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Fox News Releases Election Coverage Plan

bump_baier_kelly_1Fox News Channel will again turn to Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly as lead anchors of the channel’s election night coverage, which will carry the “America’s Election HQ” title. Coverage on FNC will begin at 6 p.m. ET, and include cross-platform coverage on Fox digital platforms.

Shepard Smith will helm the network’s broadcast breaking coverage of midterm race results from the “FOX News Deck.” Bill Hemmer will be tasked with breaking down election results via the electronic “Bill-board,” while Martha MacCallum handles exit poll data. FNC’s coverage will include analysis from senior political analyst Brit Hume, FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Bob Beckel, Stephen Hayes, Charles Krauthammer, Dana Perino, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove, Joe Trippi, George Will and Juan Williams.

Online, Fox will produce continuous live coverage titled “The Strategy Room” from 9 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET, which will include feature news and analysis with a casual format and “spirited discussions.”

In Profile: Halperin/Heilemann, Gabrielle, Smith

John Heilemann and Mark Halperin bloomberg John Heilemann and Mark Halperin of Bloomberg TV’s “With All Due Respect” sat down with The New York Times Magazine‘s David Carr about the midterm elections, Michael Bloomberg and the divided political ecosystem. Heilemann and Halperin were even asked who they’d want to share a six-pack with.

Halperin: I’ll go with Hillary Clinton right now, only because she’s a little more relevant to our forward-looking lives. But when the Palins drink, apparently exciting things happen. Heilemann: Michelle Obama. Although she’d want it to be light beer, and that’s not really to my taste.

lea gabrielle_304x200Fox News’ Lea Gabrielle took a rare path to journalism, starting her career  with a 12-year stint in the United States Navy. She recently told Marie Claire about her experiences, how to deal with pressure and the keys to success.

Build yourself a network of people who want you to accomplish your goals and want to see you succeed. If I’m going to get trained, I want to make sure I’m getting trained by people who know what they’re doing, who have a reputation, and are going to be able to introduce me to people who can hire me.

Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith spoke with Capital NY to discuss how he handles being on air for breaking news, when to interrupt scheduled programming and technology’s impact on his coverage.

We don’t want people to freak out, we have lived in a freak-out world. We were here on 9/11, living in a state of fear is a terrible thing, and I don’t want to add to it if I don’t have to.

Shep Smith on ‘Irresponsible’ Ebola Coverage

Fox News’ Shepard Smith offered harsh criticism of the “irresponsible” manner in which Ebola is being covered by the media.

“For the next few minutes, I’m going to give you the facts on Ebola. It’ll take just three minutes. But first, today given what we know, you should have no concerns about Ebola at all. None. I promise,” Smith said to open today’s show.

“The people who say and write hysterical things are being very irresponsible,” Smith went on to say.

Also last night, Jon Stewart had a similar take on “The Daily Show,” in which he played a montage of media outlets covering Ebola.

The Ticker: Morgan, Molina, Miller

  • Fresh off his “Today” show appearance, Piers Morgan will be a guest on “Hannity.” Morgan and Sean Hannity formerly competed head-to-head when Morgan hosted “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN and Hannity’s show aired on FNC at 9PMET.

  • The “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” launches a multi-platform series tonight following high school dropouts trying to turn their lives around. CBS News correspondent Michelle Miller got access to the Sunburst Youth Challenge Academy, a program for at-risk teens.

  • Fox News meteorologist Maria Molina announced her engagement on “Fox & Friends” this morning. Molina will marry storm chaser Reed Timmer. Fittingly, Timmer popped the question while they were out chasing storms.

Shepard Smith is Ready for the Big Game

SmithAt 3:30pmET this afternoon, Fox News’ Shepard Smith will be channeling his inner rebel.

The host will be in the stands at the Ole Miss-Alabama game, rooting for the former’s victory. Smith spoke to SBNation yesterday about how big the stakes are for this weekend’s SEC
showdown.

There’s never been — I can’t think of a more important week in my 50 years in this town. And we’ve never had the kind of demand that we have. You know, double the stadium size will be in town this weekend. Most people won’t get inside. With “GameDay” here, and with CBS here with the game of the week and so many celebrities, it’s insanity. And it’s good for Oxford. I think, finally we’re ready for this. A lot of times, when we’ve gotten to the big moment — the [2003] LSU game under Eli [Manning] on campus comes to mind, and the [2009] South Carolina game when we were No. 4 — we hit those big moments, and they were too big for us. I think we’re past that. I think we’re ready.

Fox News Most-Watched For Airstrikes Coverage

SmithISISFox News was the first cable news channel to report U.S.-led airstrikes had begun in Syria. It was also the most-watched. Fox News beat CNN and MSNBC combined in both total viewers and the A25-54 demo last night. Coverage peaked in viewers at 9pmET during Megyn Kelly‘s show and in the demo at 10pmET during Shepard Smith’s special coverage.

CNN showed the most primetime growth of the networks compared to last Monday. CNN was up +57% in viewers and up +62% in the demo; MSNBC was up +29% in viewers and up +60% in the demo and Fox News was up +6% in viewers and up +12% in the demo.

