The 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,” Bloomberg’s Emily Chang interviews Ma at 9:45am and FBN’s Jo Ling Kent will interview Ma from the NYSE floor at 9:55am. The Alibaba IPO could be the largest ever on Wall Street.
Rupert Murdoch was a guest during FBN’s special coverage of the vote in Scotland this morning.
The Chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox phoned in to Neil Cavuto where he was asked about today’s independence vote in Scotland, the 2016 U.S. elections, the global terror threat on the markets and his withdrawn offer for Time Warner.
Murdoch said he hasn’t had any discussions since withdrawing the Time Warner bid in early August, and won’t go after a deal “in a hostile way.”
Claman was on to promote her interview with SpaceX founder Elon Musk around 3:30pmET. Varney says Musk “is addicted to tax breaks” and said a claim of creating more than 6,000 jobs at a new gigafactory in Nevada, is overblown. To which Claman said, “I’m so surprised to see you … You sound, now, like a democrat, actually.”
- Maria Bartiromo talks with Adweek about her media diet and how she starts her day: “Usually I’ll check the performance of the international markets. Then I’ll look online and through Wall Street research reports to figure out what is setting the tone for the markets that day.”
- Jake Tapper talks about his morning routine with Bon Appetit: “As soon as I wake up, I read my email to see what news developed overnight. Then I go to Twitter and do the same thing, see what’s happened in the rest of the world. Finally, I go to Facebook to get the developments on my friend’s lives. And then I get out of bed. This is all before coffee.”
- Bill O’Reilly talks with the Cindy Adams about his latest book: Killing Patton. “Wartime things exist of which we have no idea. Our side wasn’t all good. Eisenhower and Patton, who had mistresses, were glory seekers, not buddies. In this book they’re human beings.”
Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.
Here is what the networks are planning:
- CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
- Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
- ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
- Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
- On Fox News, Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
- On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
- John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
- Neil Cavuto will anchor for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
- MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
- Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
- CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced
Fox Business and Fox News’ Sandra Smith received the Hollywood spotlight this week.
“Entertainment Tonight” aired a feature piece earlier this week, following the busy reporter and anchor through her early morning Fox Business reports and afternoon co-hosting on “Outnumbered.” The show also went home with the wife and mother to spotlight her family life.
“It means early mornings, late nights, to get it all done, but it’s all worth it,” Smith says.
Fox Business Network host Deirdre Bolton takes a routine elevator ride with entrepreneurs as part of her program “Risk and Reward.”
She recently spoke to Upstart Business Journal to give tips to those pitching their “elevator pitch.”
Know your material cold: Time is always the enemy, the clearer and more succinct your message, the better. It sounds hokey, but I tell people to practice their pitches at home with a stopwatch, and do it 50 times. Practice until your timing is perfect, practice with a buddy who will listen and offer constructive feedback. Practice in front of a mirror unless you will get distracted by the fact that you really do need a haircut. Be so confident and so practiced so that when you show up in a hustling, bustling lobby after an annoying taxi ride, you will be unshakeable.
The business anchor also recommends researching the person you’re pitching to, preparing a longer pitch just in case, and having a memorable closing line.
With the departure of Kevin Magee as EVP of Fox Business Network, FNC and FBN Chairman Roger Ailes is splitting the management duties with the promotion of two longtime executives, TVNewser has learned.
Bill Shine, (far left) currently EVP of programming for Fox News, has been promoted to senior EVP and takes on the additional programming role at FBN. Brian Jones, (near left) currently SVP at FBN, has been upped to EVP of news operations for the channel. Ailes remains the lead executive for both Fox News and Fox Business.
Shine is an 18-year veteran of Fox News, joining in 1996 as senior producer of “Hannity & Colmes.” Jones got his start as a producer in local news, joined Fox News in 1997, then moved on to jobs in politics and finance, before returning to Fox in 2003.
After 13 years with Fox, Kevin Magee is stepping down from his positions, TVNewser has learned.
Magee has been EVP of Fox Business Network since it launched nearly 7 years ago. He’s been EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.
“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.
The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.
Magee joined Fox News Channel from CNBC in 2001. During his tenure, he also oversaw the 2-year run of the syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.”
“And then there’s Roger Ailes who allowed me incredible opportunities over the last 13+ years first at FOX News, and later at both FOX Business and Fox News Radio,” Magee writes. “He has been so understanding over the last few weeks as I discussed my plans for the future with him. Thank you, Roger.”
Before CNBC, Magee spent six years as senior program producer for “Good Morning America.” Magee is married to Liza McGuirk, an executive producer at CNN.
Hedge fund manager, author, political donor and current CNBC contributor Anthony Scaramucci is expected to join Fox Business Network as a contributor. The move will reunite “The Mooch” with Maria Bartiromo. Earlier this year, Scaramucci’s SkyBridge Capital acquired the rights to the finance TV show “Wall Street Week” and hired former CNBCers Susan Krakower and Raymond Borelli to oversee its revival.
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