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Charlie Gasparino and The Billionaire Brawl

A few weeks ago, feuding billionaires Bill Ackman and Carl Icahn had a very nasty fight live on CNBC over Herbalife, a global nutrition company. The saga continued Wednesday evening, with Ackman using his keynote address at the Harbor Investment Conference — which all three business networks have been covering — to continue his assertion that the company is a pyramid scheme.

As proof, Ackman cited a recent interview Charlie Gasparino did with Herbalife president Des Walsh, reading aloud from the FBN transcript. The interesting part: CNBC and Bloomberg were both airing Ackman’s remarks live, meaning that Gasparino’s interview was indirectly touted on the competing networks. Watch:

The Ticker: Arias, Gasparino, Armstrong

  • HLN is going all-out to cover the Jodi Arias trial in Arizona. “Issues with Jane Velez Mitchell” and “Nancy Grace” will both be dedicating their programming this week to the case, with Grace in Maricopa County, Arizona all week long.

  • “60 Minutes” takes itself to task, and examines how the show helped prop up the myth of Lance Armstrong, before helping to dismantle it years later. ”We absolutely helped create the myth,” CBS News chairman Jeff Fager said. Watch after the jump.

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The Morning Ticker: Cavuto, Gasparino, Oprah

  • Oprah Winfrey appeared on “CBS This Morning” to promote her interview with disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong Winfrey said that the interview was so good, it will be split over two nights. Watch her appearance after the jump.

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The New York Election Ticker: Empire State Building, Times Square, Rockefeller Center

  • CNN is trying to one-up NBC in the “let’s project electoral votes on buildings” contest. CNN will power lights showing Obama and Romney’s electoral totals on the Empire State Building. You can see a photo of the spire as it will look tonight here. Unlike 30 Rock, The Empire State Building wont have any CNN branding.
  • FBN is promoting its election coverage in the heart of New York finance. Yesterday Charlie Gasparino rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, while today Liz Claman will ring the NASDAQ closing bell, and will anchor her show from its MarketSite in Times Square.
  • MSNBC’s Chris Matthews took over a segment on “Now with Alex Wagner” today on NBC’s set in Rockefeller Center (sorry, “Democracy Plaza“), taking the opportunity to chastise anyone who doesn’t vote, or doesn’t vote for a Democrat or Republican

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Mayor Bloomberg Opens NYSE in First Post-Sandy Trading Day

The New York Stock Exchange opened at 9:30am, after being closed for two days due to Hurricane Sandy. With power out to most of downtown Manhattan — including mediabistro HQ, we’re all working from home, or other’s homes — some of the data is not displaying as normal. CNBC’s Melissa Lee assuring viewers, “There’s nothing wrong with the trading on the Dow. It’s just the data feed coming into this one screen on the exchange. Most of the others ones are black because we’re running on generator power.” FBN aired an opening bell special report with Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman and Charlie Gasparino.

The last time the NYSE closed for two days due to weather was in 1888.

Fox Business Turns Five

Five years ago this week, Fox Business Network launched in some 30 million homes, and with a big party at the Met. We thought it was time to take a look back.

Today, the channel is in nearly 60 million homes (although on digital tiers outside of New York City) Update: According to Nielsen, it is now in 68 million households, and according to News Corp. COO Chase Carey it is no longer losing money. Aside from a strong performance by Lou Dobbs at 7 PM, and some non-business specials like the political conventions, the network is far behind CNBC in just about every daypart. That said, many programs, like “Varney & Co.” have had some daily wins against the more widely-distributed CNBC competition.

While there have been stalwarts of the channel (Neil Cavuto comes to mind), there have been a flurry of changes too, as is typical in the TV universe. Alexis Glick, who was there from the beginning, left two years after it launched. “Imus in the Morning” was added to the lineup, but the relationship between the provocative radio host and FBN management has ranged from cool to sour, at least on-air. That said, Imus has never said anything negative about Roger Ailes on-air.

In 2010, the network launched a new slogan and branding campaign, promoting “The Power to Prosper.”

