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Cheryl Casone Live from Syria

Casone_Syria_3-1.jpgFox Business Network’s Cheryl Casone, a veteran who’s been at CNN, CBS, and NBC News, has a rare opportunity this week to report from Syria.

Casone is traveling with a group of American investors through the Middle East for a series called “Opportunity: Investing in the Middle East” starting in Damascus, then heading to Ramallah, the West Bank, and eventually Jerusalem, where she’ll be reporting from the FOX bureau Wed-Fri. It’s the first time a business network has broadcast live from Syria and the first time in two years that any American network has broadcast live from there.

Over the weekend, Casone corresponded with us about her experiences reporting from the region:

Are there any specific challenges to broadcasting from Syria?

Besides the time it took to get the government to give me permission to enter the country with a crew, I think the challenge now is communication. Our Blackberries are only partially working and there is a seven-hour time difference so keeping in touch with New York as we coordinate our broadcast has been tough. Because the people here are not used to seeing an American news crew, we have constant monitors and escorts, something I’m not used to. But thanks to them I’m not writing this from a Syrian jail!

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Clusterflake 2010 Grips TVNewsers

It’s another snow day here in New York City. We could see 20″ in Central Park before it’s all over tomorrow morning. So on the way in to the office this morning we made the midtown rounds to the TV news studios.

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First stop off the 1 train, the New York headquarters of CNN and HLN at Time Warner Center.

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A few blocks east along Central Park South is the CBS “Early Show” studio. No plaza shots today. In fact, the snow preempted the show in New York City as WCBS stayed with wall-to-wall storm coverage.

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About ten blocks south down 5th Ave is Rockefeller Center and the GE building, home to NBC News and MSNBC.

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The fourth hour of the “Today” show was still going on, drawing a small crowd, but viewers in New York didn’t see it. WNBC aired the first 20 minutes of the “Today” show from Vancouver at 7am, then stayed local for the rest of the morning. The studio above the “Today” show is where Keith Olbermann anchors his show. Although, due to his father’s illness we’re told he won’t be anchoring again tonight.

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One block west is the News Corp. headquarters home of Fox News and Fox Business. The studio above the Charles Schwab branch is where Don Imus hosts his show. Cheryl Casone, David Asman and Liz Claman anchor their afternoon shows from that studio as well, as does Neil Cavuto at 6pmET.

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Another block west and a few blocks south into Times Square is the two-story home of “Good Morning America” and “Nightline.” WABC preempted GMA this morning due to the storm, but aired “Regis and Kelly” live at 9am. (“Nightline,” which still uses a Times Square backdrop, moved out of that studio several months ago and is now produced at ABC News HQ on the Upper West Side.)

Imus Gets Super Sized on FBN; Stuart Varney Moves to Mid-Morning

Varney_1.15.jpgICN has the scoop on the programming changes coming to Fox Business Network in the wake of Alexis Glick‘s departure late last year.

Imus in the Morning will now go until 9:20amET, when Stuart Varney‘s new show, Varney & Company takes over until 11amET. Varney, a CNBC and CNN alum, joined Fox in 2004 and became an FBN anchor at the network’s launch in Oct. 2007.

Other changes to the schedule include FBN’s Dagen McDowell and Brian Sullivan co-anchoring from 11-NoonET and 1-2pmET. Cheryl Casone continues at NoonET.

TVNewser has the FBN press release with more details after the jump…

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The P.M. Ticker: Claman, Casone, Wolffe, Kosisky

> It makes TVNewser tired just thinking about it, but FBN’s Liz Claman and Cheryl Casone are scheduled to compete in this Sunday’s NYC Triathlon. It’ll be the first triathlon for both women. Claman reports she’s been training five days a week (often at 5 a.m.), and Casone spends “six days a week in a pool, on a bike, or running…”

> Political analyst and author Richard Wolffe will fill in for Keith Olbermann tonight on Countdown. It’ll be the first time guest hosting for Wolffe, formerly with Newsweek, now with the D.C. office of Public Strategies.

> Former CNN producer-turned-filmmaker Brian Kosisky will make his feature directorial debut on a movie called Call of the Shadow Wolves, which is set to begin shooting in Arizona. Kosisky won a Gracie Award last year for Breaking the Curse with Daryn Kagan, a film that aired on PBS stations nationwide.

The Ticker: HLN, FBN, PBS…

> Nancy Grace won the demo for HLN at 8pmET last week, averaging 752,000 viewers (compared to 2nd place FNC with 609,000). It was the only week the program finished first in the demo since its launch. In Total Viewers, Grace was 2nd and The O’Reilly Factor was #1 (3,105,000 to 1,878,000). In both categories, MSNBC’s Countdown was #3 and CNN’s No Bias, No Bull was #4.

> FBN’s Cheryl Casone is interviewed in this month’s Texas Magazine. How did she get her start in business news? As a flight attendant: “I would pick up the business magazines on the airplane — I taught myself how to invest.”

> FishbowlDC has the video of Charlie Rose addressing viewers about the layoff situation at his PBS program. “I am deeply in debt to them for their contributions,” said Rose.

Cablers Report Stock Surge After Timothy Geithner Pick

The cable news and business networks have been covering the late stock market surge, and crediting it to President-elect Obama’s reported selection of Timothy F. Geithner for Treasury Secretary.

Meanwhile, FBN announced they will be live Sunday night ahead of Monday’s announcemnet of the Obama economic team as well as the start of trading in foreign markets. Cheryl Casone anchors an hour-long Fox Business Special Report at 8pmET.

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FBN Live Saturday For Summit

Fox Business Network will be live for eight hours Saturday, beginning at 8amET, as it covers the World Economic Summit in Washington, D.C.

Neil Cavuto reports live from the White House while Cheryl Casone, Stuart Varney, Tom Sullivan and Dagen McDowell anchor and interview experts in studio.

FBN will also host its own version of the “Summit,” inviting viewers to call in and talk to experts about the financial crisis and personal financial advice.

> Update: Bloomberg will be live, as usual, covering the Summit in D.C.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. Foxbusiness.com launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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FBN Live This Weekend

FBNL_9.26.jpgTVNewser has learned Fox Business Network will be airing special live programming this weekend on the nation’s financial crisis. Stuart Varney hosts “America’s Financial Crisis: Your Questions, Your Money,” from 10-12NoonET tomorrow. The special will include viewer phone calls.

FBN will do live cut-ins during taped programming at the top and bottom of the hours. Additionally on Saturday, from 7-9pmET, Alexis Glick and Brian Sullivan will anchor “Special Report: America’s Financial Crisis” covering tomorrow’s developments on the bailout bill still working its way through Congress.

On Sunday FBN continues the cut-ins and in prime time (7-9pmET) David Asman and Cheryl Casone anchor “Special Report: America’s Financial Crisis.”

Meanwhile, Fox Business anchor Liz Claman continues to keep the FBN brand out there. She appeared on CBS’ The Early Show today to talk about the news that Washington Mutual had been seized by the government overnight.

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