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Roger Ailes Promotes Bill Shine and Brian Jones at Fox Business

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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.

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Kevin Magee Stepping Down From Fox

KevinMageeAfter 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.

Anthony Scaramucci Expected to Join FBN as Contributor

Scaramucci304Hedge 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.

Why Jo Ling Kent Joined FBN: ‘I Love Following Stories That are Changing Every Single Day’

jo ling kentTalking Biz News profiles FBN’s newest “rising star,” Jo Ling Kent, about why she made the move to Fox last year:

The opportunity was just fantastic. The opportunity to report on China and cover technology, which are two very hot growing stories. I love following stories that are changing every single day. China has been a longtime passion of mine and probably will be forever.

In technology, it’s not just tech. It’s becoming media. It’s becoming telecom. It’s part of the every day person’s life. You have to understand the decisions and how they impact our lives, our privacy and our money.

Maria Bartiromo Returns to NYSE for Summer Fridays: ‘We Wanted to Kick it Up a Little’

maria bartiromoStarting this morning, and every Friday for the rest of the summer, Maria Bartiromo will anchor her Fox Business show from outside the NYSE.

“Summer Fridays are sometimes lighter days. It’s just a nice change of pace to go outside and go downtown,” Bartiromo tells TVNewser. “I love my set and I love being at the Fox headquarters, which is so convenient for guests, but I figured because we’re in the summertime, we wanted to kick it up a little and do something different.”

Bartiromo, who joined FBN from CNBC in in January, has a long history at the NYSE: in addition to being the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor, her CNBC show was broadcast there. One of the reasons to return, she says, is to “reconnect with people” and Wall Street sources.

“I have so many friends there. I did go down once when I first started [at FBN],” she says. “It was so nice because the guys on the floor gave me such a beautiful welcome, and I really felt great about it.” Read more

How Charles Payne Taught Himself About Wall Street

Charles PayneFox Business Network’s Charles Payne talks to the OC Register about how he first became interested in Wall Street, a passion which eventually would lead him to a job in finance, a contributor gig at CNBC and ultimately his own FBN show:

Raised the first dozen years of his life on Army bases where his father was stationed, it was an idyllic childhood, he says. “Always living on these wonderful military bases, I never knew crime, or locking doors,” Payne says. “I never really knew violence. And then I came home one day from school and my mom said, ‘Hey, we’re leaving.’ ”

His parents’ divorce when he was 12 resulted in the culture shock of Payne and his mother and two younger brothers moving into a one-room apartment in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City. As the oldest kid, Payne says he started working to help his mother provide. “I sorta hustled,” he says. “Bought paper towels and Windex and cleaned windows at stoplights. I got a job in a bodega. I went door-to-door shoveling snow in winter.”

From his neighborhood he knew little of Wall Street, he says. “Except I knew that was where all the money was made,” Payne says. “And any chance I had to get the Wall Street Journal, I would read it and read it. I started learning to teach myself about it.”

Charles Payne’s Pledge to Help Teens Get Jobs

Charles Payne is using a recent personal experience as motivation to help young job-seekers. On his Fox Business show this week, Payne recounted a story of seeing his godson coming back from a job interview in a suit and a black dress shirt.

“It really bothered me that he didn’t know to wear a white shirt, and then after we talked about it he said, ‘well, I don’t have a white dress shirt,’ so I decided I wanted to help,” Payne said. “Any New York City teen graduated from high school going straight into the job market, if you don’t have enough money to get a white dress shirt, go to Portabella on White Plains Road in the Bronx, ask for a Dr. Manuel. I’ve already pre-paid for 50 of these shirts — you’re going to get a shirt, and a tie, and a little hanky, too.”

Payne also encouraged the teens to bring their resumes, which he said would be looked at by a team of experts. Watch:


‘Do Not Bet Against Bartiromo, Ever’

Bartiromo the horseMaria Bartiromo is already the subject of a Joey Ramone song, and this week, she discovered she has another fan in her stable, so to speak: Bartiromo, a Thoroughbred filly named after the Fox Business anchor, won her race at Belmont Park Wednesday.

Bartiromo (the person) interviewed the owner of Bartiromo (the horse), Peter Bradley, on “Opening Bell” this morning. He said the name was suggested by one of his good friends because the horse was “strong and elegant, she’s tough.”

“Do not bet against Bartiromo, ever,” the anchor joked (watch the video here).

Charles Payne Shifts From Contributor to Anchor at FBN

Charles PayneWhen Charles Payne gets recognized on the street, he often gets told something along the lines of, “I love you on TV, but I’m not in the stock market.”

“Everybody’s in the market,” Payne told TVNewser this morning, citing examples of people who use Apple laptops or drive Ford cars. “What you have to figure out is – do you always want to be on the consumer side of it?”

Bridging the divide between Main Street and Wall Street is a cornerstone of Fox Business Network, and it will be one of the “great goals” of Payne’s new show, “Making Money with Charles Payne,” which debuts tonight at 6pmET.

“There’s a distinction between Wall Street, the physical place downtown … and Wall Street, the place where you can go and start to pick out great American companies to become a part owner of,” Payne said.

Payne says he sees a “two-pronged challenge” for himself: bringing down the intimidation factor of Wall Street and convincing people that it is still worthwhile to invest. He says he will accomplish this without falling victim to some pet-peeves of business television, including “an obsession with fast money, crazy terms you don’t know, someone telling you you’re going to crash.” Read more

Jon Hilsenrath Joins FBN as a Contributor

jon hilsenrathJon Hilsenrath, Wall Street Journal‘s chief economics correspondent, is joining Fox Business as a contributor. In his new role, he will appear on both FBN and Fox News.

“Jon’s impressive background and expertise in global economics will make a great addition to FBN’s all-star business lineup, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

Hilsenrath, who currently covers the Federal Reserve, has worked at the WSJ since 1997. Previously, he worked as a freelance reporter for the New York Times and TIME. He will make his first appearance as a contributor on “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” tomorrow morning.

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