Fox Business Network

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Fox Business Network
Fox Business.svg
LaunchedOctober 15, 2007
Owned byFox Entertainment Group
(News Corporation)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
SloganThe Power to Prosper; Opportunity. Pure and Simple.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States
Australia
Headquarters1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, New York 10036
Sister channel(s)Fox News Channel
WebsiteFoxBusiness.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV359 (SD/HD)
Dish Network206 (SD)
9476 (HD)
Cable
Available on most systemsCheck local listings
Verizon FiOS117 (SD)
617 (HD)
IPTV
Sky Angel319
AT&T U-verse211 (SD)
1211 (HD)
 
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Fox Business Network
Fox Business.svg
LaunchedOctober 15, 2007
Owned byFox Entertainment Group
(News Corporation)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
SloganThe Power to Prosper; Opportunity. Pure and Simple.
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Broadcast areaUnited States
Australia
Headquarters1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York City, New York 10036
Sister channel(s)Fox News Channel
WebsiteFoxBusiness.com
Availability
Satellite
DirecTV359 (SD/HD)
Dish Network206 (SD)
9476 (HD)
Cable
Available on most systemsCheck local listings
Verizon FiOS117 (SD)
617 (HD)
IPTV
Sky Angel319
AT&T U-verse211 (SD)
1211 (HD)

Fox Business Network (FBN) is an American cable news and satellite news television channel that began broadcasting on October 15, 2007.[1] It is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The network discusses business and financial news and, as of July 2011, is available in about 58 million households.[2]

Contents

History

News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed the launch at his keynote address at the 2007 McGraw-Hill Media Summit on February 8, 2007. Day-to-day operations are run by Kevin Magee, executive vice president of Fox News; Neil Cavuto manages content and business news coverage. Ray Hennessey directs the FoxBusiness.com website.[3]

Murdoch had publicly stated that if the purchase of The Wall Street Journal went through and if it were legally possible, he would have rechristened the channel with a name that has "Journal" in it.[4] However, on July 11, 2007, the parent company, News Corp, announced that the new channel would be called Fox Business Network (FBN).[5] This name Fox Business Network was chosen over Fox Business Channel due to the pre-existing (though seldom used) legal abbreviation of FBC for Fox Broadcasting Company.[6]

The network is placed on channel 43 in the New York City market, an important market for financial news. It is paired with Fox News on the dial, which moved to channel 44. CNBC is on channel 15 under the Time Warner lineup in New York.[7] FBN is on Cablevision on channel 106, only available via subscription to their IO Digital Cable package. According to an article in MultiChannel News magazine, NBC Universal paid up to "several million dollars" in order to ensure that CNBC and Fox Business would be separated on the dial, and in order to retain CNBC's "premium" channel slot.[8] However, it is important to note that FBN is on Time Warner analog only in New York; in other markets, digital cable is required.[9] Verizon's FiOS TV, with 515,000 subscribers nationwide, also carries the network on its premier lineup (SD channel 117 and HD channel 617). Dish Network, which began carriage of FBN February 2, 2009, can be found on Channel 206. FBN can also be found on channel 359 on DIRECTV.

On May 12, 2008, Fox Business Network revamped its daytime lineup, which included the debut of two new programs, Countdown to the Closing Bell and Fox Business Bulls & Bears.

On April 20, 2009, Money for Breakfast, The Opening Bell on Fox Business (both hosted by Alexis Glick), The Noon Show with Tom Sullivan and Cheryl Casone, Countdown to the Closing Bell, Fox Business Bulls & Bears and Cavuto all moved to the network's new Studio G set. All six of those shows share the same set in Studio G, which was unveiled on Money for Breakfast the same day.

On September 17, 2012, FBN switched to a 16:9 letterbox format, with all programs being shown in full-screen HD. The Fox Business HD wing was dropped as a result of the switch. The network also debuted new graphics on the same day.

Fox Business Network HD

Fox Business Network HD is a 720p enhanced high definition simulcast of Fox Business Network. Programming shown on Fox Business Network HD is produced in high-definition, but was cropped to a 4:3 image and pushed to the left of the screen, with the extra room used for additional content, such as statistics and charts, and a wider ticker with more room. The side info was named "The Fox HD Wing". Competitor channel CNBC HD+ also uses the enhanced HD format.

