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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Francis’

The Afternoon Ticker: BBC Scandal, ‘Money’ 100, Keteyian’s Sports

  • Peter Rippon, the head of BBC’s signature program “Newsnight” is the first executive to step aside amid the widening scandal involving Sir Jimmy Savile, the beloved BBC showman now accused of more than 200 incidences of sexual abuse. “Newsnight” had killed an investigation into Savile, who died last year.

  • FBN’s Melissa Francis celebrates her 100th episode of “Money” tomorrow anchoring live from the TD Ameritrade conference in Dana Point, CA.

  • Armen Keteyian has been named a fulltime correspondent for Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports” while continuing to contribute to CBS News. “60 Minutes Sports” is being produced by the “60 Minutes” team and will debut on Showtime in January.

Fox Business Turns Five

Five years ago this week, Fox Business Network launched in some 30 million homes, and with a big party at the Met. We thought it was time to take a look back.

Today, the channel is in nearly 60 million homes (although on digital tiers outside of New York City) Update: According to Nielsen, it is now in 68 million households, and according to News Corp. COO Chase Carey it is no longer losing money. Aside from a strong performance by Lou Dobbs at 7 PM, and some non-business specials like the political conventions, the network is far behind CNBC in just about every daypart. That said, many programs, like “Varney & Co.” have had some daily wins against the more widely-distributed CNBC competition.

While there have been stalwarts of the channel (Neil Cavuto comes to mind), there have been a flurry of changes too, as is typical in the TV universe. Alexis Glick, who was there from the beginning, left two years after it launched. “Imus in the Morning” was added to the lineup, but the relationship between the provocative radio host and FBN management has ranged from cool to sour, at least on-air. That said, Imus has never said anything negative about Roger Ailes on-air.

In 2010, the network launched a new slogan and branding campaign, promoting “The Power to Prosper.”

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The Ticker: Pastor, Francis, Seacrest

  • One of Spain’s top journalists is joining CNN. Ana Pastor (right) will contribute newsmaker interviews for CNNI and CNN En Espanol.

  • How does Melissa Francis book the guests for her FBN show? Covergirl Francis opens up in the September issue of Resident magazine.

Melissa Francis Visits The Strait Of Hormuz

While most TV news journalists are in Tampa, Charlotte, Louisiana or Mississippi this week, FBN’s Melissa Francis opted to go somewhere a bit more… exotic. Francis is in Bahrain on the Strait of Hormuz, where she will anchor her FBN program today at 5 PM.

Not surprisingly, given the Strait’s strategic importance, Francis will be spending time on her show talking about key issues relating to the region, including defending the Strait and the implications on the oil markets if the Strait gets shut down.

More pictures, after the jump.

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How Melissa Francis Begged For a Bit Part on ’30 Rock’

A former child star, Melissa Francis says the acting bug bit a few years ago, when she found a way to get a bit part on her favorite show. But a funny thing happened on the way to 30 Rock.

Melissa Francis: ‘I Watched People Fly Without a Safety Net, and I Said That’s What I Want to Do

Like most people who work in TV news, Melissa Francis took a round about way to her current job as anchor on Fox Business Network. It started with acting, continued at Harvard, and included many stops along the way. “You know you’re paying your dues for a long time to get where you want to go, but now that I’m there I think it was definitely worth it.”

  • Part III: Wednesday, Francis tells all in Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Remember the Time Michael Landon Put a Tarantula on his Head?

Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis can talk about more than just money: like, her years as captain of the Harvard polo team, her summer as a TV news intern, and growing up as a child actor.

“I’m one of the people that loved it,” says Francis. “There are a lot of kids that come out of the business and say that they hated it. I don’t know where they were working or what they they were doing.”

  • Part III: Wednesday, Francis tells all in Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Barney Frank Vs. Cable Business News, Part 2

Last week we linked to an interview CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo conducted with Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), in which Frank lost his cool with the interviewer. This week, he did it again, this time with Bloomberg TV’s Stephanie Ruhle. It may not have been quite as dramatic as the CNBC flap, but nobody gets PO’d over derivatives quite like the Congressman from Massachusetts. Update: I forgot Frank’s June battle with Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis. Watch it here.

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The Ticker: Francis, Amanpour, Olympics…

  • The month-old “Money with Melissa Francis” on FBN is already seeing ratings results. The show had its first A25-54 demo win against CNBC’s “Fast Money” in the 5pmET timeslot. Last Thursday, July 12 Francis averaged 35,000 viewers to “Fast Money’s” 28,000.

  • Christiane Amanpour hosts her CNNI show from Jerusalem today and tomorrow. Guests include Salam Fayyad, Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority. Topics include whether former PLO chairman Yasser Arafat’s body should be exhumed.

  • The National Science Foundation, NBC Learn and NBC Olympics have launched a series on the engineering that is part of the Olympics, as told by top athletes and engineers. “Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering in Sports” is a continuation of the Emmy-winning NSF-NBC “Science of…” partnership. Watch the series here.

FBN’s Melissa Francis Rings NASDAQ Opening Bell

Melissa Francis rang the NASDAQ opening bell this morning to celebrate her 30th show on Fox Business Network. Francis was joined by the show’s production team. Watch:

Francis will also stop by our mediabistroTV studio next week for a Media Beat interview. Look out for that on TVNewser in August.

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