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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.

You Answered: Should TV News Report the Names of Mass Killers?

FtHoodFoxAfter Fox News’ Megyn Kelly told “Kelly File” viewers Wednesday it would be the show’s policy not to report names of mass shooters during stories like Wednesday’s shooting at Ft. Hood, we asked you whether TV news hosts should report the names of the perpetrators.

Opinion was split down the middle: 34% said yes, it’s important for viewers to know the names, while 34% voted no, saying releasing names gives shooters the recognition they seek. The majority, 36% said it really depends on the situation.

Martha MacCallum, sitting in for Megyn Kelly last night, followed her lead. “This broadcast’s policy is to avoid using the names of these mass shooters,” MacCallum said before tossing to senior correspondent Rick Leventhal, who reported from Ft. Hood.

Fox News Executive Sharri Berg Honored

JCRCBergFox News and FOX TV Stations SVP Sharri Berg was honored as the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York’s 2014 Corporate Leader Wednesday night in an event at the Pierre Hotel. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, a previous JCRC honoree, introduced Berg.

Berg, who has been with Fox for more than 17 years and was promoted to her current role in October 2005, is responsible for synergy between Fox News and the 28 Fox-owned TV stations.

In the past, the JCRC has honored former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and News Corp and 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch.

Berg is pictured with Ailes (above), along with Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, Ronald G. Weiner, the president of the JCRC of New York, and Rabbi Michael S. Miller, the CEO of JCRC of New York.

Should TV News Report Names of Mass Shooters?

Megyn KellyAs Megyn Kelly opened “The Kelly File” last night, she led with news that the suspected Ft. Hood shooter and four others were dead. She then told her viewers they’d need to go elsewhere to find out the shooter’s name.

“If you are interested, you can get his name on other shows, like the one that preceded this one,” Kelly told her viewers.

Shepard Smith preceded her in the 8pmET hour in place of the “O’Reilly Factor,” which was pre-empted. Smith and other Fox hosts named the shooter.

“We have decided not to name these mass killers as a policy here on ‘The Kelly File,’” she continued, saying she won’t help them achieve the “infamy they seek.”

After the open, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin referenced the perpetrator as “the shooter,” while Kelly’s first guest, Rep. Michael McCaul, also declined to name the shooter out of respect for Kelly.

Now we’re asking you.

Bill Hemmer Re-Signs With Fox News

Bill HemmerFox News has signed anchor Bill Hemmer to a multi-year deal, FNC Chairman Roger Ailes announced today.

Hemmer will continue hosting “America’s Newsroom” from 9-11amET alongside Martha MacCallum, and also agreed this past September to host the 1pmET hour on a temporary basis until the debut of a new show in that timeslot.

“Bill Hemmer is a fantastic all-around newsman and a tremendous talent. One of his great gifts is his ability to work so well with everyone — there isn’t an hour in our news lineup that Bill couldn’t anchor. He’s the consummate team player,” Ailes said in a statement.

“There is no better boss in America than Roger Ailes. I’m proud to work for him and my wonderful, hardworking colleagues at FNC,” Hemmer said.

Hemmer joined Fox News in 2005, and has covered many major stories, including the Boston Marathon bombing, the Newtown school shootings, the earthquake in Haiti and political elections. Before Fox, he spent 10 years at CNN as an anchor.

How Bret Baier Uses Social Media to Get Outside The Beltway

Bret BaierFox News’ Bret Baier talks to USA Today (video after the jump) about how he leverages social media and technology for everything from his Fox News show to losing weight.

“We see the value of Twitter. I use Twitter all the time — my wife probably says too much. But it’s a vehicle for us in TV to communicate. It’s amazing what kind of tidbits you can get and follow up with. It allows me to share some personal stuff I couldn’t do on air … maybe show a lot more about me to the viewer who invites me in their living room.”

The “Special Report” host is also an avid apps user. He used one that prepares diets based on individual blood type to lose 45 pounds. “It’s amazing what something on your phone can do,” he says. You can hear from the socially-savvy Baier live on April 29, when he will appear as a keynote speaker at the TVNewser Show in New York City. Click here for more information and to register.

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Q1 2014 Ratings: Fox News #1 For 49th Consecutive Quarter

Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the A25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter.

The ratings for Q1 2014 (Nielsen Live + Same Day data):

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,804,000 total viewers / 293,000 A25-54
  • Total Day (Mon-Sun): 1,099,000 total viewers / 225,000 A25-54

Compared to Q1 2013, Fox News was up +3% in total viewers and +5% in A25-54 viewers in total day. In primetime, the network was up +4% and +5%, respectively.

