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Showtime orders show from biz journalist Sorkin


Showtime has ordered “Billions” from New York Times and CNBC business journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin and writer-director-producers Brian Koppelman and David Levien.

Whitney Friedlander of Variety writes, “Set in the world of wealth, this fictional drama focuses on the collision and, at times, collusion between an aggressive U.S. attorney in New York and some of the richest hedge fund billionaires in the country. All three will executive produce.

“Sorkin, who wrote the best-selling book ‘Too Big to Fail,’ is the co-anchor on CNBC’s Squawk Box and is the founder and editor-at-large of New York Times’ DealBook, will stay with the newspaper. The 2011 HBO Films adaptation of his book received 11 Emmy nominations, including one outstanding miniseries or movie.

“The multi-hyphenate Levien and Koppelman have worked on projects like ‘Ocean’s Thirteen,’ ‘Runaway Jury’ and ‘Rounders.’”

Read more here.

Kudlow Report

CNBC to end “Kudlow Report” at end of month


CNBC president Mark Hoffman sent out the following announcement on Friday afternoon about Larry Kudlow:

Larry and I have been talking for some time about his interest in retiring from his nightly anchor role. Larry expressed his love of the network and personal pride in what had been accomplished on his program over the years but now wanted to slow down just a bit.

Larry has been a valued member of the CNBC family for our entire 25-year history, first as a guest and then as co-host of “Kudlow & Cramer,” “The Call” and, of course, his signature program “The Kudlow Report.” The Kudlow credo—”free-market capitalism is the best path to prosperity”—is deeply ingrained in viewers’ minds, as it should be. In my career, I have encountered few television hosts with Larry’s range. He can speak with authority on monetary policy and presidential politics, foreign affairs and social issues. As an interviewer, he is unfailingly polite and energetic, skillfully grilling guests but always ending a segment graciously. Larry has always brought great enthusiasm to every program and appearance.

“The Kudlow Report” will conclude its run at the end of the quarter, but I’m pleased to let you know that Larry isn’t going anywhere. He will become a senior contributor to CNBC, a regular presence on all of our Business Day programs, offering his insightful commentary on economic and political coverage.

Please join me in thanking Larry for his commitment and contributions to CNBC to date and congratulating him on his continuing relationship with us. Stay tuned for a celebration in Larry’s honor coming soon.


Bloomberg puts CNBC in awkward position over conference coverage


The Sohn Investment Conference is now teaming up with Bloomberg Link, Bloomberg’s conference business, to produce its annual investment conference, leaving rivals such as CNBC with some tough decisions to make about how to proceed with coverage, reports Linette Lopez of Business Insider.

Lopez writes, “Every journalist covers Sohn — CNBC, Bloomberg, Reuters, you name it — and everyone is looking for some way to stand out and dominate coverage. You want to be the fastest, the most comprehensive, the smartest.

“Since Sohn had never been associated with any news organization, the whole field was wide open for anyone to win it.

“That’s why it’s interesting that Bloomberg got this gig. It’s no secret that CNBC has an ‘us-first-or-not-at-all’ policy about TV guests and events.

“And in the 20 years that The Sohn Foundation has been throwing these conferences, they’ve has never partnered with anyone — especially not a company with a business news arm — until now.

“Bottom line, there’s no way that this isn’t getting some serious thought inside CNBC headquarters.”

Read more here.

Andrew Ross Sorkin

Getting inside Wall Street to cover Wall Street


Marshall Watkins of The Stanford Daily spoke with financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin of The New York Times and CNBC after he spoke at a campus event on Saturday.

Here is an excerpt:

TSD: As a financial journalist, how have you found the challenge of reporting on a close-knit community like Wall Street? At this point, would you consider yourself an insider?

AS: It’s funny. By default, as a journalist, I’m clearly an outsider to this world. Over the years, I’ve covered it for a long time…but in the book, part of the challenge was trying to get inside, trying to get the reader inside the room so he could see what’s being said.

It’s much harder than it used to be. As a reporter…this has been a major shift. When I started, there wasn’t  this industrial complex around protecting all these people from the press. It used to be you could call somebody up and understand what’s happening, get a little of the inside scoop or try and get some context for what’s happening…Now, there’s an army of lawyers, there’s an army of PR people, there’s a battalion of people whose entire job is to keep you as far away from the building as humanly possible. That has made, I would argue, reporting much more challenging in terms of really providing the sort of deep reporting and analysis…and it’s only gotten worse post-financial crisis.   Given so many of the rules have changed, we’re all getting the information at the same time, and there’s a lot more of it. The bad news is that for the kind of deep reporting that tries to really bring you inside what’s going on, that’s harder than ever, sadly.

Read more here.


CNBC seeks producer for special investigations unit


CNBC is seeking a producer to work with its special investigations unit.

Job responsibilities:

• Produce original business news content, primarily for broadcast, including research, conducting interviews, writing and editing scripts, field producing and shooting, and overseeing editing.
• Oversee and manage production team and budget, including associate producers, assistant producers, crews and/or editors.
• Producer is expected to both pitch story ideas and work on assigned stories developed by the editorial team.
• Write web copy to accompany dayside and digital packages.

