The Ticker: Bethune, Gallagher, Wellen…

By Brian 

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> “Gordon Bethune, former chief executive officer of Continental Airlines Inc., has been named a CNBC on-air contributor,” the network announced today…

> FNC West Coaster Trace Gallagher is trying out the anchor chair: He hosted a weekend edition of Studio B on Saturday and Sunday, and anchored the Fox Report both nights as well…

> An e-mailer notices some changes to FNC’s weekend programming: “The 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. hours have more of a weekday feel than ever before with the graphics and studio being the same for FNL 2 p.m. weekends as weekdays and Studio B now being on the weekend also.”

> MSNBC debuted a new commercial today: “The Heart of America” features primetime hosts along with Tim Russert, Brian Williams, Katie Couric and Matt Lauer. “It ends with ‘MSNBC, part of NBC News, America’s news leader,'” this commenter said…

> WHAC notices this TV Spy item: “Alex Wellen joins CNN’s The Situation Room in Washington D.C. as Senior Internet Producer. Alex was the creator and co-host of the Emmy-winning investigative newsmagazine ‘CyberCrime’ for TechTV, and he writes for The New York Times…”

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