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FNC’s MediaBuzz Delivers Highest-Rated Program Since Launch

Hkurtz5Fox News Channel’s “MediaBuzz” with Howie Kurtz delivered its highest-rated program since its debut, with 1.3 million total viewers on Sunday. ”MediaBuzz” was also the number one cable news program in the demo for the day, according to Nielsen.

Sunday’s program included an interview with Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis, who discussed the reaction she received when trying to report on Obamacare while working for her previous employer, CNBC.

According to Nielsen, ”MediaBuzz” more than doubled CNN and MSNBC combined in the 25-54 demo for the 11 am ET hour and beat CNN and MSNBC combined by 86 percent. Since its launch in September 2013, “MediaBuzz“ is up 53 percent in total viewers and up 126 percent in the demo.

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Melissa Francis: I Was Silenced by CNBC

FrancisGruberOn her FBN show this afternoon Melissa Francis tore into her former employer, CNBC, saying the network ‘silenced’ her when reporting on Obamacare.

The revelation comes after Fox News and Fox Business have been reporting extensively this week on Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist and one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act, who was videotaped saying “the American voter’s too stupid” to understand the economics of Obamacare.

Francis went off on “the liberal media” who “help them cover up the truth.”

So far NBC, ABC, the Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, and others, have been only too happy to comply. Those outlets have not even mentioned the video evidence from Jonathan Gruber. It’s shocking, but it actually doesn’t surprise me because when I was at CNBC, I pointed out to my viewers that the math of Obamacare simply didn’t work. Not the politics by the way. But just the basic math. And when I did that, I was silenced.

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Neil Cavuto Leads Fox Business Network’s Election Night Coverage

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Fox Business Network will turn to anchor and managing editor Neil Cavuto for coverage of the upcoming elections. “Special Report: 2014 Midterm Elections” begins with a special report at 8 p.m. ET, alongside Maria Bartiromo. At 9 p.m., Cavuto will be joined by “Lou Dobbs Tonight” host Lou Dobbs. Additional coverage and analysis will include FBN’s Liz MacDonald, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, Charles Payne, Melissa Francis and David Asman.

FBN’s Sandra Smith will have comparative analysis of elections returns via Fox Business’ “one-touch” technology, and Jo Ling Kent will handle exit poll data from the Fox Business Virtual Newsroom.

‘Little House on the Prairie’ Co-stars Reunite on FBN

These days she’s an anchor Fox Business Network, but once upon a time Melissa Francis camped out at that Little House on the Prairie. On Friday’s show, Francis caught up with Laura Ingalls Wilder herself, Melissa Gilbert who is out with a new cookbook, inspired by the food they ate on set.


The Saturday Ticker: Woodruff Kicks, Claman Steaks, Francis Tours

  • Bob Woodruff will be among the ABC Newsers at the World Cup next month in Brazil. Woodruff will report for ESPN and ABC News. Correspondent Paula Faris will also be in Brazil reporting on the tournament, breaking news and other highlights for “Good Morning America,” “World News” and “Nightline.”

  • FBN’s Liz Claman is among the biznewsers in Omaha for this morning’s Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting. “I have had many steaks in Omaha,” Claman tells the Berkshire-owned Omaha World-Herald. “I feel really well-fed whenever I am there.” Claman will also get her annual interview with Berkshire chairman Warren Buffett.

  • Claman’s colleague Melissa Francis takes Closer magazine on a tour of her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. “The moment I walked in, I knew. But I hid it, because that’s not very strong negotiating,” she laughs.

Amy Robach Inspires at NLGJA Gala, Plus a TV News Selfie

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ABC’s Amy Robach lit up the room last night as host NLGJA’s Healdines & Headliners event. Robach, who has three more chemotherapy treatments in her fight against breast cancer told the crowd that we all have battles to face, but it’s how you fight that will determine the win.

“Until it hits you here,” she said to the crowd, pointing to her heart, “you don’t really know what it’s like to be in battle. And once you get in there and get your hands a little bloodied and you see your comrades next to you, you become so powerful.” Robach told us the support she’s gotten since her diagnosis in November has been nothing short of overwhelming.

