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Lachlan Murdoch Returns to Family Business

Lachlan_8.17Lachlan Murdoch, the elder son of Rupert Murdoch, is back in the family business.

Murdoch has been named non executive chairman at both News Corp. and 21st Century Fox. The 42-year-old has been a director of both companies, but effectively left the media empire in 2005 where he had been deputy chief operating officer directly responsible for News Corp.’s U.S. television stations group and publishing assets.

After Murdoch left News Corp., Roger Ailes, the co-founder and chairman of Fox News Channel, was named chairman of News Corporation’s  (now 21st Century Fox’s) television stations group

At FBN, Maria Bartiromo Looks Beyond ‘Toxic’ Nature Inside TV News

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Maria Bartiromo‘s got a new network, an earlier timeslot and greater perspective about the business of business news. As her 20 years at CNBC wound down, she was frustrated about the limited time given to guest segments. “I’d say, let’s give this person 30 mintues, let’s give this person 20 minutes.” “No” was the short answer. Shorter is better. “And I always had this pressure to have five people on at once,” she adds. This morning, the third edition of her new show, “Opening Bell” Bartiromo interviewed former AIG Chairman Hank Greenberg for most of the 10am hour.

After the show, TVNewser sat down with Bartiromo in her 17th floor office in the News Corp. building — just down the hall from Bill O’Reilly, Shepard Smith and other Fox News notables. We began by asking why now, after 20 years at CNBC, this time was the right time for a move across the street:

Maria Bartiromo: I had done four five-year deals at CNBC and every time I did a new deal I re-signed early. So I never spoke to anybody, even though people would speculate. As I was approaching 20 years, I said to myself ‘you know, this time I probably should just see’ … see if there’s an opportunity to do something where I can give more perspective and longer interviews. So I did. And my boss was great, [CNBC president] Mark [Hoffman] came to me in January of ’13 and my contract wasn’t up until November and they made me a great offer and were as elegant as could be. And I still, from my own heart, I had to say if I go another 5 years doing this, all these guests and so little time, what happens to my brand? I talk to CEOs all the time and they say, “Maria, that was ridiculous, I gave you my time and you gave me 5 minutes.” I wanted so much to say, “I know, you’re right” and I couldn’t do that because I’m not going to show the dirty laundry. And in that period [Fox News Chairman] Roger Ailes comes to me and gives me this fantastic offer, not only two hours daily, but a weekend program on the Fox News Channel.

TVNewser: And what are you going to be doing with the Sunday show [debuting late March at 10amET]?

Bartiromo: Here’s the vision: I feel like every Sunday you see all these politicos and they’re talking about all these issues of the day and it’s all talking points. And so you put on ‘Meet the Press’ you put on Bob Schieffer or whatever and it’s all the talking points. When it first became apparent that I could have a Sunday show on the Fox News Channel, I started looking at Sunday, and I realized all these politicos, no one’s ever connecting the dots, it’s about the economy, it’s about business, it’s about creating jobs, it’s about growth. I want to get business people as part of the conversation on a Sunday and I feel like it’s so genius. I really think this is a real void in the marketplace.

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TVNewser: And so you think there’s an audience craving that on a Sunday morning?

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The Ticker: Vega’s Story, Rosie’s Return, Sherman’s Book

  • ABC’s Cecilia Vega, reporting on the overdose death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, told her own personal story about her father Raul. “He was a heroin addict before I was born. He was a heroin addict when I was a child. And ultimately, it got the best of him.”

  • Rosie O’Donnell returns to “The View,” tomorrow. The episode, which has already been taped, includes a declaration even Rosie thought she would never make, teases ABC. Rosie left “The View” in 2007.

Bill Kristol Joins ABC News

Bill KristolLongtime Fox News contributor and editor and publisher of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol has joined ABC News as a contributor, “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos announced on Sunday morning’s show.

“I’m looking forward to being part of the ABC political team,” Kristol said in a statement. “There’s certainly plenty to talk about!”

“Bill makes our outstanding team of contributors and analysts even stronger,” “This Week” EP Jonathan Greenberger said, calling Kristol an “original thinker with a unique perspective.”

He’ll appear regularly on “This Week” and other special political events. His decade-long stint at Fox News ended last summer after his and Roger Ailes’ relationship reportedly soured.

Upon Kristol’s departure, Fox told Business Insider that Ailes liked Kristol and didn’t recall a “specific or negative incident” between them. Read more

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow Nominates Roger Ailes For ‘CNBC First 25′

Well this is interesting.

