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Biz Nets Thriving “In The Depressed Landscape”

The Hollywood Reporter’s Georg Szalai and Paul Bond take a lengthy look at the current state of the financial news networks, which have “thrived in the depressed landscape, as people on Wall Street and on Main Street alike try to make sense of the money malaise.”

An executive from each network, CNBC, FBN and Bloomberg, is quoted in the story. Here’s some of what they had to say:

• CNBC President Mark Hoffman: “We’ve seen only gains since September. Our strengths have been accentuated during the financial crisis. It’s a real-time story and we’re a real-time network.”

• FBN EVP Kevin Magee: “This [Jim] Cramer thing hurt [CNBC's] credibility. We’ve made mistakes, too, but we don’t create a circus atmosphere over stock recommendations.”

David Rhodes, head of Bloomberg TV: “The story of the last couple of years was the presidential campaign and politics. Since then the economy has totally filled the vacuum.”

— On CNBC’s 20th anniversary Friday, which prominent Fox anchor was shown during a clip of the network’s first day on the air? Take a guess — and click continued to see the answer…

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Did O’Reilly Help Sink GE’s Stock?

oreilly_3-11.jpgPaul Bond of The Hollywood Reporter asks: “Could O’Reilly have been a factor in GE’s stock becoming a dim bulb?”

While MSNBC Keith Olbermann regularly attacks FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, O’Reilly usually hurls his attacks toward GE and its president Jeffrey Immelt. And Bond writes when a emailer thanked O’Reilly for convincing him to sell his GE shares, O’Reilly said, “We knew what would happen to GE, and it has happened. You were smart to listen.”

O’Reilly took on Immelt when GE cut its dividend. “Immelt, because of his incompetence, misled the public, and some people bought GE stock based on his dividend statement,” he said on the show. “Some have suggested that’s fraud and inducement.”

> Update: InsideCableNews makes a counter argument.

Hollywood Insiders Rip MSNBC

msnbclogo_10.28.gifTHR’s Paul Bond attended a discussion among TV industry insiders Monday, many of whom were not pleased with the cable news coverage of the election. Some in the Caucus for Producers, Writers & Directors directed their ire at MSNBC.

Writer, producer and Bill & Hillary Clinton BFF Linda Bloodworth-Thomason said the channel is “completely out of control.”

Michael Reagan, son of President Ronald Reagan, said he no longer will appear as a guest on MSNBC because, he says, “I actually get death threats.” Reagan’s brother Ron was a fixture on MSNBC during the 2004 election and once hosted a show on the network.

And pollster Frank Luntz, now on FNC but who once brought his focus groups to MSNBC, told the group the channel is “the only network with more letters in its name than viewers.”

Well not so much. The network is doing something right, at least when it comes to drawing viewers. For the first time ever MSNBC beat CNN for an entire month at 9pmET in the A25-54 demo.