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Check Please! CNBC’s Suze Orman Fights Debit Card Naysayers

Suze Orman did a big press splash a couple weeks ago promoting her new show on OWN as well as the launch of her own prepaid debit card: The Approved Card. It’s the latter that continues to get the headlines, and not in a good way.

Personal finance experts and reporters who cover the beat charge, simply, that the card is not worth it, and she risks damaging her brand in the process. “In hawking your own financial products, you throw our trust out the window,” wrote the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jim Gallagher. Reuters columnist John Wasik thinks, “there’s something troubling about an avowed consumer advocate who plugs a product that charges $3 ‘maintenance’ fees (the first month’s fee is waived) and even restricts deposits.” Orman’s rival on Fox Business Network, Gerri Willis has done several segments on the card and has tried to get Orman on her show to talk about it. The Orman camp’s response:

“[You've done three segments] without any input from Suze or The Approved Card team. At this point we will just leave it there and respectfully decline your offer to appear.”


Business Networks Plan Special Coverage After Dow Drops 419

The Dow tumbled 419 points today, and that means the business networks are back at it tonight and into the morning with special coverage.

CNBC will have two hours of live coverage from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. anchored by Amanda Drury and Brian Sullivan. Suze Orman will contribute to the “Special Report: Markets in Turmoil” broadcast.

Bloomberg TV will also be live at 8 p.m. with “Markets on the Brink,” anchored by Adam Johnson and Lisa Murphy. The network will follow the special report with live coverage of the Asian markets opening from Bloomberg TV’s Hong Kong studios.

Fox Business Network will be live until 11 p.m. tonight, and back on the air at 5 a.m. tomorrow morning. Fox News Channel will simulcast the FBN programming from 5 a.m. – 6 a.m.

NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC All Particpating in NBCU’s 2011 ‘Earth Week’

The networks of NBC Universal, including CNBC, MSNBC and NBC News, are all lining up green-themed programming for the 2011 installment of the company’s Green is Universal “Earth Week” April 17-24.

On “Today” Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb will reveal the winners of the “Art of Reuse” contest, which they helped judge. The contest saw people reuse material to make handcrafted items. The duo will also take part in an interactive green-themed game with the audience, and the program will televise eco-focused feature pieces.

“NBC Nightly News” will be focusing on the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, one year later. “Nightly” will originate from  Venice, Louisiana on Monday, April 18.

On MSNBC, Jeff Corwin will present a week-long series examining the after-effects oil disaster, while “Your Business” focuses on environmentally-friendly small businesses.

CNBC will premiere a documentary, “Fuel” focusing on the history of energy in America, with additional green programming appearing on “The Suze Orman Show,” “Mad Money and “Fast Money.”

More green-themed programing from the other NBCU networks, after the jump.

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Suze Orman Getting OWN Show

CNBC host Suze Orman is expanding her reach to another cable network. Orman will host a new primetime series “Money Class” (working title) on the just-launched OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

“Money Class” will launch on OWN in Fall, 2011, and follows Orman as she goes into the lives of families, couples and individuals, and helps them set goals and make solid financial decisions.

Orman has long been an “Oprah” regular, and currently appears on the specials “Ask Oprah’s All Stars” with Dr. Phil McGraw and Dr. Mehmet Oz.

More information, after the jump.

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HLN ‘Morning Express’ Host Robin Meade to Co-Host Oprah Winfrey Network Specials

If there has been one standout in HLN’s lineup this year, it would be “Morning Express” with Robin Meade. The program has seen explosive growth, soundly beating “American Morning” on CNN and even MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in the key25-54 demo.

Now it looks like Meade will be getting some primetime love from the soon-to-launch OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network.

Meade will co-host a series of specials “Ask Oprah’s All Stars” with Gayle King. The series will feature Oprah regulars Suze Orman, Dr. Phil McGraw and Dr. Mehmet Oz answering questions from Meade, King and viewers, and will kick-off Sunday, Jan. 2, with new episodes each Sunday that month.

