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"Today" story about Murdoch forget to mention competition

August 16, 2007

Posted by Chris Roush

A profile of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch on the “Today” show by CNBC’s Erin Burnett conveniently forgot to mention that CNBC will soon be competing against Murdoch’s Fox Business Network, writes TV Week.

CNBCTV Week noted, “But there was no mention of the fact that CNBC will be confronted with its first direct competition for business news audiences from the Fox Business Network, which News Corp. plans to launch, or that MSNBC runs a distant third to Fox News Channel, or that News Corp. and NBCU are collaborating on a TV-and-movie distribution Web site, for that matter.

“That absence was a glaring one, particularly given the extremes to which NBC News is going to showcase CNBC stars almost daily on ‘Today’ and other NBCU platforms. In addition to Ms. Burnett, CNBC’s biggest star, Maria Bartiromo, also was spotlighted Tuesday in a live exchange about the volatile stock market during the first news wrap-up on ‘Today.’

“Asked about the omission of even a casual caveat that Mr. Murdoch poses a new business threat to NBCU, a ‘Today’ spokeswoman replied: ‘This was a piece about Murdoch the person, not an in-depth look at his specific businesses.'”

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