Fox Business Network‘s Maria Bartiromo will anchor a Fox News Channel program, Sunday Morning Futures With Maria Bartiromo, launching Sunday, March 30 at 10 AM ET. The new show will focus on the intersection of commerce and news events, offering viewers in-depth analysis on recent developments in the economy. Bartiromo will interview business leaders and industry newsmakers on topics such as job creation and investment opportunities, providing viewers with an inside look at how to prepare financially for the future.
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Strange Inheritance will take a closer look at real-life stories of unconventional inheritances, Fox Business Network EVP Kevin Magee said today. FBN is developing the original alternative primetime program for a summer launch. The half-hour show is being produced by Jonathan Towers, founder and senior executive producer of Towers Productions, LLC. Towers has worked on several reality-based series, including A&E’s American Justice, National Geographic’s Inside 9/11 and History Channel’s Gangland. Strange Inheritance goes into production later this month.
Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo will debut on February 24, Fox Business Network said today. Opening Bell will air from 9-11 AM ET, following Imus In The Morning (6-9 AM ET). Varney & Co., anchored by Stuart Varney, will now air from 11 AM – 1 PM ET. Markets Now will continue from 1-2 PM ET until a forthcoming show on alternative investing anchored by FBN’s latest hire Deirdre Bolton launches sometime in the first quarter, the network said. After two decades at CNBC, Bartiromo made the jump to FBN last November. In addition to her daily Fox Business Network show, Bartiromo also hosts a weekly biz show on Fox News Channel every Sunday.
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The former CNBC host will be doing double duty on cable for Fox. Maria Bartiromo will appear daily on Fox Business Network but also will host a weekly biz show on Fox News Channel every Sunday, it was announced today. After two decades at CNBC, Bartiromo made the jump to FBN last November. Today the CAA-repped host signed a multi-year contract as Global Markets Editor with FBN that will see her start at the upstart biz network on February 1. “I tapped Maria to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange while at CNBC, and I am delighted to have her join me once again alongside our star lineup at FOX Business,” Fox News boss Roger Ailes said in a statement. No precise date has been set for when either of Bartiromo’s Fox shows will launch but they are expect to hit the air by the late spring.
Fox Business News and Fox News Channel senior correspondent Charlie Gasparino has reupped his contract with Fox Business Networks in a multi-year deal, it was announced today. Gasparino has reported on Wall Street and financial matters for the company since joining in February of 2010. “Unlike many other financial news outlets, FBN doesn’t play the Wall Street apology game, which gives me the freedom to do my job”, he said in a statement. The New York-based Gasparino came to FBN from CNBC, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal.
Broadcasters are seeing red about the new ad-zapping Auto Hop feature on Dish Network’s Hopper DVRs. But Disney CEO Bob Iger didn’t want to address it directly in an interview today on Fox Business Network. ”I’m in the hands of our great legal counsel,” he says. Still he says, in an appearance with Dancing With The Stars winner J.R. Martinez, that “supporting a great program like Dancing With The Stars can only be done if you’ve got advertising.”
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Fox Business Network scrapped its entire primetime lineup today, the New York Times reported. Beginning February 20, a repeat of the 5PM to 8PM block of shows fronted by Gerri Willis, Neil Cavuto and Lou Dobbs will replace political programming in the 8PM to 11PM slot. The Willis, Cavuto and Dobbs programs tend to feature Republican politicians and conservative commentators as guests, but they are less overtly political than shows they are replacing. Those programs are Freedom Watch with Andrew Napolitano, Power & Money with David Asman and Follow the Money with Eric Bolling. All three will remain contributors in other regular slots. Fox Business News last year had an average of 54,000 total viewers in primetime. Rival CNBC had an average of 228,000 primetime viewers.
UPDATE, 3:40 PM: Although the drama in today’s analyst call involved the News Of The World hacking scandal, News Corp execs made a few interesting points about the company’s less sensational business activities. COO Chase Carey says that the Hulu auction is “progressing largely according to plan.” But he left open the possibility that it won’t result in a sale, rhetorically asking “does it make sense to pursue that path or for us to stay in an ownership position?” He and Rupert Murdoch also said that they support the Fox Business Network, claiming it was just an oversight that they didn’t mention it when listing cable channels that are poised to grow. “The ratings are in fact improving,” Murdoch said, adding that “we need more distribution, it’s true.” Still he says Fox Business is breaking even on a cash flow basis. Carey also says that FX has the potential to become a bigger revenue generator. All told, Murdoch says that News Corp operations were “exceptional” in the last quarter providing the company with the “most robust balance sheet in our history.”
PREVIOUS, 1:19 PM: The media giant says that it did well in its fiscal fourth quarter — as long as you don’t count the $245M earnings hit from the MySpace sale. The company had net profits of $683M, down 22% from the period last year, on revenues of $8.96B, up 10.5%. Net earnings came in at 26 cents a share — but if you factor out MySpace they hit 35 cents. Analysts expected 30 cents. Read More »
Fox Business Network has settled on a name and a spot for its new show hosted by Lou Dobbs, who joined Rupert Murdoch’s fledgling business news cable net in November following his very public departure from CNN in 2009. Dobbs’ weeknight show on FBN will have the same title as his old one at CNN, Lou Dobbs Tonight. It will premiere on March 14 at 7 p.m. ET, sandwiched between Neil Cavuto and Judge Andrew Napolitano.
Outspoken anchor Lou Dobbs is returning to television a year after his public exit from CNN. He has signed a multi-year deal with the fledging Fox Business Network where will develop and host a new daily program that will launch in the first quarter of 2011. He will also appear on a number of FBN programs for analysis and commentary. ”Fox Business has always been about putting the smartest, most interesting people on television and the addition of Lou Dobbs will serve to strengthen the best lineup in business news,” the network’s EVP Kevin Magee said. “Teaming Lou with Managing Editor Neil Cavuto will make FBN a tough network to beat.” Dobbs previously served as an anchor, managing editor and EVP at CNN, hosting various programs including Moneyline, which premiered in 1980 and was later renamed Lou Dobbs Tonight. With his controversial opinions, especially on immigration, Dobbs became a lightening rod at the cable news network, leading to his resignation last November. For the past year, he continued to host his radio show while also making TV appearances, mostly on Fox News Channel. With his business background and strong opinions Dobbs appears to be a good fit for Fox News Channel’ sister business network, which is trying to make inroads against dominant player in the business TV news space CNBC. It is not clear what the new gig would mean for the possibility of him running for office in 2012.