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Fox News Viewers Wage War on Dish: Thousands Call to Complain, Disconnect

FNCdishDish customers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network Saturday night, as talks between the network and satellite provider collapsed.

Since late Saturday night, talks have stopped. Fox News EVP of distribution Tim Carry tells TVNewser “our phone line is open, we’re willing to talk. Am I negotiating right now? I’m not.”

Fox viewers, however, are fully engaged. Since 6 a.m. Sunday, over 12,000 calls have been placed to Fox–and 7,000 of them asked to be connected to Dish to disconnect their service. The network reports 22,000 viewer emails have been sent to Dish to object to the Fox blackout, and viewers have swarmed the Dish Facebook page. Fox’s Carry says Dish has agitated a very powerful audience. “Relative to any other fight they’ve had, they’ve never had a viewer as personally invested as Fox News. Our viewers are invested. They have a personal relationship with us.”
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Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network Pulled From DISH Network

DishFox2At 11:50pmET last night, Dish network viewers lost Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after negotiations on a new carriage agreement failed. Fox says DISH dropped the channel “prematurely.” Dish says “21st Century Fox blocked DISH customer access” to those channels.

“It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on DISH were used as pawns by their provider, says Tim Cary, EVP of distribution for Fox News. “Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Last Sunday, Fox began running commercials directed at DISH customers. But as the midnight deadline loomed, there was no movement toward an agreement. DISH, which has about 14 million customers, pulled several Turner networks, including CNN and HLN, in October. That blackout lasted a month.

DISH says it offered a short-term contract extension that would “preserve the channels as the two parties continue to negotiate.”

“It is disappointing that, after nearly two decades without a blackout, FOX News Channel has been blocked by DISH Network,” Carry adds. Read more

‘Strange Inheritance’ With Jamie Colby to Premiere in January

Strange_InheritanceThe Fox Business show that we first told you about back in May, will officially premiere on January 26 at 9pmET. “Strange Inheritance,” hosted by Jamie Colby, will explore stories of unconventional inheritances. New episodes will debut every Monday and Tuesday.

Colby will explores a range of unusual circumstances, from a family trying to keep a 900-acre bug museum in business, to the discovery of a rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel. FBN will also air “Strange Inheritance Unpacked,” a behind-the-scenes look at how each story unfolded, every Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 pm ET.

In Profile: Claman, Greenblatt, Cavuto

Fox Business anchor Liz Claman was featured in Haute Living, where she discussed her journalism style, risk taking and Silicon Valley.

I’m not going to sit in an air-conditioned studio in New York City just because Wall Street is down the street. I am going to get up, get on a plane and walk all over that area.

NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt sat down with Adweek‘s Jason Lynch to discuss his expectations for “Peter Pan Live!” and how he got “The Sound of Music Live!” approved by his boss.

I report to [NBCUniversal CEO] Steve Burke, who is the most supportive boss I’ve ever had. I think one day I told him, “We’re going to try this big, live, musical event for the holiday,” and he went, “Great.” He did unconditionally support it, but left it to us to figure out how much it was going to cost. At one point, I think I said to him, “I have no idea if this is going to sink or swim. It could be a disaster, and it’s not inexpensive. So we could be looking at a big, financial miss.” And he goes, “That’s OK. Let’s see what we get.”

FOX Business Network’s Neil Cavuto was been featured in Industry Magazine. He discussed market trends, media’s evolution and test audience (his wife).

I usually call my wife after each broadcast and ask her if she got it… if she picked up the points I was trying to make, because if she did, then I know I did my job.

FBN’s Charlie Gasparino Calls CNBC’s Ron Insana an ‘Unctuous, Disgusting, Balding Jerk’

GasparinoOn Fox Business Network’s “Imus in the Morning” Monday, host Don Imus asked FBN’s Charlie Gasparino about his recent Twitter feud with CNBC contributor Ron Insana.

Gasparino at first pretended not to recognize the name, and Imus described Insana as “my fat little friend” from the days when Imus simulcast his radio show on MSNBC.

“He didn’t like the reporting I’ve done,” Gasparino said of Insana, who Gasparino insisted was not a journalist but “a sycophantic suck-up to Wall Street.” Of the fight on Twitter, Gasparino said Insana threw the first punch. “This guy takes a shot at me on Twitter, so I came back at him…People in glass houses shouldn’t be throwing stones. He is an unctuous, disgusting, balding jerk…you should not be attacking my street cred as a reporter.”

