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Happy Silver Anniversary CNBC!

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April 17, 1989, 25 years ago today, CNBC went on the air. The president of NBC at the time Bob Wright introduced viewers to the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), calling it, “the most significant programing effort NBC has ever undertaken outside of the network.”

At the time, CNBC was not the only game in town. FNN, the Financial News Network, had been on the air since 1980. But on May 21, 1991 the two channels merged. CNBC would own the business TV news space for a few years. Bloomberg TV launched in 1994 and CNNfn launched in 1995. CNNfn shuttered 9 years later. Fox Business Network began giving CNBC a run for its money in October, 2007.

All day the channel is airing Throwback Thursday clips from the last 25 years. Joe Kernen kicked it off this morning on “Squawk Box.” “25 years ago Google didn’t exist… 25 years ago the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union… 25 years ago, Jack Welch ran GE which owned NBC which started CNBC.”

MediabistroTV was at CNBC HQ yesterday for a “My First Big Break” interview with Jim Cramer. We’ll have that for you coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. After the jump, a look back at 25 years of CNBC:

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Bill O’Reilly…Marlboro Man?

While opening the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly revealed an offer he received four decades ago that might have changed the course of today’s number one cable news host’s career.

“While I was covering the news in Denver, I was approached by a modeling agency to be the Marlboro guy…dressed as a cowboy,” O’Reilly said while talking about the 1960′s government campaign against tobacco. “I’m from Long Island,” O’Reilly continued, presumably thinking he couldn’t pull off playing a cowboy.

O’Reilly concluded his Talking Points segment urging a campaign against the “United States of intoxication,” specifically noting rising marijuana use.


Canadian Company Fires Flight Instructor Who Appeared Frequently on CNN

CNN flight simulatoruFly, a Canadian flight simulator company, has fired one of its employees who appeared frequently on CNN during the network’s coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The company said the employee, Mitchell Casado, “shamed Canadians” with the way he dressed during his television appearances, the Associated Press reports:

uFly company owner Claudio Teixeira said he fired Mitchell Casado on Wednesday in part for refusing to dress professionally and making Canadians “look very bad all over the world.”

Casado’s relaxed style of jeans and plaid shirts attracted wide attention during CNN’s constant coverage of the search for the missing flight. CNN’s Martin Savidge and Casado logged many hours reporting from the fake cockpit located at the company’s office in near the Toronto airport, which has a simulator that is the same model of the lost plane.

[...] Teixeira says he received many email complaints about the instructor’s way of dressing during the time he appeared on CNN. “Even though I let him be on TV he shamed us Canadians and shamed my company with the way he was dressing like he was 15 years old,” he said. “People were complaining that it wasn’t professional at all … If you go to any plane you don’t see them in shorts and sandals.”

TV Jobs: CNN, NBC Universal, Bloomberg

This week, CNN is hiring a senior producer for Fareed Zakaria GPS, while NBC Universal needs a line producer for MSNBC Dayside. Bloomberg is seeking a head of strategic content partnerships, and ABC News is on the hunt for a freelance news acquisition center engineer. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle Responds to On-Air Sexist Comment

stephanie ruhle cliff asnessStephanie Ruhle is speaking out about a sexist comment made by a guest on her Bloomberg TV show yesterday. AQR Capital founder Cliff Asness, who was guest co-hosting Ruhle’s show, said to her, “You’re giving me the look that I get when I talk to women about quant stuff.”

Ruhle immediately stopped the conversation and said good-naturedly, “Are you hitting me with a sexist line right there? Let me have a time out. I’m like ringing a foul ball bell here.” The comment came two minutes into the two-hour show that Asness was guest-hosting with Ruhle.

In a post on The Daily Beast today, Ruhle explains why she chose to defuse the moment with humor:

I happen to know Cliff, and the truth is he just made a dumb joke at a moment when his mouth and brain weren’t connecting. Which means the relevant issue isn’t the damage done, but the proper response. For me, in the moment, it was to stop the interview and call him out, with as much humor as possible, for a comment even the most ancient chauvinist knows is out of date. And to his credit, Cliff apologized and blushed and made all the proper gestures and noises a moral person should make when they’ve done something stupid. In the end, we both laughed.

I’m quite sure Cliff wasn’t trying to insult me specifically, or women in general. But it’s on everyone—men and women—to knock down stereotypes and outdated assumptions, even when they’re just proffered to fill a little air-time. We don’t need to respond with rage. But we still haven’t come far enough to let such things go unacknowledged.

