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‘Money with Melissa Francis’ Debuts Monday on Fox Business

Melissa Francis, who joined Fox Business Network from CNBC in December, launches her new show Monday. “Money with Melissa Francis” debuts Monday at 5pmET. Francis will continue as co-anchor of FBN’s “Markets Now” at 1pmET alongside Lori Rothman.

The addition of Francis’s show at 5pm means a shift for two other shows. “The Willis Report” with Gerri Willis moves to 6pmET and Neil Cavuto‘s “Cavuto” takes over the 8pmET time slot. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” remains at 7pmET.

Fox Business says Francis and her guests will “discuss and debate key issues facing business in America and examine their impact on the economy.”

The Weekend Ticker: Willis, Maddow, Jarvis

  • When she’s not anchoring her Fox Business show, Gerri Willis is an avid golfer. “It teaches really great life lessons — patience (which I am still working on), focus and concentration, as well as honesty,” she tells NJ.com.
  • In honor of Tax Day, CBS business and economics correspondent Rebecca Jarvis gives Shop It To Me some financial advice. “Think of your tax refund as a fresh opportunity to improve your future,” she says. “Put it toward improving your health or learning a new skill.”

A Kiss Before Flying. Jane Velez-Mitchell Has No ‘Issues’ at NLGJA Fundraiser

Actual news got in the way of last night’s annual New York fundraiser for the journalism group NLGJA. Soledad O’Brien, who was to co-host with her HLN colleague Jane Velez-Mitchell, couldn’t as she moderated CNN’s Trayvon Martin town hall which airs tonight.

Don Lemon jetted up from Atlanta to co-host with Velez-Mitchell, who mixed and mingled before making a beeline for Time Warner Center herself to participate in the town hall.

Velez-Mitchell made the biggest splash of the night when, during her welcome remarks to the crowd, she pulled her girlfriend on stage and planted a big kiss on her. “I won’t be doing that!” Lemon joked. “Ben doesn’t like that kind of thing,” he said glancing over to his partner, Ben Tinker, who is a producer in CNN’s medical unit.

CNN managing editor Mark Whitaker talked about his network’s commitment to diversity in the ranks and on the air. CNN was the lead sponsor for the event which was held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom in SoHo.

Also spotted in the crowd: NBC News VP Alex Wallace, former “Today” show co-anchor Meredith Vieira, “CBS This Morning” co-host Erica Hill, MSNBC’s Willie Geist, former MSNBC anchor Contessa Brewer and Fox News meteorologist Rick Reichmuth.

We chatted with FBN’s Gerri Willis who told us she has a new appreciation for the work of the Supreme Court after anchoring her show from Washington during oral arguments on the health care law. We also caught up with Fox News’s Alisyn Camerota and new Fox News political analyst Sally Kohn, who is settling in to her role as progressive pundit both on air and online, which

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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.

Networks Slate Special Coverage of Super Tuesday

Voters in 10 states head to the polls tomorrow to weigh in on the next GOP Presidential candidate. Here’s the plan for Super Tuesday coverage on the broadcast and cable news and business networks.

The broadcast networks:

  • “Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams will helm a one-hour special on NBC News from 10-11pmET. Williams will also present live updates on the voting results between 7-10pmET as news dictates. “Nightly” will be updated for later feeds throughout the evening.
  • Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulous will anchor special reports on ABC beginning at 7pmET. “World News” will also be updated for later feeds. At 11:35pmET, Terry Moran will anchor a special edition of “Nightline.”
  • On CBS, Scott Pelley will provide live primetime updates throughout the night.
  • Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor a live “PBS Newshour” at 11pmET.
  • On FOX, Shepard Smith will anchor live updates from 8-11pmET.

The cable networks:

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Primetime Shakeup at FBN: Bolling, Asman, Napolitano Shows Dropped

A major overhaul is coming to Fox Business Network’s primetime programming later this month. The network is dropping three shows, hosted by Judge Andrew Napolitano, David Asman and Eric Bolling.

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.

Check Please! CNBC’s Suze Orman Fights Debit Card Naysayers

Suze Orman did a big press splash a couple weeks ago promoting her new show on OWN as well as the launch of her own prepaid debit card: The Approved Card. It’s the latter that continues to get the headlines, and not in a good way.

Personal finance experts and reporters who cover the beat charge, simply, that the card is not worth it, and she risks damaging her brand in the process. “In hawking your own financial products, you throw our trust out the window,” wrote the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Gallagher. Reuters columnist John Wasik thinks, “there’s something troubling about an avowed consumer advocate who plugs a product that charges $3 ‘maintenance’ fees (the first month’s fee is waived) and even restricts deposits.” Orman’s rival on Fox Business Network, Gerri Willis has done several segments on the card and has tried to get Orman on her show to talk about it. The Orman camp’s response:

“[You've done three segments] without any input from Suze or The Approved Card team. At this point we will just leave it there and respectfully decline your offer to appear.”

 

FBN’s Adam Shapiro Shouted Down During OWS Liveshot

ICN caught a live shot on FBN last night from Zuccotti Park after OWS protesters were let back in — sans tents. Not surprisingly, reporter Adam Shapiro was shouted down with chants of “Fox News lies” before tossing back to Gerri Willis in the studio.

Nets Prepare for Monday Markets with Sunday Specials

After a day of Saturday specials on the cablers, the networks are gearing up for the Asian markets opening later today and the opening of Wall Street tomorrow following Friday’s S&P downgrade of the U.S. CNN’s special coverage continues tonight with a 9pmET special hosted by Christine Romans. Fox Business will produce a 2-hour special tonight at 9pmET hosted by Gerri Willis. Also, at 8pmET Bloomberg Television presents a two-hour live report anchored by Tom Keene and Adam Johnson.

CNBC’s also got a special on at 8pmET called “Markets in Turmoil.” As part of it, CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood will speak with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner who announced today he’s staying with the Obama Administration through the election.

This morning on “Meet the Press” former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said, “What I think the S&P thing did was to hit a nerve that there’s something basically bad going on and it’s hit the self esteem of the United States. The psyche. And it’s having a much profounder effect than I conceived could happen, because the economics of what they’re talking about is very clear.”

FBN’s Kevin Magee: ‘We know when they find us, they like what they see’

Fox Business Network, the 3-and-half year old sibling to Fox News Channel, enters a new era Monday as the network becomes a full service client of Nielsen.

As we revealed yesterday, the network has a long road ahead to catch market leader CNBC. But the green shoots are appearing. Tuesday’s 11am hour was the second highest-rated telecast for that hour. Still, FBN EVP Kevin Magee is aware of the challenges: “We have to get the distribution up and get in front of people’s eyes. Because we know when they find us, they like what they see and they stick.”

Magee, who’s had stints at CNBC and ABC News, joined Fox News in 2000 and was given the reigns of FBN at launch. “I always say, people watch people. They watch the anchors they know. I believe that our talent is better than their (CNBC’s) talent,” says Magee. “It’s as simple as that. And we’re breaking through.”

FBN is also breaking through to the most affluent consumers. According to a Mendelsohn survey, which measures heads of households making $100,000 a year, CNBC has about 30% of that market, while FBN is next with 12%, followed by Yahoo Finance (7.6%), Bloomberg (5.9%) and the Wall Street Journal (5.6%).

TVNewser: What do you think being a full service client of Nielsen will mean to the perception of the network?

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