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Neil Cavuto Leading FBN’s Convention Coverage

Fox Business Network has announced its coverage plans for the Republican national Convention next week. Anchor Neil Cavuto will be leading coverage from 8-11 PM every night, from inside the arena.

FBN Washington correspondent Rich Edson will be joining Cavuto in the booth, with a revolving door of business-focused guests, as well as correspondents and anchors Charlie Gasparino, David Asman and Andrew Napolitano.

You can see Fox news Channel’s coverage plans here.

FBN’s Charlie Gasparino Latest To Be Caught In ‘Pulitzer’ Flap

This week we noted how Bloomberg had to retract an ad featuring anchor Betty Liu, because it said that she was  “Pulitzer Prize-Nominated” when in fact, her work was simply submitted to the Pulitzer committee by her bosses.

Now Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino has been busted for the same thing. Once again, MSNBC.com’s Bill Dedman caught the error, and received a statement from Gasparino and FBN:

When asked on Tuesday in which year he was nominated, former boxer Gasparino jabbed back in a one-line email: “I was nominated by the wsj sir.”

A Fox spokeswoman also sent over a statement:

“The Wall Street Journal submitted Charlie Gasparino’s reporting of Wall Street research scandals to the Pulitzer Board in 2002,” said the statement from Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox Business Network. “While Fox Business never claimed he was a finalist for the award, we’ve clarified his bio to reflect the submission as opposed to a nomination.”

To reiterate, anyone can be a Pulitzer “nominee,” all you need is enough cash for the submission fee. The Pulitzer Committee selects “finalists” (which neither Liu nor Gasparino have ever been) and names one of them a “winner.” Both Liu and Gasparino had their work submitted by their editors, which is an honor within their respective news outlets, but not quite at the level of “Pulitzer Prize Nominee.”

Update: FBN executive VP Kevin Magee tells TVNewser that this whole issue is “A tempest in a thimble.”

“I just think this whole thing is a tempest in a thimble at this point,” Magee tells us. “What we are talking about is the use of the word ‘nominated,’ Charlie was lucky enough, or worked hard enough to have his work selected by the Wall Street Journal editors to be submitted to the Pulitzer committee. It was never anything more than that, I would probably call that nominated myself.  We both found out last week that they prefer you not call that nominated. So we changed his  bio and his references, it was not a big deal for us and not a big deal for him. It is a gigantic honor to have your work chosen by the editors of the Wall Street Journal, and he is justifiably proud of that, as are we for that matter.”

Gasparino: ‘I Thought TV was Marginalizing News’

Charlie Gasparino began his news career as a print journalist. Now a senior correspondent at Fox Business Network, Gasparino tells New York Resident about how he transitioned from one to the other — and what he really thought about television before he made the switch:

While I was [at the Wall Street Journal] they had a deal with CNBC where they would use the talent on air. I never did it; I thought it was bullshit. I thought TV was marginalizing news.

Then I was breaking all of these stories on Eliot Spitzer; I was the first guy to do in-depth pieces on the guy. I gave him his first big case – the Henry Blodget case came from my reporting. The Wall Street Journal was unimpressed with the Spitzer stuff at first and they wouldn’t put my work on page one … But the wires loved the stories, and CNBC wanted me on, so I just started pitching it to them. They would have me on to talk about Spitzer, and I started to do much more of that. I then broke the story on Martha Stewart’s insider trading and that was TV heaven.

The Afternoon Ticker: 45 for 60, Gasparino, Ahuja

  • CBS announced its Fall primetime lineup to advertisers in New York this morning and two CBS News magazines are on it. “60 Minutes” returns for its 45th season in its comfortable Sunday night timeslot, and “48 Hours Mystery” returns to Saturday nights.
  • FBN’s Charlie Gasparino will be honored with the Yorktown Circolo da Vinci Person of the Year Award tomorrow night – at the same place where his dad was once a bartender and where Gasparino had his first job washing dishes.
  • TVNewser was at the book party last night for CNBC’s Maneet Ahuja, author of “The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds.” CNBC president Mark Hoffman and SVP Nik Deogun chatted up guests including former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan. Ahuja is a hedge fund specialist and producer of “Squawk Box.”

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