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Posts Tagged ‘Melissa Lee’

CNBC Constructs Huge New Set At NYSE

In mid-to-late February, CNBC will formally unveil a new set on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. The location of the set (in the middle of the floor in a spot formerly occupied by trading booth #9) and the size of it (12 feet wide, 23 feet long, 12 feet high, 16,000 pounds), are unprecedented for a financial news outlet.

“We love buzz, and every morning they are going to ring the bell up in that balcony, it will be like broadcasting from Times Square, where every day is New Years Eve,” CNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla told us on the NYSE trading floor.

Indeed, the set is no more than 10 feet from where the opening and closing bells are rung, directly underneath the balcony that viewers routinely see on cable news (see below).

CNBC will be keeping its space on a separate balcony overlooking the trading floor, where it will be used primarily by producers and technicians, who can control small robotic cameras that will be mounted to a custom track system on the new set. Quintanilla says that being at ground-level will be a significant upgrade to the current setup.

“The balcony has been a great home, [Mark] Haines made it work, but sometimes we feel like Statler and Waldorf from the ‘Muppet Show,’ commenting from the balcony,” Quintanilla says. “Here [motions to the set] you are in arms reach of the traders making markets and stocks, it is as close as you can get.”

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Mark Haines Inducted into CableFAX Hall of Fame

The late CNBC anchor Mark Haines was inducted into the CableFAX Hall of Fame last night at the annual Program Awards. This morning on “Squawk on the Street” — the show Haines used to host — CNBC colleagues Melissa Lee, Carl Quintanilla and Jim Cramer remembered their “dear friend”:

CNBC Live Sunday As Hurricane Irene Storms Ashore

After getting some criticism for staying in infomercial and other taped programming on recent weekends, CNBC is going wall-to-wall for Hurricane Irene coverage Sunday. CNBC will be live from 6am-11pmET Sunday, when Irene is expected to be hammering the New Jersey, New York and New England coasts. Making matters more challenging, CNBC is based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, which means some New York City-based employees may have to hunker down in Jersey for the weekend. CNBC’s Melissa Lee and Carl Quintanilla will host Sunday’s primetime special from 8pm-11pm.

CNBC Previews the New ‘Squawk on the Street’

On CNBC’s “Squawk Box” this morning, Joe Kernen and Becky Quick spoke to the new anchors of “Squawk on the Street,” Melissa Lee and Carl Quintanilla, as well as contributors David Faber and Jim Cramer.

“We just hope to leverage and carry on what [Mark Haines and Erin Burnett] built on the 9 at ‘Squawk on the Street,’” Quintanilla said.

CNBC Names Carl Quintanilla, Melissa Lee New ‘Squawk on the Street’ Anchors

CNBC has decided on its new anchors for the 2-hour “Squawk on the Street” morning show. The business channel is tapping several veterans to fill the seat left vacant following the death May 25th of longtime anchor Mark Haines and the departure three weeks earlier of co-anchor Erin Burnett, now at CNN.

CNBC SVP Nik Deogun announced that starting tomorrow, Melissa Lee and Carl Quintanilla will co-anchor the show, with contributions from Jim Cramer, Simon Hobbs and David Faber.

As part of the changes, Quintanilla moves off “Squawk Box,” with a rotating group of anchors filling in on the network’s signature morning show alongside Joe Kernen and Becky Quick.

Lee continues with “Fast Money” at 5pm. Also, Scott Wapner has been named permanent anchor of “Fast Money Halftime Report” seen at 12:30pmET.

Cramer, who continues hosting “Mad Money,” will appear in the 9amET of “Squawk on the Street,” while Hobbs, who has been filling in on SoS, will co-anchor the 10amET hour with Lee and Quintanilla.

More details in Deogun’s note to staff, obtained by TVNewser, after the jump…

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CNBC in Red, White & Blue in honor of Mark Haines

CNBC is decked out in the Red, White and Blue today, in honor of colleague Mark Haines. Every Friday, Haines, who anchored “Squawk on the Street” would wear an American flag tie. Today, his colleagues, both on air and off, men and women, are wearing the colors of the flag in his honor. Some of the male anchors and reporters are below. TheĀ  female anchors, including Melissa Francis, Melissa Lee, Amanda Drury, and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera are also wearing American flag scarves. Haines, 65, died Tuesday.

