Lou Dobbs is getting down to business.
After almost exactly a year away from the TV landscape, Dobbs is joining Fox Business Network, the sister outlet of Fox News Channel, as host of his own daily show launching in early 2011. As part of his deal, he will also offer commentary and analysis for other FBN programs.
“Fox Business has always been about putting the smartest, most interesting people on television,” network EVP Kevin Magee said in a statement, “and the addition of Lou Dobbs will serve to strengthen the best lineup in business news.”
Dobbs, 65, parted ways with CNN last November after nearly 29 years (including a short break in 2000). In his last few years as host of the cabler’s ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’ he became well-known (and was criticized by some) for his strong stance in favor of rigorous enforcement of U.S. immigration laws.
In fact, his positions on various issues – from immigration to the suspicion held by some that President Obama is not a native-born American, a subject Dobbs focused on repeatedly in the months leading up to his resignation from CNN – are believed to have played a role in his eventual decision to leave.
But Dobbs joining FBN represents a return to his roots in business journalism. Long before he took on more general-interest news topics on ‘Lou Dobbs Tonight,’ his name was synonymous with business news on television, starting with the launch of his long-running ‘Moneyline’ in 1980. He was also the founding president of CNN’s short-lived business-channel spinoff, CNNfn.
So now, Lou Dobbs is joining the gang at Fox Business News, where he’ll work alongside such personalities as Neil Cavuto and John Stossel. What do you think of this development? Do you think Dobbs is a good fit there?