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Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.

Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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2013 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Update

“First Thursday,” the big kick-off for March Madness, is over, and with it the 2013 TVNewser March Madness bracket challenge really gets started.

This early in the game everyone is really close, but a few people have separated themselves from the pack.

CNBC’s Brian Schactman leads the way, with his colleague Joe Kernen and CNN’s Brooke Baldwin right behind him. Right now Lisa Sylvester, Wolf Blitzer, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell are at the bottom of the pack, but there is plenty of time for a comeback.

Take a look at the full standings, after the jump.
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TVNewser’s 2013 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is here (even though it may not feel like it where you are) and with it comes the sweet sound of sneakers on hardwood: the NCAA March Madness college basketball tournament.

Every year we have some of the best and brightest from the world of TV news come together in one competition to see who is tops at picking winners and losers.

Ultimately there can be only one winner, and they get the chance to brag about their picking prowess for all to see. 2012′s winner was Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald. Liz wont be participating this year, but 2011′s winner Dominic Chu is back to try and reclaim the title.

Here is your 2013 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

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FBN’s Adam Shapiro Reflects on a Busy News Week

Adam Shapiro had a busy week. The FBN reporter spent Monday reporting from Sandy-ravaged Staten Island before jumping on a plane and flying to Las Vegas to cover the election on Tuesday. He talks about the experience with MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman, concluding, “I would not trade this for anything. We have the best jobs in the world.”

“You’re there to serve the people who are trying to get their lives back,” he said of the Sandy assignment. One of Shapiro’s biggest challenges on Staten Island was separating his professional responsibility from the sadness he felt for the people all around him.

“There is always someone who has far it worse than me,” he said. Working with field producer Kathryn Glass and photographer Benjamin West, Shapiro doesn’t have the luxury of feeling fatigue because there is always something to do in these extraordinary situations.

“You don’t need to call upon the energy. The worst part of an assignment is when nothing is happening,” he laughed. “Then you remember how tired you are.”

FBN’s Election Night Plans

FOX Business Network will provide live continuous election night coverage on Tuesday beginning at 5pmET hosted by anchor and Managing Editor Neil Cavuto. FBN’s Stuart Varney and Lou Dobbs will also take part. Also, Liz Claman will report live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Gerri Willis will be live from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston while FBN Washington Correspondent Rich Edson will provide coverage from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Also, Melissa Francis will be live from Florida and Adam Shapiro live from Nevada, two important swing states.

‘NY’s Funniest Reporter’ Contest Slated for August

Calling aspiring comedians: this year’s “New York’s Funniest Reporter” contest has been scheduled for August 19.

The competition, now in its seventh year, requires reporters to do five minutes of stand-up comedy at NYC’s Comic Strip Live Comedy Club. All contestants are assigned a professional comedy “mentor” to help them prepare.

Last years’ competitors included HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell, FNC’s Courtney Friel, FBN’s Adam Shapiro and WPIX’s Greg Mocker. HLN producer Marlaina Schiavo was the 2011 winner.

FBN’s Adam Shapiro Shouted Down During OWS Liveshot

ICN caught a live shot on FBN last night from Zuccotti Park after OWS protesters were let back in — sans tents. Not surprisingly, reporter Adam Shapiro was shouted down with chants of “Fox News lies” before tossing back to Gerri Willis in the studio.

HLN’s Velez-Mitchell, FNC’s Friel Among Those Vying to Be ‘New York’s Funniest Reporter’

Tomorrow evening, journalists, comedians and everyone in-between will converge on the Comic Strip Live in New York for the 6th annual “New York’s Funniest Reporter” competition. There are some familiar names in this year’s lineup.

HLN anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell will try her hand at stand-up comedy, as will Fox News Channel’s Courtney Friel, FBN’s Adam Shapiro and “Nancy Grace” producer Marlaina Schiavo.

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Shepard Smith to Host Fox News Japan Special Tonight and This Weekend

Fox News Channel is planning a one-hour special on the devastation facing Japan to air in primetime tonight and this weekend.

“Fox News Reporting: The Disaster in japan” will be anchored by Shepard Smith, and will run tonight at 9 PM, preempting “Hannity.” It will also run Saturday March 19 at 3 PM and Sunday March 20 at 3 and 9 PM.

Correspondents will weigh in on the devastation they saw, including Fox Business network’s Adam Shapiro, who has been that channel’s lead reporter in the country. It will also feature the special reports filed throughout the week updating viewers on the situation there.

Election 2010: Business News Channels Have Primetime Plans for Midterm Elections

For the business news channels, daytime is where the bread is buttered, but for the 2010 midterm elections, they are all planning special primetime programming.

As one would expect, all three channels are bringing out their big guns for the night, with CNBC’s coverage being led by Maria Bartiromo, FBN’s by Neil Cavuto and Bloomberg TV’s by Charlie Rose.

CNBC will have live coverage from 7 PM to midnight, programming which it is calling “Decision 2010: Your Money, Your Vote. Maria Bartiromo and Carl Quintanilla will anchor until 11 PM, with Tyler Mathisen and Amanda Drury taking over from there.

Guests will include business leaders and political insiders, including former GM vice chairman Bob Lutz, former Continental Airlines CEO Gordon Bethune, former Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich.

And yes, Rick Santelli, who famously coined the phrase “tea party movement,” will be providing special commentary throughout the night.

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