How Are We Doin’?

Susie-GharibI was a panelist this weekend in Washington to talk about the future of public media. It was at the SABEW (Society for American Business Editors and Writers) conference. In the Q&A portion I was asked how the new ownership by CNBC was making a difference at Nightly Business Report. I wanted to share my answer with you.

The most significant difference is that NBR now has access to vast editorial resources. We now have a much deeper bench. Some examples. When news of the Cyprus banking crisis broke, CNBC’s International Correspondent, Michelle Caruso Cabrera was dispatched to Nicosia. She did live shots for NBR and she also did special field reports for our program. We heard directly from government officials, bankers and ordinary men and women in Cyprus about the implications of the banking crisis. How would we have handled that story without CNBC?  NBR would have turned to experts here in the US and we would have covered it tangentially. It would not have been the same as having a reporter on the scene delivering first hand reports.

Another example: the new NBR has stronger news and analysis from the West Coast. We have a team of CNBC reporters covering everything from Facebook and Apple to housing and the entertainment industry.  A West Coast bureau had been on NBR’s wish list for as long as I can remember. Now we have one.

You might also be interested in knowing that my CNBC colleagues enjoy doing these longer, analytical field packages for NBR. Yes, it is more work for them to deliver these customized stories, but they are excited about doing more. And they value NBR’s mission of explaining and analyzing business issues to individual investors.

Who is the biggest beneficiary of this new editorial reach? You, the viewer. As I said at the time of CNBC’s  purchase, this is the beginning of a new chapter in NBR’s  distinguished 34-year history. This new relationship is only 5 weeks old, but I am confident more good things are coming.

What do you think? I would like to hear from you. To paraphrase that famous question former New York City Mayor Ed Koch asked:  How Are We Doin’?

-Susie

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  1. J. Duval says:

    I don’t much care for the new format. I miss the other gentleman you shared the stage with you. I also liked more in-depth analysis on a few selected stocks by portfolio managers.
    As for you, I have enjoyed your professionalism for many years!

  2. Hal Rattray says:

    You all are doing GREAT!!!! NBR has never been better

  3. Dave Habegger says:

    The show is better now. Less hyperactive drama by the male announcer. I mentioned before that I liked the Paul Kangas style of “calm, cool, and accurate.” The show is flowing much better now. I like the frequent mini interviews that are done with experts although I would prefer only one host leading the interview.

  4. Jean Sugg says:

    Enjoyed NBR before and enjoy you even more now. But really miss Tom.

  5. dianne says:

    We’ve been NBR viewers for decades and are thoroughly enjoying the CNBC changes, especially Tyler Mathisen’s anchoring. The show is better than ever, and it’s always been our favorite newscast.

  6. I have been a viewer of NBR for at least 30 years. I always enjoyed the part of the program where you discuss more in depth about the stocks, and also where you had guests to make recommendations on certain stocks. I’m not much on the world news part, since I watch Network News for that. I record the program each evening in case I should not be available when it is on. Yours is my favorite program. Keep it going.

    • Louise (Meritt) Dallmier says:

      Richard, I am a longtime viewer of NBR. I tuned in because the content satisfied me and the anchor people who gave it. I agree that we need less world news. I miss Tom, as I thought he was a good replacement for Paul Kangas.

    • Dave Habegger says:

      The show is getting better. As I noted in an earlier reply, I didn’t like the “sudden urgency” style of Tyler Mathisen. I preferred the “matter of fact” solid reporting of Paul Kangas. However Tyler is doing better now; Susie has and still is doing a great job.

      Secondly, the pace is good, and keep the stories related to business complete with guest hosts giving their special perspectives.

  7. dianne says:

    NBR has drastically improved since CNBC stepped in. We were unhappy after Paul Kangas retired, but we are now delighted with all of the CNBC anchors who’ve joined Susie Gharib. Once again, it’s our favorite show and we count the hours until it airs every week night.

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