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Bartiromo in tiff about Burnett?

July 28, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Richard Johnson of The New York Post writes that CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo is apparently upset about all the attention being given to upcoming CNBC anchor Erin Burnett.

Erin BurnettJohnson wrote, “An inside source tells Page Six the Money Honey has been fuming that curvy Burnett, in addition to her duties as anchor of ‘Street Signs’ and co-anchor of ‘Squawk on the Street,’ is getting substantial airtime on the ‘Today’ show, which gives her a much bigger audience. ‘Maria is like, hey, why isn’t it me on the ‘Today’ show? She’s very jealous of all the attention Erin is getting,’ our source said.

“Burnett’s star is certainly skyrocketing. Broadcast & Cable magazine called the petite, blue-eyed brunette CNBC’s ‘secret weapon’ in its upcoming battle with the soon-to-launch Fox Business Channel, which is owned by News Corp., The Post’s parent. Adding insult to injury, the trade journal quoted CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald as gushing about Burnett, ‘She’s a natural. She’s both energetic and solicitous, but she never appears fawning.’

“Bartiromo is also said to be riled at a July 15 Post profile of Burnett which crowed that in less than two years she has blossomed from a relative unknown into Wall Street’s sizzling media darling. Earlier this year, Burnett handily won a poll of the hottest financial news anchors on Wall Street gossip blog Dealbreaker.com. She got 37 percent of the votes while rival CNBC anchor Becky Quick came in second with 22 percent. Bartiromo only got 13 percent.”

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