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Amid FBN Programming Shift, Some Staffing Changes

KnealeFollowing the announcement of Maria Bartiromo‘s new FBN show, and other changes to daytime programming, TVNewser has learned three longtime FBN staffers have been cut, including Dennis Kneale, who co-anchored the Noon hour, part of the “Markets Now” block of programs, which has been canceled in the changes.

Kneale joined FBN from CNBC in 2010. He covered media and technology for much of his career and is a past managing editor of Forbes, and spent 16 years with the Wall Street Journal.

Andy Hoffman, who was executive producer for Market Hours programming (9am-4pm), will not have his contract renewed. Hoffman had been with FBN since launch in 2007. He joined from ABC where he was a senior producer at “Good Morning America.” Before that, he spent 7 years at CNBC. Lou Giserman, a senior producer for market hours, will also be leaving the network.

“The anchors, reporters and production teams in place are poised to produce business television that is approachable, comprehensive and provides critical analysis of this important economic climate,” says FBN EVP Kevin Magee. “Our new programming structure emphasizes our financial acumen and wide breadth of experience and we look forward to its debut on February 24th.”

Magee adds that he “appreciated Hoffman, Giserman and Kneale’s service to Fox Business” and stated that “no further staffing changes are being considered with the elimination of Markets Now and the new overall programming format.”

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Maria Bartiromo Just the Latest CNBC Talent to Jump to FBN

maria bartiromo_304x200For Maria Bartiromo, 20 years at CNBC was enough. We don’t know yet where on Fox Business she will be anchoring, but we do know the move, announced earlier today, will re-unite her with many of her former CNBC colleagues, including:

Liz Claman joined FBN just after it launched in Oct. 2007.

Charlie Gasparino joined in Feb. 2010

Dennis Kneale followed 8 months later.

Melissa Francis made the move in June 2012

Neil Cavuto worked for CNBC in the 1990s, and joined Roger Ailes at the launch of Fox News Channel in 1996. Since the launch of FBN in 2007, Cavuto has anchored a show on each of the networks.

Bartiromo’s EP at CNBC, Gary Schreier, made the move the other way. One of the founding producers of FBN, having also worked at Fox News, Schreir jumped to CNBC last year.

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Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

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Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”

In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”

But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.

From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.

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FBN Special on NFL News

Fox Business Network is going into insta-special mode this afternoon.

Gerri Willis will host “Crunch Times: Tim Tebow, Sean Payton, and the Business of the NFL” tonight at 8pmET/PT. The special will take an in-depth look at the league’s volatile post-season leading up to the NFL draft and how the news that Peyton Manning is going to Denver, Tim Tebow has been traded to the New York Jets and the one-season suspension of New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, will impact the teams’ bottom lines. Willis will be joined by FBN’s Connell McShane, Sandra Smith, and Dennis Kneale to explain the financial impact of the recent moves within the NFL.

Dennis Kneale Set to Join FBN Anchor Lineup

After shaking up its primetime, FBN is poised to change up daytime anchor pairings as well. Investor Place reports Dennis Kneale (right), who joined FBN from CNBC in October 2010 will join Cheryl Casone to co-anchor at NoonET while Tracy Byrnes and Ashley Webster will take over as the new anchors of the 2pmET hour. Melissa Francis and Lori Rothman continue at 1pm. The changes are expected next month.

A Tale of Two Business Reporters: Brennan Receieves Praise, While Kneale Gets a Critic

There was a pair of articles on Friday about reporters at the “other” business networks, Bloomberg TV and Fox Business Network, and the two could not be more different.

On one side, there is Marketwatch.com’s profile of Bloomberg TV’s Margaret Brennan. The article uses her recent trip to Cairo to set up the notion that Brennan is poised to lead Bloomberg to higher ratings:

“Bloomberg management recognizes Brennan’s potential to attract a sizable audience during her two-hour show each morning from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern.

“My show is ‘In Business with Margaret Brennan,’” she pointed out. The point is that Bloomberg is choosing to brand its rising star.”

On the other side, there is FBN’s Dennis Kneale:

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Piers Morgan’s Bill O’Reilly Story, And More From The ‘Piers Morgan Tonight’ Launch Party

Last night TVNewser ventured to the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where Newsweek/Daily Beast editor Tina Brown hosted a party for CNN’s new 9 PM host, Piers Morgan.

In welcoming the guests, Morgan shared a remarkable (if it’s true) story about an encounter he had with Fox News host Bill O’Reilly at a recent New York Knicks game.

Morgan and O’Reilly were in the VIP suite, and having never met the FNC host, Morgan naturally wanted to say hello.

“Obvisouly I marched up, expecting him to shower me with praise about this glorious resurrection of CNN, and he comes up to me and goes, ‘ah, yea, I know you,’” Morgan recalled.

“So I shuffled off meekly,” Morgan said. “Not only is he #1 but he is intimidating, he sort of shooed me away.”

It was Morgan, however, who would get the last laugh a few minutes later, when O’Reilly returned with his teenage daughter:

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Reunion on FBN

On Fox Business yesterday, FBN’s Liz Claman reunited with her old CNBC cohorts Dennis Kneale and Charlie Gasparino. FBN’s Liz MacDonald was also reunited with Gasparino and Kneale: They previously worked at “The Wall Street Journal” together. It’s a small news world.

Dennis Kneale Starting at FBN Monday

Former CNBC correspondent Dennis Kneale has officially joined Fox Business Network, Benzinga.com reports. TVNewser first reported the move two weeks ago.

Fox Business has confirmed the report to TVNewser, and also says that Kneale will make his FBN debut Monday, during the 12 PM block anchored by Cheryl Casone.

That would put him head-to-head with the CNBC program he used to appear on “Power Lunch.”

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