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In Profile: Lou Dobbs, Sandra Smith

  • The Los Angeles Times talks to FBN anchor Lou Dobbs about how he’s slimmed down since his CNN days: “There were two periods when I lost control of my weight: when I was part of the team building CNN in 1980, and the other time was building the CNN financial network in the late ’90s. In both instances I became so consumed with everything I was doing, I rationalized that I didn’t have time to exercise and my weight really ballooned up. My life has been a course of gaining weight and fighting it off.”

  • Dobbs’ Fox Business colleague, Sandra Smith, is profiled in Modern Mom. “Growing up with a lot of family members who were financial traders, I knew I would eventually work in that business,” Smith said. “And so I never thought that reporting the news on TV was in the cards for me.”

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Maria Bartiromo Leaving CNBC For FBN

Breaking: mariabartiromo1Maria Bartiromo is leaving CNBC to join Fox Business.

“After 20 years of groundbreaking work at CNBC, Maria Bartiromo will be leaving the company as her contract expires on November 24,” a CNBC spokesperson tells TVNewser. “Her contributions to CNBC are too numerous to list but we thank her for all of her hard work over the years and wish her the best.”

Drudge Report, which was first to report the news, says Bartiromo will anchor a daily FBN program during the market hours and also have a role on Fox News.

Bartiromo, who celebrated her 20th anniversary with CNBC last month, signed with CAA in May. We reported at the time that her contract was set to expire at the end of the year.

Bartiromo will re-join Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, who first put her on the air when he ran CNBC. She will also be reunited with Lou Dobbs, who was her boss at CNN in the early 1990s. As Bartiromo recounted to TVNewser in 2011, Dobbs told her a move to CNBC would be a big career mistake:

But Lou Dobbs wanted to restructure the newsroom and I was on the assignment desk, so Lou promoted me to senior producer for the morning shows and I was upset, because it would put me on the overnights again, and take me out of the field. So after all my crying — I used to cry on the 22nd floor of CNN — I went back and put together my reel. Re-shooting the stories I’d produced. And I sent it to CNBC and Peter Sturtevant and Roger Ailes said “we want to put you on the air.” I went to Lou and I said, “Lou, I’m leaving.” And he said, “Maria, you’re making the biggest mistake of your life.”

More: Bartiromo’s remarks on leaving CNBC: “After twenty great years of having a front row seat to some of the most important economic stories in the world, it’s hard to sum up the gratitude and appreciation I have for the team that helped make it happen. I am incredibly proud of what we have been able to accomplish. I want to thank all the people at CNBC who have been with me on this journey, and of course the viewers and investors everywhere for making me love every minute of it.”

Here’s What the Broadcast and Cable Networks Have Planned For Election Day

fox news election coverageHere’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:

Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.

MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.

ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.

CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.

NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.

Fox Business: Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” at 8pmET and a special report starting at 9pmET. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” will be live at 10pmET.

Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET.  Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.

CNN’s ‘The Next List’ Canceled

CNN’s “The Next List” has been canceled and the show’s EP, Jim McGinnis is departing CNN after 25 years with the network. “The Next List” profiled innovators and visionaries from the worlds of science and technology. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the show was part of CNN’s Saturday afternoon schedule. In his 25 years at CNN, McGinnis rose through the ranks, first as a writer, then producer, assignment manager, EP of special projects and EP of “American Morning.” He also spent 8 years as executive producer of “Lou Dobbs Tonight.”

The Most Watched Cable News Shows in May Were…

May was a busy news month, led by a devastating tornado in Moore, Okla., the Jodi Arias trial verdict, and a string of political scandals coming out of Washington, D.C. As we noted earlier this week, all the cable news networks except MSNBC were up for the month.

