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Inauguration 2013: Business Networks Coverage Plans

CNBC and Fox Business will both cover President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony Monday. Here’s what they have planned:

Neil Cavuto will anchor on Fox Business beginning at 11amET. Cavuto will be joined by Washington correspondents Peter Barnes and Rich Edson, who will be reporting live from D.C.

On CNBC, Tyler Mathisen and chief White House correspondent John Harwood will anchor beginning at 11amET. They will be joined by the network’s Washington correspondent, Hampton Pearson, who will be reporting live from DC.

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Sarah Palin Parties with the Main (or is it Lame?) stream Media

Seeming to put politics aside for a few hours — not one but two GOP governors stopped in to the MSNBC After Party last night at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie — often the target of MSNBC’s opinionated hosts — and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (right, meeting NBC News correspondent Luke Russert for the first time). Palin, as we reported yesterday, was the guest of Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren.

As MSNBC host/mixologist Rachel Maddow made a drink for “Glee’s” Jane Lynch, MSNBC boss Phil Griffin, worked the room. It’s his after party afterall. And not missing an opportunity to synergize, Cee lo Green, of NBC’s “The Voice” was the entertainment.

In addition to Van Susteren, we spotted Bret Baier from Fox News chatting with NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. NBC News president Steve Capus and “Today” show EP Jim Bell — who’d both just returned from London covering the Royal Wedding and sharing ratings info on his Blackberry. Looks like “Today” was #1 again on Royal Wedding day. (Final numbers later on TVNewser).

Eliot Spitzer in tow with CNN’s chief communicator Christa Robinson; Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Sam Feist also of CNN and ABC’s Jim Sciutto.

We chatted up CNBC’s Rick Santelli, in from Chicago, Carl Quintanilla and Hampton Pearson. NBC’s Janet Shamlian, and Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and Contessa Brewer, now almost four months along. Ed Schultz was proud to tell us he’s overtaken Anderson Cooper in the ratings at 10pm, in just his third month on the air. “Big news,” says big Ed.

Meanwhile, over at the Bloomberg/Vanity Fair party, tipsters tell us Jake Tapper, Dave Price, John Dickerson, Chris Isham, Gayle King, and Seth Meyers [who'd poked fun at the thought that the Bloomberg party was a hot ticket], were still in full party mode at 2:15am. “The patio is still packed,” we were emailed. “They started serving breakfast snacks.”

Coverage Notes for Health Care Vote

Here are some notes for cable news coverage this Sunday as the health care reform bill heads to a vote tomorrow afternoon:

• Fox News Channel will be live Saturday and Sunday. Weekday anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will be in for “America’s Newsroom at 9amET, and Megyn Kelly will anchor “America Live” at 1pmET. Shepard Smith will be live from New York at 3pmET, and Neil Cavuto will anchor “Your World” from DC’s the Newseum at 4pmET. Then a special edition of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at 5pm, Special Report with Bret Baier at 6pm, FOX Report with Shep at 7pm and then live Sunday night coverage of the weekday programs, O’Reilly at 8pm, Hannity at 9pm and Greta at 10pm.

• CNN provides special coverage beginning at 1pmET approximately 2pmET (depending on when the vote is). Wolf Blitzer, Candy Crowley and John King will be joined by members of the BPTOT for full coverage of the latest developments in the health care debate and vote. A special health care-focused edition of Larry King Live will begin at 9pmET.

• MSNBC’s Alex Witt anchors until 1pmET when David Shuster picks coverage for the rest of the afternoon.

• Fox Business Network will be live Sunday beginning at 2pmET with Cavuto at the Newseum in Washington, DC and Stuart Varney from New York.

• CNBC is producing a live primetime special at 9pmET co-anchored by Michelle Caruso Cabrera and Carl Quintanilla. In addition, CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen and Hampton Pearson will report live from Capitol Hill and CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood will provide instant analysis.

>Update: Two hours of debate begins at 2pmET with a final vote expected no earlier than 8:30pmET. Democrats say they have the 216 votes needed.

> More: Diane Sawyer will anchor ABC’s World News. CBS’ Russ Mitchell anchors CBS Evening News but will be preempted on the east coast due to the NCAA tournament. CBS News plans a special report in primetime when the votes are counted.

Unemployment Tops 10%

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At 8:30amET sharp, the business networks reported something that hasn’t happened since 1983 — the unemployment rate shot past 10%. With 190,000 jobs lost in October, the rate is now 10.2%. For CNBC, Hampton Pearson was outside the Labor Deptarment with the stats. For Fox Business, Peter Barnes broke the news, during Imus in the Morning. Lizzie O’Leary reported the news for BloombergTV.

