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The Biz: CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Fights Back

The stars of CNN were fired up at the Jan. 10 party that followed the news channel's Television Critics Association press tour session. Their boss, Jeff Zucker, had come out swinging at Fox News chairman Roger Ailes for his recent remark that CNN "is out of the news business" — a swipe at the channel's stated intention to look for programming outside of traditional news shows. Zucker, citing a new book about Ailes, countered that his top-rated competitor is an arm of the Republican Party "masquerading as a news channel."

A Fox News spokesperson says Zucker was looking to deflect attention from CNN's ratings issues. Even if that was the case, CNN's on-air talent and producers welcomed Zucker's combativeness. Nearly all of those who attended the party thanked him for standing up for them.

While Zucker's style is energizing CNN's staff, the network still faces the challenge of growing its primetime audience. Zucker's strategy of broadening the channel's offerings to include documentaries and series (once staples of CNN's line-up in previous decades when the network was considered more serious) has delivered a few ratings wins. But it continues to be a tricky balancing act as viewers still expect the network to be the go-to destination for breaking news. On Jan. 9, CNN's latest film offering, Sole Survivor (which told the stories of people who've lived through plane crashes), finished behind Fox News Channel's and MSNBC's coverage of Gov. Chris Christie's troubles over the George Washington Bridge lane closings. The Biz followed up with Zucker after his TCA session.

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The Biz: Chris Wallace Celebrates 10 Years on Fox News Sunday

Time flies when you're making politicians squirm with tough questions. This Sunday, Fox News Channel's Chris Wallace celebrates 10 years in the anchor chair on the Washington roundtable show Fox News Sunday (check local listings). Wallace is the only news anchor to helm Sunday shows on two different networks — he was moderator of NBC's Meet the Press in the late 1980s. He recently took some time to reflect on his run and his days as a gofer for Walter Cronkite.

TV Guide Magazine: You were really the big first name to come to Fox News from one of the traditional big 3 networks. How do you think the channel has changed since you first arrived?
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VIDEO: Charlie Rose (May 22, 2001)

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The Biz: Shepard Smith Assumes New Role at Fox News

Shepard Smith is giving up Fox Report, his nightly 7 p.m. newscast, to become chief anchor and managing editor for a division in charge of handling all breaking news coverage for Fox News.

Instead of a doing a fixed hour of straight news amid the commentators that front most of the Fox News shows, Smith's reporting will be "weaved in," as he says, throughout the day when necessary...

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The Biz: Fox News' Bret Baier on the Network's Big Anniversary

On October 7, 1996, the "on" switch was thrown at the Fox News Channel — and the TV news universe hasn't been the same since. A one-hour special, Fox News Channel — 15 Years — Fair and Balanced (Friday, 10pm/ET; Saturday, 10pm/ET; and Sunday, 3pm/ET), will reflect on the rise of the cable news ratings leader. Among the Fox News veterans looking back is Special Report anchor Bret Baier, who opened the channel's Atlanta bureau in his apartment with just a fax machine and a cell phone in FNC's early days. The Biz recently talked with Baier, who became anchor of Special Report in 2009, about the anniversary, the channel's critics and his emergence as the face of Fox News in the Beltway.

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Sarah Palin Not Running for President: "My Family Comes First"

Sarah Palin will not run for president in the 2012 election, the ex-governor announced Wednesday.

According to a letter written to her supporters obtained by ABC News, Palin said she decided not to run "after much prayer and serious consideration" and that her family comes first.

"I believe that at this time I can be more effective in a... read more

Glenn Beck Mocks His Own Image on Final Fox News Show

Glenn Beck bid adieu to Fox News on Thursday, as the controversial host prepares to launch his own network. However, there were no tears from Beck, who instead promised his fans he would help fix the country and even poked fun at his own persona, according to The Associated Press.

"I'm the only host who is supposedly the most dangerous person in America because of my influence and the least influential person in America because my ratings... read more

Fox News' Roger Ailes Sounds Off about Obama, Jon Stewart, NPR

President Barack Obama is "too far left" for the French and the Germans, Jon Stewart "loves polarization" and NPR has a "Nazi attitude," Roger Ailes said in a long interview with The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz.

While holding a mug branded with the Fox News Channel's logo, "fair and balanced," the network's chairman shared his views on a wide-variety of subjects often discussed on the network.

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