“CBS This Morning” co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell rang the closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange this afternoon. CTM, which had its 500th episode in November, recently drew the network’s best morning news viewership in nearly five years. “Charlie Rose and some other folks pushing the button,” said David Asman on Fox Business
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Fox Business anchor David Asman is interviewed by Cigar & Spirits magazine, and there are some fantastic anecdotes. For example, a luncheon honoring noted cigar lover and Cuban “el Presidente” Fidel Castro was where Asman first met Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.
It was funny, the first time I met Roger was at a luncheon for Fidel Castro at the residence of Mort Zuckerman. I was seated between Roger, and the late Bill Safire who was a columnist for the New York Times. That was when Roger offered me a job, which I wasn’t that interested in at the time because of my antipathy towards television news, but he convinced me he was going to do something totally different. He also sweetened the deal significantly enough so that a year later I ended up accepting his offer to work on FOX Business Network, and I’ve been here ever since.
He also expands on that antipathy he had toward TV news:
“After the Bell” anchors Liz Claman and David Asman had some choice words for a publicist representing Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles after the pair bailed on a scheduled interview with Fox Business Network.
Simpson and Bowles, who chaired the bipartisan debt commission in 2010 and now run the “Fix the Debt” campaign, were scheduled to appear on both CNBC and FBN during the 4pmET hour. Before the CNBC interview began, handlers for Simpson and Bowles told Fox Business that the “After the Bell” interview was cancelled.
“They made a commitment, and Alan Simpson’s people and the PR people for Fix the Debt — specifically Beth Sullivan — have not allowed them to come to speak to you on Fox Business,” Claman said as the network showed a live shot of two empty chairs. “Apparently, David, they don’t want to fix the debt that badly.”
“The point is is that the debate that we’re involved in now, a really historic debate, is not exclusive to anybody,” Asman added. “It’s a debate that all networks, that all individuals, are interested in. And if they’re interested in getting their message out, they should not consider themselves exclusive to one party.”
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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.
Last Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average crossed above the 13,000 mark for the first time in almost four years. Today, it closed above 13,000 settling at 13,005. The business networks have been keeping a close eye on that mark for the last week. “Here we go. Can we do it? Five points away,” said CNBC’s Bill Griffeth just before 4pmET.
“Wow this market is sure something,” said Bloomberg’s Trish Regan as the closing bell was rung. David Asman on FBN added, “When the bell rings, the action begins. It looks like this is going to be the first day for the Dow to settle above 13,000. ”
A broker on Bloomberg chimed in: “I’m glad we did it. Now we can move on.”
Beginning February 20, the network will repeat “The Willis Report,” “Cavuto” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 8pm, 9pm and 10pmET, respectively.
The network is developing a new show hosted by Melissa Francis, who recently joined FBN from CNBC, that will air at 5pmET. When it debuts later this year, the current 5pmET program — “The Willis Report with Gerri Willis” — will air live at 8pmET.
Bolling and Napolitano will continue their on-air roles at Fox Business and Fox News; Asman will continue to anchor the 4pmET show on Fox Business.
“We look forward to Judge Napolitano, David and Eric continuing to make significant contributions to both FOX Business and FOX News,” FBN EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.
Fox Business Network, which launched in October 2007, continues to struggle in the ratings. Last week, FBN ranked 89th in primetime and 86th in Total Day among ad-supported cable networks, drawing 51,000 and 56,000 viewers, respectively.
>We just got off the phone with Fox Business EVP Kevin Magee, who told us that the production staffs of the three cancelled shows will be up for positions on Francis’s new 5pm show, as well as daytime positions on FNC and FBN. As for the scheduling shifts: “She’ll do better at 8 than what we’ve had at 8,” Magee said of shifting Willis into the 8pmET timeslot.
“We want to make sure that the people who are doing the best job with the audience and who have the most credibility with the audience get more exposure,” he adds.
Eliot Spitzer was a part of Dylan Ratigan‘s MegaPanel on his MSNBC show this afternoon. This was Spitzer’s
first second appearance on the cable news channel (he was on “Up with Chris Hayes” Oct. 29) since his own CNN show was canceled in July. Ratigan:
Our specialist today is former New York Governor and Attorney General, Eliot Spitzer, who, by the way, was our first guest many years ago and it’s a pleasure to welcome you back.
Before he took the hosting job at CNN, Spitzer often filled in on MSNBC.
> Update: Spitzer was also on with David Asman on Fox Business Network Monday night. Of his time at CNN, Spitzer told Asman, “I had a great time, that nine months we were on the air. I loved every moment of it and I look back with great joy and thank CNN for giving me the opportunity.”
Buchanan is doing the rounds promoting his new book Suicide of a Superpower. He’s been on CNN, with Erin Burnett, and on Fox News, with Sean Hannity and Megyn Kelly and he was on FBN last night (anchor David Asman called it “a terrific new book”). But the MSNBC political analyst has not — and will not — be on MSNBC to talk about the book, which is #18 on the New York Times Best Seller list.
An MSNBC executive told HuffPo‘s Michael Calderone that there had been a conscious decision not to have Buchanan on air because of the views expressed in the book which is described this way on Amazon.com:
America was born a Western Christian republic but is being transformed into a multiracial, multicultural, multilingual, multiethnic stew of a nation that has no successful precedent in the history of the world.
The groups CREDO Action and ColorofChange.org — which took credit for the beginning of the end of Glenn Beck on Fox News — is going one further. Today the groups announced they have delivered 275,000 signatures on a petition demanding the network fire Buchanan for his “long history of bigoted rhetoric.”
So we’re asking you:
In the wake of a 391-point market slide today, all three business networks are planning live primetime coverage tonight.
Fox Business Network is live until 10 p.m. tonight. The network will air a special two-hour edition of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; that program will be bookended by “Cavuto” (anchored tonight by Charles Payne) at 6 p.m. and “America’s Nightly Scoreboard” with David Asman at 9 p.m. FBN will also be live at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning for an hour-long market special anchored by Ashley Webster and simulcast on Fox News Channel.
Bloomberg TV’s Adam Johnson and Lisa Murphy will co-host a special report at 8 p.m. called “Crisis of Confidence,” which will focus on the Fed’s actions this week and their impact on the global markets.
In the wake of a 500-point market selloff this afternoon, the business networks are planning extended coverage well into the evening tonight. On CNBC, Brian Sullivan, Simon Hobbs and Amanda Drury will anchor “Special Report: Markets in Turmoil” from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. David Asman will anchor coverage on Fox Business Network at 9 p.m. with a special edition of “America’s Nightly Scoreboard” called “Special Report: Market Selloff.”
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