The Ticker: Longest Edition Ever!

By Brian 

> Financial commentator Courtney Smith has been arrested on criminal charges “relating to his role in a $130 million stock scheme,” Reuters said. He touted stocks on CNBC, CNN, CNNfn and Bloomberg TV…

> Washington Whispers says CNN may be wooing Joe Lockhart…

> The rumors in the halls of CNN/NY about NewsNight don’t seem to be true: Aaron Brown is on a long-scheduled vacation, and he will return to the anchor chair on Tuesday, he tells TVNewser.

> MSNBC is running a new promo touting its SOTU success: “MSNBC beat CNN during the SOTU in the target audience. For the most important news stories, America is watching MSNBC.” Here’s the video (WMV).

> Monday’s NYT and WP included Fox News Channel ads noting the network’s success on an “international story,” the Iraqi elections.

> FNC’s Brian Kilmeade caught up with Bill Clinton at the Super Bowl over the weekend. And Fox News Sunday had an exclusive interview with VP Cheney.

> BCBeat links to the most recent edition of On The Media, which “muses about the breathtaking collapse of CNN’s Crossfire.”

> Greta blogs about her 3rd anniversary: “It has been a great three years and I look forward to the next few years. I am not sure how long I will stay in TV…”