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Archives: May 2014

Jon Hilsenrath Joins FBN as a Contributor

jon hilsenrathJon Hilsenrath, Wall Street Journal‘s chief economics correspondent, is joining Fox Business as a contributor. In his new role, he will appear on both FBN and Fox News.

“Jon’s impressive background and expertise in global economics will make a great addition to FBN’s all-star business lineup, and we’re thrilled to welcome him to the team,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

Hilsenrath, who currently covers the Federal Reserve, has worked at the WSJ since 1997. Previously, he worked as a freelance reporter for the New York Times and TIME. He will make his first appearance as a contributor on “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” tomorrow morning.

The Ticker: Mediabistro Sale, ‘Reliable’ Low, Hasselbeck Birthday

  • And now, the news about TVNewser: Mediabistro has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its editorial and ecommerce assets, including this site, TVSpy, Lost Remote and the rest, to Prometheus Global Media, the owner of several media brands including Adweek and The Hollywood Reporter. The $8 million deal is expected to close in July. FishbowlNY has more.

  • CNN’s “Reliable Sources” had its second-lowest ratings ever in the A25-54 demographic this past Sunday, FishbowlDC reports.

  • To celebrate Elisabeth Hasselbeck‘s birthday, her three children — Isaiah, Taylor and Grace — played the “Fox & Friends” hosts in a recorded birthday video. Watch after the jump. Read more

Newsmax TV Signs Deal With DirecTV, Launching Next Month

NewsmaxTVNewsmax has found a TV home, signing a deal with DirecTV for a soft-launch next month. Newsmax Media CEO Christopher Ruddy
says the channel, which streams online from headquarters in Florida and studios in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, will be “independent news with a mainstream conservative tilt.”

“Cable TV news has become too polarizing and too much into political messaging,” Ruddy tells TVNewser. “We are independent of a political party and not owned by any major media conglomerate. Admittedly, we offer a conservative perspective on things but without the sting!”

At the outset, Newsmax TV will air nine hours of original programming a day.

Ruddy adds, “I think it’s a testament to our openness that at Newsmax.com Bill Clinton has interviewed with us three times and Alan Dershowitz makes his homepage on our website.”

Earlier this year, Ruddy talked with CNN’s Brian Stelter about one cable news network in particular, suggesting that Newsmax’s built-in five million email subscribers is “bigger than the core audience of Fox News.”

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Rep. Peter King: Brian Willliams Gave Snowden an ‘Infomercial’

KingRep. Peter King has been one of the most outspoken politicians against NSA-leaker Edward Snowden, and the New York Congressman didn’t mince words this morning about Brian Williams‘ interview with Snowden. King talked about the “myth” that Snowden has revealed an NSA abuse epidemic: “Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” King said on “Morning Joe.” “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.” (Video after the jump).

Meanwhile, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has a much different take, complimenting NBC News and Williams for their “best work in a long time.”

Overall, the questions Williams asked in the interview conducted in a Russian hotel room were probing, contextualized and consistently elicited revealing answers from Snowden. In one case, NBC News did try to report on something Snowden said in the interview, his claim that he had tried to go through traditional whistleblower channels before taking classified data and fleeing the country. And it was hugely important that Williams told viewers NBC was able to report that “multiple sources” confirmed Snowden’s account of expressing his concerns in writing at least once to supervisors that NSA was overstepping its legal authority in gathering vast amounts of personal data from American citizens in the form of phone and computer records.

And the ultimate source just confirmed Snowden’s claim—and NBC News’ reporting—this afternoon: the U.S. government released an email Snowden sent in April, 2013 to NSA lawyers, voicing his concerns about the agency’s domestic surveillance programs.

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Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren Get Joint Interview with Hillary Clinton

GretaBretAs part of her book tour, former Secy. of State Hillary Clinton will be sitting for a joint interview with both FNC’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren. The half-hour interview on June 17, will air first on Baier’s 6pmET show “Special Report” and continue into Van Susteren’s 7pmET show “On the Record.”

Nothing is off limits: from the 2016 presidential election to the 2012 attacks in Benghazi. Clinton’s most recent interview with Fox News, conducted by Van Susteren, was in January, 2013.

Clinton’s book, “Hard Choices,” comes out June 10. Her first interview will be with ABC’s Diane Sawyer as part of an ABC News special airing June 9.

