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FBN’s Gerri Willis Celebrates 100 Shows

FBN’s “The Willis Report” anchored by Gerri Willis celebrates its 100th episode today at 5pmET. TVNewser hears it’s one of the best performing shows on the network, and she is FBN’s top female anchor. This morning TVNewser got a chance to speak with Willis about her transition from CNN to FBN.

TVNewser: You moved from CNN to FBN in March. How has the transition been?

Gerri Willis: It’s been so much fun starting up this show. We’re having a ball. We just have so much freedom to do what we want to do, and I feel like this has been just a gift. The way I’m interpreting consumer news now includes you as a taxpayer too. We’re also really looking into what Washington is doing as they spend your tax dollars and run up record deficits and debt. We have a segment at the back of the show that is a round table where we discuss some of the fun stories of the day. It’s not all doom and gloom. There’s a lot of lighthearted fun. And then there’s a lot of tactical, ‘how do you fix this financial problem? How do you overcome this hurdle?’ We try to give a lot of “How to” in the show as well. I am just bringing our viewers information in a way that’s easily consumable.

TVNewser: When you were hired, Roger Ailes said, “Most of the CNN talent have been restrained from showing what they can do. We’re looking forward to providing Gerri with a platform at Fox Business to showcase her financial acumen and television expertise.” Have you been able to do that on FBN?

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Rick Sanchez Tweeting Again

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who once declared on-air “My Twitterboard’s about to explode,” is back Tweeting this morning.

Sanchez has brought his 145,702 followers from his @RickSanchezCNN to a new account: @RickSanchezNews. The account was moved Wednesday and this morning Sanchez began using it:

In a Media Beat interview a few weeks before he was let go from CNN, Sanchez told us about Twitter, “It’s going to be the wave of the future, but not just in our business. I think it’s going to be a very important part of what business people do. Whether they’re in journalism or running a drug store in their hometowns.”

Lou Dobbs: ‘If everyone at CNN had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.’

Former CNN anchor Lou Dobbs appearing on Julie Menin‘s show on NYNonstop, the digital channel of WNBC in New York, continued to bash his former employer, but had a sense of optimism about the new leadership.

  • On Rick Sanchez: “Aside from the lamentable stupidity of what he said, if everyone at CNN — all of the anchors had been fired for stupid things, they wouldn’t have anyone to fill up the air.”
  • On himself: “I’m doing exactly what I want to do … and I don’t have that conflict that I had with the uh, well, specifically, the management of CNN: Jon Klein who has since been fired.”

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David Letterman’s ‘Top 10 Signs There is Trouble at Fox News’

“The Late Show with David Letterman” took on Fox News this week after the network ran story about Los Angeles police buying jetpacks that turned out to be a hoax. Yes, there is a Rick Sanchez joke too.

Of course, given that FNC is the number one news network by an enormous margin, it isn’t actually in any serious trouble. For that Letterman would have to look to another certain cable news network.

Will Rick Sanchez make a comeback?

One of the questions we’ve been getting from a lot of TV news watchers this past week is: Will Rick Sanchez make a comeback?

He’s done it twice before: after a 1986 FBI investigation and a 1991 deadly DUI. And in an interview with us three weeks before his firing, he told us how a flame-out at MSNBC led to a return to national news at CNN.

ABC’s Ashleigh Banfield asked the former CNN anchor last night on “Nightline:

  • Earlier: The Media Beat Interview with Rick Sanchez:

Part I: Sanchez on his upbringing as a Cuban immigrant and his early years in TV News.
Part II: Sanchez on his short run at MSNBC and how was made to feel like he didn’t belong.
Part III: Sanchez on how he turned his CNN show into a two-way conversation.

Rick Sanchez Comes Clean on GMA: ‘I Screwed Up’

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez, who was fired last week for comments about Jon Stewart and higher ups at the network, made his first public appearance this morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

“I screwed up George,” was how Sanchez responded to the first question from anchor George Stephanopoulos:

Sanchez also related a story about his upbringing in south Florida, which he discussed more in-depth with us in this Media Beat interview.

Update: Following his appearance on “GMA” this morning, Sanchez spoke with Mediaite’s Steve Krakauer.

Sanchez was blunt and apologetic, telling Krakauer that he found about his future with CNN the same way we did: when CNN released its statement.

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Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes Talks CNN, Rick Sanchez and Jon Klein Departures… On Fox News

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes appeared on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on Fox News Channel this afternoon. Cavuto got Bewkes to open up about the departures of Rick Sanchez and Jon Klein, and the state of CNN and cable news more generally.

Cavuto: You mention CNN. Rick Sanchez, the fired anchor, moments ago issued a statement, an apology… would you hire him back?

Bewkes: He did a lot of good work on CNN and anything is possible. I wish him well. I think that he is a talented guy and he will have a lot of interest in different channels and, who knows, maybe some day the right place for him is at one of ours. I don’t think we should do that now and I am sure he would like to try something new as well.

Cavuto: Did you recommend firing him?

Bewkes: I was not involved in that decision.

Cavuto: At all?

Bewkes: I knew

Cavuto: Did you agree?

Bewkes: I did.

Cavuto: What happened with head of CNN/US? [Jon Klein] did you recommend he be fired?

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Rick Sanchez Apologizes for his ‘Inartful’ Comments

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez has broken his silence, and released a statement apologizing for the “inartful” comments he made last week. Those comments ended up costing Sanchez his job.

Last week Sanchez called comedian Jon Stewart a “bigot,” and then said “a lot of people who run all the other networks are a lot like Stewart.”

In the statement Sanchez confirmed that he called Stewart to apologize, and added that he has “nothing but the highest regard for CNN and for my six wonderful years with them.”

His full statement is below.

On October 4th, I had a very good conversation with Jon Stewart, and I had the opportunity to apologize for my inartful comments from last week.  I sincerely extend this apology to anyone else whom I may have offended.

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Rick Sanchez: ‘It’s all about transparency. It’s all about being real’

In the final part of our Media Beat interview with Rick Sanchez, recorded three weeks before he was let go from CNN, Sanchez talks about the old way of anchoring TV news, and the new way — the way he’d been doing it on “Rick’s List,” at least until last Thursday.

Sanchez also talks about his social network of choice: Twitter, and how his wife is a fan of Facebook. In fact, on Monday of this week Suzanne Sanchez wrote on her Facebook wall that her husband had called Jon Stewart and apologized for what he said in that radio interview last week.

Rick Sanchez: “There was a lot of concern at CNN about ‘what was I doing?’”

In the second part of our Media Beat interview with Rick Sanchez, recorded three weeks before he was dismissed from his job, Sanchez opens up about his anchoring style and about the unease from some corners of CNN when he got his first show there.

“At the very beginning,” says Sanchez, “There was a lot of concern at CNN about ‘what was I doing?’ and ‘why was I doing this?’”

He also says something that puts what happened last week into perspective: “I’m at a point in my career now where I’ve got a pretty good feel as to how to engage an audience,” says Sanchez who was fired Friday for controversial comments made during a radio interview Thursday.

  • Part III: Wednesday: Sanchez talks about how he turned his cable news show into a two-way conversation.

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