(l-r, top) Simon Hobbs, Bob Pisani, Steve Liesman, Herb Greenberg, Brian Shactman, Joe Kernen, David Faber, Rick Santelli wear American flag ties in honor of Mark Haines

CNBC’s Tribute to Mark Haines

Joe Kernen, Carl Quintanilla and David Faber hosted last night’s tribute special to Mark Haines, who died Tuesday night. A cause of death has not been revealed. Kernen and Faber were fixtures with Haines on the original “Squawk Box” in the early days of CNBC.

Scott Cohn reported the lead-off obituary story, which had a technical glitch midway through, the remainder of which was played later.

Haines’ co-hosts over the years on “Squawk on the Street”, Melissa Lee, Simon Hobbs, and Erin Burnett, who left CNBC earlier this month, all shared memories of Haines from the floor of the NYSE — showing video of his office, including a shirt which still had its IFB cord hanging from the collar.

Jim Cramer, host of “Mad Money” talked about when he joined the network: “I was a nobody. Haines made me somebody.”

The commercial-free special, in its entirety, after the jump…

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CNBC Stars Play Prominent Role in 20th Century Fox’s ‘Wall Street 2′

Wall-Street-2092210.jpgWhile certain executives at News Corp. may not agree, it is obvious that at the moment, the top business news channel on Wall Street is CNBC.

With that in mind director Oliver Stone prominently features the network’s anchors prominently in the upcoming sequel to his 1987 film “Wall Street.” This despite the fact that the film is produced by the 20th Century Fox film studio, a sister company to Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network.

Per MarketWatch.com‘s Jon Friedman:

And no actual journalists shine brighter in the new 20th Century Fox production than Maria Bartiromo and her CNBC posse. If you watch the network during the day, you’ll recognize the likes of Bartiromo, Jim Cramer, David Faber, Becky Quick, Sue Herera and Melissa Lee.

The network’s stars appear on camera so often that this film is practically a product placement for CNBC.

Indeed, Friedman notes that early on in the film, Bartiromo appears in a scene where she interviews Michael Douglas‘ character from the film, Gordon Gekko.

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‘Titans’ on CNBC

CNBC running a series this week called “American Titans” with reporting on major U.S. companies during business day and a corresponding documentary in primetime. Schedule: Erin Burnett on ExxonMobil (Monday), Melissa Lee and Jim Goldman on Apple (Tuesday), Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Phil LeBeau on Boeing (Wednesday), Carl Quintanilla on McDonald’s (Thursday), Maria Bartiromo on Google (Friday).

Maria Bartiromo Takes ‘Enduring Success’ to the Empire

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Maria Bartiromo greets the crowd at her book party tonight. As CNBC president Mark Hoffman, correspondent Scott Wapner and anchor Trish Regan look on.

We’re just back from the Empire Hotel on Manhattan’s Upper West Side where CNBC threw a party for anchor Maria Bartiromo on the publication of her new book, “The 10 Laws of Enduring Success.”

We talked with several of Bartiromo’s CNBC colleagues including anchors Trish Regan, who pulled out the Blackberry to show us a picture of her twins, now four months old. “I’m turning into one of those people.” As we were chatting, NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker came up to say hello. He was shown the baby pictures too.

Also here toasting Bartiromo, Melissa Lee and Melissa Francis, who’s just weeks away from delivering her second child. “Another boy,” says Francis. “I feel like I’m starting to be surrounded.”

Scott Wapner, Sharon Epperson, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera and Bob Pisani rounded out the CNBC anchor/reporter corps.

Bartiromo told us she’s been going non-stop for weeks. “And that says a lot for me,” she says. After an introduction from CNBC president Mark Hoffman, Bartiromo thanked her co-author Catherine Whitney and her CNBC colleagues.

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Former GE chairman Jack Welch among the guests.

More pictures after the jump…

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