Morning Media Newsfeed: Elliott Exits GMA | Piers Morgan Bows Out | NYT Mag Names New Editor

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Josh Elliott Exiting ABC’s Good Morning America for NBC Sports (TheWrap)
After months of speculation over Josh Elliott’s future at ABC News’ Good Morning America, contract talks broke down over the weekend and he will leave his anchor spot for a gig with NBC Sports. Amy Robach will be promoted to news anchor, effective immediately. TVNewser Elliott’s jump to NBC and return to sports comes at the end of intense contract negotiations with ABC News. Elliott will work on most high-profile NBC Sports programs including Sunday Night Football, NBC Olympics and Triple Crown horse racing. NBC is expected to reveal more later this week. Deadline Hollywood Elliott, who had been making about $1.2 million salary at GMA, turned down an offer to stay with the show for $4-$5 million. After his fellow anchor Lara Spencer nailed down a lucrative multiyear contract Thursday, Elliott raised his ask to $10 million a year. Per the terms of Elliott’s exit, he cannot appear on NBC’s Today show for six months. NYT Elliott is the second member of the GMA team to be recruited away from the show by NBCUniversal. Sam Champion, who had been the weather anchor for GMA, was hired by the Weather Channel to start up a new morning show on that cable channel, which is owned by NBCUniversal. ABC did make a strong effort to retain Elliott, offering him about $5 million a year, according to one executive with knowledge of the negotiations. Variety Robach, Elliott’s replacement, began her career as a general assignment reporter in South Carolina and moved on to become a morning anchor in Washington, D.C. She spent five years at NBC where she was an anchor at MSNBC and co-host of Weekend Today. Co-anchors Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos remain as the leads of the show.

Piers Morgan Live Officially Ends, Host Rails Against NRA in Big Farewell (Mediaite)
Piers Morgan Live came to an end Friday night and Piers Morgan himself ended the show by thanking the people who helped make the show possible and loyal viewers who stayed on to watch. He said, “We gave it everything we had and I loved every minute. Well, maybe not every minute.” But Morgan went out swinging at the NRA, in a final monologue hitting on the same point he has been hammering from the start of his tenure at CNN: gun laws. TVNewser “I’ve made my point. I’ve given it a tremendous whack,” said Morgan. “Now it’s down to you. It is your country. These are your gun laws. And the senseless slaughter will only end when enough Americans stand together and cry, enough.” Morgan ended with: “God bless America, and while I’m at it, God bless Great Britain, too.” The Guardian For 58 of his 60 minutes, Morgan talked exclusively about Malaysia Airlines flight 370, spending the last two minutes of his show in a rant against the National Rifle Association. Morgan made his decision to retire shortly before a disappeared airliner threw CNN a ratings lifeline. “It’s been a painful period and lately we have taken a bath in the ratings,” he told The New York Times in February, while announcing his plans to vacate. In the same interview, he attributed his failure to connect with American audiences to his accent, and the sense that Americans don’t enjoy having a Brit explain — or lecture — their own culture to them. Variety Morgan succeeded longtime CNN host Larry King in 2011. Don Lemon, Jake Tapper, Michael Smerconish and Bill Weir will fill in for Morgan during CNN’s search for a new host. Morgan is currently in discussions with the network regarding a new position.

New York Times Names Jake Silverstein as Magazine Editor (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
Texas Monthly editor-in-chief Jake Silverstein has been hired to serve as editor of The New York Times Magazine. Silverstein will replace Hugo Lindgren, who was pushed out late last year and took a job with The Hollywood Reporter. As of earlier this month, there were at least three other candidates for the position, including deputy Times Magazine editors Joel Lovell and Lauren Kern and New York magazine editorial director Jared Hohlt. FishbowlNY The title had been without an editor since Lindgren left in January. Silverstein had been editor of Texas Monthly for the past six years. During his time there it received 12 National Magazine Award nominations and won four times. NYT With Silverstein’s appointment, the Times is rethinking the relationship between the magazine and the newspaper. Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the Times, who supervised the selection process, said that in the past the magazine operated separately from the newspaper. But under Silverstein, he said in an interview on Friday, that relationship will become closer.

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Rep. Mike Rogers to Retire, Launch National Radio Show (The Washington Post / Post Politics)
Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, plans to retire from Congress after his current term to host a national radio show syndicated by Cumulus Media, he announced Friday. CNN The Michigan Republican made the announcement on Detroit’s WJR radio station, saying he will host a syndicated radio program that will talk about national security issues and other news of the day. Rogers, who has held a seat in Congress for more than a decade and is close to House speaker John Boehner, has been a staunch supporter of National Security Agency surveillance programs, which came under fire after leaks by Edward Snowden publicly disclosed their sweeping nature. WSJ Cumulus provides content to 460 owned and operated stations and more than 10,000 radio affiliates, as well as digital channels. Cumulus said Rogers would play “a leading role” across each of those platforms. FishbowlDC Rogers’ retirement is going to be a loss not just for the Republican caucus, but also for the Sunday show circuit. There will certainly be a lot of free television air-time to fill once Rogers makes his move to radio.

Former Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Joins ABC News (ABC News)
ABC News president Ben Sherwood sent a note to the news division Friday morning announcing that Ray Kelly, former Police Commissioner of the City of New York, will join ABC News as a consultant for all platforms. TVNewser Ray served as police commissioner from 1992-94 under mayor David Dinkins and from 2002-13 under mayor Michael Bloomberg. Ray is the first person to serve two non-consecutive tenures as police commissioner. Ray’s son, Greg Kelly, is a former Fox News anchor who currently anchors Good Day New York on WNYW, the Fox-owned station in New York City. NYT Ray will provide insight into “national security and intelligence issues at home and overseas,” Sherwood, who was recently named to the top executive position there, said in a statement. Several television news organizations had been seeking to hire Ray since he left his post.

Ebony Magazine Apologizes for Editor’s Racial Snipe at RNC Staffer (Mediaite)
Ebony magazine has issued an apology to RNC deputy press secretary Raffi Williams after its editor Jamilah Lemieux slammed Williams (a black man) on Twitter as a “White dude telling me how to do this Black thing.” The Washington Times In a series of tweets, Lemieux, senior editor of Ebony.com, told Williams that she did not care about his opinions because he was white. When she learned that Williams is actually black, Lemieux tweeted her apology, but continued to dismiss his political views. “I was looking at your avi without blowing it up. I apologize for that. However, I care about nothing you have to say.” Thursday, Ebony issued a formal apology to Williams and the Black Republican community on its website. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The magazine’s apology came after RNC Chairman Reince Priebus wrote a letter to the magazine’s editor-in-chief demanding that Lemieux apologize for attacking Williams. “Ebony strongly believes in the marketplace of ideas. As the magazine of record for the African American community, Lemieux’s tweets in question do not represent our journalistic standard, tradition or practice of celebrating diverse Black thought,” the statement said.