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The Ticker: Fox/Twitter, ‘GAA’ Makeover, Paul Ryan

  • The executive producer of “Good Afternoon America” Ethan Nelson got a little surprise from his staff this week. Nelson was given an “ambush makeover” by stylist and author Amy E. Goodman. What happened? “Goodman freed him from his drab, behind-the-scenes wardrobe and transformed him into a scene-stealing newsmaker.”
  • GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan is finally doing his round-robin interviews, talking to the evening news anchors and the cable news channels. Ryan was originally slated to do interviews with the morning shows, but that was canceled late yesterday.
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Fox News Redesigns uReport, Adds New Enhancements

The new uReport assignment page

Fox News has just launched a significant redesign of its user-generated content website uReport.

The new iteration of the site will request specific content around news stories, and features an interactive map so that users know what is happening near them. FNC will also use social media–such as Twitter and Facebook–to post assignments for users, and will eventually utilize mobile location services to target users that are near news events.

“A misnomer about these things is that you put it up because you are looking for the next great breaking news thing,” Jeff Misenti, VP and GM of digital for Fox News tells TVNewser. “You know what, if you get that shot from an event, that’s great, but I know that is going to be such a small percentage of the time.”

What I don’t want it to be is like some other  citizen journalism sites, where it is almost like everybody is creating their own infomercial, it is almost like ‘I make teddy bears at home, here is my picture…’ that is not what I am looking for. I want everything to be an extension to content or programming,” Misenti added.

In that respect, uReport is seeking the user’s perspective on the news, rather than using their content as the news itself. Producers on FNC programs will be able to request specific content around segments that are in the pipeline:

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Fox News Readying ‘TV Everywhere’ Option

VentureBeat talks with Fox News VP of digital Jeff Misenti, and breaks some news regarding the cable channel’s online plans. Among the revelations: FNC is very close to launching a “TV Everywhere” authentication plan, which would allow cable subscribers to watch live FNC programming on laptops, iPads and mobile devices, and will also be launching a channel on Microsoft’s Xbox videogame console.

Politics will obviously play a big roll in Fox’s 2012 digital strategy, and dictates much of the new changes to Fox News’ website. The company is redoing its look to accommodate interactive live video of candidates, as well as more compatibility for tablets and smartphones. Misenti explained Fox sees the mobile Web as just an extension of the regular, computer accessed Web. It deserves just as rich an experience as applications get. Fox will try to emulate this richness with interactive maps developed in Java and CSS, rather than Flash and other website adjustments.

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Fox News Politics Twitter Account Hacked

The Fox News Channel’s politics Twitter account has been hacked. A series of 6 tweets sent overnight reported the death of President Obama in Iowa.

Jeff Misenti, vice president and general manager of Fox News Digital, said FoxNews.com is working with Twitter to address the situation as quickly as possible.

“We will be requesting a detailed investigation from Twitter about how this occurred, and measures to prevent future unauthorized access into FoxNews.com accounts,” Misenti said.

The account has about 34,000 followers. AllTwitter reports, hacking group “Scriptkiddies” has claimed credit for the hack.

It appears the hijackers first took control of the @foxnewspolitics account at or around 1.56 ET, writing a faux tweet about how they’d “just regained full access to our Twitter and email. Happy 4th.” However, prior to this there had been no update from @foxnewspolitics since June 30, so the hack may have taken place before this.

The general Fox News account (@foxnews) was not hacked.

Fox News on the iPad

The iPad section of the Apple App Store is now Fair and Balanced, as Fox News Channel rolled out Fox News for iPad today, marking the first tablet-exclusive app for the cable news network.

Features boasted by Fox News for iPad include live streaming, breaking news alerts, Fox News Radio audio, slide shows, videos, and the ability to share content via Facebook, Twitter, and email.

The free app also offers Happening Now — named for a daytime show on the channel — which allows users to swipe for a quick peek at latest news. ExxonMobil is the launch sponsor for Fox News for iPad, and its advertising appears throughout the app.

Strategy Room Schedule Looks Beyond Politics

strategy_1-14.jpgWebNewser reports Foxnews.com’s “The Strategy Room” has a new lineup, which moves what used to be a strictly political Web show into more diverse topics.

The Foxnews.com web program begins at 9amET with “The Morning Clique,” hosted by Harris Faulkner, and ends with a 4pmET program, “Last Call w/ Leventhal,” hosted by Rick Leventhal.

In between, the “Fox Entertainment Hour” and “Fox Crime Hour” mix with breaking news and opinion throughout the day.

WebNewser has the full schedule.

Earlier: TVNewser visits The Strategy Room.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. Foxbusiness.com launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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“It’s Not TV” — It’s The Strategy Room

strategy_11-3.BMPThe “studio” is an open room with a table and a couple cameras at the end of a long hallway on the Foxnews.com floor. The “control room” is essentially a person sitting at an audio board. Amid the wires and audio equipment is an XBOX, where guests from Shepard Smith to Geraldine Ferraro have hit the sticks for a round of Guitar Hero.

TVNewser visited The Strategy Room today, located on the 14th floor of the News Corp. building, home to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The Foxnews.com program streams nine hours a day non-stop, even staying “on air” while anchors and guests switch between hours.

“It’s rough by design. It’s not TV, it’s a different platform,” EP of Fox News Digital Mike Straka tells TVNewser.

Whatever it is, it’s working. According to VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti, The Strategy Room averages more than 250,000 streams a day, while all of the Foxnews.com streams get more than one million a day.

“It creates buzz and energy and its really fun,” he says of having the program originate on the floor.

So what will viewers of The Strategy Room see when they tune in? Fox News anchors and correspondents host the program, usually for an hour each, and are joined by everyone from political pundits seen on the FNC air to comedians like Colin Quinn to, um, Michael Lohan. Today, Joe the Plummer was on during the 9amET hour.

strategy2_11-3.BMPThen there’s the moments that develop simply out of having more time and being on the Web. Like Rick Leventhal ragging on Phil Keating for his copious sweating after he finished a report. Or Julie Banderas bringing her puppy Sasha during anchoring duties. Or the Web hit video of Shep playing Guitar Hero (see it here). “You’re not going to see that anywhere else,” says Straka.

For Misenti, it’s part of a larger push on Foxnews.com. “We definitely see that people do want to engage with each other,” he says. As part of the site’s evolution, there can now be up to 12 separate streaming feeds, including The Strategy Room. The player can be the location for FNC/FBN prime time promotion within the flash player, and comments from viewers are added in real time.

So what does The Strategy Room have planned for tomorrow night? And will it still be there when the Election ends?

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