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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.

Has Media Played a Part in Bad Presidential Optics?

FNCDuring his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, President Obama acknowledged the theatre of the presidency doesn’t come naturally to him while also saying he’d love a “vacation from the press.”

This afternoon, Fox News debated whether the media has played a part in any of Obama’s negative optics. “Well maybe he should have thought harder about whether he was qualified to be president,” Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton said regarding president’s struggles with optics.

Alan Colmes responded that the media is assigning labels to the president that are off the mark. “This narrative that he’s somehow indecisive or not focused or given up or doesn’t care is just not accurate, and that’s the thing that the media has glommed onto for the last couple of weeks,” Colmes said, citing U.S. airstrikes on ISIS (watch after the jump).

During this afternoon’s White House press briefing, which Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN all took, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest announced the president will outline his plan against ISIS in a speech Wednesday.

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A Day in the Life of Sandra Smith

Sandra SmithFox 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.

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Networks to Pay Tribute to Joan Rivers

JoanRiversFNC304Networks will remember legendary comedian Joan Rivers this weekend.

Tonight, the newsmagazines pay tribute. At 9pmET, NBC’s “Dateline” will present “Celebrating Joan Rivers.” The hour-long special, co-anchored by Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, will feature tributes from Kathy Griffin, Dick Cavett, Donald Trump, Don Rickles, and Gilbert Gottfried.

An hour later at 10pmET, ABC’s “20/20″ will air “Joan Rivers: Living for the Laugh.”  The special, anchored by David Muir, will feature reporting from Barbara Walters, John Quinones, and Chris Connelly.

And on Sunday night, Fox News presents “Geraldo Rivera Reports: Joan Rivers” at 9pmET. Rivera will interview various guests close to Rivers and show clips from her comedy career. Rivers died yesterday at 81 a week after she stopped breathing during a throat procedure.

Jenna Lee Gives Birth to Brian Marc Babin

Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee gave birth to her first child this morning. Brian Marc Babin came into the world at 7lb 11oz and 20 ¼.” Jenna and her husband Leif Babin will call him Trace as there are many Brian Babins in the family, including his grandfather Dr. Brian Babin. Baby Brian’s middle name is in honor of Marc Allen Lee, a Navy SEAL, friend and colleague of Leif’s who was killed in Iraq in 2006.


August 2014 Ratings: Fox News Sees Across-the-Board Growth

During what was a busy news month, Fox News Channel was the third most-watched cable channel, behind only ESPN and USA in primtime. The network saw year-over-year growth of +15% in viewers and +27% in the demo.

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

  • Primetime (Mon-Sun): 1,782,000 total viewers / 320,000 A25-54
  • Total Day Mon-Sun): 1,056,000 total viewers / 224,000 A25-54

Fox News also experienced total day growth: up +9% in viewers and up +17% in the demo. Several daytime shows hit new highs including “Outnumbered” which had its best month ever, since its April launch, in both total viewers and the demo. It’s up nearly +25% in viewers and up +30% in the key demo vs. the NoonET time period last year. “America’s Newsroom” notched a 2014 demo high.

In primetime, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” had its third best month of 2014, “The O’Reilly Factor” had its best demo month of the year. While “The Kelly File” and “Hannity” each had their best demo performances since the primetime shake-up last fall. For the sixth straight month, Fox News claimed the top 14 programs on cable news. Last August was a downer across the cable news dial, including on Fox News which experienced its lowest demo since 2001.

Which Does Chris Wallace Like Hosting More: ‘Meet the Press’ or ‘Fox News Sunday?’

Chris-Wallace2“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace talks about his 50 years in news in a Q&A with The Hollywood Reporter. In the wake of the shakeup at NBC’s “Meet the Press” — which he hosted for two years beginning in 1987 — Wallace talks about the significance of the Sunday shows. “I’m a little concerned that the in-depth interview has gone the way of the dodo bird. That’s a big mistake. This is the one platform in the TV landscape where you can get the thoroughly researched, carefully prepared interview of a top policymaker.”

