the same week last year the ABC morning program showed the most growth in the morning: up +20% in total viewers and up +16% in A25-54 viewers. “CBS This Morning” also showed growth: +18% / +8%. “Today” was down significantly year-over-year: -28% / -32%. This time last year was the final week of the London Summer Games. Olympics coverage gives NBC News programs a boost every two years.

“GMA” has a 51-week winning streak among total viewers which began just as the “Today” crew returned from London. Next week, if it holds, “GMA” will experience a full year at No. 1, a streak not seen in more than 21 years.

The averages for the week of August 5:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.225M / NBC: 4.260M / CBS: 2.606M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 1.868M / NBC: 1.643M / CBS: 874K

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