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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.

Avery Jessup(s) On the ‘Fox and Friends’ Couch

We have written before how the “30 Rock” character Avery Jessup (played by actress Elizabeth Banks) may be based on Fox Business (and former CNBC) correspondent Melissa Francis. Well, the two worlds collided recently, with both Banks and Francis spending time on the “Fox & Friends” couch (albeit on different days).

Francis was on to talk about jobless claims, while Banks was on to promote her new movie “People Like Us.”

Brian Kilmeade Doesn’t Want To Be The Third Wheel

On “Fox & Friends” this week, Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis was filling in for Gretchen Carlson, and was excited by the control-room produced applause. This caused Steve Doocy to get up close and personal with Francis, resulting in Brian Kilmeade to comment

“I know when this should become a two-person show and I feel like a third wheel…”

Melissa Francis Wants You to Disagree with Her

Melissa Francis started a new segment on her FBN show this week, called Disagree with Me perhaps inspired by this Rep. Barney Frank a few weeks ago in which he did. Francis talked about that and her early days on TV as a child actor on “Little House on the Prairie,” on “The Insider” last night.

Melissa Francis ‘Jumped at the Chance’ to Join FBN

Fox Business Network’s newest primetime anchor, Melissa Francis, is interviewed this week by Boston.com’s Culture Club. She talks about her first job out of college, her recent on-air dust-up with Barney Frank and the difference between Fox Business and CNBC:

You recently left CNBC for Fox Business Network, and you’re now hosting a new show. How do the two workplaces differ?

Roger Ailes [Chairman and CEO of Fox News] just told me about his vision for the network, and it was so exciting that I just jumped at the chance to move.  I think that Fox is a lot broader. CNBC caters to day traders who are trading stocks from home, and Fox has more politics and more Main Street implications.

But I loved CNBC. I was there for nine years and still have a lot of friends there. I also love Fox and am having a fantastic time.

Rep. Barney Frank Claims Bias in Fox Biz Interview

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) went on Melissa Francis‘s Fox Business show last night talking about the economy and jobs. “If you look at where we are with the unemployment rate at 8.2% it has ticked higher,” said Francis. “The GDP number of below 2% is not great…”

“I understand the Fox perspective here,” said Frank. “No. Those are numbers!” responded Francis.


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