The sidebar graphic was dropped as a result of the network's switch to a 16:9 letterbox format on September 17, 2012, ending the enhanced HD format altogether. The enhanced ticker and headlines, which were previously seen in the old sidebar graphic, were moved to the lower-third of the screen. Both the SD and HD feeds now use the 16:9 letterbox format, just like its other News Corporation-owned networks.

Competition with other business and financial news channels

Studio F, the previous (now 'retail space available') studio for Fox Business Morning & Fox Business

Before the network premiered, few specific facts were made public as to the type of programming approach Fox Business is taking. However, some details emerged as to how it differentiates itself from its main competitor, CNBC.

At a media summit hosted by BusinessWeek magazine, Rupert Murdoch was quoted as saying CNBC is too "negative towards business". They promise to make Fox Business more "business friendly".[10] In addition, it is expected that Fox Business will not be "poaching" a lot of CNBC's on-air talent in the immediate future, as most key on-air personalities have been locked into a long-term contract. However, that still leaves open the possibility of the network taking some of CNBC's other staff, including editors, producers and other reporters.[11] News Corporation, the parent corporation of Fox Business and Fox News channels, has made a successful bid for Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal. However, CNBC has stated on air that it has a contract with Dow Jones until 2012. One potential issue down the road is the fact that CNBC operates several news bureaus under the same roof as the Wall Street Journal.

On-air staff

FBN's control room

David Asman, Cheryl Casone, Rebecca Diamond, Dagen McDowell, and Stuart Varney are anchors for Fox Business Network; they also keep their roles at Fox News. In addition, Brenda Buttner and Terry Keenan are also on the roster on FBN.[12][13]

Other anchors include Peter Barnes, Tom Sullivan, Jenna Lee, Nicole Petallides and Cody Willard.[14] Reporters include Jeff Flock (a CNN "original"), Shibani Joshi (from News 12 Westchester), and Connell McShane (from Bloomberg Television).[15] The network also added former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina [16] as a contributor to the network.[17]

FBN's control room screen

Dave Ramsey has a one-hour prime time show, similar in format to his syndicated radio show.[18] Tom Sullivan broadcast his Tom Sullivan Show on the radio, with plans to syndicate the show nationwide with the assistance of Fox News Radio. Adam Shapiro was added to the Fox Business Network to report from the Washington, DC Bureau. Shapiro was formerly at Cleveland's WEWS-TV and New York City's WNBC-TV. On October 18, 2007, former CNBC anchor Liz Claman joined the Fox Business Network at 2:00 PM EDT. She co-anchors the 2-3pm daypart with David Asman. Her first assignment for FBN was an interview with Warren Buffett.

In April 2008, Brian Sullivan (no relation to Tom) joined the Fox Business Network, coming over from Bloomberg Television. Sullivan, who reunited with his Bloomberg colleague Connell McShane, now anchors the 10am-noon daypart with Dagen McDowell.

In September 2009 Don Imus and FBN reached an agreement to carry his show, Imus in the Morning, on Fox Business. The show began airing on October 5, 2009.[19] Fox had previously been in negotiations with Imus to bring his show to the network. In November 2007 (when Imus was just returning to radio, and Fox Business was just starting), negotiations fell through and Imus instead signed with rural-oriented cable network RFD-TV.

On December 23, 2009, Alexis Glick left FBN. Announcing that this episode of The Opening Bell would be her last, she said “I know this is not the norm, but I don’t believe in abrupt departures.”[20] The only reason given by Glick for her departure was that she was leaving to "embark on a new venture,"[21] but a number of sources have noted that Don Imus' new morning show had a significant effect upon Glick's screen time since he signed with the network.[22]

Anchors/hosts

Reporters

These reporters are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

1 = also acts as a substitute anchor/host

Contributors

Former on-air staff

Weekday schedule

This is the regular schedule of Fox Business effective April 23, 2012[23]