Fox News had the top 13 cable news programs in total viewers, and the top seven programs in the key A25-54 demographic. HLN’s “Nancy Grace” and CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ also made the top 10 in the A25-54 demographic.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was the top program on Fox News and in cable news for the month in total and demo viewers, averaging 2.37 million total and 439,000 demo viewers. The 10 p.m. edition of “AC360″ was the top program on CNN in both total viewers and A25-54 viewers. Placing 19th overall in total viewers and ninth in the demo, “AC360″ averaged 803,000 viewers and 304,000 viewers, respectively.

MSNBC’s top program was “Rachel Maddow,” which averaged 717,000 total and 210,000 demo viewers. Maddow placed 23rd overall in total viewers and 25th in the demo. “Nancy Grace” led HLN in total and demo viewers, placing 14th overall in total viewers and 8th in the demo. “Squawk on the Street” led CNBC in total viewers, with “American Greed” tops in the demo. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” was the top FBN show in total viewers, with “Varney & Company” leading the way in the demo.

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Megyn Kelly Takes on Dobbs, Erickson: ‘Who Died and Made You Scientist-in-Chief?’

Megyn Kelly took on Fox Business host Lou Dobbs and Fox News contributor Erick Erickson for their stances on a new study that finds an increasing number of women are the breadwinners for their families.

The pair appeared on Fox News after participating in a panel discussion on the topic on FBN’s “Lou Dobbs Tonight” earlier this week. The all-male panel drew criticism, including from Fox News’ own Greta Van Susteren, who wondered if the men had “lost their minds.”

Kelly — who is a mother of two with a third on the way — started the interview by asking, “What makes you dominant and me submissive, and who died and made you scientist-in-chief?”

“I don’t describe myself as a feminist, but I will tell you I was offended by your piece nonetheless,” Kelly said to Erickson, who followed up the FBN panel with a blog post on the topic. “I didn’t like what you wrote one bit and I do think you are judging people … I have a whole list of studies saying your science is wrong and your facts are wrong.” Watch after the jump. Read more

The Morning Ticker: Greta, Amanpour, BBC

  • Christiane Amanpour and husband, former State Dept. official and Bloomberg editor Jamie Rubin, are moving to the U.K. Amanpour will continue to do double duty as ABC’s global affairs anchor and as CNN International anchor from London.

  • The BBC has received more than 150 new allegations of sexual abuse and harassment by dozens of current and former employees since revelations longtime BBC host Jimmy Savile, now deceased, was accused of abusing as many as 300 people over a 40-year-period.

Explosions at Finish Line of the Boston Marathon

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.

> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.

> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.

> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.

> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:

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The Top Cable News Programs in Q1 2013 Were…

As usual, Fox News Channel’s programming topped the competition in the first quarter of 2013. The network notched the top 13 programs among total viewers and the top six in the A25-54 demographic.

“The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one show on Fox News and cable news overall, averaging  2.88 million total viewers and 428,000 demo viewers for the quarter.

“The Rachel Maddow” show was number one on MSNBC in both total viewers and the demo, averaging 928,000 and 263,000 viewers, respectively. The program placed 14th in total viewers and seventh in the demo for the quarter.

HLN’s top show for the quarter was “Nancy Grace,” which cracked the top ten programs among younger viewers. Grace’s program placed 16th in total viewers and ninth in the demo, averaging 778,000 and 252,000 viewers, respectively.

CNN’s top show in total viewers was “Anderson Cooper 360,” which placed 28th and averaged 533,000 viewers. “AC360″ also led the network among younger viewers, placing 29th and averaging 155,000 in the A25-54 demographic.

CNBC’s top program in total viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 274,000 viewers. “American Greed” was the network’s top show in the demo with 99,000. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” was FBN’s top-rated show in both total viewers and the demo, averaging 105,000 and 25,000 viewers, respectively.

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The Evening Ticker: Kent, Dobbs, Beast

  • Fox Business Network has hired Jo Ling Kent as a business reporter, based in New York. Kent joins FBN from NBC O&O WVIT in Hartford, CT. Kent previously worked for ABC News, CNN and as an embed for NBC News during the 2012 election.

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