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Spin Control…

Posted in FBN, FNC on December 21, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Mark Joyella does FNC’s bidding in its renegotiation war with Dish Network by duly trotting out these numbers without context…

Since late Saturday night, talks have stopped. Fox News EVP of distribution Tim Carry tells TVNewser “our phone line is open, we’re willing to talk. Am I negotiating right now? I’m not.”

Fox viewers, however, are fully engaged. Since 6 a.m. Sunday, over 12,000 calls have been placed to Fox–and 7,000 of them asked to be connected to Dish to disconnect their service. The network reports 22,000 viewer emails have been sent to Dish to object to the Fox blackout, and viewers have swarmed the Dish Facebook page. Fox’s Carry says Dish has agitated a very powerful audience. “Relative to any other fight they’ve had, they’ve never had a viewer as personally invested as Fox News. Our viewers are invested. They have a personal relationship with us.”

Um…yeah.

Let’s see… 12,000 calls out of a 14 Million user subscriber base…that’s .00085%. 22,000 emails out of said base is much better. It’s a whopping 0.0015%. This is of course assuming that every one of those calls and email complaints is actually a Dish subscriber.

Oh, I almost forgot. There were also 7,000 who wanted to cancel their service as a result which is .0005% of Dish’s customers…which for Dish is the equivalent of a rounding error.

That’s some agitation going on over there…wake me when it gets to .002% of Dish’s subscribers, okay?

To be fair, it’s early and it’s a Sunday. Things may change dramatically come Monday when FNC’s regular M-Fr schedule kicks in. Then again it may not because it’s the holiday season and that’s historically been a low point in viewership for the year for everyone except football fans. There may not be real movement on a new deal until after New Years Day.

Dish, however, insists it’s Fox that has forced the two sides apart. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” said Warren Schlichting, Dish Network’s SVP of programming. “Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.”

Fox argues Dish has simply failed to change with the times–which are changing dramatically.”When you won’t accept that businesses evolve, that relationships and partnerships evolve. And the way we deliver content changes. And we both need to adapt. Dish hasn’t changed its packaging since 1993. That kind of marketing and that kind of packaging is outdated.”

Translation: We know we can’t get those rates on those other channels on their own so we’re going to extort the providers by threatening to withold FNC and FBN. But extortion is such a dirty word we shall rephrase it as needing to adapt to changing times.

Carry says Fox’s negotiating team knew this would be tough, deciding to do something they’d never done before: warn viewers they might lose their access to Fox News. “That’s why we messaged out seven days ago that this might happen.” Fox fans got the message, and they are clearly in action.

Did Carry negotiate on behalf of the Weather Channel earlier this year? That last sentence sure makes it sound like he did…

FNC and FBN Go Dark on Dish…

Posted in FBN, FNC on December 21, 2014 by icn2

Variety’s Brian Steinberg writes about FNC and FBN going off Dish Network’s lineup in a contract renewal negotiation dispute. (via J$)

Dish said in a statement early Sunday morning that 21st Century Fox had blocked access to the two networks after Dish balked when rates for other networks owned by the media conglomerate were made a part of the negotiations. Tim Carry, executive vice president of distribution at Fox News Channel, countered in a statement that “Dish prematurely ceased distribution of Fox News in an attempt to intimidate and sway our negotiations. It is unfortunate that the millions of Fox News viewers on Dish were used as pawns by their provider. Hopefully they will vote with their hard earned money and seek another one of our other valued distributors immediately.”

Dish said it had offered a short-term contract extension that would have kept Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network on the air as the two parties continued to haggle over terms.

“Fox blacked out two of its news channels, using them as leverage to triple rates on sports and entertainment channels that are not in this contract.” said Warren Schlichting, senior vice president of programming for Dish, in a company statement. “It’s like we’re about to close on a house and the realtor is trying to make us buy a new car as well,” he said separately in the company’s release.

Hmmm one side says the provider blocked access…the other says the company yanked its channels…who to believe?

Charlie Gasparino’s Unique Lone Gunman Theory…

Posted in FBN on December 15, 2014 by icn2

Mediaite’s Andrew Desiderio writes about some provocative things FBN’s Charlie Gasparino put out on Twitter today…

While the hostage crisis was ongoing in Sydney, Australia Monday morning, Fox Business Network reporter Charlie Gasparino wondered whether waterboarding would have prevented Man Haron Monis‘s actions had they happened in New York City:

Charles Gasparino
Question: who wldnt be in favor of a little waterboarding to prevent a Sidney-like situation in NYC?

Some Twitter users questioned him, but Gasparino stuck to his guns:

TTN @TTN12
@CGasparino what a fallacy – how do you waterboard a lone gunman?

Charles Gasparino
Waterboarding may prevent the lone gun man @TTN12

Look, I don’t care about Gasparino’s opinions on waterboarding…whatever they may or may not be. Nor am I interested in the subject of the ethicacy, efficiancy, or utility of waterboarding.

