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Profile of MSNBC

MSNBC is an American cable news network. It is part of NBCUniversal News Group, a division owned by NBCUniversal who is in turn owned by Comcast. Born in 1996 as a partnership between Microsoft and General Electric’s NBC News unit, MSNBC provides news coverage and political commentary. In 2005, Microsoft divested its stakes in MSNBC. MSNBC is headed by Phil Griffin, who has been a part of MSNBC since it’s inception but was promoted to President in 2008. MSNBC reaches more than 96 million households worldwide and runs programming on a 24 hour/ 7 days/ week schedule. MSNBC is broadcast in the US, South Africa, and Turkey and has a large website and SiriusFM Radio following. NBCUniversal is a media and entertainment giant, of which NBC (National Broadcasting Company) is one of the US’ so-called “Big Three” television networks. It has a significant international and pay television presence. NBCUniversal News Group is headed by Andrew Lack as of 2015, promoted in the wake of the Brian Willi…
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Profile of Fox News Channel

Fox News, aka Fox News Channel (FNC) is an American cable and satellite tv news company launched in 1996. They are owned by Fox Entertainment Corporation, a subsidiary to 21st Century Fox, sister company of News Corporation. It broadcasts worldwide and is owned by Rupert Murdoch, a media mogul. It was headed by the now deceased Roger Ailes (a former Republican Party media consultant for Nixon, Reagan, Bush Senior and Rudy Guiliani).
It is the most watched news channel in America. It has an XM and Sirius Satellite radio presence and shows up to 17 hours of live broadcasting a day. It has at least 39 different programs, and 149 On Air Personalities. They have a radio presence, major website, and also run the Fox Business Network which is available in more than 80 million American households and is the delivers "real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall Street." (Fox News Careers) FNC also operates Fox News Radio which is "a 24/7 news …