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Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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Amy Robach Hosts Headlines & Headliners

AMY ROBACHTonight is the annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit in New York City.

ABC’s Amy Robach is the host for the night. And unless breaking news gets in the way — as it did last night — here’s who’s scheduled to attend: ABC’s Gio Benitez and Mara Schiavocampo; from CBS, Erin Moriarity and Michelle Miller; NBC’s Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales and Chris Jansing.CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Don Lemon, Jeanne Moos and Michaela Pereira; Fox News Channel’s Jamie Colby and Shepard Smith; Melissa Francis and Gerri Willis from Fox Business; also MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, CNBC’s Simon Hobbs and many more.

The event raises awareness of LGBT issues and raises funds for NLGJA programs and scholarships.

From ‘Closing Bell’ to ‘Opening Bell’: Maria Bartiromo’s FBN Show to Launch February 24

Maria Batriomo FBNFirst on TVNewser: Maria Bartiromo‘s new Fox Business show officially has a name and a place in the FBN lineup. Beginning February 24, the former CNBCer will host “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” from 9-11amET.

Bartiromo officially joined FBN from CNBC, where she anchored “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo,” last month. She made her first FBN appearance yesterday and she will be on “The O’Reilly Factor” making her first Fox News appearance tonight.

The launch of Bartiromo’s show sets off a slew of changes to the FBN lineup. With Bartiromo going on the air at 9amET, “Imus in the Morning” will end 20 minutes earlier. “Varney & Co.,” which currently airs from 9:20 to 11amET, will slide to 11am to 1pmET. “Markets Now,” FBN’s four-hour block helmed by a rotating cast of FBN anchors, will be condensed to one hour and will air from 1pmET-2pmET.

Fox Business has also announced the hire of Deirdre Bolton, who joins the network after 15 years at Bloomberg TV. When Bolton officially joins FBN later this year, she will take over the 1pmET hour with an as-yet-unnamed show.

The channel has also announced a few other programming changes: “Money with Melissa Francis” will move from 5pmET to 2pmET. In a reversal of the primetime shakeup FBN implemented in 2012, “The Willis Report with Gerri Willis” will move back to 5pmET and “Cavuto” will move back to 6pmET, with a re-air at 8pmET.

“Our new schedule will enhance our ability to deliver timely key business news and we are thrilled to debut fresh programming with an all-star team,” Fox Business EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

The Weekend Ticker: Willis, Rather, Griffin

  • Gerri Willis will host a special call-in show, “A User’s Guide to Obamacare,” on FBN Monday night at 6pmET. Willis will be joined by a panel of experts to answer questions on the Affordable Care Act.

  • Dan Rather Reports” returns to AXS TV Monday night with “Gone to Pot,” a report on illegal marijuana growers in Northern California.

  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Fox News national security correspondent Jennifer Griffin talks to Women’s Health about her battle with Stage III triple negative breast cancer. “After diagnosis, you’re looking at a year of your life that will be devoted to fighting and overcoming the disease. You need to look at it as a marathon year and get your body, mind, and spirit as strong as it can be,” Griffin said.

The Afternoon Ticker: Weather, Willis, Wheelock

  • With winter storm “Nemo” moving up the eastern seaboard, Weather Channel is now streaming its TV feed online at Weather.com and Wunderground.com. The livestream is also on the iPhone and iPad apps.

  • All day today Fox Business is presenting segments about the U.S. housing market. With damage still widespread from Hurricane Sandy, and the blizzard moving up the coast, there is plenty of timely news times to real estate. Gerri Willis talks about it here.

The Ticker: Nielsen, ’60 Minutes Sports’, Willis

  • Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” will officially debut Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 10 PM. For the debut episode, Bob Simon has an exclusive interview with soccer superstar Lionel Messi.

FBN’s Election Night Plans

FOX Business Network will provide live continuous election night coverage on Tuesday beginning at 5pmET hosted by anchor and Managing Editor Neil Cavuto. FBN’s Stuart Varney and Lou Dobbs will also take part. Also, Liz Claman will report live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Gerri Willis will be live from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston while FBN Washington Correspondent Rich Edson will provide coverage from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Also, Melissa Francis will be live from Florida and Adam Shapiro live from Nevada, two important swing states.

The Ticker: Katz, Willis, Little David Gregory

  • Weather Channel has named Neil Katz VP and editor in chief of its digital division. He will oversee all editorial content on the Weather Channel sites and mobile apps. He had been executive editor of The Huffington Post, and before that was executive editor of CBSNews.com and a producer for “48 Hours.”
  • FBN’s Gerri Willis talks to Westchester Magazine. Asked about the biggest difference in TV news today compared to when she started: “You no longer have to come up the ranks. Networks increasingly hire people for on-air work who have special knowledge of a topic.”

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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FBN Live Sunday Night on Greek Election Results

Fox Business will be live tomorrow night covering the global market reaction and economic impact of the Greek election results.

The network will air an hour-long special at 9pmET. It will be anchored by Gerri Willis, who will be joined by Ashley Webster from Athens and Rich Edson from the G20 summit in Mexico, where he will report on reactions from world leaders.

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