As part of celebrating its 25th anniversary, CNBC annoucned it will be compiling the “CNBC First 25,” what it calls “a definitive list of people who have had the greatest influence, sparked the biggest changes and created the most disruption in business over the past quarter century.”

CNBC’s Larry Kudlow thinks Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes fits the bill. Last night on his show, Kudlow nominated Ailes, who ran CNBC in the early 1990s, but is now a fierce competitor.

“Mr. Ailes has broken the dominance of the mainstream media which always tilts left,” said Kudlow. “He is also unapologetic whenever he ruffles anybody’s feathers.” WATCH:

Here’s the criteria to be one of the “CNBC First 25.”

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In Profile: Wagner, Ratigan, Kohn

  • MSNBC’s Alex Wagner and her fiancé, White House chef Sam Kass, are profiled in Vogue. “Alex has that one rare quality that is imperative for success in this business,” MSNBC president Phil Griffin says. “She is totally authentic on the air. She’s smart, genuine, and connects with her audience.”

  • Men’s Journal talks with “one of the great shouters,” former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan. “I was exhibiting more and more aggressive behavior in a more public forum, and that was beneficial in the short term and utterly self-destructive in the long term,” Ratigan says of his time as a cable news host.

‘Loudest Voice in the Room’ to Debut at #9 on NYT Best-Sellers List

Ailes bookGabriel Sherman‘s unauthorized biography of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes will debut at #9 on the New York Times Nonfiction Best-Sellers list for the week of February 2. “The Loudest Voice in the Room” went on sale last Tuesday, earlier than planned.

On “USA Today’s” best seller list this week, which collects sales data from the previous Monday through Sunday of all books, not just nonfiction titles, the Ailes bio debuts at #122.

Three other nonfiction titles from Fox News talent remain on the New York Times list: Charles Krauthammer‘s “Things That Matter”, Bill O’Reilly‘s “Killing Jesus” and Brian Kilmeade‘s “George Washington’s Secret Six.”

(h/t Playbook)

Fox Signs Maria Bartiromo to Multi-Year Deal

Maria-BartiromoThe deal between Fox and Maria Bartiromo is now official. The veteran financial journalist has signed a multi-year deal with Fox that will make her Global Markets Editor, anchoring a daily program on Fox Business Network, as well as a Sunday business focused show on Fox News Channel. Bartiromo joins Fox next Saturday, Feb. 1. Her new shows will launch before the end of March.

In the move, Bartiromo re-joins Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes. Says Ailes, “I tapped Maria to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange while at CNBC, and I am delighted to have her join me once again alongside our star line-up at Fox Business.”

Bartiromo spent 20 years at CNBC, departing in November.

Stuart Varney Re-signs With Fox Business

varney2Fox Business Network has re-signed Stuart Varney to a multi-year deal as the host of “Varney & Co.”

“Stuart’s astute business sense and respect within the financial community make him a premier anchor and an essential part of our team. We look forward to his continued success with FOX Business,” Fox News CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement.

Varney, who has been with FBN since its 2007 launch, has anchored “Varney & Co.” since 2010. Since joining Fox News in 2004, he has also served as a substitute host for “Your World with Neil Cavuto.”

“FOX Business is the place I want to be. I am proud to continue to be a part of Roger Ailes’ top-notch team,” Varney said in a statement. “It’s the best lineup in business television.”

More Roger Ailes Bio Reviews: ‘Disingenuous,’ Unmemorable

Ailes bookThe New York Times made room for a second book review of the Gabriel Sherman unauthorized biography of Fox News founder Roger Ailes. This one, by Janet Maslin and published in this morning’s paper, is not as glowing as the one from Jacob Weisberg published in the Sunday Book Review.

Tucked away at the end of Gabriel Sherman’s disingenuous Roger Ailes biography, there is a note on sources that should have opened the book. Sherman has done a lot of interviewing, but there are so many citations of “author interview with a person familiar with the matter” that The Loudest Voice in The Room may set a record for blind items and the untrustworthiness they engender. It would have helped to know right from the get-go why Sherman found this kind of journalism necessary.

The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik has his take on the book:

I know that understanding the life and mind of Ailes would make us smarter about our media and ourselves — and we desperately need such understanding. Unfortunately, this book fails to provide that. For all its promotional push, I don’t think The Loudest Voice in the Room will be long remembered — or even talked about past the short buzz life of most media these days.

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