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Ratings are down at all of the financial news networks with the result that big changes are expected. Actually, the biggest story has already been announced....the recent departure of Maria Bartiromo from CNBC to Fox Business. "Bartiromo is the biggest star in financial TV history, and her leaving the biggest network to go to a much smaller rival is a major moment."

"The Fox News Channel has long been described as insular and buttoned up, a reputation that has been reaffirmed in recent days over the question of whether it has reached a settlement with Brian Lewis, the former longtime chief spokesman for and close adviser to Roger Ailes." stated NYTimes. Lewis, who was fired from the network last July, was the executive vice president who led the aggressive communications and public relations arm of Fox News. It is reported that Lewis had agreed to a deal that would pay him a sizable sum to remain quiet about whatever he knows about operations at the notoriously secretive company.

Rachel Maddow joined the debate over airing audio of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on her MSNBC program. "There is no news value to the content of those tapes," she said. "The actual audio is of no news value at all unless you want the thrill of hearing the sound of the actual individual gunshot that might have killed a 7 year old." Maddow's thoughts on the subject are consistent with the NBC News policy. The network has pledged not to air audio from the tapes on any of its broadcasts. (more at TVNewser)

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