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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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A Tale of Three Business Networks on Inauguration Day

With the stock markets closed today, the business networks have taken three different approaches to covering the events of President Obama’s second Inauguration.

Fox Business is the only network to be live all day today. The network had normal morning programming, and Neil Cavuto anchored coverage of the swearing-in ceremony beginning at 11amET. FBN’s Melissa Francis and Lori Rothman took over once Cavuto wrapped up at 1pmET, and the network will continue with regular weekday programming throughout the afternoon and evening.

CNBC was live for the swearing-in and some post-ceremony analysis, but returned to taped programming at 1pmET. Bloomberg TV has no live coverage planned for today.

After Imus Presses, Melissa Francis Reveals Part of the Conclusion of Her Memoir

FBN anchor Melissa Francis is on her book tour for “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter” in which she describes a troubling upbringing as a child actor at the hands of a domineering, success-at-all-costs mother. Imus rightly pressed Francis about where her mother and sister, also a child actor, are now.

Francis kept trying to persuade Imus to read the book telling him it ends in a “shocking and explosive way.” Still, Imus pressed on. So Francis told him (after the jump, spoiler alert) what happened to her sister.

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Inside the Book Party for Melissa Francis’ Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter

Melissa Francis jokes that she wants to be writer when she grows up. The Fox Business Network anchor is already on her second career. And with the publication of her memoir, “Diary of a Stage Mother’s Daughter,” she’s on her way to fulfilling that adulthood dream. Francis was feted last night at Astra, an event space overlooking Manhattan’s East River. The memoir is a brutally honest, sometimes painful, yet touching story of life as a child actor. After dozens of commercials, her first big break came on “Little House on the Prairie.”

In a Media Beat interview this summer Francis told us the book, includes “the typical family dramas, set against the backdrop of a very unusual childhood.”

But last night, no drama, just celebrating. Among the guests, FNC/FBN c0-founder and chairman Roger Ailes, FBN EVP Kevin Magee, anchors Neil Cavuto, Liz Claman, Lori Rothman, Cheryl Casone, Elizabeth MacDonald, Tracy Byrnes, Sandra Smith, Nicole Petallides, Tom Sullivan and Dennis Kneale.

From FNC, we spotted Bill Hemmer and chatted with Megyn Kelly about election night, and the moment that took her from the studio through the bowels of Fox News to the decision desk as they explained calling Ohio for Pres. Obama, giving him the election and giving Karl Rove agita. Following many long months of election coverage and, more recently, of Hurricane Sandy, which left her without power for a week, Kelly was looking forward to taking today off.

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FBN’s Election Night Plans

FOX Business Network will provide live continuous election night coverage on Tuesday beginning at 5pmET hosted by anchor and Managing Editor Neil Cavuto. FBN’s Stuart Varney and Lou Dobbs will also take part. Also, Liz Claman will report live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Gerri Willis will be live from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston while FBN Washington Correspondent Rich Edson will provide coverage from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Also, Melissa Francis will be live from Florida and Adam Shapiro live from Nevada, two important swing states.

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.

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