But the idea that waterboarding could prevent a lone wolf (Gasparino called it a lone gunman) is just plain ridiculous. The definition of the lone wolf theory is predicated on the fact that the guy came up with it and executed it on his own without any outside communication or influence. If waterboarding were to prevent a lone wolf from carrying out his plan, then he was never a lone wolf to begin with because he had co-conspirators. That is a completely different scenario.

Gasparino should have known the difference before sticking his neck out like that.

Maria Bartiromo Profile

Posted in FBN, FNC on August 5, 2014 by icn2

Breitbart.com’s Kate O’Hare profiles Maria Bartiromo…

Ailes obviously had faith in Bartiromo’s abilities, and that faith had to endure a weak ratings debut on Feb. 24 for her FBN daily show. Her Sunday-morning show on FNC ,which debuted March 30, is faring better.

In July, per Nielsen Media Research, it topped the cable-news ratings for its time slot, averaging 807,000 total viewers, and 207,000 viewers in the coveted Adults 25-54 demographic. Since its first full month on the air, Sunday Morning Futures has stayed stable in total viewers but has increased the A25-54 segment by 9 percent.

For context, for July 31st, the primetime content at FBN itself had only 6,000 viewers in that demo (out of a total viewership of 57,000), while top-rated (by far) FNC had 370,000 (of 2.22 million).

Viewers of both cable news and business channels tend to skew older, so getting younger viewers is an ongoing challenge. But with the dip in jobs, we may also be seeing a rise in entrepreneurship, both among seasoned workers and those new to the workforce.

“We’re bringing in a great demo [on FNC],” says Bartiromo, “so that tells me that there’s an appetite for business and economic conversation on a Sunday. … After the 2008 financial collapse and all of these white-collar jobs going away, people recognize that there are not the opportunities that you thought there were in business. People are saying, ‘You know what, I want to try something on my own.’

The Independents is Cancelled?

Posted in FBN on August 4, 2014 by icn2

The New York Daily News’ Marianne Garvey, Brian Niemietz, and Oli Coleman write that FBN’s The Independents has apparently been given the axe…

The Fox Business show “The Independents” has gotten the axe, a source tells Confidenti@l. We’re told that network president Roger Ailes had argued against the show, telling another top executive at the cable network that it was unwatchable and that co-host Matt Welch, the editor-in-chief of monthly libertarian journal Reason magazine, was a “dud.”

Kevin Magee Steps Down From FBN…

Posted in FBN on July 31, 2014 by icn2

TVNewser’s Chris Ariens writes that FBN President Kevin Magee is stepping down…

Magee has been EVP of Fox Business Network since it launched nearly 7 years ago. He’s been EVP of Fox News Radio since 2005.

“It’s impossible to overstate how wonderful my stay here has been in every possible way, but mostly because I got to work with the most professional, hardest-working and smartest group of people in the business,” Magee writes in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The management structure of Fox Business is under review, we hear, and an announcement on the new team will be made in the coming weeks.

Magee joined Fox News Channel from CNBC in 2001. During his tenure, he also oversaw the 2-year run of the syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.”

Deirdre Bolton Profile…

Posted in FBN on June 30, 2014 by icn2

Suburban Life Magazine’s Bill Donahue profiles FBN’s Deirdre Bolton…

What do you like most about what you’re doing now?

One of the most fun parts of what I cover is venture capitalism and new tech business. New York is full of investors who want to find the next Facebook or Twitter, so it’s a really exciting place to be. There has always been money in the city, but for the first time in generations there are tons of entrepreneurs who have opportunities here. These are people we might not have heard of otherwise, so part of the joy for me is the discovery. These are great stories, even patriotic stories, and they speak to why people want to come here, go to school here, stay here, because they can have their intellectual property protected and they can find other people easily who are capable of helping them launch a business. … Entrepreneurs are also very honest; they will tell you, “I failed the first 99 times, but the 100th time was the one.” They are “failure ready,” so when they do it right, it’s a compilation of every step they tweaked and honed along the way.

Are you pleased with “Risk & Reward” and how it has been received so far?

It’s going great, touch wood. FOX has been super supportive. One thing that I’m doing is something called “Elevator Pitch,” in which we block off a News Corp elevator, so we’re in a moving elevator with an entrepreneur, and they have 30 seconds for the ride up to give their pitch, and there’s a panel of judges waiting. Two or three weeks ago, off camera one of the judges wrote a check for $50,000 to an MBA student at Columbia [University] for his idea. … This whole show is my startup, and that segment [“Elevator Pitch”] has been my startup. I went to my boss and asked, “Can I do this?” and he told me to go for it. They’re very supportive of creativity, which is unusual in the media right now; when have a good idea, you can go for it.

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