Media Moves

Fox Business Network is “cost neutral,” says Ailes

April 12, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE

Fox Business Network, which launched in October 2007, is now “cost neutral,” said Roger Ailes, the president of the Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television stations group.

Ailes, 71, added that the network, which competes against CNBC, spends about $150 million for its programming compared to the $800 million spent for programming at Fox News.

“Business news is a small niche,” said Ailes, who ran CNBC for 2 1/2 years. “It’s not surprising that Fox Business is where it is.”

Ailes spoke Thursday evening at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He noted that he was due to receive a $3 million bonus if he could make Fox Business Network break even by June 2012. That occurred in June 2011, “so I could afford to come to see you today,” he quipped.

Fox Business Network is currently in 58 million to 60 million homes, said Ailes, compared to 90 million homes for CNBC.

The business news channel “is doing pretty well,” said Ailes.

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