Nightly Business Report
|Nightly Business Report|
|Also known as||NBR|
|Created by||Susan J Moran|
|Theme music composer||Edd Kalehoff|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production location(s)||New York City, New York, U.S.|
|Running time||30 minutes|
NBR Worldwide Inc. (2010-2013)
NBR Enterprises, Inc. and WPBT Miami/Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc. (1979-2010)
American Public Television|
PBS (1979-1980; 2005-2011)
American Public Television (1980-2005; 2011-Present)|
PBS (1979-1980; 2005-2011)
|Original release||January 22, 1979 – Present|
Nightly Business Report is an American business news magazine television program that has aired weeknights on public television stations since January 22, 1979. Internationally the show is seen on CNBC Europe (Friday edition only) and CNBC Asia.
From January 22, 1979 to March 1, 2013, the show was produced at WPBT in Miami, Florida. In February 2013, CNBC purchased the program and closed its Miami operations. Tyler Mathisen joined Susie Gharib as co-anchor when it relaunched on March 4, 2013 to coincide with Gharib's return to CNBC after leaving it in 1998 to join NBR. Gharib left NBR on December 31, 2014; she was replaced on January 5, 2015 by Sue Herera, previously Mathisen's co-anchor on CNBC's Power Lunch. On March 9, 2018, Mathisen left the program, and was replaced three days later by original Power Lunch anchor Bill Griffeth who reunited with his former PL co-anchor Herera.
The daily program consists of reports on the changes in the stock market, indices, and stocks of note for the day, including the Dow Jones Industrial Average, NASDAQ, the S&P 500, and other major markets, as well as interviews with important business persons, generally CEOs of major companies as well as economists, market analysts and policy makers.
Special programs on market holidays depart from this format, and often deal with a single subject or theme; New Year's Day and Independence Day editions tend to focus on retrospectives and predictions for the past and coming fiscal periods. The program often concludes with a commentary. Segments within the program include Market Monitor, Street Critique, Women in Leadership, and Planet Forward to name a few. There was a 15-minute morning version of NBR called Morning Business Report during the mid-1990s.
- Susie Gharib (New York, 1998–2014)
- Sue Herera (New York, 2015–present)
- Bill Griffeth (New York, 2018–present)
- Tom Hudson (Miami, 2009-2013)
- Suzanne Pratt (New York, 1990-2013)
- Tyler Mathisen (New York, 2013–2018)
- Paul Kangas (Miami, 1979–2009)
- Del Frank (Miami, 1979-1989)
- Jim Wicks (Miami, 1989–1991)
- Frank Mottek (Miami, 1989-1992)
- Linda O'Bryon (Miami, 1979-2006)
- Cassie Seifert (New York, 1991-1997)
- Scott Gurvey (Chicago 1982-1988), (New York 1989-2010)
- Dean Shepherd (Miami, 1986-1988)
- Jeff Yastine (Miami, 1993-2010)
The idea for a business news program had come from Susan J. Moran, a WPBT employee, also in Grad School @ Univ. of Miami, School for Advanced Study of International Relations. Moran saw a lack of business & economic content on TV perceived partly because of her economic studies. She pitched a business TV show idea to then Executive Producer, Ed Waglin, bounced around by businessmen on the WPBT Board & hence, created. Linda O'Bryon, who was WPBT's News Director at the time, coalesced the effort to get NBR on the air in the fall of 1978. Moran developed the program concept and the editorial staff expanded to launch NBR. Paul Kangas was among the first to join, signing on as its stock market commentator. Kangas always signed off each broadcast using his trademark phrase, "I'm Paul Kangas, wishing all of you the best of good buys!" (a pun on "the best of goodbyes") O'Bryon and Merwin Sigale were the first co-anchors. The editorial/production team that launched the program included WPBT veterans Rodney Ward, Bruce Eibe and Jeff Huff, and Jack Kahn, who was the program's first producer.
Starting in January 22, 1979, NBR launched on 125 public stations around the country. The first regular commentator on the program was Alan Greenspan, then a private economist, who remained as an NBR commentator until his appointment as Fed chief in 1987. A number of public television stations supplemented the program's newsgathering efforts by serving as "bureaus" for the program.
In 1989, Jim Wicks was named co-anchor, and moved from the flagship station of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto where he was main anchor. At the end of his contract, Wicks moved to ABC News in Cleveland. He has since left the television news business and returned to his motion picture career where he got his start. He works in post-production as a film colorist.
In 1998, financial journalist Susie Gharib joined the anchor desk with Paul Kangas. Gharib anchors from the heart of New York's financial district, while Kangas remained at the program's production center in Miami.
NBR is also seen internationally through Worldnet, the U.S. Radio and Television Armed Services network and on SBS in Australia and Triangle Television in New Zealand. Audio of the program airs on Sirius XM satellite radio at 7pm ET. NBR operates three reporting bureaus with full-time staff members as well as bureaus in Denver, Silicon Valley, and Phoenix operated in partnership with the public television stations in those markets.
Over the years, NBR has received numerous awards. In 2005, for extended coverage of China's emergence as an international economic power, and in 2006 the website was honored with a took the helm from Linda O’Bryon in 2006, serving as executive editor and senior vice president through 2011. O'Bryon is currently President and CEO of South Carolina ETV.
