CNBC goes repurposed documentary route for primetime

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October 4th, 2009

Brian Stelter takes a short break from writing about David Letterman to focus on his old stomping ground, cable news (Brian was the original TV Newser):

For a decade the “Biography” series had its own home, a spinoff of A&E called the Biography Channel, or “Bio.” for short. CNBC is recycling some business-themed episodes of the series, including those about the McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc and the ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, as part of a larger emphasis on documentary-style programming.

For CNBC, the evening hours have been a dilemma for years. Its executives are fond of saying that its prime time is really the daytime, during the trading day in the United States. So what should the channel be after the trading day? It has fitfully tried talk shows and personal finance programs, but it seems to have settled on documentaries as the most effective option.

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