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Aug 20, 2001  •  Post A Comment

CNBC hails Marci Rossell as its chief economist
New York-Marci Rossell, who has been a frequent guest economic commentator for television news programs, is joining the CNBC team as chief economist.
Ms. Rossell, most recently vice president, corporate economist and investment spokeswoman for Oppenheimer Funds, will take up where Kathleen Hays left off when she accepted an offer to report for CNN’s “Lou Dobbs Moneyline” and to anchor a show being developed for the pending CNN Money lineup.
Ms. Rossell will start at CNBC Sept. 10.
`Amazing Race’ to look `Fear Factor’ in the eye
Los Angeles-Possibly looking to blunt the debut of CBS’s “Amazing Race” at 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET) Wednesday, Sept. 5, NBC is pulling another trick out of its sleeve with the scheduling of a remaining original episode of its hit “Fear Factor” summer series.
With NBC holding back an original, ninth episode of “Fear Factor,” which will air in place of a repeat of “The West Wing” that night, NBC Entertainment President Jeff Zucker claimed it was more his intention to build a “strong two-hour reality block” coming out of the 8 p.m. Wednesday debut of Conan O’Brien’s “Lost” reality series, which also starts Sept. 5.
“I didn’t even know that `Amazing Race’ is airing that night,” Mr. Zucker joked. “Fear Factor”-which has been lambasted by TV critics for its extreme stunts (such as having contestants eat sheep eyeballs)-is the summer’s highest-rated program among adults 18 to 49, averaging a 7.1 rating/22 share so far for its eight-episode run, according to Nielsen Media Research national data.