Paul Kangas's last broadcast for Nightly Business Report was on December 31, 2009, ending a 30-year run. The following week, on January 4, 2010, Tom Hudson took over as NBR's anchor, broadcasting from Miami and reporting on topics such as Federal Reserve interest rate policy, corporate governance and shareholder activism as well as providing insights to daily market activity. Prior to co-anchoring Nightly Business Report, he was host and managing editor of the nationally syndicated financial television program First Business. In July 2011, Tom was named Managing Editor and Co-anchor, a newly combined position with both editorial and managerial responsibility.
In August 2010, it was announced that WPBT-TV had sold the show to NBR Worldwide Inc., a newly formed privately held company headed by Mykalai Kontilai who became the majority owner of the program. Kontilai, an entrepreneur in the Instructional Television Distribution (ITV) industry. Gary Ferrell, a former president and chief executive of North Texas Public Broadcasting (parent company of KERA-TV in Dallas, Texas), is the company's CFO. The sale was first proposed in February. According to WPBT, the station will continue to be associated with the show as a presenting station, and the sale reflects their assessment that NBR Worldwide Inc. has "the ideas and resources and potential to take it to the next level" and "can do more things with it than WPBT could." Rick Schneider, president and CEO of WPBT, said the staff and editorial team won't change and "Nobody loses their job as a result of this." Until the name changed, the program was carried under the "Community Television Foundation of South Florida, Inc." banner and produced by NBR Enterprises, Inc./WPBT Miami.
Schneider's promises proved short-lived. In November 2010, NBR Worldwide Inc. announced a restructuring of the Nightly Business Report staff. That restructuring resulted in job cuts for four on-air contributors, half the reporting staff, including Scott Gurvey (NY bureau chief), Stephanie Dhue (Washington), Jeff Yastine (Miami) and Jamila Trindle (Washington), in addition to founding producer Jack Kahn and three other behind-the-scenes personnel.
On November 16, 2010, NBR Worldwide Inc. announced the promotions of Rodney Ward from Executive Editor to Executive VP of Special Projects. Ward's former executive editor duties were assumed by managing editor Wendie Feinberg, who was also promoted to VP/Managing Editor. Those changes also didn't last long. On July 11, 2011, following the decision of PBS to drop the broadcast from its national schedule and cut all funding, NBR Worldwide Inc. announced the departures of Rodney Ward as Executive VP of Special Projects, and Wendie Feinberg, as VP/Managing Editor. In a press release, NBR Worldwide said the moves were "...part of its ongoing efforts to streamline operations and maximize resources." CEO Mykalai Kontilai said Miami-based anchor Tom Hudson would assume the role and title of Managing Editor, in addition to his current on-air duties.
In November 2011, Rick Ray succeeded Kontilai as CEO after Kontilai sold the company to Atalaya Capital Management, a private equity firm based out of NYC. Ray is now CEO of NBR Worldwide Inc. and the executive producer of NBR. Gary Ferrell also departed the company at this time. Several additional members of the editorial staff were also fired.
In December 2012, Atalaya fired another seven NBR editorial employees, including Chicago Bureau Chief Diane Eastabrook. The program also announced the complete closing of its Chicago bureau, leaving it with staff reporters only in New York and Washington, D.C. Of the terminated employees, NBR Managing Editor Tom Hudson said, "I consider it an honor to call them colleagues." 
On March 1, 2013, NBR aired its final broadcast under the production of WPBT. Effective March 4, 2013, CNBC would produce NBR. As a result, anchor Tom Hudson and many other correspondents were laid off, and the show's Miami studios were shut down as well. CNBC's Tyler Mathisen replaced Hudson, and anchored alongside Susie Gharib from CNBC Global Headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. As previously mentioned, Gharib left NBR at the end of 2014 and was replaced with Sue Herera, who was previously Mathisen's co-anchor on CNBC's Power Lunch.
As previously mentioned, on March 12, 2018, Bill Griffeth, formerly co-anchor of CNBC's Closing Bell, joined NBR to replace Tyler Mathiesen. Griffeth is reunited with his former Power Lunch co-anchor, Sue Herera, on this program.
Title cards and theme music
The themes and bumper music that were used from January 22, 1979 to January 1, 1988 were composed by Edd Kalehoff, also known for themes on other television series and game shows. The longest-running theme, also composed by Kalehoff, was used from January 4, 1988 to November 15, 2002. Along with an update to the graphics and presentation, the theme was updated on November 18, 2002 and was used until January 1, 2010. A new theme, logo, and set for the show's Miami headquarters debuted on January 4, 2010. This theme lasted until April 27, 2012. On April 30, 2012, a new virtual theme was introduced to the show with new graphics and music. On March 4, 2013, another new set of graphics was introduced, yet the theme music remained the same. On January 4, 2016, the graphics were changed again; this time they are modeled after CNBC's current graphics package (which itself has been used since October 2014).
Ratings continue to change, as the series airs every weeknight on public television's WORLD channel as well as on local public television stations' primary channels.
- Kontilai out at Nightly Business Report
- Chris Roush, Gharib leaves “Nightly Business Report,” replaced by Herera, Talking Biz News, January 2, 2015
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