Megyn Kelly and Sean Hannity are boosting viewership in their new timeslots: “The Kelly File” is up +15% in total viewers and 4% in the demo and “Hannity” is up +16% and +2%, respectively, compared to the year-ago quarter’s 9pm and 10pmET programming. “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” was up +8 and flat in the demo compared to the 7pmET hour last year. Bill O’Reilly‘s primetime program remains the top-rated show on cable news but is down -3% in both ratings measurements year-over-year.

The network’s late afternoon and early evening shows had a strong quarter: “Shepard Smith Reporting” is up +10% in total viewers and +5% in the demo compared to Q1 2013. Fox News’ 5pmET and 6pmET programs are also up in both ratings measurements: “The Five” is up +9% in total viewers and +7% in the demo and “Special Report” is up +6% and +3%, respectively.

“Fox and Friends First” saw the biggest gains for the network compared to the year-ago quarter, up +18% in total viewers and +28% in the demo.

‘The Five’ Gets Snapchatted

Fox News’ “The Five” has done well lately in the ratings, and one of its fans went beyond just watching earlier this week: she Snapchatted co-host Eric Bolling a series of images she drew of all the co-hosts’ characteristics draped over her face.

“SavSav” drew Bolling with the caption: “I’m Eric. My hair is always perfect.” Kimberly Guilfoyle‘s image came with a shirt titled, “I heart Bob [Beckel].” Dana Perino donned bright yellow hair, holding her dog Jasper.

Greg Gutfeld is covered by Harry Potter-like glasses, while Bob Beckel dawns his trademark suspenders with an angry face: “I’m Bob Beckel…Grrr,” the message says.


Maria Bartiromo Debuts ‘Sunday Morning Futures’

Screen Shot 2014-03-30 at 10.43.54 AMMaria Bartiromo opened the first “Sunday Morning Futures” with a vow to offer Sunday morning viewers something different.

“Unlike other Sunday morning programs who only bring you Washington’s talking heads, we’ll discuss how to recreate opportunity and get America back into a position of economic and financial leadership,” Bartiromo said.

Her first guest, Cleveland Clinic CEO Toby Cosgrove, spoke about the Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline, saying the law will have major effects on health care providers, paying hospitals and insurers less for what they do. Bartiromo spoke to former U.S. Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers next about the ACA’s impact on the job market. Summers called claims the law is harming the job market “a lot of exaggeration,” and a population that’s fully insured is stronger economically. He stayed on for a second segment, discussing Japan’s consumption tax hike and potential new stimulus in Europe.

Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier was Bartiromo’s third guest, taped earlier in the week, chiming in on how to lower the price of health care. Frazier said Merck is in favor of more access to health care, but it’s too early on in the ACA’s existence to know the results or how it will impact Merck’s business.

Bartiromo turned to a panel next with the original architect of the ACA, Jonathan Gruber, Eurasia Group President Ian Bremmer, and Fox News contributor Ed Rollins. Gruber countered claims that premiums are going up under the ACA by pointing out premiums went up before the law. Rollins predicted the Republicans will retain control of the House of Representatives in November’s midterm elections.

Neil Cavuto: MS Diagnosis ‘Made Me Do Things I Never Would Have Done’

CavutoFox News and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto is the subject of USA Weekend’s Cause Celeb feature talking about his work to raise awareness for Multiple sclerosis. Cavuto reflects on how his life changed after his diagnosis:

His wife says it was “divine inspiration” that led to Cavuto’s on-air disclosure of his own MS while interviewing a pharmaceutical executive.

“I don’t think I would have adopted my boys (Jeremy, 12, Bradley, 11; he also has a daughter Tara, 28) had I not had the illness. It humanized me, taught me not to be a jerk. It made me do things I never would have done,” says the initially reluctant advocate. “It forced me to focus on things that were important.”

Governor Chris Christie Meets the Press, Again

The news channels carried New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s news conference this afternoon, in which the Governor discussed his office’s internal investigation that found he had nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge lane closures last September.

During the press conference, which started at 2:31pmET and lasted for a little more than an hour, Christie announced the resignation of Port Authority chief and close ally David Samson. Christie also called for splitting the New York-based Port Authority into two separate locations in New York and New Jersey.

CNN was the first to cut out of the press conference, carrying it for 26 minutes before turning to a quick reaction segment with Gloria Borger and Dana Bash, then moving back to coverage Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Fox News Channel carried 52 minutes of the newser, until 3:23pmET, at which point Shepard Smith turned to correspondent David Lee Miller, reporting from the New Jersey State House. MSNBC carried the Governor’s entire news conference. Christie held a two hour news conference on January 9 on the issue.

Shortly before the news conference, Christie sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly which will air tonight on her show at 9pmET.

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