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Matthews Re-Signs with MSNBC, Dean Joins CNBC

From TVNewser: The New York Times’ Bill Carter reports MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews is staying with the network, in a deal set to last “at least four years.”

The terms of the deal were not disclosed, and one unnamed executive said, “Whether he took a slight cut or got a slight raise, it’s nobody’s business.”

Matthews had been considering a Senate run in his home state of Pennsylvania, but told his staff January 7 he was staying at MSNBC. Matthews was clear in the article that he hadn’t used the possibility of leaving as a negotiating tool. “I think it’s unfair people think like that,” he said. “That’s sacrilegious.”

Also breaking this morning: Former DNC Chair Howard Dean is now a CNBC contributor, kicking off his new gig guest-hosting this morning. From HuffPost: “The move comes at a time when CNBC is under intense pressure to change its format and criticism for its failures to report or foresee much of today’s economic crisis. In this regard, Dean — who worked on Wall Street after graduating college and has family ties to the financial sector, but has nevertheless been an early critic of the business practices that contributed to the current recession — should be a refreshing presence, particularly for progressive economists.”

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