You’ve been on “Today,” “Meet the Press” and “NBC Nightly News.” Which did you like best?

Fox News Sunday. I have the best job of my career. It says something that when the alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. I wake up with a smile, rub my hands together and say, “I get to play today.”

What was the most exciting story you ever covered?

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Fox News Radio White House Correspondent Mike Majchrowitz Dies

MacMike Majchrowitz, Fox News Radio’s White House Correspondent, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 51.

Majchrowitz joined FNC Radio during its early days in 2005. Called “Mac” by colleagues, he traveled the world covering presidential trips and also anchored FNC Radio’s coverage of elections, conventions, and debates. Majchrowitz covered the 2012 presidential campaign and election while battling cancer.

“Mike was an original – a solidly tenacious reporter, a thoughtful anchor and a good man,” Mitch Davis, VP of Fox News Radio, said in a statement.  ”He earned the respect of his colleagues for many things, not the least of which was his kindness. From our earliest days he helped Fox News Radio grow into what we are now. His voice was unique, as was his courage. Throughout his struggle, he remained positive and was an inspiration to us all. We will miss him.”

Majchrowitz started his career in the mid 1980s as a local radio anchor and reporter, shifting over to the political beat in the 1990s as a Washington Correspondent at Conus TV and Cox Television. Majchrowitz is survived by his wife and three children. His funeral will be held on Friday September 5 at 11amET at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Virginia. Here’s a montage of Mac’s reporting on Fox News Radio.

It Took Four People to Produce This Labor Day Cable News Special

Screen Shot 2014-08-31 at 10.47.17 AMIn what may be the least labor-intensive Labor Day special, Greta Van Susteren travels to Alaska with wounded veterans and their spouses as a part of Operation Heal Our Patriots.

It’s not that those who worked on it didn’t do a lot of work, it’s because it took just four people to put together the one-hour special airing tonight at 7pmET. Van Susteren and Griff Jenkins shot the entire special — there are no two-camera shoots, no special lighting, just two reporters with hand-held cameras. Van Susteren and Jenkins then brought their camera cards back to Fox News, handed them to one producer and one editor, and from that work, got their special. We’re told the editor was able to cover up the shakey camera work.

The special was shot over the July 4th weekend in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse which helps military couples reconnect and strengthen their relationships after overseas deployments. Some of these couples share their stories with Van Susteren in the Alaskan wilderness.

Sean Hannity: ‘If You Shut Up, I’ll Give You An Answer’

HannityGuestSean Hannity‘s 11-minute interview with British Imam Anjem Choudary last night was both fiery and futile.

“Are you that dumb and ignorant?” Hannity asked at one point, as Choudary evaded most of Hannity’s questions.

“You want to listen to your own voice,” said Choudary. “Maybe you would learn something if you listen. Shut up for a minute! Shut up for a minute,” the Imam said. “Answer! Answer the question!” Hannity shot back. “You are the enemy of free people. You support evil and death and demise of innocent people,” Hannity added.

In the end Choudary vowed that “Sharia law is coming to a place near you.” Hannity then ended it: “All right. You’re wasting my time. Goodbye.” Watch: Read more

Fox News to Premiere ’13 Hours at Benghazi’

Baier304Days before the two-year anniversary of the terrorist attack that killed four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, Fox News will air a special documentary.

“13 Hours At Benghazi,” hosted by Bret Baier, will premiere September 5 at 10pmET. Baier will exclusively interview the American security operatives who fought on the ground.

“The men will share what really happened during the fighting at a U.S. diplomatic compound and at a secret CIA annex nearby, which they were assigned to protect,” FNC previews. This special will reveal their identities for the first time.

The documentary is based on the upcoming book, “13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi,” written by journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff. Repeats of the documentary will air Saturday, September 6 at 5pmET and 9pmET, and Sunday, September 7 at 9pmET.

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