Niki Noto hops onto HLN

ESPN reporter Niki Noto made an appearance this Sunday on Weekend Express with Lynn Berry, presenting the Bleacher Report update.

Going off of the below tweet, it seems she will be on next Saturday as well.

Weekend Express has a fairly large rotation of Bleacher Report freelance reporters. Among the rotation are Rashan Ali, Kristen Ledlow, and Laura Rutledge.

Here’s a picture of her on WXP, via HLN’s sports producer Brian Kargus:


Yasmin apologizes, too

Apologies, apologies, apologies!

Carol Costello just issued an apology for some controversial remarks. Now, HLN Now correspondent Yasmin Vossoughian has issued an apology as well.

Her apology, via HLN:

Needless to say… Hers was less controversial than Carol’s!

Ratings Nugget

Although Anderson Cooper beat Nancy Grace in the demo Tuesday night, she’s still giving him a run for his money.

AC360 is CNN’s flagship show, and Nancy Grace is HLN’s primetime trial show.

In the demo, Anderson raked in a measly 111,000 viewers (coming in second). Nancy pulled in 92,000 viewers (only two thousand viewers away from All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC), and she came in fourth.

However, in total viewers, Anderson only had 335,000, coming in third place. Nancy wasn’t too far behind; she had 322,000 viewers, coming in fourth. (MSNBC had 491,000 viewers and came in second; Fox came in first with 2,407,000 viewers).

So while Nancy didn’t win anything… she’s bringing in some viewers to watch her Jodi Arias trial coverage.

(Ratings via TVNewser)

Nancy Grace is given a gift

Sheriff Joe Arpaio gave HLN host Nancy Grace a gift while she is in Phoenix, covering Jodi Arias. No, not a chocolate. No, not a pencil.

Pink underwear!

The Wrap has the very unusual story:

While HLN anchor Nancy Grace was visiting Arpaio on Tuesday, the controversial Sheriff gave her an intimate gift.

“I of course, am honored to receive another pair of the highly sought-after pink underwear, bestowed upon me by the legendary sheriff Joe Arpaio!” Grace told TheWrap. “And autographed by the sheriff himself!”

Why the pink underwear? Years ago, Sheriff Joe learned inmates were stealing white boxers — so he dyed them pink for better “inventory control,” according to his bio on the Maricopa County (Ariz.) website.


Morning Express isn’t happy

The cheerful Morning Express team of Robin Meade, Bob Van Dillen, Jennifer Westhoven, and Brian McFayden is a little less cheerful, now that Dish has dropped them.

Robin took to Twitter to say:

Yesterday, Bob threw this into the mix, after Morning Express:

And then today, Bob joked:

Dish drops CNN and HLN

Dish Network has dropped the entire Turner Broadcasting family.

Here is the press release from Turner:

Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally decided to pull CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang off the air upon the expiration of our current deal. Turner has worked diligently for months to come to a fair agreement including multiple extensions and compromises, and it’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from their customers. We are hopeful our counterparts will return to the negotiating table, and we’ll get a deal completed.

Losing Dish certainly isn’t a good thing, given the current ratings’ war.