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The Bolling Situation…

Posted in FBN, FNC on August 11, 2017 by icn2

I have held off writing about the Eric Bolling situation because, frankly, I don’t know what to make of it. Bolling was suspended pending an investigation by FNC after a Yashar Ali article came out in the Huffington Post saying that Bolling engaged in some rather Anthony Weiner like behavior a few years ago with a few FNC/FBN female colleagues.

Bolling has proclaimed his innocence and filed a 50 million dollar defamation lawsuit against Ali.

Usually with this kind of story you can get an idea early on which way things are headed but this time I’m just not sure.

On the one hand we have Ali’s story which allegedly has been corroborated in some way by over a dozen anonymous people.

And yet this story is coming out differently from what happened with the Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly (and even the Charles Payne) stories. In those, either lawsuits were filed (Ailes), legal settlements were paid out (O’Reilly), or a complaint had been lodged with FNC’s outside lawyers (Payne) before the story broke in the press.

But in this case it’s the opposite…the story has come out before anyone apparently filed any kind of complaint against Bolling. And the fact that said alleged photo, if it indeed exists, didn’t leak out after several years is…odd. These types of incidents usually do get out into the public domain by now.

That in itself does not repudiate the story outlined in the Huffington Post but it does make me sit back and go, “Hmmmmm…”

Just as FNC scrubbing Bolling’s name off The Specialists Twitter feed makes me sit back and go, “Hmmmm…”

…though not so much when you consider that The Specialists’ web page is 100% intact.

Update: Not 100% intact. Some changes were made. But not all traces of Bolling were expunged either so…somewhat inconclusive.

In a post Gawker world, the landscape for public defamation lawsuits has changed, particularly where web journalism is involved. Gawker’s demise has emboldened others to take a shot at cases that prior to Hulk Hogan’s legal take down of Gawker would not have been contemplated. Not that this means Bolling’s suit is meritless nor is that what I’m saying. But the idea of multi-million dollar defamation suit as intimidation weapon is a concept we can’t dismiss as easily as before.

One of two things will happen. Either FNC’s investigation clears Bolling (and any clearance better contain details as to why the charges don’t hold up) or the investigation turns up something and then FNC is in a pickle.

Losing Bolling would hurt…especially after Ailes and O’Reilly were forced out and Payne currently twists in the wind. It would permanently damage The Specialists which, despite FNC making this out to be a panel show, is really a Bolling vehicle. He’s the heart of it and if you search Twitter you’ll see a lot of tweets demanding Bolling be brought back.

The lawsuit itself is thorny. Either its an intimidation bluff attempt that will wither and die the moment the discovery process is opened or it’s the real deal and Ali’s in big big trouble. We won’t know for sure which way this is going until/unless it makes it all the way to court.

The lawsuit may actually complicate matters for the network. It would be particularly bad if FNC let Bolling back on the air but the defamation suit went ahead and Bolling lost after evidence came out in court refuting Bolling’s denials. That would put FNC in a bind. This possibility is one reason the investigation may take a long time to resolve itself because FNC may wait to see what happens with the court case.

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CNBC is in Trouble…

Posted in CNBC, FBN on January 30, 2017 by icn2

The Wrap’s Brian Flood has a story which is baaaaad news for CNBC…

Fox Business is finally in a position to surpass CNBC as the go-to network for breaking business news.

The network soared above its arch rival in total viewers every hour of the day from 9 a.m. through 8 p.m. when the Dow Jones reached a record high of 20,000 points last Wednesday.

Fox Business averaged 253,000 business day viewers when CNBC averaged only 178,000. Among the key news demo of adults age 25-54, FBN also averaged 41,000, versus 26,000 for CNBC.

(snip)

Fox Business is on pace to close January with the fourth consecutive monthly win in business day in total viewers. Business day is essentially primetime for CNBC and Fox Business, as both networks focus the stock market and financial programming.

CNBC is expected to pick up a monthly win among the key demo, but Fox Business’ four straight total-viewer victories has never happened in the nine-year history of the network.

Though Flood’s opening sentence is dubious at best – ratings success is a separate issue from the one of who is outscooping whom – there’s enough bad news here that Comcast is going to have to take a keener interest in the goings on at Englewood Cliffs.

NBC Universal pulled CNBC out of Nielsen ratings over out of home sampling issues so they can stall for a bit on responding publicly to the fact that FBN may now be a serious threat to the network’s perceived dominance (though I remain somewhat skeptical when FBN does head scratching things like not offering west coast repeats for new episodes of its most successful taped show Strange Inheritance).

