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Mike Bloomberg Weighs In On LeBron James Decision… On FBN


New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has weighed in on the LeBron James sweepstakes… on Fox Business Network.

Bloomberg, who founded FBN competitor Bloomberg Television, is in Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Co. media conference.

FBN correspondent Adam Shapiro caught up with Bloomberg on the street and asked him his thoughts on James going to the Miami Heat, rather than joining the New York Knicks or New Jersey (and soon to be Brooklyn) Nets.

Video of Bloomberg’s response is after the jump.

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News Channels Cover FOX – Time Warner Retransmission Dispute

The cable business and news channels are ramping up their coverage today of the looming Midnight deadline between Time Warner Cable and Fox Broadcasting. At issue: the News Corp. network wants $1 per Time Warner subscriber. If an agreement isn’t reached, Fox could go dark in 13 million homes in the cities with FOX owned and operated stations. [This does not affect Fox News Channel, only FOX broadcast.] FNC has not reported on the story today, but Fox Business has been.

Correspondent Adam Shapiro reports with a decidedly News Corp. take: “The reason that FOX is asking for a dollar requested compensation is equal to what Time Warner cable pays TNT, a network with a fraction of the ratings. So, that’s what’s at stake here. News Corp. wants to get paid for programming that it delivers. TNT gets paid about a dollar per subscribers. Time Warner, by the way, has a 40% profit margin and as you know, it’s no secret, advertising revenue in television is declining and television networks like FOX are looking at new ways to generate revenue so that they can continue to bring you programs like The Simpsons and Family Guy and that kind of stuff.”

Shapiro also advised viewers to go to the Website which was set up by the Fox Networks Group.

HLN is also reporting the story today, with their anchor opining: “This is a lose-lose for all of us. Either those customers lose the channels, or their monthly cable bill goes up and no matter what happens probably FOX and maybe other broadcast networks are going to try this in the future too with more cable companies.” HLN is a CNN network. Time Warner Inc., the parent of CNN, spun off Time Warner Cable earlier this year.



And this could be just the beginning of retransmission battles which will take an even more intriguing twist next year when Comcast, the nation’s largest cable operator, prepares to close on its controlling stake in NBCUniversal, and its stable of cable networks, a broadcast network and local TV stations.

‘It’s Six Degrees of Cleveland’

cleveland_12-7.jpgWhat do FBN’s Liz Claman, NBC’s Al Roker, and CNN’s Tony Harris all have in common? They worked in local TV in Cleveland, OH.

An article in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer catalogs the many tv newsers who came out of that market, which includes Claman (WEWS), Roker (WKYC), and Harris (WJW), who hosted Channel 8′s “P.M. Magazine.”

At Fox, Claman is joined by Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson (WOIO) and FBN’s Adam Shapiro (WEWS), both Cleveland TV veterans.

“I don’t think it’s just magic that we all ended up at Fox,” Claman said. “I think it’s because Cleveland is a big, grown-up city and a big market that tests your skills and your personality. I know that I learned more in Cleveland about relating to an audience than I did anywhere else.”

Others who worked in Cleveland: HLN’s Robin Meade (WJW), CNN’s Carol Costello (WAKR), NBC’s Martin Savidge (WJW), NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell (WJW) (who is on the cover of Cleveland Magazine this month).

And that’s your Midwestern trivia for today, Monday, December 7th.

The Ticker: Gaza, Burnett, Madoff…

> As the cable channels have spent the last few days reporting on the attacks in Gaza, PBS’ Worldfocus will devote tonight’s broadcast entirely to the situation. Interviews on the military and diplomatic fronts as well as how the story is being covered in Israel and throughout the Arab world.

> Newsweek tries to find the glimmer of hope in this year’s financial catastrophe…and it finds CNBC’s Erin Burnett: “Knowledgeable, politely opinionated anchor managed to maintain a smile as Wall Street melted down. Wall-to-wall crisis coverage vaulted the Bail-out Babe into the rarefied air formerly occupied by “Money Honey” Maria Bartiromo.”

> FBN aired “exclusive” video this afternoon looking into Bernie Madoff‘s apartment. How did they land the exclusive? “We actually went to a neighboring building and shot the penthouse where Mr. Madoff is shut in,” said reporter Adam Shapiro. Click continued to see the segment…

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“Chasing Bernie Madoff”…And His Accountant

fbn_12-23.JPGFBN’s Adam Shapiro got exclusive video (and a car wash) today of David Friehling, the only certified accountant tied to Bernie Madoff.

