TVNewser Show TVSpy LostRemote AgencySpy PRNewser FishbowlNY FishbowlDC SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

CNBC

Happy Silver Anniversary CNBC!

CNBC25

April 17, 1989, 25 years ago today, CNBC went on the air. The president of NBC at the time Bob Wright introduced viewers to the Consumer News and Business Channel (CNBC), calling it, “the most significant programing effort NBC has ever undertaken outside of the network.”

At the time, CNBC was not the only game in town. FNN, the Financial News Network, had been on the air since 1980. But on May 21, 1991 the two channels merged. CNBC would own the business TV news space for a few years. Bloomberg TV launched in 1994 and CNNfn launched in 1995. CNNfn shuttered 9 years later. Fox Business Network began giving CNBC a run for its money in October, 2007.

All day the channel is airing Throwback Thursday clips from the last 25 years. Joe Kernen kicked it off this morning on “Squawk Box.” “25 years ago Google didn’t exist… 25 years ago the Ukraine was part of the Soviet Union… 25 years ago, Jack Welch ran GE which owned NBC which started CNBC.”

MediabistroTV was at CNBC HQ yesterday for a “My First Big Break” interview with Jim Cramer. We’ll have that for you coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. After the jump, a look back at 25 years of CNBC:

Read more

Mediabistro Event

TVNewser Show Coming to NYC on April 29!

TVNewser ShowThe TVNewser Show Seminar & Media Job Fair will explore the way TV business and technologies are changing through informative panels and discussions with industry experts. Attendees will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded professionals at the event's exclusive media job fair. Register before midnight on April 28 to save on on-site pricing!

Robin Roberts, Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper on the OUT Power 50

OUT50Several TV news anchors and hosts have made this year’s OUT Power 50 list. It’s the brand’s annual ranking of the most influential LGBT voices in American culture. ABC’s Robin Roberts, who publicly came out late last year, is the first woman of color in the top 10. Here are some TV notables:

35. Suze Orman
27. Don Lemon
14. Anderson Cooper
10. Robin Roberts
3. Rachel Maddow

Ellen DeGeneres, who was number 2 last year, returned to the top spot on the list. Also on the list Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald at #5, Bravo’s Andy Cohen at #8, and Gawker CEO Nick Denton at #45.

(Image via OUT)

CNBC Expands Reality Shows

cnbc logo_304x200CNBC has greenlit two new reality shows for summer, and has three others in development.

“Restaurant Kickstart” pits restaurateur Joe Bastianich and celebrity chef Tim Love against each other as they invest their own money in food concepts they believe will make them millions. The second show, “Filthy Rich Guide” is an insider look at the best that money can buy. From outrageous mansions, to private islands, this series shows how the .1% live.

In addition, CNBC is devloping “Restaurant Confidential,” (the title of which probably isn’t going to sit well with Anthony Bourdain), “Hard Money,” and “More Money, More Problems.”

“Restaurant Kickstart” debuts in July and “Filthy Rich Guide” launches in August.

Maria Bartiromo Talks About the FBN Promos Airing on CNBC

Each morning during her Fox Business show, Maria Bartiromo records a promotional spot for the following day. That promo doesn’t air on FBN, but instead on her former network CNBC, during a local commercial break on systems like Time Warner Cable, FiOS and DirecTV. We spent this morning at Fox for a behind-the-scenes look at Bartiromo’s “Opening Bell” for our “What’s Your Show?” series and we asked her what’s behind the cross-network marketing. WATCH:

Stay tuned for “What’s Your Show? Maria Bartiromo” coming up in a few weeks on TVNewser. To catch previous episodes, and all mbTV shows, click here.

‘The Kudlow Report’ Signs Off

LarryKudlow2014Larry Kudlow closed his final episode of “The Kudlow Report” tonight surrounded by family, friends, CNBC staffers, and a Cake Boss cake. “I am a grateful camper,” Kudlow said. “The Lord has blessed me with a beautiful bride, a great life, a second chance, a new career, some wonderful friends, and some of the best debates on TV that there ever was.”

Kudlow, who has been with the network for all of its 25 years, will remain a contributor to CNBC. In fact, he’s already booked on four business day shows next week.

