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Greta Van Sustern Celebrates 10 Years at Fox News

Today is Greta Van Susteren‘s 10th anniversary at Fox News Channel.

Van Susteren also now holds the distinction of being the longest-serving current cable news anchor, a title held by Larry King until he left his “Larry King Live” in late 2010. (King also holds the Guinness World Record for having the longest running show with the same host in the same time slot.)

Van Susteren co-anchored CNN’s legal show “Burden of Proof” from 1994 until she got the call from Roger Ailes and moved to Fox News in 2002. “On the Record” debuted Feb. 4. 2002, just days after Fox News notched its first monthly win as the #1 cable news channel, which the network has held onto since.

Like all programs, cable and broadcast, the ratings ebb and flow. But in January, Van Susteren’s “On the Record” was up +7% in Total Viewers and up +19% in younger viewers compared to Jan. 2011.

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FNC’s New Atlanta Correspondent Has a Tough Time Getting out of Florida

Prann_2.18.jpgGreta Van Susteren‘s former assistant Elizabeth Prann has returned to the Fox News fold as a correspondent.

Prann, who was Van Susteren’s assistant from the summer of 2006 to the summer of 2008, left FNC to take a local news reporting job in Panama City, Florida. She was hired by Fox earlier this month as a reporter in the Atlanta bureau.

But leaving Florida was not easy. The Florida Newscenter blog reports Prann was stopped by Panama City police late last month for speeding 30 mph or more over the posted limit which carries a $350 fine.

(h/t Newsblues)

How Cable News Covered the Death of Walter Cronkite

As the special report on CBS came to an end at 8:21pm, the cable news networks began their coverage of the death of Walter Cronkite.

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• CNN’s Campbell Brown began continuing coverage at 8:18pm and included phone interviews with Don Hewitt, Susan Zirinksy and former CBS Newsman, now CNN anchor John Roberts. At 9pmET, John King in for Larry King, continued the coverage which included an interview with Katie Couric from her CBS News studio. CNN remained with live coverage at 10pm replacing an AC360 special about Pres. Obama in Africa. John King continued in the anchor chair talking with Bob Schieffer and Morley Safer by phone, and Susan Zirinksy, from the CBS studio during which she held up the script from the CBS Evening News the night Pres. Richard Nixon resigned. Cronkite had thrown it in the trash that night, and Zirinksy pulled it out and has kept it since.

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• Anchor Jon Scott broke in to The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News at 8:19 and continued with live coverage until 10pm preempting Hannity. When Scott signed off just before 10, he said Fox was dedicating the Greta Van Sustern Apollo 11 special in memory of Waler Cronkite. Scott returned for updates during the special’s commercial breaks. Scott’s guests included Chris Wallace, Brit Hume, Barbara Walters and Linda Mason an SVP at CBS News who was Cronkite’s first female producer on the Evening News.

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David Shuster, filling in on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, reported the news at 8:19 and returned live at 10pm to anchor. Rachel Maddow hosted her show at 9pm and was accompanied for most of the hour by Dan Rather, the man who replaced Cronkite on the CBS Evening News in 1981. Other guests included Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw.