Business TV Shows

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The immediacy of TV has always made it an attractive platform for business programming. Particularly with the advent of 24-hour cable networks devoted entirely to informational programming, business-savvy programmers realized that they could provide up-to-the-minute news and information on business and financial topics for viewers who needed to know what was going on in the markets as soon as possible. From the very beginning of the cable TV boom in the 1980s, business programming was one of the foundations of the cable world.

One of the earliest business-oriented cable networks was the Financial News Network, which was founded in 1981 and continued to broadcast until 1991; FNN combined financial news reports with an always-onscreen stock ticker, making it a convenient and timely source of business information. When FNN folded, it was replaced by the Consumer News and Business Channel, which would later become known simply as CNBC. Bloomberg Information TV debuted in 1994, and it too combined business news programming with up-to-date market information.

Outside of the dedicated business networks, business- and financial-oriented programming is a common offering on cable news outlets. CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, for example, regularly include business programming in their daily schedules, and the networks include a running stock ticker in their news programming during times when markets are open.

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