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Insider Says Ratigan “Always Wanted A Show At MSNBC”

ratigan_5-7b.jpgWhen news broke March 27 that Dylan Ratigan would be leaving CNBC, it wasn’t even known whether he’d show up to host that night’s “Fast Money” (he didn’t). 40 days later, Ratigan was named an anchor at sister network MSNBC, leaving some scratching their heads.

An industry insider with knowledge of the situation tells TVNewser Ratigan “never ruled out” jumping to MSNBC. “He was very upfront: He always wanted a show at MSNBC,” says the insider. “The more surprising thing is that MSNBC thinks he can lead them somewhere because he’s untested as a general news anchor. His strength has always been Wall Street.

“It didn’t end as amicably as it could have at CNBC. It felt like he burned a bridge, but as it turned out, he didn’t need a bridge.”

A different insider with knowledge of the situation tells TVNewser NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker was “very involved” in making sure Ratigan stayed in the NBC family. “Where does this put [CNBC president Mark] Hoffman in Zucker’s book?” wonders the insider.

Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman talked to Ratigan and MSNBC president Phil Griffin about the move: “Griffin said Ratigan fits well into his concept of what MSNBC’s hosts should symbolize to viewers. ‘We want to make (MSNBC) exciting and vibrant and based on personalities who have something to say,’ he said.”

What The Next Quarter Holds For CNBC

Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman writes about CNBC’s first quarter of 2009, in which “the network was stung repeatedly by image-rattling incidents,” from the Santelli rant to Cramer’s Daily Show interview to the exits of Jonathan Wald and Dylan Ratigan.

He puts forth five suggestions for the network in the upcoming quarter. They include “focus on analysis” (“I want to hear these folks tell me not only why the big news event of the day is important, but also how it fits into patterns and trend”) and “don’t ignore Main Street” (“can’t CNBC at least pay lip service to the ‘little guy’ of the stock market now and then?”).

Friedman does note MarketWatch is owned by News Corp. — as is CNBC competitor Fox Business Network.

Weeks After Daily Show Takedown #1, CNBC Still Has People Talking

cramer_3-23.jpgOn March 4, Jon Stewart‘s eight-minute CNBC rant began a discussion of the financial news leader that continues nearly three weeks later. Some recent write-ups:

• Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman writes that now is the time for FBN and Bloomberg to capitalize on the CNBC perception. “The priority for Fox Business and Bloomberg is simple: become the anti-CNBC,” he writes. Besides giving his take on how each network can accomplish this, he also floats the name of a potential replacement for the outgoing SVP, Jonathan Wald: Washington bureau chief, Mark Whitaker. “His leadership could help CNBC regain some lost luster,” he writes.

• The New York Times’ Brian Stelter writes about CNBC’s unwavering trust in Jim Cramer. “The business network, a unit of NBC Universal, continues to show the ‘In Cramer We Trust’ commercials,” writes Stelter. “On Friday afternoon, one of the commercials — which play off the United States motto ‘In God We Trust’ to promote Mr. Cramer’s program ‘Mad Money’ — called him ‘the voice of experience you can trust.’”

Dan Gifford writes on the blog Big Hollywood about what Cramer should have said to defend himself during his Daily Show appearance. “Why didn’t Cramer point out the video clip that got played ad nauseum on practically every network of him screaming about impending doom in the financial markets on August 3, 2007 before the market bear took hold?” he writes. Gifford also describes his experience working for CNN Moneyline and auditioning for a spot at CNBC.

CNBC’s Past Three Weeks: “Moment in the Spotlight” or “Going Overboard”?

cnbc_3-9.jpgOver the last three weeks, CNBC and its on-air personalities have been a focus, both good and bad, from the White House to Wall Street.

“Whether the attention is positive or negative, it is certain that this tumultuous financial season is CNBC’s reason for being,” writes the New York Times’ Brian Stelter and Tim Arango, while noting some in the organization have begun referring to it as, “the recession network.”

“It has certainly received a lot more notoriety, and along with that a lot more audience,” says CNBC president Mark Hoffman.

But, what about the increasingly outspoken anchors? “Three CNBC employees, who insisted on anonymity to discuss internal deliberations, said that the role of opinion on the channel had been a subject of frequent discussion,” reports the Times.

Jon Friedman of Marketwatch writes, “CNBC seems to want, if not prefer, its on-air ‘talent’ to raise the theatrics level as high as it can go,” he writes.

