Dylan Ratigan Stays with NBC, Will Join MSNBC

By Chris Ariens 

First on TVNewser: After all that, it appears Dylan Ratigan is staying with NBC. Multiple sources tell TVNewser the former CNBC anchor, who disappeared from the air in March, is expected to turn up next on MSNBC.

One insider says, NBC “moved heaven and earth to keep him in the fold.”

At least one other network, ABC, was apparently interested in Ratigan, but couldn’t speak with him until a non-compete clause in his CNBC deal had run its course.


> More: We’re hearing Ratigan may have been promised a two-hour block on MSNBC, but it’s not clear if this is prime time (10pm-MidnightET) or dayside where the schedule is much more flexible.

> Update: It’s official. Ratigan begins anchoring MSNBC’s 9-11amET hours on June 29. Press release after the jump…

> More: An MSNBC insider tells us Ratigan’s show will focus on general news, and not be business-centric. The economy will be a big topic and the show will also continue “The Place for Politics” brand.

Ratigan To Anchor 9-11 a.m. on MSNBC Beginning June 29

NEW YORK – May 6, 2009 – Former CNBC anchor Dylan Ratigan joins MSNBC, anchoring weekdays 9-11 a.m. ET following “Morning Joe,” beginning Monday, June 29. The announcement was made today by Phil Griffin, President, MSNBC.

“MSNBC is on a terrific roll, and adding Dylan really bolsters our lineup of strong personalities,” said Griffin. “Dylan will be the perfect complement to ‘Morning Joe’ and he rounds out a great team in the morning.”

“I am grateful to Phil Griffin for this incredible opportunity to create a program and collaborate with the impressive talent that makes up MSNBC,” said Ratigan. “While I look forward to broadening my scope in covering the multitude of issues facing our country today, what draws me to MSNBC is that they have offered me a 2-hour forum to discuss any and all political issues with no directive other than to provide compelling content. Which apparently now I actually have to do.”

More details about Ratigan’s MSNBC show will be announced at a later date. In addition to his MSNBC anchor role, Ratigan will also serve as a contributor to NBC News programs.

Ratigan was most recently anchor and co-creator of CNBC’s “Fast Money,” co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell,” and has also been a regular contributor to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

A veteran journalist and television host, Ratigan not only hosted two of CNBC’s highest rated shows, but also co-created numerous shows for the network including “On the Money,” “Fast Money” and “Fast Money MBA Challenge.”

Prior to joining CNBC, Ratigan served as a Global Managing Editor at Bloomberg News until March 2003. He joined Bloomberg News in 1995 and was a driving force in building the organization, expanding half a dozen new print beats, including IPOs, derivatives and mergers and acquisitions and then helping to expand their television network by creating and hosting their first successful two-hour morning show. Ratigan spent his last two years there off-camera implementing and supervising Bloomberg’s network of banking and finance coverage worldwide with more than 100 reporters in more than 50 countries.

Ratigan previously worked as a regular on-air contributor to ABC News and has published articles in newspapers and magazines including the New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald and the Chicago Tribune. He began his career at The Portsmouth Herald in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Ratigan speaks regularly at major events such as the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He has won numerous awards including the prestigious Gerald Loeb Award for CNBC’s coverage of the Enron scandal in 2004.

Ratigan holds a Bachelor of Arts in political economics from Union College.