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Which TV Network Has Snagged the First Bernie Madoff Interview?

Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino conducted a series of interviews with convicted felon Bernie Madoff. One of the recurring themes of the interviews was Madoff’s interaction with the media while behind bars (FBN included). Gasparino reveals that Madoff appears to have booked his first on-camera TV news interview since being incarcerated, with the leading candidate supposedly being NBC’s “Today.”

Meanwhile, just about every major television media outlet — including FOX Business — is asking for the first on-camera interview with the convicted swindler.

Rumors are swirling that the ‘Today Show’ has been to Butner to shoot footage in preparation for the first on-camera spot with Madoff. Madoff won’t comment, other than to say that he has made one commitment to one major network that may or may not pan out and the decision is “weeks away.”

Gasparino also writes that Madoff’s son, Andrew Madoff, is speaking to CBS’ “60 Minutes”:

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For FBN’s Charlie Gasparino, New York is His Gym

Fox Business Network correspondent Charlie Gasparino gets profiled by the New York Times, not for his job, but for his workout. Gasparino uses New York City’s East River Park as part of his daily workout routine.

“I can get a little heated on air, and my park sessions help me calm down,” Gasparino tells the Times.

So what is the Gasparino workout? Find out after the jump.

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CNBC Anchor Mark Haines Passes Away

CNBC’s Mark Haines died last night. His death was announced at 9:53amET during the show that he would normally be anchoring, “Squawk on the Street,” by anchor Carl Quintanilla who read a statement from CNBC president Mark Hoffman.

At this hour, most of CNBC’s coverage is being devoted to Haines’ death, which has come as a shock to colleagues. Haines was 65. A cause of death has not been announced.

Haines joined CNBC in 1989 and was the founding anchor of the network’s signature morning show, “Squawk Box” before moving to “Squawk on the Street.”

Haines, who had a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and was a member of the New Jersey State Bar, had been a news anchor for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, WABC-TV in New York, and WPRI-TV in Providence.

It was Haines who delivered an emotional goodbye to his longtime co-anchor Erin Burnett less than three weeks ago as Burnett departed for CNN.

> More: Burnett phoned in to CNBC’s coverage at 10:50am to share her thoughts: “One of the most important things I learned was just that generosity and graciousness he showed that first day.” And about her final day on CNBC: “It was an unforgettable moment in my life and I’m glad we had it. I’m glad we had it.”

> More: Bob Pisani reads a statement from the NYSE: “Mark was an outstanding colleague and will be missed.”

> More: FBN achor Liz Claman who co-anchored with Haines on CNBC’s “Morning Call” from 2003-2007, and who was given the nickname “La Liz” by Haines, writes, “The day I left, he called me and said, ‘I’ll miss you, kid.’ I cried that day, as I do today. I miss you too, Mark. You remain unmatched in your unfailing ability to see through the noise and nonsense so many people spew out today. You were the benchmark of honesty. Thank you for that.”

CNBC will produce a special on Mark Haines tonight at 7pmET.

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Charlie Gasparino’s Media Diet

What does Charlie Gasparino read and watch? Well, pretty much what you’d expect. Fox Business Network’s senior correspondent tells The Atlantic Wire he reads corporate cousins The Wall Street Journal (“I’ve been doing that since college”) and the New York Post (“They write concisely, I can get through it fast.”) On TV, it’s Imus in the morning and O’Reilly at night. He Tweets, he even Tweeted about this Atlantic Wire story, but adds, “I think people spend a little too much time on Twitter.” And something he learned at CNBC when he was transitioning from being a print guy:

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‘Any reporter that has a neat desk isn’t a reporter’

“The Insider” took viewers behind the scenes with FBN’s Charlie Gasparino this week where we find out Gasparino takes a page from “Jersey Shore” — minus the tan and laundry.

FBN’s Kevin Magee: ‘We know when they find us, they like what they see’

Fox Business Network, the 3-and-half year old sibling to Fox News Channel, enters a new era Monday as the network becomes a full service client of Nielsen.

