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The Biz: Maria Bartiromo Previews Her New Fox Business Network Show

Maria Bartiromo

Where have you gone, Maria Bartiromo? Financial news viewers no longer have to wonder. The veteran anchor and correspondent, who became a star reporting from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on CNBC, is back today on Fox Business Network. She has a new daily two-hour show, Opening Bell With Maria Bartiromo (weekdays at 9am/8c). By the end of March, she'll also be anchoring her own Sunday morning program on Fox News Channel, where politicos will get grilled on economic issues. Bartiromo tells TV Guide Magazine how financial TV news has to change — and why she still loves Brooklyn.

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The Biz: Tamron Hall Joins Today's Third Hour

Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall has officially joined the third hour of NBC's Today as a co-host.

Hall, a frequent substitute during the 7 to 9 a.m. hours of the morning program, became an official member of the family on Monday. read more

The Biz: The Paley Center Gets in the Olympic Spirit

Jim Craig and Mike Ramsey

If NBC's saturated coverage of the Winter Olympics from Sochi on multiple TV channels and online isn't enough for you after 18 days, it may be time to visit the Paley Center for Media.

The Paley is now the home of 1,300 hours of televised Olympics programming going back to the first Winter Games...

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The Biz: Chicago: The Polar Vortex Hits Primetime

Chicago Fire

Baby, it's cold outside — especially if you're filming TV shows during the worst Chicago winter in nearly 20 years.

The polar vortex is making it a tough season across the U.S., but it's especially brutal in the Windy City, where in January temperatures averaged 15.1 degrees and 33.5 inches of snow fell (the city's third-highest total on record). "It's even taken the die-hard producers who live here by surprise," says Peter Jankowski, the president of Wolf Films, which makes NBC's Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. "When our fire consultants, who work for the department here, have to run inside between takes, you know it's cold."

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The Biz Exclusive: Tamron Hall in Talks to Join NBC's Today

Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall is serious talks with NBC News to become a co-host on the third hour of the Today show.

People familiar with the discussions tell TV Guide Magazine that Hall will be added to the current line-up of Natalie Morales, Al Roker and... read more

The Biz: CNN Boss Jeff Zucker Fights Back

Jeff Zucker

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: Will Today Win Olympics Gold?

Al Roker and Matt Lauer

Matt Lauer and Al Roker created a classic Today moment during the 2006 Winter Olympics when they loaded themselves into a two-person luge. Will they don the spandex uniforms again, this time in Sochi, Russia, for NBC's coverage of the games?

"I don't know if... read more

The Biz: ABC News Supports Robin Roberts' Decision to Come Out

Robin Roberts

The news that Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts is gay (acknowledged via a post on her Facebook page Sunday) may be a surprise to some of the show's viewers, but her relationship with girlfriend Amber Laign has been an open secret inside ABC News for years.

"We love Robin and Amber, who we adore and have all known for a long time," said one executive. "We were touched by her Facebook message today and so thankful for the loving support she has in her life."

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The Biz: Inside the New HBO Documentary Six By Sondheim

Six By Sondheim

How fortunate for Stephen Sondheim fans that the Broadway musical maestro came of age in the television era. The new HBO documentary Six By Sondheim, premiering Monday at 9/8c, digs deep into TV talk and news program archives to provide a fast moving yet intimate portrait of America's greatest living composer and lyricist. The film also includes several new music-video style interpretations of Sondheim compositions. One includes a cameo by the legend himself in a performance of Opening Doors with Jeremy Jordan, America Ferrera, Laura Osnes and Darren Criss. Sondheim collaborator James Lapine, who directed and co-executive produced Six By Sondheim, offered a glimpse into the filmmaking process.

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

Chris Wallace

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?
Chris Wallace
: Not... read more

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