ETProgramHostsDescription
5a-6a
Best of Imus
Don ImusThe network's simulcast of the nationwide syndicated radio program.
6a-9.20a
Imus in the Morning
9.20a-11a
Varney & Company
Stuart VarneyThis program shows the first movements in the American market.
11a-12p
Markets Now
Dagen McDowell and Connell McShaneShows the business news in real-time, and up to the minute headlines.
12p-1p
Cheryl Casone and Dennis Kneale
1p-2p
Melissa Francis and Lori Rothman
2p-3p
Tracy Byrnes and Ashley Webster
3p-4p
Countdown to the Closing Bell
Liz ClamanThe last 60-minute operations in the Wall Street stocks.
4p-5p
After the Bell
Liz Claman and David AsmanThe news, analysis and commentaries after the bell rings, and an overview in the day on business.
5p-6p
The Willis Report
Gerri WillisA show based in the latest of the financial world.
6p-7p
Cavuto
Neil CavutoBusiness analysis, commentaries and the most important headlines.
7p-8p
Lou Dobbs Tonight
Lou Dobbs

Weekly shows

ETProgramHostsDescription
10p-11p Thursday
Stossel
John StosselA weekly program highlighting current consumer issues with a libertarian viewpoint. (Repeat at 12a Friday, 9p Saturday, 12a, 4a and 10p Sundays)
7p-8p Saturday
The Tom Sullivan Show
Tom Sullivan(Repeat at 10p Saturdays and 7a & 7p Sundays)

Online

ETProgramHostsDescription
11a-12p
FOXBusiness.com Live
Lauren Simonetti

Ratings

On January 4, 2008, the New York Times, and several other media outlets that day, reported that FBN had registered an average of 6,300 viewers, far below Nielsen's 35,000-viewer threshold. The number was so low that neither Nielsen nor FBN were allowed to confirm the number.[24] The Times and other media outlets noted the network is less than four months old and only in one-third as many households as is CNBC.

In July 2008, Nielsen estimated that FBN averaged 8,000 viewers per daytime hour and 20,000 per prime time hour, compared to 284,000 and 191,000 (respectively) for CNBC. Because FBN's viewership remained low, Nielsen had difficulty estimating viewership, and the estimates are not statistically significant. At the time FBN was available in approximately 40 million homes to CNBC's over 90 million.[25]

As of fall 2008, FBN was losing to CNBC in the ratings by over 10 to 1.[26][27]

The latest numbers available, from June 2009, showed FBN with an average of 21,000 viewers between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m., still under the Nielsen threshold, and less than 10% of CNBC's 232,000 for the same time span. At this point, FBN was available in about 49 million U.S. homes.[28]

Reports of ratings from the first episode of Imus in the Morning reported an average of 177,000 viewers (and a peak of 202,000 in the 7:00 a.m. hour) in the time slot, mostly over the age of 65; this was a more than tenfold increase compared to the network's previous morning show, Money for Breakfast. The program even beat CNBC's Squawk Box in the time slot.[29]

As of June 2012, Lou Dobbs Tonight was earning an average of 154,000 viewers on Fox Business Network, ahead of its direct competition (Kudlow & Company) on CNBC.[30]

Criticism

Fox Business has been criticized like CNBC[31] for the number of infomercials it airs overnight and particularly on weekends.[32][33] During events regarding the global financial crisis of 2008-2009 however, FBN has forgone informercials and aired overnight coverage from Australian sister network Sky News Business Channel and Sky News from the United Kingdom to provide coverage of the overseas reaction to the events.

International broadcasting

The channel is broadcast to Australia overnight via the Sky News Business Channel.[34][35] Other countries possible in the future include United Kingdom, although the channel's reports are aired on News Corp's Sky News in the UK,[36] Canada[37] and Italy,[38] although negotiations are still on-going with cable and satellite companies. As of July 2011 the channel is carried on Sky Italia, its first European carriage deal.

On April 20, 2009, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission approved Fox Business Network for distribution in Canada[39]

The Fox 50

Fox Business has put together an industrial index made up of "the largest U.S. companies that make the products you know and use every day." [40] This index includes:

Anheuser-Busch and Merrill Lynch were included in the original index, but each was acquired by other companies in 2008. They were replaced by Wells Fargo and HP.[41] This index is not available to purchase in the form of an Index Fund or ETF. The fund received criticism from some financial bloggers for putting together an index with so many competing brands, i.e., FedEx-UPS, McDonalds-Yum! Brands, WalMart-Target-Costco, Apple-Dell-Microsoft, Coca-Cola-PepsiCo, and so on.[42]

Competitors

International competitors include:

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