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Jack Ma, Meet the U.S. Business Networks

AlibabaThe big news on Wall Street today is the Alibaba IPO. If you’re not up to speed on the Chinese e-commerce company, here’s some perspective: its sales are greater than Amazon and eBay combined. That’s big. And today the company goes public listing on the NYSE, and that’s where founder and executive chairman Jack Ma will be today. CNBC is claiming it will get the first interview with Ma, around 9:30amET on “Squawk on the Street,” FBN’s Jo Ling Kent will interview Ma from the NYSE floor at 9:55amET and Bloomberg is promoting their Ma interview for the 9am hour as well. The Alibaba IPO could be the largest ever on Wall Street.

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Behind the TV Scenes: Gary Schreier

Gary Schreier

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on the industry’s top producers; getting the inside story about their shows, how they got to where they are, and advice they have for future TV journalists.

For more than two decades, Gary Schreier has covered some of the biggest news and business stories in America and around the world. “I think it’s been an extraordinary 15 to 20 years,” says Schreier, who started at CNBC, followed by 16  years at Fox News and Fox Business. Now, back at CNBC as EP of “Closing Bell,” Schreier reflects on a wide-ranging career.

TVNewser: You’ve produced for general news and business news. How have you approached producing for the different types?

Schreier: Production is never just production. You always want to think about it hard and how to make the story bigger on television than it would be if you were reading it in print — digitally, online, or a newspaper — or on radio certainly. I think sometimes the difference between general news and business news is general news can lend itself where the production isn’t as important; the story itself can be so compelling, and the pictures so compelling that it just presents itself. Where as business news, say even during a financial crisis, you need to think harder on how to represent things. Business news can tend to be a lot of numbers, a lot of statistics, and you need to break those down and present them in a form that’s much more acceptable to the people. So, it’s a little more challenging, but I find it fun too. It makes you think harder, it makes you work a little harder, and if you can distill something that’s hard to understand with a lot of numbers and stats and bring it down to a level where people kind of crystallize it and get it and helps them make a good, informed decision for their life, and for their money, and for their finances, it’s kind of rewarding.
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Ailes Apprentice Program to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Roger Ailes 2011The Ailes Apprentice Program begins its third annual Hispanic Heritage series tomorrow morning on “Fox & Friends.”

The weekly series will run through October 10, hosted by Fox News correspondent Alicia Acuna. She will spotlight Latinos  doing inspirational things, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martin Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, guitarist Jose Feliciano and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Francisco Nunez.

The program, named after FNC Chairman Roger Ailes, began in 2003. It selects a diverse group of candidates, thrusting them into the day-to-day rigors of TV news.

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.

Ratings Note: ‘New Day’

CuomoBolduanThe first hour of CNN’s “New Day” Wednesday morning drew a higher A25-54 demo number than any hour on MSNBC for the entire day. “New Day” at 6amET drew 140,000 demo viewers, with MSNBC’s highest demo being “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 7pmET. “Hardball” drew 128,000 demo viewers. “The Rachael Maddow Show” next with 124,000 demo viewers.

The full Wednesday scoreboard is here.

The Scoreboard: Wednesday, Sept. 17

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 261 | MSNBC: 79 | CNN: 122 | HLN: 78
  • Primetime: FNC: 401 | MSNBC: 111 | CNN: 159 | HLN: 73

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Bill Ayers: Megyn Kelly ‘Is Like a Cyborg Constructed in the Basement of Fox News’

Bill Ayers, who recently sat down for an interview with FNC’s Megyn Kelly, talked about that interview with Salon. Ayers, the retired college professor and co-founder of the 1960s radical group Weather Underground, said he found Kelly to be “a very strange person.”

“She’s like a cyborg constructed in the basement of Fox News. She’s very striking, but very metallic, very cold. Her eyes are very cold.”


ISIS Reportedly Holding Another Journalist Captive

John_CantlieISIS released a new video today showing a British journalist as its prisoner.

The video, since deleted by YouTube, shows British journalist John Cantlie. Cantlie was previously a photographer for the Sunday Times and went missing in Syria in 2012. He was freed by the Free Syrian Army, but like journalist James Foley, who was beheaded last month by ISIS, Cantlie returned to Syria in 2012.

Cantlie’s video is different than those showing Foley and Steven Sotloff, also murdered by ISIS, kneeling in front of their captors. Instead, Cantlie was sitting behind a desk. Huffington Post reports what Cantlie said.

“I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, he’s only doing this as a prisoner. He’s got a gun at his head, and he’s being forced to do this, right? Well, it’s true. I am a prisoner. That I cannot deny. But, seeing as I’ve been abandoned by my government and my fate now lies in the hands of the Islamic State, I have nothing to lose. Maybe I will live, and maybe I will die. There is time to change this seemingly inevitable sequence of events. But only if you, the public, act now.”

Yesterday, a friend of Steven Sotloff’s told “CBS This Morning” the Sotloff family never believed the Obama administration was doing anything to help them rescue their son. There’s been no response yet from British officials on the Cantlie video.

Sunday Show Ratings: September 14

sunday shows_304In Chuck Todd‘s second week as “Meet the Press” moderator, the NBC broadcast slipped from first to third place. CBS’ “Face the Nation” was the top program in total viewers for September 14, while ABC’s “This Week” topped the A25-54 demo.

“Face” bested “This Week” by +165,000 viewers, drawing its largest audience in two months. “This Week” beat the CBS broadcast by +34,000 demo viewers. The demo win marks 13 out of the last 16 weeks for ABC. Although “Meet” slipped to third, as NBC News told us last week, they expect a slow build to grow its audience.

Compared to the same week last year,  “Face” was up +11% in viewers and +9% in the demo. “Fox News Sunday” saw the most total viewer growth, up +23% and also up +20% in the demo.  “This Week” was up +7% in viewers and +39% in the demo.  “Meet” was down -2% in viewers and -8% in the demo. “Al Punto” was down -9% in viewers and up +13% in the demo.

Cable rebroadcasts of “Fox News Sunday” averaged a combined 1,496,000 total viewers and 396,000 A25-54 viewers.

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 67% of the country.

The numbers for September 14:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
“Face the Nation” 3.054M 913K
“This Week” 2.889M 947K
NBC “Meet the Press” 2.589M 668K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.267M 419K
UNI “Al Punto” 705K 333K

Morning Show Ratings: Week of Sept. 8

morningshowanchors2014“CBS This Morning” may be in third place, but it’s the only morning show to see year-over-year growth. Last week, “CTM” was the only breakfast program to grow in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo. “CTM” was up +5% in viewers and up +2% in the demo, closing the gap with NBC’s “Today” by 120,000 viewers.

“Good Morning America” still leads the pack, and was up +2% in the demo, but down -2% in total viewers. “Today” was flat among viewers and down -9% in the demo. “Today” had its best week in viewers since the week of May 19. Meanwhile, “GMA” is posting its largest season margins over “Today” in both total viewers and the demo in more than 22 years.

The averages for the week of Sept. 8, 2014:

  • Total Viewers: ABC: 5.454M / NBC: 4.672M / CBS: 2.943M
  • A25-54 viewers: ABC: 2.062M / NBC: 1.813M / CBS: 949,000