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President Obama, All Three Evening News Anchors Among The Guests Wishing Larry King Farewell

As promised, CNN delivered a star-studded goodbye for Larry King, who signed off for the last time on his daiy interview program this evening.

As we reported, comedian Bill Maher and “American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest ran the proceedings, which also included a surprise serenade (via satellite) from Tony Bennett.

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the proceedings, announcing that today was “Larry King Day” in California:

President Barack Obama appeared in a taped message, while former President Bill Clinton spoke to King live via satellite.

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School Board Hero Makes Way for Pres. Obama

As the cable news channels awaited Pres. Obama in the briefing room to discuss the outcome of the Afghanistan report this morning, two of them listened in on the hero from Tuesday’s shooting at the school board meeting in Panama City, FL.

MSNBC and CNN carried the remarks of Mike Jones, who spent 20 years as a Panama City police officer and now is a safety officer for the Bay District Schools. Jones spoke about how he put a quick end to the rampage of Clay Duke. Jones, who got choked up while speaking to reporters, wasn’t even planning to be at district headquarters on Tuesday: “I wasn’t in the building five minutes and I was in a gun fight,” he said.

CBS News anchor Katie Couric is talking with Jones today for a story tonight on “Evening News.”

When the president began to speak at 11:50amET, the newschannels switched their live coverage to the White House. And while that was all happening on the cable networks, look what was happening on CBS:

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Hoda Kotb Book Party: Matt Lauer, Suze Orman, the Giffords & Jeff Zucker on his future: ‘Relax and wait for the next endeavor.’

TVNewser dropped in on Hoda Kotb‘s book party at Donny Deutsch‘s townhouse on Manhattan’s Upper East Side last night.

The longtime NBC News correspondent and co-host of the 4th hour of “Today” has written Hoda: How I Survived War Zones, Bad Hair, Cancer, and Kathie Lee, out today.

Spotted at the soiree: “Today” anchor Matt Lauer, who joked with us: “This is your place, right?” and MSNBC’s “Way to Early” host Willie Geist who joked about Deutsch’s pad: “This place is taking longer to remodel than Yankee stadium.”

Kotb says she was “blown away by Donny’s generosity” and thanked Kathie Lee Gifford for “lending her name for the book.” The 12-year NBC vet took everybody’s advice when “they said, ‘you better hurry up and write that book before your show gets canceled.’”

“I’m extremely happy about my book,” Kotb told TVNewser, “I’m thrilled about everybody who came out on a Monday night in New York City.” Including Frank Gifford who missed the Vikings-Jets Monday Night Football game to attend.

Even Kotb’s mom made it to the party. “My mom got pictures with everybody. She got pictures with Joan Rivers; she got one with Kathie Lee and Frank, and Al Roker. I have my mom here, my high school friends, my college friends. I feel so blessed.” (Video: after the jump)

NBC CEO Jeff Zucker, who is leaving NBCU once the Comcast deal closes, also came out to support Kotb. About his future, Zucker told us he’s going to “relax and wait for the next endeavor.” When asked if he’s writing a book, he told TVNewser, “you never know.”

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Suze Orman & Gloria Allred get the SNL Treatment

During last night’s Saturday Night Live, with host Jane Lynch, Suze Orman of CNBC and Gloria Allred of… well, any news outlet that will give her the time, got the sendup.

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Female Newsers Make Forbes ‘Power Women’ List

A number of high profile female news anchors made the Forbes list of the world’s 100 most powerful women. The top ranked newser on the list was “CBS Evening News” anchor Katie Couric, who came in at number 22.

“Today”‘s Meredith Vieira, who replaced Couric at the program, was ranked 40th, one slot ahead of England’s Queen Elizabeth II.

“ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer was ranked 46th, while her boss’s boss, Disney-ABC TV chief Anne Sweeney, come in at number 69. Another ABC anchor, “This Week’s Christiane Amanpour, placed 73rd.

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