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CNBC’s ‘Next 25′ Gala Brings Out Finance Stars

In celebration of the network’s 25th anniversary, last night, CNBC hosted “The Next 25” Gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC. Attendees included: Mickey Drexler, Martha Stewart, Jeffrey Bewkes, Barry Diller, Mellody Hobson and George Lucas, Sir Martin Sorrell, Jack Welch, Bob Wright, Regis Philbin, as well as CNBC talent and executives, to name a few.

(Photos by: Virginia Sherwood/CNBC)

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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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Maria Bartiromo Signs Off: ‘After 20+ Amazing Years I Will Be Moving on to My Next Chapter’

Maria BartiromoIt was a record finish for Maria Bartiromo at CNBC. On a day the DJIA and S&P 500 hit new heights, Bartiromo said so long to CNBC.

“I won’t give you a long and mushy goodbye especially since I’ve been getting choked up all day,” Bartiromo said at the end of “Closing Bell.” “But I still must extend my love and thank you to many, as this is my last broadcast on CNBC.”

“Thank you to all of the early building blocks, Bob Wright, Tom Rogers, Jack Welch among others. Thank you Mark Hoffman, I wish you and your team success.”

Bartiromo has anchored “Closing Bell” for the last 11 years, but first gained fame as the “Money Honey” while reporting from the floor of the NYSE.

“I have been incredibly privileged to hold this seat the last two decades,” she said. “While I feel like CNBC is one family, my other family is on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.”

Though it hasn’t been officially announced, Bartiromo is moving to Fox Business Network where she will anchor a daily show for FBN as well as a Sunday morning show for Fox News.

Business Insider breaks down the “why” behind Bartiromo’s departure, which was first reported by the Drudge Report on Monday. It came down to three things: money, visibility and opportunity.

Kelly Evans will join Bill Griffeth starting Monday on the 3pm hour of “Closing Bell,” then Evans will go on to anchor the 4pm hour with an ensemble of other CNBC reporters on an interim basis.

Bartiromo’s final “On the Money,” the syndicated show which was known as “Wall Street Journal Report” until CNBC’s deal with WSJ ended, airs this weekend. Becky Quick will take over that show but CNBC will likely work in other hosts as well.

Bartiromo’s full goodbye, after the jump…

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‘CBS This Morning Saturday’ EP Michael Rosen To Join Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks is adding a TV news veteran to its executive ranks, naming Michael Rosen executive VP of strategic communications. Rosen was most recently EP of “CBS This Morning: Saturday.”

Before he joined CBS he was a senior broadcast producer for CNN’s “Paula Zahn Now” and was a senior producer of special events at ABC News.

At Autism Speaks, he will be tasked with leading the company’s communications strategy. The non-profit was founded by TV veteran Bob Wright and his wife Suzanne. Wright was the CEO of NBC Universal from 1986-2007.

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Maria Bartiromo becomes first female journalist inducted into Cable Hall of Fame

CNBC's Maria Bartiromo presented the Cable Hall of Fame award by Larry Satkowiak, CEO of The Cable Center. (Photo: Oscar Einzig)

The Cable Show, the trade show for the National Cable Television Association, is underway this week in Chicago. And last night at the gala event of the week, the Cable Hall of Fame, CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo became the first female journalist inducted into the Hall. (CNN’s Bernard Shaw and trade publisher Paul Maxwell are also members.)

We talked with the Money Honey this morning between panels she’s moderating at the trade show. She’ll also be anchoring “Closing Bell” from Wrigley Field this afternoon, because tonight the Brooklyn native and Yankees fan is throwing out the first pitch as the Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers. “I’ve been going to Central Park to practice,” Bartiromo tells TVNewser. “It’s 60 feet! I just want to get it over the plate.”

TVNewser: Congratulations. I know it’s a busy day for you. What an honor. The Hall of Fame is mostly made up of cable innovators and executives. How did a journalist get on that list?

Maria Bartiromo: Thanks Chris. They tell me I’m the first female journalist on the list and I’m in awe of that. When they asked me to join this illustrious group that includes John Malone, Ted Turner, and Jeff Bewkes, I started to think about my career. Where has the time gone? I started my career as an intern at CNN covering live events, producing under Lou Dobbs. That was 20 years ago and now it’s been 19 years at CNBC covering the financial ups and downs. I feel incredibly proud — proud to be part of this industry.

TVNewser: Who are some of the people behind your success?

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Brian Williams & Jimmy Fallon Host Event Honoring…. their Future Boss?

Williams.jpgThe Ad Council announced today that NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon (seen together slow-jamming the news) will co-host the 57th Annual Public Service Award Dinner.

This year’s event honors Brian L. Roberts, Chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation.

Comcast is in the process of acquiring a majority stake in NBC-Universal.

Previous recipients of the Annual Public Service Award include Time Warner’s Dick Parsons and former president of NBCU and vice-chairman of GE Bob Wright

The event will be held November 17 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York.

The “Other” CNBC 20th Anniversary Party

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Former NBCU Chairman Bob Wright and former CNBC anchor Felicia Taylor at a CNBC Anniversary party coordinated by some of the channel’s original employees.

This afternoon about 200 CNBC originals gathered in Times Square for their own 20th Anniversary party – one that did not include the people currently running the NBC cable business channel.

Former CNBC anchor Ted David, who’s been planning the event over the last two months, told the raucous crowd, “Frankly, there’s a guy across the river who thinks he made this happen. There’s a guy across the street who thinks he made this happen. And we know, [and the crowd joined in on this last part] we made it happen.”

[The reference to the "guy across the street" is to Roger Ailes who became president of CNBC in 1993, and would later found Fox News and Fox Business.]

• After the jump: who showed up, who didn’t, plus video of remarks from former NBCU Chairman and CEO Bob Wright, who insiders tell us wrote a sizable check to make today’s party at the Crowne Plaza hotel happen.

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