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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.

Kevin Magee Stepping Down From Fox

KevinMageeAfter 13 years with Fox, Kevin Magee is stepping down from his positions, TVNewser has learned.

Magee has been EVP of Fox Business Network since it launched nearly 7 years ago. He’s been EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.

“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.

Magee joined Fox News Channel from CNBC in 2001. During his tenure, he also oversaw the 2-year run of the syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.”

“And then there’s Roger Ailes who allowed me incredible opportunities over the last 13+ years first at FOX News, and later at both FOX Business and Fox News Radio,” Magee writes. “He has been so understanding over the last few weeks as I discussed my plans for the future with him. Thank you, Roger.”

Before CNBC, Magee spent six years as senior program producer for “Good Morning America.” Magee is married to Liza McGuirk, an executive producer at CNN.

Happy Birthday MSNBC

msnbclogo_304x200MSNBC is now able to vote. The NBCU cable channel turns 18 years old today.

MSNBC went on the air July 15, 1996, as a partnership between NBC News and Microsoft. The two companies built a $200 million newsroom in Secaucus, New Jersey for the online and on air operation. On cable, the network took over the 18-month-old America’s Talking, which had been the brainchild of Roger Ailes. Ailes would leave NBC and join News Corp. Three months after MSNBC went on the air, Ailes would flip the switch on Fox News Channel.

MSNBC and Fox News began to chip away at the 24-hour news network monopoly held by CNN. By 2002, Fox News would overtake CNN as the most-watched network. MSNBC shuffled anchors and experimented with various programs throughout the early 2000s and only began to make its mark, as an outlet for progressives 2007: the left’s answer to Fox News. It too, would overtake CNN in the ratings.

In 2005 NBC bought full control of MSNBC TV from Microsoft. Two years later, in October 2007, the network moved across the Hudson River to 30 Rockefeller Plaza where NBC News unveiled a new world headquarters for the combined MSNBC/NBC News.  In 2012, NBC acquired full control of msnbc.com.

Former Employees Mark 20th Anniversary of ‘America’s Talking’

america's talking logoPage Six reports several former employees of “America’s Talking” — MSNBC’s predecessor launched by Roger Ailes featuring Chris Matthews, Steve Doocy and others — recently gathered to mark the 20th anniversary of the channel’s launch:

Last Saturday night, several dozen of the 277 former employees gathered for a 20th anniversary at Social Bar in Midtown Manhattan. The all-talk channel blazed trails in online interactivity and viewing audience participation before NBC dumped it to give Microsoft a content platform.

“It was like television school for me,” said [Bill] McCuddy, now a voice-over talent and movie critic on NY1. Others in the room went on to producing and directing careers on CNN, Al Jazeera and HGTV.

“None of us would be here without Roger Ailes,” McCuddy said.“Now we have to wrap this party up because MSNBC is taking it over in 10 minutes.”

Bret Baier: ‘Rachel Maddow Makes Some Good Points Sometimes’

Bret BaierIn an interview with The Daily Caller, Bret Baier had some kind words for one of his competitors at MSNBC.

“I think Rachel Maddow makes some good points sometimes, and I watch some of those commentaries she makes,” Baier said. “I do look at it, not as a news product, but as an editorial, commentary show,” he noted.

Baier added that although he has several friends who work at NBC and MSNBC, he doesn’t think about “how they do their cable channel.” “I think about 6-7 [pmET] and have the blinders on as much as I can.”

Baier isn’t the only one at Fox News who’s heaped praise at Maddow. In 2012, network Chairman Roger Ailes wrote a blurb for Maddow’s book “Drift.”

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