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Chuck Todd: MSNBC ‘At Night’ Has ‘Liberal Perspective,’ But Fox Is ‘More Campaign-y’

NBC’s Chuck Todd tried to draw a distinction between Fox News and MSNBC, suggesting both tilted politically in prime time, but played the news straight during the day. The difference, Todd said in an interview with Huff Post Live, is that Fox–due to the influence of Roger Ailes–is more
“campaign-y.”

“I think it’s a little bit different because, look, I’ve always thought the Roger Ailes political past… because he actually worked as an operative, [Fox] always feels a little more campaign-y than what gets accused on the MSNBC side. I certainly think at night there’s certainly a liberal perspective [and] a conservative perspective. I think in the daytime both channels would argue that there’s a lot more straight forward reporting.”

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Fox News Celebrates Tenth Class of Ailes Apprentice Program Graduates

RA with GradsThe tenth class of Ailes Apprentice Program graduates were honored at Fox News yesterday. Over the last decade, 42 apprentices have been through the program that Fox News co-founder, CEO and chairman Roger Ailes started in 2003.

The AAP recruits and develops diverse talent at Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. They are given a competitive salary, benefits and are mentored by Fox executives and others outside the news business for a one-year period. Upon graduation they are given a certificate, a stipend and sometimes even a job. Many graduates have gone on to prominent reporting or behind-the-scenes positions and 60 percent are still with Fox in some capacity.

This year’s graduation, hosted by Bill Hemmer and Harris Faulkner, featured guest speakers Dr. Bernice A. King, Dr. Alveda C. King, Bishop T.D. Jakes and special video shout outs from Smokey RobinsonGladys Knight and Rita Moreno. Read more

James Rosen: Holder’s Comments ‘Scarcely Address the Relevant Facts of His Conduct’

HolderCapehartOutgoing Attorney General Eric Holder wishes he could have a do-over when it comes to labeling Fox News correspondent James Rosen a “co-conspirator” in a leak investigation.

The remarks came today at the Washington Ideas Forum when moderator, and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart asked Holder, “What’s the one decision you made that you wish you could do over again?”

“I think about the subpoena to the Fox reporter, Rosen,” Holder said. “I think that I could’ve been a little more careful looking at the language that was contained in the filing that we made with the court. He was labeled as a co-conspirator. You had to do that as a result of the statute, but there are ways in which, I think, that could have been differently, done better.”

In 2010, Holder personally approved of a search warrant into Rosen’s emails as part of the investigation.

In a statement to TVNewser, Rosen responds: “Throughout this ordeal for my family and me, I have tried to keep my head down and continue covering – and breaking – the news. I consider myself blessed to have an employer in Fox News, and a boss in Roger Ailes, who have stood by me and enabled me to remain focused on what matters most to me in professional terms: first-rate journalism. Read more

Roger Ailes and Beth Ailes Honored by Green Beret Foundation

KEANE_AILESThe Green Beret Foundation honored Fox News Chairman & CEO Roger Ailes and Beth Ailes, Publisher of the Putnam County News & Recorder and Putnam County Courier with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their personal support of the nation’s military and Green Berets. Army Gen. Jack Keane (left) presented the Aileses with their awards.

“Behind every successful man is a surprised wife,” Ailes joked as he began his remarks.

Last night’s event at the Pierre Hotel was emceed by FNC anchor Bill Hemmer. Various FoxNewsers were there including Shepard Smith, Bret Baier, Harris Faulkner, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Steve Doocy, Janice Dean. Megyn Kelly dropped by for the cocktail hour, so she could be back for “The Kelly File.”

“When President Kennedy helped form the Green Berets he knew that some day they’d be needed,” Ailes went on to say. “The values and principles that lead you to go in harm’s way willingly are unique American traits. The people in this room — particularly the Green Berets — have my greatest respect because they are prepared to risk everything for an idea, and that idea is called America.”

Elaine Howard, CEO of Gannett Government Media and Lieutenant General John Mulholland, Jr, former Deputy Commander of the Special Operations Command, were also honored.

The Ticker: ‘Outnumbered,’ Peacock, Graphics

  • FNC’s Bill Shine tells Lloyd Grove how “Outnumbered” came to be. Earlier this year, Roger Ailes suggested, “‘How about [a show] with four women versus one guy?’ Apparently it was an idea he’d had for a long time. So we talked about that, and at some point along the way, Roger said, ‘the guy would be outnumbered.’ And boom! That’s where the title came from.”

  • NBC News’s Peacock Productions is expanding its Los Angeles office where Melody Shafir, late of BBC Worldwide, joins as VP overseeing all U.S. development. Sharon Scott continues as president and GM of Peacock Productions based in New York.

  • CNBC has updated its graphics package today, switching to a full 16:9 letterbox presentation.  CNBC HD’s sidebar graphic has been  removed as a result. Below at the left is Friday morning. Below, right is this morning.

