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Putting together business news show on TV like running marathon

August 10, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

Peter Schacknow, the senior producer on CNBC‘s breaking news desk, writes that putting together a business news show for TV when a lot of news is breaking is like running a marathon.

Peter SchacknowSchacknow wrote, “When BNP Paribas suspended redemptions from two funds and global markets plunged as a result, we pretty much knew the show, as planned, was going to be ripped to shreds.

“It’s all a drill we’ve done many times. Our segment producers scramble to get guests (and somhow always do), while we closely monitor the news and plan the next block of news, sometimes only minutes — or even seconds — before the fact.

“That part is what we’re trained to do, and being able to do it is a real accomplishment. I have to admit a soft spot, though, for our guests who eagerly show up and wait for their turn in the spotlight, only to be told that we have to bump them. I always feel bad for them, even though I know it’s necessary.”

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