Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman is in Silicon Valley this week for her sixth annual interview series on the tech industry, “Three Days in the Valley.” Claman, who calls the area is “the hotbed of job creation in this nation,” tells the San Jose Mercury News how the series started:
In 2008, we were a brand-new network, and we realized that we were getting shut out of all of the big industry conferences. … People were asking, “Who are you?” So, like a true startup, we thought, “Heck, let’s do our own thing.” Intel stepped up to host our first day. All the CEOs in the valley came flooding in, and we were welcomed with open arms.
Fox Business Network is having a pretty good week in the business booking battle. Billionaire investor Carl Icahn was interviewed by Liz Claman yesterday, with Equity group Investments chairman Sam Zell talking to Neil Cavuto not long after. Today former CBS and Sirius XM CEO Mel Karmazin is talking to Cavuto, while Friday Disney chief Bob Iger will appear on the channel.
To be clear, Icahn and Zell do appear with some frequency on the financial news channels (Karmazin somewhat less so), but having them all in less than 24 hours is somewhat notable. Icahn was on CNBC and Bloomberg TV just a few weeks ago, while Zell made the rounds a few months back. Icahn, you may recall, was at the center of a “Billionaire Brawl” that started on CNBC in January. Amazingly, that on-air fight between Bill Ackman and Icahn is still playing out today, as is clear in the FBN interview.
Getting a job in the TV news business is tough. For Fox Business anchor Liz Claman, the path she took was decidedly typical… although it took a lot of determination to get there. Claman talks to the Charlotte Observer about how it happened:
I had been sending my resume tape and a paper resume with a letter. That stopped after the 15th rejection. Instead, I picked one city (Columbus, Ohio because it was first alphabetically on my list), studied it until I knew it inside and out. Imagine trying to “Olentangy River” without checking the pronunciation first! I researched all the issues facing the city and then targeted the #3 station, figuring the management there would take a chance on me. I bought my own plane ticket instead of asking them to fly me out, and it worked like a charm. I landed the job and never looked back.
According to the NY Times, Greece has shut down its public broadcaster, ERT, as part of cost-cutting measures. ERT will reopen eventually, but with a fraction of its 2,900 strong staff.
The Television Critics Association released its 2013 TCA Award nominees. “60 Minutes,” “AC360,” “The Rachel Maddow Show,” “The Daily Show” and a PBS doc on the “Central Park five,” made the cut for “News and Information,” while Barbara Walters will receive a lifetime achievement award.
This year’s National Cable and Telecommunications Association show, also called “The Cable Show,” (the big trade show of the cable industry) is in Washington DC, and with the close access to America’s political and business elite, every cable news channel will be represented.
Most of the appearances will be on panels and autograph signings on the show floor, but in the case of the cable business news networks there will also be live reporting.
CNBC’s media business reporter Julia Boorstin will report from the NCTA floor throughout the day tomorrow, June 11. CNBC’s Becky Quick is also interviewing her boss’ boss, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts, on stage there tomorrow morning. Fox Business Network will have Liz Claman reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests are expected to include Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman and Discovery CEO David Zaslav, among others. Bloomberg TV has Betty Liu reporting from the show floor tomorrow. Her guests will include Comcast’s Roberts and Showtime CEO Matt Blank.
Fox Business anchor Liz Claman is in Omaha, Nebraska to cover the Berkhsire Hathaway shareholders meeting. Claman is running in a 5K today, with the proceeds from her run going to the One Fund Boston. Claman talks about the run with the Omaha World-Herald.
Monday, Claman will be interviewing Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett, along with Bill Gates, Charles Munger and Meryl Witmer. Unlike other interviews, business school students from Georgetown, Wake Forest and Columbia will be able to submit questions, with the best ones appearing live via satellite to ask their questions o the executives. It airs live Monday at 9:30 AM.
The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.
Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.
Turner Broadcasting is taking its CNN “Next List” brand and expanding it to other units. Turner Sports will launch “The Next List Summit” in Atlanta in advance of the NCAA Final Four. CNN will air an NCAA-themed edition of the weekend series to tie it together. More information below.
Warren Buffett phoned in to CNBC this morning following the news of his $28 billion acquisition, along with private equity, of H.J. Heinz. Which means, among other things, that the Secretary of State is about to be a whole lot richer. That deal aside, Buffett is also bullish on newspapers. Last year his company acquired dozens of papers across the country. But his love of media does not extend to magazines, apparently. Following news yesterday that Time Warner is ready to sell several Time Inc. titles to Meredith, CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin asked Buffett, “You obviously love the print business, but would you ever buy a magazine?”
“No. The answer is no,” said Buffett.
Buffett will be on Liz Claman‘s FBN show later today.