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Fusion Expands ‘AM Tonight,’ Names New EP

fusion130Fusion today announced that it will be expanding Alicia Menendez’s daily primetime show, “AM Tonight,” to an hour in 2015 and that Kim Gamble is joining the network to executive produce the show.

“Alicia is already redefining what it means to anchor a show that covers the stories that matter to her generation — a generation that is incredibly diverse, came of age in a digital era, and values inclusivity. Confident, optimistic, smart and funny, Alicia has a unique ability to cut through the clutter,” Fusion CEO Isaac Lee said in an email to staff.

Gamble was most recently the Executive Producer and Head Writer for MTV’s “Nikki and Sara Live.”

Check out the entire email sent to the Fusion staff, after the jump…  Read more

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Jorge Ramos Ends Frenetic Week with ‘Reliable Sources’ Appearance

RamosUnivision/Fusion’s Jorge Ramos is having quite a week. First, he traveled to Nashville to interview Pres. Barack Obama. Then, back to Miami to interview former Pres. Bill Clinton.

Ramos also made his first appearance on FNC’s “Hannity” and ended up sparring with Sean Hannity, and also appeared on CNN’s “AC360″ to discuss the presidential interviews with Anderson Cooper.

And you’ll might see twice the Jorge this morning: on Univision’s publi affairs show “Al Punto,” as well on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Brian Stelter.

‘Fusion Live’ Canceled, Staffers Shift as New Specials are Planned

FusionLive“Fusion Live,” the nightly newscast of the 14-month-old ABC-Univision network has been canceled, TVNewser has learned. This is the second cancellation this week of a nightly newscast geared toward millennial viewers. On Monday, Pivot shelved “Take Part Live.”

“Fusion Live” had been a part of the network’s primetime since March. Anchored by Mariana Atencio, Pedro Andrade and Yannis Pappas, who had been the hosts of “The Morning Show,” “Fusion Live” aired at 8pmET.

Pappas left the network in August. Atencio and Andrade will turn their attention to specials produced by a new production team headed by VP of news Mark Lima. Show EP Javier Guzman will be leaving the network while other staffers will shift to other show units. “Alicia Menendez Tonight” and “No You Shut Up” are the remaining originally-produced, daily programs on Fusion.

“2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve,” Fusion head Isaac Lee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The network will be working with other corporate partners, including ESPN, to bring new programming to Fusion in the new year. Lee’s note, after the jump…

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Jorge Ramos, Sean Hannity Battle Over Immigration

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos appeared on ”Hannity” for the first time to discuss the issue of immigration last night. Ramos explains why Latinos are disappointed in President Barack Obama, why immigrants improve cities and the problem with trying to secure the border. The interview is friendly, for the most part, but they spar over numerous issues and it eventually turns into an argument.


Fusion’s Tim Pool: Media Creating ‘Self-Fulfilling Prophecy’ in Ferguson

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Fusion senior correspondent Tim Pool has been reporting from Ferguson, and he took time to take questions in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session Tuesday. Asked about media coverage of the Ferguson grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case, Pool said the reporting about violence has created a “self-fulfilling prophecy”:

I was told a story once in Chicago. There was this new drug they were calling “super heroin.” Several people overdosed on it and the local news reported their location and where they thought it was being sold. The next day way more people overdosed… they found out where to get it from the local news report.

Pool, who live-streamed from Ferguson for three hours Monday night, said the media was “part of the problem” in a way Pool has not seen in other, seemingly more dangerous conflicts:

In the other countries I’ve been to protests are more focused on single targets. The police reaction is certainly not the most violent and the protester reaction is certainly not the most violent. However it feels so much more dangerous in Ferguson. The media is a part of the problem to the police and a lot protesters here and that makes you a part of the conflict much more than an impartial observer.

Watch some of Pool’s reporting from Ferguson, after the jump:
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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

‘Dude, What’s Wrong With You?’: How Fusion Journalists Convinced CEO to Change Course

Fusion_Newsroom2The Fusion network you can watch today is not quite what CEO Isaac Lee originally planned. “In my mind, I was going to produce a cable network for me, and I was thrilled” Lee told NPR’s David Folkenflik. “It was going to be all about Latin America, and it was going to be for Latinos. It was all going to be very newsy and earnest.”

Then the network’s own journalists convinced Lee that targeting only millenials who happen to be Latinos was a giant mistake. “I had brilliant, amazing young journalists that were telling me, ‘dude, what’s wrong with you?’”
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Networks Divided On Use of Term ‘Illegal’

103114_illegalFlip from one channel to another, and the language used to describe the immigration debate will likely be different. Fusion’s Felix Salmon has broken down exactly where major media organizations stand on use of the phrase most often described as offensive–and banned by many newsrooms–”illegal immigrant”, finding a range of policies, from “never” to “preferred usage.”

Salmon argues there’s good reason to avoid the term:

The reason is simple: People who speed aren’t “illegal drivers,” nor are people who fall behind on their taxes “illegal filers.” Even soldiers fighting against the United States without belonging to a formal national army are generally referred to as “unlawful” rather than “illegal” combatants. The use of the term “illegal” to refer to a person is a usage which is confined to exactly one group of people: Migrants. As a result, “illegal,” when used as a noun, always means immigrants — people whose only crime is the victimless pursuit of liberty and prosperity.

According to Salmon’s breakdown, NBC, ABC, Fusion, CNN, and Univision refuse to use the term, while CBS allows its use: Read more

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

‘We All Want to See Her Go to Congress and Chop Their Balls Off’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 10.32.36 PMThe millennials do things a bit differently, don’t they? Fusion’s livestream coverage of “Midterm Mayhem” featured a discussion of Iowa Senate candidate Joni Ernst.

Fusion’s Alicia Menendez – whose father is also a member of the “world’s most exclusive club” — talked about a weekend dustup involving Taylor Swift, and then explained to hosts Kal Penn and Nando Vila that Ernst’s victory was a very big deal.

“She’s going to be the first woman to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate, and she’s going to be seen by many as a rising star within the GOP. And we all want to see her go to Congress and chop their balls off.”

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