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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Francis’

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.


Why Melissa Francis Won’t Ever Buy Suede Boots

There’s probably more than 25 things you don’t know about Melissa Francis. Still, “UsWeekly” found at least “25 Things You Don’t Know about…” the FBN anchor.

#25 is what drives her nuts:

25. It drives me nuts when people make emotional arguments ignoring the cold hard facts. That’s why I’m launching my new show, “Money with Melissa Francis,” where you get the real story about your money.

Also…

4. I have the ugliest feet in the world. You’ll never see them.

and…

23. I can’t touch suede. It gives me the chills for some strange reason.

‘Money with Melissa Francis’ Debuts Monday on Fox Business

Melissa Francis, who joined Fox Business Network from CNBC in December, launches her new show Monday. “Money with Melissa Francis” debuts Monday at 5pmET. Francis will continue as co-anchor of FBN’s “Markets Now” at 1pmET alongside Lori Rothman.

The addition of Francis’s show at 5pm means a shift for two other shows. “The Willis Report” with Gerri Willis moves to 6pmET and Neil Cavuto‘s “Cavuto” takes over the 8pmET time slot. “Lou Dobbs Tonight” remains at 7pmET.

Fox Business says Francis and her guests will “discuss and debate key issues facing business in America and examine their impact on the economy.”

Melissa Francis Writing Her Memoir

TVGuide’s Stephen Battaglio chats with FBN’s Melissa Francis whose penning a memoir due out later this year. Francis, who went from child star, to Harvard, to business network anchor, gets praise from a former boss:

“She has a playful yet inquisitive edge to her that makes her different than the die-cast cable anchors,” says “Piers Morgan Tonight” executive producer Jonathan Wald, who worked with Francis at CNBC.

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