Brian Williams’ Edward Snowden Interview Draws Nearly 6 Million Viewers

According to preliminary Nielsen data, the Brian Williams interview with Edward Snowden averaged 5.91 million viewers in the 10pm hour last night. (By comparison, Williams’ “Nightly News” has been averaging about 8.4 million viewers a night.)

The special was #1 in the A18-49 and A25-54 demos and #2 in viewers behind a repeat of “CSI:” on CBS. The hour-long special built on its lead-in (a repeat of “Last Comic Standing) by +48%. And the special added viewers from its first half hour to its second. Compared to the same night last year, the Snowden special improved the time period by +57% (+2,143,000) in total viewers. Final numbers will be released after 4pmET. As for why Snowden chose NBC for his first broadcast TV interview, here’s what he told Williams:

Perry Bacon Jr. Named NBC News Senior Political Reporter

Perry Bacon JrPerry Bacon Jr. has been named senior political reporter at NBC News. Bacon comes from NBC’s theGrio.com, where was the political editor and an MSNBC contributor. In his new role, he will continue to report on-air for MSNBC, as well as contributing to NBCNews.com.

In a note to the NBC News DC bureau this morning, bureau chief Ken Strickland and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd said Bacon will be “one of our leading voices covering the upcoming 2014 and 2016 campaigns and beyond.”

Before joining NBC, Bacon covered politics for TIME and The Washington Post. Read the full note from Strickland and Todd after the jump. Read more

Greta Van Susteren Interviews U.S. Marine Jailed in Mexico

Greta Van Susteren must subscribe to the saying, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

Greta got off the air last night to the alert that she might be able to interview U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi whose been held in a Mexican prison for nearly two months. Van Susteren spent several days in Mexico last week trying to land an interview with Tahmooressi. On GretaWire she writes:

Rather than jumping on the 9pm train back to DC, we hung around the NY Bureau and yes, we interviewed him. Tune in to watch the interview on Thursday at 7pm.

Tahmooressi has been held in a Tijuana prison on weapons charges. The Afghanistan War veteran says he accidentally drove into Mexico; he was armed with three firearms that he says are legally owned in his name. We’re told Van Susteren is still actively trying to get access to the prison for an on-camera interview.

Here’s a sneak peak of the interview, conducted via phone.


Cristina Alesci Jumps From Bloomberg to CNN

cristina alesciAfter five years at Bloomberg TV, Cristina Alesci is joining CNN and CNNMoney as a correspondent. She begins in her new role next month.

“At CNN she’ll join our talented roster of business news reporters and anchors as we reshape and relaunch CNNMoney across all platforms to deliver the money news that matters most to you,” CNN director of U.S. business news Caleb Silver wrote in a note to staff this morning. “Cristina was responsible for breaking news on some of the biggest and most competitive takeover battles, private equity deals and bankruptcies of the last five years, including the struggle for Dell, the buyout of Neiman Marcus and the collapse of MF Global.”

Before joining Bloomberg in 2009,  Alesci worked at Pfizer and law firm Sidley Austin LLP.

Read Silver’s note after the jump. Read more

The Scoreboard: Tuesday, May 27

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 198 | MSNBC: 84 | CNN: 78 | HLN: 94
  • Primetime: FNC: 266 | MSNBC: 100 | CNN: 85 | HLN: 98

4p: 5p: 6p: 7p: 8p: 9p: 10p: 11p: 12a:
FNC
Cavuto:

140

TheFive:

290

Baier:

197

Greta:

217

O’Reilly:

388

Megyn:

241

Hannity:

170

O’Reilly:

210

Megyn:

166

MSNBC
Wagner:

92

EdShow:

105

Sharpton:

120

Matthews:

125

Hayes:

109

Maddow:

128

O’Donnell:

64

Hayes:

52

Maddow:

50

CNN
Tapper:

72

Blitzer:

93

Blitz/Cross:

91/71

Burnett:

88

Cooper:

110

SpcRpt:

64

Tonight:

80

Cooper:

56

SpcRpt:

59

HLN
News:

23

WWYD:

50

DrDrew:

57

Jane:

95

Grace:

118

DrDrew:

90

Files:

88

Files:

180

Files:

246

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