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In Profile: Muir, Franics, Ramos, Benitez

2muirMAG“World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir is featured and photographed in Esquire magazine as part of a profile on the men who’ve had a breakthrough year.

FOX Business Network’s Melissa Francis was on “Oprah: Where Are They Now?” last night to discuss her past as a child actress, including a gift she received from Robin Williams.

Michael Landon was a lot of fun. He had a great sense of humor and he was a very serious businessman, but he also had a big heart. I mean, he was Santa and God rolled into one.

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is featured in the Dec. 1 issue of Time. Ramos discussed his broadcasting role model, how Fusion is different from other networks and identifying with the Latino market. Read more

Melissa Francis: I Was Silenced by CNBC

FrancisGruberOn her FBN show this afternoon Melissa Francis tore into her former employer, CNBC, saying the network ‘silenced’ her when reporting on Obamacare.

The revelation comes after Fox News and Fox Business have been reporting extensively this week on Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was videotaped saying “the American voter’s too stupid” to understand the economics of Obamacare.

Francis went off on “the liberal media” who “help them cover up the truth.”

So far NBC, ABC, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others, have been only too happy to comply. Those outlets have not even mentioned the video evidence from Jonathan Gruber. It’s shocking, but it actually doesn’t surprise me because when I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way. But just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced.

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In Profile: Payne, Atencio, Bartiromo

The host and namesake of Fox Business Network’s “Making Money With Charles Paynesat down with New Jersey Monthly to discuss the benefits of dressing for success.

There’s some common-sense stuff that’s just not being taught in high schools… A little thing like dressing right goes a long way.

Fusion’s Mariana Atencio wrote a first-hand account of how student activism inspired her to be a journalist. Mariana will be participating in Fusion’s RiseUp summit next Wednesday.

Every time I’m in the field as a correspondent, whether it’s in Ferguson or Hong Kong, I see a reflection of my younger self in the students who are putting themselves at risk by standing up to power and shouting “enough already!”

FOX Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo was featured in Palm Springs Life magazine to discuss bringing “Opening Bell” to Palm Springs tomorrow, talking to CEOs and the job market.

I talked with one CEO who told me he is backing this clinical trial where you insert a semiconductor chip or sensor into your blood stream and your phone will call you  two weeks before you’re suppose to have a heart attack to say you are going to have a heart attack and you need to go see the doctor

Neil Cavuto Calls Out CNBC for Lack of Election Coverage

CavutoCNBCNeil Cavuto‘s doing a lot of calling out this week.

On his Fox News show Thursday he called out Democrats who choose not to appear on Fox. Later, on his Fox Business show, he called out CNBC for not covering the midterms Tuesday night.

“I think another network was in reruns, something about a shark, a tank. Well they’re in the tank,” said Cavuto, who worked at CNBC in the 1990s before moving to Fox in 1996.

While CNBC didn’t air extended coverage of the midterms, the network produced live updates throughout the night in between episodes of “Shark Tank” and “The Profit.” CNBC.com also posted election results and featured a live blog. As for the ratings for the night: CNBC averaged 547,000 total viewers and 261,000 in A25-54 in primetime (8-11pmET).

‘Ur Not Just Fat But Dumb’: Charlie Gasparino and Ron Insana in Twitter Fight Over Print Ad

FBNCharlie Breaks ItA standard-issue promotional ad (right) declaring Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino Breaks the Business News Stories Nobody Else Does sparked an unusual and highly personal Twitter fight between Gasparino and CNBC’s Ron Insana.

When the FBN ad was shared on Twitter, Insana responded that it wasn’t Gasparino breaking business stories, but rather, CNBC’s David Faber: “David Faber breaks news… ALL others follow!”

And that, my friends, got the bruising ball rolling–at least thirty minutes of often below-the-belt back-and-forth between high profile talent. Later, Gasparino went on Liz Claman‘s show (video below) and piled on.

“Why are you being mean?” Claman asked Gasparino. “I’m not being mean. He was mean to me. He’s jealous of Fox Business … he thinks the world begins and ends at that crappy studio at Englewood Cliffs.”

Not clear on “GFY”? Look here. But it got even more personal: Read more

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