Lou Dobbs Joins FBN. ‘I can’t wait to make whatever contribution I can to Fox Business’

By Molly Stark Dean 

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A year after a surprising, mid-week departure from CNN, Lou Dobbs has landed a new on-air role, at Fox Business Network.

Beginning early next year Dobbs will host his own daily program at time that has not yet been determined. Says Dobbs in a statement, “I’m excited and feel privileged to join the great team that Rupert Murdoch, Roger Ailes and Neil Cavuto have created, and I can’t wait to make whatever contribution I can to Fox Business.”

A few days after his CNN leave, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly offered Dobbs a “semi-regular” contributor role on “The O’Reilly Factor.” There was also speculation that he would run for office.

The LA Times reports Dobbs will continue to host his daily radio show in addition to his FBN program.

Dobbs, who has a business news background, was one of CNN’s first anchors, hosting the

program “Moneyline.” In 1995 Dobbs helped convince CNN founder Ted Turner to create a business news channel to compete with CNBC. CNNfn went on the air in Dec. 1995 and went off the air nine years later.

Interestingly, Turner will be a guest on Brian Sullivan’s FBN show tomorrow at at 2pmET.

“FOX Business has always been about putting the smartest, most interesting people on television,” says EVP Kevin Magee. “The addition of Lou Dobbs will serve to strengthen the best lineup in business news.”