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Bloomberg’s Dominic Chu: Transition to TV ‘Was Definitely a Rude Awakening’

Bloomberg TV markets reporter Dominic Chu is the subject of mediabistro’s latest “So What Do You Do?” interview. Chu was a trader and investor on Wall Street until 2010, when he was hired at Bloomberg after responding to a casting call he saw on the company’s website. As a relative newcomer to the business, Chu talks about the transition:

I don’t think any kind of broadcast media job is ever easy right off the bat. I came into this role with no real experience with broadcast journalism. I’ve done public speaking before but nothing really prepares you for what it’s like to stare into a camera lens and know that you’re on live television. I think for me, the hardest thing to get used to at first was this idea that when you’re going on air, you have to be “on” right away. For live television, there is no double take, no stopping and starting over. You just kind of have to deal with it and move on. I wish I would’ve been a little bit more geared up, prepared. It was definitely a rude awakening. I had butterflies in my stomach like I couldn’t believe. You slowly but surely get used to it and luckily, the more you do it, the easier it gets.

Facebook Mania Sweeps Cable News

It’s a May Friday, which would usually mean a slow news day… but not today. Facebook has gone public, and is now trading on the NASDAQ. CEO Mark Zuckerberg rang the opening bell from Menlo Park, CA this morning.

After  some drama and a brief delay in trading, apparently due to overwhelming demand for orders, the stock started to trade at 11:30 AM. Not surprisingly, cable news has been eating it up, the business networks in particular:

For reporters covering the IPO, it was all about finding unique angles on the story. Take CNBC’s Brian Sullivan, for example:

Likewise, Bloomberg’s Dominic Chu used Twitter to provide some interesting background information on the trade:

Not to be outdone, even the “big three” cable news channels were sure to cover the news:

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2012 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge: The Winner Is…

With Kentucky’s 67-59 win over Kansas last night, March Madness has officially come to an end. That also means that it is time to declare a winner in TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness bracket challenge.

Your 2012 TVNewser bracket challenge winner is…

Fox Business Network stocks editor Liz MacDonald!

“It was great fun going up against really tough competition,” MacDonald says. “I am honored and thrilled to be this year’s champion.”

It was a close match this year, with CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kyra Phillips very close behind MacDonald in the standings. This is the second straight year that a competitor for one of the business news networks won. Last year’s winner was Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu. Chu also had a good showing this year, placing ninth.

In last place, tragically, was your humble TVNewser editor, who clearly needs to reevaluate his college basketball picking skills. My strategy of picking teams who had cool mascots (Blue Devils? Awesome!) may not have been the most sound.

A big “Thank You!” to all of this year’s participants.

The final standings are below.
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TVNewser’s 2012 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Spring is in the air, and that can only mean two things: March Madness and TVNewser’s 2012 bracket challenge.

Every March we have TV news talent, executives and producers fill out their brackets and make their picks, with the winner receiving the ultimate prize: bragging rights.

Last year’s champion–Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu–is back to defend his crown, but there is some steep competition from across the TV news spectrum.

Game on.

Here is your 2012 TVNewser March Madness lineup:

Team Bloomberg TV:

Returning champ: Dominic Chu, markets reporter, Bloomberg TV

Cory Johnson, editor-at-large, Bloomberg TV

Stephanie Ruhle, correspondent, Bloomberg TV

Team Fox News/Fox Business Network:

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CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager Wins Office NCAA Bracket, Buys Lunch

Like many offices across the country, the CBS Newsroom had an NCAA March Madness bracket contest for employees, with the winner taking home some cold, hard cash.

This year’s winner just happened to be newly minted CBS News chairman Jeff Fager. Rather than keep the money, Fager chose to use it to buy lunch for the news division. The photo above is Fager explaining his plans to the newsroom.

Perhaps next year the CBS News chairman can take on TVNewser’s bracket champ Dominic Chu from Bloomberg TV.

Your 2011 TVNewser Bracket Champion Is…

March Madness is over, and UConn has emerged victorious. The UConn win also means that the 2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge is over.

Ladies and gentlemen, your 2011 TVNewser March Madness Bracket Challenge winner: Bloomberg TV markets reporter Dominic Chu.

He won in commanding fashion, pulling in 89 points.

Chu, a former hedge fund trader, tells TVNewser:

“I’d like to thank TVNewser and all the Doctors of Bracketology out there in the Bloomberg TV newsroom…as well as Bloomberg Sports Analytics…it was a team effort…and thanks to the UCONN Huskies for making this whole thing possible…I totally forgive you for your performance during the regular season and the Big East Tournament…Thank You…Thank You!”

You can congratulate Chu on Twitter @The_Domino.

Second place went to CNBC “Mad Money” EP Regina Gilgan, who netted 74 points, and also bested nine of her CNBC colleagues.

Rounding out the top five: “Early Show” EP David Friedman with 60 points, CNBC’s Joe Kernen with 59 points, and “Early Show” weather anchor Marysol Castro with 58 points.

More notes, as well as the full rankings, after the jump.

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2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge Final Four Update

It is down to the final four teams in the NCAA Men’s Division I basketball tournament, and with it the final rankings in the TVNewser 2011 bracket challenge become a little clearer.

Considering that only two of more than 5.9 million brackets on ESPN.com had VCU, Butler, UConn and Kentucky in the Final Four, it is not surprising that none of our participants had them right either.

The bracket leader is Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu (74 points), who correctly picked UConn and Kentucky to make the Final Four. Chu is followed by “Early Show” executive producer David Friedman at #2 with 60 points, and CNBC’s Joe Kernen at #3 with 59 points. There is a two-way tie for fourth, with CBS’ Marysol Castro and CNBC’s Regina Gilgan both with 58 points.

It does not look like Chu can be caught, but there are still a few more games left to play. The rankings are after the jump.

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2011 TVNewser Bracket Challenge ‘Sweet 16′ Update

March Madness continues, and only 16 teams remain. We figured now is as good a time as any to check in on the participants in our TVNewser bracket challenge.

Bloomberg TV’s Dominic Chu is all by himself in first place at the moment with 45 points, though there are lots of people right on his heels, including CNBC’s Becky Quick, Joe Kernen and Ramona Schindelheim, and CBS’ Jeff Glor. All four are tied for second place with 43 points.

What about the rest of the standings? Find out after the jump

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TVNewser Bracket Challenge 2011: It’s On

The time has come. The very first March Madness games are underway, and with them, comes the 2011 TVNewser bracket challenge.

Last year we had executive producers from across the TV news landscape make their picks, with “BBC World News America” EP Rome Hartman emerging victorious.

Hartman is back this year to defend his crown, but we opened the field up to all senior executives, executive producers and talent.

One thing we learned: “The Early Show” crew sticks together, and CNBCers love their college basketball.

Who are our players? Find out after the jump.

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