November ’09 Elections: Cable Plans

Tomorrow, polls will open following an off-year election season that’s included closely followed races in Virginia, New Jersey, and New York. Here is a rundown of special coverage on the cable networks:

cnn120.jpg Wolf Blitzer will be in D.C. anchoring coverage of the returns for CNN’s “Election Night in America.” Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper, and Larry King will have an election focus for their programs and there will be a special “Larry King Live” at 12amET. Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King, and Jessica Yellin, along with other correspondents, will appear during primetime programming.
fnc2120.jpg FNC will have live reporting throughout the day from Major Garrett and Jim Angle in D.C., Carl Cameron in Virginia, Shannon Bream in New Jersey, and Eric Shawn and Molly Line in New York. Martha MacCallum will anchor exit poll results. Bret Baier will anchor live from New York at 6pmET. Shepard Smith will anchor the 7pmET hour when Virginia poll results are expected. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity will host their regular programs with updates from Smith and Baier. Smith and Baier will also be on with Greta Van Susteren at 10pmET.
msnbc120.jpg Chuck Todd will anchor live from D.C. at 11am and 2pmET and Ed Schultz will be live from New York at 4pmET. Special live editions of “Countdown, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “Hardball” will be presented at 10pm, 11pm, and 12amET.
fbn120.jpg FBN’s election night coverage starts at 8pmET and will be anchored by Neil Cavuto in New York. Guests include former NJ governors Christie Whitman and Jim Florio, Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), former VA governor George Allen, and PA governor Ed Rendell.
cnbc120.jpg At 7amET, PA Governor Ed Rendell will be a guest host on “Squawk Box.” From 7-9pmET, Larry Kudlow will anchor “A Special Edition of The Kudlow Report: Your Money, Your Vote” live from D.C. with guests including: Dick Armey, Lanny Davis, Ed Gillespie and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. CNBC’s John Harwood and Hampton Pearson will also report.

We will update with additional information as we receive it.

Business Nets Fooled by Climate Change Hoax

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Both CNBC and Fox Business Network were the victim of hoax involving the Chamber of Commerce this morning. Reuters news service reported on a Chamber press release claiming that that they had switched their stance on climate change legislation going through the U.S. Senate, which was then reported on the networks. But it was fake. Politico’s Michael Calderone and Lisa Lerer report:

In a story posted Monday morning, Reuters declared: “The Chamber of Commerce said on Monday it will no longer opposes climate change legislation, but wants the bill to include a carbon tax.”

“Reuters has an obligation to its clients to publish news and information that could move financial markets, and this story had the potential to do that,” said a Thomson Reuters spokesperson. “Once we had confirmed the release was a hoax, we immediately issued a correction, and in keeping with Reuters policy, the story was subsequently withdrawn and an advisory sent to readers.”

The hoax was perpetrated by the Yes Men, an activist group known for performing similar stunts in the past. HuffPost’s Sam Stein reveals that the stunt would have succeeded flawlessly if a reporter hadn’t accidentally gone to the wrong location looking for the phony press conference

“She came here to the Chamber looking for a news conference,” explained Eric Wohlschlegel, a spokesman for the real Chamber. “She said she got it wrong that she was going to a Chamber press conference at the press club.”

“I said, what press conference are you talking about?” he added. “So I went with over her to check it out and immediately tried to break it up.”

At 11:15amET, CNBC’s Hampton Pearson delivered a breaking report with the press release and then returned shortly thereafter to reveal that the information was false. Fox Business anchor Brian Sullivan reported the news before announcing, mid-report, that the Chamber was denying the information.

That’s two TV news hoaxes in one week’s time. Videos after the jump.

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CNBC Puts Economy First For Election Night

CNBCSet_11.4.JPGWe stopped in to CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, NJ this afternoon as crews prepare to cover tonight’s election returns.

We chatted with CNBC anchor Erin Burnett as she prepped for Street Signs. Correspondent Hampton Pearson is up from Washington, DC and John Harwood will be on hand tonight as well.

“In an election where the economy is a big story, if not the big story, we are a logical place turn turn, because that’s all we do,” says CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald.

CNBC’s Election Night programming begins at 7pmET with anchors Mark Haines and Burnett. Dylan Ratigan and Maria Bartiromo pick up coverage at 8pm followed by Carl Quintanilla and Bartiromo at 9, with Michelle Caruso-Cabrera picking up at 10.

So, what about after the election? How will CNBC hold on to those viewers? Wald talks about that, after the jump. First, Sandy Cannold, EP of Squawk on the Street as well as the prime time election special, gives us a tour of the studio.

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