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The Scoreboard: Tuesday, April 15

25-54 demographic (Live +SD)

  • Total day: FNC: 240 | MSNBC: 113 | CNN: 142 | HLN: 91
  • Primetime: FNC: 379 | MSNBC: 211 | CNN: 217 | HLN: 127

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

205

TheFive:

335

Baier:

360

Greta:

263

O’Reilly:

432

Megyn:

385

Hannity:

319

O’Reilly:

292

Megyn:

240

MSNBC
Wagner:

58

EdShow:

149

Sharpton:

163

Matthews:

168

Hayes:

192

Maddow:

235

O’Donnell:

202

Hayes:

126

Maddow:

118

CNN
Tapper:

142

Blitzer:

175

Blitzer:

199

Burnett:

211

Cooper:

266

Tonight:

176

Spc.Report:

211

Cooper:

155

CNNI:

111

HLN
News:

25

Files:

27

Files:

29

Jane:

55

Grace:

140

DrDrew:

123

Files:

117

Files:

179

Files:

272

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Gretchen Carlson and Mika Brzezinski Join #WomenofWorth Forum

On air, they are competitors, but today Fox News’s Gretchen Carlson and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski joined up for the “Women of Worth” Twitter forum.

Hosted by L’Oreal Paris, both anchors tweeted along with thousands of other women sharing stories and insights about the power of self-worth and its ability to elevate women.

And Mika shared her top woman of worth.

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Maria Bartiromo Honored By Italian Embassy

Maria Bartiromo Urbino awardMaria Bartiromo celebrated Tax Day yesterday with a trip to Washington, D.C. to accept the 2014 Urbino Press Award, an Italian prize given annually to an American journalist. The Italian ambassador to the U.S., Claudio Bisogniero, presented Bartiromo with the award at the Italian Embassy.

Bartiromo joined Fox News and Fox Business this year after more than 20 years at CNBC.

“The unmistakable style and exceptional professionalism that she has brought onto the screens of millions of viewers around the world are synonymous with high-quality American and international financial and economic journalism,” Bisogniero said in a statement.

Previous winners of the award include ABC’s Martha Raddatz and CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Fox News to Debut Daytime Ensemble Show

outnumberedFox News has announced plans for a new 12pmET show called “Outnumbered” that will feature a rotating ensemble of four female hosts and one male host. The show will debut April 28.

In the new daytime lineup, “Happening Now,” anchored by Jon Scott and Jenna Lee, will split into two one-hour blocks at 11amET and 1pmET. “America’s News Headquarters,” which has had a temporary place in the lineup since the primetime shuffle last year, will no longer air on weekdays.

Harris Faulkner and FBN’s Sandra Smith will be the rotating hosts that will lead news coverage on “Outnumbered.” Other women featured will be Kimberly Guilfoyle and Andrea Tantaros, along with Fox News contributors Jedediah Bila, Katie Pavlich and Kirsten Powers. The solo male panelist will vary each day.

Outnumbered combines a distinctive group of FOX talent with unique experiences and insights that will make for compelling news programming.  We look forward to once again pushing the envelope with the addition of this new show and are confident the revised line-up will only strengthen the FNC brand,” senior vice president of news Jay Wallace said in a statement.

Fox News has seen great success with “The Five,” its 5pmET ensemble show that debuted after Glenn Beck‘s departure in 2011. The show finished the first quarter of this year third in total viewers and second in the demo among all cable news programs.

Center for Public Integrity Responds: ‘Unfortunate PR Campaign by ABC News’

publici-icon-300x300The war of words between ABC News and The Center for Public Integrity is heating up.

CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg doesn’t mince words responding to ABC News President Ben Sherwood‘s request that the two organizations share CPI’s Pulitzer Prize.

“Thank you for your letter of last night regarding the black lung investigation, which was also sent to our full Board of Directors and the news media. I have to assume this is all part of an unfortunate PR campaign by ABC News,” Buzenberg writes.

He adds that ABC News joined the coal-mining industry investigation–one that resulted in Johns Hopkins shuttering their black-lung program, and congressional action–halfway through, and produced “sporadic” reporting geared toward TV, not print.

“Not true,” ABC SVP for Communications Jeffrey Schneider responds to TVNewser. “We were invited to join this investigation by the former executive director at the outset, which was October 2012.”

Schneider adds examples of joint reporting: “Many of our stories on ABC.com are bylined by Chris [Hamby], although he didn’t write them. Many of our on-air reports list him as a producer, even though he didn’t shoot anything, conduct on-camera interviews, or spend a moment in the editing booth.”

“ABC was a wonderful coalition partner, and did great television, but the Pulitzer Prize is specifically for print and digital companies,” Buzenberg tells TVNewser. “It’s not a TV award. They didn’t write the 2500-word story, written entirely by Chris Hamby.”

Buzenberg also included a response from Pulitzer Administrator Sig Gissler.

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