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FBN Executive Ray Hennessey Let Go

Ray Hennessey, the Director of Business News at Fox Business Network, was dismissed from his job yesterday and, insiders tell us, escorted from the building.

An FBN spokesperson wouldn’t go into detail about the dismissal, only telling us this: “Ray Hennessey is no longer with the company.”

Insiders add that Hennessey, a top executive at FBN, has a reputation for making inappropriate comments. Hennessey joined the network at launch in October 2007 and previously worked at SmartMoney.com and at Dow Jones.

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Two Dans (Rather & Abrams) To Keynote Bulldog Reporter Media Conference

Dan Rather and Dan Abrams will deliver the two keynote addresses at this year’s Bulldog Reporter Media Relations Summit. On Monday, May 18 Rather will deliver an address titled “The Future of the News.” The following day Abrams, who recently stepped outside full-time journalism and founded media strategy firm Abrams Research, will discuss “The Future of Media Relations.”

Among some of the other tvnewsers speaking at the 2+ day event, Ray Hennessey of Fox Business Network and Dan Patterson of ABC News.

Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night?

WHUxmas_12.17.JPGOur spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night’s White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O’Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS Bill Plante and Maggie Rodriguez; from NBC Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell and David Gregory; from FNC John Moody, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy; from CNN David Bohrman and husband and wife correspondent/anchor team of Dana Bash & John King; from FBN Jenna Lee, Kevin Magee and Ray Hennessey; and from CNBC Matt Cuddy and Nick Dunn.

Several guests brought their kids as escorts including Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert, FBN’s Liz Claman brought her daughter and FNC’s Brit Hume brought his granddaughter.

> More: Maria Bartiromo, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren also attended.

Inside FBN’s First Election Night

cavutograb_11-5.jpgComing out of a commercial break at 6:33pmET, Neil Cavuto begins setting the scene for when races begin to be called. He describes the Senate races, and the possibility the Democrats could get 60 seats. “A magic number that all but effectively wipes out the opposition. They can do little more than stop by the Senate cafeteria and say, ‘do you want fries with that?’” he concludes after approximately a minute introduction.

In the control room at Fox Business Network, there are chuckles from the crew. The teleprompter has yet to budge, as Cavuto ad-libs the entire introduction.

The FBN anchor has been on the air since his FNC program “Your World” at 4pmET. He wouldn’t leave the air until 12:30amET.

Cavuto is one of the veterans guiding a young, excited business news network just over a year old. “The last two weeks, there has been so much energy,” SVP of operations, Brian Jones, tells TVNewser. “Every time we’re doing something its volunteer. We’re inundated. It’s a tremendous opportunity for them.”

Just after 6:40pmET, director of business news Ray Hennessey and VP of Fox News Digital Jeff Misenti enter the control room. Foxbusiness.com launched its first ever webcast tonight with Cheryl Casone, similar to the Fox News Streams that include The Strategy Room.

cavuto_11-4.BMPHennessey describes FBN’s presidential election push. “The election is a big business story. It’s the biggest business story,” he says.

He also glances up at the competition, and sees CNBC still airing Mad Money as scheduled. “I’m surprised they’re doing Cramer,” says Hennessey.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren joins Cavuto on set, furthering the partnership between the networks contained in the building. Jones describes the benefits of “shared services,” which means FBN has access to the “Bill Board,” and the “Balance of Power” screen, while FNC uses Alexis Glick‘s reporting from the NASDAQ.

As the first polls close at 7pmET, FBN has high profile guests, including former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card. In the green room sits Frank Luntz, Steve Forbes and Byron York.

“We’ll be here to the last speeches,” Jones told us. And they were.

Related: The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough goes behind-the-scenes at FNC HQ.

Click continued to see more pictures from inside and outside the News Corp. building, including Griff Jenkins interviewing “Bill O’Reilly“…

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