Cable Veteran Lands Fox News Channel Show, Joins Fox Business in February THR
[Updated on 1-23-13 at 10:55 am, PT. The following item is from THR. THR has revised its story with the following: "UPDATED: The former CNBC financial analyst makes her move official, with plans to anchor FBN during daily market hours as well as a new Sunday show on the flagship."]
A TV personality who is a fixture on cable will have a new show on Fox News Channel (FNC). According to The Hollywood Reporter, financial news veteran Maria Bartiromo is taking on the new Sunday program along with daily hosting duties on Fox Business Network (FBN) during market hours.
Bartiromo, who recently exited CNBC after 20 years with the network, officially starts her new job on Fox Business Network Feb. 1, and FBN reportedly said both of her new programs will premiere before the end of the first quarter.
"Bartiromo will serve as Global Markets Editor, anchoring a daily market hours program on FBN -- as well as a weekly Sunday series on Fox News Channel," THR reports, adding: "FNC Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes spoke optimistically of Bartiromo's role on both nets with The Hollywood Reporter in December."
The report quotes Ailes saying: "We've had that conversation for the last five years, off and on, but we don't see each other very often. I finally decided that she'd be terrific in our lineup, and it happened to fit her timing and her contract. And she'll be seen on Fox News. She's a star, and she'll do some fill-in anchoring."
THR adds: "Bartiromo most recently anchored CNBC’s top-rated markets program, 'Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo.' Her addition to FBN comes as Ailes continues to invest in the small ratings performer, which still lags behind CNBC."