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Erin Burnett’s Teary CNBC Sign-off

It takes a lot for grizzled CNBC veteran Mark Haines to get teary. This morning he did when he said goodby to his “Squawk on the Street” co-host Erin Burnett this morning.

After presenting him with a few gifts and a card, which she told him he couldn’t read on the air, a choked-up Haines said, “Give me your hand. Coming to work for the last 5 1/2 years has been an absolute joy. You are the best. The absolute best. We wish you the best of luck. We’re going to miss you a lot.” Burnett, choked up herself saying, “I feel the same way.”

Burnett is leaving CNBC for CNN early next month in an as-yet announced timeslot. Burnett still has one more hour to go, hosting “Street Signs” this afternoon. A new anchor for either show has not been named, though CNBC just snagged Brian Sullivan from FBN, so look for a slot for him in market hours.

In addition to Burnett departing, her show producer Rich Carolan is also leaving CNBC. TVNewser has learned he’s going to be managing director at Burson Marsteller. The same PR firm where former CNBC reporter Jim Goldman now works.

A rising star at NBC, Burnett often filled in on “Today,” was a staple on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and also appeared on “Meet the Press” and “The Apprentice.”

Any chance at moving to a high-profile anchor role at NBC seemed to go by the wayside as “Today” is poised to name Ann Curry the co-anchor, Natalie Morales news anchor and Savannah Guthrie national correspondent.

  • Video of Burnett’s goodbye, after the jump

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Erin Burnett In Talks to Join CNN

CNBC anchor Erin Burnett is in talks to join CNN, someone familiar with the situation confirms to TVNewser. Burnett’s contract with CNBC expires in May, giving her the opportunity to jump ship.

The news was first reported by Brian Stelter of the New York Times, who adds additional context:

Ms. Burnett, who was considered a rising star within CNBC and its parent, NBCUniversal Media, held talks with two broadcast networks, ABC and CBS, before deciding to join CNN, according to two of the people. They insisted on anonymity because the deal had not been made public.

As Stelter notes, moving to CNN would give Burnett a higher profile, as well as the opportunity to cover more than just financial news. Burnett has been with CNBC since 2005, and before that worked on Wall Street and Bloomberg TV.

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Brian Sullivan Jumps From FBN to CNBC

Fox Business Network’s Brian Sullivan is joining CNBC as an anchor, according to an internal announcement.

Sullivan had been an anchor at FBN since March, 2008, and before that spent 11 years at Bloomberg.

“Brian brings 15 years of experience in financial journalism to CNBC,” wrote Nik Deogun, Managing Editor of CNBC Business News, in the email to staff. “He has done an excellent job reporting on some of the biggest global business stories and making them relevant to the investor class.”

Sullivan will start at CNBC May 2. He last appeared on FBN Wednesday afternoon.

Deogun’s staff memo, after the jump.

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Ted Turner: New FBN Hire Lou Dobbs ‘Was a Little Over the Top on the Immigration Issue’ at CNN

CNN founder Ted Turner appeared on Fox Business Network yesterday to talk about renewable energy. But as long as he was there, anchor Brian Sullivan asked him about one of his original CNN hires, Lou Dobbs.

“He is a good friend of mine, and I wish him well,” Turner said. “He was a little over the top on the immigration issue in his last days… where was he, CNN?”


FBN announced earlier this week that Dobbs would be joining the network in January.

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

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

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Imus Gets Super Sized on FBN; Stuart Varney Moves to Mid-Morning

Varney_1.15.jpgICN has the scoop on the programming changes coming to Fox Business Network in the wake of Alexis Glick‘s departure late last year.

Imus in the Morning will now go until 9:20amET, when Stuart Varney‘s new show, Varney & Company takes over until 11amET. Varney, a CNBC and CNN alum, joined Fox in 2004 and became an FBN anchor at the network’s launch in Oct. 2007.

Other changes to the schedule include FBN’s Dagen McDowell and Brian Sullivan co-anchoring from 11-NoonET and 1-2pmET. Cheryl Casone continues at NoonET.

TVNewser has the FBN press release with more details after the jump…

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Business Nets in Dubai

Fox Business’ Brian Sullivan and CNBC’s Erin Burnett were live this morning from Dubai to cover the debt crisis there. Burnett filed reports for “Squawk Box” and NBC’s “Today” show. Bloomberg News has Vivian Salama there today and Bloomberg TV’s Chris Burns will be reporting tomorrow.

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Business Nets Fooled by Climate Change Hoax

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Both CNBC and Fox Business Network were the victim of hoax involving the Chamber of Commerce this morning. Reuters news service reported on a Chamber press release claiming that that they had switched their stance on climate change legislation going through the U.S. Senate, which was then reported on the networks. But it was fake. Politico’s Michael Calderone and Lisa Lerer report:

In a story posted Monday morning, Reuters declared: “The Chamber of Commerce said on Monday it will no longer opposes climate change legislation, but wants the bill to include a carbon tax.”

“Reuters has an obligation to its clients to publish news and information that could move financial markets, and this story had the potential to do that,” said a Thomson Reuters spokesperson. “Once we had confirmed the release was a hoax, we immediately issued a correction, and in keeping with Reuters policy, the story was subsequently withdrawn and an advisory sent to readers.”

The hoax was perpetrated by the Yes Men, an activist group known for performing similar stunts in the past. HuffPost’s Sam Stein reveals that the stunt would have succeeded flawlessly if a reporter hadn’t accidentally gone to the wrong location looking for the phony press conference

“She came here to the Chamber looking for a news conference,” explained Eric Wohlschlegel, a spokesman for the real Chamber. “She said she got it wrong that she was going to a Chamber press conference at the press club.”

“I said, what press conference are you talking about?” he added. “So I went with over her to check it out and immediately tried to break it up.”

At 11:15amET, CNBC’s Hampton Pearson delivered a breaking report with the press release and then returned shortly thereafter to reveal that the information was false. Fox Business anchor Brian Sullivan reported the news before announcing, mid-report, that the Chamber was denying the information.

That’s two TV news hoaxes in one week’s time. Videos after the jump.

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Rupert Murdoch Serenaded: “You Hired Glenn Beck to Ruin the Republicans”

The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D Conference is going on in Carlsband, California this week. Look for coverage from Fox Business Network’s Brian Sullivan. He’ll be interviewing Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer, Dallas mavericks owner [and Bill O'Reilly nemesis] Mark Cuban and chief Twitterers Evan Williams and Biz Stone.

CNBC is also covering today with Jim Goldman and Julia Boorstin. Interestingly, while News Corp. owns The Wall Street Journal and FBN, the WSJ continues its partnership deal with CNBC – a deal brokered before Rupert Murdoch bought Dow Jones.

And speaking of Mr. Murdoch, he was serenaded…or rather roasted… last night by singer-songwriter Jill Sobule, who wrote and performed a song called “Oh Rupert” which included the line, “You said you’ve got a secret plan / You Hired Glenn Beck to Ruin the Republicans.”

BayNewser‘s coverage…

- Video: Twitter Leads off All Things D
- Video: Rupert Murdoch Makes the Cocktail Party Rounds

Ballmer Talks First to FBN From CES

ballmer_1-8.jpgFBN’s Brian Sullivan had the first television interview, airing this morning, with CES keynote speaker, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

In the interview, he said a deal to obtain Yahoo is no longer a possibility. “We may try to do other kind of partnerships with them, but acquisition is a thing of the past,” he said.

Webnewser was there for the keynote last night, and has the details.

Click continued to see the interview…

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