Robach, accompanied by her husband Andrew Shue, was among 300 attendees, including dozens of TV news anchors, reporters and producers who turned out for at the annual event. “They gave me the night off,” said CNN’s Richard Quest who has been front and center for the network’s Malaysia Airlines coverage.

MeredithVieiraAmyRobachWe chatted with Shepard Smith who was trading Miami stories with his former local news colleague, now Weather Channel meteorologist Bryan Norcross. And there was a cross-network, lead-in pairing as CNN’s Noon anchor Ashleigh Banfield was accompanied by MSNBC’s 1pm anchor Ronan Farrow. Farrow told us he’s getting more comfortable each day hosting his “Ronan Farrow Daily.” The cable news newbie says he’s getting good advice from TV veterans.

Tamron Hall told us she’s still adjusting to her new schedule. The new 9am “Today” show co-host is now doing double morning duty with her MSNBC show at 11am, giving her about 45 minutes to prepare for the second show. “I have very good producers who make sure it comes together,” Hall said.

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Amy Robach Hosts Headlines & Headliners

AMY ROBACHTonight is the annual NLGJA Headlines & Headliners benefit in New York City.

ABC’s Amy Robach is the host for the night. And unless breaking news gets in the way — as it did last night — here’s who’s scheduled to attend: ABC’s Gio Benitez and Mara Schiavocampo; from CBS, Erin Moriarity and Michelle Miller; NBC’s Meredith Vieira, Natalie Morales and Chris Jansing.CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield, John Berman, Don Lemon, Jeanne Moos and Michaela Pereira; Fox News Channel’s Jamie Colby and Shepard Smith; Melissa Francis and Gerri Willis from Fox Business; also MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Bloomberg’s Trish Regan, CNBC’s Simon Hobbs and many more.

The event raises awareness of LGBT issues and raises funds for NLGJA programs and scholarships.

From ‘Closing Bell’ to ‘Opening Bell’: Maria Bartiromo’s FBN Show to Launch February 24

Maria Batriomo FBNFirst on TVNewser: Maria Bartiromo‘s new Fox Business show officially has a name and a place in the FBN lineup. Beginning February 24, the former CNBCer will host “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” from 9-11amET.

Bartiromo officially joined FBN from CNBC, where she anchored “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo,” last month. She made her first FBN appearance yesterday and she will be on “The O’Reilly Factor” making her first Fox News appearance tonight.

The launch of Bartiromo’s show sets off a slew of changes to the FBN lineup. With Bartiromo going on the air at 9amET, “Imus in the Morning” will end 20 minutes earlier. “Varney & Co.,” which currently airs from 9:20 to 11amET, will slide to 11am to 1pmET. “Markets Now,” FBN’s four-hour block helmed by a rotating cast of FBN anchors, will be condensed to one hour and will air from 1pmET-2pmET.

Fox Business has also announced the hire of Deirdre Bolton, who joins the network after 15 years at Bloomberg TV. When Bolton officially joins FBN later this year, she will take over the 1pmET hour with an as-yet-unnamed show.

The channel has also announced a few other programming changes: “Money with Melissa Francis” will move from 5pmET to 2pmET. In a reversal of the primetime shakeup FBN implemented in 2012, “The Willis Report with Gerri Willis” will move back to 5pmET and “Cavuto” will move back to 6pmET, with a re-air at 8pmET.

“Our new schedule will enhance our ability to deliver timely key business news and we are thrilled to debut fresh programming with an all-star team,” Fox Business EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

Maria Bartiromo Just the Latest CNBC Talent to Jump to FBN

maria bartiromo_304x200For Maria Bartiromo, 20 years at CNBC was enough. We don’t know yet where on Fox Business she will be anchoring, but we do know the move, announced earlier today, will re-unite her with many of her former CNBC colleagues, including:

Liz Claman joined FBN just after it launched in Oct. 2007.

Charlie Gasparino joined in Feb. 2010

Dennis Kneale followed 8 months later.

Melissa Francis made the move in June 2012

Neil Cavuto worked for CNBC in the 1990s, and joined Roger Ailes at the launch of Fox News Channel in 1996. Since the launch of FBN in 2007, Cavuto has anchored a show on each of the networks.

Bartiromo’s EP at CNBC, Gary Schreier, made the move the other way. One of the founding producers of FBN, having also worked at Fox News, Schreir jumped to CNBC last year.

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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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