CNBC’s “Mad Money with Jim Cramer” celebrated its 2,000th episode tonight — MM2k. Cramer hosted a special broadcast from outside the New York Stock Exchange alongside dozens of “Cramericans.” “Other people want to make friends. I’m just trying to make you a little money,” said Cramer at the top of the show.
The NASDAQ was out of commission for a few hours today, the result of a computer malfunction. Suffice it to say, this was a big deal in the world of financial news. It was so big, in fact, that CNBC had no choice but to bring in 10 analysts at once to talk about it.
Yes, CNBC brought out the “Decabox.” That’s two more talking heads than the “Octobox,” if you keep count of that sort of thing. The screen was filled up with pundits in the minutes leading up to the reopening of the NASDAQ at 3:25pmET.
CNBC is adding to its coverage of Silicon Valley, TVNewser has learned.
Mark Berniker, who was EP of Jennifer Granholm‘s Current TV show, is joining the network as Silicon Valley/San Francisco Bureau Chief. Previous to Current TV, Berniker worked for Bloomberg Television, CNNfn and for Knight-Ridder as Moscow Bureau Chief. Berniker will report to Lacy O’Toole, CNBC’s Director of News Coverage.
CNBC is also swapping East Coast and West Coast correspondents. Josh Lipton moves to the Bay Area next month as technology correspondent, while current Silicon Valley tech reporter Jon Fortt (pictured), will move to CNBC HQ in Englewood Cliffs, NJ to be an on-air editor.
The show is “Money Talks,” which follows Las Vegas sports handicapper Steve Stevens, it premieres in September. BI reports that Stevens’ real name is likely Darin Notaro, and that he has served prison time for a number of telemarketing scams. In addition, “Stevens’” claim that he has a 70% win rate is outrageously high, and would put him well above the top tier of handicappers (none of whom had ever heard of him).
Manfred also secures a response from CNBC after pointing out all of these things:
“We are aware of Steve Stevens’ 1999 conviction and while we are very clear in the press release that VIP Sports clients risk big dollars in the hopes that Stevens and his agents have the expertise to consistently deliver winners, viewers should tune in on September 10th at 10pm ET/PT to draw their own conclusions about VIP Sports. We are merely betting that viewers will be interested in the world of touts and handicappers and in no way endorse either Stevens’ picks or his business model.”
With HBO’s “Game Change” proving that there is a market for fiction based on real life political figures, NBC is planning a four-part miniseries based on the life of former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Clinton.
The network made the announcement during its session at the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills. Diane Lane will play Clinton in “Hillary,” beginning with life in the White House, and moving on as she pursued her other political offices.
The announcement spurred a disclaimer from NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd.
Just want to get this out of the way now: NBC News has nothing to do w/Clinton mini series on NBC entertainment. So save your complaints
Chu will become a markets reporter for CNBC, starting August 12.
“With his background as a Wall Street trader and investor, in addition to his journalism experience, Dominic will be able to offer CNBC’s sophisticated audience a unique perspective on the markets,” wrote CNBC senior VP and business news editor in chief Nik Deogun in an email to CNBC staff today.
CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo is quietly putting out feelers to gauge the interest in her services, a source in the agent community confirms to TVNewser. Bartiromo’s contract with CNBC is believed to expire later this year, either in November or December, so now is the time to start talking to other channels to try and develop interest.
The New York Post’s Claire Atkinson reported this morning that Bartiromo is now being repped by CAA, and she talked to a source who discussed the most likely alternative stop for the original “money honey,” Fox Business Network.
“It would be good news for Fox if she came over, but bad news for her,” one business news source said, explaining that FBN’s freer debate style is very different from CNBC’s more organized teleprompter approach.
Bartiromo is arguably the most high-profile anchor on CNBC, so losing her would be a big deal for the financial news channel. That said, CNBC has been looking to shake up its lineup, and is currently talking toHarry Smith about hosting a program at the channel.
CNBC isn’t saying one way or the other if Smith is entertaining an offer, but a spokesperson tells us: “Harry Smith is one of the truly great TV journalists and fortunately already a member of the NBCUniversal News Group so if we could figure out a way to utilize his skills to serve our viewers and users I’m sure we’d be interested.”
CNBC “Squawk Box” co-anchor Andrew Ross Sorkin apologized to The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald this morning, for saying yesterday that he would “almost arrest” him for publishing stories based on Edward Snowden’s leaks.
“I put my foot in my mouth, and I’m sorry about this, when I veered into hyperbole and suggested that he almost be arrested, that was the quote, and I have to say it didn’t come out right and I misspoke. I’m sorry I said it that way, and I’m sorry I said it.”
“Let me be clear about a couple of things here, I believe in the first amendment and transparency and of course investigative journalism like the reports about he NSA programs,” he added. “And I think there are fair and important questions to be asked about the government and our privacy on this ongoing story. But I also think there are fair questions to be asked about Snowden himself, and the role of the media, but on my comment on Greenwald, I regret it.”