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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.

Dan Rather: Fox News Is Not a ‘Propaganda Machine’ for the GOP

Appearing on Larry King‘s RT America show, former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather said Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes has helped the Republican Party, but wouldn’t categorize Fox News as part of the GOP.

“Ailes considers himself still a part of the Republican Party, and I think in so far that he’s able to, that he wants his channel to be that way,” Rather said, cautioning against casting a wide blanket over Fox News and praising several of the “pros” he knows there.

“Is it a soul operative and propaganda machine for the party? I’d have to stop short of that,” he concluded.

Maria Bartiromo Teases Return to TV

Maria Bartiromo is teasing on Twitter her return to TV. Bartiromo Tweeted this image this morning:

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The former CNBC anchor is joining Fox Business Network and Fox News Channel. And we’re led to believe that her start date will be February 1. Fox hasn’t officially announced her hire, but Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes talked about it in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter last month. “I finally decided that she’d be terrific in our lineup, and it happened to fit her timing and her contract. She’s a star, and she’ll do some fill-in anchoring.”

The plan is for Bartiromo to host a morning show on Fox Business and a Sunday morning show on Fox News Channel. Bartiromo signed off CNBC November 22.

Why Did Roger Ailes’ Brother Talk with Gabe Sherman?

Ailes bookThe Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple called up Robert Ailes Jr. the brother of Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, the subject of an unauthorized biography from Gabriel Sherman.

According to Sherman, he interviewed Robert Ailes seven times between December 2011 and March 2013. Wemple asked the 76-year-old older brother of Roger why he cooperated with Sherman. “Well, I was caught off guard, to tell you the truth. I didn’t know Gabriel Sherman from George Washington.” Ailes tells Wemple he hasn’t read the book, and doesn’t know how he’s quoted in it.

Another bit from the book making the blog rounds, is about a now-shuttered site about the cable news industry called The Cable Game. In his book, Sherman writes:

[Ailes] set up an anonymous blog called The Cable Game that took shots at his rivals. Ailes assigned Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton to write the entries. “The Cable Game was Roger’s creation,” one person close to Ailes said

ICN which closely follows the cable news industry, writes, “I do consider it telling that the blog just up and died without even a farewell message. We’ll never know for sure if The Cable Game was indeed an FNC Trojan Horse Blog. But it would not surprise me if it was.”

Sherman was a guest on “The Colbert Report” last night where Stephen Colbert began by saying, “I have sources at Fox News… this person says, you’re not a good guy. Defend yourself. Are you a good guy?” WATCH:

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Zucker on CNN Primetime: ‘We’re Not Under Any Pressure’

jeff-zucker-cnn-embedCNN president Jeff Zucker talked with TVGuide Magazine following his TCA appearance last week during which he criticized Roger Ailes and Fox News. As for that other cable competitor…

TV Guide Magazine: MSNBC’s hosts have been getting into hot water with controversial comments they had to apologize for. Do you think it’s hurt them and helped you?

Zucker: I think all of those things combined affect the brand over time and the cumulative effect takes its toll.

TV Guide Magazine: How soon do you have to make changes to your primetime line-up?

Zucker: We don’t have to do anything. When we find good and smart on-brand programming that’s ready to go we’ll look for a place for it. We’re not under any pressure.

(h/t J$P)

‘Reliable Sources’ Draws Second Lowest Demo Number in Nearly Four Years

Brian Stelter Reliable Sources debut_304x200“Reliable Sources” drew its second lowest A25-54 demo number in close to four years on Sunday, as host Brian Stelter interviewed “The Loudest Voice in the Room” author Gabriel Sherman for the show’s first 25 minutes.

341,000 total viewers and 61,000 demo viewers tuned in at 11am, those numbers dropping 20,000 total viewers and 31,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

The opposite trend occurred on Fox’s media-counterpart “MediaBuzz” with Howard Kurtz: the show, which didn’t cover Sherman’s book on CEO Roger Ailes, was up 5,000 total viewers and 37,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Americas News Headquarters.”

The performance for “Reliable Sources” was down compared to Stelter’s debut over a month ago: down -15% in total viewers and -48% in demo viewers.

Gabriel Sherman’s Piers Morgan Interview: ‘Roger Ailes Has Surpassed the GOP’

Morgan ShermanOn CNN last night, Gabriel Sherman detailed the “most brutal” reporting assignment of his young career: the unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes “The Loudest Voice in the Room.” A three-year long project, that hits store shevles today.

But if you read this site regularly, you may find there was not much news in Piers Morgan‘s interview with
Sherman, which focused largely on Ailes’ politics: “Roger Ailes’ personal politics, as I report in the book, are actually very quite extreme,” Sherman says. But because Ailes is a “brilliant political strategist,” he goes against his own views to back more moderate candidates with winning elections in mind.

Sherman also suggests Ailes was an active political player during the last presidential election.

“Roger Ailes has surpassed the GOP, you know, and during the 2012 election, he said to his senior executives, we’re going to have to do a lot to get this guy elected,” Sherman said, adding Ailes didn’t think Mitt Romney had the “spine” to “rip” Obama’s face off.

In an interview just after the 2012 election, Ailes told TVNewser about how the network covers the president: “If he runs into a burning building tomorrow and saves four kids, he’s gonna be the biggest goddamn hero Fox News ever saw. But if he leaves four guys behind on the battlefield but can’t explain it, then he’s gonna have a problem with Fox News.”

Sherman’s book got a positive review from The New York Times, but he’s also generating criticism. The Washington Post‘s Erik Wemple points out that during an interview with “CBS This Morning” last week, Sherman didn’t back up his own claim that Ailes has divided America.

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NYT Book Review of Ailes Bio: ‘Actually Fair and Balanced, Carefully Documented’

roger_ailes_a_lWith “The Loudest Voice in the Room,” Gabriel Sherman‘s unauthorized biography of Roger Ailes set for release tomorrow, New York Times media reporter David Carr uses his Monday column to discuss his own coverage of Fox News and its founder over the years:

I’ve dealt with Mr. Ailes while covering the news media, and beyond his charms and smarts, he is animated by a belief that just about everyone would like to see him laid low. Even as he has vanquished his opponents, he clings to the role of aggrieved underdog, and Mr. Sherman’s critical book reinforces that worldview.

Jacob Weisberg, the chairman of the Slate Group was asked to write the New York Times Book Review on “The Loudest Voice in the Room.”

What drives this need to create conflict? In his actually fair and balanced, carefully documented biography, Sherman struggles to come up with an answer. (He does so, it bears noting, without the cooperation of his subject, who set a new benchmark for biographical obstruction by working with the journalist Zev Chafets to rush a more sympathetic portrayal out first.) Ailes’s father, who was abandoned by a father with a degree from Harvard, spent his career working as a foreman in the maintenance department at Packard Electric, an automotive manufacturer. But Ailes himself grew up cared and provided for in an intact family

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