Qualifications/Requirements Basic Qualifications:

- Must have at least five years’ experience producing long form or documentary programming
- A working knowledge of PACER, Lexis/Nexis and other legal search engines a must
- Must have experience managing a team
- Must have a Bachelor’s degree.

To apply, go here.


Snark prevalent in business journalism on TV


Doug Kass of TheStreet.com writes about why many of those who appear on business journalism television shows talk snark instead of facts.

Kass writes, “The fact is that snark (a combination of snide and remark) and opinion far too often envelop the business media instead of facts and figures. Equally infuriating is the confidence of view in the delivery of the snark. Sometimes the reason for this is out of necessity, as the media appearances are typically brief and expected to be on point. Nevertheless, in a world characterized by an absence of certainty and an interrelated and a complicated market mosaic (and complexity of issues) without memory from day to day, too many attach self-confident reasons to randomness.

“I would characterize a lot of the pabulum in the business media as instantaneous entertainment and not as rigorous analysis.

“Of course, there are exceptions. Consider as an example, the preparation that Jim “El Capitan” Cramer goes through when he interviews a corporate executive on “Mad Money.” Another example is CNBC’s “Squawk Box” with Joe Kernen, Becky Quick and Andrew Sorkin, which provides a guest host with one to three hours to do a deeper dive in analysis (e.g., just watch Jim Grant’s appearance yesterday, which was solid and thoughtful in analysis). Or Bloomberg’s “Market Surveillance” in which Tom Keene shares the spotlight with an interviewee for almost a half an hour, digging into the analysis that forms the foundation of view.”

Read more here.

Maria Bartiromo

Bartiromo: I now compete against CNBC


Jonathan Welsh of The Wall Street Journal interviewed Maria Bartiromo, who left CNBC last year and joined Fox Business Network earlier this year.

Here is an excerpt:

How did you spend your time off?

After leaving CNBC I was in a 60-day non-compete period, but I had to stay  involved, so I attended Governor Cuomo’s regional economic development conference and the holiday party at the White House. After that I probably should have made the decision to find a beach in the Caribbean. But it was time for the World Economic Forum. I’m a workaholic. I was able to fit in a trip to Milan and went hiking in Arizona with my husband.

Do you think you’ll be able to snag big names away from CNBC for interviews?

It is official now that I’m competing with CNBC. I was known for getting people on the show for interviews and that is the result of relationships that took years to develop. I worked so hard to get those guests and I’m very proud of my Rolodex.

Why did you leave CNBC? Was it just about money?

It wasn’t about money. CNBC’s offer was generous in all respects. But I was looking what would have been my fifth five-year deal with CNBC and it looked a lot like what I had been doing before. But audiences are changing. I felt pressure to give a bunch of five-minute segments but I think we were broadcasting to a community that isn’t there anymore – the day-trader community. It used to be all about the stock market but not anymore. I wanted an opportunity to use a different approach to engage the audience.

Read more here.

cnbc dot com

CNBC.com seeks technology writer


CNBC.com is looking to hire a technology writer for its San Francisco bureau.

This position will lead CNBC Digital in its coverage of the technology beat.

Responsibilities will include:
· Generating news and enterprise feature stories for the Web site
· Actively contacting sources in the field
· Maintaining on-going relationships with major players, and monitoring the competition
· The staff writer should be competitive in delivering scoops, analysis and smartly conceived trend stories, and will be focused on offering compelling and engaging journalism.
· S/he will comfortably engage with social media as a newsgathering tool and understand what stories our audience is eager to embrace.
· This position will coordinate with the Enterprise desk for ongoing coverage of major news, issues and trends.
· The staff writer will also work closely with TV editorial staff to coordinate coverage. Responsibilities will include field reporting assignments as necessary.

To apply, go here.

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CNBC Digital seeks copy editor


CNBC Digital is seeking an experienced financial journalist with a strong background in copy editing for a role on the team that produces the content for CNBC.com. The successful candidate will have deep experience in both writing and editing all aspects of business news, including both short-form breaking news and longer-form enterprise reporting.

The candidate will also have some familiarity with web publication, including regular use of content management tools to edit, produce and publish stories.

PLEASE NOTE: This is a full-time freelance contractor position at CNBC’s world headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The position is at-will, paid hourly and does not include benefits. The job has a set schedule but will occasionally require early mornings, late nights and weekend shifts as needed.

To apply, go here.

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CNBC.com has record January for visitors


CNBC.com posted its best January ever in terms of unique visitors, according to comScore Media Metrix.

The site was visited by 8.7 million unique users last month, up 31 percent compared to the same time period last year.

CNBC.com’s total unique video viewer volume reached a record high of 3.1 million in January, up 247 percent year-over-year.

In addition, CNBC mobile web recorded its highest monthly unique visitors – 6.3 million, up 139 percent year-over-year — in January, according to Omniture.

On the heels of its relaunch, CNBC’s Android application was up 30 percent year-over-year in monthly unique visitors, and January was its second best month ever in terms of this metric.

CNBC’s iPad app posted 451,000 unique visitors, flat compared to last year at this time.