What's the Better News Experience, Fox News Channel or CNBC?

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Closest battle yet! But one network eked out a victory by ONE vote...

Sorry, geeks, the jocks win this one. Here's what you had to say:

Critisceptic: "Really, G4? That 'video game channel' with a whopping half hour a day actually devoted to video games? I don't think so."

ButterMeUp44: "ESPN. Even of you don't like sports, 30 for 30 is brilliant. They have some of the best documentaries I've ever seen."

BarryDalton: "what a silly waste of space this article is"

Onward! 


We report [the match-up], you decide [the winner]!

Background: In 1996, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch decided to expand his Fox media empire to cable news by creating the Fox News Channel, a direct competitor to industry leader CNN. By capitalizing on CNN's widely perceived leftward slant, FNC presented itself as a more neutral interpreter of current events but quickly struck gold with its pronounced rightward skew. The network remains a frequent controversy-generator and fosters a love-it-or-hate-it perception in pop culture, but no one can deny that its right-leaning viewership has led to Fox News Channel's ratings domination for nearly a decade now.

Original Programming: Fox News Channel uses a fairly typical programming schedule, broadcasting headline news-style reportage during the day and showcasing its higher-rated opinion-oriented shows in the evening. Fox & Friends kicks off the morning schedule, followed by America's Newsroom, America Live with Megyn Kelly, Studio B with Shepard Smith, and later The O'Reilly Factor, Hannity, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren, and late-night quasi-comedy show Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Weekend programming includes original specials and newsmagazines like Geraldo at Large.

Reruns: Weekends and late nights are usually filled with rebroadcasts of that day's headlines and opinion shows.

Why It's the Best: Between its graphics, attractive anchors, and sheer loudness, Fox News Channel is one of TV's least boring channels.

Why It's the Worst: I'm already cringing about what kinds of comments I'll be reading below.

 

Background: First, a fun fact: CNBC does not stand for Cable NBC (as I always believed it did). Nope, CNBC actually stands for Consumer News and Business Channel, and it's merely owned and operated by NBC (National Broadcasting Company). Got that? The letters "NBC" mean different things. That same peacock appears in both logos, but that's just corporate synergy. Anyway! CNBC originally launched around 1980 as the Satellite Program Network, which, like many cable channels of the era, mostly aired old movies, reruns, and cut-rate entertainment programs. But NBC eventually bought it in 1989 and rebranded it CNBC before merging it with another cable acquisition, the Financial News Network. Today CNBC is considered the foremost information outlet for financial news.

Original Programming: Much like Headline News, CNBC tends to divide its schedule by business hours and primetime. During the day, it airs a nonstop barrage of financial news shows that all boast a similarly dizzying array of tickers and onscreen graphics. The more recognizable financial news personalities include Lawrence Kudlow, Maria Bartiromo and the very shouty Jim Cramer. But in the evening and on weekends, CNBC mellows out with some NBC network reruns or its impressive array of original series like American Greed, 'Til Debt Do Us Part, The Facebook Obsession, and the gloriously titled How Much Is Your Dead Body Worth? My absolute personal favorite, however, is Saturday night's Suze Orman Show—this woman is like a perfect hybrid of Mother Theresa, Ayn Rand, and Jerri Blank. Riveting television.

Reruns: The aforementioned NBC reruns have included things like The Apprentice, Deal or No Deal, or—for one brilliant era—Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

Why It's the Best: For a subject matter as dry and/or stressful as financial news, CNBC has figured out a way to pack its schedule with entertaining television.

Why It's the Worst: Sometimes I just want to watch something trashy while I eat a sandwich, you know? CNBC is for grown-ups!



Official TV.com Verdict
I avoid politics like the plague and I watch A LOT of Suze Orman. CNBC for me.


But now it's your turn! COMMENT BELOW and tell us your verdict: Fox News or CNBC? And make your case! What do you love or hate about each channel?


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Note: Because we started with an odd number of channels, we gave some of the bigger channels a first-round bye.


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