Morning Headlines — 8/5/13

NBC news reporter John Palmer, 77, dies; remembered as ‘tireless reporter, always a gentleman’
John Palmer, the longtime correspondent for NBC News who died Saturday after a brief illness, was remembered by former colleagues as a hardworking, gracious reporter who moved easily from war zones to the White House and who brought a reassuring voice to news broadcasts. [THE WASHINGTON POST]

Fusion Announces Premiere Date and Prime-Time Schedule
Fusion, the forthcoming cable channel that is a joint venture of ABC News and Univision, now has a premiere date — Oct. 28 — and a prime-time schedule. [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

Report: Cox Memo Denies Meetings With Liberty, Charter
An internal memo to Cox Communications employees denied speculation that company CEO Patrick Esser had preliminary talks with Liberty Media concerning a possible merger, a report in the Atlanta Journal Constitution said Friday. [BROADCASTING & CABLE]

Fox Exec Says TV Ratings Don’t Work
Fox network’s entertainment chief Kevin Reilly said Thursday that traditional TV ratings aren’t fully capturing the popularity of programming in a changing marketplace, as the network promoted a new slate of fall shows that includes a cop comedy and a drama featuring a headless horseman. [THE WALL STREET JOURNAL]

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