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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

Ratings Improvement for FBN…

Posted in FBN on October 26, 2015 by icn2

Talking Biz News writes about FBN’s ratings improving…

Fox Business Network has nearly doubled its audience in the past year.

According to Nielsen numbers, Fox Business Network’s business day has pulled in an average of 102,000 total viewers this month, a 92 percent gain compared to October 2014.

In addition, the 25- to 54-year-old demographic saw a 60 percent increase year to year with an average of 16,000 viewers for October.

“Varney & Company” leads the network in viewers, closely followed by “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” and “The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan,” all of which have earned ratings wins over rival CNBC this fall.

Dobb’s Beats CNBC…And These Numbers Matter…

Posted in CNBC, FBN on September 29, 2015 by icn2

Talking Biz News writes that Lou Dobbs’ FBN show beat its CNBC counterpart in Total Viewers for the first time in September…

The program had previously topped CNBC in the advertising demo of persons aged 25-54, but this is the first monthly win for both the network and the program in total viewers.

Hosted by Lou Dobbs, the program averaged 115,000 total viewers for the 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. time slot compared to CNBC’s 113,000 viewers for September.

I’ve dinged FBN in the past for touting once in a blue moon outliers when long term trend data is what matters. Well now we have some long term trend data and it’s definitely noteworthy.

Spin Cycle…

Posted in CNBC, FBN on September 15, 2015 by icn2

Talking Biz News writes about Lou Dobbs ratings last night…

“Lou Dobbs Tonight,” which airs on Fox Business Network, beat all other business news television shows in terms of viewers on Monday, becoming the first time a Fox Business show has accomplished that feat. (via J$)

Dobbs hosted as special two-hour edition of his show, with the 8 p.m. hour bringing in 291,000 total viewers, beating out “Shark Tank” for the first time ever, according to Nielsen data. “Shark Tank” had 233,000 viewers.

A few points…

1) What happened at 8pm last night? A Donald Trump speech. Without that Talking Biz News has nothing to write about.
2) What happened to FBN’s numbers at 9 when Trump was gone? We don’t know because that data point wasn’t revealed.
3) CNBC ran tape instead of Trump? Seriously?

Ailes and Murdoch…

Posted in FBN, FNC on June 17, 2015 by icn2

New York Magazine’s Gabriel Sherman writes about yesterday’s Ailes news…

Just five days earlier, Ailes released what now appears to be a rogue statement to his own Fox Business channel declaring that he would be unaffected by the announcement that Lachlan and James will take control of Fox as part of Rupert’s succession plan. “Roger Ailes will continue to run the news network, reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch,” Fox Business reported. According to a well-placed source, Ailes directed Fox Business executive Bill Shine to tell anchor Stuart Varney to read the statement on air. “Ailes told Shine to write the announcement of the move for Varney to say,” the source said. “In it, Ailes inserted language that he would report to Rupert.”

This was, apparently, news to Rupert. And now the Murdochs are correcting the record. “Roger will report to Lachlan and James,” a 21st Century Fox spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Change of Plans?

Posted in FBN, FNC on June 16, 2015 by icn2

The Hollywood Reporter’s Marissa Guthrie takes note of the change in reporting structure at 21st Century Fox. If it ever was a change…

Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes will in fact report to James and Lachlan Murdoch when the sons of Rupert Murdoch assume control of 21st Century Fox on July 1.

The revelation comes after the Ailes-run Fox Business Network reported June 11 that Ailes would continue to report to Rupert even after Rupert handed official control of the company to his sons.

“Roger will report to Lachlan and James but will continue his unique and long-standing relationship with Rupert,” 21st Century Fox spokesperson Nathaniel Brown said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

And what does that mean? Is that PR spin to make it look like Ailes can bypass the sons to go to the father when he really can’t? Or can Ailes truly circumvent them when he wants? My money is on the former.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say we may have just seen the first marker…the very first marker…in Roger Ailes’ retirement laid down. There is kibitzing…just talk amongst the chattering class mind you…of the possibility of an Ailes exit after the 2016 election.

However, unlike Joseph Farah’s apocalyptic Chicken Little outburst on World Net Daily a couple days ago (“Exclusive”, WND? Sheesh), I don’t expect too much of a change at FNC if Ailes exits…provided Bill Shine is named as his successor. Ailes spent 15 years assembling the team behind FNC and FBN. That does not come apart the moment he leaves.

Unless James decides to blow it up; and he’d be ousted by the board and shareholders if he did something that suicidal, FNC should continue along as before for some time to come though talent departures/retirements and unfoerseen massive changes in the industry could alter that prognosis.

Rethinking FBN Getting Burned By CNBC Over The Murdoch News…

Posted in CNBC, FBN, FNC on June 13, 2015 by icn2

It’s been a couple of days since the Rupert Murdoch news knocked the media world sideways. The one storyline that continued to get legs was how the hell did CNBC beat out the entire Murdoch media empire with the scoop? It sure as hell made FBN, The Post, and The Journal look woefully out of it. At first I naturally assumed it was just good old fashioned legwork. Now I’m wondering if it was really the old boy network…

Exhibit A: The news that came out very quickly after Faber’s scoop that Roger Ailes would be reporting directly to Rupert Murdoch, bypassing his sons. Everyone focused in on the fact that Ailes wouldn’t have to be reporting to Rupe’s sons that it showed how much the senior Murdoch valued Ailes.

What nobody seems to have realized is that Ailes had to have known about the change in structure. There is no way Rupert Murdoch is going to make a change like this and then wait until after the news comes out to tell Ailes he’ll still be reporting to him. FNC and FBN are lynchpins in the Murdoch media empire and Murdoch is not going to do anything to churn those waters. Ailes had to have known.

Exhibit B: Because Ailes had to have known, he could have ensured that the news came out on FBN. He didn’t. The question is obviously why? And the answer is just as obvious…because he was essentially under a gag order that had yet to be lifted by Rupert.

Exhibit C: The original Faber story made no mention of Ailes reporting to Rupert. Therefore we could assume that this wasn’t a leak to Faber from inside Ailes’ sphere of influence. If it were the one piece of information we might consider betting the bank on coming out was that Ailes would be reporting directly to Rupert. Of course, because this industry is more conniving than you could possibly imagine, we can’t completely dismiss the possibility that the leak came from inside Ailes’ sphere of influence but left out the Ailes reporting structure precisely to throw the scent off and make it look like it came from elsewhere. But that possibility does stretch the boundaries of plausibility. The odds are stacked heavily that Ailes’ sphere of influence had nothing to do with Faber’s story. Which leads us to…

Exhibit D: Like father (NOT) like sons. It is well known that while Rupert holds a special place in his heart for Roger Ailes, his sons don’t exactly follow in father’s footsteps.

Add up A, B, C, and D and a new picture emerges regarding CNBC’s scoop. What better way to screw Ailes than to leak the story to Faber?

Maybe it wasn’t either James or Lachlan who leaked to Faber. But whoever it was knew what they were doing and how the optics would play out. They were giving CNBC a prize and Roger Ailes the middle finger.


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