And comparing the network to ESPN, he writes: “CNBC loses sight of the idea that the public takes investing, and the economy, much more seriously than sports fans debate baseball or football headlines.”

New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote about the network in his column this weekend as well. Click continued to see his take…

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Mason is Friedman’s Choice For Broadcast Journalist of the Year

mason_12-19.jpgMarketwatch’s Jon Friedman has selected his broadcast journalist of the year — CBS financial correspondent Anthony Mason.

“Night after night, Mason took pains to help his viewers understand what was unfolding on Wall Street and in Washington — and, most important, why they should care when a powerful company in New York blow ups,” writes Friedman. “In his reporting, Mason took a complex subject and made it television-friendly.”

Previously: Friedman describes Mason as a “master storyteller.”

Couric, Gregory And Other ’09 Stories To Watch

couric_12-12.jpgFrom today’s mediabistro.com Morning Newsfeed:

Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman presents his five media stories to watch in 2009 in today’s column.

His main topic relates to CBS’ Katie Couric. “Few journalists have shown Couric’s grit,” he writes. “Watch for her to make more strides in 2009 — unless she decides to exit the job on her terms.”

Another story is new Meet the Press moderator David Gregory: “Will anyone face tougher scrutiny in the media world than Gregory next year?”

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O’Reilly: Future Debate Moderator?

oreilly_10-3.jpgMarketwatch’s Jon Friedman has an idea to spice up the presidential debates — have Bill O’Reilly serve as moderator.

Friedman interviewed O’Reilly about the idea, and the FNC anchor enjoyed the prospect. “I’d love to host the debates,” O’Reilly said. “A lot of people would watch.”

O’Reilly said the current moderators were fine but “too nice,” Friedman writes: “He grinned and said with characteristic bluster, ‘I’d be, ‘What do you mean?!’”

Anyway, let’s get to last night’s debate. No, not the Biden/Palin match-up, the one on FNC 30 minutes earlier. It was O’Reilly vs. Rep. Barney Frank about the financial crisis, and it was…heated.

O’Reilly calls him a “coward.” Frank says O’Reilly is “too dumb to understand.”

Alright, enough talk. Just click continued to watch the whole thing…

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What Happens If News Breaks During Basketball?

nbcbeijing_8-8.JPGSeveral TVNewser readers have emailed asking what might happen if news breaks during MSNBC/CNBC or NBC News Olympics coverage. One wondered specifically about the Vice Presidential picks — which would be named during the Olympics if they are not named during the conventions directly after.

MSNBC will broadcast 12 hours of Olympics programming each day, with an additional two hours for a wrap-up show.

An MSNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser: “In the case of breaking news during Olympics coverage, executives in news and sports will determine how best to bring the story to our audience.”

So, it sounds like it will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Stay tuned.

Also, as for the results of yesterday’s Olympics poll, 33% thought the big story coming out of Beijing would be “Air Pollution.”

Related: This post addresses one of Jon Friedman‘s “Five burning questions” about NBC’s Olympics coverage.

The Ticker: Haddad, Logan, Clinton…

access_7-11.JPG> Steve Forrest, the Access Hollywood producer who landed the exclusive the mainstream media couldn’t get, appears today on Tammy Haddad‘s radio show at 1pmET. It broadcasts on XM channel POTUS08, and can be heard online here. Update: Maria Menounos, who conducted the interview, will be a guest on the program as well.

> In response to these comments, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman gives, “10 reasons why Lara Logan shouldn’t snub TV news.” Some reasons? FBN’s Neil Cavuto, NBC’s Brian Williams and ABC’s Nightline.

> “Clintons Never Quit,” an hour-long look at Bill, Hillary and Chelsea, airs tonight on CNN at 10pmET. “They both may be down now, but they’re certainly not out,” writes AC360 correspondent Tom Foreman.

The Boss, Imus and Russert

russert.jpgMarketwatch.com’s Jon Friedman profiles NBC’s Tim Russert who says his dream guest on Meet the Press would be Bruce Springsteen. “I’m very intrigued by him,” Russert tells Friedman. “He has a real understanding of the political dialogue, of faith and life in urban America.”

Russert, often a guest on the now-cancelled Don Imus show on radio and on MSNBC, also tells Friedman he would be Imus’s guest should the I-man return to the airwaves.

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