Confirmed: Harwood to CNBC

We were right: John Harwood is CNBC’s new chief Washington correspondent.

Harwood will continue writing the Wall Street Journal’s weekly Washington Wire column and overseeing the WSJ/NBC News poll.

David Friend says: “We expect John will use his contacts and his insights to effectively cover major stories coming out of Washington. Whether the stories are political or policy focused, John will bring his years of experience to place complex issues in perspective.”

Is this CNBC feeling some pressure from Bloomberg’s expanding D.C. operations? Are we about to see a battle between the financial channels in Washington coverage?