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Fox Business Network is a US Cable News and satellite news channel that commenced broadcasting on October 15, 2007. It is owned by the Fox Entertainment Group, part of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation. The network discusses business and financial news and currently is available to more than 30 million residents in the U.Smarker.


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 website.

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. However, on July 11, 2007, the parent company, News Corp, announced that the new channel would be called Fox Business Network(FBN). 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.

The network is placed on channel 43 in the New York Citymarker market, an important market for financial news. It is paired with Fox News on the dial, which moved to channel 44. CNBCmarker is on channel 15 under the Time Warner lineup in New York. FBN is not paired on the Cablevision lineup. 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. However, it is important to note that FBN is on only Time Warner analog in New York; in other markets, digital cable is required. 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 6 of those shows will share the same set in Studio G, which was unveiled on Money for Breakfast that 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 is 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 is named "The Fox HD Wing". Competitor channel CNBC HD+ also uses the enhanced HD format, as well HD sports channels ESPNews HD and NFL Network HD.

Competition with other business and financial news channels

Before the network premiered, there are a 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, CNBCmarker, as well as Bloomberg Television, whom FBN competes against.

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". 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. 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.


FBN's control room

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

Other anchors named to the network include Peter Barnes, Tom Sullivan, Jenna Lee, Nicole Petallides and Cody Willard. Fox Business has also announced their first set of reporters; the list includes Jeff Flock (a CNN "original"), Shibani Joshi (from News 12 Westchester), and Connell McShane (from Bloomberg Television). The network also added former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina to the growing list of personalities, with Fiorina serving as a contributor to the network.

FBN's control room screen

Dave Ramsey announced on September 20, 2007 that he has signed on to have a one-hour prime time show, similar in format to his syndicated radio show. Tom Sullivan announced on October 2, 2007 that he has signed on to continue broadcasting 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, DCmarker Bureau. Shapiro was formerly at Clevelandmarker's WEWS-TVmarker and New York Citymarker's WNBC-TVmarker. On October 18, 2007, former CNBCmarker anchor Liz Claman joined the Fox Business Network at 2:00 PM EDT. She co-anchors the 2-3pm daypart of the Fox Business Network with David Asman. Her first assignment for Fox Business was an interview with Warren Buffett. Claman is reunited with her former CNBC worker Alexis Glick, both of whom worked at CNBC in the late 1990s into the early 2000s.

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

The network has at least twice been in negotiations with Don Imus to bring his morning show, Imus in the Morning, to Fox Business. The first attempt, in November 2007 (when Imus was just returning to radio, and Fox Business was just starting), fell through, and Imus instead signed with rural-oriented cable network RFD-TV. In September 2009, after Imus and RFD ended their agreement, Imus and FBN reached an agreement to carry the show, beginning October 5, 2009.



These reporters are based in New York unless otherwise stated.

1 = also acts as a substitute anchor/host



This is the regular schedule of Fox Business effective October 5, 2009. In many aspects the schedule of FBN is compared with the CNBC "Business Day" lineup.

ET Program Hosts Description
Fox Business Morning
Jenna Lee and Connell McShane FBN's early morning business newscast with the overnight headlines and a look at stocks around the world.
Imus in the Morning
Don Imus The network's simulcast of the nationwide syndicated radio program.
The Opening Bell on Fox Business
Alexis Glick This program shows the first movements in the American market.
Fox Business
Dagen McDowell and Brian Sullivan Shows the business news in real-time, and up to the minute headlines.
Tom Sullivan and Cheryl Casone
Stuart Varney
Liz Claman and David Asman
Countdown to the Closing Bell
Liz Claman The last 60-minute operations in the Wall Street stocks.
Fox Business Bulls & Bears
Liz Claman and David Asman The news, analysis and commentaries after the bell rings, and an overview in the day on business.
Fox Business Happy Hour
Cody Willard, Rebecca Diamond & Eric Bolling A show based in the latest of the financial crisis.
Neil Cavuto Business analysis, commentaries and the most important headlines.
America's Nightly Scoreboard
David Asman The headlines of the day on the American business.
The Dave Ramsey Show
Dave Ramsey A personal finance program.


ET Program Hosts Description
6am-9am Live
Connell McShane, Jenna Lee and Ashley Webster The daily online talk show with network's morning casts.
Chris Cotter and Tracy Byrnes


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. 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.

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

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 homes.

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, marking the first time the network has ever beaten, or even come close to, CNBC in the ratings.


Fox Business has been criticized like CNBCmarker for the number of infomercials it airs overnight and particularly on weekends. 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 Kingdommarker to provide coverage of the overseas reaction to the events.

International broadcasting

The channel is broadcast to Australia via the Sky News Business Channel. Other countries possible in the future include United Kingdommarker, although the channel's reports are aired on News Corp's Sky News in the UK, Canadamarker and Italymarker, although negotiations are still on-going with cable and satellite companies.

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


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  16. Fox Business Network Names Radio Show Personality Dave Ramsey As Primetime Host
  18. Fox Business Schedule
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  25. Inside Cable News: Infomercials and Fox Business Channel
  26. Inside Cable News: Informercial wars…
  27. Fox Biz blasts CNBC's infomercials… plays more infomercials
  28. Foxtel adds Business Channel
  29. Sky to launch Australia's first business channel
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  32. Sky, Mockridge, possibile sbarco Tv Fox Finance in Italia

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