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Amid FBN Programming Shift, Some Staffing Changes

KnealeFollowing the announcement of Maria Bartiromo‘s new FBN show, and other changes to daytime programming, TVNewser has learned three longtime FBN staffers have been cut, including Dennis Kneale, who co-anchored the Noon hour, part of the “Markets Now” block of programs, which has been canceled in the changes.

Kneale joined FBN from CNBC in 2010. He covered media and technology for much of his career and is a past managing editor of Forbes, and spent 16 years with the Wall Street Journal.

Andy Hoffman, who was executive producer for Market Hours programming (9am-4pm), will not have his contract renewed. Hoffman had been with FBN since launch in 2007. He joined from ABC where he was a senior producer at “Good Morning America.” Before that, he spent 7 years at CNBC. Lou Giserman, a senior producer for market hours, will also be leaving the network.

“The anchors, reporters and production teams in place are poised to produce business television that is approachable, comprehensive and provides critical analysis of this important economic climate,” says FBN EVP Kevin Magee. “Our new programming structure emphasizes our financial acumen and wide breadth of experience and we look forward to its debut on February 24th.”

Magee adds that he “appreciated Hoffman, Giserman and Kneale’s service to Fox Business” and stated that “no further staffing changes are being considered with the elimination of Markets Now and the new overall programming format.”

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