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In 17 Years, FNC Has Made 5 Evening Changes; CNN and MSNBC Have Made 75

For those of you keeping score at home: this is just the fifth time in 17 years that Fox News has made changes to primetime. By comparison, CNN and MSNBC have changed their line-up a total of 75 times since 1997. CNN has made 31 changes in that time while MSNBC has made 44 changes. Fox News went on the air Oct. 7, 1996 a few months after MSNBC. Here are FNC’s evening changes since:

  • January 1998 — “Crier Report” moved to 10pm (replacing “Cavuto Business Report” which moved to 5pm, then 4pm). “O’Reilly Report” (6p) became “O’Reilly Factor” and moved to 8pm. “Special Report with Brit Hume” launched at 6pm
  • September 1999 — “Fox Report with Paula Zahn” moves from 7pm to 10pm and is renamed “Edge with Paula Zahn.”
  • January 2002 – Greta Van Susteren joins from CNN and takes over Zahn’s spot at 10pm. Zahn had jumped to CNN a few months earlier.
  • January 2009 — “Hannity & Colmes” loses Colmes, but “Hannity” remains in the 9pm timeslot

DOJ Also Targeted Fox News Reporter James Rosen

The Washington Post goes into great detail looking into how the Department of Justice investigates leaks by targeting journalists, by revealing that the DOJ targeted Fox News correspondent James Rosen following a report back in 2009.

The AP made waves last week after it was revealed that the DOJ targeted the personal and professional phone lines of hundreds of journalists in an apparent attempt to determine who leaked information.

Rosen’s case is a bit different, because he was targeted specifically and because he was identified as possibly breaking the law, nonetheless, the actions of the DOJ do have a chilling effect on journalists across all media organizations. Even Glenn Greenwald, hardly a fan of Fox News (or U.S. TV news generally), called the move “dangerous.

PM Update: Fox News executive VP of news editorial Michael Clemente has released a statement with regard to Rosen.

More: Brit Hume appeared on FNC to talk about the incident. Video after the jump.

In the exchange, Rosen used the alias “Leo” to address Kim and called himself “Alex,” an apparent reference to Alexander Butterfield, the man best known for running the secret recording system in the Nixon White House, according to the affidavit.

Rosen instructed Kim to send him coded signals on his Google account, according to a quote from his e-mail in the affidavit: “One asterisk means to contact them, or that previously suggested plans for communication are to proceed as agreed; two asterisks means the opposite…

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Bret Baier: 50 Months Leading The Pack, But Still Shaking Things Up

Leading up to the 2012 election, Fox News Channel’s “Special Report with Bret Baier” was one of the must-see programs for politics junkies. Baier himself was tapped to co-anchor the channel’s election coverage alongside Megyn Kelly.

The election may be over, but “Special Report” continues to generate strong viewership, averaging nearly two million viewers per day. This month, the program will mark 50 months at number one in cable news at 6 PM.

Without an election to preview, the political stories Baier and his team cover have been varied, but there is an underlying theme that Baier says is exemplified by his show’s coverage of policy like sequestration.

“I think that is where our bread and butter is, taking something that is complicated, and making it easier to understand,” Baier tells TVNewser. “Not talking down to the folks who really understand this stuff, but also making sure that everybody gets it.”

The program also looks outside the beltway for stories that are not in its political wheelhouse, but that people are talking about, like the Manti T’eo Hoax story.

“That is not a story that normally fits with special report, but we did it,” Baier says. “We are letting the news drive the show, we are not letting a strict formula of politics-centric do it.”

“Special Report” has changed a bit since Baier took over for Brit Hume in 2009.

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Retiring ‘Fox News Sunday’ EP Marty Ryan On The Evolution Of Fox News

On Sunday, “Fox News Sunday” executive producer Marty Ryan oversaw his last edition of the public affairs program. Ryan, a former senior producer and executive producer of NBC’s “Today,” and a longtime senior member of Fox News Channel”s DC leadership, is retiring from the channel. 

“Maybe they will call me back at some point and ask if this old guy wants to do something else,” he quips.

Ryan helped launch the Sunday public affairs show in 1996, before Fox News Channel even officially launched.

“I was telling our staff, when I first walked into our bureau here, there really was nothing,” Ryan says. “There was no chairs, no lamps, tables dangling from ceilings from when the prior tenant had left the facility, so we literally had to build—from scratch—a world class network news bureau.

“Where we were a startup before, we are now a mature news organization, but we still have the mindset of a startup, which I think is good and makes us healthy,” he added.

At “Today,” Ryan worked closely with household names like Bryant Gumbel, Jane Pauley and Tom Brokaw. When asked about some of the more memorable events that he has covered in his career, a major event across the pond came to mind.

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Beyonce, Jay-Z and the GOP

Beyonce’s stirring rendition of the National Anthem may go down as the highlight of the Inauguration, but the mere presence of Beyonce and Jay-Z is not going unnoticed by TV news anchors.