As we revealed yesterday, the network has a long road ahead to catch market leader CNBC. But the green shoots are appearing. Tuesday’s 11am hour was the second highest-rated telecast for that hour. Still, FBN EVP Kevin Magee is aware of the challenges: “We have to get the distribution up and get in front of people’s eyes. Because we know when they find us, they like what they see and they stick.”

Magee, who’s had stints at CNBC and ABC News, joined Fox News in 2000 and was given the reigns of FBN at launch. “I always say, people watch people. They watch the anchors they know. I believe that our talent is better than their (CNBC’s) talent,” says Magee. “It’s as simple as that. And we’re breaking through.”

FBN is also breaking through to the most affluent consumers. According to a Mendelsohn survey, which measures heads of households making $100,000 a year, CNBC has about 30% of that market, while FBN is next with 12%, followed by Yahoo Finance (7.6%), Bloomberg (5.9%) and the Wall Street Journal (5.6%).

TVNewser: What do you think being a full service client of Nielsen will mean to the perception of the network?

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Charlie Gasparino: ‘I’d rather be part of a startup…To beat the established winner is so much more satisfying’

Fox Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino is profiled by The New York Daily NewsRichard Huff, and the FBN reporter once again sets his sights on his former employer (and now chief competitor), CNBC:

“The goal here is to beat the hell out of CNBC,” he says. “To beat the established winner is so much more satisfying. It’s so much more exciting than it ever was at CNBC.

“I like to take on the big guys,” he adds. “I’ve been doing it my entire career. Before it was fashionable to beat up on Wall Street, I was doing it.”

The fact that the Fox Business is in fewer homes and has fewer viewers than CNBC only pushes him more.

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Jenna Lee Talks FBN, FNC, & Football

Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee currently serves as a co-anchor of “Happening Now,” FNC’s 2-hour midday program, alongside Jon Scott.

Lee, along with Nicole Petallides, was the first anchor to appear on Fox Business Network when it went on the air Oct. 15, 2007. She co-hosted “Fox Business Morning” and was also a part of the show “Money for Breakfast.”

The football fan’s father is former NFL quarterback Bob Lee. TVNewser talked with Lee about her transition from FNC to FBN, how she got on air, and of course, football.

TVNewser: You moved from FBN to FNC in July. What has been the biggest challenge in the transition?

Jenna Lee: The biggest challenge in the transition is just being able to work different journalistic muscles. When I was on Fox Business, everything was toned to what was happening in the business world, which is really great, because obviously business and the economy remains one of the biggest stories out there. But then when I moved over to Fox News, suddenly I’m dealing with a whole bunch of different news all at one time, which includes politics obviously and also breaking news as well. And it was a challenging part of the job, because at the end of the day, I could just feel it: You feel the fact that you’re moving all these muscles to try to cover all of these different stories. But it’s also been one of the most rewarding parts of the job, because it’s truly what I love to do, which is follow the breaking news and be able to talk about other topics beyond business like health and politics. It’s a double-edged sword: it’s been challenging, but it’s also been one of the greatest parts of the transition.

TVNewser: You began your TV career in financial journalism, working as a writer and segment producer at NY1, how did you make the move on air?

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Gasparino on Murdoch: ‘One of the few (if not the only) media executives who understands convergence’

Fox Business Network’s senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino, who moved from CNBC to FBN this year, sat down for a quick Q&A today to talk about the business leaders that he admired the most. He started with the former CEO of General Electric: “Jack Welch is high on my list because he’s a straight shooter in a business filled with BS artists.”

He also mentioned his new boss, CEO of News Corp., Rupert Murdoch as a business leader that he looked up to:

“Now this is going to sound a little self serving, but also high on my list is Rupert Murdoch, even when I worked at the competition. And here’s why: he’s one of the few (if not the only) media executive who understands ‘convergence’ - namely that survival of modern journalism requires a combination of skills from its practitioners: broadcast tv, radio and print.”

Reunion on FBN

On Fox Business yesterday, FBN’s Liz Claman reunited with her old CNBC cohorts Dennis Kneale and Charlie Gasparino. FBN’s Liz MacDonald was also reunited with Gasparino and Kneale: They previously worked at “The Wall Street Journal” together. It’s a small news world.