  • Primetime (8-11pmET) 9/23/14

Total Viewers / A25-54 demo

FNC:  2,041,000 / 452,000
CNN:  587,000 / 206,000
MSNBC:  646,000 / 174,000

U.S. Begins Airstrikes Against ISIS Targets

The broadcast and cable news networks broke in with special coverage tonight as U.S.-led airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria began.

Brian Williams, David Muir and Scott Pelley all updated the west coast editions of their evening newscasts tonight. ABC broke in with a network-wide special report at 9:30pmET, NBC broke in at 9:38pmET. CBS News ran a crawl during primetime programming at 9:30pmET.

Cable news has been in non-stop coverage. Fox News was first with the news. Megyn Kelly broke into her own pre-taped interview with Alan Colmes at 9:26pmET as Jennifer Griffin reported that military operations had begun. Shepard Smith picked up coverage on Fox News at 10pmET and will continue until MidnightET when Kelly picks up. CNN’s Anderson Cooper broke in with the news at 9:30pmET with Jim Sciutto reporting the news. Don Lemon and Alisyn Camerota anchored from 10pmET until Midnight. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported the news at 9:34pmET. Lawrence O’Donnell anchored at 10 and Chris Hayes picks up at 11pmET with live coverage on MSNBC. FBN has been in live coverage as well and will simulcast Megyn Kelly‘s coverage at Midnight.

Shepard Smith Bets ‘Every Penny I Will Ever Make at this Network’

White House press secretary Josh Earnest made his first visit to “Shepard Smith Reporting” this afternoon. The 7-minute interview focused on the White House messaging about the mission to take out ISIS in Syria and Iraq and, in Earnest’s words, “the Muslim-led countries who are part of the coalition.”

“Like Saudi Arabia’s going to have some boots over there? or Jordan?” Smith asked in jest. “There will be no commitment from those two, on this I will bet every penny I will ever make at this network.”

“That’s a substantial bet,” Earnest said.

“And it’s a good bet because it’s not going to happen,” Smith shot back. Smith reportedly earns north of $7 million a year. That’s a lot of pennies.


Obama: ‘America Will Lead a Broad Coalition to Roll Back this Terrorist Threat’

ObamaISISIn a 14-minute address tonight, President Obama announced the U.S. will “lead a broad coalition” to defeat ISIS.

In his address, which comes on the eve of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the president mentioned by name, two journalists killed by ISIS in recent weeks.

“They execute captured prisoners, they kill children, enslave, rape and force women into marriage… and in acts of barbarism they took the lives of two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley.”

“I have made it clear, we’ll hunt down terrorists who threaten our country wherever they are. That means I will not hesitate to take action against ISIL in Syria as well as Iraq.”

FOX finished its special report first, at 9:16pm, with Shepard Smith promoting analysis on Fox News. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos wrapped up next after brief analysis with Martha Raddatz; CBS’s Bob Schieffer wrapped few seconds after that, and NBC’s Brian Williams finished his special report with Chuck Todd at 9:17. The cable networks continued with analysis.

Network Coverage Plans for President Obama’s ISIS Address

ObamaCNNIsisBroadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage tomorrow night at 9pmET for President Obama’s speech on American action against ISIS.

Here is what the networks are planning:

  • CBS’ Bob Schieffer will anchor for the network with “CBS Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley reporting from Iraq, where it will be 4am. The CBS Sports special “Under the Lights” will be delayed.
  • Brian Williams anchors for NBC with Chuck Todd reporting from the DC Bureau, delaying “America’s Got Talent” in the eastern and central time zones.
  • ABC’s chief anchor George Stephanopoulos hosts, along with Jonathan Karl at the White House.
  • Shepard Smith will anchor a special report on FOX, interrupting the season premiere of “Hell’s Kitchen.”
  • On Fox News,  Megyn Kelly will anchor with Bret Baier appearing. “The O’Reilly Factor” will air at 8pmET and “Hannity” at 10pmET will be live, with a special live edition of “Special Report” airing at 11pmET.
  • On CNN, Anderson Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor.
  • John Seigenthaler will anchor a preview of the speech at 8:30pmET for Al Jazeera America as well as coverage of the actual speech. White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira will contribute from the White House.
  • Neil Cavuto will anchor  for Fox Business Network, followed by live editions of “Lou Dobbs Tonight” at 10pmET and “The Independents” at 11pmET.
  •  MSNBC will air a two-hour primetime special hosted by Rachel Maddow from 8pm-10pmET. Chris Matthews, Chris Hayes, Andrea Mitchell and Reverend Al Sharpton will join Maddow. “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” will air at 10pmET followed by a live “All In with Chris Hayes” at 11pmET.
  • Bloomberg Politics’s Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg TV’s special primetime coverage of the President’s speech starting at 9PM ET from Washington, DC. Bloomberg’s Al Hunt will contribute reporting and analysis.
  • CNBC will carry the address with hosts as yet unannounced

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