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Fox News and CNN Under the Same Roof?

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The deal is off — for now — but just the thought of 21st Century Fox owning Time Warner set media tongues wagging this morning.

21st Century Fox’s $80 billion offer for Time Warner, first reported by the New York TimesAndrew Ross Sorkin, who also co-hosts CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” came in the form of a letter from Fox to the Time Warner board. “The Time Warner board of directors declined to pursue our proposal,” a Fox statement read. “We are not currently in any discussions with Time Warner.”

The cable news and business networks have been reporting on the proposed mega media merger. CNN’s Carol Costello reported the dashed deal as “breaking news.” “Time Warner, our parent company saying thanks but no thanks to a multibillion dollar takeover bid from Rupert Murdoch.”

TIME (itself recently spun off from Time Warner) reports CNN would have been spun off had the deal happened. Or, as Stuart Varney reported on FNC, the deal “would have been minus CNN because you cannot have them getting together with Fox.”

Time Warner is a top trending topic on Twitter this morning.

 

Inadvertently, Murdoch has helped out his rival’s shareholders, as CNBC’s Carl Quintanilla tweets:

 

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Charles Payne Shifts From Contributor to Anchor at FBN

Charles PayneWhen Charles Payne gets recognized on the street, he often gets told something along the lines of, “I love you on TV, but I’m not in the stock market.”

“Everybody’s in the market,” Payne told TVNewser this morning, citing examples of people who use Apple laptops or drive Ford cars. “What you have to figure out is – do you always want to be on the consumer side of it?”

Bridging the divide between Main Street and Wall Street is a cornerstone of Fox Business Network, and it will be one of the “great goals” of Payne’s new show, “Making Money with Charles Payne,” which debuts tonight at 6pmET.

“There’s a distinction between Wall Street, the physical place downtown … and Wall Street, the place where you can go and start to pick out great American companies to become a part owner of,” Payne said.

Payne says he sees a “two-pronged challenge” for himself: bringing down the intimidation factor of Wall Street and convincing people that it is still worthwhile to invest. He says he will accomplish this without falling victim to some pet-peeves of business television, including “an obsession with fast money, crazy terms you don’t know, someone telling you you’re going to crash.” Read more

Debut Ratings For Bartiromo, Farrow, and Reid

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MSNBC’s two new shows didn’t provide the spike in viewers MSNBC president Phil Griffin was hoping for.

Ronan Farrow Daily” at 1pmET drew 216,000 total viewers and 46,000 A25-54 demo viewers, shedding 7,000 total viewers and 25,000 demo viewers from lead-in “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” which had NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker filling in. Compared to the same Monday last year, when Michell’s show aired at 1pm, Farrow was down -34% in viewers and down -40% in the demo.

At 2pmET, “The Reid Report” with Joy Reid built on Farrow’s hour, averaging 262,000 total viewers, but shedding demo viewers averaging 38,000, making it the least-watched show of the day on MSNBC. Compared to the same day last year, when Tamron Hall‘s show aired, Reid was down -18% in viewers and down -63% in the demo.

Over on Fox Business Network, the debut of “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” averaged 75,000 total viewers and 14,000 in the demo from 9am-11amET. Bartiromo’s first hour drew 97,000 total viewers, losing 48,000 total viewers from lead-in “Imus in the Morning’s” 8am hour, but added 2,000 demo viewers. On CNBC, where Bartiromo spent 20 years, “Squawk on the Street” from 9-11am averaged 174,000 total viewers and  29,000 A25-54 viewers.

At his new 11am-1pmET time slot, Stuart Varney‘s “Varney & Co.” averaged 117,000 total viewers and 29,000 demo viewers, falling short of “Squawk on the Street” by 13,000 total viewers but edging them by 6,000 demo viewers.

From ‘Closing Bell’ to ‘Opening Bell’: Maria Bartiromo’s FBN Show to Launch February 24

Maria Batriomo FBNFirst on TVNewser: Maria Bartiromo‘s new Fox Business show officially has a name and a place in the FBN lineup. Beginning February 24, the former CNBCer will host “Opening Bell with Maria Bartiromo” from 9-11amET.

Bartiromo officially joined FBN from CNBC, where she anchored “Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo,” last month. She made her first FBN appearance yesterday and she will be on “The O’Reilly Factor” making her first Fox News appearance tonight.

