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Fox News’ SVP of News & Politics Alan Komissaroff Dies at 47

The network announced his passing on Friday as Komissaroff reportedly suffered a heart attack at his home nearly two weeks ago. He was 47 years old. 

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The Fox News family is mourning the loss of its Senior Vice President of News and Politics, Alan Komissaroff. The network announced his passing on Friday as Komissaroff reportedly suffered a heart attack at his home nearly two weeks ago. He was 47 years old. 

FOX News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and FOX News Media President & Executive Editor Jay Wallace informed the company of Komissaroff’s passing in a memo obtained by Barrett News Media. 

“Alan was a leader and mentor throughout FOX News Media who was integral to our daily news operations and played an indispensable role in every election cycle,” the memo read. “The recent midterm election coverage was easily one of the finest nights of special coverage he produced throughout his career.” 

Bret Baier shared the news with viewers Friday. He called Komissaroff a “crucial leader” at the network, adding that he spearheaded coverage for every major news story and every election night. 

“Alan recently led a discussion about the midterms at a company town hall,” said Baier. “He was a happy warrior. He always had a smile on his face. He was a true professional. He always thought outside the box and made us better every day. Our FOX family is hurting tonight, but our sincere condolences and heartfelt prayers go out to Alan’s family.” 

Komissaroff started at the network after college when FNC launched in 1996. He rose through the ranks to become a writer, producer, showrunner and eventually Senior Vice President of News & Politics, overseeing all political coverage. 

“He was the ultimate producer: breaking news, politics, special events — there was no steadier or more trusted colleague to be with in the control room during the most consequential events of our time and his incisiveness and passion for news made our work better. 

Services were held Sunday at Mount Sinai Memorial Chapels in East Brunswick, New Jersey. A GoFundMe page has been established for his family.

Komissaroff is survived by his wife, Rachael, and his children, Ben and Olivia.

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Amy Robach, T.J. Holmes Negotiating Exits From GMA3

ABC News has reportedly been negotiating with the anchors this week about an amicable exit, with talks advancing “to the final stages”.

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According to a report from CNN’s Oliver Darcy, Amy Robach and T.J. Holmes are negotiating their exits from GMA3.

The anchors of Good Morning America’s third hour have been embroiled in a monthslong controversy after a reported romantic relationship between the anchors was revealed. The pair — who are each separately married — have remained off the air since the relationship was uncovered by The Daily Mail.

ABC News has reportedly been negotiating with the anchors this week about an amicable exit, with talks advancing “to the final stages”.

One source told Darcy that blame lies at the feet of both the anchors and ABC.

“There is a lot of frustration on all sides that it could have been handled better,” the source claimed.

A December report from The Confider claimed that ABC News staffers had grown tired of the coverage and the actions of the anchors, with one source saying “It’s an f—ed-up situation and there’s probably going to have to be some sacrificial lambs.”

After Robach and Holmes were temporarily removed from their positions, GMA3 saw a slight decrease in viewership.

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Cenk Uygur: Forcing DirecTV to Carry Newsmax Isn’t Capitalism

Cenk Uygur outlined why forcing a company like DirecTV to carry Newsmax doesn’t align with the United States’ capitalist views.

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Newsmax is no longer available for DirecTV subscribers and while the CEO Chris Ruddy believes that the company’s goal was to censor the network, “The Young Turk’s” Cenk Uygur doesn’t think that’s the case.

Uygur put together a thread on Thursday where he outlined why forcing a company like DirecTV to carry Newsmax doesn’t align with the United States’ capitalist views. 

“I don’t know how much Newsmax asked for, but ten cents per subscriber is in the ballpark of a channel of that size,” Uygur tweeted. “That would mean they were asking for $66 million a year. Now conservatives are saying @DIRECTV should be made to pay that ransom because of political correctness.

“… When the government forces one company to pay another company because they like the politics of the second company is that socialism or communism?”

Uygur corrected the math on the second tweet as he roughly estimated how much Newsmax wants to reach an agreement with DirecTV. 

“Number of households I used for this calculation is wrong,” Uygur tweeted. “@DIRECTV is in 13.5 million households, so in this hypothetical the right-wing is demanding that they give just a $16.2 million to Newsmax. Forcing a company to pay someone else $16M is still not anywhere near capitalism.”

On Wednesday, Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy appeared on The Howie Carr Show to discuss the situation and claimed DirecTV got exactly what it wanted.

“This is a blow. Their de-platforming of us was more than symbolic. It was vicious,” Ruddy said. “We’ve been on AT&T DirecTV for over five years, never had a real problem. We were up for renewal on our cable agreements — and like a lot of start-up channels — we weren’t paid a license fee.”

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CNBC Reshuffles Lineup, Brian Sullivan Takes Over Shepard Smith’s 7 pm Hour

CNBC president KC Sullivan announced several programming and anchor changes to the network, including naming the replacement for Shepard Smith’s 7 pm Hour.

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CNBC president KC Sullivan announced several programming and anchor changes to the network (h/t TV Newser).

Sara Eisen moves from Closing Bell to co-anchor the 10 am. ET hour of Squawk on the Street, joining Carl Quintanilla and David Faber. As part of Eisen’s arrival, Squawk on the Street will be extended to a second hour, 11 am-12 pm. 

The second hour will replace TechCheck, and be co-anchored by Quintanilla and Eisen from the New York Stock Exchange, where the pair will continue to bring the analysis of the markets and economy.

Morgan Brennan will shift from Squawk on the Street to Closing Bell: Overtime, co-anchoring the broadcast with Jon Fortt from Englewood Cliffs HQ. Senior markets commentator Michael Santoli will provide daily analysis into Closing Bell: Overtime from the New York Stock Exchange. 

Fortt recently co-hosted TechCheck, which will take on a different form — a franchise with several daily segments across Business Day anchored by Deirdre Bosa from the San Francisco bureau.

Scott Wapner transitions as host of Closing Bell: Overtime (4 pm) to Closing Bell at 3 pm and continues to host Halftime Report at Noon ET. Halftime Report will now broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange. Furthermore, Frank Holland will anchor Worldwide Exchange.

Nonetheless, the most notable announcement concerns CNBC’s 7 pm hour, which has been vacant since the network decided to cancel The News with Shepard Smith back in November. The business news channel is filling that hour with a new show named Last Call, anchored by Brian Sullivan.

“Last Call is a fast-paced, entertaining business show that explores the intersection of money, culture and policy,” Sullivan, the network president, wrote in a staff memo. 

“Through panels, debates and newsmakers, Last Call will not only deliver fresh takes on the biggest business topics of the day, but also shine a light on the other important stories that our viewers may have missed, all with an eye on what’s going to matter to the markets the next day.”

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