Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Belated NewsFlash: Liz Claman Departs CNBC...for Fox's Business Channel?

CNBC did not publicize Claman's departure last month, but I suddenly realized that I have not seen her massive, somewhat dim-witted presence on the network's midday programs for a while. At first, I chalked it up to her being on vacation. Now, after googling her name, I have learned that she left CNBC in July, amid rumors that she is going to be an on-air personality with the new, yet-to-be-unveiled Fox Business Channel.

Heaven help us, and Rupert Murdoch. Let's hope this is not a precursor of the kind of moves that Fox will be making in relation to its new cable business news channel. Murdoch didn't need to buy Dow-Jones for this.

I have found Claman to be ill-informed and of no particular added value to any business topic which she covered. Her interviews with people like Warren Buffett are notable for their cloying obsequiousness and adoring, softball questions. Following the Barbara Walters approach, she gets these plum interviews because her subjects know she will paint them in a soft, glowing light and never surprise them with any truly probing, potentially uncomfortable questions.

With Claman, you know she'll never ask the questions you'd ask if you had her subject on camera with you.

With the considerably more-talented female anchors available on CNBC- Becky Quick, Erin Burnett, Michelle Caruso-Cabrera- it's hard to believe that Fox would bother with Claman.

After my hopes have been raised by the promised arrival of a competitor to CNBC, I would truly be unhappy if watching the new business channel meant I had to tolerate seeing even more of Claman.


Anonymous said...

Oh god, You're so effing in the minority here that it's not even funny. She had the #1 show on CNBC and judging by todays little tidbit in the NYDN, Looks like she has tons of offers on the table

Hofefully she'll be on Fox Biz soon


C Neul said...

Being in the minority doesn't make me wrong.

I don't like Babwa WaWa, either.

In my opinion, Liz Claman is a witless cow- I stand by my contention.