The launch of Bartiromo’s show sets off a slew of changes to the FBN lineup. With Bartiromo going on the air at 9amET, “Imus in the Morning” will end 20 minutes earlier. “Varney & Co.,” which currently airs from 9:20 to 11amET, will slide to 11am to 1pmET. “Markets Now,” FBN’s four-hour block helmed by a rotating cast of FBN anchors, will be condensed to one hour and will air from 1pmET-2pmET.

Fox Business has also announced the hire of Deirdre Bolton, who joins the network after 15 years at Bloomberg TV. When Bolton officially joins FBN later this year, she will take over the 1pmET hour with an as-yet-unnamed show.

The channel has also announced a few other programming changes: “Money with Melissa Francis” will move from 5pmET to 2pmET. In a reversal of the primetime shakeup FBN implemented in 2012, “The Willis Report with Gerri Willis” will move back to 5pmET and “Cavuto” will move back to 6pmET, with a re-air at 8pmET.

“Our new schedule will enhance our ability to deliver timely key business news and we are thrilled to debut fresh programming with an all-star team,” Fox Business EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement.

Maria Bartiromo Makes First FBN Appearance

Maria Batriomo FBNThree months after it was first reported she was leaving CNBC, Maria Bartiromo made her first appearance on Fox Business this morning. “What took you so long?” Stuart Varney joked.

“That is the question!” Bartiromo responded. “I’m happy to be here. Everyone’s been so wonderful.”

Bartiromo officially signed a multi-year deal to be FBN’s global markets editor last month. She is expected to anchor a daily program on FBN and a weekend program on Fox News that will launch before the end of March.

Watch video of Bartiromo’s first appearance here.

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.”

The FNC Ticker: Mezzanine, Varney, Guilfoyle

The Top Cable News Programs in Q2 2013 Were…

As usual, Fox News Channel’s programming topped the competition in the first quarter of 2013. The network notched the top 13 programs among total viewers and the top eight in the A25-54 demographic. “The O’Reilly Factor” was the number one show on Fox News and cable news overall, averaging 2.86 million Total Viewers and 456,000 A25-54 viewers for the quarter.

CNN’s top show in Total Viewers was the 8 p.m. hour of “Anderson Cooper 360,” which placed 14th and averaged 802,000 viewers. “AC360″ cracked the top ten among younger viewers, placing eighth and averaging 271,000 viewers in the A25-54 demographic.

“The Rachel Maddow” show was tops on MSNBC in both Total Viewers and the demo, averaging 774,000 and 236,000 viewers, respectively. The program placed 15th in Total Viewers and 15th in the demo for the quarter.

HLN’s top show for the quarter was “Nancy Grace,” which  placed 16th in Total Viewers and 13th in the demo, averaging 726,000 and 241,000 viewers, respectively.

CNBC’s top program in Total Viewers was “Squawk On The Street,” which averaged 238,000 Total Viewers. “American Greed” was the network’s top show in the demo with 92,000 viewers. Stuart Varney‘s “Varney & Company” was FBN’s top-rated show in both Total Viewers and the demo, averaging 92,000 Total Viewers and 17,000 A25-54 viewers, respectively.

The full rankers are below. Read more

2012 Election Ratings: A Split Decision At The Business Networks


In addition to the broadcasters and “big three” cable news channels, the cable business networks provided election coverage of their own on Tuesday night. Not surprisingly, the ratings were much, much smaller than the other networks, and much closer too.

From 7 PM to 1 AM, CNBC averaged 322,000 total viewers, while Fox Business Network averaged 284,000 viewers. In the adults 25-54 demo, FBN was on top with 138,000 viewers to CNBC’s 136,000. Note: both networks went past 1 AM, which included President Obama’s acceptance speech, however that hour was listed as paid programming on FBN, so those numbers were not immediately available. Bloomberg TV isn’t rated by Nielsen, and thus is not included.

Compared to election night 2008, CNBC was down -27% in total viewers and -13% in the demo, echoing the performance of most of the other news channels on election night. FBN was up substantially from 2008, but at that time it was not yet a full-service client of Nielsen, and was only a year old.

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FBN’s Election Night Plans

FOX Business Network will provide live continuous election night coverage on Tuesday beginning at 5pmET hosted by anchor and Managing Editor Neil Cavuto. FBN’s Stuart Varney and Lou Dobbs will also take part. Also, Liz Claman will report live from the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square. Gerri Willis will be live from the Romney campaign headquarters in Boston while FBN Washington Correspondent Rich Edson will provide coverage from President Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago. Also, Melissa Francis will be live from Florida and Adam Shapiro live from Nevada, two important swing states.

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