Bloomberg Is Launching Its Own Version of Wall Street Week

By A.J. Katz 

Bloomberg is launching Bloomberg Wall Street Week, not to be confused with the venerable business news franchise which originated on PBS nearly 50 years ago.

The one-hour program will debut in the fall, with David Westin serving as anchor/moderator.

The program will be in a roundtable format, and Westin will be joined by two or three guests. Bloomberg Wall Street Week will feature market and geopolitical discussions with newsmakers and a rotating panel of influential voices including thought leaders, CEOs, policy makers and economists.

As he prepares to anchor the new show, Westin is leaving his current gig as anchor of Bloomberg’s daily morning show Bloomberg Daybreak Americas (7-9 a.m.). Westin’s co-anchor Alix Steel will remain on the program.

Westin had served as the anchor of Bloomberg’s global morning program for nearly four years,  since it launched in October 2015 as Bloomberg Go, and Westin had Stephanie Ruhle as his co-host. Bloomberg Go was re-named Bloomberg Daybreak in October 2016.

Westin joined Bloomberg in June 2015 as an on-air personality, after a 13-year run as president of ABC News (1997-2010).

The original weekly version of Wall Street Week hosted by Louis Rukeyser aired each Friday evening on PBS from 1970 to 2005.

In 2014, global investment firm SkyBridge Capital helped resurrect Wall Street Week, and a year later, SkyBridge founder and managing partner Anthony Scaramucci would begin co-hosting the program with Morgan Stanley senior advisor Gary Kaminsky.

In March 2016, the show’s rights were picked up by Fox, and it started airing on Fox Business, Fridays at 8 p.m. ET. Scaramucci left the FBN program when President Trump added him to his transition team as an economic adviser.

In April 2017, Maria Bartiromo took over the program as its sole anchor, and in early 2018 FBN re-named the program Maria Bartiromo’s Wall Street.