From 2005-2008, he hosted “Kudlow & Company,” and earlier in the decade he was part of “Kudlow & Cramer,” alongside Jim Cramer, who was a guest on Kudlow’s show last night: “We couldn’t say good-bye to this show without bringing on my great friend and former co-host, Jim Cramer.”

The show put together a clip reel of some of the high-profile guests who have appeared on the show over the years. WATCH: Read more

Showtime Orders Wall Street Drama Co-Written by CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin

ARSorkinShowtime has ordered its first drama pilot this year, co-written by CNBC “Squawk Box” host Andrew Ross Sorkin.

The Hollywood Reporter reports “Billions” will focus on an aggressive U.S. attorney going up against some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country.  Sorkin co-wrote the series with Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who co-wrote movies like “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Rounders” together.

This is Sorkin’s second small screen pickup: his best-selling book on the 2008 banking collapse, “Too Big to Fail,” was made into an HBO movie in 2011.

Sorkin was off for this morning’s “Squawk Box.” Yesterday, he echoed his co-writer’s enthusiasm.

Read more

‘The Kudlow Report’ Cancelled, Larry Kudlow Becomes CNBC Senior Contributor

Environmental Portrait of Larry Kudlow, CEO, Kudlow & CompanyLarry Kudlow, who has been a part of CNBC for its 25-year history, is scaling back at the network. His 7pmET show “The Kudlow Report” will end its run at the end of the month, TVNewser has learned. Kudlow will stay on as a senior contributor to CNBC’s Business Day programs.

“The Kudlow Report” has been on CNBC since January, 2009. From 2005-2008, he hosted “Kudlow & Company,” and earlier in the decade he was part of “Kudlow & Cramer,” alongside Jim Cramer.

“In my career, I have encountered few television hosts with Larry’s range,” writes CNBC president Mark Hoffman in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “As an interviewer, he is unfailingly polite and energetic, skillfully grilling guests but always ending a segment graciously. Larry has always brought great enthusiasm to every program and appearance.”

Hoffman says the network is working on “a new 7PM strategy.”

TV News Bookers Love Senator John McCain

McCainA former presidential candidate and senior U.S. Senator is often desired as a guest across TV news, but the news networks have taken an extra liking to Arizona Senator John McCain over the last week.

Since last Tuesday, February 25, the senator has appeared 11 times across Fox News, Fox Business, CNN, and Bloomberg. The news cycle certainly merits TV news Bookers seeking out the former Republican nominee for president.

First, there was news of Defense Department cuts last Monday, which McCain is known for being against. The next day, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill that potentially discriminated against LGBT people, which McCain had urged her to do.

And in the last few days, McCain has been a prime target for TV news networks covering the tumultuous situation happening between Russia and the Ukraine. McCain visited anti-government protesters in Kiev back in December. Unsurprisingly, the 2008 presidential opponent of Barack Obama has voiced his displeasure with now-President Obama’s strategy and comments about the conflict.

McCain’s week-long TV news blitz only adds to his reputation as a Booker’s best friend: he ranked number one on 2013 New York Times assessment of perrenial Sunday show guests.

CNBC Goes to Pot, Again

Marijuana304CNBC is going back to the well, or the dispensary, for another documentary on marijuana.

“Marijuana in America: Colorado Pot Rush,” reported by NBC’s Harry Smith debuts Wednesday night at 10pm.

The pot doc follows two other highly successful marijuana documentaries. The first, “Marijuana, Inc.” reported in 2009 by Trish Regan (now an anchor at Bloomberg) is the most-watched CNBC documentary ever. Regan followed up with “Marijuana USA” in 2010.

Now that the sale of marijuana for recreational use is legal in Colorado, Smith visits the state to report on the exploding legal pot market, projected to grow as large as $10 billion nationwide by 2018. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper sums up the importance of this groundbreaking law when he tells Smith, “This is going to be one of the great social experiments of the next century.”

(Image: Shutterstock)

During CNBC Interview, Hockey Star Learns She’ll Be U.S. Flag-Bearer at Sochi Closing

CNBC’s Brian Sullivan was interviewing Olympian Julie Chu when the news came down that she was selected as the U.S. flag-bearer for Sunday’s closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics. Sullivan gave her the news and captured her surprised reaction. The U.S. Women took silver in hockey. Canada grabbed gold.

NEXT PAGE >>