Ultimately, however, the fact that FBN is now pulling in big enough numbers to put CNBC into second place in P2+ means the network has a very large PR stick it can swing around and score real blows against its New Jersey based competitor. Out of Nielsen or not, that is something that the folks who run CNBC can’t ignore for long because nobody else is ignoring it. CNBC is in trouble and if things keep going like this much longer, heads are going to start rolling.

Get Well Neil…

Posted in FBN, FNC on June 21, 2016 by icn2

TV Newser’s Chris Ariens reported this morning that Neil Cavuto had open heart surgery. Hope to see Cavuto back on the air soon…

Fox News and Fox Business anchor Neil Cavuto is on the mend following open heart surgery. Cavuto, 57, who has been off the air since May 31, underwent the procedure yesterday.

“Neil Cavuto had open heart surgery yesterday and came through it with flying colors,” a Fox News spokesperson said. “Knowing Neil, he’ll be back as soon as he can, but he is slated to return to hosting his three programs on Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network later this year. Everyone here is wishing him a speedy recovery.”

Money, Money, Money, Money….MONEY!

Posted in FBN on March 30, 2016 by icn2

I’m late to noting this. Ad Age’s Jeanine Poggi writes about FBN seeking higher ad revenues based off recent ratings gains…

Paul Rittenberg, Fox News’s head of ad sales, is gearing up to convince marketers that Fox Business Network deserves an increase in ad dollars. He will cite the results of a programming shift last June and the benefits of carrying presidential debates that drew massive tune-in.

“Fox Business Network is a bigger part of the mix than it has been in the past,” Mr. Rittenberg said. “This is the first time we’ve had a lot to brag about.”

“We will be talking to advertisers about why we think it’s fair that we get an increase in spending on FBN,” he added.

It’s a fair point but also one that’s predicated on the notion that FBN will have future big events to draw big eyeballs in.

The Hazards of Live TV: #25,144

Posted in FBN, FNC on December 7, 2015 by icn2

Elementary Math:

Add this to this and you get this.

Dash is the victim of Peters’ transgression. All Dash did was drop an s-bomb…Bob Beckel had done worse without punishment. Repeatedly. But Peters’ antics on FBN – the far worse offense – occurring on the same day as Dash’s flub forced the networks to take them both off the air.

Roger Ailes on FBN…

Posted in FBN on December 1, 2015 by icn2

AdWeek’s Chris Ariens interviews Roger Ailes about FBN…

Adweek: Do you think Fox Business can truly be in a place where they can overtake CNBC?

Ailes: It’s been a much slower start. If you go back and read the press around the time we launched I was always telling Rupert [Murdoch] ‘don’t do it, don’t do it.’ I dragged my feet for a long time, because I said ‘look we’re walking into a climate on business news where there is simply no demand for it.’ But one of the things I love about Rupert is he’s an eternal optimist. So he signed off on a billion dollars like he was ordering a ham sandwich. He bets on people or he bets on his own vision. And you have to face several problems with business news: Is there an appetite for business news on television? Who is that audience specifically? Do you want a market-oriented operation or a consumer-oriented operation? Do you want a bunch of intelligent former stockbrokers on the air or what do you want? You have to play to the Indiana old ladies investment club and you have to play to Wall Street. So it’s tough. It’s a tough grind.

Some will read this as excuse making but I’m reading it straight because I remember the press on FBN prior to launch and everything Ailes said about dragging his feet was accurate. He didn’t want to do it.

Strange Inheritance Season Two To Launch

Posted in FBN on October 28, 2015 by icn2

FBN announced that season two of Strange Inheritance will debut Nov 11…

NEW YORK, Oct 28, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — FOX Business Network (FBN) will debut the second season of the hit story-driven reality series Strange Inheritance, on Wednesday, November 11 [th] with a four episode marathon from 9-11PM/ET.

Hosted by Jamie Colby, the series chronicles unusual stories of inheritance and debuted earlier this year as the highest rated show launch in the network’s history. This season will feature another 26 episodes ranging from Winston Churchill’s teeth to George Washington’s lost wallet and air back-to-back on Mondays in the 9PM/ET hour, with encore episodes airing Tuesday through Thursday at 9PM/ET.

Strange Inheritance is produced by Towers Productions, which is known for such programs as The History Channel’s Gangland, National Geographic’s Inside 9/11, The Weather Channel’s Storm Stories and A&E’s American Justice.

FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street. Headquartered in New York—the business capital of the world—FBN launched in October 2007 and is available in more than 70 million homes in major markets across the United States. Owned by 21st Century Fox, the network has bureaus in Chicago, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and London. On the web at http://www.foxbusiness.com.