Upon arriving at Friehling’s Clarkston, NY home, Friehling’s son threw water on the FBN van. Or as Shapiro put it: “His son was very gracious…and cleaned our windshield for us.”

The FBN chyron notes Friehling was “talking to police” today, and Shapiro attempts to interview him as he’s leaving the station. Why was he talking to police? “He was filing a complaint I think about us, because we were waiting out on the street for him, to talk to him,” said Shapiro.

More on the Madoff situation comes tonight at 7pmET for an America’s Nightly Scorecard special, “Chasing Bernie Madoff.”

Click continued to see the segment…

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Awaiting the Bailout Vote #2

As the countdown to the Senate’s bailout vote tonight continues, the business networks are readying for special programming:

• CNBC — A special, “Wall Street Crisis: Is Your Money Safe?” will air from 7-10pmET. Larry Kudlow and Becky Quick anchor from 7-8pmET, and Mark Haines and Melissa Francis take over from 8-10pmET.

• FBN — A special “Saving Our Economy: The Senate Vote” airs from 7-10pmET. Neil Cavuto anchors, with Dave Ramsey, Peter Barnes and Adam Shapiro contributing. Or, if you want to watch the crisis from Times Square, the network will air live on the Astrovision screens.

• Bloomberg — A special two-hour Money & Politics from 8-10pmET. Peter Cook anchors. Guests include former SEC chairman Harvey Pitt and Bloomberg columnist Kevin Hassett.

FBNers All Over the Dial

fbn_9-15(2).jpgWhile CNBC anchors provided analysis on NBC, FBN anchors provided analysis on all the other networks. This morning, Liz Claman guested on CBS’ The Early Show for an interview with Harry Smith, and Alexis Glick was on ABC with the ladies of The View. On a day Claman described as “horrifying,” on CBS, the FBN anchors’ expertise came into play.

“We’ve been covering all this very closely ever since Bear Stearns,” Claman tells TVNewser. “We didn’t want to spread panic, but our job is to look closely at all these names.”

And Claman found a fan in Smith. “Harry Smith said, ‘I watch you all the time. I’m so glad you’re here,’” reports the FBN anchor.

The appearance was just the beginning for Claman. She’ll speak to FOX affiliates around the country, she’s anchoring the 2, 3, 4, and 5:00pmET hours on FBN and she appears tonight on The O’Reilly Factor. She was on America’s Newsroom on FNC earlier this morning and did a segment for Inside Edition as well.

Claman describes how she began to hear the rumblings of a Lehman crash. She says that just before her 3:00pmET show on Tuesday, she noticed a drop in Lehman’s stock price, and yelled to her producer to “tear up the show.” “We went all Lehman,” she says. “During commercial breaks I was on the phone.”

Correspondent Adam Shapiro hustled out of the building to get a live shot from in front of Lehman HQ on Tuesday, and by Thursday, Claman was getting credible information from her sources within the company.

“We don’t take joy in any of this, but as a journalist you owe it to the viewers that the information we had was backed up and checked,” she said.

There are a few schedule changes on FBN tonight. Claman and David Asman anchor a special edition of Bulls & Bears from 4-6:00pmET, while Neil Cavuto anchors live from 6-8:00pmET.

As the political impacts of today and others like it become front-and-center in the presidential race, Claman says she’s happy with FBN’s standing. “We have the Obama and McCain campaigns on. We have good relationships with both of them,” she said.

Click continued to see Claman on The Early Show and Glick on The View…

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Red Eyes For Biz Nets As Wall Street Sees Red

In what has been described tonight as, “a day that will force us to review the total financial system of America,” on CNBC and “one day in American business that has not been seen in years” on FBN, Wall Street is bracing for what could be a brutal Monday. CNBC was live from 8-11pmET, with Dylan Ratigan and Melissa Lee anchoring. Many of the major anchors and reporters were on hand, including David Faber, Charlie Gasparino, Melissa Caruso-Cabrera and Steve Liesman. Now CNBC is airing a feed from CNBC Asia.

FBN was live from 8-9pmET, with Brian Sullivan anchoring. Contributing were Liz MacDonald, Eric Bolling, Louise Pennell in Seattle in front of Washington Mutual Center and Adam Shapiro in front of Lehman Brothers in New York City. Liz Claman will appear on CBS’ The Early Show tomorrow morning.

Bloomberg, which is live every Sunday beginning at 6pmET, had special reports every hour during the day and is focusing much of the attention tonight on the American markets: