Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly was back in the anchor chair today following a four-month maternity leave after the birth of her daughter, Yardley Evans Brunt, in April. The “America Live” anchor shared baby pictures and thanked viewers and staffers for their well-wishes during her absence:
After this week’s market slide, Fox News Channel’s Saturday business block, “The Cost of Freedom,” will be live tomorrow morning. Neil Cavuto will anchor “On the Brink: Answers from the Abyss” from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
It’s been a busy few weeks for Cavuto, who anchored his FNC and FBN shows from Washington, DC this week while lawmakers scrambled to piece together a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling. This is the third week running he has anchored “Cost of Freedom” live.
Politico’s annual “50 Politicos to Watch” list is out, and this year — as the 2012 election cycle looms — it features a slew of Washington, DC-based television folk.
NBC anchor David Gregory, who helms the top-rated “Meet the Press,” is first on the list in the “Television Faces” category. Gregory is joined by former NBC colleague Norah O’Donnell, who recently stepped into a new role as chief White House correspondent for CBS, and Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier, who is the anchor of “Special Report.” The “Television Faces” category is rounded out by two men who are better known for their work behind the cameras: MSNBC president Phil Griffin and CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist.
CBS News picked up another nods in the “White House Deans” category, which features veteran White House correspondent Bill Plante.
Ed Henry made his first appearance on Fox News Channel today after he was named chief White House correspondent for the network last month. Henry, who joined FNC after seven years with CNN, appeared this afternoon on “America Live,” reporting on the latest debt ceiling negotiations. He will also be on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon.
Major Garrett was back on Fox News Channel for the first time as a daytime guest today since leaving the network almost a year ago. Garrett was a guest in the 2 p.m. hour of “America Live” and talked with anchor Martha MacCallum about President Obama’s surprise afternoon news conference.
Garrett, who worked for FNC for eight years, was the network’s senior White House correspondent from 2009-2010. He left last fall to return to print journalism as the Congressional correspondent for National Journal.
In the past year, Garrett has appeared frequently on MSNBC. He also appeared twice on FNC’s “Red Eye” and several times on Fox Business Network.
Thanks to one of our eagle-eyed TVNewser viewers, Ethan Klapper (who also blogs for 10,000 Words), for the tip.
Saturday’s “Fox News Watch” steered clear of one of last week’s major media stories — News Corp. shutting down UK tabloid News of the World as a result of a hacking scandal. Or did they?
On the show’s website, Fox News posts “Behind the Breaks” videos of the panel chatting during commercial breaks. In the first break, the panel — including Judith Miller, Cal Thomas and James Pinkerton — can be heard chatting about “the subject we’re not talking about today.” Thomas asked his colleagues if anyone is willing to bring up the scandal. “Sure,” Pinkerton answered jokingly. “Go ahead, Cal.” As the panel laughs, Thomas responds, “I’m not going to touch it.”
News Corp. owns Fox News Channel, in addition to News of the World.
By comparison, CNN’s Howard Kurtz devoted the entire first segment of “Reliable Sources” — which is the only other media criticism show on cable news — to the News of the World story.
Video below (skip to the 1:55 mark to hear the above discussion):
For the second week running, Fox News Channel will have special daytime coverage of the Casey Anthony trial Saturday morning displacing the business block of programming.
In place of “Cost of Freedom,” FNC anchor Gregg Jarrett will host trial coverage beginning at 10amET with a legal panel including Judge Alex Ferrer and Peter Johnson, Jr. Jarrett will hand off the anchoring duties to Eric Shawn at 2pm.
Last Saturday, an unexpected recess in the court proceedings left cable networks scrambling to amend their planned coverage. On Thursday the defense rested their case. Gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial has drawn big cable ratings, particularly for HLN.
Fox News Channel anchor Jenna Lee has a lot on her plate this summer: anchoring “Happening Now,” celebrating her one-year anniversary at FNC, and oh yeah, getting married. So what keeps her going?
A diet based on Greek yogurt, egg whites and the occasional Italian feast with her “Happening Now” crew, New York finds out. Lee shares her food diary with the magazine, noting that she stays away from coffee because it interferes with her ability to read the teleprompter.
Lee needed her energy this week — ahead of her July Fourth wedding to a Navy SEAL, she went to spy school for a segment that aired Friday on “Happening Now.”
Unlike the week ending May 14, there was change aplenty in the Experian Hitwise list of the top three cable-news-show websites for the week ending May 21. Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor continued to top the chart, but it was followed by two new entries — network sibling Fox Report with Shepard Smith at No. 2, and MSNBC’s The Last Word in third place.
The top two late-night talk-show sites were unchanged from the previous week — Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report — and third place went to NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, which replaced fellow NBC offering Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
As usual, there were no changes in the morning-news-show rankings: NBC’s Today, ABC’s Good Morning America, and CBS’ The Early Show.
On this day before Mother’s Day, a couple of Fox Newsers are in the news — one pays tribute to his mom, and the other who is a mom, talks about the big news this week. Jennifer Griffin, a mother of two talked with Parenting magazine about how she juggled the Osama Bin Laden news and a tired toddler.
“I had just gotten home from a friend’s house with 2-year-old Luke, my youngest. It was later than his bedtime, and I was scrambling to warm him a bottle and convince him to put on pajamas. I was at the stove when all of my phones started ringing. The messages on my Blackberry made it seem like [Libyan leader Muammar] Qaddafi had been killed. I put on the TV, gave Luke a bottle on the couch, and told him to be very quiet. That’s when I got a call saying that it was Osama bin Laden.
Meanwhile, Georganne Hemmer, mother of Fox News anchor Bill Hemmerspoke with the Daily Beast about her parenting style and a hard lesson Bill learned when he was 16.