“As the strange bed fellows that inaugurations are made, we just had the number three republican in the house (Rep. Kevin McCarthy-CA) taking an iPhone picture of Beyonce and Jay-Z,” said Brian Williams on NBC. A few minutes later on CBS, Scott Pelley added, “Talk about unity. In one shot you have Jay-Z and Paul Ryan. I don’t know under what circumstances you would ever have those men in the same frame.”

The crew on Fox News also recognized the Ryan/Jay-Z shot, with Brit Hume adding, “By the way, she looks stunning!” To which Chris Wallace joked, “Watch out. Brent Musberger got in trouble for that my friend.”

Inauguration 2013: Fox News Coverage Plans

Fox News Channel’s 2013 Presidential Inauguration coverage will begin Sunday morning and continue through Monday night, with Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly behind the anchor desk.

Baier and Kelly will anchor during the private ceremony Sunday at 11 AM, as well as the network’s coverage of the public ceremony Monday from 11AM-3 PM and from 8:40-10PM.

Contributors to the special programming will include Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Juan Williams and Dana Perino. Karl Rove, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer and Kirsten Powers will also contribute.

On Monday, Bill Hemmer, Martha MacCallum, Shepard Smith and Neil Cavuto will anchor their programs live from Lafayette Park. In primetime, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren will host their shows live.

As has become de rigueur, FNC will also be streaming the event on its website.

Bret Baier Looks Back At Four Years of ‘Special Report’

On January 5, Fox News anchor Bret Baier marked his fourth anniversary as the anchor of “Special Report.” On his program Friday evening, he looked back on the very first day in the anchor chair, when he stepped in for Brit Hume.

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One of the things Baier does differently is to make frequent use of social media. He talked to International Digital Times about how he uses social.

Bob Schieffer’s ‘Light Hand’ Lets Candidates ‘Go At It As Much As Possible’

Before tonight’s presidential debate, on his Fox News show, Bill O’Reilly said “If [Bob] Schieffer doesn’t ask about Libya, he has to retire tomorrow.”

Well, it was the first question Bob Schieffer asked, so the 75-year-old CBS News man doesn’t need to retire just yet. (How each candidate answered the question is another matter).

Unlike the first two presidential debates the moderator this time didn’t make news. Schieffer did what a moderator is supposed to do: ask the question and get out of the way.

During FNC’s post-debate coverage Brit Hume‘s first thought went to Schieffer: “I thought Bob Schieffer did a good job in the same way Jim Lehrer did which was by keeping a light hand in letting the candidates go at it as much as possible.”

Tom Brokaw, who moderated the Town Hall in 2008, says this format — the candidates side by side at a table — is a better way to run a debate. “That’s what I like to see is the moderator sitting across the table from them within reach, both physically and in terms of tone,” said Brokaw during NBC’s coverage.

As for fairness, the time each candidate got couldn’t be much closer. According to CNN’s onscreen tally: of 83 total minutes, Pres. Obama was given :35 seconds more than Gov. Romney.

  • Related: From Twitter: Total volume during the debate: 6.5 million Tweets. Peak moment: 105,767 Tweets Per Minute – 9:45pmET – Obama: “We also have fewer horses and bayonets”

Where to Watch the Final Presidential Debate

Tonight is the third and final Presidential debate of this election cycle. CBS’ Bob Schieffer moderates at Lynn University in Boca Raton. Here’s a round up of what the cable and broadcast networks have planned…

Scott Pelley anchors on CBS from 9-11pmET. With Schieffer moderating, certain CBS programs — including yesterday’s “Face the Nation” and today’s “CBS This Morning” — originate from Florida. Pelley will be joined by Major Garrett of National Journal and Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg, among others.

ABC’s coverage kicks off at 9pmET with Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchoring. They will be joined during the two-hour broadcast by VP debate moderator Martha Raddatz, Christiane Amanpour, Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jonathan Karl.

Brian Williams anchors on NBC from 9pm-11pmET. Williams will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Tom Brokaw, Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell and Richard Haass.

PBS’ coverage runs from 9-11pmET, with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring and political editor Christina Bellantoni contributing.

Plans for the cable networks after after the jump. Read more

Fox News Channel Sets VP Debate Plans

Fox News Channel has solidified its coverage plans for the Vice Presidential Debate on Thursday. As with the first Presidential debate, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier will co-anchor the special from 8:55-10:30, dubbed “America’s Election Headquarters: Vice Presidential Debate.”

“Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Joe Trippi, Steve Hayes and Charles Krauthammer will provide analysis, with Carl Cameron, Steve Brown and Ed Henry reporting. Online, coverage will be anchored by Rick Folbaum and Harris Faulkner. Every program from 3PM onward (save for “O’Reilly Factor” at 8 PM) will originate from Kentucky on Thursday.

FNC has a partnership with Twitter for the debates, and will utilize Twitter’s data to bring viewers to gain insight into viewer sentiment, and to present the topics people are talking about on the service.

CNN announced its coverage plans for all of the debates late last month.

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