CNBC acquired the rights to ‘Nightly Business Report’ in late January of this year and with that the formerly South Florida-based business news magazine seen on PBS affiliates across the country is now originating from the CNBC studios in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.
Since its inception in 1978 and until March 4th, Nightly Business Report was produced and originated from our own PBS affiliate, WPBT in Miami. All but one of the program’s 21 staffers were laid off with severance packages on March 1. The only person CNBC kept is Susie Gharib who is anchoring from the New York Stock Exchange. CNBC paired Gharib with its own Tyler Mathisen. Tom Hudson who took over for Paul Kangas in 2009 and was based in Miami, is among those who were laid off. In addition to Mathisen, CNBC is using its own reporters and content. The program’s website, NBR.com was also changed. From a full fledged news website featuring full episodes, transcripts and market data it is now forwarding to the program’s Facebook page!
Nightly Business Report is the longest running business program. Its debut was way back on January 22, 1978 and is seen each weekday on PBS stations around the country by about 300,000 viewers.
Tom Hudson’s last Nightly Business Report broadcast: