Maria Bartiromo Moving to Early Morning, and Other FBN Changes

By Chris Ariens Comment

FBN is changing up its daytime schedule.

TVNewser has learned exclusively that Maria Bartiromo‘s show will now air from 6am-9amET, followed by Stuart Varney anchoring from 9am-Noon. Neil Cavuto is moving from prime time and will host a new show called Cavuto Coast-to-Coast at NoonET.

Trish Regan, who joined FBN from Bloomberg in March, will anchor the 2pmET hour. TVNewser hears more changes will be announced this afternoon.

The programming changes follow FBN’s decision to end the Don Imus morning simulcast, which had been a staple on the network for 6 years.

Update: Fox Business Network has issued the following press release:

FOX BUSINESS NETWORK TO LAUNCH EXPANDED BUSINESS NEWS LINEUP  BEGINNING JUNE 1st

FOX Business Network (FBN) will launch a new markets-oriented lineup starting on Monday, June 1st, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News Channel (FNC) and FBN. The latest schedule includes the expansion of business news in the morning with a new 5 AM show, followed by Maria Bartiromo anchoring the 6-9AM timeslot in place of the current Imus simulcast. Neil Cavuto will also unveil a new two hour daytime program and Trish Regan will make her network debut.

In making the announcement, Ailes said, “With a reengineered lineup and a 5 AM start time, we’re providing non-stop financial news with unparalleled market coverage and analysis. Replacing Imus with a business news morning show anchored by Maria Bartiromo and adding Neil Cavuto to two hours in daytime enables FBN to have tremendous depth. We’re also pleased to welcome Trish Regan and her fresh take on economic trends which will complement our coverage.”

Beginning at 5 AM/ET June 1st, FBN AM will kick off the network’s live business coverage of the day focusing on international market updates and overseas headlines. Anchor and Global Markets Editor Maria Bartiromo will take over the Imus simulcast spot at 6 AM/ET helming a three hour financial news program entitled Morning Money with Maria Bartiromo (6-9 AM/ET). The new show will feature insight from titans in the world of finance.

As the markets open, Stuart Varney will now cover the action on a newly expanded version of his show Varney & Company (9 AM-12 PM/ET), while Anchor and Managing Editor of Business News, Neil Cavuto will lead off mid-day market coverage and analysis with his new two hour program CAVUTO: Coast to Coast (12-2 PM/ET).

At 2 PM/ET, Trish Regan, who joined FBN last month, will helm a new program entitled Trish Regan Intel, examining the day’s market headlines and breaking geopolitical news. Liz Claman’s Countdown to the Closing Bell will remain at 3 PM/ET, followed by After the Bell (4PM/ET), which will now be co-anchored by David Asman and Melissa Francis.

Ailes added, “Liz Claman helped put FBN on the map with her drive, determination and sheer grit in securing interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry. We look forward to working closely with her as we continue to innovate our business programming.”

Post market-coverage will be led by FBN’s Deirdre Bolton, whose entrepreneurial industry show Risk & Reward moves to 5 PM/ET. Making Money with Charles Payne will remain at 6 PM/ET, followed by Lou Dobbs Tonight at 7 PM/ET, hosted by Lou Dobbs. Kennedy, hosted by Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery, will take over the 8PM/ET timeslot Monday through Thursdays, while John Stossel’s one-hour eponymous program will run on Friday evenings at 8 PM/ET. FBN’s Gerri Willis will now provide personal finance and consumer news reports across both FBN and FNC.

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