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FOX News Channel is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country since January 2002. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network is available in more than 90 million homes. Fox News launched Oct. 7, 1996. Roger Ailes is the chairman, CEO and co-founder of Fox News Channel.

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.

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Rachel Maddow Accepts Shep Smith’s Challenge, Gets Doused With Ice Water

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took up Shepard Smith‘s challenge, by getting doused with a bucket of ice water. Last week we told you about Smith, who took up the challenge and had not one, but two buckets of water dumped on him. He passed the challenge on to Maddow, and two others. Today, Maddow accepted, then challenged three others to get doused. If they do, the will give $50 to the charity of Maddow’s choice, in this case the Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women. Among those she challenged: former State Department official Liz Cheney.

Then, with the help of executive producer Bill Wolff, Maddow got iced. Watch:

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July 2014 Ratings: Fox News Marks 151 Straight Months At #1

Fox News finished its 151st consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network. FNC’s position among total viewers remains strong, with the network beating CNN and MSNBC combined. FNC finished third among all ad-supported cable networks in primetime.

The ratings for July 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,799,000 total viewers / 299,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,024 total viewers / 203,000 A25-54

Compared to the same month last year, Fox News was the only cable news network up in primetime: up +8% in total viewers and up +2% in A25-54 viewers. For total day, the network was down -3% in total viewers and -5% in the demo.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was up +8% in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers. “The Kelly File” was up +35% in total viewers and up +16% in the demo (compared to the 9pmET timeslot last year) and “Hannity” was up +20% and +23%, respectively (compared to the 10pmET timeslot last year).

And “The Five” at 5pmET saw continued success among all of cable, marking three straight straight months as the number one show among total viewers in the timeslot.

It’s Fox Fan Weekend at Yankee Stadium

FoxFanNightThis weekend is Fox Fan Weekend at Yankee Stadium. More than 1,000 Fox fans are attending one of two Yankee games against the Blue Jays: one last night and the other today, as part of a 3-game series against Toronto. Also in attendance, Fox News talent including: Steve Doocy, Brian Kilmeade, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Heather Childers, Ainsley Earhardt, Anna Kooiman, Peter Johnson Jr., Clayton Morris, Heather Nauert, Rick Reichmuth, and Dr. Marc Siegel.

Gregg Jarrett Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct

gregg jarrettThe AP reports Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct today for a May incident with police at the Minneapolis airport.

Gregg Jarrett, 59, entered his plea by petition and didn’t appear in Hennepin County District Court. Airport spokesman Patrick Hogan said Jarrett’s plea was put on hold for a year and will be thrown out if he doesn’t commit the same or similar offenses and if he abides by certain conditions. Among them, Jarrett can have no alcohol or drug offenses and he must complete treatment.

In response to the airport incident, where a reportedly intoxicated Jarrett refused to follow police orders, Fox News said, at the time: “He is dealing with serious personal issues at this time. A date at which Gregg might return to air has yet to be determined.” The anchor, who joined FNC from MSNBC in 2002, has been on personal leave since early May.

Hannity and Palestinian Guest Shout Over Each Other: ‘Is Hamas a Terrorist Organization?’

It didn’t take long for Sean Hannity and Jerusalem Fund executive director Yousef Munayyer to get into a fiery exchange last night over the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

“Is Hamas a terrorist organization?” Hannity asked Munayyer, repeating the question several times throughout the interview without getting the firm yes or no answer he requested. “What part of this can’t you get through your thick head…is Hamas a terrorist organization?” he continued.

“Am I a guest on your program, or am I on the witness stand?” Munayyer asked.


Shepard Smith Gets Doused, Challenges Rachel Maddow to do the Same

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Shepard Smith got doused, all for a good cause.

The Fox News anchor was challenged to get two buckets of ice cold water dumped on him to raise money for the Kay Yow Foundation, named for the North Carolina State women’s basketball coach who died of  breast cancer in 2009.

Part of the challenge is to pass it on. So before he got all wet, Smith challenged three others to do the same. They include former Ole Miss and Arizona Diamonbacks star David Dellucci, Detroit Tigers star Joba Chamberlain and MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

If they do it, Smith will give $50 each to the charity. If they don’t, they have to pony up $250. What’s it going to be, Rachel?

Watch the dousing of Shep, after the jump…

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Would Michael Bloomberg Buy CNN?

cavutobloombergFollowing his fiery interview on CNN, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was interviewed by Neil Cavuto on his Fox News show. In this interview, CNN came up as a topic of discussion. As 21st Century Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch looks to acquire Time Warner, in which case CNN would have to be spun off, Cavuto asked the finance and media mogul if he’d be interested in buying CNN.

“I can’t think of why we would be interested in buying CNN. We’ve got a business, we’ve got to reinvest in our business and work very hard. I just did an interview in the same building with Wolf Blitzer on CNN. A lot of people like CNN, a lot of people watch it. Ted Turner had a great concept when he started it.”

“You never say never, but in this case I can say probably never.”

In Profile: Pelley, Bartiromo

“CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley does a Q+A with The Hill:

Pelley304What did you want to be when you were a kid? An astronaut, oh, without question. That was what it was all about when I was growing up in the mid-’60s. … I would write NASA letters and they would send me back 8-by-10-inch color glossies of the astronauts that were flying, and I built model rockets and replicas of the rockets that we were flying. And I’ll never forget the night Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon in 1969. I shot pictures of it off our television screen watching Walter Cronkite do the coverage. I guess that was my introduction to journalism.

FBN anchor Maria Bartiromo talks to the Chicago Tribune about her favorite places to travel:

maria bartiromoQ. What’s a nice, low-key trip for you?

A. My husband and I go to Tucson, Arizona, and go to the Santa Catalina Mountains and hike. I love putting on my hiking boots and going into the wilderness. It takes me away and clears my head and helps me not be so busy and stressed. It’s so nice to make time to be in nature. That’s probably my favorite type of trip.

Greta Responds to Criticism of Jill Abramson Interview

GretaGreta Van Susteren doesn’t mind criticism. But she does mind journalists critiquing her interviews without the benefit of a phone call.

“Had Spayd called me, she wouldn’t have to read this,” Van Susteren tells TVNewser, previewing a GretaWire post she wrote (read after the jump).

Greta is referring to a critical piece written by former Washington Post managing editor Elizabeth Spayd. Spayd criticized several journalists, including Van Susteren, for their interviews with former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson last week.

Spayd wrote Van Susteren focused too much on transparency in the Obama administration at the expense of going in-depth about Abramson’s firing. As we reported last week, Van Susteren did in fact ask Abramson about her firing. And Greta pointed that out this afternoon while calling out Spayd for not adhering to “journalism 101.”

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