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Business Nets Plan Special Coverage of Facebook IPO

The business networks are gearing up for tomorrow’s Facebook IPO, which begins trading on the NASDAQ when the markets open tomorrow morning.

Bloomberg TV is kicking off coverage at 5pmET today with “Facebook: The Public Network,” a live three-hour special anchored by Emily Chang and Cory Johnson in San Francisco, Betty Liu in New York and Jon Erlichman at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, CA. At 8pmET, Matt Miller will anchor a live one-hour special, followed by an updated version of Bloomberg’s “Game Changers” on Mark Zuckerberg at 9pmET.

CNBC devoted the 1pmET hour this afternoon to the IPO with a special anchored by Carl Quintanilla. He and Julia Boorstin will also report from Facebook’s headquarters tomorrow. Tomorrow morning, CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” will broadcast from the NASDAQ, where Facebook will be trading, instead of their usual perch at the NYSE.

On Fox Business Network, Stuart Varney will host a special “Varney & Co.” tomorrow morning to cover the market open and the IPO launch. Shibani Joshi will be live from Facebook’s headquarters and Lauren Simonetti will be at the NASDAQ.

Margaret Brennan leaving Bloomberg TV as Net Shakes Up Mornings

Margaret Brennan, who has been with Bloomberg TV for nearly three years, is leaving the network, TVNewser has learned. Brennan joined Bloomberg from CNBC in 2009. Brennan’s departure, described as mutual, comes as the network plans changes to its morning lineup later this Spring.

Andrew Morse, head of U.S. TV for Bloomberg, says the changes are a continuation of Bloomberg’s “evolution into a digital, multi-platform news organization.” The changes have included a round of staff cuts as well as the posting of new positions, last month.

The programming shifts include a simulcast of Tom Keene‘s radio program “Surveillance” which airs from 6-8amET replacing “Inside Track” which was hosted by Erik Schatzker and Stephanie Ruhle.

“It’s not just doing TV on the radio,” Morse tells TVNewser, “but a true multi-media program.” The show will stream on Bloomberg.com and on the Bloomberg TV+ and Radio+ tablet apps. Keene will be joined by Sara Eisen, Scarlet Fu and Ken Prewitt.

Betty Liu will continue to anchor “In the Loop” from 8-10amET. Then, Schatzker and Ruhle will host a new show at 10am, replacing Brennan’s “In Business.”

In a Media Beat interview last summer, Brennan told us about her decision to leave CNBC for Bloomberg, and also hinted at a true passion: international reporting. Brennan’s final day hosting “In Business” is this Friday.

Keene’s NoonET program goes away and will be replaced by a what Morse calls a “high-profile ensemble cast” who will be assessing the market at Midday.

The Ticker: Bloomberg TV, NBC, BBC America…

  • Bloomberg TV will debut a new primetime show hosted by Betty Liu, “Titans at the Table,” Thursday night at 9pmET. The show is planned as a quarterly special and will feature interviews with prominent business personalities — over the dinner table. “When you’re interviewing someone on a set, you tend to get canned answers,” Andrew Morse, Bloomberg’s head of U.S. television, tells Yahoo!.
  • NBC News has promoted two staffers in the political unit. Mark Murray has been named senior political editor and Domenico Montanaro has been named deputy political editor.
  • BBC America is rolling out a “cheeky” new ad campaign to promote programming produced specifically for the channel. (“Even the loudmouth next to you would sound better with a British accent,” one subway poster reads.) The ads bring “a new voice, a new attitude” to BBC America, general manager Perry Simon tells the New York Times.

Warren Buffett Gives Bloomberg TV’s Betty Liu a Ride to the Airport

Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu was in Omaha yesterday morning for an exclusive interview with Warren Buffett and Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA), who were meeting to discuss deficit reduction. Buffet — who insists on personally chauffeuring all his guests to and from the airport in his taupe Cadillac — asked Liu if she needed a ride, since he was planning on taking Rigell to the airport anyway. And seeing an opportunity to get a few more questions in, Liu jumped in the backseat:

Biz Newsers Take a Seat at the Buffett

PRNewser was at the NYSE this morning as Business Wire celebrated its 50th birthday. Business Wire is owned by Berkshire Hathway, which is run by Warren Buffett, which means the business media were down on the floor, clamoring for an interview with the oracle of Omaha, who also rang the opening bell. Andrew Ross Sorkin conducted CNBC’s interview. Liz Claman interviewed Buffet for FBN. (Interestingly, this Reuters story on FoxBusiness.com, cites the CNBC interview). CNN’s Alison Kosik interviewed Buffett live in the 11amET hour and Betty Liu stepped up to Buffett for Bloomberg.

Ted Turner: Rupert Murdoch ‘Going to Have to Step Down’

Bloomberg’s Betty Liu talked with CNN founder Ted Turner about his one-time media rival Rupert Murdoch and the phone hacking scandal.

“I think he’s going to have to step down,” Turner said. “This is serious. It’s going against the law. Not even Rupert Murdoch should be allowed to break the law.”

“He was chairman of the board. He’s responsible,” said Turner, the founder of CNN who sold Turner Broadcasting to Time Warner in 1996. “I took responsibility when I ran my company. You never heard me say, ‘Well, I didn’t know.’”

About 5 minutes in for the Murdoch comments:

Bloomberg Targets CNBC in Ad Campaign

Bloomberg TV is launching its first advertising campaign, seeking to steal viewers away from cable business news leader CNBC. The campaign will be focused on the New York tri-state area (where most of the Wall St. power brokers live and work) and will feature both television and out-of-home spots.

Bloomberg TV’s Margaret Brennan was in the mediabistro.com offices yesterday for a Media Beat interview. Among other subjects, she talked about her place in the ad campaign:

Look for the full interview on TVNewser July 11.

The campaign also features Bloomberg anchors including Erik Schatzker, Deirdre Bolton and Betty Liu. As part of the campaign, Bloomberg ads will take over the entire 4/5 subway station on Wall St. in September. The New York Times has more on the ads:

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Bloomberg TV Eyes the Tech Crowd With New Show

This week Bloomberg TV launched a new show based out of San Francisco focusing exclusively on the technology business, “Bloomberg West.”

Today the show has a pretty good get, as Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts will appear live on the program. Roberts will be up against one of the biggest shows on the financial channel his company owns, CNBC, in the form of “Mad Money.”

Former CNN producer Ted Fine is the executive producer of the show, and told Beet.tv:

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Bloomberg Slates One-Hour Facebook Special

Bloomberg TV will present a one-hour special tonight at 9 PM ET, “Facebook: The $50 Billion Question,” anchored by Betty Liu. The special–some of which will be live–will include guests Yuri Milner of Digital Sky Technologies, The Facebook Effect author David Kirkpatrick, Infectious Greed editor and new Bloomberg.com contributor Paul Kedrosky, former investment banker Bill Cohan and Firebrand Partners founder Scott Galloway.

Bloomberg’s Betty Liu: ‘I Didn’t Break Into TV the way One Usually Does’

bettyliu_12-2.jpgThe Newark Star-Ledger‘s NJ.com profiles Bloombrg TV anchor and New Jersey resident Betty Liu. Among other things, Liu talks about how her career path is a bit different than most TV reporters:

“I didn’t break into TV the way one usually does,” she says. “I developed an expertise first, which was business news – in particular, being an expert in all things China.”

There is also a video report that accompanies the profile. Check it out after the jump.

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