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Rupert Murdoch Wishes Fox News Happy 18th

News Corp. and 21st Century Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch congratulated Fox News on its 18th birthday yesterday. “Great achievement by Roger Ailes and wonderful team,” Ailes wrote.

It was only about 8 months before, in February 1996, that Murdoch recruited Ailes to start the Fox News Channel. Ailes had just left NBC where he was running “America’s Talking,” which was soon to morph into MSNBC. Nearly 90 NBC employees followed Ailes to Fox and in less than 5 years FNC become the most-watched cable news network, where it has been for the last 13 years.

And if you haven’t caught up with Murdoch on Twitter recently, here are some other recent pithy media mentionables. Read more

Happy 18th Birthday Fox News Channel

FNC PRIME TALENT 100713 (1)Monday, Oct. 7, 1996, Fox News Channel went on the air.

Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, for the first time in 10 years, Fox News Channel shook up its primetime.

Since it launched, FNC has seen viewership growth of more than +4,600%. As for the new, expanded primetime, that’s been a success too. The network finished first among all cable channels in primetime viewership for Q3 2014.

Network chairman and CEO Roger Ailes made the changes last year in order to make room for Megyn Kelly in primetime, which led to Sean Hannity moving to 10pmET and Greta Van Susteren moving to 7pmET. Bill O’Reilly stayed put at 8pm. He’ll mark the anniversary on his show tonight.

Kelly will anchor tonight’s show from Laguna Nigel, CA, site of the Fortune “Most Powerful Women Summit.” She will look back at highlights of the first year of “The Kelly File.”

“When I first got this job,” she tells the OC Register, “I said to myself, ‘Wow, what am I doing here?’ I took a moment to revel in the moment and think this is a real milestone for me. And it wasn’t until I got doing it for a few months that I thought, ‘You know, I deserve to be here.’”

Ailes Apprentice Program to Kick Off Hispanic Heritage Month

Roger Ailes 2011The Ailes Apprentice Program begins its third annual Hispanic Heritage series tomorrow morning on “Fox & Friends.”

The weekly series will run through October 10, hosted by Fox News correspondent Alicia Acuna. She will spotlight Latinos  doing inspirational things, including Mayorga Coffee founder Martin Mayorga, Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, guitarist Jose Feliciano and Director of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City Francisco Nunez.

The program, named after FNC Chairman Roger Ailes, began in 2003. It selects a diverse group of candidates, thrusting them into the day-to-day rigors of TV news.

Where Are They Now? Linda Vester

LindaHeadshot(1)As we continue TVNewser’s ongoing series “Where Are They Now?”, we talk with former Fox News Channel anchor Linda VesterNext up: former Good Morning America co-host David Hartman. 

It’s been nearly a decade since Linda Vester anchored a newscast, but that hasn’t stopped friends from asking if she’ll ever come back to television.

“I don’t think so,” she tells them. “At least, not right now.”

That’s because she’s enjoying life as CEO of what she calls “Mommy, Inc.”

“I love it,” Vester tells TVNewser.  Motherhood “is more draining, by far, than my old career in journalism, but I really love it.”

The former Fox News Channel anchor lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children – two sons and two daughters – ranging in age from 3 to 11.  It was after she’d become pregnant with her second child, Vester says, that her plans became clear.

“I just really, really wanted to be a stay-at-home mom,” she reflects.  “I came to it late, I’d worked in television since I was 17, in high school, and met my husband late, and by the grace of God, got pregnant in my mid-thirties, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to miss anything!””

But the decision to become a full-time mother – one that’s made her “very happy” – wasn’t necessarily easy at first.

“It really did take a solid year to take those pieces apart and say, ‘okay, now who am I?’”

Eventually, Vester made the adjustment, even losing the need to instantly devour breaking news. “I can read [about stories] a day late,” she says with a laugh, “and be just fine.”

The Cincinnati native started her broadcast career as an intern for local CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, working with anchor Nick Clooney (yes, George’s dad).  Vester then got a job at CBS News’ Paris bureau during a semester at the Sorbonne.

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Roger Ailes Promotes Bill Shine and Brian Jones at Fox Business

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With the departure of Kevin Magee as EVP of Fox Business Network, FNC and FBN Chairman Roger Ailes is splitting the management duties with the promotion of two longtime executives, TVNewser has learned.

Bill Shine, (far left) currently EVP of programming for Fox News, has been promoted to senior EVP and takes on the additional programming role at FBN. Brian Jones, (near left) currently SVP at FBN, has been upped to EVP of news operations for the channel. Ailes remains the lead executive for both Fox News and Fox Business.

Shine is an 18-year veteran of Fox News, joining in 1996 as senior producer of “Hannity & Colmes.” Jones got his start as a producer in local news, joined Fox News in 1997, then moved on to jobs in politics and finance, before returning to Fox in 2003.

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